Report demands massive expansion of military-industrial complex to maintain global ‘access to resources’
In the first of a series, we report on stunning new evidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is waking up to the collapse of American primacy, and the rapid unraveling of the international order created by U.S. power after the Second World War.
But the Pentagon’s emerging vision of what comes next hardly inspires confidence. We breakdown both the insights and cognitive flaws in this vision. In future pieces we will ask the questions: What is really driving the end of the American empire? And based on that more accurate diagnosis of the problem, what is the real solution?
An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the U.S.-backed international order established after World War 2 is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing”, leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.
The solution proposed to protect U.S. power in this new “post-primacy” environment is, however, more of the same: more surveillance, more propaganda (“strategic manipulation of perceptions”) and more military expansionism.
The document concludes that the world has entered a fundamentally new phase of transformation in which U.S. power is in decline, international order is unravelling, and the authority of governments everywhere is crumbling.
Having lost its past status of “pre-eminence”, the U.S. now inhabits a dangerous, unpredictable “post-primacy” world, whose defining feature is “resistance to authority”. …
A large body of data demonstrates that the escalating risks to U.S. power have come not from outside U.S. power, but from the very manner in which U.S. power has operated. The breakdown of the U.S.-led international order, from this perspective, is happening as a direct consequence of deep-seated flaws in the structure, values and vision of that order.
In this context, the study’s conclusions are less a reflection of the actual state of the world, than of the way the Pentagon sees itself and the world.
Indeed, most telling of all is the document’s utter inability to recognize the role of the Pentagon itself in systematically pursuing a wide range of policies over the last several decades which have contributed directly to the very instability it now wants to defend against.
The Pentagon frames itself as existing outside the Hobbesian turmoil that it conveniently projects onto the world — the result is a monumental and convenient rejection of any sense of responsibility for what happens in the world.
In this sense, the document is a powerful illustration of the self-limiting failure of conventional risk-assessment approaches. What is needed instead is a systems-oriented approach based on evaluating not just the Pentagon’s internal beliefs about the drivers of risk — but engaging with independent scientific evidence about those drivers to test the extent to which those beliefs withstand rigorous scrutiny.
Such an approach could open the door to a very different scenario to the one recommended by this document — one based on a willingness to actually look in the mirror. And that in turn might open up the opportunity for Pentagon officials to imagine alternative policies with a real chance of actually working, rather than reinforcing the same stale failed strategies of the past….
I searched the PDF in question for “dollar” or “currency”. There was not ONE MENTION of how such a proposed rearmament would be paid for when the very policies the pentagon proposes finally eliminates the dollar as world reserve currency, as more countries seek to stop paying for the primary threat to their own self-determination and national survival. And not a hint of how the last backstop to prevent national collapse when that happens, the USA’s own industrial production and technology, was offshored by the same international banking cartel which profits from the endless and pointless wars which the pentagon seems determined to continue and expand. Does anyone seriously believe this is just an unfortunate coincidence?
The “collateral damage” to the USA’s industrial infrastructure was also due in no small part to the pentagon’s unconscionable wars and torture/death squad exports against latin america which made the region safe for sweat shops which competed with and destroyed american domestic industries wholesale.
This is national suicide. The pentagon is a captive of our most dangerous enemy, the banksters. They need to read the writings of one of their own, General Smedley Butler.
The Cold War ended in the early 1990’s. At that time, the U.S. had two choices: step up as a leader and inspire generosity, compassion, and democracy throughout the world; or continue growing as a superpower and focus on expanding the corporatocracy. Unfortunately, it chose the latter; it exploited other countries even when doing so violated the sovereignty of those countries. It partnered with governments that were willing to sell resources cheaply regardless of the ideologies of those governments, and overthrew leaders who refused to play its game.
The fact is that the U.S. was handed an opportunity that no other country has ever before enjoyed – and blew it. The only sole global superpower in history, it behaved in ways that were contrary to its ideals, its self-interests, and world peace; yet it was able to fool its own people into believing that the rest of the world looked at it with gratitude and as a protective, pro-democracy force.
— John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”