“US leadership holds the world together,” declared Joe Biden in a recent televised address to the nation.
Of all the untruths that Joe Biden has uttered in his term as president this one is perhaps the most egregious. It is enough to look at the past two decades to see just how wrong President Biden’s claim is.
Instead of holding the world together, America’s political leadership has, in fact, inflicted wholesale chaos, death, and destruction in many places across the globe. It has attacked and invaded sovereign nations, shattered societies, created instability and caused the deaths of millions.
The War on Terror
Examples abound. Afghanistan and Iraq are a good start. After spending years and trillions of dollars to pummel these two nations into submission we left them in complete disarray.
It is worth reminding ourselves who took over after we unceremoniously departed that long-tried nation. It was the Taliban: the same bad guys we set out to chase away 20 years previously.
Not only did they march into Kabul to again lord it over the Afghani people, but we left them some seven billions dollars’ worth of military equipment. Even CNN has noticed the irony and tragedy of the whole Afghani enterprise:
“This equipment is now in a country that is controlled by the very enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades: the Taliban.”
This was, by the way, the greatest loss of military hardware by any country in history.
And what was the first thing the Taliban did after happily ensconcing themselves in Kabul’s presidential palace?
They began slaughtering those Afghanis who had co-operated with the American occupiers. The Taliban were killing people across the land and staged public executions to make an example of the collaborators. We went into Afghanistan with promises of liberation and democracy, and it ended with a slaughter as innocent blood ran down the streets.
A recent poll found that the majority of Americans agree that the war in Afghanistan was not worth it. From a report in the Navy Times:
“Two-thirds of Americans say the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting; 65% of Democrats and 63% of Republicans agree on that evaluation.”
Paradoxically, the Afghanistan misadventure is one of the very few issues on which Democrats and Republicans see eye to eye. The piece continues:
“Polls suggest the withdrawal, seen by many as chaotic and ill-planned, may have been a turning point for President Joe Biden’s approval ratings, which started a downward slide around that time and have not recovered since.”
Joe Biden was, of course, deeply involved with the war in Afghanistan. First in his capacity as the head of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and later for eight years as vice-president of the United States in the Obama administration.
And what about Iraq, a sovereign country that we invaded under false pretenses?
Our leaders accused Saddam Hussein of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and also hinted he may have been involved in the terror of 9/11. So much so that at the time of the invasion seventy percent of the American public believed that Saddam had a hand in the downing of the Twin Towers. The 9/11 Commission found, however, that this was not the case and that the claim of Saddam – Al-Qaeda connection was just a conspiracy theory.
And as for Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction? All that was found was a row of canisters of expired rat poison in the basement of the Iraqi department of defense.
Instead of apologizing for invading a country on the basis of a lie and making appropriate reparations, we continued the occupation and had Saddam executed even though he was innocent of the accusations we had originally levelled against him.
Our invasion – which cost more than four thousand American soldiers and at least three trillion dollars – wrought widespread chaos throughout the Iraqi society. According to a 2008 survey more than one million of Iraqis died as a result of the conflict that we unleashed.
Needless to say, we left Iraq in a worse condition than it was before we came into it. In fact, the chaos that we created helped to give rise to a ferocious terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also known as ISIS. This we have on authority of no lesser figure than Tony Blair who admitted as much in October 2015.
[Full disclosure: This writer supported both wars, because he fell blindly for government propaganda. This mistake is a source of longstanding remorse. Although we cannot change the past, we can, however, resolve one thing: never again to fall for government agitprop.]
The destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, however, are not the only two disasters that our government inflicted upon the world in the recent past. The list is quite long: Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen.
We involved ourselves in all these places and have left behind a trail of destruction, instability, death, suffering, and chaos.
And yet Joe Biden goes on TV to tell the American people that the US leadership is what holds this world together.
