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Random Thoughts on America as a World Power

An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.

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Background

America’s record overseas is nothing to be proud of: defeat, murder, and supporting unpopular regimes

In 1945, after the end of World War II, the United States of America emerged as the foremost power of the world. It was also economically powerful, and it decided to help its allies get back on its feet. The Marshall plan put Western Allies back on their feet after the devastation which they had experienced during the last war.

Readers will recollect that famous essayist Samuel Johnson wrote 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. The American leadership after 1945 assumed that they were the only ones who had to have a place in the sun and therefore they needed client states. It was irrespective, whether the clients were a naked dictatorship or a totalitarian state or supporting Islamic fundamentalism. All this had no meaning, so long as they towed the American line.

The American think- tank wanted to control communism, which they felt would spread globally. As a counter, America set up a ring of military alliances all around the Soviet Union, and in the process, it supported all regimes who are willing to play ball with America, irrespective of the fact that these regimes were suppressing their own people. The Americans followed the policy of democracy at home and supporting dictatorship abroad. This sums up the American approach to world politics

History has a habit of repeating itself for the simple reason that a man a thousand years back, has the same thinking as now. The United States leadership right from President Truman assumed that America must retain its number one position in the world. In the process, they made a distinction between the European Nations and the Asian nations. It was basically a racial divide. Many will not agree with this. But a simple fact is revealed from the documents, that led to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. It brings out that the Americans were using the Japanese as Guinea pigs for the nuclear experiment, though at that time Japan had already lost the war and was looking to close the issue.

Discrimination

The president set the ball rolling by ordering the dropping of the atomic bombs. The dissenting judgment of justice Vinod Pal, at the Tokyo Tribunal, is worth reading. He not only exonerated the Japanese leadership of any war crimes but specifically mentioned that the American leadership and the American generals should also be tried at this Tribunal for war crimes against humanity

America got embroiled in the Chinese civil war but here is the first bloody nose. Despite all the support given by the United States to general Chiang Kai Shek, the American puppet he was defeated. The Americans within a decade and a half were quick to change horses. America at that time thought of China as a great market for American goods as well as a counterpoise to the Soviet Union.

This is one of the reasons the Americans made no attempt to stop the Chinese nuclear program when they had all the facilities to knock it out in 1964. America was always looking forward to an engagement with China and Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon finally took the decision to normalize relations with China. In the bargain, they forgot about Formosa and signed an agreement that they recognize the 'One-China policy,' with the result that for half-century no American of any significance ever visited Taiwan. I will not be surprised that tomorrow if China mounts an invasion against Taiwan, the United States apart from making some noises is going to do nothing. I think readers may mark my words on this.

Similarly, the Chinese were given a free hand in the South China Sea. American presidents had a phobia of the Soviet Union in their minds and despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Americans continued in their policy of mollycoddling China. They forgot that in 1950, the Chinese had moved into the Korean War in a big way and had given a bloody nose to the Americans with the result that after three years of fighting the Americans made no headway and had to agree to a ceasefire.


Destabilization games


This is about the time when the Americans went into action against North Vietnam and the Vietnam War commenced. President Lyndon Johnson faked the Tonkin Gulf incident and ordered the bombing of North Vietnam. The war lasted 10 years and the Americans were badly defeated and retreated licking their wounds. Despite this, the Americans decided that they must try and dominate every country in the world, and for this purpose, they began to support dictators, and one of the dictators they supported was General Ayub Khan of Pakistan who had imposed Martial Law in the country.

They began to arm Pakistan against India because at that time the Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was not ready to tow the American line and refused to become a lackey of the Americans. Despite all the sophisticated military equipment like the Patton tanks and F-104 fighters given to Pakistan, the country failed to win a single war against India and was so badly defeated that it broke up in 1971 into two countries. Richard Nixon wanted to intervene to fight for Pakistan in the 1971 war and had accordingly sent the 7th fleet there but 300 thousand Pakistani soldiers and Razakars surrendered before the Americans could get their act together.

