Will the U.S. Ever Stop Lying About Global Politics?

At the heart of the current crisis between Washington and Moscow is this: Vladimir Putin has massed troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine and implied that he may invade unless he receives a guarantee that Ukraine will never join NATO. The Biden administration rejects that demand out of hand. Powerful nations, it insists, cannot demand that their neighbors fall under their spheres of influence…

It’s a noble principle, just not one the United States abides by

To be sure, the United States doesn’t enforce the Monroe Doctrine in the same way it did in the first half of the 20th century, when it regularly deployed the Marines to Central America and the Caribbean, or during the Cold War, when the C.I.A. helped topple leftist governments. Washington’s methods have changed. It now prefers using economic coercion to punish governments that ally with adversaries and challenge its regional dominion…

And if that didn’t continue to work as well as it has for a relatively small number of decades, whoever is squatting in the White House would once again call out the bloody Marines…in the name of “defense” of course.

4 thoughts on “Will the U.S. Ever Stop Lying About Global Politics?

  1. Here&Now says:

    “Putin thinks he can win a new Cold War. He may be right.” Matt Bai, Washington Post 2/25/22) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/25/why-winning-a-second-cold-war-with-russia-is-harder-than-you-think/
    “If the United States faces a second Cold War, can we win it? That is the provocative question columnist Matt Bai asks — and he provides an unsettling answer: maybe not.
    Not because we don’t wield the same financial or military clout as in the last round, but because, this time, we may lack the conviction — in democracy itself.
    “We won the Cold War not because we had better soldiers or more reliable weapons or more disposable income, although all of those were advantages,” Bai writes. “We won because we were right.” About the superiority of capitalism over communism. About liberal democracy over statist repression.
    And with that, a warning: “Just because you win a war once, though, doesn’t mean you’re destined to win it again. And if we think the nation is up for another extended standoff with Russian tyranny, then we need to face the frightening state of the democracy that was once our greatest strength.”
    This, Bai suggests, may explain part of Putin’s willingness to risk the confrontation. “Through Putin’s lens, we probably look nothing at all like the steely country that won the Cold War, with an almost theological devotion to free markets and free minds,” Bai observes.
    “He must see us as a country increasingly like his own, willing to indulge our own brands of tyranny and propaganda, riven by tribal tensions and intolerant of dissent.”
    Can we blame him? Is there a way to avoid proving him right? There is a lot to consider in this important piece, and a lot to worry about.”

    “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever.” George Orwell, “1984”
    Vitaly Skakun Volodymyrovych https://www.sportskeeda.com/pop-culture/news-who-vitaly-shakun-tributes-pour-ukrainian-soldier-blows-along-bridge-stop-russian-tanks

    • eideard says:

      Most international observers would agree the US didn’t “win the Cold War”. It stepped towards the end through the policies of Gorbachev. Who admitted even he didn’t realize the strength of nationalism in Russia over any other politics inside the Soviet Union.

      Claiming “victory” works in the US press. Not so, in the rest of the world. Especially Europe. Especially Eastern Europe.

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