At The Financial Times: Aging World Order in Peril, a comment by Political Observer and Almost Marx

Call this essay a collection of political cliches of the present political orthodoxy, stunning the reader with the ability of a Think Tank pundit to confect a history of the Present Declinism. Not to be confused with that stolid German Spengler, but with the historically tarted up writing of Niall Ferguson, with just a tantalizing bit of Samuel P. Huntington’s cultural pessimism not to speak his rampant xenophobia, to add just a bit of zest to the proceedings.

Here are some of these gems taken out of the argumentative context. The very first paragraph is an exercise in argumentative self-serving myopia. Title this paragraph ‘The West is innocent of any blame’.

‘Russia’s deployment of forces to Syria is its most significant direct military intervention in the Middle East since the end of the second world war.

This assertion can’t even stand the most cursory examination i.e. America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq is the most glaring example of the ‘most significant direct military intervention in the Middle East since the end of the second world war.‘ !

The next assertion is again a ludicrous pseudo-apologetics, for Western imperialism, not to speak of American catastrophic political meddling:

It will further destabilise a region that is characterised by misrule, sectarianism, regional rivalries and four civil wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.

President Putin’s ‘gambit’ in Syria is the proof of Western i.e. American power in decline, using the stand in of ‘the postwar international order’ :

President Vladimir Putin’s gambit is only the latest indication that, after 70 years, the postwar international order is fraying. The US, the country around which the postwar order was constructed, still has a strong hand but it often plays that hand poorly.

The American invasion of Iraq then becomes the focus of this made to measure history:

In the past 15 years, its global approach has fluctuated. President George W Bush pursued a muscular grand strategy aimed at imposing America’s will on the world. His invasion of Iraq is one of history’s finest own goals

The last sentence of this paragraph is astounding in it’s reckless ideological reading of the Bush Administration’s catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq! Read it again:

His invasion of Iraq is one of history’s finest own goals.

The next part of this paragraph is as astounding as the quote from above:

By contrast, President Barack Obama has run a reality-based foreign policy. But he did not merely learn the lessons of the Bush presidency; he overlearnt them. His unwillingness to act forcefully at crucial moments has weakened the deterrent effect of US power.

The not so subtle idea of Obama’s Foreign Policy weakness, lack of resolve, and other such such maladroit locutions, is the continuing theme of this essay. The whole of the argument represents the fact that the Neo-Cons,Liberals and the R2P zealots have philosophically merged into the Party of War: of endless war using ‘The Middle East’ as its proving ground, for a ‘new  international order’ predicated on the argued weakness, indeed the fecklessness President Obama, made concrete in the following:

By contrast, President Barack Obama has run a reality-based foreign policy. But he did not merely learn the lessons of the Bush presidency; he overlearnt them. His unwillingness to act forcefully at crucial moments has weakened the deterrent effect of US power.

Then Mr. Fullilove adopts the rhetorical role of Cassandra with this admonition that turns into an exercise in prescience:

The recent history of US policy — both its mis-steps and its changeability — raises questions about whether Washington will continue to act as the global hegemon. To those who relish the prospect of a more modest American presence in the world, I say: be careful what you wish for.

His attempt to play Cassandra falls a bit flat as he echoes the tone of the hectoring schoolmaster.

If you’ve been a patient reader up to this point in your reading, you are rewarded with this homily:

Now, when European leaders come upon an unpleasant scene, for example, a neighbour set upon by an aggressor — like the priest and the Levite with the Good Samaritan — most of them prefer to pass by on the other side.

For those with the forebearance to read this transparent propaganda till its end, this is what awaits you in this vulgar melodrama: Russian Revanchism, the rise of a ruthless Nuclear Iran, a dull revamp of that old chestnut of The Yellow Peril, a favorite of Mr. Ferguson, a walk on by Global Warming, The European Refugee Crisis, all of this ended in the  celebratory mentions of Cold Warrior heroes Dean Acheson and Harry Truman. No need to look further for the ideological roots of this essay, nor it’s author. A grueling 912 words! Patience grasshopper!

Political Observer and Almost Marx

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6d1f9f9a-78b1-11e5-a95a-27d368e1ddf7.html#axzz3paPyN6Zw

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