America also carried out a military coup in Iran that put the Shah in power and he set up a repressive regime that carried out things like carrying the dissidents in a helicopter with their hands and feet bound and dropping them to the Earth. Yet this man was an American ally. Similarly, the Americans got the Chilean president assassinated. They also made at least twenty-five attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro but they did not have success. They tried an invasion of Cuba with the help of Cuban exiles in 1959, known as the bay of pigs invasion but it failed. Later President John Kennedy had to give an undertaking to Russia after the Cuban missile crisis that America would never destabilize Cuba.

America continued supporting despotic regimes in S Africa, Egypt, and Iraq. It must be understood that Iraq's Saddam Hussain was initially the blue-eyed boy of the USA but when he began to show some Independence it was decided to eliminate him and the devious plan was hatched that ended in his hanging. America also entered the war against terror in Afghanistan but then again the same story. The American forces were badly defeated they could not control Afghanistan and the net result is that President Donald Trump ordered a retreat.

There are at least 100 examples of America playing de-stabilizing games in the world and getting leaders assassinated.

Crossroads

In Hindu mythology, the god of wealth is called Kuber but even the coffers of Kuber became empty. The United States despite all the defeats somehow carried on but it was over-stretching itself and spending more than a trillion dollars to bolster almost 140 bases around the World. The rationale for which has never been understood by many.

The American economy could not sustain such expenditures on alliances like NATO with the result that the American economy came under strain. The Americans thought of a plan to partner with China to continue their domination, but they badly miscalculated. China has now emerged as the most formidable opponent of America. It is also the country with the largest exports in the world in terms of dollars and America in contrast is a net importer. This itself shows that America is heading towards bankruptcy.

The American presidents are not the men of integrity like Roosevelt but are suspects and one can safely say they have a lot to hide as far as China is concerned. One American president's daughter was given almost 6 patents and the present incumbent also has a China connection.

The American economy is entirely dependent on imports and America can ill afford to stop trade with China, as it has a trade deficit of 600 billion dollars. This is not a small amount and despite all the fire and brimstone which the present American President may be showing, he knows that he has to make an accommodation with China to survive. But the problem is the Chinese do not want a partnership. They just want to replace the American dollar as a world currency with their own currency.

America is at a crossroads now. History is a cycle and America is still very strong and the number one power in the world and yet has started imploding from inside. This was inevitable given the fact that there is a big racial divide in America. Somebody told me that the divide is not finishing and in 1970 the supreme court had given a judgment that segregated buses are not allowed. That is wonderful but why did it take the US Supreme Court 200 years to give such a judgment? the fact is the whites are no longer the preponderant inhabitants of America and almost 30% are Hispanics and blacks.

This is what is going to be the root cause of the problem. The whites continue to dominate. As an example out of 41 generals of the US Army, only two are black when the US Army has almost 18% blacks as combatants.


Random thoughts

These are just some random thoughts. America has shot itself in the foot and American Empire is heading towards an end just after about 75 years. This is a very short period as far as world history is concerned. In contrast, the Mughal Empire lasted 300 years, the Ottoman Empire 700 years, and the British Empire 200 years but the American Empire will not last another two decades and we will watch in our lifetime, that the presidents the Americans are voting into power are not men who can reverse the cycle, but then this is part of the game and one must accept it.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 16, 2021:

Rodric, I appreciate your comment. In my view, the defeat of Trump is bad for the American empire.

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on February 16, 2021:

Interesting perspective. I need to explore it more being that I normally would just ignore articles like this as words of envy. However, recent developments in the nation has led me to think a collapse is soon coming. I want to fight against such a thing thinking that putting people in power who will reverse the train. I thought Donald Trump would. I don't know...

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 14, 2021:

Thanks, Ken, very reasoned and sensible comment. You have the art of putting everything in a succinct manner. Trump will probably go down as the last gladiator, I wonder if its a proper simile.

Ken Burgess from Florida on February 14, 2021:

A very nice review, hard to encompass so much history in one article.

I like to see this point in America's history for what it is, it's decline.

One could well compare its internal social decline (into immoral decadence and self-centeredness) the rise of games (Gladiatorial = Football) and the list of more recent series of military 'faux pas' to Rome's decline and demise.

Like Rome, America started out small, trying hard just to survive, then it began to expand and grow at the expense of those nearby, it fought its competitors and defeated them all (Native American, French, Spanish, English, Mexican).

