Neocons making progress on the path to extinction
by Don Hank
Zero Hedge has just run a commentary entitled “America’s Greatest Threat Is Its Crazed ‘Leadership’ And Its Brainwashed Population”. The following quote from that article best sums up its main point:
”The sole reason why the USA and Russia have found themselves on a collision course, instead of defusing tensions and cooperating on a wide range of international problems, is the stubborn refusal by the US leadership to accept Russia as an equal partner: Washington is dead set on being the “world leader” and the “indispensable nation,” even as its influence steadily dwindles in the wake of a string of foreign policy and military disasters such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. Continued American global leadership is something that neither Russia, nor China, nor most of the other countries are willing to accept. This gradual but apparent loss of power and influence has caused the US leadership to become hysterical; and it is but a small step from hysterical to suicidal. America’s political leaders need to be placed under suicide watch.”
And I would add Kosovo to that list of disasters, for the reasons I detailed here.
People everywhere, both the political analysts and the rest of us, are seeing the light, and the Neocons now clearly are not only on a path to extinction but have in fact progressed quite a ways down that path. They are exhibiting two different responses to their loss of power, to whit:
1 – Some stop resisting and admit to themselves that the way forward must be radically different from their past MO; already, the unthinkable has happened: three of the most iconic and powerful Neocons of the last century, ie, Georges Soros and Friedman and Henry Kissinger, have issued nervous warnings that the West cannot afford to antagonize Russia. This happened after they saw Russia send in the supremely deadly S-400 missiles to Syria following the downing of their plane, and following the bold displays of military solidarity – joint naval exercises with China and joint military parades in Moscow – between Russia and China, both nuclear powers. They knew this was game over. They had gambled that their policies would drive a wedge between the two nations. Instead, these policies pushed them into each other’s arms so to speak. I had detailed this in my commentary of last July, here http://laiglesforum.com/china-an-unreliable-tool-of-the-new-world-order/3428.htm. What I said then just keeps crystallizing.
2 – The more frightened and bewildered respond hysterically like fanatics – like Hitler when he saw he was losing the war he had started. Example: Bill Kristol, who desperately but vainly seeks to start a third party now that anti-Establishment Trump is firmly ensconced in power. He seems not to notice that the rigid warlike policies of the Neocons in the past are precisely what has propelled Trump to the top in a reaction against their insanity. Kristol, whose father Irving was dubbed the “godfather of the Neoconservative movement,” will only accept an establishment candidate of the GW Bush type. Yet the vast majority of our last GOP crop were precisely of this type and were roundly rejected by the now-more-savvy public, many of whom have learned the difference between Neocon and conservative. It would appear that the ancien régime has no place to turn or hide.
In a sense, Trump and Putin, though vastly different in temperament and ideology, have created the conditions for a perfect storm for them.