The "World's Policeman" Retires On Disability

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Ever since the end of World War II, the United States, rightly or wrongly, but most of the time, wrongly, has fancied itself as the «world’s policeman». Even a disastrous and costly military intervention in Southeast Asia did not deter the United States from acting as the chief arbiter of what governments were «in» and which were «out» as evidenced by Central Intelligence Agency interloping in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Angola, Haiti, and Colombia. Two military interventions in Iraq and a U.S.-led military campaign directed against Yugoslavia were not enough to pry the United States from its self-appointed role as the chief «global cop». In fact, American neoconservatives continued to fanaticize about the United States leading the world into a post-Cold War «new American century».

The United States under Donald Trump now resembles a disabled policeman who was forced to retire on disability after being injured, not in the line of duty, but by engaging in self-destructive piques of bravado. The United States has abandoned internationalism as witnessed by Washington’s withdrawal from the free trade Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate agreement. The United Kingdom’s decision to depart the European Union in the Brexit referendum has put the final nail in the coffin of Britain’s status as a minor «superpower».

Until another nation steps forward to claim the title of chief world cop, the world will be subjected, as coined by the New Testament’s Book of Matthew, to «wars and rumors of wars».

Arising from a combination of Donald Trump's tweets and outbursts about subjects ranging from Qatar to Taiwan and NATO to Palestine, old border disputes and diplomatic rivalries are beginning to flare up. The Trump administration also appears to be unwilling to fill a number of vacancies in the State Department, a development that has added to a de facto American hands-off approach to many simmering international disputes.

Trump's siding with the Saudi Arabian-led bloc of Arab and Muslim nations in its confrontation with Qatar has resulted in Trump’s Saudi and other Gulf allies demanding that Qatar close down Al Jazeera and other media operations in Doha that are out of favor with Qatar’s neighbor oligarchic potentates. The Saudi-contrived demands of Qatar’s government, in return for a lifting of Saudi and United Arab Emirates sanctions against Doha, amount to nothing less than total political and economic subjugation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, which is akin to Saudi Arabia’s de facto colonization of Bahrain. In the past, the United States would have simply ordered the Saud regime to cease and desist in making threats against neighboring countries. Saudi action against Qatar has had wide-ranging effects in the region, which include renewed border tensions between Qatar and Bahrain over some largely uninhabited islands, as well as between Eritrea and Djibouti, on whose border Qatar had provided a peacekeeping force.

In 2001, the International Court of Justice awarded many of the disputed Hawar Islands, which lie closer to Qatar than to Bahrain, to the Bahrainis. As a consolation prize, the world court awarded Janan Island to Qatar. The decision never sat well with Qatar. As the Bahrainis were announcing a mega-development project for the largely-uninhabited Hawar Islands, the pro-Saudi press in the Middle East began writing stories about Qatari intelligence operations directed against Bahrain. Press items included the interest shown by Qatari intelligence in the military deployments and readiness of Bahraini forces stationed in the Hawar Islands.

After Eritrea and Djibouti sided with Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Qatar, Qatari peacekeeping troops were withdrawn from the Eritrean-Dijbouti border. The result was Eritrean troops quickly occupying the Doumeira mountain border area, which is claimed by Djibouti. The border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti began in 2008, when Eritrean troops occupied the Doumeira mountain and dug in. Qatar sent some 450 peacekeepers to patrol the disputed zone in 2010. With their hasty departure, the border has become a renewed flash point in the volatile Horn of Africa.

Although the African Union got involved in the border dispute, the U.S. State Department, once a nexus for geopolitical status quo enthusiasts, remained quiet. It is unusual for the State Department not to comment on such border disputes. Not only does the United States maintain the large U.S. Central Command airbase at Al-Udeid in Qatar, but it also has a major military presence at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

China, the power that is eclipsing the United States in international importance as an arbiter of disputes, is building a military base in Djibouti. It is also establishing a maritime port in Gwadar in Pakistan, from which it can deploy naval forces to the Persian Gulf.

Elsewhere in Africa, a border dispute over Lake Nyasa has erupted after a 50-year dormancy between Malawi and Tanzania. A dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi Peninsula also shows signs of re-erupting. At issue are natural gas deposits under Lake Nyasa and oil in the Bakassi region. Sudan and Egypt are, once again, bickering over control of the Halayeb triangle border region, currently under Egyptian control.

