The United States has drawn an “iron curtain” around China and Russia. They’re preventing China from integrating their economy with Japan, the Koreas, Vietnam, the Philippines, India and Australia. Similarly, it prevents Russia from integrating economically with its natural geographic neighbours, the European countries, India and the Asian countries.
The US hates the idea that German, French and other European investors will invest in Russia and aid their reindustrialisation which we may call 2.0. Further, Kissinger’s nightmare of the two communist countries, China and Russia allying is rapidly coming to pass. The Americans know that this will change the nature of global geopolitics and power politics forever, and relegate them to an average player in the world. A world, they imagine they’ve created.
Here’s my point; the whole fuss about Russia invading the Ukraine is a not so clever propaganda ploy by the neocons to prevent the above from happening, starting with the quashing of the Nordstrom 2 pipeline. Biden, under pressure from the neocons, the billionaire oligarchy and the neocapitalist class in America, is hanging his entire foreign policy on this notion of massive sanctions against Russia, should it invade the Ukraine, which we all know Russia has no intention of doing to start with.
It is perhaps the biggest propaganda campaign by Washington in the history of the United States, the propagandists are propagandised by their own propaganda and to that end have prepared “pre-crime,” (ala Tom Cruise in The Minority Report) sanctions against Russia for an act not committed, nor will it by all accounts be committed. But; it has the net effect of legitimising the official side-lining of Russia economically for generations, under the guise of its supposed invasion of the Ukraine, though we can all see, is such an obvious shell game.
Thus with these rear-guard actions, and you better believe they are too late, the United States hopes to reverse the inevitable, which is that the world is rapidly moving to a multipolar world, where US hegemony is a distant memory.
Here are some statistics to bear in mind when relying on US hegemony or thinking that the US will remain that “bright light on the hill.”
1. China has been the largest exporter of goods since 2009
2. The Chinese economy grows at a faster rate than any other country in the world
3. The Chinese economy has been growing at a steady rate for longer than any other country in the world.
4. When measured by PPP alone, the Chinese economy is the largest in the world
5. The Chinese economy hasn’t yet matured like its American counterpart
6. The Chinese economy is cheaper to run than the economy of the United States and will remain so for a very long time
7. Russia is the largest exporter of wheat in the world
8. Russia is the richest country in the world measured by mineral reserves
9. This does not take into account its exploits in the Arctic
10. When measured by PPP, the Russian economy is bigger than the German economy
11. The Russian economy hasn’t yet matured like its German counterpart
12. The Russian economy is cheaper to run than the German economy
Though the European economy, as an economic bloc is the third largest in the world, there are three structural issues that the Europeans have to deal with as follows:
It is compelled to buy expensive American arms that have not been battle tested, are for wars that are for the foreseeable future, non-existent.( Unless they themselves start those wars.)
They are forced to subordinate their strategic economic interests to the economic interests of the United States.
Germany as the economic “powerhouse” of Europe, remains a “captured or occupied state” from a legal, military and economic perspective and under the direct control of the United States, since WWII.
“Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate.” ― Edward W. Said (Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2003)”
“When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys.” ― George Orwell