The Historical Turning-Point Has Arrived

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

It affects both international relations, and America’s domestic policies...

We see it all around us. 

Regarding international relations: On June 29th, Politico bannered «House panel votes to force new debate on terror war», and reported that, «Congress may finally be getting fed up with war on autopilot. A powerful House committee voted unexpectedly Thursday to require Congress to debate and approve US military action in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other far-flung countries». 

On July 23rd, the always-insightful Wayne Madsen at Strategic Culture Foundation headlined «The End of the ‘New American Century’ Pronounced by the Pentagon», and reported that, «The days of US-led dubious «coalitions of the willing» taking unilateral military action are over». He summarized an extremely important new study, which had been commissioned by the Obama Administration but was issued only recently (last month), titled «AT OUR OWN PERIL: DOD RISK ASSESSMENT IN A POST-PRIMACY WORLD», which calls for the US government to abandon unilateralism altogether, and to employ military power only in conjunction and cooperation — as equals — with a small circle of four historically long-term international allies (page 100) «the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and France are particularly active US global partners» on a global basis, but «the regional variety» of ally includes (in addition to those four) «Japan and the Republic of Korea in the Pacific, and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel in the Middle East come to mind in this regard. Obviously, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Alliance is a clear example of a regionally-based entente as well».

In other words (page 103): «There is universal recognition as well that the United States and its defense establishment no longer exercise the degree of unchallenged strategic dominance enjoyed from the end of the Cold War through the immediate post-9/11 period». Bullying by America («regime-change») is, in so many words, said to be passé — not wrong, just no longer practicable (except, perhaps, when it has the participation of those ‘allies’, such as it did in Iraq, and in Libya, and — what are they really trying to say there — other than, perhaps, what they think the new President, Trump, might be wanting them to say?). 

For such a document to be asserting that NATO — America’s oldest, largest, most formalized, and most clearly military, alliance — is of only «regional» military concern to the United States, comparable to the military concern that the US has regarding individual countries such as Jordan or Japan elsewhere, is a huge break away from prior US military thinking. It is certainly a repudiation of the Cold War conception of US military commitments and objectives. It upends them.

This is also (whatever it is) a repudiation of Barack Obama’s famously repeated assertions that all other nations except the US are «dispensable». In the imperial view, only the imperial nation is essential; all other nations are mere vassal-states, of subordinate (if any) concern. It was always the view that imperial nations held. It might even be said to define «imperialism». Typical from Obama was this — that imperial President’s most thorough statement of the imperial doctrine, on 28 May 2014, to graduating cadets at West Point, «Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony»:

Meanwhile, our economy remains the most dynamic on Earth; our businesses the most innovative. Each year, we grow more energy independent. From Europe to Asia, we are the hub of alliances unrivaled in the history of nations. America continues to attract striving immigrants. The values of our founding inspire leaders in parliaments and new movements in public squares around the globe. And when a typhoon hits the Philippines, or schoolgirls are kidnapped in Nigeria, or masked men occupy a building in Ukraine, it is America that the world looks to for help. (Applause.) So the United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come.

But the world is changing with accelerating speed. This presents opportunity, but also new dangers. We know all too well, after 9/11, just how technology and globalization has put power once reserved for states in the hands of individuals, raising the capacity of terrorists to do harm. Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice a generation ago.

It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead.

He was telling America’s future military leaders that they would be waging wars for the only «indispensable nation», against the BRICS nations, where «rising middle classes compete with us» (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), wars under the guise or cover of excuses such as «the values of our founding» and «to attract striving immigrants» and in instances such as when «masked men occupy a building in Ukraine» (whom his own Administration had actually hired to execute his coup to overthrow the then-existing Russia-friendly President of Ukraine by a rabidly anti-Russia fascist regime on Russia’s very border — but he didn’t mention any of that), etc.

When Obama’s agent who handled Ukraine told the US Ambassador in Ukraine, 23 days before the coup culminated, to appoint «Yats» to run that country after the coup would be completed, and she said there privately to that American Ambassador, «F—k the EU!» this was Obama’s unilateralism, in the raw, not fit for public consumption but far more real than his exquisitely deceitful public words ever were. (George W. Bush had lacked such PR skill, of which Obama was a master.) And, now, this landmark military study, which his Administration had commissioned, says: It’s over. That era is ended. The era which culminated with the regimes of George W. Bush and of Barack Obama, is now a proven disaster and must therefore be replaced. (That it’s a proven disaster is known to everyone except the propagandists — including ‘news’media — for America’s Establishment; but, that America’s military policy must be changed in accord with this recognition, is, until now, real news, to everyone.)

