U.S. Aggressiveness Will
Accelerate Its Demise
By Moon Of Alabama
March 20, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - - "Moon
Of Alabama" -The
foreign policy of the current U.S. administration is
exactly the same as the foreign policy of the
previous one. In short: disastrous.
There are dozens of examples: The "maximum
pressure' campaign against Iran continues, the
sanctions on Venezuela will be upheld or even
strengthened, the bombing of Syria, no change on
Yemen and so on.
The problem is that none of these 'we are tough
guys' policies achieves any purpose.
From the outside world the behavior and tough
talk of U.S. officials is seen as juvenile. It
demonstrates a lack of knowledge, wisdom and
Consider these recent headlines about China:
> The United States will take an uncompromising
stance in talks with China on Thursday in
Alaska, officials have said, in the first
face-to-face meetings between senior officials
from the two rivals since U.S. President Joe
Biden took office.
Beijing has called for a reset to ties, now
at their lowest in decades, but Washington has
said the Alaska talks will be a one-off, and any
future engagement depends on China improving its
Then, after days of badmouthing China, it finally
dawned on Blinken that he needs China's help.
Why, after so many bad words towards it, would
China help the U.S. with solving the North Korea
problem? It has zero incentive to do so.
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The same aggressive behavior can be seen with
regards to Russia. Baseless accusations of
Russian election interferences are followed with
more sanctions and threats topped off with
Biden calling Russia's President Putin a
'killer'. As the Canadian Russia expert Paul
As for Biden’s comments, well what can one say?
Didn’t he just order the bombing of Syria.
Doesn’t that make him a ‘killer’ too?
Politicians should avoid this sort of language.
I suspect, though, that what this and the
intelligence report mentioned above indicate is
that Russiagate, with its
allegations of Trump-Putin collusion to
undermine American democracy, has done
irreparable damage to US-Russia relations. One
gets the impression that there is now a deep,
deep hatred of Russia within the US government,
a hatred that
prevents any sane analysis of Russian intentions
and actions, as well as of US national interests.
I fear that this will last for quite a long
[The] degradation of the American political
institutions, top-bottom, and its speed are
mind-boggling. As for the class and culture--US
political elite and US media machine don't have
any. Biden merely confirmed it today.
One Russian saying posits that one can still
negotiate with scoundrels, one cannot negotiate
with idiots. When the opposite side is both,
boy, talk about the United States turning into
the third world country.
The hostility the U.S., by its behavior and
words, creates against itself is not restricted to
Russia and China.
Last week the French "Armed Forces Joint
Reflection Circle" CRI, an independent think tank of
former generals and high officers of the French
forces, issued an
open letter to NATO General Secretary Jens
Stoltenberg in which it accused him of having
acting solely in the interest of the U.S. during the
development of his
NATO 2030 plan.
The letter details how Stoltenberg, NATO and the
U.S. have caused the bad relations with Russia. It
says that the U.S. is trying use a fictional
'Russian threat' to pressure NATO countries into
morphing into a global force, under U.S. command and
independent of the United Nations, to then use it
against China. This while the real threat to Europe
is Islamic terrorism caused by the U.S.
interferences in the Middle East and north Africa.
The U.S. led NATO is thereby becoming a danger for
The accusations the French generals are launching
against the U.S. go beyond anything one might hear
from Moscow or Beijing.
The next 'allied' nation that will have sound
reason to turn hostile towards the U.S.
might well be Germany:
The Biden administration Thursday stepped up its
rhetoric against a gas pipeline between Russia
and Germany, calling on all those involved in
the project to “immediately abandon” their work.
“The Department reiterates its warning that
any entity involved in the Nord Stream 2
pipeline risks US sanctions and should
immediately abandon work on the pipeline,”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a
Nord Stream 2 is of vital importance to Germany's
energy security. The German public was rather
hostile to President Trump and Biden's victory was
seen with relief. But when it sees how Biden pursues
the same policies, and with a similar tone, it will
turn on him. A more general 'anti-Americanism' would
The uncompromising and ever aggressive behavior
the U.S. shows towards competitors as well as
friends will not lead to a stronger U.S. position in
the world. People and nations will learn to work
These rushed attempts to prevent the ending of
unipolar moment will only accelerate the move
towards a new multilateral global system.
