Glen Ford – Going Down With the Bad Ship U.S.A.

by Glen Ford, BAR

There is no mystery to the ideological collapse of U.S. ruling class politics under late stage capitalism and imperial decline. Simply put, the corporate duopoly parties have nothing to offer the masses of people except unrelenting austerity at home and endless wars abroad. A shrunken and privatized Detroit serves as the model for U.S. urban policy; Libya and Syria are the scorched-earth footprints of a demented and dying empire. The lengthening shadow of economic eclipse by the East leaves the U.S. Lords of Capital with no cards left to play but the threat of Armageddon.

As China reclaims its historic place at the center of the earth, alongside the huge and heavily armed landmass of Russia, Washington flails about in a frenzy of firewall-building, buying time with the blood of millions, hoping to somehow preserve its doomed hegemony. But the “exceptional” superpower has no Marshall Plan to rescue itself from the throes of systemic decay, and all that it can offer to the emerging nations of the world is a bad example and the threat of annihilation. Its own people tire of the “Great Game,” finally realizing that they are the ones who have been played.

George Bush drawled the “last hurrah” of empire with his declaration of “Mission Accomplished,” 15 years ago — and was quickly contradicted. With the failure in Iraq, the pretense of “spreading democracy” came ingloriously undone. A refurbishing of the imperial brand was attempted, with a bright and shiny new face – a Black-ish one — plus a new logo to justify invasion and regime-change: “humanitarian” intervention. But Obama’s assault on Syria revealed that the U.S. and its junior partners could only project power in the region through an alliance with Islamic jihadist terror. The architects of the War on Terror were, in fact, the godfathers of al Qaida.

“Do you realize now what you’ve done?” Vladimir Putin demanded of the Americans, at the United Nations, in 2015. “It is hypocritical and irresponsible to make loud declarations about the threat of international terrorism while turning a blind eye to the channels of financing and supporting terrorists, including the process of trafficking and illicit trade in oil and arms. It would be equally irresponsible to try to manipulate extremist groups and place them at one’s service in order to achieve one’s own political goals in the hope of later dealing with them or, in other words, liquidating them.”

Washington’s jihadist strategy has rapidly unraveled ever since. The empire was unmasked in the world’s most public forum, revealing the utter depravity of U.S. policy and, more importantly, the weakness of Washington’s position in the region. The mighty fortress of global capital, the self-appointed defender of the world economic “order,” was revealed as, not just in collusion with head-chopping, women-enslaving, sectarian mass-murdering terrorists, but militarily dependent on the very forces it claims to wage a twilight, “generational” battle to destroy. The U.S. has been spouting The Mother of All Lies, and most of humanity knows it. Deep down, most Americans suspect as much, too…

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6 Responses

  1. sponsored by the global crime syndicate operations of
    the Zionist/Bolshevik…truth and justice hating “terrorists”
    who have a crime syndicate cult compound in Palestine

    for “Jews” only.

    curious how that happens

  2. One objection to this article is the author’s statement that the war on Iraq was a “failure.”
    It is a common enough error to assume that what happened to Iraq was some sort of accident, error or unintended consequence, rather than the plan all along to destroy and render powerless “seven countries in five years.” True, the plan is behind schedule, but the devastation achieved so far counts as “mission accomplished.” Were it not for Putin (and with the help of Hezbollah and Iran), Syria would have also been “solved” by now.

    • I agree when you say most look at the chaos that ensued in Iraq after our illegal invasion and occupation as a “failure” or lack of proper planning while in fact, it was part of the program from the beginning. And I think I just said as much in my latest video I believe. But as far as Glen goes, he doesn’t mean that. What he’s talking about, I believe, is the fact that the Iraqis want us OUT… the puppet regime we installed want us OUT. And the reason they wanted us out was because we pushed the Kurdish independence thing and the puppet leaders (both the first one and the guy we replaced him with) figured out they were just there to be the caretakers of the balkanized, weakened and impoverished Iraq AFTER we broke off a piece for Kurdistan. And the plan failed. No question there. So in that regard he is correct.

      • I see your point (and his).
        Isn’t it disappointing that even when we install our satraps somewhere sooner or later hey get uppity and turn on us? Can’t buy steadfast loyalty anymore these days.
        And look at Erdouan: he doesn’t seem to know that one who keeps switching pimps gets “done and beaten and occasionally killed. He needs an advisor with brothel experience.

      • The goal by default is a failed state. Mission accomplished, at least in the short term.

        • We don’t make democracy across the globe, we dismantle them. And we don’t make successful nations, we make failed ones. And now all our statesmen men of craft are turning their attentions to us. I guess Zimbabwe wasn’t enough to satisfy them.

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