Can the most terrifying rogue state – bar none – the world has ever known be brought to heel?
Two days ago ninety-six year old Henry Kissinger – Indochina Bomber, right hand man to Nixon and backer of death squads across Latin America – said this:
So those countries that used to be exceptional and used to be unique, have to get used to the fact that they have a rival.
The rival he has in mind being China.
It’s a measure of how bad things have gotten since the fall of the Soviet Union, and rise of the Washington doctrine of “full spectrum dominance”, that it falls to this man – hands steeped in blood but a political realist – to urge moderation and pragmatism on today’s leaders.
And no, Kissinger isn’t one of those ‘liberal’ half bakes who speak as if all had been hunky dory under Clinton, Dubya and Obama before everything went unfathomably wrong under Trump.
… [Kissinger] is negating the erroneous consensus in Washington that the US is somehow “exceptional”, a “uni-power” and the “indispensable nation”. This consensus has grown since the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the US viewed itself as the sole super-power. That morphed into a more virulent ideology of “full-spectrum dominance”. Thence, the past three decades of unrelenting US criminal wars and regime-change operations across the planet, throwing the whole world into chaos.