What the Post-American World Will Look Like

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in ChinaThe Cold War map of the world divided into two camps was simple and clear. The post-American world will be a much more ambiguous place. Instead of two global ideological alliances based around two world powers, there will be three post-ideological powers, no longer global in scope, and one worldwide ideological alliance.

The United States, Russia and China are post-ideological states. Russia and China have abandoned Communism. The United States is even abandoning nationalism; to say nothing of capitalism, democracy or freedom. Its rulers cling to scraps of global leftist ideology that isolate them from their own people.

Russia, China and the United States are all demographically unstable. Russia and the United States are both on track to majority-minority status. China’s demographic disaster will be the outcome of its one child policies, gendercide and its war on the countryside. The United States will probably weather its demographic problems better than Russia or China, because the former faces a fatal Muslim demographic takeover and the latter a conflict that will tear it apart, but like Russia and China, the demographic crisis in the United States will be exacerbated by the lack of common bonds to see it through a period of social stress.

There is little to unify Russia or China except greedy oligarchies playing at nationalism. It’s an unconvincing nationalism because the sons and daughters of their elites spend more time abroad than at home and sometimes even hold American citizenship. The oligarchs of Russia and the princes of China are as globalist as any Eurocrat. They have few national commitments. Their goals are wealth and power for their own families and associates.

Unfortunately there may be even less to unify the United States after the left erodes everything from free speech to the free market. Uncontrolled immigration has imported masses of hostile populations everywhere from Nashville to Minneapolis radically changing quintessentially American cultures and replacing them with balkanized minority coalitions with little in common except a mutual hostility against the United States.

In contrast to the cultural vulnerabilities of the three powers, Islam, the defining global ideological alliance, lacks a superstate as the center of its empire, though it has many state bases, but enjoys the allegiance of a worldwide population larger than any of the three powers. Demographic projections continue to favor the growth of Islam over China, Russia and the United States.

The three powers deal with Muslims by dividing them up into three groups; those that are part of their systems, those that are outside but allied to them, e.g. Syria for Russia, Saudi Arabia for the United States and Pakistan for China, and those that are its separatist or terrorist enemies.

Instead of coming to terms with a global struggle with Islam, each power largely concentrates on fighting Muslim separatist or terrorist groups that destabilize its sphere of influence while arming, funding and supporting those Muslim separatist and terrorist groups that destabilize rival powers.

Muslim terrorists operate in all three powers, but are dismissed as unrepresentative aberrations. That is wishful thinking, but empires are shaped to fight their own kind. Islam, like Communism, is something different. It is an ideology and post-ideological powers who believe in very little are poorly adapted to fighting it. Instead many of their elites secretly admire its dedication.

Islam emerged by taking advantage of the slow collapse of the Roman Empire. Its reemergence as a world power once again coincides with the fall of empires. Like a hyena trotting after prey, Islam is a cultural carrion eater consuming the skills and knowledge of superior civilizations to sustain its warlordism whose religious fanaticism eventually decay into decadent dynasties.

The collapse of the Pax Americana under Obama has freed up Russia and China to begin campaigns of territorial expansionism. Obama’s failure to deter Russia in Ukraine will encourage China to use force as a solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea. These events will wake the world from the dream of the Pax Americana in which American power kept the peace in much of the developed world.

Those most immediately affected by the decline of the United States will be the Asian and European countries that outsourced their defense to the United States after WW2.

Europe was able to turn inward without having to make the hard choices and its elites were even able to drag the United States into implementing their vision internationally. But that is coming to an end. Libya may have been the last such war and the American contribution to it was fairly limited.

The nations of Europe suffer from Japanese birth rates, Russian demographics, Chinese corruption and American economics (though it would be more accurate to say that America suffers from EU economics.) Despite its size and population, Europe does not have a bright future.

Russia will not stop with Ukraine and NATO will dissolve, officially or unofficially, but the budding Russian empire will find that fighting a new wave of Muslim insurgencies in formerly peaceful republics will consume too much of its time and energy. The soldiers who will march on the scattered pieces of the old red empire will be Muslims and the Eurasian Union will become a Muslim empire with a handful of churches. Like Rome, its fall will come at the hands of its own barbarians.

Iraq and Afghanistan will not be as psychologically devastating to Americans as Vietnam, but severe military budget cuts and a campaign against the warrior culture will leave the military in no shape for anything except peacekeeping missions.

None of this has to happen, but it will if the same bad decisions continue to be made.

If eight years of Obama are topped by eight years of Hillary; this is where we will end up. If multilateralism continues to be the great obsession of the elites, if bad economics and bad strategy continue destroying nations, if the developed world continues de-industrializing to save the planet while empowering energy tyrannies, then the post-American world will be upon us.

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  • Bamaguje

    Mr Greenfield, you sound like a prophet of doom.

    • nomoretraitors

      He is, and we all need to listen before it’s too late

    • CapitalistPig

      It’s hard to argue with his conclusions. I remember reading after the Soviet Union split up that many war planners in the Pentagon were warning that the one thing you could say about the Russians was–we knew who our enemy was. With all these multiple SouthEastNorthWestern Krapistans splitting off with all different flavors & textures of dictators & theocracies we have no clue who our enemy could be & what they are capable of—Oh, how right they were!

      • Jerry_Rigger

        Our present enemies that are the most threatening are the Kenyan, the Cupholder, Lurch, the Hildebeast, the state approved media, and the whole Demon Party. All of the aforementioned characters have major roles in contributing to our downfall, but the greatest enemy are the ignorant ill informed voters who blindly drink the Kool Aid while voting for the ones who promise the most taxpayer funded goodies. Hope the MFs wake up and smell the impending doom. Otherwise, I would welcome the breakup of this formerly great republic if such a breakup leads to the rise of a better constitutional republic based on the rule of law. Usurpation of power at all levels and the lawlessness of this regime is the catalyst that is accomplishing the downfall in record time. The evidence for that statement is obvious when one considers how far the mighty have fallen (Babylon ?) since the Kenyan has usurped the most powerful position in the world and defiled our nation both at home and abroad.

        • CapitalistPig

          No doubt we have “an enemy within”.
          Just to pick one issue—health care.
          I tell my hard headed liberal friends “why do you advocate politicians run the health care industry–then complain about it being politicized?” I’m Tea Party–I didn’t ask for this, didn’t want it, don’t support it but I have every right as an American citizen to participate in that political process. That includes the right to push, pull, cajole, lobby & twist arms in that process to manipulate ObamaCare as much for my benefit & your impoverishment as I can. I don’t want Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama involved in my health care—I also don’t want Ted Cruz or Rand Paul involved in it either. But if you can’t stand the idea that Ted Cruz is involved in ObamaCare issues just like I can’t stand the idea that Nancy Pelosi is involved—remember who voted to put them there—the liberal left.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I don’t intend to doom and gloom. I’m trying to provide a realistic snapshot of where we’re headed.

      As I write in the last para, it’s not inevitable, but it is important that people realize what comes next.

    • Whirlwinder

      If he is right, & I think he is, that makes your pessimism a guide to inaction which makes our doom closer.

    • truebearing

      What prophet didn’t warn people of doom? That is what prophets are for. Notice that in the Bible, or here in Greenfield’s brilliant, if disturbing, vision of Post-American reality, the operant clause to the prophecy is: if you don’t repent. This isn’t a curse, it is a warning, and a dire one at that, but none too soon.

  • truebearing

    “empires are shaped to fight their own kind. Islam, like Communism, is something different. It is an ideology and post-ideological powers who believe in very little are poorly adapted to fighting it. Instead many of their elites secretly admire its dedication.”

    Without a unifying belief, Americans will lack dedication. Without a population dedicated to something far greater than one’s selfish desires, the US will ultimately balkanize, with every tribe fighting each other for a bigger share.

    Self-indulgence and greed have left this country at the mercy of the political criminal class. Obama, Soros, the Clintons, et al. are controlling our destiny, for their enrichment. Russia is even worse, but for how long? China’s communist elite saved their power with crony capitalism, but that won’t last forever. The primitive Muslims may be united by evil beliefs, but they are united enough to use the weapons we have given them to destroy much, if not all, of what is left of America, if we don’t wake up, en masse.

    Greenfield’s powerful and sobering prophecy is also an argument against those who rail against social conservatives and their pesky morals. Lack of belief in God and morality will have us on the losing end, not because of the merits of Islam, but by miserable default. People who believe only in fiscal principles are terrible students of history. The American Left’s darling, Antonio Gramsci, clearly understood that a successful revolution was impossible as long as Judeo-Christian morality was dominant. As a communist, he knew what some professed conservatives still don’t understand.

    Believers will always crush accountants in any conflict… outside of an IRS audit.

