Of Ignorant Politicians…..Unschooled In Beltway
- The Imperial City deserves to be sacked by
insurgent politicians of the very ignorant kind.
That is, outsiders unschooled in its specious
groupthink and destructive delusions of grandeur.
Donald Trump’s challenge to the beltway’s permanent
bipartisan ruling class is so welcome. He is largely
ignorant of the neocon and war hawk catechisms and
sophistries propounded by joints like the Council on
to his overweening self-confidence, he doesn’t
hesitate to lob foreign policy audibles, as it
were, from the Presidential campaign’s line
It is these
unpredictable outbursts of truth and common sense,
not his bombast, bad manners and bigotry, that has
the Acela Corridor in high dudgeon. The Donald’s
establishment bettors are deathly afraid that he
might confirm to the unwashed electorate of Flyover
America what it already suspects.
that Washington’s hyper-interventionism and ungodly
expensive imperial footprint all around the globe
has nothing at all to do with their security and
safety, even as it saddles them with massive
public debts and the threat of jihadist blowback to
part, the fact is that most of his wild pitches——the
Mexican Wall, the Muslim ban, waterboarding—-are
basically excesses of campaign rhetoric that would
likely get fashioned into something far more
palatable if he were ever in a position to govern.
By contrast, the fundamental consensus of our
bipartisan rulers is a mortal threat to peace,
prosperity and democratic rule.
still, the beltway consensus is so entombed in
groupthink that the machinery grinds forward from
one folly to the next with hardly a peep of
dissent. Nothing could better illustrate
that deleterious dynamic, in fact, than the NATO
warships currently trolling around the Black Sea.
out loud, the very thought that Washington is
sending lethally armed destroyers into the Black Sea
is an outrage. That eurasian backwater harbors no
threat whatsoever to the security and safety of the
citizens of America—–or, for that matter, to those
of Germany, France, Poland or the rest of
shrunken remnants of the Russian Navy—- home-ported
at Sevastopol on the Crimea, as it has been since
Catherine The Great—-could not uncork the
Dardanelles with war-making intent in a thousand
years. Not in the face of the vast NATO armada
implacably positioned on the Mediterranean side of
So what is
possibly the point of rattling seaborne missile
batteries on Russia’s shoreline? It assumes a
military threat that’s non-existent and a hostile
intent in Moscow that is purely an artifact of NATO
truth, these reckless Black Sea naval
maneuvers amount to a rank provocation. With one
glance at the map, even the much maligned high
school educated voters who have rallied to Trump’s
cause could tell you that much.
can be said for the 31,000 NATO troops conducted
exercises in Poland and the Baltic republics right
alongside the border with Russia. These are not
isolated cases of tactical excess or
even far-fetched exercises in “deterrence”.
Instead, they directly manifest Imperial
Washington’s hegemonic raison d etat.
Indeed, these utterly pointless maneuvers on
Russia’s doorsteps are just a further extension of
the same imperial arrogance that stupidly initiated
a fight with Putin’s Russia in the first place
by igniting a Ukrainian civil war on the streets of
Kiev in February 2014.
not only sponsored and funded the overthrow of
Ukraine’s constitutionally elected government, but
did so for the most superficial and historically
ignorant reason imaginable. To wit, it objected to
the decision of Ukraine’s prior government to align
itself economically and politically with its
historic hegemon in Moscow.
nothing at stake in the Ukraine that matters. During
the last 700 years, it has been a meandering set of
borders in search of a country. In fact,
the intervals in which the Ukraine existed as an
independent nation have been few and far between.
it rulers, petty potentates and corrupt politicians
made deals with or surrendered to every outside
power which came along. These included
the Lithuanians, Turks, Poles, Austrians, Czars and
commissars, among others.
modern times Ukraine functioned as an integral part
of Mother Russia, serving as its breadbasket
and iron and steel crucible under czars and
commissars alike. Crimea itself was actually Russian
territory from 1783, when Catherine The Great
purchased it from the Turks, until the mid-1950’s,
when in a fit of drunken stupor the newly ascendant
Khrushchev gifted it to his Ukrainian compatriots.
history, the idea that Ukraine should be actively
and aggressively induced to join NATO was just plain
nuts. You might wonder what bantam brains actually
came up with the scheme, but only until you recall
that NATO itself has been a vestigial organ since
It’s now in
the business of self-preservation and concocting
missions, not securing the peace of anyone, anywhere
on the planet.
intervention has already caused NATO, the IMF and
Washington to pony up more than $40 billion of aid,
which has gone straight down the proverbial rathole.