Two NATO allies, Croatia and Slovenia, are awaiting a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on its decision in a border dispute. Croatia has accused the Slovenians of conspiring with the judges. Croatia also likely distrusts the United States and its Slovenian-born First Lady Melania Trump for possibly influencing the court's decision in favor of Slovenia. Mrs. Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, have visited the White House and they are in a perfect position to deliver to President Trump, «personal» messages from the Slovenian government. The court's decision is expected on June 29, 2017.

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union has re-triggered sovereignty issues between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar and Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands and Dependencies and British Antarctic Territory. Britain also saw a stinging rebuke over its treatment of the Chagos Islanders in its unilaterally-created British Indian Ocean Territory. In the late 1960’s, the people of the Chagos Islands, which include the island of Diego Garcia, were deported from the islands to Mauritius and Seychelles to make way for a U.S. military base on Diego Garcia. In a 94 to 15 vote, the United Nations General Assembly ordered the case of the legal status of the Chagos Islands to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. If the court rules against Britain, the United States will have to make a new long-term lease deal with Mauritius, the original legal administrator of the Chagos Islands, to keep the base at Diego Garcia.

In the UN vote, Britain’s soon-to-be-former European Union allies abstained. The United Kingdom, backed by the Trump administration, saw NATO and EU members France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, and Greece abstain. Canada, a «Five Eyes» intelligence partner of the United States and Britain, also abstained. Voting with the United States and Britain and against Mauritius were a collection of countries that are nothing more than beggars for U.S. and British military aid: Afghanistan, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Israel, Lithuania, Montenegro, and South Korea, in addition to the other Five Eyes spy partners Australia and New Zealand. The Maldives no vote is based on a competing claim for the Chagos Islands by Maldives, which views Diego Garcia and the 64 other islands as the southern part of the Maldives chain. Mauritius claims sole sovereignty over the same islands. The eclipse of U.S. and British dominance in the Indian Ocean sets the stage for several conflicts over islands and sea beds.

The «Trump Effect» of a diminished U.S. role in international affairs is also being felt in South America, where Ecuador has irritated Peru by building a Trump-style border wall on its frontier with its neighbor to the east and south. Peru claims the wall is illegal because it violates a 1998 agreement prohibiting border construction within 33 feet from the border. Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has also prompted Botswana to start construction on an electrified fence along its border with Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's Deputy Home Minister Obedingwa Mguni lashed out at Botswana's decision, telling the Zimbabwe press: «We should not copy the United States of America’s idea of putting a border wall on its border with Mexico when we are actually one people who are related».

There are other long-simmering border disputes and secessionist movements emerging from «cold» status to hot conflicts in Asia, the Arctic, the Pacific region, and the Caribbean. As U.S. State Department dominance fades, in addition to Halayeb, Bakassi, and Chagos, the world will soon see headlines concerning flashpoints having other unfamiliar names – Ladakh, Baltistan, Riau, Otong Java, Rotuma, Chuuk, Pemba, the Rif, Cabinda, and Oduduwa – and those with more familiar names – Biafra, Zanzibar, Scotland, and Catalonia.

The American neo-conservatives predicted the 21st century would be a «New American Century». Instead, it is becoming a «New Chinese Century», with the United States still believing, wrongly, that it is the «leader of the free world» and a «super power». As Mao Zedong once stated, the United States is a «paper tiger». And Mao had another prediction: «The day will come when the paper tigers will be wiped out». That day is now upon us.


doctor10 Freddie Mon, 06/26/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

From 1996 -2012 of our elected representatives somehow thought sending women, even a Black woman, as our representatives to the Islamic world, unarguably the MOST IMPORTANT region for the future of the USA in the 21st century, was a brilliant act of international diplomacy.

The reality of forcing Muslim leaders into a publicly humiliating situation in front of their own people, not withstanding. Their only escape is the revocation of the Petro-Dollar-regardless of the cost. Ghadaffi, in Libya, chose certain death over the status quo.

Either out of naivete, or arrogance-most likely the latter-we have failed the Mid-East spectacularly-and that is what has cost the USA the 21st century.

The Chinese, right next to Putin, are laughing in their sleeves-neither can believe the opportunity, irretrievably and foolishly dumped in their lap.

Unfortunately the arrival of the adults is most likely too little too late-the USA hasn't another 10 years to repair the situation in the Mid-East.

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MalteseFalcon doctor10 Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

What happened to the USA?After the wall fell the USA had a cornucopia of options going forward.The best ones included shrinking the political class, especially the warfare class.But the political class was too smart.They invented "the end of history" and "the clash of civilizations".The USA became the "unitary hyper-power" and launched endless war all over the globe.Warfare whose objectives were not made public and were never properly debated.The USA was flooded with 3rd worlders that crushed wages from blue collar to white collar.Then the debt flood and the bubbles.9/11 silenced all debate and gave the USA it's very own police state.Instead of pulling up (2008 at the latest) when a prudent person could see that these policies were self-defeating (at least), they doubled down.Time to pay the piper.All of this completely avoidable.Then.Hope you enjoyed the party!!