    • guest

      Without a unifying belief, Americans will lack dedication. Without a population dedicated to something far greater than one’s selfish desires, the US will ultimately balkanize, with every tribe fighting each other for a bigger share.

      unquote:

      Where on the planet is there a place where more people ‘believe’ more different things? The only Americans who hold lockstep beliefs are the leftists, and they are the worst of the country and the planet. They’ve killed more and caused more misery in a shorter timeframe than any other group.

      Americans only need freedom, and that’s it! Freedom is not a belief, it really amounts to being left alone, to being not tread upon, to being not taxed to hell and back. And any dedication involved is to simply refuse to tread upon others.

      People balkanize to fight against being tread upon. You reverse cause and effect, here.

      When free the pie is unlimited in size, and your ‘share’ is determined by what you earn.

      You are wrong on so many levels.

      Believers will always crush accountants in any conflict…

      This is because the ‘believers’ only tool is the hammer.

      • teq

        Right. And the hammer of the believers is their willingness to go all the way. Accountants are risk averse and will run when they see danger coming.

      • truebearing

        “Americans only need freedom, and that’s it! Freedom is not a belief, it really amounts to being left alone, to being not tread upon, to being not taxed to hell and back. And any dedication involved is to simply refuse to tread upon others.”

        Freedom means nothing without a qualifier. There is “freedom from” and “freedom to.” When human beings don’t have a unified moral code advising their freedoms, freedom soon destroys freedom.

        What happens when, in your libertarian utopia, one person’s “freedom to” results in hurting others? The victim’s “freedom from” is thereby violated. Freedom destroys freedom. Then, when the people who are hurt retaliate, the individual who hurt them finds his freedom is destroyed by their freedom to exact retribution. Freedom destroys freedom. Freedom uninhibited by morality quickly degenerates into negative freedom. Freedom without a moral code is destructive freedom. Think of freedom as the net result of choice. Think of choice as the equivalent of a vote. When we choose to act in a positive moral manner, we increase our positive freedom…we vote for goodness. When we choose to act in an immoral manner, we decrease our freedom, create a necessity for external control, and open the door for evil ideologies like Marxism. We vote for out own restriction.

        Your understanding of freedom and from where it derives is your problem. Freedom is an effect, not a cause. It is the result of a moral people respecting each other’s rights and not stealing from each other, killing each other, lying to each other, and so on. It is the result of people policing themselves, based upon moral precepts that eliminate much of the need for external morality, ie. laws and police. The greater the moral uprightness of a society, the greater the positive freedom and less need for police. Conversely, the less moral a population, and attendant expression of negative freedom, the greater the need for a police state and the less positive freedom. Why do you think the Left made destroying Judeo-Christian morality their top priority? Read some of Antonio Gramsci’s thoughts on the importance of destroying our traditional morality. His template for incremental revolution is the one the American Left has been following.

        The reason believers are powerful is simply because they are unified. They act with collective power. If their belief is moral and good, the results of their actions will enhance freedom and justice. If they beileve in evil, evil will follow and freedom will die. Your problem, and that of those who think like you, is that you don’t understand the consequences of what you believe. That is a failure of moral responsibility for any citizen who wishes to remain free.

        To generalize that the “only tool” of all believers “is the hammer” is simply wrong. That belief assumes all believers are the same…and that includes you, as a believer in freedom.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Indeed. You can’t have a functioning country without national virtues. You can temporarily run it as an authoritarian state by either oppressing or bribing the population, but that’s an unstable situation that will fall apart.

      • mtnhikerdude

        It is already a crime to wear an NRA t shirt. Have a gun tattoo .
        Say the word Jesus in the Military. We have been reduced to using alphabet letters to describe so called racial slurs. We give drivers licences and voting privileges to Illegals who are America Haters. We have put Extreme America Haters in residence
        @1600 Pennsylvania .Avenue who are incensed with destroying our Sovereignty and our right to bear arms. We allow certain people to call Jews, apes and pigs and monkeys yet use the alphabet for other slurs and classify their use as Hate Crimes. We insist that Israel allow the Palestinians a free pass to exterminate them . Other than the above , everything is hunky dorey . DUH

        • tagalog

          It’s time, is it not, for a Million Armed Man March on Washington? Pistols on hips and rifles on shoulders, confounding the federal police and troops and the D.C. cops. Let those illegitimati know who’s boss and that we possess the basic means to force them to our will.

          • Edward E

            Anti-whites like to say Diversity is “freedom” for non-Whites to enter White living space and “mix in” with whomever they wish.

            However, us Whites are not allowed to refuse this freedom, so it is the anti-whites diversity we are FORCED to accept.

            What you don’t realize is that we have not consented to having our borders opened to floods of non-White immigrants, PERIOD.

            This is something that has been FORCED down the throats of my people.

            It’s White geNOcide.

            Anti-racist is a code for anti-White

          • BagLady

            Yea, why not. We haven’t had a good shoot out since Wild Bill Hickok.

          • Jerry_Rigger

            If that is all you want, you can go to Chicago any day of the week and watch the ghetto rats shoot it out on the streets. That should satisfy any appetite for blood letting.

          • BagLady

            I was being sarcastic.

          • Drakken

            What you so fear will come to pass sooner than you realize.

          • tagalog

            Well, there WAS that shootout at Coffeyville, Kansas, when the townspeople put an end to the Dalton Gang. After that was Bonnie and Clyde getting theirs.
            And if there’s to be any shootout at a Million Armed Man March, I bet you it would be started by the authorities, not the marchers.

        • Lightbringer

          Sigh… how I wish you were wrong. Unfortunately, you are absolutely correct.

      • mtnhikerdude

        It is already a crime to wear an NRA t shirt. Have a gun tattoo .
        Say the word Jesus in the Military. We have been reduced to using alphabet letters to describe so called racial slurs. We give drivers licences and voting privileges to Illegals who are America Haters. We have put Extreme America Haters in residence
        @1600 Pennsylvania .Avenue who are incensed with destroying our Sovereignty and our right to bear arms. We allow certain people to call Jews, apes and pigs and monkeys yet use the alphabet for other slurs and classify their use as Hate Crimes. We insist that Israel allow the Palestinians a free pass to exterminate them . Other than the above , everything is hunky dorey . DUH

      • bigjulie

        Indeed, indeed!! As illustrated by what is happening to America under the Barky regime, which is using both authoritarianism and welfare/benefit “bribery” as means of social control. Unfortunately, there are no moral lessons to be learnt under either method.
        Our Founders took the influence of religion as a given when the original design of America was hatched and thus took no pains to ensure the continuance of what they felt was a vital and necessary part of America’s design, but what started off as a country with easily understood moral principles, degenerated into a hodge-podge of hyper-tolerance for EVERYBODY’S views, especially since the so-called “Progressives” got a foothold, a little over 100 years ago. Now, many of those views have taken on the force of law, especially under the regulatory cancer of the bureaucratic state that is consuming our country and will see it to its demise, if we do not make some radical changes beginning this year!
        There was a truly “American” culture being formed from the outset, which reached it zenith about the time Progressivism began tearing it down. Capitalism as its fundamental economic doctrine, English as its “official” language (for all laws and regulations), as much freedom and liberty as could be tolerated under law, and a tolerance for all religious beliefs and cultural practices that were not focused on tearing down the bases of our founding, the Constitution! Unfortunately, for the last item, virtually no one had ever heard of, let alone had to deal with, Islam!
        There is absolutely no sense in any more tolerance of Islam here! What that religion has done and is doing to countries where it has gained a foothold is plain to see, especially in England. For all the empathy, tolerance, understanding and mercy that exists, they substitute, massive, brutal force as the only means of dragooning the populace into compliance!
        Enough already!! Islam and Americanism are mutually exclusive. Both cannot exist here peacefully! One has got to go, and I think we all know which one that is!

        • Daniel Greenfield

          The only things we really tolerate are what the elite wants us to. I keep saying that we need a separation of Unitarian church and state.

          • tagalog

            For example, see the writings of former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who claimed that the law is whatever the current rulers say it is.

          • Doobee

            Homes was a genius, but proof that the line between brilliance and madness is very thin. He got a lot right, but he got just as much dreadfully wrong.

          • Doobee

            lol@that. .

      • guest

        “You can’t have a functioning country without national virtues”

        Really? List the national virtues please then.

        I suppose you can’t have national virtues without a national church to dispense them?

        You guys are really off the rails here.

        You guys really don’t get America.

        National virtues are absolutely forbidden here. How would you ever agree on such a thing? Political correctness is more or less, a leftist list of moral commandments, and look at how disgusting such a thing is.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          A people without virtues is a failed nation. A central organization to dispense them is unnecessary. If one is needed, the situation is usually already hopeless.

      • BagLady

        … and we all know that Bush and Blair got the go-ahead directly from God to wage war against Iraq. They told us so.

      • Texas Patriot

        DG: Indeed. You can’t have a functioning country without national virtues.