As if the US leadership was not doing enough damage already, it provoked another war – in Ukraine this time – by senselessly pushing for NATO’s sphere to the Russian border. This was a move that the Russians could not leave unanswered. They vehemently complained for years, warning and pleading with the US government to halt the process. But our leaders would not relent and in the end the Kremlin felt they had no choice.
Of one thing, we can be sure: Putin did not invade Ukraine, because he is mad or because he hates democracy. Claims such as these constitute a rank form of government propaganda akin to that of Saddam having weapons of mass destruction. Whatever he may be, Putin is not mad, and Ukraine is not democracy. Ukraine is the most corrupt country in Europe and one of the most corrupt places on earth.
Putin invaded Ukraine, because he objected to the US driven push for NATO’s eastward expansion whose aim was to bring that useless alliance all the way to Russia’s doorstep. No superpower would allow a hostile military block entrenching itself at its boundary in this manner. The last time this was tried – when the Soviet Union attempted to build military installation in Cuba – the United States made it clear it was ready to respond with nuclear force, and the Soviets withdrew.
Even though the pro-Biden regime propagandists tried hard to hide the true reason for Russia’s operation, the truth came out recently from none other than NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg who admitted that NATO’s enlargement was the real reason for Moscow’s actions. He also inadvertently confessed that what Putin wanted was security and peace, and that he was prepared not to act if his request was met. This is what Stoltenberg said:
“The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn of 2021, and actually sent a draft treaty that they wanted NATO to sign, to promise no more NATO enlargement. That was what he sent us. And was a pre-condition for not invade Ukraine. Of course we didn’t sign that.”
It was a grave mistake by NATO not to sign the proposed treaty in the fall of 2021, not least because Putin’s demand was both sensible and justified.
For a long time, astute geopolitical analysists had been warning about the looming disaster in Ukraine. More than eight years ago, Professor John Mearsheimer, one of the best-known political scientists in the world, predicted that America’s push for NATO’s eastward growth would eventually lead to disastrous outcomes. He explained the underlying dynamic in the now famous lecture which he delivered at the University of Chicago as far back as June of 2015. In that lecture, he accurately predicted Ukraine’s fate. This is what he said:
“The West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.”
Anybody who cares about international affairs and the role played in it by the United States should take an hour to listen to his lecture.
In retrospect, Professor Mearsheimer’s talk is very important for the following reason: if the astute professor was able to predict the destruction of Ukraine with such uncanny accuracy, it means that the analytical framework he used to arrive at this prediction must have been correct. Based on that framework, it is clear that the West, led by the United States, is at fault here.
Another superb analysis of the Ukraine fiasco has been given in an essay authored by Professor Jeffrey Sachs titled “The War in Ukraine Was Provoked—and Why That Matters to Achieve Peace.” This is what he writes about the real cause of the Ukraine conflict:
“There were in fact two main U.S. provocations. The first was the U.S. intention to expand NATO to Ukraine and Georgia in order to surround Russia in the Black Sea region by NATO countries… The second was the U.S. role in installing a Russophobic regime in Ukraine by the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President, Viktor Yanukovych, in February 2014. The shooting war in Ukraine began with Yanukovych’s overthrow nine years ago, not in February 2022 as the U.S. government, NATO, and the G7 leaders would have us believe.”
And what would be the solution to the dire situation in Ukraine? According to Professor Sachs, “the key to peace in Ukraine is through negotiations based on Ukraine’s neutrality and NATO non-enlargement.”
But this is precisely what the US leadership is unwilling to do. As Sachs noted in another piece:
“Russia has repeatedly tried negotiations: to try to forestall the eastward enlargement of NATO; to try to find suitable security arrangements with the US and Europe… In all cases, the US government disdained, ignored, or blocked these attempts, often putting forward the big lie that Russia rather than the US rejects negotiations.”
The fruit of our involvement in Ukraine is very similar to that of our other geopolitical projects: wholesale mayhem, death and chaos. What, however, makes the Ukraine situation especially eggregious is the fact that by provoking a military superpower our leadership has brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war.