The part that wasn’t stolen by the thieving
oligarchs Washington installed in Kiev has been used
to prosecute an horrific civil war which has killed
and wounded tens of thousands of civilians caught in
the cross-fire and destroyed what is left of the
was the neocon meddlers from Washington who
crushed Ukraine’s last semblance of civil governance
when they enabled ultra-nationalists and crypto-Nazi
to gain government positions after the putsch. In
one fell swoop that inexcusable stupidity re-opened
Ukraine’s blood-soaked modern history.
includes Stalin’s re-population of the Donbas with
“reliable” Russian workers
after his genocidal liquidation of the Kulaks in the
early 1930s. It also encompasses the large-scale
collaboration by Ukrainian nationalists in the
west with the Nazi wehrmacht as it laid waste to
Poles, Jews, gypsies and other undesirables on its
way to Stalingrad.
there was the equal and opposite spree of barbaric
revenge as the victorious Red Army marched back
through Ukraine on its way to Berlin.
beltway lame brains did not understand that
Washington’s triggering of “regime change” in Kiev
would re-open this entire bloody history of
sectarian and political strife?
once they had opened Pandora’s box, why was it so
hard to see that an outright partition of Ukraine
with autonomy for the Donbas and Crimea, or even
accession to the Russian state from which these
communities had originated, would have been a
perfectly reasonable resolution?
that would have been far preferable to dragging all
of Europe into the lunacy of the current anti-Putin
sanctions and embroiling the Ukrainian factions in a
suicidal civil war.
all, the artificial country of Czechoslovakia,
created on a political whim at Versailles,
was peacefully and inconsequently devolved into its
separate Czech and Slovakian nations. The same of
true of Yugoslavia.
instance, it was American bombers which forced the
partition of Kosovo from its Serbian parent.
And even then, this Washington sanctioned
partition ended up in the hands of a criminal mafia
that makes Putin appear sainted, to boot.
the current spat of NATO saber-rattling exercises on
Russia’s borders is living proof that Washington is
enthrall to a permanent ruling class
of educated fools and power-obsessed apparatchiks,
Is it any
wonder, therefore, that the Imperial City continues
to squander scarce fiscal resources on the
obsolete machinery of NATO and the bloated cold war
military establishments of its members that have no
wonder Trump’s establishment bettors scolded and
harrumphed when he had the temerity to suggest
that NATO was too expensive and possibly obsolete.
of course it is!
mission ended 25 years ago when Boris Yeltsin
mounted a soviet tank vodka flask in hand and stood
done the Red Army. The very geopolitical earth
parted right there and then.
years earlier, President Bush 41 and his able
Secretary of State, James Baker, had promised
Gorbachev that in return for acquiescing in the
reunification of Germany that NATO would not be
expanded “by a single inch”.
again that promise has been betrayed for no good
reason except imperial aggrandizement. Now a
military alliance which had no purpose other than to
contain 50,000 Soviet tanks on the central front has
been joined by the likes of Albania, Croatia,
Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria, too.
ascension of these micro-states added to the
security and safety of the citizens of Lincoln NE or
hasn’t. It has actually subtracted from national
security by threatening a third rate power with a
GDP no larger than that of the New York SMSA and an
annual defense budget amounting to less than 30 days
of Pentagon spending.
As to the
necessity of the current naval maneuvers, even the
leaders of Bulgaria—-a nation check-by-jowl to
Russia’s Black Sea fleet—— have demurred, pointing
out the obvious.
To wit, the
Black Sea is a place for sailboats and vacationers,
not NATO warships.
that is so obvious that it is no wonder our beltway
bettors are frothing at the mouth about Donald
Trump. He just might mobilize the country against
the threadbare predicates of their ruinous rule.
Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said he would
not join a
proposed NATO fleet in the Black Sea “because it
should be a place for holidays and tourists, not
always say that I want the Black Sea to see
sailboats, yachts, large boats with tourists and
not become an arena of military action …
I do not need a war in the Black Sea,”
Reuters cited Bulgaria’s Prime Minister as
saying at a media briefing. “To send
warships as a fleet against Russian ships
exceeds the limit of what I can allow,”
Borisov told reporters in Sofia on Thursday, as
cited by Bloomberg. “To deploy destroyers,
aircraft carriers near [the resort cities of]
Bourgas or Varna during the tourist season is
beginning of good sense. Disbanding NATO would
be the next rational step forward.