        The highest possible virtues of any nation are truth and love, and any nation that prefers to cling to worn-out lies and old hatreds rather than recognizing and adapting to radical changes in geopolitical reality is doomed.

    • Naresh Krishnamoorti

      You’re up there with Daniel with your insights. Demographics is destiny, and the nihilism of the Western Progressive is, of necessity, allied with the death cult of Islam to produce the end of all civilization.
      When we abort children, we’re not killing off useless parasites. We’re probably aborting the next Charles Martel, the next Pepin the Short, the next John of Austria, the next Pelagius of Asturias, the next Odo of Aquitaine, and the next Gerald the Fearless.

      • Naresh Krishnamoorti

        Gerald the Fearless shown here decapitating a Moor.

        • Drakken

          It is interesting that history is coming back to that very thing.

      • truebearing

        Thank you. That is high praise, indeed. I only wish I had Daniel’s scope and clarity.

    • iluvisrael

      This is compounded by the fact that there are swaths of politically ignorant people all over the country – watch any “man on the street” type clips where random passersby are asked pretty easy questions like, who’s the Vice Pres of the US – and almost everyone answers incorrectly. By comparison, those few who answer correctly seem like Einstein! In order to fight, you have to have something worth fighting for.

      • truebearing

        Exactly. We have too many who won’t fight and too many who don’t know what to fight for. Then we have all of the survivalists who have deluded themselves into thinking a “bugout bag” and a hole in the ground will save them from the consequences of societal collapse. Unity is the solution, and has been since time began, but we’ve gone from being a nation of individualists to a nation of narcissists and all some othem can think about is saving themselves.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          I realize that there seems to be a logical contradiction between a “nation of rugged individualists” and “national unity”. However, it has been achieved, before, and it can happen again.

          My “bugout bag” is truly a last resort. I know what a civil war/insurrection would look like, because I’ve seen it in other countries. Take those countries and multiply, because Civil War 2 in America would be the most horrendous thing that could possibly happen, resulting in splitting the Union, and costing millions of lives. Add to that mix powerful forces availing themselves of our disunity, and the future would be bleak.

          Although I don’t feel like an “old man”, I know that someone 64 is considered to be one, in our youth culture. Every once in a while, I see young people who give me hope for the future of America. So, old people like me have to place our hopes in the young, and pray that the Founder’s vision is imparted to them.

          Otherwise, the “bugout” is inevitable …

          • truebearing

            I’m not saying that the last resort of having to rely on a bugout bag can’t happen. It very well might. What I am emphasizing is that if we let things deteriorate to the point of dissolution of all unity, we will have gone backwards to pre-tribal man, if such a creature ever existed.

            If you look at history, humans began as smaller tribes. When threatened by larger tribes, they were either annhilated or allied themselves with other small tribes and were victorious. The exigency of survival lead to larger and larger tribes, citystates, nations, empires. The more people in a unfified group, the better the odds of survival and prospertity. I am suggesting we look to reestablishing unity between conservative factions, religious factions, neighbors, and relatives before we opt for bugging out. It’s a far better survival strategy.

        • Drakken

          It takes less than 10% to lead a horse to water, it takes a little more than 12% to make him drink. Groupings will become natural as it will become necessary.

        • BagLady

          Wasn’t narcissism the essence of the American Dream?

          • Jerry_Rigger

            Maybe your dream. It certainly is the Kenyan’s essence.

          • truebearing

            No.

      • Lightbringer

        Well, for over a century our public schools have been dumbing children down and making each generation less capable of rational, critical thought than its parents were. At the same time students are taught that they are much more “advanced”, “cool”, and just plain intelligent than their ancestors. Are you surprised at these “man on the street” clips? Jay Leno approached a middle-class, three-generation black family one day and started asking easy questions about government. The teenaged son didn’t get one right, nor did his parents, though they clearly looked and sounded like intelligent, educated people. But when Grandpa’s turn came he knew everything, even though he had lived in difficult times and might have attended segregated schools.

  • A Z

    “Instead of coming to terms with a global struggle with Islam, each power largely concentrates on fighting Muslim separatist or terrorist groups that destabilize its sphere of influence while arming, funding and supporting those Muslim separatist and terrorist groups that destabilize rival powers.”

    Back in 1979 to 1988 arming the Mujahideen looked like a good ideal. I thought so at the time. Originally conceived as a bleeding operation by some in the CIA, we went in whole hog. That is we went in as whole hog as we could given Vietnam and with what remaining strength we could as the “SICK Man” of the Cold War. We had to fight thousands of communist agents and fellows travelers and I do means thousands. It would take some documentation but we could put the figure in the tens of thousands.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It may even have been a good idea. It’s not so much the Mujahadeen that are the problem are Saudi Arabia.

      Giving a few tribesmen weapons isn’t that big a deal. Letting the Saudis create a global infrastructure for Islamization led to this clash of civilizations.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Saudis pushing Wahabbism and Wahabbist textbooks for schools in the US is a BIG problem, as is Saudi funding of islamist chairs at universities – spreading the ideology of Jihadi “Peace”..

      • A Z

        If the tribesmen had lost, Pakistan might have become a Russia satellite state and many Muslims might have lost their heart and become communists.

        1979 was a very bleak year. The Soviets were in Mozambique and Angola. Tanzania was very friendly to the USSR. Somalia was a client state and Russia did the unthinkable. Not only did they have Somalia as a client state, but they had Ethiopia in their camp too. With Ethiopia in the the Soviet camp there was no way to threaten Soviet Naval bases in Somalia from the landward side. These bases along with other assets could close the Red Sea and the Straight of Hormuz.

        Most Americans do not know or don’t care, but Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) are very important in today’s world.
        If we had lost eastward shipment of oil form the Middle East, we would have lost our ally Japan. Hawaii would have been on the front lines.

        If the SLOC were not important then, how come Somali pirates with a much smaller arsenal are such a problem now? If we did not have ships around Somalia preventing piracy now, Gas would be $6, $8 or more a gallon. Yet, American stand by when judges consider letting Somali pirates free in America.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lines_of_communication

        http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1988/LFR.htm

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I doubt the USSR would have hung on in Afghanistan even without us. The place is ungovernable and they would have decided eventually that it was too much trouble.

          Same problem with Pakistan, much of which is also ungovernable. Not to mention that China would have had something to say about that.

          These places are not that hard to capture, but almost impossible to secure and govern. As for Pakistanis becoming Communist, Communism in the Muslim republics was only skin deep.

          • Drakken

            Well there was one person who got it right where Afghanistan and Pakiland were concerned, Genghis Khan.

          • Bamaguje

            “I doubt the USSR would have hung on in Afghanistan even without us” – Greenfield.

            Actually, without deliberate U.S. provocation, it is unlikely the Soviet Union would have intervened militarily in Afghanistan.
            That much was revealed in Roberts Gate’s recent book (From the shadows) – United States deliberately provoked Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.

            See: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7323.htm

            Note the disturbing similarities with today’s Ukraine – the West goaded West Ukrainians to boot out a democratically elected pro-Russian president, thereby provoking Russia’s reclaiming of Crimea.

            “The place (Afghanistan) is ungovernable and they (USSR) would have decided eventually that it was too much trouble” – Greenfield.

            Actually the Soviets had the Afghan Jihadis thoroughly beaten and demoralized… until the U.S. started supplying the Jihadis Stinger anti-aircraft missiles that were quite effective in bringing down Soviet Mi24 choppers which were crucial in subduing Afghan Jihadis.

            Without U.S. intervention, it is quite likely Afghanistan would have ended up like other neighboring Muslim Soviet republics (Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazahstan, Tadjikistan).

            Commies are usually more effective in taming Muslims than the West.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Ukrainians hardly needed goading to be nationalists.

            And informationclearinghouse? really?

          • Bamaguje

            But her Russian population shouldn’t be “nationalists”?

          • bigjulie

            The “taming” operation in Afghanistan was certainly do-able by any nation with a strong and well-equipped military, but no one seems to be asking if the “why-fore” is even remotely worth the “Where-fore”! It is hellacious country to fight a ground war in and what do you get for your efforts? A bunch of poppy fields? Turn your back for an instant and you’ll have a knife in it! It is populated by a mentality that does understand massive, brutal force but in order to make your victory stick, you also have to kill lots and LOTS of people, to the point that the opposition begins to understand the difficulty of ruling one’s tribe, let alone one’s so-called “country” if you and all your comrades are dead!
            Most of the Afghans don’t understand political loyalties beyond the Tribe. Uniting a “country” that simply consists of a bunch of tribal areas, many of which are populated by people you hate about as much as foreign “invaders” is only possible if your tribe kills all the other tribes and you begin to populate the whole “country” with
            only your “kind”!
            I believe that our main purpose there was to give the Soviets a hard time on ground that is very difficult to fight on. Then the Soviets pulled out with their tails between their legs. Then, we suddenly “discovered” that suicidal Jihadis were being trained effectively there. Then, we decided that we had better “pacify” the area to keep these trained monsters contained there. Then, the shoe was on the other foot, and the Russians are still laughing their butts off at the ultimate turn of events…the moreso because we are now administered by a bunch of arrogant, cocky and STUPID nincompoops who really don’t have the foggiest about what they are doing or WHY, but continue to try to convince us and the rest of the world that they do, while bending back so far to look down their noses at the rest of the world that they are in grave danger of falling over backwards, while relying on little more than nuclear snark as their weapon of choice.

