Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight

Philip Giraldi – Strategic Review April 18, 2019

US stryker armoured vehicles make their way from Germany to Orzysz, Poland. Click to enlarge

It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

American Exceptionalism became the battle cry for an increasingly clueless federal government as well as for a media-deluded public. When 9/11 arrived, the country was ready to lash out at the rest of the world. President George W. Bush growled that “There’s a new sheriff in town and you are either with us or against us.” Afghanistan followed, then Iraq, and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats came up with Libya and the first serious engagement in Syria. In its current manifestation, one finds a United States that threatens Iran on a nearly weekly basis and tears up arms control agreements with Russia while also maintaining deployments of US forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and places like Mali. Scattered across the globe are 800 American military bases while Washington’s principal enemies du jour Russia and China have, respectively, only one and none.

Just some of America’s 800 global military bases. Click to enlarge

Never before in my lifetime has the United States been so belligerent, and that in spite of the fact that there is no single enemy or combination of enemies that actually threaten either the geographical United States or a vital interest. Venezuela is being threatened with invasion primarily because it is in the western hemisphere and therefore subject to Washington’s claimed proconsular authority. Last Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council that the White House will remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, preferably using diplomacy and sanctions, but “all options are on the table.” Pence warned that Russia and other friends of Maduro need to leave now or face the consequences.

The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly ten times as much on “defense.”

Iran is also upgrading its defensive capabilities, which are formidable. Now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran, has placed a series of increasingly punitive sanctions on the country, and, most recently, has declared a part of the Iranian military to be a “foreign terrorist organization” and therefore subject to attack by US forces at any time, it is clear that war will be the next step. In three weeks, the United States will seek to enforce a global ban on any purchases of Iranian oil. A number of countries, including US nominal ally Turkey, have said they will ignore the ban and it will be interesting to see what the US Navy intends to do to enforce it. Or what Iran will do to break the blockade.

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189. It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The current version of the bill was introduced on April 11th and it is by no means clear what kind of support it might actually have, but the fact that it actually has surfaced at all should be disturbing to anyone who believes it is in the world’s best interest to avoid direct military confrontation between the United States and Russia.

In a press release by Gardner, who has long been pushing to have Russia listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a February version of the bill is described as “…comprehensive legislation [that] seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the US government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.”

The February version of the bill included Menendez, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors, suggesting that provoking war is truly bipartisan in today’s Washington.

Each Senator co-sponsor contributed a personal comment to the press release. Gardner observed that “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.” Menendez noted that “President Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress” while Graham added that “Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. He should cease and desist meddling in the US electoral process, halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop efforts to create chaos in Syria.” Cardin contributed “Congress continues to take the lead in defending US national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad” and Shaheen observed that “This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”

The Senatorial commentary is, of course, greatly exaggerated and sometimes completely false regarding what is going on in the world, but it is revealing of how ignorant American legislators can be and often are. The Senators also ignore the fact that the designation of presumed Kremlin surrogate forces as “foreign terrorist organizations” is equivalent to a declaration of war against them by the US military, while hypocritically calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is bad enough, as it is demonstrably untrue. But the real damage comes from the existence of the bill itself. It will solidify support for hardliners on both sides, guaranteeing that there will be no rapprochement between Washington and Moscow for the foreseeable future, a development that is bad for everyone involved. Whether it can be characterized as an unintended consequence of unwise decision making or perhaps something more sinister involving a deeply corrupted congress and administration remains to be determined.



7 responses to “Rumors of War: Washington Is Looking for a Fight”

  1. its not washington that wants a fight
    its the jews who run america
    ad Rabbi Joseph says ” war is good business for jews ”
    they made a fortune out of w w 2
    they robbed england and now its americas turn

  2. A good atomic bomb on Tel Aviv or Gerusalem would solve most of the problems of the world . It is a fact that AIPAC controls the USA so when the Government of the USA threatens other countries if is for Tel Aviv interests . So the destruction of Israel is becoming more urgent by the day .

  3. Right on Mr Wiliams…you are a well informed citizen.
    The greed to gain power is out of control.
    The tribe hates Putin…Putin took back his country and stopped the looting.
    The Germans knew best…when their country was being looted back in the 20,30, 40.
    They ruined that country too., including Ukraine.
    Now the looting of the USA is almost complete…it will fall soon.

