US em­pire is col­laps­ing – Pen­tagon

More force needed, says re­port

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - TELESUR WASH­ING­TON

ASTUDY by the Pen­tagon says the US frame­work of in­ter­na­tional order that was es­tab­lished af­ter World War II is “fray­ing” and “col­laps­ing”.

“While the United States re­mains a global po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and mil­i­tary gi­ant, it no longer en­joys an unas­sail­able po­si­tion ver­sus state com­peti­tors,” the re­port says.

“In brief, the sta­tus quo that was hatched and nur­tured by US strate­gists af­ter World War II and has for decades been the prin­ci­pal ‘beat’ for the DoD (Depart­ment of De­fence) is not merely fray­ing but may, in fact, be col­laps­ing.”

The study en­ti­tled “At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assess­ment in a Post-Pri­macy World” is based on a year of re­search and was re­leased last month by the US Army War Col­lege’s Strate­gic Stud­ies In­sti­tute to eval­u­ate the depart­ment’s ap­proach to as­sess­ing risk at all lev­els of Pen­tagon pol­icy plan­ning.

Hav­ing lost its past sta­tus of “pre-em­i­nence”, Wash­ing­ton now in­hab­its a dan­ger­ous, un­pre­dictable, “com­pet­i­tive”, “post-pri­macy” world, whose defin­ing fea­ture is “re­sis­tance to au­thor­ity”, the doc­u­ment says, con­ced­ing its im­pe­ri­al­ist na­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pen­tagon’s find­ings, the na­tion’s power is in de­cline be­cause of a world that has es­sen­tially en­tered a new phase of trans­for­ma­tion, in which in­ter­na­tional order is un­rav­el­ling and au­thor­ity of gov­ern­ments ev­ery­where is crum­bling.

The re­port warns “global events will hap­pen faster than the de­fence depart­ment is cur­rently equipped to han­dle”, and the US “can no longer count on the unas­sail­able po­si­tion of dom­i­nance, supremacy or pre-em­i­nence it en­joyed for the 20-plus years af­ter the fall of the So­viet Union”.

It re­counts that com­pet­ing pow­ers, Rus­sia and China, along with oth­ers like Iran and North Korea, have played a ma­jor role in re­mov­ing the US from its po­si­tion of global “pre-em­i­nence”. It de­scribes Rus­sia and China as “re­vi­sion­ist forces”, who ben­e­fit from the US-dom­i­nated in­ter­na­tional order, but now “seek a new distri­bu­tion of power and au­thor­ity com­men­su­rate with their emer­gence as le­git­i­mate ri­vals to US dom­i­nance”.

The US should con­sider the “post-pri­macy” mi­lieu as a “wake-up call” and if it doesn’t adapt to this “post-pri­macy” en­vi­ron­ment, the com­plex­ity and speed of world events will “in­creas­ingly defy (DoD’s) cur­rent strat­egy, plan­ning, and risk assess­ment con­ven­tions and bi­ases”.

The US Army War Col­lege study con­cludes that it’s not just the US that is see­ing a de­cline. “All states and tra­di­tional po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity struc­tures are un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from en­doge­nous and ex­oge­nous forces…

“The frac­tur­ing of the post-Cold War global sys­tem is ac­com­pa­nied by the in­ter­nal fray­ing in the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic fab­ric of prac­ti­cally all states,” it says.

The re­port sug­gests ex­pand­ing the US mil­i­tary as the only op­tion by which it can gain back its stature in the world sphere, and it fur­ther de­mands US mil­i­tary force needs to be pow­er­ful enough to pre­serve “max­i­mum free­dom of ac­tion”, and al­low Wash­ing­ton to “dic­tate or hold sig­nif­i­cant sway over out­comes in in­ter­na­tional dis­putes”.

PIC­TURE: EPA

Sailors man the rails of the air­craft car­rier USS Ger­ald R Ford dur­ing its com­mis­sion­ing in Nor­folk, Vir­ginia on Satur­day.

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