          • A Z

            How are they ungovernable? Because they are mountainous? Then every mountainous region is ungovernable.

            Is it because of the people?

            Is it geopolitical position due to it being at a cross roads?
            Turkey is considered governable and it is at a crossroads.

            Is it a combination.?

            How long do you have to govern with little or moderate effort for a a region to be considered governable.

            I agree about China. They did provide aid. They also provided surface to air missiles. The British provided Blowpipe Manpads. It always irks me that people complain that we gave Stingers to mujahideen. It is if no one else in the world has good missile nor provided them to the Muj. Page 420 Charlie Wilson’s War. (Also pg 268 the Chinese)

          • Daniel Greenfield

            The geography doesn’t help, but tribal societies can be difficult and that’s even without the death wish. Even without it, there’s a lack of organization, a culture of lawlessness, rule is personal, laws are subjective, corruption is constant. And that’s on a good day.

            Everyone you try to work with has their own agenda and lies all the time. No one can be trusted. The British struggled to deal with it. The US ran up against it the hard way.

            Turkey is far more civilized than Pakistan ever was. Let alone Afghanistan.

            You can hold cities with some difficulty so long as you use enough force, but it quickly becomes a waste of resources.

      • A Z

        If the tribesmen had lost, Pakistan might have become a Russia satellite state and many Muslims might have lost their heart and become communists.

        1979 was a very bleak year. The Soviets were in Mozambique and Angola. Tanzania was very friendly to the USSR. Somalia was a client state and Russia did the unthinkable. Not only did they have Somalia as a client state, but they had Ethiopia in their camp too. With Ethiopia in the the Soviet camp there was no way to threaten Soviet Naval bases in Somalia from the landward side. These bases along with other assets could close the Red Sea and the Straight of Hormuz.

        Most Americans do not know or don’t care, but Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) are very important in today’s world.
        If we had lost eastward shipment of oil form the Middle East, we would have lost our ally Japan. Hawaii would have been on the front lines.

        If the SLOC were not important then, how come Somali pirates with a much smaller arsenal are such a problem now? If we did not have ships around Somalia preventing piracy now, Gas would be $6, $8 or more a gallon. Yet, American stand by when judges consider letting Somali pirates free in America.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lines_of_communication

        http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1988/LFR.htm

  • Alleged Comment

    I know one thing about the left. The only thing that motivates them to get up every morning is HATE!

    • iluvisrael

      plus anger and misery – I have to work with libs and lefties and they’re always pi$$ed off and miserable about something – I guess that comes with the quest for a utopian workers paradise.

      • BagLady

        Surely Left and Right both seek Utopia. It’s the definition they disagree upon, not to mention the route and method.

        • truebearing

          Libertarians are the only ones of the Right who seem to believe in utopia. Conservatives know better than to think we can restore Eden.

          That doesn’t mean conservatives don’t want stability, prosperity, justice, etc. They are wise enough to know that none of those things come from big government or magic ideologies.

    • jfmoris110

      Many (most?) democrats have a characteristic dislike of positive people. Religious people, cheerful people, ambitious people, moral people. Cheerful people clash with their sour, envious outlook, or something?

      These schmucks are why we can’t have nice things, like an effective legal system, administered with judgement, discretion, decency. Or elections without fraud. National borders. Industries. Everything is a political scam to them – something to steal/ sue/ abuse for power or profit.

  • Ismail Mohamed

    As an ex-Muslim, I am deeply concerned that NOT a single major non-Muslim power’s leaders, let alone the vast majority of the general public in those countries, have come to realize that Islam, which is hell-bent-on-world-domination militant totalitarian Theo-political ideology, is and has always been at WAR with the entire non-Muslim world till its subjugation into the iron fold of Islam, since its inception and the post-historical nations of the developed world seem to have forgot that Islam has always strived to take-over the world by arms and was stopped in its tracks, pushed back and limited to its current realm by countless bloody wars in which hundreds of millions of kaffirs have perished and as a result falling behind the non-Muslim world regarding scientific advancement and technological innovation proceeding at break-neck paces throughout the renaissance and enlightenment ages and beyond in the west and to a lesser extent in some non-Muslim Asian countries.

    I don’t see why there is any enmity at all between the USA and Russia other than their stances on Israel and Iran, after all the two are culturally Christian and predominantly white, for now at least, and even both are capitalist nations.

    I have come with a plan, I hope some sane western leader will actually know it and act on it, that can eradicate Islam without any warfare so that the bleeding heart leftists who make up the majority of Westerners won’t be whining about the so-called ”cruelty” of neutralizing the global Islamic through WMDs or at least huge-scale cluster bombing of Muslim nations.

    For American, Canadian, Australian infidels:

    1) STOP buying oil from oil-rich Muslim countries especially Saudia Arabia as a large proportion of Saudi petrodollars serve as the chief source of funding the spread of Wahabi Salafi sect of Islam (most intolerant understanding of the most intolerant ideology الوهابية السلفية ) and financing Jihad all over the world and but instead import oil from Canada, Brazil, Mexico and reluctantly Venezuela and Russia.
    2) STOP immigration of Muslims and allow only non-Muslim immigrants into America, Canada and Australia.
    3) DEPORT Muslim immigrants especially Islamists (beards, hijabs and niqabs are dead give-aways of Islamists) to their homelands and leave them to die off as most Muslim states are technological and economic failures and will not have the resources to even provide medical care and food for their people if it was not for the huge oil export revenues of some oil-rich Muslim countries and the civilized developed world generously giving vital aid and basic life necessities to the oil-poor ones.

    For European non-Muslims:
    1) STOP buying oil from the Muslim countries especially
    Saudia Arabia as a large proportion of Saudi petrodollars serve as the chief
    source of funding the spread of Wahabi Salafi sect of Islam (most intolerant
    understanding of the most intolerant ideologyالوهابية السلفية) and financing Jihad all over the world but instead import oil from Canada, Brazil, Mexico and reluctantly Venezuela and Russia.
    2) STOP immigration of Muslims and non-white non-Muslims and
    if necessary allow only the most competent, intelligent and educated non-white
    non-Muslim white-collar professionals work visas but never permanent residency or naturalization (Europe is the ancestral homeland of whites and belongs only to them).
    3) DEPORT Muslim immigrants especially Islamists (beards, hijabs and niqabs are dead give-aways of Islamists) to their homelands and leave them to die off as most Muslim states are technological and economic failures and will not have the resources to even provide medical care and food for their people if it was not for the huge oil export revenues of some oil-rich Muslim countries and the civilized developed world generously giving vital aid and basic life necessities to the oil-poor ones.

    The civilized world MUST ACT ON THIS PLAN NOW… I can’t even imagine what will the global state of affairs will be like if Europe and Russian are demographically engulfed by Islam.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islam needs more people like you.

      Good Luck.

    • iluvisrael

      it takes strength and courage to leave islam – stay safe

      • Ismail Mohamed

        A perfect world which I can only dream of is one without any religion (read: superstition), although Islam is not exactly a religion, but an expansionist theo-political totalitarian ideology.

        • Long shanks

          You seem to be equating Islam with legitimate religion. Many would argue that Islam is an ideology and not a religion. Maybe you hold all religion in contempt along with Islam? Perhaps you would have enjoyed living under the atheistic rule of Stalin or Mao, both of whom held similar views as yours? Atheism is not the answer.

          Not possessing a religious basis for morality atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality. For example, atheists have been the biggest mass murderers in history. Tens of millions of people have been murdered under atheistic communist regimes, in which militant atheism served as the official doctrine of the state.

          Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

          Since then I have spend well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

          ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize winner

          • BagLady

            “Many would argue that Islam is an ideology and not a religion.”

            There are three religions of The Book and Islam is one of them…. Whether it suits you or not.

          • Drakken

            Islam does does NOT worship the same God as the Christians/Jews in any way,shape or form period, and your too bloody ignorant to see it for yourself. That book of pure unadultered evil called the Koran, is not the Bible (new and old) and the Torah. So spare the moral and spiritual equivalences where there is none.

          • Doobee

            “Islam does does NOT worship the same God as the Christians/Jews in any way,shape or form period … spare the moral and spiritual equivalences where there is none.”

            What Drakken said.

