US Arrogance is a Gas
By Finian Cunningham
July 29, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Washington’s
arrogance is so out of control it has become
impossibly absurd. It is astounding just how
"exceptional" American politicians are at
spouting double-think and contradictions without
even the slightest shame or self-awareness.
In a keynote
speech last week, US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo admonished European so-called allies to
join Washington in its recklessly
confrontational stance towards China. Pompeo,
using anachronistic Cold War rhetoric, asserted
that the "free world" must be defended against a
"new tyranny" based in Beijing.
This is while the US Congress is unleashing
more severe economic sanctions over the Nord
Stream 2 gas pipeline which could hit over 100
European companies to the tune of €12 billion in
financial losses if the European Union proceeds
with the ambitious Russian energy partnership.
according to Oliver Hermes, chairman of the
German Eastern Business Association.
The German parliament has also
denounced the American sanctions as being an
attack on the sovereignty of Europe over the
latter’s strategic energy policies. It should be
obvious that Washington’s claims about
"protecting Europe from energy dependence on
Russia" are a preposterous pretext for promoting
more expensive American natural gas exports. So
much for presumed American free-market
Now isn’t that rich irony? The Trump
administration wants Europe to push its
anti-China campaign for "free world values
against tyranny" and yet Washington is
threatening to damage European economies if
Europe doesn’t buy more expensive gas from
America. You could hardly make that farce up.
And, still, American officials exhort this
ludicrous proposition with a straight face.
Also in the same speech from last week,
Pompeo doubled down with the double-think when
he said Washington is expecting Russia to join
American efforts to impose arms controls on
At the end of his oration, Pompeo was asked:
"Does Russia present an opportunity now to the
United States to coax them into the battle to be
relentlessly candid about the Chinese Communist
Here’s how America’s top diplomat replied:
"So I do think there’s that opportunity.
That opportunity is born of the
relationship, the natural relationship
between Russia and China, and we can do
something as well. There are places where we
need to work with Russia. Today – or
tomorrow, I guess it is, our teams will be
on the ground with the Russians working on a
strategic dialogue to hopefully create the
next generation of arms control agreements
like [former US president] Reagan did. It’s
in our interest, it’s in Russia’s interest.
We’ve asked the Chinese to participate.
They’ve declined to date. We hope they’ll
change their mind".
(It is worth bearing in mind that Pompeo was
formerly the director of the CIA who bragged
about "lying, cheating and stealing" as a
Forget the bit about Pompeo expressing
concern for "world peace" in his latest address.
What’s really going on here is Washington trying
to gain leverage over China’s strategic forces
by using Russia as an interlocutor. That’s one
of the reasons behind the Trump administration’s
ambivalence towards extending the New START
accord with Moscow. Washington is deliberately
gambling with the threat of a new global arms
race to put pressure on Moscow and Beijing to
conform to its strategic objectives of
But the immediate point here is Pompeo having the
audacity to say the US wants to "work with Russia" in
regard to China. This shameless impudence is casually
mentioned while Washington is threatening Russia’s vital
interests from its energy trade with Europe. So, let’s
get this straight: America wants Russia to help it in
corralling China "in return" for sabotaging Russia’s
strategic commercial interests with Europe?
The utter arrogance of the American Empire is such
that it is blind to its own absurdities. Hence its
blowhard officials talk without any shame. It wants
Europe and Russia to cede to its diktats over energy
trade and China and then presumes to lecture the world
about the virtues of freedom and democracy.
Under its own crass leadership, American global
standing is collapsing from the weight of its absurdity.
US arrogance is such that it is uniting the world
against itself. Washington’s self-absorbed diktats are
becoming intolerable, even to formerly subordinate
allies in Europe.
America’s decline has long been on the cards, but
ironically that decline is accelerating under a
president who claims to "make America great again".