Monday, August 22, 2016

Can US Still Save Itself-III?

As you may know, I treat The National Interest magazine with degree of irony and sarcasm. Their headlines on military matters most of the time are hilarious and hark back to the days of good ole' traveling fairs with chapiteau circuses promising all kinds of "showdowns", "world-class", "champions of the world", "deadliest", what have you, entertainment just to attract the public. But once in a while even TNI puts out a worthy material written by real professionals--such as Lt. Colonel Davies--and then it makes total sense to discuss them. Such material is a fairly short article by Barry Given with telling title:

American Power in an Age of Disorder

It is a thoughtful piece and the phrase which drives the point is:

The liberal ethos that has been the foundation of American primacy is proving to be a weak barricade against national, ethnic or religious identity, even deep within the Western alliance. Democracy provides no answer when tribal animosities take hold and groups are pitted against groups.

Not for once did I point out that nation is a tribe, in which blood, ethnicity, race play a defining role together with culture. These are things which American "elites" refuse to acknowledge. Any mentioning of the fact that, contrary to politically correct narratives, United States' achievements in industry, science, culture, business were primarily due to the activity of the white European, ethnically and culturally (predominantly with Christian background), component may give current US "elites" an aneurysm. But facts are undeniable, from Russians Igor Sikorsky and Vladimir Zworykin, to Germans Werner Von Brown and William Boeing, to purely US-bred and USDA approved Anglo genius Samuel Clemens--these are mostly people of European background, including less prominent but still immensely important millions upon millions of English, Italian, Irish, Slavic Europeans who made the American nation. Remove these people, their culture and there is no United States left. I deliberately omit here the issue of minorities, including that of a black one--they do have their place in American history and culture but how many of them today identify themselves as Americans? 

While European people constituted an overwhelming majority in the US, the idea of a nation built primarily upon political and ideological creed, where liberty and pursuit of happiness trumps blood and cultures, with their differences, such an idea could existIt can not today and this is where we have a problem, a huge one. By failing to properly identify itself as predominantly nation of Europeans with European culture as a pivot, US also failed to formulate properly a real national interest--today it is nothing more than a patchwork of various, often competing and contradictory, interests of different ethnic, religious or social groups. AIPAC is a shining example of such a complete mess. How can anyone formulate own interest when one can not identify oneself coherently? But this is the only way human world, which existed tens of thousands years before United States came into existence, identified itself--by race, by blood, by culture, by religion. The whole notion that the country which came together in what could only be described as the most favorable geographic and geopolitical conditions will dictate to the world how it is supposed to view itself is, frankly, preposterous. But even that is not the worst part--the worst one is identifying WHAT American nation. Is it a nation of Black Lives Matter, thug culture, ethnic and religious mafias running a disastrous foreign policy, steadily turning into multicultural cloaca of liberal dogma or is it a nation of those who created it and these are Europeans? I don't know the answer yet. I hope it is the latter, because the former means only one thing--chaos and eventual dissolution (some will only be too happy to see it) of what used to be an American nation under the weight of colossal and unsolvable problems both domestically and internationally. 

Is there a way out of this conundrum? Again, I don't know but here is what I know for sure--until United States identifies itself as the North America-specific, geography wise, iteration of European culture and places this identity at the core of its culture, the descent, guided by totally corrupt "elites" who have no loyalty to Americans, will continue. It will continue domestically--into the third world state, it will continue internationally with US serving as the agent of chaos which is incapable anymore to let go of the idea that it is an "exceptional nation", while it resembles nation less and less, and loses what's left of its moral, economic and military power. Internationally, US has no other option but to work with world's great powers and doing what this blog was calling from the inception--finding a compromise and accommodation. This only is possible under the condition of US formulating its national interests as a nation and I really hope that this ultimately needed process will not be described by Given's closing phrase to his poignant article: The problem is that it doesn’t seem to be possible. If it will, indeed, turn out to be true, we better start thinking how can we salvage the best what will be left, if any. I lived (rather, survived) through collapse of one empire, I hope to avoid experiencing the second one.          


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