          • BagLady

            The roots of The Book are in the Old Testament. Branches began appearing and the Christian was born and wrote the New Testament. Later on came Muslims who believed in the same one God but saw Mohamed as the second and last prophet after Jesus and wrote their own journal. So, yes. The three followers of The Book.

          • Michael Copeland

            “There are three religions of The Book and Islam is
            one of them..”
            Not according to Islam:
            “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it
            will never be accepted of him” Koran 3:85, part of Islamic law.
            “It is unbelief (kufr) to hold that the remnant cults
            now bearing the names of formerly valid religions such as “Judaism” or “Christianity” are acceptable…”
            Manual of Islamic Law w4.1(2).

            The Koran is online: http://corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp?
            The Manual of Islamic law is available as a free download: http://www.shafiifiqh.com/maktabah/relianceoftraveller.pdf‎

          • Baluba

            If you honestly think all those people got killed in the “name of atheism” you have a very twisted worldview. Although Stalin was an atheist (Hitler was catholic), its was hardly his atheism that made him commit all the atrocities, rather than a twisted megalomaniac paranoia…
            Religion or not, there will always be evil people doing evil things and good people doing good things, but for good people to do evil, it takes religion.

          • petitemouse

            Hitler left Catholicism and became enamored
            in a pagan cult – hence the Swatzika of the
            new Germany.
            When man puts his foot on the top of humanity and
            not his heart in God he must look down.
            Christ raised our heart out of the brokenness of
            humanity and for the first time in history taught forgiveness.
            Christians vs Muslims learn the difference, why don’t you?
            Muslims vs atheists are not much different.
            They both cannot live peacefully with normal people,
            but rule by twisted lies taken up as laws.
            Detroit, Egypt, and North Korea all on a spectrum
            that abandon’s the laws of Natures and Christians.

          • Doobee

            AH was baptised a Catholic. After that there’s absolutely no record that he had anything to with Catholicism.

          • Guest

            Leftism IS a narcissistic, atheistic faith built on fear of the human condition. Its creed is the denial of objective reality and advocacy of a heaven-on-earth fantasy world based on coercive collectivism.
            http://www.american.com/articles/../2014/01/leftism_a_radical_faith.html

          • BagLady

            ‘Not possessing a religious basis for morality atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality.”

            What utter poppycock.

            “atheists have been the biggest mass murderers in history”

            The Catholics didn’t do too badly.

          • Ray – Jesus is the Son of God.

            As we all know the world we live has turned upside down.
            What is good is now called evil. What is evil is now called
            good. God’s Words is now called “hate material” and talking about God’s laws is called “hate speech.” Lawlessness is increasing at every level. The wicked continue to push their evil upon us. A friend of mine and I have created a website that explains from God’s Word what is going on and where it’s all leading to. Our website is called: itshallcometopass at dot org..

        • AlexanderGofen

          Ismail Mohamed, you wrote many true and prominent thoughts about islam, however you are wrong following the lyrics of “Imagine”… See more details in my next reply.

    • SoCalMike

      Ismail gets it.
      He definitely gets it.

    • Texas Patriot

      IM: I don’t see why there is any enmity at all between the USA and Russia other than their stances on Israel and Iran, after all the two are culturally Christian and predominantly white, for now at least, and even both are capitalist nations.

      I couldn’t agree more. Great post.

      • AlexanderGofen

        You do not understand some realities of the modern Russian mentality – see my explanation in the other reply.

        • Texas Patriot

          I think you are mistaken about that. At this point in time, the United States and the American people, Russia and Russian people, and China and the Chinese people are all subject to the same risk of surreptitious nuclear attack by terrorist surrogates of nuclear nation-states. The truth is that highly advanced “suitcase nukes” that are almost impossible to detect can be smuggled into any city on earth and secretly detonated at a time of the terrorist’s choosing, and this now represents the greatest threat to the civilized work, including Russia and China.

          Make no mistake about it, the war against Islamic jihad will be a fight to the death, and only by recognizing and responding to the real threats will the civilized world have any chance to survive. Because Russia and China possess the greatest economic, technological, and military resources for responding to this threat, they are now at least potentially our greatest allies in this truly momentous global struggle.

          As such, the world has totally changed, and the calculus of the Cold War has been reversed. Instead of being our worst enemies, Russia and China, are now potentially our best friends, and it would be a huge mistake to think otherwise.

          • AlexanderGofen

            You misunderstood me. I would be the last in the world to downplay the islamic threat: Just read this http://www.resonoelusono.com/Imminent.htm. Your expectation of sharing of these views on islamic threat from Russia, China LOGICALLY are reasonable, however in reality these nations (their elites) do not think this way. They do think how I said. Also the West completely ignores the islamic threat, alas.

          • Texas Patriot

            AG: Your expectation of sharing of these views on islamic threat from Russia, China LOGICALLY are reasonable, however in reality these nations (their elites) do not think this way.

            It is an odd thing when the so-called political elites of a nation do not look after (or cannot see or comprehend) the national interests of the people, but that seems to be the case in many nations today. Perhaps the huge amounts of middle eastern oil money flowing into their hands in the form of political and/or charitable contributions from Muslim oil barons has something to do with it. Perhaps it is simply a desire to preserve Cold War animosities in order to keep military spending and tax revenues at a high level. Who knows? Whatever the case, I am confident that not even the political elites will be able to ignore for very much longer the common threat to humanity represented by the worldwide threat of Islamic jihad, and when they finally come to their senses (as they may already be doing), it will be clear that cooperation among the major powers of America, Russia, and China, as well as the other civilized and freedom-loving nations of the world, constitutes a moral imperative for survival.

      • Doobee

        Obama’s America isn’t Christian, and it may be white for now, but by 2016, that will be history, if Zero continues to get his way.

    • Namvet AF

      The problem with #3 on your list under American is that the bleeding heart liberals and the ACLU would never allow this to happen. While I totally agree with your assessment, the screams from these two groups would be deafening. Some where in the 300 decibel region.

    • AlexanderGofen

      Your note is correct that rationally there is no reasons for enmity at all between the USA and Russia, as both are culturally Christian, and so on. However you do not understand some realities of the modern Russian mentality. Historically, and especially in the Soviet and modern times, the Russian ideologues were hostile to the West and the Western values even at the West best time – not to mention the present stage of the their decay from multi-culturalism to sodomy. Russia still (like in the Soviet time!) considers NATO and the USA as a greater enemy than islam! Such it the idiocy of the moment. See more here: http://www.resonoelusono.com/Imminent.htm

      • BagLady

        Russia still (like in the Soviet time!) considers NATO and the USA as a
        greater enemy than islam! Such it the idiocy of the moment.

        Is it idiocy? Who is the biggest danger in reality? Who is likely to strike next?

        I think Putin sees two distinct problems, with NATO an imminent danger and Islam under control for the moment.

        • AlexanderGofen

          For Russia to see NATO as an imminent danger is wrong in many respects, so more that NATO (as the West) has no will to fight at all: Even for their own national states.

      • Texas Patriot

        All that has changed today. See my latest response above.

        • AlexanderGofen

          No, as far as I know and follow Russia, it has not seen the writing on the wall: Not at all. They fought a little islam in their periphery, yet they let islam in Moscow no less than London did, though Moscow (unlike Britain) did it mostly in order to have a cheep low qualified labor… No, Moscow is not an ally in the future war against islam: At least for now. As to China, it is a giant potential enemy of the West exploiting it and undermining it. See my link Imminent.

    • mezcukor

      Ismael this is an excellent plan. I am a white European and very proud to be. But many of my country men are rejecting their European ancestors. That’s one of the reason they greet with open arms people from Africa and Muslims. Multiculturalism and moral relativism is what they are embracing and the fools go slowly to their self destruction. Very sad to see the end of a great civilization.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    I agree with everything you wrote with perhaps one exception: the underestimation of the effect of the Iraq war.

    The left’s opposition to that war was a “moral” opposition that vilified our nation. Some of us on the right had practical criticisms about execution or nations-building but we saw our nation as honorable. The left loathed Bush and equated him with evil. They portrayed our motives as mercenary, oppressive, and genocidal. A nation can’t survived such a self-concept.

    What we lost in Iraq was our self-esteem and we lost that before Iraq, we just didn’t have a public catalyst to bring such self-loathing nihilistic PC crap center stage. See my comments to Mr. Jefferies’ article.

    • A Z

      BTW Do you have a blog?

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        I had a blog … http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com … but I’m “retired” now. I try to give moral support to others who are doing a great job. So I add my two cents now and then.

        • A Z

          I ran into the other day, but I forget how. I did bookmark it for data mining/wisdom mining.

  • kevinstroup

    Why not, Mr. Greenfield? The world has gone dotty and decadent. Think of it as a learning experience. Nothing like a dose of REALITY to put everything into perspective.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Or hitting bottom to raise people up.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Some cases where hitting the bottom ends up with digging deeper.

