The American Empire Was Challenged On Nearly Every Front This Week

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Damiel Lang of,

Since the end of World War Two, the United States has established itself on every continent with hundreds of military bases, and has sent troops to foreign nations (both covertly and overtly) on so many occasions that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. And this doesn’t even take into account the nations that our government has quietly and successfully pressured into going along with its financial and military agenda. The US government commands a sprawling empire which, much like the British empire that preceded it, never sees the setting sun.

But this massive global empire can’t last forever, and there are forces at work that are challenging the US at every opportunity. And this week in particular, the barbarians were brimming at the gates, so to speak. That’s because our government’s interests were confronted by adversaries in several different regions.

For starters, North Korea tested several missiles in the Sea of Japan over the weekend, three of which landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Alarmed by North Korea’s improved missile technology, Japanese authorities went on high alert. The United States has since sent 14 Super Hercules military planes to Tokyo, and has deployed an anti-missile defense system in South Korea.

While that story has been widely reported on by now, the mainstream media has hardly touched this astonishing story from Afghanistan. If you can believe it, the Pentagon has confirmed that the Chinese military has been operating in Afghanistan, albeit for unknown reasons. So far, both the Chinese and Afghan governments have denied this.

Meanwhile in the Persian Gulf, multiple vessels with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard swarmed a US Navy tracking ship in the Straight of Hormuz, coming within 600 yards of the vessel and forcing it to change direction. The US Navy claims that the vessel was unarmed and the interaction with the Iranian military has been called “unsafe and unprofessional.”

And finally, American troops were recently deployed to the Syrian city of Manbij, after Turkey threatened to attack Kurdish forces in the city. Colonel John Dorrian tweeted that the Joint Task Force in the region “has taken this deliberate action to reassure Coaltion mbrs & partner forces, deter aggression and keep focus on defeating ISIS.

Can you believe that all of this occurred within a few days? If it weren’t for the fact that the US has racked up an astonishing number of enemies over the years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a concerted effort, organized behind the scenes. In reality, it’s probably just a coincidence. America just happens to be odds with so many forces at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the day when our nation is busy protecting its own shores and nothing else, because hearing about this stuff every week is exhausting.

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ChargingHandle's picture

A bunch ankle biters ain't gonna take old glory down. 

07564111's picture

'old glory' is already down ;) the US no longer has the ability to threaten anyone :D :D


LoL reds from old losers that still think this is 1960 and can't handle the truth :D :D

ACP's picture

North Korea and I-ran?

Yeah being an expert at goose-stepping doesn't make your military superior.

07564111's picture

Put Up or Shut Up ;) Fact is you got no balls for a stand fight against any one with quality armaments because you're team is fat and lazy.

beemasters's picture

The leak works for Trump for he has been accused colluding with Russia by the CIA. He ought to stop the CIA from shifting the blame.

BennyBoy's picture


Shut down the motherfukkin Empire already.

Im tired of paying for that shit.

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nmewn's picture

I guess the premise of the article is, we're still numero uno? ;-)

07564111's picture

Legends in ya own minds ;)

I'm wait for the US to take on some one of equal stature, when the body bags roll home and ships and planes vanish, that particular myth will disappear for ever, along with the 'Empire'. :D :D

nmewn's picture

Thats one helluva heraldic eagle ya got goin on there for your avatar ;-)

y3maxx's picture

-Is it posssible that Kim Jong Nan's assasination becomes WW#3's Archduke Ferdinand moment?

swmnguy's picture

Why?  He, and North Korea in general, are of no global significance.  There aren't webs of interlocking treaties involving various treaty alliances involving North Korea.  His death is weird, and it's hard to tell if it was a message from the Nork regime to the world, or from the CIA or China to the Norks.  But it's not meaningful or significant to anyone but him and the others involved in that little proxy conversation.

Dubaibanker's picture

Anyone has an opinion why Trump is following what Bush started, Obama continued and he is playing as hard...??

Trump attacked Yemen in the last 2 weeks, is sending 1,000 marines to Kuwait and will send an asditional 300 marines into Syria.....

