Jatras: It's Time For America To Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called "Allies"

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

US President Donald J. Trump spent the last week or so churning out initiatives that seemed deliberately calculated to set his critics’ hair on fire:

  • He met as an equal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – who is a very bad man!
  • He stated again his willingness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin – an even worse man!
  • He mocked and threatened our trading partners – and slapped tariffs on them!
  • He suggested that an impenitent Russia (a very bad country!) should be let back into the genteel company of the Group of Seven!
  • He topped everything off by suggesting that Russian-speaking Crimea should be part of – Russia!

As summed up by vulgar Republican, Never-Trump apparatchik Rick Wilson:

‘After the last week, Trump is clearly a man who puts the dick in dictator. He’s a fanboy of Putin, Kim, Duterte, and a dog’s breakfast of the worst examples of oppression, thuggery, and anti-Western values the globe has to offer. [ . . . ]

‘[T]his week, Trump's love of authoritarians, dictatorships and his actions and words came together.  Donald Trump first went to the G-7 to wreck the proceedings with a combination of insult-comic schtick, diplomatic demolition derby, Putin cheerleading, and giant-toddler petulance.

‘He followed that with the Singapore Shitshow. It was a monstrous reality TV event, as was intended. But it left our putative allies wondering at the new Axis of Assholes Trump has joined—the CRANK: China, Russia, America and North Korea. By the end, it didn’t feel like he was after denuclearization but management tips from the portly little thug Kim.

‘For the American president to normalize, excuse, and ally himself with the worst of the world's bad actors while insulting, degrading, and destroying our allies and alliances would be appalling in any circumstance. The fact that Trump acts like a bumbling, eager fraternity pledge, desperate to join Phi Sigma Dictator makes it all the worse.’

For the moment, let’s put aside Trump’s alleged sympathy for authoritarianism and focus on the accusation that Trump is “insulting, degrading, and destroying our allies and alliances,” a view held across the Establishment spectrum, from neoconservatives like Max Boot to far-Left Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (famed for her concern about Russian aggression in nonexistent Limpopo). How dare Trump threaten such valuable relationships!

Except these so-called ‘allies and alliances’ aren’t valuable to the United States. They’re a positive danger and a detriment.

Let’s get one thing straight: the United States has no real allies. There are countries we dominate and control, more properly termed client states or even satellites. (True, given Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s lock-stock-and-barrel ownership of the American political class, it seems rather that we are their clients, not the other way around...) Conversely, on an almost one-to-one correspondence, countries that are not satellites are our enemies, either currently (Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria) or prospectively (China).

But do we have any actual allies – that is, countries that provide mutual security for the United States, and whose contributions actually make us Americans safer and more secure in our own country?

Try to name one.

Let’s start with the granddaddy of our alliances, NATO. How does having a mutual defense pact with, say, virulently anti-Russian Poland and the Baltic States make America more secure? How does, say, tiny corrupt Montenegro, contribute to US security? Are these countries going to defend America in any conceivable way? Even if they wanted to, how could they possibly?

For that matter, against what ‘threat’ would they defend us? Is Latvia going to help build Trump’s Wall on the Mexican border?

‘Our NATO allies help out in Afghanistan,’ we are told.  NATO-Schmato – it’s Americans who do almost all the fighting and dying. It’s our treasure being wasted there. Maybe without the fig leaf of an alliance mission, we might long since have reevaluated what we still are doing there after 17 years.

But comes the answer, ‘Russia!’ Except that Russia isn’t a threat to the United States. Despite their hype even the most antagonistic Russophobic countries in NATO themselves don’t really believe they’re about to be invaded. And even if they were, that still doesn’t make Russia a threat to us – or wouldn’t except for the very existence of NATO and a forward American presence on Russia’s borders and in the Black and Baltic seas littorals. How does gratuitously risking conflict with the one country on the planet whose strategic arsenal can annihilate us make Americans safer?

As Professor Richard Sakwa has observed, ‘NATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.’

Let’s look at other supposedly valuable alliances.

Why do we need South Korea and Japan? ‘China!’ But except for a nuclear stockpile much smaller than our intercontinental deterrent China doesn’t present a military threat to us. ‘Yes, but Beijing poses a danger to South Korea and Japan.’ Maybe, maybe not. But even if that is so why is it our problem?

Why do we need Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and bunch of other Middle Eastern countries? We aren’t dependent on energy from the region as we arguably were when Jimmy Carter proclaimed a vital national interest there four decades ago. ‘Well then, Iran!’ But the Iranians can’t do anything to us. ‘Yes, but they hate Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc., etc.’ Again, what’s that got to do with us?

In each case the argument of a US interest is a tautology.

