Anglo-American ascendancy lost in unnecessary wars
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Contributing Writer
May 14, 2008, 00:12
In a new book that will infuriate the fake conservatives who
inhabit the Republican Party, Patrick J. Buchanan documents how British self-righteousness,
delusion, and hubris destroyed both the British Empire and Western ascendancy
in two unnecessary wars launched by a small cabal of morons that ruled Britain.
Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost
the Worldshows that the two world wars that
destroyed European civilization began when England declared war on Germany,
thus dragging in the Empire, Commonwealth, and United States. This was a
strategic blunder unparalleled in history. Mighty Britain emerged from World
War II as an American dependency.
Buchanan cites such British notables as F.J.P. Veale, B.H.
Liddell Hart, and C.P. Snow to document that it was Winston Churchill who
committed, in Veale�s words, "the first deliberate breach of the
fundamental rule of civilized warfare that hostilities must only be waged
against the enemy combatant forces." It was Churchill, not Hitler, who
first targeted civilian populations in World War II and caused the structure of
civilized warfare to collapse in ruins.
The Americans quickly adopted Churchill�s criminal policy of
attacking civilians, culminating in the outrageous use of nuclear weapons
against two Japanese cities, the slaughter of Vietnamese civilians, and the
ongoing slaughter of Afghan and Iraqi civilians.
A popular American myth is that "the greatest
generation" saved the world from Nazi tyranny. As Buchanan points out, the
fact of the matter is that the Normandy invasion in June 1944 played little, if
any, role in Germany�s defeat. By the end of 1942 Hitler had lost World War II
at Stalingrad, long before any American troops appeared on the scene. What the
Normandy invasion achieved 18 months later was to keep the Red Army from
overrunning all of Europe.
Although Buchanan�s book is about how the British destroyed
themselves, Buchanan is clearly thinking about America. In the closing pages
Buchanan shows how the Bush Regime has broken from the sound policy of
President Reagan and is replicating the British folly of self-destruction.
"There is hardly a blunder of the British Empire we have not
replicated," laments Buchanan.
The distinct American hubris that we are "the
indispensable nation" and the braggadocio that we are an
"omnipower" has us overcommitted in alliances that we cannot fulfill.
Despite 25 percent of the Iraqi population killed, injured or displaced, the
"world�s only superpower" cannot even control Baghdad. To deal with
the pointless war we started in Afghanistan, we have had to sucker our NATO
allies into a conflict that is no concern of theirs. Militarily overextended
and with a faltering economy and collapsing currency, the cabal of morons that
rules America still hopes to attack Iran, Syria, and to drive Hezbollah from
Lebanon. American idiots in think tanks are busy at work drawing up plans about
how the US is going to check China and prevent her emergence as a power beyond
US control. The Republican presidential candidate has boasted that he will
challenge Russia and bring Putin to heel.
Amazing. The world�s greatest debtor is going to take on the
two powerful countries with the largest trade surpluses. According to the World
Factbook, an annual publication of the CIA, Russia�s 2007 current account
surplus is $465 billion and China�s is $363 billion. In contrast, the US
current account deficit is $987 billion -- an amount larger that the total
deficits of all other countries in the world combined. The out-of-pocket and
already incurred future cost of Bush�s wars of aggression is between $3 and $5
trillion, every dollar of which must be borrowed. That comes on top of the
unfunded liabilities of the US government totaling $53 trillion. By any account
the US is the world�s worst credit risk. The "mighty" US relies on
foreigners to finance its consumption, its wars, and the daily operations of
When Buchanan looks at the collection of idiots that
comprise America�s ruling class, he despairs.
In truth, American power is already broken, and the country
is already lost.
The country is lost, because the brownshirt Bush
Regime has destroyed the US Constitution with the complicity of the
opposition party and the federal courts. There is no organized power that can
restore the Constitution or even much concern that it has been overthrown.
The country is broken, because American capitalists have
moved offshore so many US manufacturing, engineering, and research jobs that US
imports now exceed US industrial production. American dependency on imported
manufactured goods, advanced technology goods, and energy is astounding.
Moreover, the dependency is escalating dramatically. In
March 2002, prior to Bush�s decision to impose Israel�s will on the Middle
East, oil was $25 a barrel. Today oil is $125-plus a barrel, a more than
five-fold increase that has seen our oil import bill rise from $145 billion in
2006 to $456 billion presently, a $300 billion addition to a trade deficit that
was already running $700-$800 billion annually.
There is no possibility of the US closing its trade deficit.
The US is able to survive such enormous deficits only because the US dollar is
the world reserve currency. This role for the dollar is nearing an end as the
world looks for more stable stores of value. Although oil is still nominally
priced in dollars, in reality it is being priced in euros as oil producers
raise the dollar price with a view to keeping their oil revenues at a constant
purchasing power in euros.
When the dollar loses its reserve currency role, foreign
financing for US trade and budget deficits will evaporate. US living standards
will collapse, and the indispensable omnipower will be just another washed up
For a world weary of "American exceptionalism,"
this can�t happen too soon.Paul
Craig Roberts [email him] was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s first term. He
was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center forStrategic
and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by
French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of
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