The Saker reports that Russia prepares for World War III, not because Russia intends to initiate aggression, but because the hubris and arrogance of the West, the demonisation of Russia, provocative military actions by the West, American interference in Chechnya and in former Soviet areas such as the Ukraine and Georgia, and the absence of any restraint from Western Europe on Washington’s ability to foment war alarms them. Like Steven Starr, Stephen Cohen, myself, and a small number of others, the Saker understands the reckless irresponsibility of convincing Russia that the USA intends to attack her.
It is extraordinary to see the confidence that many Americans place in their military’s ability. After 15 years, the USA couldn’t defeat a few lightly armed Taliban, and after 13 years, the situation in Iraq remains out of control. This isn’t very reassuring for the prospect of taking on Russia, much less the strategic alliance between Russia and China. The USA couldn’t even defeat China, a Third World country then, in Korea 60 years ago. Americans need to pay attention to the fact that “their” government is a collection of crazed stupid fools likely to bring vaporisation to the USA and all of Europe.
Russian weapons systems are far superior to American ones. Private companies produce American weapons for the sole purpose of making vast profits. The capability of the weapons isn’t their main concern. There are endless cost overruns that raise the price of US weapons into outer space. The F-35 fighter, which is less capable than the F-15 it’s supposed to replace, costs between 148 million USD (9.79 billion Roubles. 976 million Renminbi. 9.96 billion INR. 194 million CAD. 207 million AUD. 13 million Euros. 102 million UK Pounds) and 337 million USD (22.28 billion Roubles. 2.23 billion Renminbi. 22.67 billion INR. 441 million CAD. 471 million AUD. 304 million Euros. 231 million UK Pounds) per fighter, depending on whether it is an Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy model. A helmet for a F-35 pilot costs 400,000 USD (26.44 million Roubles. 2.64 million Renminbi. 26.9 million INR. 523,270 CAD. 558,330 AUD. 360,210 Euros. 273,420 UK Pounds), more than a high-end Ferrari and Washington forced or bribed hapless Denmark into purchasing useless and costly F-35s.
It’s entirely possible that nothing more than the greed of the US military-security complex is leading the world to destruction. Delighted that the reckless and stupid Obama régime resurrected the Cold War, thus providing a more convincing “enemy” than the hoax terrorist one, the “Russian threat” is back to its 20th century role of providing justification for bleeding the American taxpayer, social services, and the US economy dry in behalf of profits for armament manufacturers. However, this time, Washington’s rhetoric accompanying the revived Cold War is far more reckless and dangerous, as are Washington’s actions, than during the real Cold War. Previous US presidents worked to defuse tensions. The Obama régime inflated tensions with lies and reckless provocations, which makes it far more likely that any new Cold War will turn hot. If Killary gains the White House, the world is unlikely to survive her first term.
All of America’s wars, except the first… the war for independence… were wars for Empire. Keep that fact in mind as you hear the Memorial Day bloviations about the brave men and women who served our country in its times of peril. The USA has never been in peril, but Washington delivered peril to numerous other countries in its pursuit of hegemony over others. Today, for the first time in its history, the USA faces peril because of Washington’s attempts to assert hegemony over Russia and China.
Washington’s arrogance, hubris, and stupidity don’t impress Russia and China. Moreover, these two countries aren’t Native American Plains Indians, starved into submission by the Union Army’s slaughter of the buffalo. They aren’t the tired Spain of 1898, from whom Washington stole Cuba and the Philippines and called the theft “liberation”. They aren’t small Japan, who spread its limited resources over the vastness of the Pacific and Asia. They aren’t Germany, already defeated by the Red Army before Washington came into the war. They aren’t Granada, Panama, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, or the various Latin American countries that General Smedley Butler said the US Marines made safe for “the United Fruit Company” “some lousy bank investment”.
There’s no future for an insouciant American population preoccupied with selfies and with delusions of military prowess, whilst its crazed government picks a fight with Russia and China.
28 May 2016
Paul Craig Roberts
Institute for Political Economy