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Pax Americana: The Tide Recedes

This month the President announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria and a significant reduction in US troop levels in Afghanistan.  From a military angle, this is hardly news; there will be little effect on battlefield.  Politically, on the other hand, it is a significant turning point indeed.  The government is finally responding to public opinion’s distaste for perpetual imperial adventure.

This process really began with the failure – if an operation without any concrete aim can even be said to be a failure – of the Bush administration’s occupation of Iraq.  Public opinion began to turn against that war as early as 2006, as evidenced by the results of the midterm elections.  This shift in public opinion was bolstered by the election of a President who based his campaign on a promise withdraw US troops from foreign entanglements – in three consecutive presidential elections.

While Obama can be credited for keeping to the withdrawal schedule agreed to by Bush in his lame duck term – I have grave doubts that McCain would have done so, his administration was plagued by tremendous political inertia in over Afghanistan.  During the entire eight years of his presidency, he was never able to find an appropriate time to leave, largely due his listening to deep state advisers who kept telling him “now is not the time”, and so the time never came.  Worse still, he was sold on intervention in Syria, an intervention without even the pretense of congressional authorization.

For a time it seemed that Trump would follow the same path.  He even went as far as to authorize attacks on Syrian government forces which could not be classified as anything other than naked aggression.  For reasons not fully understood at this time, which may prove to be rather personal, Trump has followed his instincts that were correct all along, rather than the deep state operatives who call themselves experts and begin withdrawal, winding down the overseas deployments that have worn the country down.

Such is a long overdue step away the post-World War II Pax Americana mission of the United States and toward a more multipolar world order.  Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the reaction of the political class of the US.  It is being pillored as a win for Russia, Iran the Syrian government and all those political players that are supposedly enemies of America, but in reality only enemies of the hegemonist agenda of Washington.  Syrian intervention was sold to the American people as a fight against ISIS and not as a proxy was against Russia and Iran, but now Washington is admitting that’s what it really was.  Paradoxically, it is being called a victory for ISIS, even though the three aforementioned powers all fought against ISIS.  There are lamentations about the supposed betrayal of our Kurdish allies to Turkey, whose government allegedly intends to exterminate the Kurds.  The fact that Turkey, as a member of NATO, actually is a US ally is conveniently overlooked.

It is too soon to say how fast this trend will move, but we see finally the US backing of from its self-appointed role as the world exporter of liberalism.

 

Goings On In Italy

The new government in Italy, a coalition two populist parties with a considerable degree of ideological convergence, has been a the major story in Europe today, and a major focus of attention for those not completely distracted by the latest doings of the Donald.  There was turbulence from the beginning, most notably from the Italian president rejecting a proposed finance minster simply because he was an opponent of the single currency.  Especially ironic considering hostility toward the EU was one of the few things the two ruling parties shared in common.

Most notable, however, was the new stance on immigration.  Under Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League and now interior minister and deputy prime minister.  He has formally closed Italian ports to the African boat people who have thrown themselves out into the Mediterranean in overloaded and unseaworthy vessels for so many years.  It was never anything more than a question of having the political will, and it has finally happened.  A Trump, rather than a Clinton or Bush administration, has ensured the absence of US pressure to let them in.

Ultimately, they ended up docking in Spain, a country where such sanity has yet to take root.  The significance of what we are seeing, however, is a major Western European country asserting the sovereignty of its borders, which is historically as significant as Brexit.

 

500 Years Of Liberty For The Church

It was 500 years ago this day that a German theologian named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg cathedral. This event kicked off the process that opened the Scriptures to the faithful of the church, and the preaching of the Gospel to Europe. The Bible, the cornerstone of the faith, which had previously been kept from the people, a light hidden under a bushel (Matt 5:15) was made available to all. From this light was revealed the truth that the Christian was not what he was because of what he had done for the faith, but by the state of his soul – what the Lord had done for him.

The time of this great Reformation was the time of the West’s greatest cultural generativity, and that was true on the spiritual plane as well, indeed especially there.