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Laowei Gweilo sheikurbootie Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:10 Permalink

Mao said the US is a paper tiger because the US let Japan invade China, died in the 70s, and wasn't German, Vietnamese, Iraqi, Afghan, Libian, or Syrian.ask Joe Muhammad what he thinks of paper drones lol that said, good for China.let them foot the global police bill for a few decadeswhat has it ever got the US except to its current income inequality and historic debtlet the US just focus on the US for a while fuck policing the backward 3rd world

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Ofelas NidStyles Mon, 06/26/2017 - 03:20 Permalink

the Club has no hold in China, the chinese are too smart to let them in.....and are well aware of the Rothchild strategy. The entire reason the USA has a confrontational situation with Russa-China is the fact that both actually threw the Club out before they could loot the place. Next step, change the world financial system and the Rothchild Empire is getting the US to do their vetting

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MEFOBILLS Ofelas Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:07 Permalink

The Chinese know that ((Sassoon)) was achief architect of opium war.  However, many rank and file Chinese look favorably upon Jews, especially because they consider Jews clever. Thus we see that the identification of British-Jewish foreign policy with our Anglophile statesmen is no new thing. It is not likely that the American people understood then-or, for that matter, 28 understand today-that when we helped the British win the Opium Wars, defeat the Boers and implement their Far Eastern policy, and fought the World War, we were, in truth, pulling British-Jewish chestnuts out of the fire. That our miscalled "statesmen" must have suspected something of the sort, however, is evident in their efforts to conceal the truth from Congress and the people The famous Sassoon family, probably the most influential Jewish family in England today and one of the few intimate with the last three generations of the Royal Family, established their wealth and power in the Opium Wars.  

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Grimaldus sheikurbootie Mon, 06/26/2017 - 06:46 Permalink

Bloody progressives are still in control of the USA.As bad as the murdering progressives are in the USA (think queen of war-Hillary Clinton) the Chinese despots are worse.Not a non interventionist true constitutional conservative in sight. Progressive led intervention crimes continue.To have a crime, you must first have a progressive.     Grimaldus  

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Lost in translation Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:08 Permalink

Quit reading when author began caterwauling, thus:

"The United States has abandoned internationalism as witnessed by Washington’s withdrawal from the free trade Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate agreement."

I APPLAUD everything described in the above sentence, with the utmost sincerity.

Lore Lost in translation Mon, 06/26/2017 - 03:57 Permalink

The author tries to deliver a current-affairs narrative without addressing energy security and debt-based petrocurrency hegemony, the primary drivers of all modern foreign policy. We're witnessing the death throes of a decades-old protectionist racket, with "Regime Change" or "Fighting ISIS/Al Qaeda" or "Resisting Aggression" painted in mainstream media with increasing desperation to serve as cover for last-ditch attempts to remove obstacles and arrive at something approximating a fabled NWO Global Plantation.There can be no peace and prosperity with psychopathic control freaks in charge. I've seen it in smaller organizations: mental defectives at the top engender pandemonium, destruction, heartache and collapse.  Each generation of mental defectives thinks "I'll Do A Better Job of Concentrating Power In The Hands of A Dominant Minority; I'll Get It Right."  And the cycle of blood repeats, albeit a little more atrociously with each iteration, thanks to the twisted, unnatural wonders of so-called Technocracy implemented through different, overlapping flavors of Socialism and Fascism, always serving the pathological end goal of oligarchical megalomaniacal Authoritarianism.  "Everything would be great, if only we could concentrate just a little moar power...!"Organizations like the UN and NATO are bloated and corrupt, hence the rise of smaller, harder-to-hijack alternatives. Government is the last great bubble, enabler of the worst pockets of pathocracy.  Getting the hell out TPP and the "Climate" racket comprises a GOOD START.That said, as nations and peoples wake up to the extreme distortions and looming scarcity, everyone is making preparations to turn on everyone else in a last great scramble for kitchen scraps. Ironically, the very psychopaths who created the imbalances will make money financing and arming all sides and wait for the dust to settle before coming forward and announcing to the survivors that "It could all have been avoided if our wonderful globalist initiatives had not been forsaken." Rinse and repeat.

