Imperial Catastrophe, or Biden’s Foreign Policy
June 26, 2022 at 7:23 PM - Views: 72 #493158Ohio BarbarianModerator
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The Biden Administration’s foreign policy has mostly been one disastrous decision after the other, culminating in the new sanctions regime against Russia that has spectacularly backfired against the US Empire. Let us count some of the ways.
Biden said the ruble would be reduced to rubble. Instead, the ruble is doing better than it has in years.
Biden said the Russian economy would be strangled by sanctions and they would have no one to whom to sell their oil and gas. Now, China and India are buying huge amounts of Russian oil, and Indian middlemen are selling it at a premium so that Americans will potentially be buying it at higher prices at the pump while some Indian oligarchs get rich.
Russia is now making more money off of oil and gas sales than it was before it invaded Ukraine.
The sanctions accelerated inflation in the United States, sometimes up to around 30% in things like food, fuel, and shelter, and Biden’s only response is to say that this is the price for opposing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which the US Empire had done everything it could to provoke in the hopes of weakening Russia. American working class families are reeling under the hits that keep on coming.
Meanwhile, the US Empire’s client governments in Western Europe mostly went along with sanctions that hurt their own interests and people far more than they did Russia’s and Russians. Of those countries, Germany is perhaps the most spectacular FUBARed state.
A few years ago, under pressure from German environmentalists like the Greens, Germany shut down all of its nuclear power plants. This increased its reliance on natural gas for energy to keep its civilization going, and most of that gas was imported from Russia. The German government boycotted Russian gas, Biden’s American gas industry donors cannot ship enough to meet German needs, so now Germany is reopening coal plants!
Kee-reist. If the German Greens go along with this, they will prove beyond a doubt that they are the worthless bourgeois imperialist party the Trotskyists at the WSWS say they are, or that they are “bullshit,” as conservative commentator Saagar Enjeti recently said.
The German government is reopening coal plants when we are in the middle of climate change caused in part by coal plants, just to go along with an incompetent American empire’s wishes. How long the German people will put up with this I don’t know, but it really should be pissing them off right about now.
Biden’s arrogant and stupid Ivy League handlers thought that the Saudis would increase oil production to help them screw over Russia, but they refused, and are now in negotiations with other countries to sell oil in currencies other than the petrodollar. Russia, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, and other countries are trying to figure out how to set up another global trading currency to compete with the dollar.
They will succeed; it’s only a matter of time. Biden stupidly used the American dollar and financial system as a weapon of Empire, and they will never forget. The American dollar will lose value, making imports more expensive in a country where nearly all manufacturing of anything besides weapons has been outsourced. What could possibly go wrong?
Declining empires often tax their own populations to the point they just can’t pay anymore, and the whole financial system can come crashing down. The US Empire is doing the same thing to its people, except through the indirect tax of inflation for the benefit of kleptocratic vampires that really rule the US rather than for the imperial government itself.
Meanwhile, back in Ukraine, the Russians are unstoppable. All of the weapons and treasure thrown at a corrupt, nationalistic and sometimes Nazistic regime have failed to prevent the Russians from conquering over a fifth of Ukrainian territory, and the Ukrainians are clearly incapable of mounting any offensives that could ever take it back.
Up to a fourth of Ukraine’s prewar population has fled the country, its industrial heartland is lost and its loss of access to seaports cannot be prevented. The Kiev regime says that at least 500 Ukrainian soldiers are being killed every day. Clearly, this is not a sustainable situation, but Biden refuses to speak of peace while his donors speak to him of their profits.
No one is winning from Biden’s foreign policy, except for usual capitalist suspects. I can’t help but feel the wheels of Empire just about have to start coming off sometime soon now. The situation is unsustainable. All I can say for sure is that Joe Biden and the corrupt Democratic Party he leads are destined to go down in history has cautionary tales of spectacular failure.
Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov
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June 26, 2022 at 8:02 PM #493161jbnwParticipant
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There were Minsk I and Minsk II agreements that would have prevented this war, and kept the Donbass in Ukraine.
The UN Security Council unanimously agreed to Minsk II, including the US, with Biden as Vice-President. Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany were signatories.
It was ignored, and when Biden became President, he armed one side of the civil war. As a result, Ukraine is being destroyed with tens of thousands of Ukrainians dying, and much of eastern Ukraine will remain either as independent republics or join Russia.
Biden said on February 4th shortly after taking office “Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy. As I said in my inaugural address, we will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s.” (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/02/04/remarks-by-president-biden-on-americas-place-in-the-world/)
If he had followed through on his statements as President of the United States, not just promises as a candidate, none of this would have occured.
June 26, 2022 at 8:34 PM #493163djean111Participant
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And fucking ALL the Democrats are thinking about now is campaign bullshit and pleasuring the MIC and Wall Street.
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
"Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM
A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.
June 26, 2022 at 9:31 PM #493167EarthartistParticipant
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Nice write up!
June 26, 2022 at 9:46 PM #493170VoltairineParticipant
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Yup, Greens are bullshit. The “garden department of conservatives”, as they are called in Finland. The current Green foreign minister of Finland has been among the most eager to join imperialist NATO. The positive side is how incompetent they are.
As a whole, the current “girl-power” center-left government has been more authoritarian and economically right wing / corporate fascist than the former center-right government. Fuck them all.
June 26, 2022 at 10:40 PM #493173David the GnomeParticipant
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Sanctions have, to the best of my knowledge, never worked to accomplish anything good. They can and do hurt the poor in an economy, but their overall effect on the wealthy and powerful is not tremendously significant. Cases in point now, like you pointed out – Russia selling it’s oil to India and China instead. The ruble on the ride, the wealth of Russia is growing.
We never had a good reason for expanding NATO so much. Not once the Soviet Union was gone and broken up. We certainly had no business expanding in a circle around Russia in particular. Ukraine least of all.
It was not enough for the Soviet Union to fall, the U.S. had to put military bases in much of it’s former territories and include them in NATO.
All of this – the west is at fault for it. We made enemies, bribes and threats instead of allies and friends. We interfered in the internal politics of dozens of Nations. We invaded two Countries that were not looking for a fight. Slaughtered hundreds of thousands and displaced millions who never did anything to deserve it.
So, yes. Russia, China and India are on the rise. Biden was certainly instrumental among those who brought in this state of affairs, but ultimately far from the biggest fish in the pond.
Our empire is crumbling… And generally, our leaders have earned that. All of it.
June 27, 2022 at 1:14 AM #4931883fingerbrownParticipant
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Thank you, OB, for giving us the long version of Obama’s statement not to underestimate Biden’s ability to fuck things up!
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
June 27, 2022 at 10:22 AM #493206
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