The US ‘needs’ allies for the sole purpose of defense against purported threats not to us but to those very same allies. It’s a self-licking ice cream cone.

It would be bad enough if these faux alliance relationships were only detrimental in terms of getting embroiled in quarrels in which we have no interest, wasting money and manpower in areas of the world where our security is not at stake. But there’s also a direct economic cost right here at home.

Based on the claimed need for “allies” US trade policy since World War II could almost have been designed to undermine the economic interests of American workers and American producers. Starting with Germany and Japan, our defeated enemies, we offered them virtually tariff-free, nonreciprocal access to our huge domestic market to assist with their economies’ recovery from wartime destruction; in return, we would take their sovereignty: control of their foreign and security policies, as well as their military and intelligence establishments, plus permanent bases on their territory.

This arrangement became the standard with other countries in non-communist Europe, as well as some in the Far East, notably South Korea. As much or more than puffed-up claims of military threats (and companies that benefit from inflated military spending) lopsided trade is the glue that keeps the satellites in place. In effect, our “allies” cede geostrategic control of their own countries and are rewarded at the expense of domestic American economic interests. Already of questionable value in its heyday, this pattern not only survived the end of Cold War 1 but continued to grow, contributing to the rise of Cold War 2.

Put into that context, this is where Trump’s tariffs dovetail with his other blasphemies, like expecting the deadbeats to pony up for their own defense. He challenges them to reduce tariffs and barriers to zero on a reciprocal bilateral basis – knowing full well they won’t do so because it would spoil their cozy arrangement at the expense of American workers. He threatens the sanctity of the North Atlantic Treaty’s vaunted Article 5 obligation of mutual defense on whether countries meet a two percent of GDP level of military spending – knowing that few of them will since they don’t in fact face any external military threat and would rather keep the money.

In his own unvarnished, zigzaggy way, Trump is doing what he said he would: putting America and Americans first. As he has said, that does not mean hostility towards other countries, whose leaders have aduty to put their countries and peoples first as well. It means both stopping our allies’ sandbagging us, while restoring to them their unsought-for – and for many of them, undesirable – sovereignty and independence.

In the final analysis, what the likes of Rick Wilson are really afraid of is disruption of a decades-old, crooked racket that has been so lucrative for countless hangers-on and profiteers. As James P. Pinkerton, former aide to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, describes it:

‘[T]he basic geopolitical foundations of the last seven decades are being challenged and shifted – or, as critics would prefer to say, being subverted and betrayed. Yet in the meantime, even as his myriad foes prepare their next political, legal, and punditical attacks, Trump is the man astride the world stage, smiling, shaking hands, signing deals – and unmistakably remaking the old order.

Let’s get on with it.

Comments

LaugherNYC El Oregonian Sat, 06/16/2018 - 22:34 Permalink

Ah cmon, man! Why not just advertise:

RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA TO SEPARATE OUR STRATEGIC OPPOSITION

Because that;s what this BULLSHIT is.

America has allies now the same way we did in WWII. Autocrats, tyrants, oppressors and murderers are our mutual enemies now, as they were seventy years ago.

A Russian threat to the free nations of Europe is a threat to all free nations whose common interest is the liberty and human values that will bind the decent, civilized peoples in common values FOREVER.

The insidious and odious suggestion that Western nations should put their self-interests before the common interest of fighting evil in the world appeals to the worst of human nature. It is a very small step from this to the triumph of the backward fascist, the repugnant totalitarian embodied in Putin and the faux-Christian Russian monstrosity.

It may be we have divergent economic interests, but we are a common community of culture and values that advance humanity. That must always supersede the transient needs and impulses of the moment.

The dishonesty of theRussian troll and propaganda machine is relentless. Take your horseshit back to the dark world of murderous, supremacist thugs from whence you came. We don’t need or want the advice of a failed state that seems to relish devolving back to its sorry, genocidal, soul-crushing misery that finds its roots in Hitler and Stalin, an economic midget that steals from its own people and hands the treasures of the state to the cabal of degenerate oligarchs who support its tyrant President for Life, and must seek aggression and expansion to grow - to take always from others never to progress and grow organically, always to blame the “others” for its failures, as a prelude and excuse to jackboot goosestep through weaker nations - the sad cycle of fascism.

In other words, FUCK OFF

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A Sentinel D503 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 06:18 Permalink

One could say by that quote that the us doesn’t only lack allies (except maybe the visegrad group) but is it’s own enemy.

And, if we consider the .gov to be the will of the country, and the majority of voters who selected the majority of its government representatives, then the USA is (including a majority of its people) one of the USA’s enemies.

And if you think about it, that’s true.

