So now the US actually ranks, not first, but No. 3 in the world by economic output measured by GDP. If one were to strip out the more or less worthless components of US GDP plus those components that are detrimental to human welfare, insane over-investment in healthcare, for example, or multi-trillion-dollar wars, the estimated value of America's output of useful goods and services would obviously fall sharply.
Still, as American politicians like to remind the World, America is the exceptional nation, the nation born to rule the world, so if you get in America's way you'll be bombed, drone-killed, sanctioned to economic death or subjected to a campaign of relentless character assassination.
Consistent with that World view, America's grand master of the geostrategic chess board, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US national security adviser and mind behind the Obama/Kerry mask, has set forth the road to American global hegemony:
... it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book.And that strategy is?
... how America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania (Australia) geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources.Well, no prob. then: just go in and take control of Eurasia.
Except that when economic power No. 3 barges into Eurasia it finds itself in conflict with economic powers No. 1 and 2, not to mention economic power No. 4, India, or the only power on earth that is realistically capable of turning the United States to radioactive ash; namely, Russia.
But O'Barmy the Piss-Prize winner is going for it any how. He's poked Russia in the eye by having Fuck-the-EU Nuland instigate a Nazi-backed Russophobic coup in Ukraine, on Russia's doorstep, while gratuitously threatening China, with brilliant results, obviously:
- Russia's taken back their ancient naval base at Sevastapol plus the whole of Crimea;
- The Russian-speaking people of South-Eastern Ukraine are showing a spirited preference for independence over subordination to US-installed Nazis in Kyiv;
- The subjects nations of American empire in Western Europe, in particular Germany, but also Britain and France, are showing a distinct lack of enthusiasm for a new war with Russia, they chief energy supplier and third-largest single-country export market, merely to preserve the American empire;
- China has responded to America's "Pivot to Asia," i.e., military encirclement, by upping its military budget.
All empires seek to destroy the ethnic, cultural and religions identities of the nations they rule. In the Soviet Union, Stalin attempted to do so by a combination of mass murder and forced mass migration. The US Empire has sought the same end by imposing a neoLiberal economic agenda that has forced the nations of Europe to open their doors to virtually unlimited cross-border migration both within the EU and from the Third World.
But when, by 1991, the Soviet Communist economic model had proved a disastrous failure, ethno-nationalism blew the Soviet empire apart. Now that the US neoLiberal economic model has proved a disastrous failure, ethno-nationalism will likely blow the US empire apart. That is much to be hoped for, since world war appears to be the alternative.