For a hundred years now it has dominated much of the world, helping to create a world interconnected like never before.

But now it's sun is fast setting and China's is on the rise, one could say Trump was America's last, final, feeble attempt to stem the tides of change, and now that his time is done, the facilitator of that change being hastened along is now our sitting President.

The quickness in which the changes are going to come in the next couple years I believe many would find unlikely today... but then, most people wouldn't have imagined the changes that have already occurred due to the "pandemic" back in 2019.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 13, 2021:

Mr. Happy, great of you to have commented. I enjoyed reading the comments, it's so exhaustive that I have nothing to add. Thank you very much for sparing time and commenting.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2021:

"History has a habit of repeating itself for the simple reason that a man a thousand years back, has the same thinking as now." - For all our advancements (about to set foot on Mars sooner than later), we are still a very immature specie. Like I said to someone a couple of days ago: homo sapiens are only second to rodents for killing their own specie. Think on that for a while.

"I will not be surprised that tomorrow if China mounts an invasion against Taiwan, the United States apart from making some noises is going to do nothing". - Only they are already doing "stuff", haha! Here's a tiny example:

"The State Department says it has notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon attack missiles to Taiwan, a move likely to anger China." - Oct. 2020

"Similarly, the Chinese were given a free hand in the South China Sea." -

From 4 days ago: "Two US carrier groups conduct exercises in South China Sea - Carrier strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz carried out multiple military manoeuvres in the busy resource-rich waterway." - Al-Jazeera

"They also made at least twenty-five attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro" - Many sources claim that there were over 600 (yes, six-hundred) attempts on Castro's life. Haha!! He probably outlived most of his would-be assassins. May he rest well!

But ya, in this part of your article You could have added many other countries where the US Empire tried to over-throw gov't: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico ... just named a bunch, no timeline given here. US interventions across the world have contributed significantly in the destabilization of the world (as all empires have).

"The American economy could not sustain such expenditures on alliances like NATO with the result that the American economy came under strain." - Not when they let most of their manufacturing shift to China too. Haha!! That was a bad move.

"This is a very short period as far as world history is concerned. In contrast, the Mughal Empire lasted 300 years, the Ottoman Empire 700 years, and the British Empire 200 years but the American Empire" - Consider please how fast things are changing now and how fast things changed (I'm talking social change, technological change and so on) during the Mughal Empire LOLOL

Now, I for one am done with Empires. Many of my people died and we also impaled a significant amount of Turks. I do not wish a repeat. We have to end it with Empires. No more Empires.

Thank You for your article. All the best!

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

Thank you Luis, This is one of the options that Biden may resort to try and shore up US power, but as President `Duterte once said, the US does not have the will to confront China. They may try their stunt against some smaller power.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

Thank you Pamela for commenting.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 12, 2021:

I thought this was a very well-written article as ther are problems in the US. Thank you MG.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on February 12, 2021:

With the new U.S. President and Vice President, is war from other countries stays to maintain their world power?

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

Thank you Bill for sparing time and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 12, 2021:

We do have our problems here in the States. Hopefully we will wake up to that fact soon. Well-written article!

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 11, 2021:

Thank you John, your comment is most welcome.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 11, 2021:

So much food for thought and concern, MG. An intriguing read.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 11, 2021:

David, I have not understood the term hybrid woman. I think this is a term used in technology. I understand she has a black father an Indian mother. Her family cohesiveness can be gauged from the fact that her black father refused to attend her swearing in ceremony.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 11, 2021:

Thank you, Colonel, For your comment. I share your concern with the quality of the present American leadership but then we have no say in the matter. We can only look from afar and comment.

David Issac on February 11, 2021:

Nice article, I am concerned as an Indian though settled abroad that a hybrid person like Kamala Harris has become the vice president. Her rantings against Hindus and India show her state of mind and the Indian nation should be on guard against this hybrid woman.

Lt Col Parduman Singh on February 11, 2021:

It is a very nice article and covers a lot of points but definitely, a book on the subject would be more interesting. The president American leader ship is not what is required may be internally it may be OK but overall the thinking of this leadership is retrograde. I fail to understand how a person like Kamala Harris has been elected vice president and she may very well become the president. That is ok as far as I'm concerned because it will be the end of the US empire.