Ukraine: Europe’s anger at Washington

1 Dec

In my last post but one, written just yesterday, I wrote of the USA having two war aims in Ukraine:

Regime change in Moscow or, failing that, weakening Russia in a long and costly war of attrition. (While business booms for America’s $1tn a year for-profit arms industries.)

Coercing Europe, Germany especially, into greater reliance on Washington as the craven leaders in Berlin – doubtless with heavy hearts – forego lucrative business contracts with Russia and hence China in favour of appeasing an increasingly unappeasable Uncle Sam.

I’ve touched on that second aim several times in posts on the war.  A week ago, on November 24, the centre-left American-German publication, The Politico, added its own two penn’oth:

Europe accuses US of profiting from war

EU officials attack Joe Biden over sky-high gas prices, weapons sales and trade as Vladimir Putin’s war threatens to destroy Western unity.
  1. “… barefaced whopper of the kind only the USA can get away with …”   I’m minded here of the late Harold Pinter in his 2005 Nobel acceptance speech:

    The crimes of the USA have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few have talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

  2. My use of ‘semi colony’ for Europe’s status vis a vis the USA is cavalier. The term is more usually reserved for indirect rule, aided by a comprador class, of a state – almost always a former colony under direct rule – within a context of modern imperialism. (As defined by the export from global north to south of capital, and repatriation from south to north of profits.) I’m misapplying the semi-colony term here in a spirit of disdainful hyperbole, when a more accurate descriptor would be ‘Washington’s junior partner in alliances – de jure  or de facto – which in ‘normal’ times disguise underlying conflicts of interest.’
  3. I jest of course. The Hague only prosecutes the agents of states, usually in the global south, which obstruct US designs.

6 Replies to “Ukraine: Europe’s anger at Washington

  1. The cover graphic on the recent weekly edition of The Economist succinctly portrays the present perilous state of Europe:

    https://www.economist.com/weeklyedition/2022-11-26

    A Europe that has gone so far down the road of de-industrialising itself on behalf of it’s US/WEF masters it is unlikely to recover in the lifetime of our grandkids (for those who have them).

    An act which surely meets the criteria of a comprador class doing the bidding of their Mafia bosses.

    This winter may well be bad. Next winter, and the subsequent ones are likely to be quantitatively and qualitatively far worse given how much basic survival needs depend on energy inputs. Fertilisers, food production, delivery systems – from transport to utilities such as water and waste – and a whole lot more.

    Missiles and bombs are not the only means by which to remove such everyday vital to survival systems. Europe seems to be unique in this regard in that its ruling elites have voluntarily dismantled – or are well down the road of dismantling – its own systems without the employment of any munitions.

    As, I think it was Fred Hoyle?, wrote: ‘Energy or Extinction?’

    • Yes brilliant piece. I read Caitlin’s article this morning.
      I bloody loved that speech from the late Harold Pinter RIP. He was smeared in response as crazy/out of his depth/stupid, whatever by the usual shower of shite.
      Mafia bosses is right.
      The US doesn’t have allies, only interests. So true.
      European “leaders” ought to be worried about public opinion over their craven obedience towards their mafia bosses.

      • It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

        The idea of America as a force for good in the world is up there with that of media independence from power. Both top the charts as the greatest and most stupefying myths of our age. Both are the reason you and I have so much difficulty with friends and family. Discussing something as big as Ukraine – with people who insist that (a) for all its faults, America is on the side of the angels; (b) our media more or less call it right on a matter so vital to power – is like discussing astronomy with a flat earther.

        Except that flat-earthers are in a minority.

        Still, we do what we can, if only because the alternatives are unacceptable.

    • A Europe that has gone so far down the road of de-industrialising itself on behalf of it’s US/WEF masters it is unlikely to recover in the lifetime of our grandkids (for those who have them).

      An act which surely meets the criteria of a comprador class doing the bidding of their Mafia bosses.

      Ok. If you insist …

      In truth, I may be guilty – on the specific question of subservience to Washington – of drawing too nit-picking a distinction between Europe’s junior imperialisms, and the imperialised global south. (In most other contexts the distinction is as night and day.) To be sure, with the part exception of France, which in the past has thrown a strop every now and then, European states have had no independent foreign policy since Harold Wilson kept Britain out of Vietnam.

      • To look on the bright side, if Europe collapses into a state of Dark Age poverty, it is at least starting to be admitted by the compradoros that the US is to blame. It’s only a short step for the plebs to catch on and start blaming both these parties. Let the anti-empire/compradoros deluge then begin.

        • Well I’m seventy Jams, but have brought children into this vale of tears. I see no bright side to Europe collapsing into a state of dark age poverty

          Btw, I’m very impressed with the Seshadri Kumar piece you alerted me to on this very matter. I’ll be producing a post on it asap …

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