The Shrinking US Global
Captain of The
Jun 2, 2008
from the Late May 2008 Issue of Bill Buckler's "Global Report"
Nothing better exemplifies the current US geo-political situation
than the five-day Middle East trip President Bush has just returned
from. In Israel, he was, of course, greeted as a hero. But when
he arrived in Saudi Arabia after three days in Israel, he arrived
as a supplicant. Metaphorically, Bush stood in Saudi Arabia with
an empty can in his hand and asked for oil.
Saudi Arabia offered to pump
an additional 300,000 barrels a day in June - a pittance. After
his meeting with the Saudi King, Mr Bush looked both irritated
and confused. Five years ago, just after the US army had arrived
in Baghdad and he had pronounced "Mission Accomplished"
from the deck of a US aircraft carrier, it would have taken
a mere phone call by the US President to raise the Saudi oil
output by millions of barrels a day.
The Centre Is Broken:
Geo-politically, the issue
which is now coming out in the open for all to see is this: The
US now has to send its President out in the world to ask for
favours. Things are no longer the other way around. The rest
of the world is moving away with the US politically running after
That is not the classical or
historical role of a superpower - the world's sole geo-political
and geo-strategic centre of gravity. When there IS such a superpower
- the rest of the world comes to it - to the centre.
The LIMA Declaration:
On Friday, May 16, at the Summit
in Lima, Peru, a declaration was issued by representatives from
nearly 60 countries promising to act with urgency to address
the rising cost of staple foods. Europe and China were there.
The US was NOT! A 60-nation Summit - and the US was not invited.
A SUMMIT In Russia:
Brazil, Russia, India and China
are talking about forming a political alliance. The four largest
emerging economies sent their foreign ministers to Yekaterinburg,
Russia, where they met on May 16, for the first time outside
the venue of the United Nations. The Europeans and Chinese were
there - the US was NOT.
A SUMMIT In China:
New Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev is visiting China on May 23 and 24 for his first foreign
trip since taking office, a further sign of improving ties. President
Medvedev will make a state visit to Beijing at the invitation
of Chinese President Hu Jintao, China's Foreign Ministry has
said. The US is not there. This is a new global pattern led by
the Japan/China Summit in early MAY. The US is simply NOT there.
The Formation Of The New Four-Corner
The Privateer refers back to its previous issue in
regard to the shape of this new four-corner world. It is now
clear from the events of the last two weeks that it is falling
in place with astounding speed.
The Fatal US Self-Made Distraction:
It is very important to emphasise
that the Japan/China Summit and the three following summits referred
to in this Global Report would never have taken place
were it not for the strategic distraction which the US made for
itself five years ago by invading Iraq and following up with
a five-year occupation. There is still no end to this distraction
in sight. Geo-strategically, this exercise has tied the hands
of the US. As exhaustion sets in, the US is left with no strategic
means to intervene militarily in other parts of the world. The
rest of the world has seen their own doors opening. The debacle
that the US faced at the recent NATO Summit and President Bush's
meeting with Russian President Putin made it clear that politically
and strategically, the US had lost NATO. That huge loss opened
A New Form Of Isolationism:
In fact, this new form is isolationism
in reverse. It is the rest of the world acting in many way to
isolate the US by the simple political means of walking away
from it and making their own future agreements with each other
without even inviting the US as observers. Representatives from
60 - repeat SIXTY - nations meet in Lima Peru. The US was not
there! The Chancellor of Germany was there, as were Chinese and
Russian delegations. Everyone wore smiles from ear to ear. Heads
of State and Heads of Government from Europe were there in numbers
too many to mention. The Heads of State or of Government from
all of the Latin American nations were there. The US was not
there! In fact, the 60- nation Lima Summit got barely a mention
in the US media. But the proverbial "dime" has now
at least dropped halfway in Washington. A few members of Congress
woke up from their ongoing fund raising to mutter about - wait
for it - "Who lost Latin America?" Then
they too subsided into silence.
Trade between Europe and Latin
America and the Caribbean totalled about 160 Billion Euros last
year, the European Commission has said on its website. After
the Lima Declaration, it is bound to expand even farther and
faster. Straight ahead lies a Latin American-European Union and
a free trade pact - something the US has not managed to achieve.
Europe and China are taking Latin America away and the US seems
not even to be watching while this happens, distracted by its
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Latin America, of course, would
like nothing better than to get out from under the shadow of
the US. But geopolitically the end result will be that within
a few years, real US influence will end at the Panama Canal and
at the northern coastline of South America. That is real isolation
for the USA.
Napoleon's second dictum was
very simple. He said this:
"Never interrupt your
opponent in the middle of executing a mistake. You might cause
him to change his mind."
The rest of the world has been
following Napoleon's dictum for the past five years. These have
been the years since President Bush decided to invade and then
occupy Iraq. The world simply waited for exhaustion to set in.
Once that was out in the open and the US had deprived itself
of the means with which to militarily intervene in other parts
of the world, the rest of the world moved. The US could do nothing
even politically to stop the rest of the world from doing so.
The Japan/China Summit followed. That Summit was quickly followed
by the summits mentioned in this issue. These many summits will
be given real effect on the ground over the months ahead as the
US becomes increasingly internally distracted by its political
party conventions and its presidential campaign. By the time
the US looks around again in early January 2009, the world will
be a very different place. The US will be isolated politically,
strategically, economically and monetarily in its own geographic
corner of the world as the biggest power - in North America.
The sole "wild card"
in all this is will be played if the US attacks Iran in a fit
of insanity and starts a wider war. The US military enterprise
in the Middle East is over. The US can't win, it can only retreat.
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William (Bill) Buckler
Captain of The
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