Will the American Empire Lash Out in its Death Throes?

News Commentary — August 20, 2014

A psychic friend has been saying for some time now that Iran’s indigenously developed defence technology is moving on par with that of the West.
This is more than a psychic’s intuitive hunch though. It’s now being substantiated by hard fact. Readers will recall that a few years ago we kept hearing that “all options were on the table” regarding Iran. The implication being that the U.S. was ready to consider military action against Tehran.
If it was meant to intimidate Iran it didn’t work. If anything it had the opposite effect, as Iran has since redoubled its efforts to develop its own indigenous military technology.
USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. Click to enlarge

USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, part of America’s “All options” package. Click to enlarge

Readers will also note that we don’t hear references to “all options …” so often anymore. As if the U.S. wasn’t quite so eager to confront Iran directly. Instead, we’ve since seen top Iranian scientists assassinated and cyber-attacks on the country’s nuclear program. As if the U.S. and Israel were resorting to a more underhand approach to undermine Iran’s weapons development, in preference to direct military confrontation.
Readers will also note that the diminishing use of the phrase “all options…” has coincided with mounting efforts to unseat President Assad.
That’s because being Iran’s closest regional ally, a regime change in Damascus would have amounted to a flanking assault on Tehran. So again, rather than confront Iran militarily the West has covertly assisted the gulf states and Israel in their efforts to facilitate regime change in Damascus.
Or at least they did because that seems to have faltered, as with Russian and Iranian help President Assad appears to have thwarted attempts to unseat him, at least for now.
Thing is, America doesn’t have a particularly illustrious military record. Certainly of late and regardless of how Hollywood mythmakers have tried to portray it. After all the last outright U.S. military victory came at the end of WWII. Since then it has fought wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and numerous other smaller conflicts: all against far less formidable opponents than Nazi Germany, relatively speaking.
Yet none of these more recent major conflicts has ended with a clear-cut victory for the U.S. Sure, as part of a coalition it invaded Iraq and Afghanistan but the occupations that followed proved debilitating for both men and morale as well as being deeply unpopular at home.
Moreover Iran is different. It is not another Iraq or Afghanistan. It is potentially far more formidable. It’s also developing fast, at a recent exhibition in Tehran a wide range of advanced military technology was displayed, which seemed to bear out my psychic friend’s saying that Iran’s military technology is moving on par with the West’s.
Sure, it doesn’t yet have an advanced 5th generation air superiority fighter. But it has come a long way in little more than two decades and in another ten years it could well have one to rival anything in the U.S. Air Force.
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Click to enlarge

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Click to enlarge

For its part, America’s own weapons technology programs are beginning to encounter problems of their own. Currently still being developed but scheduled to be the West’s main air-superiority fighter when it begins to enter service in 2015, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is reported to be an absolute turkey.
Nor is that linked report the only one to have cast doubt on America’s most expensive fighter development program to date. Numerous other reports — here, here, here and here — have called into question the F-35’s combat capability.
For a nation that has traditionally relied heavily on its air superiority the F-35 could spell the end of America’s dominance of the sky in any future conflict. That in turn will mean more U.S. casualties on the ground and a seriously diminished overall war fighting ability.
Meanwhile other U.S. weapons development programs have also been beset by budget cutbacks and cancellations. All of which brings us closer to the end of an era when Western military supremacy was largely unchallenged.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the U.S. has been the world’s sole superpower. Like the biggest kid in the schoolyard, with its own NATO gang in tow, the U.S. was able to push around lesser nations on any pretext it liked. Indeed, in some instances like 9/11 those pretexts were fabricated in the form of false flags.
In the process the West’s foremost military power has made a lot of enemies. They may not be able to challenge it directly just yet but the day draws closer when if it picks on another seemingly lesser foe in the global schoolyard it could be in for a nasty surprise.
However it may not be Iran that springs the surprise, as the U.S. appears increasingly wary of Tehran’s growing power; and the last thing it needs is to be defeated by a nation its media has relentlessly mocked and derided.
As America appears increasingly wary, Iran’s military commanders sound all the more confident and defiant. Their claims are more than bravado or boasting however. A sea change is underway: America’s military technological superiority is beginning to slip just as new challengers are emerging: Russia, China, Iran or even all three could soon turn into serious military adversaries.
Whatever nation it is the day draws closer when the U.S. will be faced with a stark choice: either it pre-emptively neutralises those emerging threats while it still can or it becomes a little more considerate in its dealings with other nations.
Israel and its influence through the powerful Zionist lobby complicates matters still further.
So maybe it’s not a question of whether the U.S. will opt for a genteel decline. Rather a question of whether the Zionist lobby will be able to persuade America’s politicians to embark on a course that leads inevitably to catastrophic conflict?