      • iluvisrael

        We should all pray it never gets to that point.

  • http://americansforpetraeus2012.org johnnyangel10

    Always agreeing with your writings,though I would like to posit the idea that communism will not be damned. This ism is alive and well in the US today and no matter what they try to call it or spin it, it is growing. Whether incremental as it is now or one dramatic future swipe at the Constitution itself, this country is on a fast track to Hell. MARK THIS !!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The left certainly is. All a matter of names

  • bob e

    great essay dan…scary.

  • Hass

    Western Political Correctness is the real enemy here, and it’ll be the silent majority that’ll eventually restore civility. Something no current Government has the will or conviction.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      KGB Putin doesn’t give a crap about Political Correctness.

      • truebearing

        Don’t be so sure. He likes anything that weakens America.

      • Guess

        I agree, Putin couldn’t care less about PC.

        But as said, it;s the Western Nations PC.

    • Guess

      Don’t forget, apart from the Western PC nonsense, they also need to have that elusive Bogey Man.

      • Not a Neo-Con

        The bogey man will kill thousand of Americans with terrorist attacks. The bogey man will force the cancellation of your health insurance, and take away your doctor. The bogey man will invade the Ukraine. Stupid conservatives always worrying about the bogey man.

        Good thing there are right thinking Muslims, Progressives, and former KGB Colonels to keep America from going off the rails.

      • Hass

        WTF mate, are you serious? You can’t be that stupid?

        On second thoughts…

  • Habbgun

    This could be the end of American government worldwide influence but a screwed up world will be a bonanza for Americans. Just like after the Revolution Americans will be everywhere doing everything. We’ve lost our hard won know how but we are still pragmatic, hard working and not afraid of a gun. Wherever there is an opportunity we’ll be there. If the global elites hate us now they ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • Lanna

    A nation that elects this kind of leaders can expect the loss of all freedoms!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I prefer the post Socialist and post Islamofascist world.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Brilliant as usual , Daniel !

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • No RNC

    Yet U don’t even seem to understand the US has been brought close to death by an economy that has become completely dominated by the complete failure of Central Banking & fractional reserve currency aka the Soviet 5yr Planning System. Why ignore the primary reason the US must change its Foreign Policy ASAP?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      No DNC,

      Abraham Lincoln was no socialist.

    • bigjulie

      Say WHAAAAT?? For being dominated by a “complete failure” and therefore being on our deathbed because of a “complete failure” of Central Banking and “fractional reserve currency” (whatever THAT is…!) most everybody is still eating, and pretty high off the hog, to boot. I would agree that much of the civilized world is in trouble because of fiat money with nothing more than the “say-so” of the country printing it to back it up, but you don’t define the problem(s) and you don’t offer a solution!
      I thought Lyndon LaRouche had left the geopolitical scene long ago…or are you still carrying around a bone-on developed when Reagan got elected?
      This has been one of the best and enlightening strings I have ever been involved in, and you had to come along and screw it up with a senseless post like this!

  • WhiteHunter

    Excellent analysis, Daniel, as always.

    The parallels between today and the last century of the Roman Empire are striking, and alarming–as are those with events in the summer of 1914, where the structure of interlocking treaties and defense commitments, plus hypernationalist jealousies and the nearsighted stupidity and incompetence of the European monarchies of the time, needed only the spark of a single terrorist’s assassination of Francis Ferdinand (a “liberal,” by the standards of his day) and his wife in Sarajevo to tip the dominoes and set off World War I.

    One wonders exactly what our State Department and intelligence agencies are good for, if they were caught by flatfooted and unprepared for the ominous and dangerous way events are now unfolding. What ARE they paying attention to, if not to things like this? Oh, I forgot: they’re directing their attention inward, tapping into and collecting every phone call, email, and tweet sent or received by every ordinary American. To “keep us safe,” of course.

    Kerry’s embarrassingly amateurish, blustering remarks at his press conference after his feckless hours-long meeting with the Russians, Obama’s absurd “sanctions” and “warnings” about “consequences,” and Biden’s characteristically dangerous, idiotic promises and threats in Poland are absolute proof of their (at best) utter incompetence–as if any were still needed.

    Didn’t it occur to Kerry to ask for a briefing by any of State’s Russian “experts” (assuming any such actually exist) about what to expect from the Russians, what to say to them, what they would (and more important would not) respond to, and what to expect next? Obviously not; Kerry was as well prepared as a college sophomore who skips class, doesn’t read the assigned books, and then expects to ace the final by cramming for it the night before. And the insufferably arrogant Kerry gets an “F” on this deadly serious test–as he has in every other.

    It took a thousand years after the fall of Rome for the Renaissance to begin. As things are looking now, I fear not just for our country, but for our entire civilization.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Like the rest of our government, they’re good for asking for bigger budgets. Our intel is terrible. Always has been.

      The Russia experts are mostly useless. They’re good for repeating cliches and conventional wisdom. Reagan did without them and flew better by the seat of his pants.

      Kerry, like Obama, believes he’s a genius anyway and all that he needs to do is defuse whatever the other side is upset about to solve the problem.

      • Vladimir Putin

        I am upset that I don’t rule the world. Help me Secretary Kerry!

        (Also I like hot Ukrainian chicks…)

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          She is why Infidels will prevail over islamofascist savages.

        • Drakken

          That is why my better half is Ukrainian.

  • Texas Patriot

    Daniel Greenfield is mistaken about what the world will look like. As a direct result of our failed domestic and international policies over the last fifty years, the world already looks like “war, chaos, and misery”. What the world will look like iin the future is anybody’s guess. He is correct, however, that the era of America as “world policeman” is coming to an end, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The world does not need a superpower policeman as much as it needs a world of responsible nations who cooperate together for the common good, and that kind of world is definitely feasible. Instead being at the brink of a “post-American”, I prefer to regard the present situation as the “pre-American” world. Unfortunately, we have had to endure a post-American world for the last fifty years, and the results have not been pretty, particularly for America.

    1. Education: Education in America has plummeted from No. 1 in the world in science and math, to No. 21 and No. 24 respectively, despite the fact that we spend more per capita on education than any nation in the world.

    2. Health: Health and physical fitness in America has fallen to the point where Americans are the most sedentary, most-illness prone, and most in need of expensive health care of any major industrialized nation on earth. Health care expenses have skyrocketed from 5.2% of GDP in 1960 to more than 17% today, and there is no end in sight.

    3. Jobs: American industry has lost millions of jobs and entire industries to overseas competition, and most of the new jobs being created in America today pay minimum wage and will not support a lifestyle above a poverty-level existence.

    4. Energy: Despite having the most abundant natural energy resources of any nation on earth, America still imports 7 to 8 million barrels of oil per day from foreign oil barons resulting in a net outflow of capital of roughly $700 to $800 million a day that could have otherwise been reinvested in America’s economy and created millions of new jobs and new industries.

    5. Border Security: Despite having the best surveillance and interdiction technologies in the world, we utilize our best technology to enforce the border security of nations like Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of our own borders. As a result we have the most porous border security of any nation on earth.

    All of these disasters can be remedied by saying “no thanks” to the role of world policeman that so many would like us to continue with, despite the absolute destruction that it has brought upon America and the absolute misery it has inflicted on the American people. Bring our armies home, station them on our southern borders where they can train and perfect the best surveillance and interdiction technologies in the world; focus on energy independence; reinvest the money we save on foreign oil and protracted foreign land wars that cannot possibly be won in any meaningful sense; build up the American economy and American schools; emphasize national health and physical fitness and make our health care system the most efficient and affordable in the world, and all of the above catastrophes can be turned around in an amazingly short amount of time.

    As for our global role in the coming world? With the best surveillance and interdiction technologies in the world, we will be in a position to cooperate with our other global partners for peace to eradicate any form of terrorism anywhere in the world on less than a 24-hour basis, and that will pave the way for a much safer life for all of our friends, including Israel.

    No, the worst days of America are behind us and the best are yet to come. But first our government must start acting in the best interest of the American people, and the time to start making that change is now.

    • Geoffrey_Britain

      “The world does not need a superpower policeman as much as it needs a world of responsible nations who cooperate together for the common good, and that kind of world is definitely feasible.”

      Would that it were true but you’re dreaming. There are three major powers in the world and a fourth emerging one. America, Russia, China and Islam. The only one that is responsible and willing to cooperate is America.

      • Texas Patriot

        GB: “There are three major powers in the world and a fourth emerging one. America, Russia, China and Islam. The only one that is responsible and willing to cooperate is America.

        I think you’re dreaming. As a direct result of assuming the role of “world policeman” over the last fifty years, America is bankrupt. We’re $17 trillion in debt and borrowing $1.6 billion a day to pay our bills as they come due. At this rate, we will be lucky to protect our own people from tyranny and involuntary subjugation, much less anyone else. We’ve gone from being the most productive and biggest creditor nation in the world, to being the biggest debtor nation in the world and the one with the largest annual trade and budget deficits. Anyone advocating “staying the course” in the direction we’ve been going for the last 50 years is either (a) out of their mind, or (b) not a friend of the American people.