More marines and jets means more death, more chaos and more refugees.....

What is he doing?

BuckWild's picture

There is nothing new happening in the "Homeland" The Republic is dead, has been since we let the Joo's take over America's banking.

The hawks are zionist and that is the plan. The plan... " What ever Israel wants"

BigJim's picture

 More marines and jets means more death, more chaos and more refugees.....

What is he doing?

What he's told to do.

la0508's picture

I think it became clear to him that he HAS to pursue these same horrendous policies: having the military/military industrial complex support him is critical-otherwise the rest of the hyenas will tear him apart. I still see his foreign policy as (maybe) marginally better than Hillary's, if only because I think Trump has a soul, whereas Hillary lost hers long ago.

seataka's picture

Yes, me too, but it is why gas is $2.20 a gallon and shiny chinese gizmo's cost nothing, and why Americans don't yet have a need to even think, just obey, shut up, post selfies and run the machines or feel up your child in a TSA Airport line.....while believing what you are told by anyone with an air of authority, after having earned the end result of Obummer's Common Core edgeukashun which is:

- "I can not trust myself", I must rely upon "authority".

Russia and China and Iran and India will back their paper money with something real, like gold, Mexico will use silver.

The USA uses debt, lies, oil and force.

And the party is over..

keep the bastards honest's picture

CIA in wikileaks was shown to  hack NKorea missile tests and change their direction. could be false flag. 

beemasters's picture

Just because no one has access to North Korea directly, the CIA/MSM can say just about anything and everyone will believe it.

August's picture

>>>A bunch ankle biters ain't gonna take old glory down. 

Only WE could take Old Glory down.  Could, and did.

stecha's picture

well get ready for armagedon folks. Shit is gonna hit the fan soon and we are all gonna get a big big bite of it!!

07564111's picture

Armagedon is all the US MIC has left. They'll never win against Russia China Iran or India and they know it. All the BS spin from Washington and NATO won't change the facts.

FredGSanford.'s picture

It don't matter. We have enough internal problems to occupy all our time and resources. Let Russia , china , North Korea, Iran , Turkey and Mexico take care of their own business. If they ever attack our mainland THEN we can deal with it. It's like old Hank Williams said- 'Mind your own business '

lakecity55's picture

With The Don having to fight at home against a communist insurgency, it's only natural other entities would leap into the breech.

Barry for Guantanamo 2017!


beijing expat's picture

Who killed Kim Jong Nan? Insteadvof talks we have more tension, ramped up by the corporate media.

Cui Bono?

If the Iranian boats were in Chesapeake Bay, I would raise an eyebrow.

Gee, now that Obama is gone ISIS is collapsing and the local potentates are jockeying for position.

The Ukies had a go but it failed. No interest on the part of Trump. It's quiet there finally. The NAZIs are at each other's throats.

Of course China has interests in Afghanistan. They have a shared border, and Chinese companies have invested billions there. I was not aware that Afghanistan was an American colony and exclusive economic zone. When America finally decides they have wasted enough blood and treasure there and move to pull out, they will need to work with the regional powers. Duh?

This is why the Army helped bring Trump to power. They have to get out of these places. Why was Putin so popular in Syria? Because everyone knows the Russians will go home when the fighting is done.

Classic imperial over reach. Thank god Hildabeast lost or America would be going all in

Insurrector's picture

Fer shur Obsma killed him.

He even killed all the dinosaurs and is linked to the Teapot Dome scandal,

seataka's picture


That head turning metronome timing routine he used in the beginning was conditioning.
Many people liked listening to his meaningless platitudes, and his use of the confusion technique for trance induction, which works on the obstinate type, per the CIA's own interrogation manual....
They did not realize he was hypnotizing them.
The trance state is pleasant. and pain-free....
 It is why you stay up all night reading a fiction novel..
 It is why people liked Obama....
 It is why Tom Cruise thinks "Scientology Works"

 The METHODS are the same, only the shore story and stage preset are different. (link)

"Hitler is the greatest hypnotist of our era" Said the father of weaponized hypnosis, Dr George Estabrooks in 1943..


ross81's picture

well it is the brutal American EMPIRE is being challenged, and rightly so, since it has absolutely no business operating in Afghanistan or Libya or Syria or any other number of countries which have either been destabilised or utterly destroyed in recent years.

