This book by William Engdahl succinctly explains the neo-conservative, neo-liberal paranoia. The thesis is simple and derives from Zbignew Brerezinski’s The Grand Chessboard. Zbignew had taken this idea from British strategist Halford Mackinder. Mackinder argued (quite rightly, if with somewhat devilish conclusions) that whoever controlled the Eurasian landmass would control the world’s pivot-point. Zbigniew updated the thesis: America should seek such dominance in Eurasia as to make Russia her vassal. The unspoken conclusion (actually, Paul Wolfowitz was quite outspoken on this point): if Russia does not wish to be a vassal, use a nuclear first-strike against her.
With those cheerful thoughts in mind, Engdahl offers us a very helpful hermeneutical grid per US geopolitics: anytime America acts in Europe or Asia, she is doing so in order to 1) control key oil transits; 2) weaken China; and 3) weaken Russia. In order to do this the Anglo-Americans must employ a number of strategies against ornery states like Russia, China, Serbia, Myanmar, and Iran.
The most successful of American strategies has been the “Color Revolutions.” Drawing off of the psychology of both terrorism and rock concerts, CIA operatives were able to finance and delegitimize social nationalist regimes. This worked in Serbia, Ukraine, and Georgia.
Understandably, this will not work with larger states. In that case, just accuse them of human rights violations. This is the primary goal with China. W.E. does a good job explaining the geopolitical importance of Tibet (the Tibetan plateau is the source of the seven major rivers the give water to most of Asia), Myanmar (50% of Chinese oil imports pass through the Straits of Malacca). Obviously, if America can sever Tibet from China and/or control Myanmar, it can deliver a crushing choke-hold on China from which it will likely not recover. With the removal of China, American control over Eurasia is guaranteed.
W.E. then gives a disturbing analysis of American nuclear capabilities. The technological specifics aside, keeping in line with the Zbigniew-Halford thesis, the goal of American nuclear capabilities is to maintain American dominance in the world. We need to be very clear about the Wolfowitz doctrine: America should pre-emptively destroy any country that could pose a threat to American political interests. This is the equivalent of killing some random guy on the street just so he can’t kill you some day. I’m not making this up. This is the morality and logic of the people in charge.
There are some limitations to this book, though the overall thrust is accurate. W.E. is only focusing on the American infrastructure. He doesn’t do the same kind of work as Joseph Farrell or Jim Marrs.
Things look bad, and W.E. doesn’t pull any punches. But not all is lost. The following is my own reflections and not necessarily those of W.E.
- If the Motivilov Prophecies are true, Russia will survive an American nuclear holocaust.
- Even the strongest armies can do little with a collapsed economy and infrastructure. Contrary to popular opinion, the Red Army at the end of Afghanistan was super-elite, yet the USSR was broken.