The United States ends in three years; what about the EU?
Despite the many contradictions he makes, like the end of the United States in three years while preparing to run for office in three years, Donald Trump made a good point last week. He said: “Our country has truly experienced a descent over the past eight months like no one has seen before.” Although he did not offer strong evidence, he argued that the downward trajectory would bring the country to an end.
“America is a laughing stock”
Trump also claimed that America had become “the laughing stock” of the rest of the world. I don’t know if everyone is laughing, but some people have gained the confidence to bark in front of America. Take the example of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The powerful United States and the United Kingdom create a new alliance in the Indo-Pacific by signing an agreement with Australia to acquire nuclear submarines. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian dares to reduce this security partnership for the Pacific region (nicknamed Aukus, pronounced “aw-kiss”) to a multi-billion dollar sale of submarines that will only do irritate China and will serve as the first step in the US-China war.
You can’t count the number of punches in a brawl, but Le Drian dealt Aukus a few heavy punches. He said he was “angry and bitter” at this decision which violated the confidence of the country, adding that “it is not done between allies”.
The French minister forgets two recent facts concerning the affairs of his own country: France made the same gesture in the Aegean Sea by signing military contracts with Greece without consulting its ally, Turkey, when the Turkish-Libyan maritime agreement for join their exclusive economic zones in the Mediterranean has been signed. In addition, France (and the entire European Union) was working on its own strategic alliance with Australia which included the construction of conventional submarines for Australia.
The United States and the United Kingdom simply upped the ante; Europeans expected more cordial diplomatic relations with the United States after the Trump years and were baffled by the “belligerent” move by the United States and the United Kingdom against China. A senior EU official told CNN that “the English-speaking countries, the same nations that took the lead in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq – and we all know the results – are acting now against China. ”
Apparently, China is not as anxious as Mr. Trump about the untimely demise of the United States, although traditionally China has never missed an opportunity to confront each other’s belligerence. In fact, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom of “seriously undermining regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race and undermine international nuclear non-proliferation efforts “with their pact, adding that they would closely monitor developments.
What is the real situation? Many people are aware that the Biden administration has adopted a one-dimensional worldview to which it takes all political action in accordance. For example, the $ 2 trillion investment in infrastructure and improved public services is aligned with the goal of strengthening the country to better compete with China.
President Biden sees foreign policy as a way to counter China’s rise to power. He even left Afghanistan as the United States got bogged down in the country and his hands were tied when it came to China. The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change couldn’t even take over China.
The American China Syndrome is nothing new, it is so deeply ingrained that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called his Chinese counterpart in the final months of the Trump administration to assure him that even though the President ordered an attack on China, the armed forces would not obey the command. This general was not sacked after the scandalous revelation, because – God forbid – the Chinese take this to mean that if the president orders an attack on China, the US armed forces will obey him!
It is not the reality of Chinese supremacy but rather the perception of the threat that scares people on either side of the aisle of Congress. The former and current US president share this fear, but their ways of dealing with it seem different. Trump must have talked about the war so much behind closed doors that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff felt the need to call in the Chinese to assure them otherwise.
As a traditional Democrat, Biden says the goal of his anti-China strategy is to promote democracy; but that, according to Trump, will not work and America will be completely destroyed before the next presidential election. Trump may be right. Of course, not the total destruction of the United States, but the failure of Biden’s Chinese policy. One or two nuclear submarines in the hands of Aukus will not stop China from increasing its influence abroad. Xi Jinping will not change his mind about building the world’s most powerful economy.
With or without Aukus, or French involvement, China will integrate into the global economic system, which in turn will inaugurate more political freedoms. “More” in this context simply means “as much as China’s hybrid communism can handle.” political freedom “in China!
What about countries other than China?
But America’s fixation on China can damage many other aspects of the country’s international relations. Israel, for example, taking advantage of the attention of the American Bulldog fixed on the eastern end of the yard, could deal with its own problem with Iran. The exaggerations of the Israeli (and American) newspapers about the report of the Institute for Science and International Security, claiming that Iran is approaching an atomic milestone and is only a month away from assembling enough material for a nuclear weapon, did not generate the intensity expected in Washington. According to Israeli media, this is because the Biden administration is “blinking on the matter.” What’s the problem, you might ask?
According to Yonah Jeremy Bob of the Jerusalem Post, this is a “nuclear standoff between the United States, Iran and Israel”. Picture this: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi orders Iranian atomic bombs to be lit, he has the button in his hand; on one side of his chair sits the representative of the United States, on the other sits a Scandinavian ambassador representing Israel, and in this nuclear stalemate the whole world is waiting, holding its breath. In a few minutes, Iran will wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
The reality is rather this: Iran agreed last Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards in the surveillance cameras of its nuclear power sites to continue filming there. When Israel paints such fictional images, it usually acts on its own to delay Iran’s preparation of a nuclear bomb through computer sabotage or an “unexplained explosion at the facility.” In Iraq, they actually bombed the site. The United States, fearing that an incident could escalate into a regional war in Iran, generally interfered. Hopefully Biden’s fixation with China doesn’t end the United States soon.