The US is waging a novel type of hybrid warfare in a desperate attempt to maintain its hegemony and counter the rise of a multi-polar world led by Russia and China. The war on terror is a hoax, used as a convenient cover story to mask the US’s true intentions.
As I discussed in an earlier post, the return of Russia to the Middle-East with its defense of Syria has meant that the neoconservatives are constrained from outright invasions, like Iraq, and are forced into indirect attacks. This new form of warfare is aimed at removing countries in Russia’s “sphere of influence,” controlling vital resources from North Africa through the Middle East and across Central Asia, establishing military bases wherever necessary, and, most importantly, maintaining the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
Andrew Horybko’s book, Hybrid Wars, offers an excellent deconstruction of this new type of warfare. In the case of US foreign policy, a hybrid war is where US intelligence agencies foster civil unrest aimed at regime change within a targeted state/society, which is any country whose leaders choose to support their own citizens’ well-being, independence and quality of life over US transnational corporate interests. The targeted country is attacked economically through sanctions and embargos, politically through propaganda, lies and threats, or militarily, through acts of terrorism, coups and assassinations. Think NGO’s, social media, Color Revolutions, terrorists and Nazi’s
The book focuses on the new strategy of indirect warfare that the US has demonstrated during the Syrian and Ukrainian Crises. Both situations left many wondering whether they were observing the export of Color Revolutions to the Mideast, the arrival of the Arab Spring to Europe, or perhaps some kind of Frankenstein hybrid. It is asserted that when the US’ actions in both countries are objectively compared, one can discern a new patterned approach towards regime change. This model begins by deploying a Color Revolution as a soft coup attempt, only to be followed up by a hard coup Unconventional War if the first plan fails. Unconventional Warfare is defined in this book as any type of nonconventional (i.e. non-official military) force engaged in largely asymmetrical combat against a traditional adversary. Taken together in a two-pronged approach, Color Revolutions and Unconventional Warfare represent the two components that form the theory of Hybrid War, the new method of indirect warfare being waged by the US.
US behavior is a throw back to Cold War doctrine. On one side were US planners who argued for containment, while on the other were the hawks who wanted the Soviets attacked on all fronts as a way to rollback the Iron Curtain.
The policy of rollback is alive and well. Horybko argues that US planners are still seeking to undermine Russia, “Instead of directly confronting the targets on their home turf, proxy conflicts will be waged in their near vicinity in order to destabilize their periphery.”
One of the key elements in hybrid warfare is the media, with its ability to propagandize the masses of an attacked country. These same techniques are imported back to the homeland. The US media is essentially conducting a public diplomacy operation against the American populace, employing advertising, public relations and propaganda. The ease at which they’ve whipped the American populace into a war frenzy over ISIS is a case in point. Even the exposure of the propaganda leading to the invasion of Iraq has not blunted the ability of the corporate media to sell war.
Then, of course, there’s social media.
Horybko, examines how the hybrid warriors utilize this new form of communication. “Nowadays, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are integral parts of the “armory” that Hybrid Warriors use. Recent news stories suggest that instigating civil unrest and fostering a hive mind in targeted states is the true objective of the US government’s covert involvement in Facebook and other social media networks. Facebook conducted secret psychological experiments on over half a million of its users in order “to study how emotional states are transmitted over the platform. The study was called “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks” and concluded the same, namely that “emotions spread via contagion through a network”, thereby increasing the ability for an intelligence organization to socially engineer a hive mind. In the context of Hybrid War, this is the masses swarming the authorities’ symbolic and administrative centers of power as a unified (if decentralized) whole in order to lead to regime change by mob rule (i.e. organized and directed chaos).
Weaponized chaos is an essential component of hybrid warfare, Horybko writes. “The purpose is to engage in de-facto or de-jure strategic state fracturing to destabilize the Eurasian Great Powers (Russia, China, Iran) and prolong American primacy over the supercontinent.”
This is our American foreign policy. It’s not about keeping the American people safe from terrorism, it’s all about maintaining an empire at any cost. For the American people, there’s not a lot of up-side to these policies. Like our economy, the gains of empire disproportionately go to the 1%.
Sadly to say, I’m not sure the American people are capable of comprehending the enormity of our foreign policies and how dangerous they are.
Here’s Colonel Pat Lang discussing these realities with a neighbor. “A well educated woman neighbor explained to me that the American people lack the “software” in their heads to grasp what is being written here on Sic Semper Tyrannis about the Middle East. I agree. Borgist repetitive propaganda has IMO re-structured the collective American brain to such an extent that the truth is for most unfathomable.”
Update: There’s a textbook example of hybrid warfare being carried out in Montenegro, in real time.
“Since Montenegro had regained its independence the U.S. and the EU have created a multi-layered hierarchical system comprising multiple structures and organizations in order to reshape the public consciousness of Montenegrins and guarantee that the country joins NATO. This sophisticated ‘network of networks’ has engulfed government structures, NGOs and commercial companies working for one purpose. This method proved to be successful in Ukraine, where the U.S. and EU have achieved their goals. As for Montenegro, only time will tell.”