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trailer park boys Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:11 Permalink

The US military, in spite of spending more on defense than the next 10 countries, including China and Russia, combined, is in terrible shape. Driven hard and to the limit fighting endless, multible wars for years, it's finally run out of gas and is deteriorating like an old beat up car with 200,000 miles on it.  More money thrown at it won't solve the problem. It's time to quit trying to rule the world and bring the boys (and girls) home.

Freddie trailer park boys Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:21 Permalink

Trying to talk to liberals is like talking to a mental retard.Conservatives however ofter love the military, wars, and other crap like football games.  Loads of them love Spielberg's tv shows glorifying Rothschild wars.The Framers of The Constitution were totally opposed to an Imperial military.  Though Rothschild agents Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton probabky would have approved,

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decentraliseds… (not verified) Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:13 Permalink

 Why waste time on this alligator when the swamp’s most critical economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying. The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world. It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option. This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment: Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to: 1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy; 2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and 3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.    

MrSteve Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:15 Permalink

Mao, the one whose economic ideas have been completely rejected by his party now in power? Nostradamus made lots of predictions too.

macfly Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:21 Permalink

Interesting thoughts for sure, more intriguing is how we address the need to rid ourselves of the unsustainable central banking cabals.

FlipSide Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:19 Permalink

We lost our superpower status the moment we began exporting our industry which is what made us a superpower in the first place.Without an industry, you just become a banana republic.

macfly Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:19 Permalink

Interesting article, the financial part of the financial-military-industrial complex is too deep into war profiteering to allow a little thing like policy stand in the way of its plunder.

pippi68 Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:32 Permalink

Great! Let them solve their own problems. We have plenty of our own including the idiot interventionists writing bs articles like this. Everything herein (though positive and described with distainful negativity) is precisely why many of us voted for President Trump. Fuck you neocons and neolibs! You've done nothing but rob us blind while sowing worldwide distruction upon us all. Burn in hell!

European American Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:34 Permalink

"with the United States still believing, wrongly, that it is the «leader of the free world» and a «super power"Who is this "United States" that believes it is a leader of the free world and a super power?I live in the "United States" and it is anything but a leader of the free world and a super power. The United States that "they" are refering to is a rogue slimy bitch whore for the satanic pimp zionists. Plain and simple. Their agenda is TOXIC. Destructive to life. It's a faction of this country but it certainly doesn't represent the principles of the Constitution and those that abide by those sacred Laws.

45North1 Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:35 Permalink

I think the analogy of the US having been pimped out (and used up) by the Central Banker Cadre is also fitting.She has become old, less attractive, has health issues and costs more to maintain than she brings in.Probably explains why industries were off-shored to China decades ago, to bring some new talent under the Bankers control.

Zepper Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:52 Permalink

Thats what you get when you have U.S. Politicians as well as European politicians literally giving away everything to China and India. Fuckin ridiculous! This is why Trump was elected people are like WTF! Finally people are getting the fucking digustingness of what China and India represent to the world... People as a fucking Commodity!!!!!

Victory_Garden Mon, 06/26/2017 - 01:55 Permalink

So tell us americian svinehoot...if one hails to satan/lucifark...does that make them a satanic lucifarkian?ALL AMERICAN MILITARY DOES NOT REPRESENT AMERICA. RATHER, THEY REPRESENT THE FOREIGN BANKSTERS THAT USE THEM LIKE THE CANNON FODDER THEY CHOOSE TO BE. IT IS THE EPIDEMY OF STUPID FOLLOWS ORDERS RIGHT OFF THE CLIFF.America does not need a militrary that creates, finances, supplies, and supports thier own enemies to do battle for profits with.Who profits in endless woars based on lies and deceptions?isreal. 

Alex Droog Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:03 Permalink

This shifting of the responsibilities of the country's Commander-in-Chief to the top military brass is alarming.  We need a leader who has the balls to step up to the plate and make the tough military calls and follow through on them. It is becoming clear that President Trump is willing to take credit for successful military operations but will hang failures on career military men and women by saying "it wasn't my decision" when things don't go as planned.  Two prime examples are the MOAB blast (a delegated decision) and increasing troop levels in our pointless military adventure in Afgahnistan (a decision also delegated to the military). Although our military professionals are the best warfighters in the world, the decisions on how and where to use this power MUST come from one person - the President. The reason for this is obvious - to maintain a straight line chain of command at the top of our military's command structure. There MUST be one person in charge who gets input from the intelligence agencies, State Department and the SECDEF, weighs those inputs and makes the decisions. Failing to take command is a diservice to our men and women in uniform and amounts to dereliction of duty by the country's Commander in Chief.Being Commander-in-Chief is not a team sport. Mr. President, man up and lead our military!