  4. The Delusion Of The Typical American

    I start off with Giraldi’s incredibly delusional statement:

    It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire.

    You have got to be kidding me? Become? When was it never an evil empire!

    The United States Of America was started with a coup d’etat! Did anyone back then in 1770 or how about 1780 when the Founding Fathers decided to rewrite the constitution of the United States because the original gave too much powers to the States and The People, think about giving the people the chance to vote on it, or the forming of the United States itself? Let me be blunt, the United States of America was founded on a coup d’etat and that there never was ever an election to validate the U S of A to be legal or accepted by the populace. In short, the USA was no more or less a political entity as the USSR! The USA has been an illegal entity from the get go.

    Or shall we go back even further Mr. Giraldi? When did the United States was not the “evil empire” as you put it, when they killed the local Natives to steal their land?

    How about all the wars that US of A started with other countries in Central and Southern America? How about the invasions to Cuba? How about threatening countries like Japan with canon fire if they didn’t trade with them? How about how they forced Japan into a World War by embargoing ALL their trade, including FOOD! How about all the lies the US told about Vietnam?

    In short, when did the US EVER TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING? The United States, has been robbing, stealing, canon balling, missiling its way into countries around the world for centuries. The United States HAS NEVER BEEN honorable!

    It is because of people like Giraldi that people and countries around the world have trouble with having freedom and economic activity that is beneficial to their countries, because the Giraldi’s of the world are not capable to take FULL account of their country’s actions and heinous crimes.

    Mr. Giraldi, you are completely delusional if you think the USA was ever honorable. The US has been affecting an evil empire course of rule around the world from the first day when those zealots first set foot back in Jamestown, Virginia. It has been a growing horror story for every body else ever since.

    The world has a real problem with the United States, when even the so called “more enlightened” people characterized by the likes of Giraldi, can’t even see the horrible role that they played in the nightmare that the USA has been continuously spewing out around the world for centuries.

    Giraldi, this nightmare that US is doing around the world, is not something that started recently. It was already happening, when you too Giraldi, were in active service for the the US military. You too, Giraldi, played a role in what the US has done.

    The sanctimoniousness of Giraldi’s words in this article is horribly ironically hypocritical. The USA has NEVER played the honest broker. NEVER! The USA has been slaughtering people of every color, creed and nation for centuries!

  5. Do these warmongers actually believe their rhetoric? Or are they THAT dumb? Or are they that much of whores for war? The clear-minded informed person will say that Russia has been putting out fires all over the Middle East, fires started by the same nations that accuse Russia of causing all the trouble. Even the simple examination of the daily rhetoric between American and Russian leaders shows a CLEAR sign that Russia is the nation that seeks peaceful redress and not war. The opposite is true for the USA. Is this all a stage act to keep us all divided and fearful of doomsday war? It certainly favors the armaments industries. Gee wiz someone tells the truth in Congress and all hell breaks loose . . . while at the same time someone is lying their ass off about “evil” Russia and getting paid handsomely under the table no doubt! War needs whores to exist!

  6. The US overthrew the democratically-elected government of Ukraine to install a neo-Nazi anti-Russia puppet regime, and then claimed Russia is interfering in democracy. The Yanks really don’t do irony after all, but what they do excel at is raw fork-tongued hypocrisy.

  7. A uni polar world or a multipolar one – those are the two choices which the Western cabal gives to the people of the world.

    From the perspective of what constitutes an ideal society in any nation, we know or ought to know that once the basic principles of personal responsibility, honesty, and decency towards others are instilled in individuals, a nation can be self-governed, free of oppression, and prosperous because of the flourishing of mutual trust and resulting good will. The cabal running things for the past 100 years in the West has also made great strides to fragment us and to break down all of those pillars which made our nations truly great. The people of the West are now expected to buy into either a multi-polar world in opposition to a unipolar one, where lines are drawn through the weaker resource-rich nations which will be continued to be exploited in the usual course of bankster and corporatocracy business. The cabal of course is very happy with either arrangement.

    Obviously, if we want a better world for everyone in it without becoming communists, globalists, neo-liberals, or warmongers and neocons, then good will, cooperation and trust between nations must be based on the same principles and values instilled in individuals which have made their nations free, prosperous and great in the past. Putin has floated and promoted this option of a world of independent, sovereign and self-determining nations in which no nation is above our international conventions and laws, and where might-makes-right is no longer acceptable.