With their appetite for destruction still unsatiated, the US leadership are doing their best to start yet another war with a nuclear nation. As you may know, for several years now the US has been aggressively encircling China with its military bases and installations. “US secures deal on Philippines bases to complete arc around China,” tells us the headline of a BBC News article from February of this year. From that piece we learn that:
“With the deal, Washington has stitched the gap in the arc of US alliances stretching from South Korea and Japan in the north to Australia in the south.”
US navy ships now routinely patrol the waters within a few hundred miles of China’s mainland. How would we feel if China was doing the same to us? We would, of course, not allow anything of the kind.
Continually provoking China in its own neighborhood, it is truly astonishing that the US government keeps accusing China of aggressive posturing. This mirrors the situation in Ukraine where the US was pushing its alliances, military assets, and biological laboratories close to the Russian border and when Russia responded it was accused of aggression.
It is our leaders who are pursuing a policy of extreme aggressiveness. It is this aggressiveness that has manifested itself in the unprovoked and disastrous invasion of Iraq and the unprovoked bombing of at least eight countries as part of the so-called war on terror. What our leadership waged is not a war on terror but a war of terror upon different parts of the world.
Unbelievably, they now want to launch another war against the various terror groups throughout the Middle East and for good measure they threaten to bomb Iran as well. This they desire to do even though Iran has not attacked us in any way. This would be another unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation by the US government. If this happens, we can be quite sure that nuclear-armed Russia and China are not going to stand idly by.
It is imperative that now more than ever we do everything we can to stop our war-mad leaders from wreaking further geopolitical mayhem before they manage to destroy the planet and civilization by plunging the world into a nuclear Armageddon.
But ill-conceived and catastrophic geopolitical projects are not the only way through which the US leadership has been pushing the world into an ever-increasing state of chaos. Now it is almost certain that the US government has had a hand in the creation of SARS-CoV-2 virus by participating in gain-of-function research at the Wuhan laboratories in China.
The person overseeing this research from the American side was apparently one Anthony Fauci, the former head of the National Institutes of Health. One of the ways in which Fauci funneled US government money into the project was through EcoHealth Alliance, an outfit led by his good friend professor Peter Daszak. It goes without saying that such research is illegal both under American and international law.
Once the virus escaped, Fauci frenetically sought to cover his tracks by insisting that the virus originated in a local wet market rather than in the massive laboratory complex next door. He strongarmed other scientists into publicly denying the lab origin hypothesis and worked behind the scenes to make it a cancellable offense to suggest otherwise.
We all well remember what a scourge COVID-19 turned out to be. It was the greatest calamity to befall the world since WW2. The virus itself as well as the lockdowns and other extreme measures implemented by governments across the planet in response to it took unprecedented economic and human toll.
Is this what Joe Biden means by US leadership holding the world together?
But our leadership was still not done with the Covid damage. First, American health authorities suppressed effective treatment protocols so that they could obtain emergency use authorization for the experimental Covid vaccines. Once again, it was Fauci who was instrumental in that effort. The denial of effective treatment cost many lives, especially among the vulnerable demographics.
The American government then approved the hastily developed and insufficiently tested Covid vaccines and subsequently it did its best to force them on the population via various mandates. Much of the rest of the world followed the suit and those who refused were vilified and penalized by the US-led global establishment.
In the end the Covid shots proved both ineffective in stopping/preventing Covid and harmful, but not before the vaccinators managed to inject nearly two thirds of the world’s population with these substances in what constitutes perhaps the greatest crime against humanity in history.
You are wrong, President Biden: the US leadership does not hold the world together. We cannot but observe with great distress and sadness that many of the actions by the US government have proved detrimental to the well-being of the world and now its continual belligerency threatens to burn it down completely in a nuclear holocaust.
We urge you to change course and start doing what is good and right by honest dealing and by seeking peace. You should do this both for the benefit of the American people as well as for the rest of mankind.
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