Monday, December 18, 2017

The Empire of Delusion

We'll know by the end of the day what the world will look like to the United States and what the States, Trumpland, will look like to the world.

In the course of this day the Mango Mussolini will take to the teleprompter to unveil Amerika's new national security policy.

America's new security posture is expected to be an extension of Trump's 'America First' blather. Amerika's already battered and bruised alliances will probably take another boot to the ribs as Team
"USA, USA, USA" distances itself from all those freeloaders.

Yet Trump will bring the Gullibillies good news too. Climate change henceforth will no longer present a threat to America's national security no matter how much those Pentagon pussies claim it is. And, once 'climate change' has been erased from the chalk board, Amerika will be unleashed to find greater national security in burning coal, oil and gas wherever it can be found.

It's shaping up to be an interesting day.


Foreign Policy has a report on Amerika's new national security policy.

New strategy. The new National Security Strategy document set to be unveiled by President Donald Trump at 2:00 p.m. on Monday describes a world locked in unceasing economic competition, in which Washington has little time for things like promoting democracy abroad, and instead will focus on great power competition, economic rivalry, and homeland security.

Outlining the document for reporters on Sunday, several administration officials called the document a dose of “principled realism” in an “ever-competitive world.”

Cold war is back. The document calls Russia and China “revisionist powers” seeking to change the global status quo, and paints a stark picture of the world, rejecting cooperation in favor of competition.

The United States has to “rethink the policies of the past two decades — policies based on the assumption that engagement with rivals and their inclusion in international institutions and global commerce would turn them into benign actors and trustworthy partners,” the document says, according to the New York Times. “For the most part, this premise turned out to be false.”

Democracy promotion out. The strategy also jettisons the idea of democracy promotion, traditionally a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. One official said Sunday that economic relationships will guide the administration, while “ultimately it’s their choice” in how states govern at home.

“America’s economic security is national security,” the official said. “We will demand fair and reciprocal economic relationships around the world. The economic piece gets much more attention.”

Climate change out. The document is also at odds with the long-time Pentagon recognition that climate change is a problem. “Climate change is not identified as a national security threat,” one official said, noting the new strategy was “inspired by the president’s speech” in June that pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.

But just last week however, president Trump signed off on the 2018 defense spending bill that states, “climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States,” and calls for the Pentagon to submit a report to Congress within a year listing the ten most vulnerable military installations, and what steps have to be taken to ensure they remain operational.


WILLY said...

And at 3:31 est. Trump completed his teleprompter speech and in his mind the job is done. Time to shake hands, accept accolades and watch his coverage on TV. Mission accomplished!

The Mound of Sound said...

The stomach churns, Willy. It churns.