And, the evidence that the historical turning-point has arrived regarding also America’s domestic policies, was clearly shown and explained in my article «Obama US Economic Recovery was America’s Weakest»; and, it was additionally placed into the broader global economic perspective by the current Chief Economist for the World Bank, Paul Romer, when he delivered a now-historic address on 5 January 2016 titled «The Trouble With Macroeconomics», in which he documented that (the mostly US-created, but globally regnant) macroeconomic theory itself, is a lie, and is known privately among economists to be fraudulent, though they don’t say so in public. Bloomberg News bannered about that speech, on 18 November 2016, «The Rebel Economist Who Blew Up Macroeconomics», which reported that the lecture «landed among Romer’s peers like a grenade». Only outside of the world of professional economists does the fact that economic theory is fraudulent remain still unknown, or in any sense «news».

We are living in a new world, and don’t really know yet where it’s going. The only thing that’s clear is that the turning-point has been reached, and that we are there, right now. The turning-point is now. But where the US and the world are heading, can only barely be glimpsed. The latest landmarks, summarized here, might indicate the way forward.

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Déjà view's picture

Reserve currency status...if and when €uro-P-ons jump ship...then change will come...

svayambhu108's picture

I hate headlines like  "Turning-Point Has Arrived" not only that it you see them daily and nothing of the sort has arrived.

But there is a chance that the day that headline will not be there that day will happen. 

It also creates a lot of cynism and denial which keeps up from seeing the real situation.

HillaryOdor's picture

"There is universal recognition as well that the United States and its defense establishment no longer exercise the degree of unchallenged strategic dominance "

The horror.  You can tell this author believes empire is such a wonderful thing.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

what the hell ever happened to "avoiding foreign entanglements"?

Seems American politicians just cannot pay heed to the admonitions of Founding Fathers, (though I am loath of the term).

Oldwood's picture

Have patience. It turns slowly at first, and then.....all of a sudden.

Idaho potato head's picture

And then they extend and expand sanctions, cognitive dissonance much?

Toonces McGraw's picture

Currency war, trade war, shootin' war.

The Duke of New York A No.1's picture

The turning point has arrived alright = the world beggining to realize Trump can't get anything meaningful accomplished;






Laughing.Man's picture

When the IMF relocate their HQ to China.

The Duke of New York A No.1's picture

Not sure ... but it appears the Trump stock market rally is close to running on fumes.



runnymede's picture

It's the BIS that matters, and they're nicely sequestered in Basel, conveniently located just a short private plane ride from Davos.

Ever hear the BIS mentioned in MSM? Me either--

GracchusBrothers's picture

...and the UN can relocate to neutral Switzerland.

Thom Paine's picture

Sorry but the WaPost NY Times, CNN have no credibility and any article they post is always through the most anti Trump prism they can create.

Sad that today there is hardly any news source that provides unbias data and analyis.

The Ram's picture

I have very severe reservations about Trump.  He does stupid shit as Jamie Diamond would say, however, in his defense, I don't think he thought that his own party would fuck him over.  Unfortunately, without support from the Republican party he has nothing more than Executive Orders and Tweets.  It's going to be a long 4 years.....if we get there.

gregga777's picture

Let Israel fight their own wars, with their own soldiers and using their own blood and treasure. The survival of demise of Israel is utterly insignificant with respect to US national security. All of the neoliberal and neoconservative Bolsheviks can all go hang. Hopefully.

Dirtnapper's picture

Sure, right up to when all those nukes start flying and then it is the US' problem.   If you think US has a problem with radiation in the Pacific Ocean, just wait for 100 or so nukes go off in a combination ground and air burst.  Wind patterns will eventually carry it over to North America.

fleur de lis's picture

What does the Middle East and American Bolsheviks have to do with the Pacific?


By the way, has anyone heard anything new about that American Bolshevik skank Wasserman Schulz and her IT gigolo?

For such a serious problem the MSM is deafeningly quiet.

fbazzrea's picture

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great article. Insightful. Hopeful.

apocalypticbrother's picture

Still with the terrorists drove planes into buildings fables. Hard to take anyone serious these days.

Ms No's picture

He is right about a few things but one thing Brandon Smith gets that this guy doesn't seem to is:

"The IMF is constantly and actively undermining America's economic position, because the IMF is NOT an American controlled organization; its loyalty is to globalism as an ideology as well as the international financiers that dominate central banking."

