U.S. to the World: We’ll Rule You, Or We’ll Kill You

by Eric Zuesse, The Duran:

Anyone who has read the many official and unofficial U.S. Government statements about the U.S. Government’s relationship to the rest of the world knows that that Government’s attitude equates competition as being hostility, and so demands that every other nation will ally itself to the U.S. Government, or else will be an enemy of that Government.

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U.S. President George W. Bush stated it this way, in a 16 February 2002 speech to U.S. troops about “the coalition the Secretary of State’s working on” at that time, a “coalition” that would “stand squarely with the United States in the defense of freedom,” and which was otherwise undefined except to say that any nation which would not join this undefined coalition with the U.S. Government would thereby “stand with tyranny”: “Either you’re with us, or you’re against us” he threateningly said to any Government that would NOT subordinate themselves to “stand squarely with the United States in the defense of freedom” as the U.S. Government might subsequently come to define what that means. He said this after the 7 October 2001, to 17 December 2001, U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, but before the 20 March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

And, then, there was the 28 May 2014 statement by U.S. President Barack Obama, to graduating cadets at the West Point Military Academy, telling them whom they would be fighting against when they graduate:

The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come. … Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. … It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world.

He was telling the U.S. military that America’s economic competition, against the BRICS nations, is a key matter for America’s military, and not only for America’s private corporations; that U.S. taxpayers fund America’s military at least partially in order to impose the wills and extend the wealth of the stockholders in America’s corporations abroad; and that the countries against which America is in economic competition are “dispensable” but America “is and remains the one indispensable nation.” ONLY America is “indispensable”; all OTHER nations are “dispensable.” This, supposedly, also authorizes America’s weapons and troops to fight against countries whose “governments seek a greater say in global forums.” In other words, he was telling these future generals: they would be tasked to stop the growing economies from growing faster than America’s.

Unlike Bush, he wasn’t saying that America’s enemies were Governments that wouldn’t join its “coalition” that would be “in the defense of freedom” but that the enemies would instead be “rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. … It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world.” He was addressing America’s future generals and telling them that nations such as that — and Russia, and China — are America’s enemies, whom they will be tasked to conquer.

The latest official embodiment of this it’s-our-way-or-the-highway official U.S. Government attitude is the 6 February 2023 “ANNUAL THREAT ASSESSMENT OF THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY”, which identifies China as America’s #1 enemy and Russia as America’s #2 enemy. It says:

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