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Somehow unnoticed by the world, a very important, from my point of view, statement by US President Joe Biden about the United States' renunciation of military operations abroad passed. Maybe because Biden is too dashing to deploy a global strategy for his own country. US refuses military operations overseas!
In the chaos that is happening in the world today, it is somehow hard to believe that a powerful power will refuse military intervention as a means of achieving foreign policy goals. Suddenly the American president started talking about the fact that there are other solutions besides the military one?
"Turning the page in our foreign policy, which our country has been pursuing for the past 20 years, we must learn from the mistakes we have made."
"We are talking about the end of the era of major military operations to remake other countries."
Did the US simply "ripped off its navel" in its fight against Russia and China?
I will say right away that I do not believe in the good intentions of the United States. Just because I saw their legislation in relation to my country. In particular, the US budget. This is enough to understand the weakness of Biden's position, to understand the discrepancy between the words and deeds of the Americans.
"... traditional wars have drained America - and their era is over."
How, then, should one perceive the hundreds of billions of dollars that are included in the US budget for the fight against Russia and China, including by military means?
How is the response to our aggression?
But, again, according to the laws, who is the enemy for whom: the United States for the Russian Federation or the Russian Federation for the United States?
After the collapse of the USSR, they constantly try to prove to me that we, former Soviet people, are savages who do not at all understand what civilization is. And in all areas.
For example, in religion. I remember one of the meetings with two Mormons who came to wild Russia with a missionary purpose and were very surprised that we know about the negative aspects of their faith.
I remember my lack of tolerance for democracy, for LGBT people, for new trends in education, and so on. Russians are still at the stage of development in the XNUMXth and early XNUMXth centuries. Medicine should heal, school should teach, the army should defend ... But the most important thing is that the people of Russia still talk about themselves as "we"! And in American it is necessary to say "I" correctly!
Has the attitude of Americans towards me and towards all of us changed?
Unfortunately no. Otherwise, those who are now speaking in the American Congress on behalf of progressive Russians, all those who "fled from the Putin regime and the intrigues of the KGB," would not have been treated kindly and fattened by American politicians. In the eyes of the Americans, we are the same “savages” as we were 100, 50 and 30 years ago.
Today, the Americans have come to understand that while “swallowing” the country, the “shark of imperialism” suddenly saw that there are other “fish” nearby, which are not weaker militarily or economically. And which they will not be able to bite safely for themselves. And biting those who can bite back is not in American tradition.
Politicians at the level of presidents of countries, with the exception of some clowns, very carefully verify their every word, realizing that each of them will be examined "under a microscope" and may entail a corresponding response from other countries. In the words of President Biden, quoted above, there is a nuance that should be paid special attention to.
"We are talking about the end of the era of major military operations ...".
What about small and medium-sized operations?
It turns out that the Americans do not refuse to intervene in weak and unprotected countries.
"Shark" will eat only those who are weak and small?
We are invited to live together on planet Earth. Everyone eats what he wants, but do not bite each other.
Fighting with someone else's hands does not work
There is one more issue that has acquired the most important significance for the United States today. This is the question of creating armies in controlled states that would carry out orders from Washington and die for American interests. This issue is also important for us, in connection with the presence on our borders of inadequate, capable of throwing their soldiers under our missiles.
It is important not because it is some kind of real force capable of somehow resisting the Russian army, but because such actions will entail huge losses on the other side, and possibly the destruction of the army as such. No matter how we relate to power in a neighboring state, ordinary people will fight, and coffins will be in rural huts and city apartments of ordinary people.
There is no publication that today does not mention the American billions, wasted, as it turned out, on the creation of the Afghan army. Someone gloats, someone regrets, someone simply states a fact.
Why did this happen?
A handsome, well-equipped and trained army refused to defend American interests. And an even more trained and powerful US army was simply afraid to fight the Taliban (zapr. In the Russian Federation) and scrambled when it smelled of fried.
And for the American publications close to the Pentagon, materials have been slipping for a long time that the expenses of the military department for the creation of armies in controlled states are a waste of funds. Analysts referred to the experience of Vietnam, Iraq and other countries where this program was implemented.
I often write that the US military school is strong enough. Analysts and experts deserve respect. The practice of creating puppet armies, as well as the practice of conducting "joint exercises" at the expense of the United States, is often condemned. The beautiful name "international exercises" is often hidden behind the teachings of the American army or fleet in the presence of someone else.
Afghanistan has shown that the Americans cannot create a truly combat-ready army for one fairly simple reason. The strength of the army is not in the availability of the most modern weapons and equipment, not in the training of soldiers and officers, but in their belief in the correctness of their own command, in the fact that they die not for the interests of an overseas uncle, but for their Motherland, for their home, for their family.
Partnerships between the armies of different countries really develop the army. We see a fairly fresh example of such a relationship right now at Army-2021. It is very easy to observe how the tactics of using some units of different armies, including the Russian one, change after each game. Something outdated is rejected, and something new is being implemented at home.
Everyone could see that at the first stage of the intervention in Afghanistan, the Americans actively used the experience of the Northern Alliance. But then, after the Taliban (requested in the Russian Federation) were defeated, the Americans remembered their own military greatness. It's not a lordly thing to fight terrorists. We saw with our own eyes what this led to.
Where did the Americans go wrong?
In my opinion, the main mistake of the United States is that by creating an army of a foreign state, they are solving the problem of their own domination in that state. This army is not for solving the military tasks of the country in which it was created.
In principle, both objectives are not mutually exclusive. But in order for them to be solved in a comprehensive manner, it is necessary to combine the task of developing a country and protecting this country in the framework of cooperation with other (or other) countries. An example of the same NATO or the CIS is quite indicative in this regard.
Brief conclusion about the situation
The United States is at a crossroads today.
The building of American statehood crackles here and there. President Biden finds himself in a most difficult situation, when, on the one hand, he is under pressure from internal opponents, and on the other hand, the house of cards in foreign policy that has been built over the past 30 years is crumbling.
I do not share the opinion that America is no longer great.
The potential of the United States is large enough to keep the country afloat. But, most importantly - in spite of everything, the main task - global domination through the remaking of the whole world according to the American plan, has not been changed.
The United States will use political, financial, psychological, ideological, cultural and even military methods to inflict damage on the enemy or even establish remote control over other states. And this will continue exactly as long as the United States does not become a nation state. That is, for a long time ...