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    Anglo American Ascendancy Lost in Unnecessary Wars
    Globalism; Posted on: 2008-05-14 15:48:53 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    American Liberty Teetering on Edge of Abyss

    by Paul Craig Roberts

    In a new book that will infuriate the fake conservatives who inhabit the Republican Party, Patrick J. Buchanan documents how British self-righteousness, delusion and hubris destroyed both the British Empire and Western ascendancy in two unnecessary wars launched by a small cabal of morons that ruled Britain.

    Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War shows that the two world wars that destroyed European civilization began when England declared war on Germany, thus dragging in the Empire, Commonwealth and United States. This was a strategic blunder unparalleled in history. Mighty Britain emerged from World War II as an American dependency.

    Buchanan cites such British notables as F.J.P. Veale, B.H. Liddell Hart and C.P. Snow to document that it was Winston Churchill who committed, in Veale’s words, “the first deliberate breach of the fundamental rule of civilized warfare that hostilities must only be waged against the enemy combatant forces.” It was Churchill, not Hitler, who first targeted civilian populations in World War II and caused the structure of civilized warfare to collapse in ruins.

    The Americans quickly adopted Churchill’s criminal policy of attacking civilians, culminating in the outrageous use of nuclear weapons against two Japanese cities, the slaughter of Vietnamese civilians, and the ongoing slaughter of Afghan and Iraqi civilians.

    A popular American myth is that “the greatest generation” saved the world from Nazi tyranny. As Buchanan points out, the fact of the matter is that the Normandy invasion in June 1944 played little, if any, role in Germany’s defeat. By the end of 1942, Hitler had lost World War II at Stalingrad, long before any American troops appeared on the scene. What the Normandy invasion achieved 18 months later was to keep the Red Army from overrunning all of Europe.

    Although Buchanan’s book is about how the British destroyed themselves, Buchanan is clearly thinking about America. In the closing pages, Buchanan shows how the Bush regime has broken from the sound policy of President Reagan and is replicating the British folly of self-destruction. “There is hardly a blunder of the British Empire we have not replicated,” laments Buchanan.

    The distinct American hubris that we are “the indispensable nation” and the braggadocio that we are an “omnipower” have us overcommitted in alliances that we cannot fulfill. Despite 25 percent of the Iraqi population killed, injured or displaced, the “world’s only superpower” cannot even control Baghdad.

    To deal with the pointless war we started in Afghanistan, we have had to sucker our NATO allies into a conflict that is no concern of theirs. Militarily overextended and with a faltering economy and collapsing currency, the cabal of morons that rules America still hopes to attack Iran and Syria, and to drive Hezbollah from Lebanon.

    American idiots in think tanks are busy at work drawing up plans about how the United States is going to check China and prevent her emergence as a power beyond U.S. control. The Republican presidential candidate has boasted that he will challenge Russia and bring Vladimir Putin to heel.

    Amazing. The world’s greatest debtor is going to take on the two powerful countries with the largest trade surpluses. According to the World Factbook, an annual publication of the CIA, Russia’s 2007 current account surplus is $465 billion and China’s is $363 billion. In contrast, the U.S. current account deficit is $987 billion—an amount larger that the total deficits of all other countries in the world combined.

    The out-of-pocket and already incurred future cost of Bush’s wars of aggression is between $3 trillion and $5 trillion, every dollar of which must be borrowed. That comes on top of the unfunded liabilities of the U.S. government totaling $53 trillion. By any account, the United States is the world’s worst credit risk. The “mighty” United States relies on foreigners to finance its consumption, its wars and the daily operations of its government.

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