        • Geoffrey_Britain

          TP: No, I’m not dreaming but perhaps I wasn’t as clear as I’d hoped. I agree that we’re bankrupt, though virtually every single Western nation is as well.

          I was referring to and challenging your assumption that it is possible to find “responsible nations who cooperate together for the common good”. Understanding that to achieve that state would require that at least Russia and China would fulfill those characteristics. There’s no way in hell that they will do so.

          Which means that, a world where the major nations are responsible and cooperate is definitely NOT feasible for the foreseeable future.

          The point of all our deficit spending is to keep the entitlement state afloat. RINO’s want the status quo to continue.

          Democrats figure its a win-win for them, as long as the Ponzi scheme lasts it grows the entitlement state which grows the dependency class, which gets the democrats more votes. When the Ponzi scheme finally collapses, as it is mathematically certain to do, then the resulting chaos and disorder will result in the demand for restoring order, right?

          Which will mean Martial Law.

          A Pres. Obama or Hillary will not fail to remember that under martial law, legal, constitutional precedent exists for the suspension of Constitutional guarantees… (there’s your tyranny and involuntary subjugation) and again, it will be legal. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what happens then.

          So I’m definitely not suggesting that we stay the course.

          I also recognize that isolationism is only a formula for delaying one’s conquest. Wolves demand payment. Fight them or prepare to sacrifice your ‘innocents’.

          • Texas Patriot

            I agree with the idea that the domestic economy is in shambles, that there are precious few good jobs to be had, and in that vacuum, the Democrats have filled the void with a massive welfare state. But the producing cause of this disaster is the loss of millions of jobs and entire industries to overseas competition. Turning that situation around and creating an environment in which manufacturing industries can once again flourish in America must be the highest national priority of the United States going forward. Thriving domestic industries with plentiful high-paying jobs for all American citizens solves many problems, and that is the way of the future.

            Otherwise I think you are mistaken about the prospects for cooperation of the other great powers on matters of mutual concern. The truth of the matter is that it is already happening. Look at the way Russia and America cooperated to prevent America from making the horrifically misguided and foolish mistake of arming the Al Qaida affiliated rebels in Syria. Look at the way China and the United States cooperated to put a lid on the mad boy-king in N. Korea when he was threatening to nuke Hawaii. And finally, look at the way both Russia and China joined with us to require Iran to submit to inspections for purposes of verifying that their nuclear program is peaceful.

            There will never be “perfect” peace partners for America in the world of the present or the world of the future. Such nations have never existed and they never will exist. But large powers such as America, Russia, and China can cooperate for the purpose of the common good, and that is how we will win the current global struggle against the forces of Islamic jihad.

          • truebearing

            “Russia and America cooperated to prevent America from making…of arming the Al Qaida affiliated rebels in Syria?”

            Are you kidding? Russia made you dear leader look like a complete fool and a wimp. Obama kept arming Al Queda, too, but you missed the main story of Obama’s conflict with Russia. Obama was threatening to punish Assad for using chemical weapons and Putin backed him down and humiliated him. What are you smoking?

          • Texas Patriot

            You’re getting worse and worse, but keep it up. The sight of your entire worldview collapsing into a pile of worthless rubble is enormously entertaining.

          • Guess

            I agree with all of what you say.
            Unfortunately, most here want to cling to the past and refuse to progress with the rest of world.

            They need and want to have an enemy, doesn’t matter who that is, so long as there’s one to point the finger at.

            And we all know why they need a Bogey Man, don’t we?

          • Hass

            Hmm, no, not at all.
            Please explain why we need a Bogey Man.

          • Not a Neo-Con

            Your cognitive dissonance must be deafening. To stipulate to a litany of evils assailing the world and to simultaneously suggest that the U.S. should “progress with the rest of world” can only mean serious coherence issues.

          • truebearing

            If you agree with Texas Idiot, you are certifiably stupid, and possibly insane.

          • Texas Patriot

            Speak for yourself, big guy. The truth is what it is, and if you can’t handle it, that says a lot more about you than anyone else.

          • Drakken

            Truebearing tried to educate you as to your illogical fallacies, and all you give in return is wishful thinking and rainbows and unicorns and completely devoid of facts and simple logic. You can wish in one hand and sh*t in the other, which one are you going to fill first?

          • Texas Patriot

            i like you Drak, and I wish you well. We’ll see whether I’m right about America destroying Iran’s nuclear weapons complex, and we should know more about that within the next six months or less. Then we can talk some more about whether my thinking is wishful or realistic.

          • Drakken

            I told you once, I’ll tell you again, Hero Obummer ain’t going to do a goddamn thing period, end of story and I’ll put a good cold hard grand on it.

          • Texas Patriot

            We’ll see about that.

          • truebearing

            You taking his bet? I’ll bet you ten thousand more on the same wager. Put your money where your delusion is.

          • Texas Patriot

            Only a moron would interpret my language in that way, but in your case that is no surprise. No, as Daniel Greenfield has suggested, the real wager is millions of lives, but of course that is something totally beyond your comprehension.

          • truebearing

            Still avoiding facts, logic, and reality in general. You NEVER answer a question or respond to a challenge with anything other than delusion, pie-in-the-sky nonsense.

            Obama backed down from his infamous vanishing “red line” in Syria — who is supported by Iran as well as Russia. He wouldn’t send aid to our people in Benghazi, nor did he retaliate for the deaths of four Americans, including our amabassador. He has reduced our nuclear stockpile, while Russia is improving their capacity. He ended sanctions on Iran, releasing billions to them, which are being spent on building nukes, yet somehow you have concluded that Imambama is going to nuke Iran within 6 months. Obama has neither said nor done anything that would suggest even remotely that he plans to attack Iran, much less preemptively nuke them. You are living in a childish fantasy world.

            Oh wait! There goes a winged unicorn, ridden by a leprechaun with a golden pot full of nuclear bunker busters, on their way to Iran to do the bidding of Imambama, your hero. And look, over there! An army of Russian Balrogs, with air support from a huge formation of Chinese Nazguls, are marching on Mecca to destroy Islam. And they are all wearing buttons that say “We love America.”

          • Texas Patriot

            Face it. You have major problems with reading comprehension and reality focus, and your juvenile rantings have long since become excruciatingly boring and hopeless. Run along little boy. I’m no longer interested in anything you have to say.

          • truebearing

            You are so delusional it is frightening. I pointed out a verifiable truth and you rejected it. If truth is “worthless rubble, and you find that truth “enormously entertaining,” then you are far more insane than we have always thought you were, and we have always known you are nuttier than a Christmas fruitcake.

          • Texas Patriot

            TB: I pointed out a verifiable truth and you rejected it.

            You didn’t point out anything except your skewed view of the verifiable fact that Russian intervention helped to keep America from making a huge mistake in Syria. The truth of the matter is that the Assad regime is the only hope for Christians and other ethnic minorities now living in Syria, and only someone like you would think that attacking Assad to protect the rebels (and therefore at least indirectly to aid and assist their ongoing genocide of non-Muslim minorities) was a good idea. The Russians saw the mistake we were making and helped us avoid that catastrophe.

        • truebearing

          You are mistakenly attributing all of that debt and borrowing to military related spending. That simply isn’t true. Entitlements are a far bigger drain on our country. Then there is corruption, bloated government payrolls, etc.

          You keep promoting the idea of improving our schools. We already spend more per capita than anyone. How are you proposing to improve education?

          Obviously, you aren’t aware of what is going on internationally since Obama began the gelding of America’s military. Evil nations rule when good ones won’t, and neither China or Russia are under the control of regimes one could remotely call “good.”

          You misunderstood Geoffrey’s comment and why he wrote it. As usual, your poor understanding led you to your standard self-righteous and wrong conclusions.

          • Texas Patriot

            Your ideas are largely the product of half-truths, paranoia, and fear-based propaganda, and I don’t really care what you think, but you do serve as a nice foil for illustrating a deeper level of understanding of the problems we face:

            TB: You are mistakenly attributing all of that debt and borrowing to military related spending. That simply isn’t true. Entitlements are a far bigger drain on our country. Then there is corruption, bloated government payrolls, etc.

            The debt we have accumulated is the direct result of (1) our misguided foreign interventions in protracted and hugely expensive foreign wars that never had any chance of success much less any direct benefit to the American people, (2) the failure of American educational excellence and physical fitness, and (3) high taxes and excessive regulation that have forced the best manufacturing companies (with the highest paying jobs) to flee North America and seek greener pastures in foreign countries; and (4) our failure to develop our own energy resources and allowing ourselves to become dependent on highly volatile and hugely dependent sources of foreign oil. As a result, we have lost millions of jobs and entire industries to foreign competition, our revenue base has disintegrated, our people are jobless, and in order to avoid Americans starving on the streets without any health care, we have had no choice but to increase spending on the “safety net” that even Ronald Reagan advocated.