This isn't the US it's globalism and they may be trying to scapegoat us Germany style, with this guys help.  Furthermore,:

"We know all too well, after 9/11, just how technology and globalization has put power once reserved for states in the hands of individuals, raising the capacity of terrorists to do harm. Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors."

You are seriously, right now, at this point in time, going to insult people's intelligence like this?  With all do respect, go fuck yourself.

HoyeruNew's picture

they ALL must put propaganda in otherwise they'll get fired. even Howard Stern is now  babbling incoherenltly about evil Putin and China. All servants of the Illuminati, each and evyone of them. 

Archibald Buttle's picture

i think you are onto something with the scapegoating by the IMF, but boy o boy have we have walked into that trap. the people never should have let shit get this out of control. if only there had been an internet back when JFK was the prez...we might not be typing about the pitchforks and torches nowadays.

Ms No's picture

True.  They were so much more careful back then though.  Their propaganda was run like a tight ship too.  Things were cleverly hidden and maneuvered.  We had to wait for their hubris to catch up.  Things turned real quick and these idiots didn't see it coming, and when it happened they were still in denial that they were exposed for what they were and their weakness (Syria, Iraq, etc).  Thank God for hubris and the tendency of the psychopath to overestimate their abilities.  Eventually it brings them down every time.  What happened during this election, with all the leaks and populist anger, they went down right there.  They can't recover.  We are just waiting for the scream now.


Archibald Buttle's picture

yeah the whole computers/smartphones changed the game. they may have overestimated the effictiveness of the brainwashing. have a feeling we will soon find out how that all turns out.

SubjectivObject's picture

and who was that insider guy fomenting IMF Special Drawing Rights as the next reserve currency?

Archibald Buttle's picture

the economist, back in the 1990's. yah, that rothchilds rag...

UnShocked's picture

Absolutely correct, there is serious talk of the IMF moving their headquarters from DC to China where all the growth, money and power is going, the IMF as well as most Corporations have no boundaries to hold them, no moral boundaries also.

corsair's picture

Ms No, your indignation is misdirected.

That was a quote from Obama's speech.

Ms No's picture

Okay, maybe it was overkill then.  I take back the fuck off but he needs to remember that we are an occupied people.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


This isn't the US it's globalism and they may be trying to scapegoat us Germany style, with this guys help.  Furthermore,:


"We know all too well, after 9/11, just how technology and globalization has put power once reserved for states in the hands of individuals, raising the capacity of terrorists to do harm. Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors."


You are seriously, right now, at this point in time, going to insult people's intelligence like this?  With all do respect, go fuck yourself.

FYI, that part of the article is quoting Obama's 2014 speech at West Point. In the original article it is italicized, but somehow this formatting wasn't preserved when it was reposted here on ZH.

Victor999's picture

The US might not be globalism, but it is the iron hand of globalism and as such, because the US is controlled by the globalists, must be considered a major part of their toolset.

rex-lacrymarum's picture

Please note the following technicality: the US has the largest share in the IMF (17%), which is just above the threshold entitling it to veto IMF decisions. The US is the only country that is de facto able to unilaterally do so. 

Ms No's picture

I believe you but we are an occupied people, so we don't control that 17%.  We don't really control anything.  Not that I expect that the world will give a shit when they come to dethrone the globalists.  Of course they have also been using our military as a battering ram for the banks.

Diatom's picture

Respect not needed...


grizfish's picture

Yawn.  Words without action have no meaning.

Wake me when we have less than 100 military bases overseas and have gone more than a year without engaging in (or funding) a war.

Archibald Buttle's picture

once they wake you up, give it a few weeks, and then wake me up. i'll probably be a little hungover.

JailBanksters's picture

Israel's an Independant State, let them be Independant, cut the cord and stop fighting their wars.

It's really easy to say, but NO Politician will ever do that because of Bribery, Blackmail etc etc.

Think of it like Your Tax Dollars goes to Israel, then goes back to US to fund AIPAC, CFR so they can fund the

Politicians that will in turn support Israel.


Thom Paine's picture

The beginning of the end for America was when George Bush either are with us or against us.

The world woke up and thought, fuck you, who fuck do you think you are.

The war on terror was simply American war mongering for geopolitics and MIC power and profit. Nothing to do with terrorism, else they would have bombed Saud Arabia.

