Watching our feral elite fly into terrain is terrifying but there’s some inadvertent humor along the way. You just know it’s going to end in tragedy but damn if it isn’t funny. Kind of like Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Take that whole “rule based international order” our foreign policy mavens keep blathering about. I mean who are they fucking kidding? Is there anyone left out there who believes that shit? And Anthony Blinkin. He seems so clueless and out of his depth that one almost longs for the predictable bellicosity of a Pompeo or Bolton.
I have a question. With all the threats to start a shooting war with Russia over Ukraine and China over Taiwan, how completely out of touch with reality can US leaders be?
What’s crazy is that after Biden promised a new era of American diplomacy, his foreign policy team is now widely acknowledged to have instead brought U.S. relations with Russia and China to all-time lows. Judging from the March meeting of Secretary of State Blinken and National Security Advisor Sullivan with Chinese officials in Alaska, Biden’s meeting with Putin in Vienna in June, and Under Secretary Nuland’s recent visit to Moscow, U.S. officials have based their encounters with Russian and Chinese officials on ultimatums in order to act tough for domestic audiences instead of seriously trying to resolve policy differences.
Of course, the beginnings of this descent into madness were provoked by the Orange Menace, who seems to have single-handedly caused our feral elite to lose their minds. Indeed, the 2015 rise of Donald Trump, a development that provoked a hysterical reaction in the establishment wings of both the Democratic and Republican parties, which became far more severe after Trump’s unexpected 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.
Instead of asking themselves why they and their policies had grown so unpopular that a faux-populist outsider who had been massively outspent on advertising could win, leading Democrats instead adopted the lunatic excuse that Russian President Vladimir Putin had arranged Trump’s elevation, somehow managing to overcome their multi-billion-dollar presidential campaign with the help of a few thousand dollars of display ads on Facebook.
That liberals could swallow such absurdities was surprising, but those debilitating conditions turned out to be widespread within our establishment media and political worlds, and this bizarre Russia-gate narrative dominated the first couple of years of the Trump presidency, reducing American politics to a farce.
Yours truly had to deal with the madness. During the early days of Trump’s presidency I can’t tell you how many conversations where the person I was talking with would stammer with stunned disbelief that I did not believe the claims about Russia, Russia-gate, Trump, and Putin that were so universally believed and promoted within mainstream liberal circles.
What’s dismaying is that all of this domestic, partisan nonsense has made our world increasingly dangerous. The combination of a relentless media demonization of Putin’s Russia and the creation of potential military flash-points in Syria and Ukraine produced an extremely dangerous world situation. Our current confrontation with Russia might be even more perilous than what we had faced at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, yet almost none of the corporate media outlets articulate how dangerous all of this is.
And, crazy, stupid, as the recent pronouncement by NATO poodle, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, demonstrates. Stoltenberg called the events of January 6 “an attack… on the core values of NATO.”
Yeah, like the head of NATO has any business pontificating on values or democracy after NATO destroyed Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria, while relentlessly encircling Russia with new members.
This comes on the heels of the latest in the Russia-gate saga, where it turns out that the whole thing was made up. But, of course, the perpetrators have moved on with zero accountability, or shame. The problem with this is presuming that our feral elite possess a sense of guilt. Take Adam Schiff and the Steele dossier. While even the Washington Post has admitted that it got the Russian collusion story wrong in light of the findings of Special Counsel John Durham, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is still insisting that he was absolutely right to promote the discredited Steele dossier. Schiff’s interview on NBC’s Meet the Press may be the final proof of the death of shame in American politics.
What all of these stories have in common is the fecklessness of our feral elite. The US endlessly proclaims itself a meritocracy but from my vantage point there appears to be a pattern of elite’s being rewarded for being wrong in the right way and failing upward while the people who’ve been right are punished. Some meritocracy. More like oligarchy.
Of course, this sort of thing is in line with historical behavior of elites in crumbling empires. To wit, the crisis in American society stems from our operating system–capitalism and the oligarchy it has produced. Vast inequality, poverty, unemployment, crumby social welfare and healthcare, housing and education, and so on, are all rooted in this system that causing our nation to implode
Maybe this dim realization is why our feral elite are completely loosing it and threatening war with Russia and China. Dying empires are dangerous, especially ones with a vast nuclear arsenal. To accomplish this they’re aggressively propagandizing us into consenting to insanely dangerous escalations geared toward maintaining a US empire that massively rewards this psychotic elite. Meanwhile, I’m seeing signs everywhere that the managers of empire are preparing to do some very, very crazy things in order to maintain their dominance.