Finding itself in Republican sights and with no
Democratic power center to offer protection, National Public Radio is turning
into an upscale version of Fox "News." Nevertheless, information still
gets out if the listener is sufficiently attentive.
On July 5, NPR's All Things Considered interviewed two warmongers for
their views on the North Korean missile test. One was Ashton Carter, a Clinton
administration assistant secretary of defense, now at the Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard. The other was Ambassador Christopher Hill, an assistant
secretary of state in the Bush regime.
The Clinton DoD assistant secretary is coauthor of a recent article advocating
a unilateral U.S. military attack on North Korea. His first pitch on NPR was
that the whole region, not just the U.S., is threatened by North Korea and that
everyone should gang up on North Korea to make them behave. The NPR interviewer
asked Carter to reconcile his multilateralism with his own recommendation for
the U.S. to unilaterally attack North Korea. Carter replied that North Korea's
missile was developed to attack us, so we had to protect ourselves.
When the NPR interviewer asked Carter why deterrence would fail with North
Korea when deterrence succeeded in the case of the more powerful Soviet Union,
Carter agreed that North Korea was not sufficiently insane to launch an attack
on the U.S. So, if the U.S. is not in danger of being attacked by North Korea,
why does Carter want to attack North Korea?
The answer is, well, you see, if we permit North Korea to develop any weapon
with which they might be able to stand up to us on some issue critical to North
Korea, well, they might not do as we want them to do. Carter could not conceive
of a world in which any country existed that might be able to behave differently
than the U.S. dictates.
Ambassador Hill agreed, but he came at it in a different way. Hill's view is
that it is China's, Japan's, and South Korea's responsibility to make North
Korea behave as the U.S. wants it to behave. Both Hill and Carter agreed that
no country, with the exception of Israel, has a right to any interests of its
own unless it is an interest that coincides with U.S. interests. No other interest
Listening to the pair of hegemonic maniacs, I realized that the U.S. is the
new Rome – there is no legitimate power but us. Any other power is a potential
threat to our interests and must be eliminated before it gets any independent
ideas. The U.S., however, is far more dangerous than Rome. Rome saw its world
as the Mediterranean and, for a while, Northern Europe, but the U.S. thinks
the whole world is its oyster. The Bush regime is busy trying to marginalize
Russia, and neocons are preparing war plans to attack China before that country
can achieve military parity with the U.S.
Gentle reader, consider what it means when our government believes other countries
have no right to their own interests unless they coincide with U.S. interests.
It means that we are the tyrant country. We cannot be the tyrant country without
being perceived as the tyrant country. Consequently, the rest of the world unites
How is the U.S., which has spent three years proving that it cannot successfully
occupy Iraq, a small country of only 25 million people, going to control India,
China, Russia, Europe, Africa, and South America?
It's not going to happen.
What it does mean is that the U.S. government in its hubris and delusion is going
to continue starting wars and attacking other countries until a coalition of
greater forces smashes us. Even among our European allies we are already perceived
as the greatest threat to world peace and stability.
Our power is not what it once was. We are weak in manufacturing and dependent
on China for advanced technology products. We are dependent on China to finance
our wars and our budget and trade deficits. How long will China accommodate
us when China reads about Bush's plans to prevent China from achieving military
The Bush regime thinks that it can have every country under its thumb. Neocons
are fond of proclaiming that it is a unipolar world in which the U.S. is supreme.
This is a fantasy, and it is rapidly becoming a nightmare.