The Fall of the American Empire: Hooray!
By Jack Perry
Vladimir Putin is pulling
Assad’s fat from the fire in Syria. At least that’s how it looks to
America. He’s sending military assets to Syria and told Assad all he
needs to do is just whistle and Russian troops will be on the way.
The U.S. government is still wondering what all of this means. The
U.S. government doesn’t realize that in the grand scheme of things,
it all comes down to knowing culture. Russians play chess. America
plays poker. Putin was looking at moves on the board ten years down
the road. America was only worried about bluffing its way through
the next hand. The United States thought it needed three more queens
to make a four-of-a-kind and forgot to guard its own queen on the
chess board. Hilariously, it will be Russia to clean up Syria and
it’ll probably take two months. Putin walks away with Syria and Iran
will be kicking the tires on a neo-Warsaw Pact offer from Russia
which will certainly emerge.
The U.S. will sit there looking at its irrelevant
cards and then slap its forehead, not realizing this was a chess
match, not a poker game. Putin has the U.S. in check over there in
Syria and the U.S. did the only thing it could do: Move its king out
of check. That is, it had to accept Russia in Syria. John Kerry is
sitting there going, “Well, uh, we need a meeting to make sure U.S.
aircraft don’t accidently hit Russians. And, uh, why are there
Russian fighter aircraft and SAMs there?” Because, dummy, if
American aircraft “accidently” hit Russians, they’re going to get a
The Pentagon is scared witless. See, ISIS managed to
capture several M1 tanks from the Iraqi army who conveniently bailed
out of them and ran, leaving the keys in the ignition. Now, Russia
has sent some of their latest T-90s to Syria. I would wager those
T-90s are under orders to take out those M1s. At which point, the
“invincible” U.S. M1 tank is shown to be highly vulnerable to
Russian armor and the entire world gets to see it on You Tube. And
any U.S. threats over Ukraine can be laughed off because we haven’t
got the armor to back it up. We can’t afford to go into production
of a new main battle tank and then make them on a scale the Russians
can. Besides, we’re talking the U.S. defense industry. The “new”
tank they’d dream up would probably have a design glitch that killed
the crew when the gun was fired. Plus, the Pentagon is crapping
bricks over the possibility that a Russian SAM or, worse, a Russian
fighter could shoot down America’s trillion dollar Wunderwaffen, the
F-22s or F-35s. Perhaps in a mistaken identity incident where U.S.
aircraft hit Russians and they defended themselves. That’d be as
embarrassing as the M1s getting de-turreted by those T-90s. It would
show how for all the money spent, none of that aircraft is actually
superior in reality against genuine opponents, as opposed to camel
caravans. So they want to avoid that at all costs. Hence, the
“cooperation” with Russia over Syrian airspace protocol.
Putin certainly knows that, so he’ll use that as an
advantage. He can use his aircraft to clobber ISIS with impunity and
use them for ground-support operations of Syrian ground forces.
Something the U.S. refused to do. Plus, if Putin embeds Russian
troops with Syrian forces, the U.S. will be in deep dookey if our
aircraft have an “oopsie” with Assad’s people. So far, no American
has seen the hand writing on the wall. The message is this: American
foreign policy in the Middle East is about to come to an abrupt end.
The future there belongs to Russia.
Now, back in history, the U.S. and the Soviets waged
a proxy war during the Lebanese Civil War. Our aircraft and SAMs in
the hands of Israel against theirs in the hands of Syria. And the
U.S.-made toys came out as vastly superior. But that will not happen
a second time. Vladimir Putin does his homework. This isn’t Leonid
Brezhnev over there. The U.S. has gotten itself into check in Syria
very nicely. Anywhere it moves on the board, it’ll get back into
check. It can’t risk hitting Russians, it can’t continue trying to
topple Assad but it can’t back Assad, and it can’t afford to have
its weapons defeated by Russian weapons and the whole world see
that. However, the thing is, the U.S. is going to lose its entire
foreign policy over there if Russia defeats ISIS, which it will. How
For one thing, the U.S. has been involved in
operations against ISIS for a year now. Let Russia go in there and
get rid of ISIS in a few months, the entire Middle East will see who
gets results and who doesn’t. That translates into who has the best
military capabilities, better weapons for the money, and more
advantageous defense alliances.
Iran could benefit from an alliance with Russia. To
wit, access to military aircraft it needs badly. Hey, they pulled
off an airstrike against ISIS several months back using F-4 Phantoms
they cobbled together. They could use some newer birds. Now that the
U.S. has been repeatedly poking the Russian bear, they have no
reason to embargo weapon sales to Iran anymore. They sold Iran some
missile defense systems recently to break the ice, so to speak. Iran
wouldn’t need to bother with America anymore. Especially if they
signed a mutual defense pact with Russia. Iraq might just join the
Oh, the Republicans are going to whine about this
soon enough. As soon as they figure out our king on the Middle East
chessboard is in some pretty serious doo-doo. Not to mention the
Saudi king who’ll sweat ballistic missiles, to say nothing of
bullets, if Iran and Syria have Russia backing them. The balance of
power over there is about to change and the United States is soon to
become Option Two on the Emergency Call phone list for everyone over
there except Israel, Saudi Arabia, and a few other Gulf states. The
Republicans will blame Obama for dropping the ball. Actually, there
never was a ball, guys. It was a chessboard. The pieces were on the
board when Emperor Dubya ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003. For
now, the Republicans are too busy worrying about Muslims running for
president in America and, one supposes, a First Lady wearing a hijab.
Putin just opened a mosque in Moscow; said to be Europe’s biggest.
See, chess is a very fascinating game. It’s a game of
deep thought, which the American government is unable to perform.
Recently, Putin met with al-Sisi over in Egypt. He presented al-Sisi
with a gift—an AK-47 rifle in a nice display case. Now, do you see
the United States giving a gift like that? No, they probably gave
al-Sisi a solar-powered watch or something. Putin opened a mosque in
Moscow, showing he’s not afraid of Muslims and they’re welcome
there. He knows that to make friends in the Middle East. He can take
a stand against radical Muslims without alienating Muslims as a
whole by making ignorant remarks about them as have Republican
presidential candidates and politicians. By the time the Republicans
figure out what just happened, it will be too late.
All I can say is, the sooner the better. American
foreign policy wars in the Middle East have been nothing but a
Vietnam miniseries. Hilariously enough, they paved the way for
Russia to come in and probably have success. The U.S. sat there
watching the Russian rook in Ukraine and that might not have been
the actual move to even be worried about. That’s the thing about
chess. You’ve got to know how to play it. American presidents don’t.
So even a Republican elected in 2016 is going to fumble this one.
The biggest mistake made was alienating Russia in the first place.
That mistake right there was the single biggest mistake that touched
off the Fall of the American Empire. We are now witnessing the very
beginning of that watershed event. Like I said, you’ve got to know
how to play chess. The U.S. government came to play politics. But
Vladimir Putin came to play chess. And win.
Jack Perry is an arrowmaker and writer who
lives in the Four Corners area of the Southwestern United States. He
has been a truck driver, a purchasing agent at a now-defunct
renewable energy company (don't even ask him about the "Green
energy" scam), and served in the 101st Airborne Division. He spends
his time practicing traditional archery, making arrows in the wilds
of the Arizona high desert, and finding himself only mildly amused
by the antics of the Great Father in Washington.