The short life of the U.S. em­pire

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY - By Charles Camp­bell Charles Camp­bell, a res­i­dent of Wood­stock, is a re­tired se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Gulf Oil Corp. His e-mail is lochawe@ver­i­

The U.S. dom­i­nated the world in the 1960s as no na­tion be­fore. We were win­ning the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. Europe and Asia were still re­cov­er­ing from World War II. We had a lock on all tech­nol­ogy, pro­duced ev­ery­thing that we con­sumed and ex­ported the world’s best prod­ucts. Our ver­sion of apartheid had legally ended. Eisen­hower’s pro­gram of mass de­por­ta­tion and Ce­sar Chavez’s co­op­er­a­tion with the gov­ern­ment lim­ited il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. Five U.S. and three Euro­pean com­pa­nies con­trolled 95 per­cent of the world’s oil re­serves mainly in the Mid­dle East and Africa.

For five decades we have rig­or­ously fol­lowed Emer­son’s ob­ser­va­tion that “fool­ish con­sis­tency is the hob­gob­lin of lit­tle minds” — adored by lit­tle politi­cians who have been in­tel­lec­tu­ally un­able to re­act to changed do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional cir­cum­stances. In the cur­rent stage of our democ­racy, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, sex­ual free­dom and in­tol­er­ance of in­equal­ity have elim­i­nated def­er­ence to any author­ity, which will ul­ti­mately pro­duce an­ar­chy. Tyranny by a mob men­tal­ity pro­duced by so­cial me­dia pro­vides anony­mous free­dom that al­lows mil­lions of volatile cit­i­zens to in­stantly in­flu­ence na­tional pol­icy.

In Novem­ber, we will elect the most un­pop­u­lar and cor­rupt pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in modern Amer­i­can his­tory; the win­ner will be faced with the stark re­al­ity that a fool­ish con­sis­tency in poli­cies would be deadly. Rad­i­cal Mus­lim im­mi­grant at­tacks are be­com­ing the new nor­mal; cen­ter-city vi­o­lence and con­flict be­tween po­lice and an­gry black youth has be­come ram­pant; and con­tin­ued un­bri­dled im­mi­gra­tion of lowskilled His­pan­ics is a root cause of black cit­i­zens’ un­em­ploy­ment and hope­less sit­u­a­tion. Na­tional sur­vival re­quires forc­ing a frac­tious elec­torate to ac­cept gov­er­nance for the com­mon good. Our reign is over. Hav­ing re­cov­ered from 200 years of shame and hu­mil­i­a­tion at the hands of the West, China’s mer­can­tilist econ­omy is now equal to the U.S. — af­ter 20 years of tech­no­log­i­cal trans­fer by U.S. com­pa­nies naively ex­pect­ing pre­ferred ac­cess to Chi­nese mar­kets. De­ter­mined to re­turn to their po­si­tion as the cen­ter of all un­der Heaven, China is chal­leng­ing us around the world eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally, while build­ing a modern mil­i­tary to push us out of East Asia and si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­stroy­ing our in­dus­trial base with a U.S. free trade pol­icy that ac­cepts the ex­port of jobs in ex­change for low cost con­sumer goods.

And af­ter dou­ble-cross­ing Rus­sia on NATO, fo­ment­ing a coup that dis­placed an elected pres­i­dent fa­vor­able to Rus­sia in Ukraine, and plac­ing sanc­tions on them, we have driven Rus­sia into an anti-U.S. al­liance with China.

The E.U. is also un­rav­el­ing and no longer a re­li­able ally. Ger­many has slowly moved to­ward Rus­sia and China eco­nom­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally. Brexit is the be­gin­ning of dis­so­lu­tion of the E.U., with Syr­ian refugees ac­cel­er­at­ing a par­ti­tion of Europe.

Af­ter 200 years of Chris­tian dom­i­na­tion, a resur­gent Is­lamic move­ment started nearly 100 years ago to drive the West out of Mus­lim ter­ri­to­ries. Hav­ing ab­ro­gated con­ces­sion agree­ments with Western com­pa­nies with­out ret­ri­bu­tion from the U.S., some Mus­lim na­tions used oil rev­enues to sup­port rad­i­cal Is­lamic groups. Mean­while, U.S. gov­ern­ment ac­tion ric­o­cheted from one de­ba­cle to an­other, de­stroy­ing au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ments that con­trolled the Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ists. The U.S. has been forced out of the Mid­dle East, and the rad­i­cals are now at­tack­ing the home­land.

We must nor­mal­ize re­la­tions with Rus­sia and re­v­erse the Rus­sia-China axis that we cre­ated. It is es­sen­tial to work with Rus­sia to de­stroy Is­lamic rad­i­cals.

The sec­u­lar Sunni Kurd pesh­merga is the only group in the Mid­dle East that has con­sis­tently de­feated ISIS. The Kurds have carved out and con­trol a large por­tion of north­ern Syria. We should sup­port a Kur­dish state and en­list the pesh­merga for­mally as our for­eign le­gion un­der Spe­cial Forces of­fi­cers armed with our lat­est weapons co­or­di­nated with U.S. and Rus­sian air power and use the pesh­merga to es­tab­lish safe havens for Syr­ian refugees.

On trade, we should im­ple­ment a pro­posal that War­ren Buf­fett made in 2003 to re­place our de­struc­tive poli­cies. This would elim­i­nate the trade deficit, in­crease U.S. em­ploy­ment and tax rev­enues, and avoid trade wars. We should also tem­po­rar­ily halt all im­mi­gra­tion and re­quire un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants to reg­is­ter as non-cit­i­zen guest work­ers. With the Buf­fett sys­tem and zero im­mi­gra­tion there will be a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in jobs and re­duced city un­em­ploy­ment and racial ten­sion.

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