BritBob's picture

Watch out for the Spanish - Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena twice tried to disrupt the visit by ballistic missile sub USS Florida as it was approaching the British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain.

According to the 
Sun, the incident has caused outrage among senior officials in Gibraltar with one 'top source' saying: 'This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.'

(Daily Mail 6 May 2016)


Looks like Spain will try and play the Gibraltar card  (A worthless sovereignty claim): Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law:

Gibraltar is an important NATO base.

Sandmann's picture

Why haven't you moved from Gibraltar yet ? Surely you would be happier in Peckham ?

OverTheHedge's picture

Almost relevant. Well done Bob.

New footage of the Royal Navy's most advanced ship yet:

TimeIsTheFire's picture

"... according to the Sun ..."

I suggest you get off ZH and stick to tabloids. They might be more aligned with your opinion.

LyLo's picture

lol  Interestingly enough, you'll find this bot on the tabloids too. 

As annoying as it can be, BritBob is probably my favorite bot on the web.  He's absolutely everywhere, promoting rather arcane political positions usually to an American audience that has nothing to do with his causes.  It's absolutely hilarious.

Nexus789's picture

Inward collapse is the next and penultimate stage. The elites become more scared of their own people and try to put in place controls.

Sandmann's picture

operating in Afghanistan, albeit for unknown reasons. 


Really ? are you so out of touch with reality ?

the Chinese Army is fighting the Uighurs, a Muslim group sponsored by USA to cause trouble in Central Asia. They are Turkic and fighting in Syria with ISIS and with Al-Qaeda. Chinese troops are crossing the border to get them

dogismycopilot's picture

this is nothing.

but you will the see world challenging America in the next 90 days UNLESS President Trump deals with Obama and his army who are dividing and weakening the US.


Insurrector's picture

That's called redirected aggression.

When Trump tanks in his duties, his assholyness throws some red meat to the Trumplings to redirect attention from his continued fuck ups.

brushhog's picture

Yup, in about 500 years the cracks will really begin to show. My prediction? Full US collapse by the year 3100.

DirtySanchez's picture

The usa is the defacto evil empire throughout the world.
Those living elsewhere, generally, have no problem with Americans, it's that they despise our governmrnt and policies.
This has been going on since W Bush invasion of middle east.

zen0's picture

The book The Ugly American was published in 1958. That long predates Dubya.

Plot summary:

An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing at the hands of conservatives to become ambassador to Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war threatens a tense peace. Despite his knowledge, once he's there, MacWhite sees only a dichotomy between the U.S. and Communism. He can't accept that anti-American sentiment might be a longing for self-determination and nationalism.

galant's picture

The barbarians were brimming at the gates, so to speak.

Barbarians are at large on both sides of the gate.

sinbad2's picture

Classic Guerrilla tactics.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Your daily dose of puffed-air doom porn!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

how I wish the US military used a strategic advance back into Conus..let the world police itself for a change..I had hoped Trump (who said as much pre election)was going to pull our forces back but it seems DC reality has him by the balls..

maybe I am being a bit too negative here, as he is in office less than 2 months.

Snaffew's picture

nope...the Presidency and gov't in Washington is nothing more than middle mgmt...Trump is powerless---he must do the bidding of the banks and the military, industrial intelligence complex that are way above his pay grade.  He is but a puppet of the deep state and no president has the authority to change that.  You are just being a wishful thinker---nothing wrong with that.

Grandad Grumps's picture

I love PhotoShop, don't you?

Reaper's picture

Hegemony has an ever increasing price.

Lost in translation's picture

The barbarians are most certainly NOT "at the gates."

They are living very comfortably in Los Angeles, pumping out babies the US taxpayer gets to house, feed, clothe, medicate, send to a US university, and otherwise pay for, in full.