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FBaggins Red Raspberry Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:35 Permalink

That is correct but it is not just arms the US is wanting to sell it is US petro dollars and you will see that Trump with his disrespectful, leave-the-table, Wall-Street bargaining tactics will not really shut the door on the negotiating process with any of these nations.

As for what is really going on regarding the Western establishment, the evidence is that Trump remains a Zionist shill in the first order.  Judging from the huge investments of the Western financial and multinational corporate establishment which have drained the US and many other Western nations of capital, jobs, manufacturing equipment and technologies, and the entire globalist drift of this establishment towards accepting Chinese dominance for the future, it is difficult to blame the Zionist movement for every problem under the the sun, and we should not do so. 

The article we are presently commenting on is very pro-Russian and I as a conservative-populist also now have the same leaning and do tend to blame the Anglo-US-Zionist cabal for the present Western persecution and assaults in particular on that nation.  

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Guderian JimmyJones Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:13 Permalink

The US doesn't have many allies, because they never cared to have allies.

The US has insisted on vasall status of its 'allies', interfering, whenever they saw fit. What do you expect of a vasall?
A vasall will follow your orders as long as he feels he must, because you are strong and can strike down on you, control you ar you need his protection.

As soon as the vasall feels his master is becoming weak, he will become brazen and try to cut loose his chains.

Maybe Australia and the UK are US allies. Maybe.

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Robocop5626 LaugherNYC Sat, 06/16/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

His arguments are empirically superior  and proven by the test of time. Why do we have to save the world? How many world wars fo we need to fight until our part is met? Fifty thousand deaths in Vietnam and they still became communist. Obviously they embrace it since the fighting ended when we left. The ME is still a quagmire, regardless of the lives and treasure invested. Wind down the military size and bring our troops home from around the world. Let's spend some money fixing this nation up, starting with wall north and south...maybe a nice DMZ minefield or two. Climb that.

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inosent el buitre Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:37 Permalink

Yes, dump the 'allies', and let's start with the ally that is not an ally, that played the world for fools, and were the primary source for the unprecedented ocean of blood that flooded the world starting circa 1914 et seq, the jew, its luciferian zionism, and its diabolical progeny, israhell.

We are taxed billions for a negative return in misery, blood and money, while israhell games America and plays us for a fool.

The #1, most singular objective of any rational and loyal American politician is to cut free the canker sore, the cancer of israhell.

israhell is only able to perpetuate its miseries because YOU, my dear fellow American, are forced to pay for it.

#tohellwithisrahell

 

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LaugherNYC Robocop5626 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:03 Permalink

The three wars in which the US supported anti communist forces wound up creating two of the most prosperous, freest nations in east Asia - Taiwan and South Korea.These countrues were and embraced democratic free market republics. South Vietnam was not a republic before the war - it was a repressive military junta, and under communism, it has failed its people since the US abandoned the war effort first, and then the war. The fighting stopped because the South was abandoned and beaten. Russia and China saw to that. As a result, the Vietnamese are among the worst off in east Asia. If not for American investment and trade, things would likely be on a par with North Korea. The price you pay for taking Russia’s aid is your freedom, and any hope of prosperity. 

The idea is not to save the world, the idea is to preserve enough of it as free and open so that it will not threaten our freedom. Better, we always say, to fight over there than over here  a sad truth/ Better we wouldnt have to fight at all. 

But, it is certainly true that we have been taken advantage of, and the time has come to cut our spending on other people’s freedom. That is why we need to keep missile shields and deterrents in place. That is why the concept of using low yield nukes is so alluring and so dangerous. They are the cheap deterrent to an adventurous Putin or Xi. And they are both adventurous. 

Trump captures the difference between America and Russia when he says “we didnt even take the oil. We should have taken the oil.” The US handed it all right back to the Kuwaitis and Iraqis. Maybe that was stupid indeed.

 

 

 

 

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mc225 LaugherNYC Sun, 06/17/2018 - 05:20 Permalink

--The three wars in which the US supported anti communist forces wound up creating two of the most prosperous, freest nations in east Asia - Taiwan and South Korea--

"(USA General General George Cartlett)  Marshall saved the Red Army from obliteration in 1946 by threatening Chiang if he did not stop pursuing the Reds into northern Manchuria. This was decisive, and allowed the Reds a safe base from which to recover. 3"

http://thermidormag.com/chiang-kai-sheks-nationalist-ideology-and-the-m…

 

..so, whose side, really, was the usa on during the chinese civil war?...