Sola Scriptura!
Sola Fide!
Sola Gratia!
Solo Christo!
Soli Deo Gloria!

In Remembrance Of The USS Liberty

Fifty years ago this day, an American intelligence ship, the USS Liberty, was treacherously attacked in international waters by planes of our supposed “ally” called Israel in attempt to stop in from intercepting Israeli messages which would expose their aggressive designs against their Arab neighbors. Israel intended that the secret would sink with the ship and all the men on it. The mission failed. 34 American sailors died, 171 were wounded, and the ship was damaged beyond repair, but the heroic men of the USS Liberty managed to send a distress signal to nearby American aircraft, forcing Israel to break off the attack. The survivors lived to tell the story, despite all the attempts made to obscure it. I will not spend time refuting the lies of Israel’s apologists concerning this act. The men on that ship to a man know what happened, and they tell the story far better than I ever will.

USS Liberty Memorial

Reflections On The French Elections

Writing between the first and second rounds of the French presidential elections, some comment on the performance of Marine Le Pen and the FN are in order. Although the FN is running its strongest candidate ever, Le Pen has somewhat underperformed the polls in the first round and seems destined to lose in the second round. Although it would seem to be a contrast between with Brexit and the election of Trump, it is actually not so – for a reason. Le Pen, like Trump, has already sidelined the traditional right and left from the election. The establishment has already thrown all its eggs into one candidate, Macron, whose presidency is doomed to fail. It has become clear who the real opposition is.

It is in June’s legislative elections that the establishment parties will be more divided and the FN’s breakthrough will truly be, a breakthrough that will have the power to stand in the way of Macron’s agenda. After the failure of Macron will be the time for the FN to truly rise.

A Thanksgiving Toast to Donald Trump

An earthquake has rattled the very belly of the liberal beast.  It is not simply the election of a man to the Presidency; what is important is the massive cultural undertow that put him there.  A chance to vote against all the old platitudes and dogmas that the masses of Americans no longer believed in, and that chance was not allowed to pass.  A voice has been given to tens of millions who can no longer be ignored – not just in America, but all around the world.  Woe to the New World Order!  It has lost control of the very hub of its power!

November 9 was the day the sun truly rose on a new America, and on a new century, for the whole world.  The real fight for the freedom of the world’s peoples is not over, however.  In fact, it is only beginning in earnest, for now it will no longer be a fight with one hand behind the back.

To promising future for America, for the West, and for the world – to Donald Trump!

Brexit – The First Crack In The Edifice

June 23, 2016 will be a day that will go down in history as the day when the downfall of of the post WWII liberal order in the Western world was set in motion.  The departure of Britain from the EU will the first domino in the fall of liberal internationalism as the fall of the Berlin Wall began the fall of the Soviet system, even if in this case the process may take longer.  Britain may have seemed an unlikely place for it all to begin, but nevertheless that is where it happened, and the damage has occurred in a particularly sensitive spot.

Britain’s history as the country that successfully colonized North America and defeated its rivals gave it a link to the New World that other European countries don’t have.  Indeed, it was Britain’s former colonies that would later form the United States.  This fact is well known, but it provides some background for position Britain plays in world politics today.  After the dissolution of the British Empire, that role was largely as a mediation between the US and Western Europe, and later the between the US and the EU.  Britain was in the unique position of sharing a common historical connection to both America and continental Europe.  By helping to keep the liberal internationalists on both sides of the Atlantic on roughly the same page, Britain continued to play a role that was disproportionate to her size.

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU significantly damages that link.  In effect, it threatens to cut the forces of global liberalism in two.  Rather than increasing US influence in Europe, it will actually reduce it.  A house divided against itself ultimately will not stand.  This is not only good news for people, wherever they may be, who are unhappy about the way the US is influencing world politics, but also Americans who are unhappy with the direction they have seen their county move in recent years.  It weakens the powers that be in Washington, and focuses the spotlight on their failures at home.  The New World Order, which hasn’t won a major victory since the fall of South Africa, is now receding.  The wheels of history grind slow but exceedingly fine.  They a turning a different way now.