As US President Ronald Reagan said, “The top 9 most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the [US] government, and I’m here to help.” As US Secretary of State (effectively Secretary of War) Henry Kissinger said, “it may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.” What these arch war-criminals are saying through bloody teeth is the truth. America has no interests but self-interest and it is only through relentless Hollywood/CNN propaganda that they are able to erase their own bloody history and keep waging war on other people's soil. While saying it's for their own benefit. Does it ever work? Does it ever fucking work?
The United States road the coattails of massive Soviet sacrifice on their own soil to pretend like they won World War II singlehandedly. They then dropped multiple nuclear bombs on civilian populations in Japan to secure that front for themselves. Since then they have occupied Japan, Germany, and spread to over 800 military bases all over the world, all the while pretending that they’re the good guys. But Hitler and Hirohita are dead. Who are they fighting against? They have killed millions of civilians since World War II, over a million in their terror wars alone. The United States is constantly starting wars, proxy or other, by pretending that places like Iraq or Russia or China are being aggressive by placing their countries near US military bases. And this is accepted by a vast propaganda machine that still acts like everything is World War II, everyone else is Hitler, and that the US has the right and duty to constantly be at war. This goes unquestioned. But after so many failed wars and so much blood, we should really question it.
As Chris Hedges writes about proxy wars:
There are many ways for a state to project power and weaken adversaries, but proxy wars are one of the most cynical. Proxy wars devour the countries they purport to defend. They entice nations or insurgents to fight for geopolitical goals that are ultimately not in their interest. The war in Ukraine has little to do with Ukrainian freedom and a lot to do with degrading the Russian military and weakening Vladimir Putin’s grip on power. And when Ukraine looks headed for defeat, or the war reaches a stalemate, Ukraine will be sacrificed like many other states, in what one of the founding members of the CIA, Miles Copeland Jr., referred to as the “Game of Nations” and “the amorality of power politics.”
Is the United States a friend to Ukraine or Taiwan? Given America’s history, is this not traditionally fatal? Look at the people America has been friends to. America friended the people of South-East Asia by dropping 7.5 million tons of bombs on them, nearly double the amount dropped on Germany and Japan. With friends like these… America friended Korea by dividing it in half and installing and supporting a wildly corrupt military dictatorship that the South Korean people had to overthrow multiple times. America liberated Iraqis from their lives, Libyans from prosperity, and Syria from their oil and ability to get aid during an earthquake. Do you really think, given their track record, that you can believe America’s intentions in Ukraine and Taiwan? As US President George W. Bush said, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
The fact that this idiot was able to drag the world into completely unprovoked war in Iraq just shows that you can in fact fool people multiple times. And it’s still ongoing. The US actually provoked Russia by installing NATO on its border (similar to Russian missiles in, say, Cuba) and now is prodding China by rejecting the one-China policy over Taiwan which is still official US policy. People debated what would be better for Iraq during that war just as they’re saying destructive war would actually be better for the people of Ukraine, Taiwan, and also Russia and China themselves. But what problem has America ever made better? Name one country that they have actually improved since World War II? It’s just been an unremitting blood bath and they want to hose us down some more.
Even America’s overt allies—the people it somewhat did improve after World War II—have been fucked over by the Yankees in the end. The United States just blew up Germany’s own NordStream pipeline, an act of war in any regard, except Germany is actually an occupied colony and didn’t make a peep. When Japan’s economy started rising in the 80s America actively suppressed it. The truth is that America doesn’t have friends, it has interests, and its primary interest is wealth and money, or in ancient parlance, just looting. America has perfected the art of looting its own public purse over the bodies of dead people elsewhere.
The great innovation of the White Empire under the Americans has been figuring out that there’s more money in losing wars than winning them. If you win a war you have to actually administer the place and Marshall Plan it. But if you lose and drag it out, you can make a killing dropping expensive bombs on poor people. This has led to America becoming the world’s leading arms dealer while losing every single war. They have perfected the art of pyrrhic victory on other people’s soil while dragging unceasing loot back to the tony suburbs of Maryland. The loot, amazingly, is largely stolen from their own people. And these relentlessly propagandized people (you’re free! those people aren’t! let’s bomb them into freedom!), these most propagandized people in the world still cheer it on.
In addition to privatized arms dealing, America has also perfected the art of privatized propaganda. CNN literally made its bones on the Iraq War and the oligarch-owned media makes money chasing Chinese balloons or inflating random places Americans haven’t heard of into mortal enemies overnight. It’s good programming, it sells advertising, it provides them access, and it makes the shareholders (who also hold arms and connected technology stocks) happy. I mean, not happy, these rich people live in sin and are miserable, but it makes them rich which is what they want. What’s sad is that ordinary Americans help these wealthy warmongers for free, getting worked up about Iran, Russia, China or whoever the five-minute-hate is, though it is of no benefit (and in fact detriment) to them at all.
This grinding war business is what drives America and once you understand the business model (lose wars very expensively somewhere else), you understand that Ukraine and Taiwan are well and truly fucked. All the fawning coverage they get now as bastions of democracy is like the reception given to a virgin right before they’re human sacrificed. They get all the garlands, all the wreaths, right before they’re tossed in the volcano of war. Everybody just parades up the steps—Taiwan after Ukraine after Yemen after Syria after Libya after Iraq after Afghanistan after Vietnam after Korea—thinking that this time it’s different, this time it’s a just war. But it’s just war. It’s just business. It’s just filthy lucre.
The US war machine is not going to do good this time. Have we not indulged these fantasies long enough, over millions of dead, tens of millions displaced, and unspeakable destruction and horror? As Joseph Welch told US Senator Joe McCarthy, “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”
Cheering for war in Ukraine and now Taiwan is not standing up for democracy over authoritarianism. This is meaningless coming from the White Empire that has ruled and terrorized the world for a century from America and centuries from Europe. These are just words, like their corruption of the prophet Jesus Christ to justify their trepidations and violations before.
The best thing the United States can do for peace in the world is to stop waging wars. And you are not helping them by cheering the latest, greatest war on, while pretending you’re a friend to Ukrainian or Taiwanese people. I’ve lived through decades of war in my own country and the best thing wars can do is never start, and the second best thing is stopping. Fuckers from abroad cheering on war in your country is just a sport for them while it’s real death for the people that live there. America has made a bloodsport of the map, a Colosseum of cable news, and we’re now nearly 100 years into reruns of the same fucking program, this time in a grand finale of land war in Asia that may already be World War III. Historically these names are given after the fact, at the time we don’t know.
But I do know this. America is not starting these wars to help anybody else. They’re helping themselves to blood money as they always do. Why should you promote these wars for free? The best thing America can do for the world is to stop warring over it. And all of you idiots with the flags of the latest human sacrifice in your bios, at long last, have you no decency? America has gone from flags on graves in World War II to flags on bios in World War III. It’s a farce. I understand if you can’t stop your war machine, but for fucks sake, stop cheering it on. Whatever war America’s involved in, you can guarantee that it’s a bad one. The US is not helping Ukraine or Taiwan any more than they helped Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq. After so many skulls buried in the ground, can’t you get this through your skull?