 

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FBaggins mc225 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

The same Western-based financial cabal consistently for over thirty years tried to overthrow the Russian tsars until they finally succeeded with the communist revolution they funded and directed starting in 1917. This was the most atheistic, anti-free-enterprise, anti-freedom, tyrannical system ever to be imposed on any people. That same cabal controlling Western fiances and the Western corporate media not only cast a blind eye to all of their atrocities until after WWII, but they supported the communists government in Russia from its inception. However, major Christian denominations did not and were fighting the spread in every Western nation of communism which was being propagated by the same cabal using capitalistic means (abusing free speech and free enterprise), to achieve communist ends and dominance of the masses everywhere.  As for the systematic replacement or Christian morality, scratch the surface of cultural Marxism and you will find the Frankfurt School and you will find the same cabal backing it. Also, people should remember that in the 19th century Marx was driven out of numerous European nations, but was welcome in Britain, where he and the publication of his works flourished. 

The point is that it was the same cabal which planted all the seeds for all of the communist regimes which they continued to nourish, even in China. When it came to the time for the Anglo-Zio financial empire in control of the US to choose between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, the US deliberately betrayed Chaing and chose Mao and communism for China. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQmFaZbWIIg

 

 

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Nexus789 Robocop5626 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 03:39 Permalink

So what business is it of the US as to what political system Vietnam or any other country has. The US leaving Vietnam was very dignified.

The ME is a mess as the US made it a mess. Arguing that the dolts in Washington planned it that way as some people do is giving them far to much credit in terms of being able to think.

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BurningFuld Nexus789 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

Well the middle east is also a mess caus' the British drew up a bunch of weird fake boarders before they "left".

But I agree, no body on planet earth wants to or needs to spend like the US does on their military. And who exactly is the US protecting anybody from? The only reason China or Russia have some military spending is to counter the US insane military spending.

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A Sentinel Robocop5626 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 06:28 Permalink

You’re off on when fighting and killing ended in Vietnam. Tet ended the vc as a viable force. Us withdrawal brought them out of the north. Nobody wanted to be enslaved. It didn’t happen in lieu of force. The un peacekeeping contingents didn’t usher them in.

Their adventures in Cambodia weren’t accomplished by their good looks either.

I’m guessing that you don’t wear glasses and I’ll bet you have absolutely no idea why I raise the issue of your eyesight.

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LaugherNYC Abaco Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:11 Permalink

I am no fan of SA, though MBS seems to be a remarkable step in the right direction. The people of Iran can be great - I have had many Iranian friends over the years. Their religious leadership, however is vile. Wherever you find a vile regime, you find Vlad behind them, enjoying their backsides as he pushes them to disaster.

It seems every country has its issues. SA beheads sinners, Iran shoots opposition, Russia kills journalists and ex spies, and the US shoots unarmed black men. China re-educates anyone who speaks out of turn. 

Asked to choose a country to live in, what would you choose, Abaco? Be honest - SA, Iran, Russia China or the US? Or even Israel, as a citizen? Fat and happy.

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Expat FORCE Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:18 Permalink

How can you smell anything but Trump's shit with your head so far up his ass?  It's impressive, though, how you Trumpturds remain faithful no matter what.  Your ability to ignore or distort facts, twist reality,  and generally live an amazing delusion is impressive.

And, yes, you can insult me and say I love Hillary or whatever makes you feel safe and secure.  And your mullet-headed comrades can upvote you and downvote me.  But your still a bunch of bigoted, biased, ignorant fuckheads who have gone past the point of being to discern reality.  You would advocate exterminating zebras because they are half-black, claim that dictionaries are fake and evil because they contain the words "socialism" and "devil", and sell your little sister to Trump for a good ass-fucking because you think he will let you suck his cock after.

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Is-Be LaugherNYC Sun, 06/17/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

and the faux-Christian Russian monstrosity.

You say that as though it were a bad thing.

What has monotheism ever done for Russia?

Before monotheism there were no armies to tax the peasants to support the armies.

A lot of our venerable and sacred pagan traditions survived the onslaught of Monotheism. Those towers with the round roofs? Proud phallic symbols.

The absence of pews? You stand proud before your ancestors. You don't grovel obsequiously before some mad foreign God.

It is even now considered an obscenity to ask money for the gift of food grown in your dascha. 

Monotheism has harmed the warm Slavic soul. 

A pox upon your death cults.

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Honest Sam LaugherNYC Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:38 Permalink

I'm trying to figger out what the 14 countries of the European continent do FOR the u.s.?

Once I get that down, then I'll see what Scandinavia has ever done to be our ally, since they have a lot to answer for sending us IKEA and that piece of shit, Volvo.

".....an economic midget that steals from its own people and hands the treasures of the state to the cabal of degenerate oligarchs who support its tyrant."

This is precisely what Hank Paulson and Timmau Geithner, and Ben Bernanke did in 2008-9 and continuing under J Yell, Jack Lew, and Powell.

You're almost as badly informed as a Valley girl.

 

 

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