U.S. Aggressiveness Follow Up
The 'western' media reporting of
the spat between Biden and Putin is typically
The Guardian @guardian -
18:15 UTC · Mar 18, 2021
'Takes one to know one': Putin-Biden spat
escalates over 'killer' accusation
That was not what Putin had said:
Ivan Pentchoukov @IvanPentchoukov -
16:56 UTC · Mar 19, 2021
Can't believe how many outlets are running
with the same totally false translation of what
The idiom Putin used is much closer to "the
names you call others is what you should be
official Kremlin transcript agrees with Ivan's
[D]ifficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound
in the history of every nation and every state.
But when we evaluate other people, or
even other states and nations, we are always
facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the
reflection, because we project our inner selves
onto the other person.
You know, I remember when we were children
and played in the yard, we had arguments
occasionally and we used to say:
whatever you call me is what you are called
yourself. This is no coincidence or
just a kids’ saying or joke. It has a very deep
psychological undercurrent. We always see
ourselves in another person and think that he or
she is just like us, and evaluate the other
person’s actions based on our own outlook on
There is an additional passage of interest which
sets out rules for future talks that I have not seen
reported in 'western' media:
I know that the United States and its
leaders are determined to maintain certain
relations with us, but on matters that are of
interest to the United States and on its terms.
Even though they believe we are just like them,
we are different. We have a different genetic,
cultural and moral code. But we know how
to uphold our interests. We will work with the
United States, but in the areas that we are
interested in and on terms that we believe are
beneficial to us. They will have to
reckon with it despite their attempts to stop
our development, despite the sanctions and
insults. They will have to reckon with this.
We, with our national interests in mind, will
promote our relations with all countries,
including the United States.
Secretary of State Blinken's meeting with the
Chinese foreign minister in
a shabby Alaskan hotel was
another diplomatic train wreck:
“The alternative to a rules-based order is a
world in which might makes right and winner
takes all and that would be a far more violent
and unstable world,” Blinken said.
The 'rules based order' means 'do what we say'
and is of course unacceptable.
Here is how the Chinese replied:
What China and the international community
follow or uphold is the United Nations-centered
international system and the international order
underpinned by international law, not what is
advocated by a small number of countries of the
so-called “rules-based” international order.
I don’t think the overwhelming majority of
countries in the world would recognize that the
universal values advocated by the United States
or that the opinion of the United States could
represent international public opinion, and
those countries would not recognize that the
rules made by a small number of people would
serve as the basis for the international order.
When Yang was chided by Blinken for making a too
long opening statement in response to Blinken's
accusations Yang replied:
The Chinese side felt compelled to make this
speech because of the tone of the U.S. side.
Well, isn’t this the intention of United
States, judging from what – or the way that you
have made your opening remarks, that it wants to
speak to China in a condescending way from a
position of strength?
So was this carefully all planned and was it
carefully orchestrated with all the preparations
in place? Is that the way that you had hoped to
conduct this dialogue?
Well, I think we thought too well of
the United States. We thought that the U.S. side
will follow the necessary diplomatic protocols.
So for China it was necessary that we made our
So let me say here that, in front of the
Chinese side, the United States does not
have the qualification to say that it wants to
speak to China from a position of strength.
The U.S. side was not even qualified to say such
things even 20 years or 30 years back, because
this is not the way to deal with the Chinese
people. If the United States wants to deal
properly with the Chinese side, then let’s
follow the necessary protocols and do things the
which was apparently left out of State
History will prove that if you use cutthroat
competition to suppress China you will be the
one to suffer in the end.
The attempted U.S. assault was a home run
for the Chinese side:
Many netizens on China’s social media said
Chinese officials were doing a good job in
Alaska, and that the U.S. side lacked sincerity.
Some even characterized the talks as a
“Hongmen Banquet”, referring to an event that
took place 2,000 years ago where a rebel leader
invited another to a feast with the intention of
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