The US treats Saudi Arabia better than its own people.

runnymede's picture

No mention of fiat money. Fiat is at its base an attempt by pretentious humans to manipulate laws of nature. Civilizations throughout history discovered--usually too late-- that when something cost more than it came to, you went broke; then you faded away or worse.  So you only undertook net profitable ventures (wars), regardless of the morality of them, that paid off.

Fiat has allowed for the USA and its king reserve petro-USD to engage in endless wars that in a real money world would have bankrupted the nation long ago. 20 trillion in 'debt' we are. Fiat distorts everything; until it doesn't. The de-leverage will be a bitch. If we could only harness clever sociopaths' hubris and greed for energy, we could run this joint and have energy to spare, and never run out. Sort of like a homo sapien unobtainium.

And fiat is the perfect vehicle to steal the world's wealth by it's controllers. Most all of the modern world's structural ills have their roots in fiat money, and the bankers who bought and paid for it all with countetfeit money and indebted everyone else. The greatest scam in history. Institutionalized organized crime--buying real assets with counterfeit money. 

1913>Bretton-Woods>Aug 15th 1971

Death to bankers and fiat. Either that or we're all propertyless slaves.

Archibald Buttle's picture

complexity will eventually breed fragility. we live in a very complex society, and have built this complexity around an already complex financial system (fractional reserve banking and debt as money). there may have been a time, centuries before any of us had been born, when the people could have come up with a solution to the problem. the problem has now metastasized into a predicament. predicaments don't have solutions, you just have to deal with them. that seems to be our collective lot. so it goes...

rex-lacrymarum's picture

Indeed, it is too late to "reform" it, the issue has by now become intractable. The last chance to get a grip on the problem and perhaps reverse its worst features was probably in 1979/ 1980, when gold was arguably slightly "overpriced" relative to the then extant fiat money supply and the Nixon default was still relatively fresh. The big question is what will break down first - peace between the larger powers, or the global monetary system and the associated debtberg. The sequence would presumably make a big difference to the severity of the coming "interesting times" era. 

Victor999's picture

Fiat money in and of itself is no real problem at all.  Look to the structure behind it for the real evil - central banking in private hands (even though the bank might be 'owned' by the state, a deeper look will discover that it is 'controlled' by private banking interests), fractional reserve banking, and most importantly, the concept of creating money through debt (this is the most insidious and ultimately unsustainable form of monetary control, as we are all witnessing most clearly today). Though fiat money is used as a medium of exchange, it has little to do with the success or failure of the system.  How that fiat is managed, however, is most certainly critical to the success of the financial system.

runnymede's picture

Great catch. I wrote with the assumption that CBs are widely understood to be privately controlled/owned, which we know isn't the case at all. Super important point I glossed over. 

UncleChopChop's picture

OT - but I couldn't believe my eyes last night, there's a television show on here in Australia called 'Common Sense' where they play a snippet of an actual news broadcast, and then do cut-aways to actors pretending to be 'real people' discussing the issue. i assumed i knew what it was, but decided to watch just to make sure. i underestimated how correct i was.

I have never seen such absurdly overt attempts to try to get people to think a certain way.  

the clip i saw (before i had to turn away) was a 'news report' suggesting that young delinquents should be conscripted into the army. of course, all the 'sensible people' (actors) thought it was a great idea.. at least according to the scripts they read. the naysayers were fat, slobbish looking biker kids. 



rex-lacrymarum's picture

I watched a German "documentary" on the refugee crisis last night that felt highly reminiscent of the indoctrination broadcasts in the former communist Eastern Bloc. This constant inundation with sanctimonious bullshit propaganda is as tiresome as it is frightening. We live in Orwellian times. 

grizfish's picture

«The days of US-led dubious «coalitions of the willing» taking unilateral military action are over»

Those days will continue.  They will end only when the bankers have total global control and there is noone remaining to assimilate.  Unless, of course, the bankers find a different global military power to use as their tool.

HonoraryCarioca's picture

It will end when Israel has acquired its Greater Israel goal.

Fireman's picture

"Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors."


The regurgitated anglozionazi poison at the heart of this unmitigated screed of oozing industrial strength bullshit passing for concerned wisdsom. Is it good for the juice?

BritBob's picture
Russia/Ukraine – Crimea (If it ever went to court Russia would lose).

As successor states to the Soviet Union, both Ukraine and Russia are signatories to the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). Adopted in Helsinki in 1975, the document sought to promote détente during an era of Cold War geopolitical tensions in Europe.

For relevant facts (1 page)

Gibraltar – Helsinki Accord 1975 (1 page)

In the same respect, Spain's claim to Gibraltar has also been signed away.