            TB: You keep promoting the idea of improving our schools. We already spend more per capita than anyone. How are you proposing to improve education?

            We spend roughlly $128,000 per child to educate our young people up until the age of 18, which is more than any other nation on earth including Finland which spends roughly $108,000 per child for the same time period. Finland is No. 1 in Science and Math, and we are No. 21 and 24 respectively. Obviously, we are not getting our money’s worth for all the money we spend, and that is a political as well as an economic problem. Fortunately, the technology now exists to provide every child in the United States with a world class education via the internet, and in that regard, I direct your attention to The Khan Academy website, http://www.khanacademy.org, which offers a world class education in science and math, to anyone, anywhere, for free. It is sponsored by Oracle, Google, and the Gates Foundation, among many others, and Bill Gates himself reportedly has a computer screen open to the Khan Academy website at all times. Educational excellence is not an unattainable goal, but it will require bi-partisan cooperation in Washington, DC, and as I have indicated elsewhere, that kind of cooperation does not exist today, largely because of people like you who would rather believe lies and distortions and hate your political opponents than to work constructively with them to solve our nation’s problems.

            TB: Obviously, you aren’t aware of what is going on internationally since Obama began the gelding of America’s military. Evil nations rule when good ones won’t, and neither China or Russia are under the control of regimes one could remotely call “good.”

            As i have pointed out to you previously, there are no people anywhere who could properly be regarded as “good”, no matter how good their intentions may be. As Jesus said, “Only God is good”, which means of course that we are deluding ourselves if any of us think we are anything but evil. That said, I just hope our enemies are as deluded as you are about our nation’s military capacity. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. The truth is that our nuclear weapons arsenal is still the most formidable and sophisticated on earth, and I seriously doubt any rational nation would want to test us in that regard. On the other hand, because the political leadership of Iran is not rational, there is a real chance we will have an opportunity to show the world what we can do when a rogue regime thinks we are bluffing.

            TB: You misunderstood Geoffrey’s comment and why he wrote it. As usual, your poor understanding led you to your standard self-righteous and wrong conclusions.

            Geoffrey I respect. You I don’t. Have a nice day.

      • hiernonymous

        “There are three major powers in the world and a fourth emerging one. America, Russia, China and Islam.”

        Ah, the power of the parrot.

        India? Brazil? And Islam is an “emerging power?”

        • Drakken

          What are India and brazil going to do? Throw millions of people at the problem? Yes I do know that quantity has a quality all its own.

          • hiernonymous

            Google BRIC.

            If you think that all Brazil and India have going for them is large populations, you haven’t been keeping up.

    • Drakken

      No the best days of America are not ahead, when a country floods itself with 3rd world parasites it makes itself a 3rd world nation. No our future holds that we are now a Balkanized country waiting for the starting gun to be fired, the same with Europe.

      • UCSPanther

        It is times of conflict and darkness that forge heroes.

        • Texas Patriot

          Yes, and as a result of the policies of our government oer the last fifty years, we are in those times today. Heroes face the truth. Then they fight to win.

        • Not a Neo-Con

          Romulus Augustulus.

          • UCSPanther

            Said to be the last Roman Emperor.

            A rather interesting historical time: The Germanic tribes doing incursions into Roman territory, the Sacking of Rome by the Vandals, Attila the Hun’s rampage, and the heroic stand by Roman General Flavius Aetius, who helped put a stop to Attila’s attempt to forge another empire.

      • Texas Patriot

        Drakken: “No the best days of America are not ahead, when a country floods itself with 3rd world parasites it makes itself a 3rd world nation. No our future holds that we are now a Balkanized country waiting for the starting gun to be fired, the same with Europe.”

        Wake up, Drakken. You’re looking at the world in the rear view mirror. Enforced multiculturalism is what we’ve been doing for the last fifty years. Neglecting our own energy resources and becoming dependent on foreign oil barons is what we’ve been doing for the last fifty years. Sending our Marines abroad to fight as handcuffed world policemen who are not allowed to win anything is what we’ve been doing for the last fifty years. Turn those things around; scrap the existing education and health care systems in favor of modern state of the art education and health systems that are the best in the world; bring our armies home from around the world and use our borders for training grounds for decisive overseas actions as and when necessary, and America will become, in an amazingly short period of time, what America should have been for the last fifty years.

        • truebearing

          How are you going to manifest this fantasy? You are aware that there are powerful political forces that brought us to this point, right? They aren’t going to just roll over and let all of the power they have acquired just evaporate because you have an idea.

          • Texas Patriot

            TB: How are you going to manifest this fantasy? You are aware that there are powerful political forces that brought us to this point, right? They aren’t going to just roll over and let all of the power they have acquired just evaporate because you have an idea.

            Under the precarious and uncertain circumstances we face today, the American people cannot afford mere fantasy or political rhetoric. What we need is a clear roadmap that will allow the American Dream to survive and flourish in the remainder of the 21st Century and beyond.

            Unfortunately, as you suggest, the practice of special interest contributions to political campaigns has effectively neutralized the ability of our elected officials to act independently for the best interest of the American people. Whenever the needs of the special interest contributors conflict with the needs of the American people, inevitably, we have seen time and time again how Congress tends to act in the best of their special interest contributors, rather than in the best interest of the American people. That needs to change.

            Fortunately, the sovereignty of the United States of America rests ultimately with the American people, and it has always been understood that the will of the people must prevail. However difficult it may be, however steep the mountain we must climb, the future of the United States of America depends on the democratic action of the American people to seize the sovereignty that is rightly theirs and demand that their elected representatives act in their best interest to the exclusion of all other interests, domestic and foreign.

            You may or may not have noticed,but Rasmussen reported today that just 29% of the American people think their elected representatives deserve to be returned to office.

            http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/congressional_performance

            The next step is demanding accountability and full disclosure from the representatives we send to Washington, so that once again, as Abraham Lincoln said, our government can be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

            That should be clear enough, even for you.

          • truebearing

            Mindless maundering. You are simply untethered to reality.

          • Texas Patriot

            You should look in the mirror.

        • Not a Neo-Con

          scrap the existing education and health care systems in favor of modern
          state of the art education and health systems that are the best in the
          world

          Sounds like a Johnson campaign commercial. Speaking of fifty years ago.

          • Texas Patriot

            Yes, except Johnson wanted to scrap the best education system in the world and replace it with one committed to mediocrity. What I think we should do is replace Johnson’s hugely expensive, inefficient and totally ineffective system with one which is committed to educational excellence and delivers results efficiently and effectively through the use of the latest information and communication technologies, including the internet. A good example of what I’m talking about is The Khan Academy, which is funded by Google, Oracle, the Gates Foundation, etc. and is committed to delivering a world class education to anyone, anywhere, totally for free. Check it out. http://www.khanacademy.org.

          • Drakken

            The Khan Academy is a Turkish Muslim front, so not a good example.

          • Texas Patriot

            So I guess Google, Oracle, the Gates Foundation, etc. etc. are are all deluded too? Sorry Drak, you’ve getting to be as bad as Truebearing. Please try to take it easy on the bottle. And when you sober up, here’s a video of Sal Khan and Eric Schmidt of Google.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUHRaoD7d34

        • Drakken

          It is far too late to implement what you advocate. The current paradigm at its current pace will now implode with brutal self correcting efficiency. What we end up will be a crap shoot.

    • ordoro

      I am not sure about Islam being a world power. It is just a lot of fragmented states. A huge chunk of them so dirt poor (think Somalia, Bangladesh etc) and the others like Saudi will be rich no more in the future. Why? Oil runs out. It is like money in the bank. Once it is gone it is gone. A prediction made by the electricity company of Saudi says that the country will stop exporting oil by 2030. In other words muslims are set to become even poorer. Sure they will be around for the odd riot and decapitation but so what. We are used to it and it is getting a tad old even now! They will just do that will while starving to death. To quote Greenfield, even a muslim has to eat. The future for Islam is starving and angry muslims.

      China deals with its muslim problem with brute force. So does Burma. So do the central asian republics. Is this the Genghis Khan way?! The model they adopt is vicious and demoralizing for muslims. Add in the future starvations that will take place, the world does not look at all rosy for muslims.

      It is this future thinking that has the Iranian mullahs pulling their hair out. With Iran the oil runs out and they have a demographic decline which is the fastest in world history. A country of old people is on the cards for them and they will not go down quietly into death. They mean to be as noisy as possible. No oil money and lots of old people. Good luck with that. No the future does not belong to Islam. Islam is set to lose big time. Hence the urgency of the Iranians to aquire the nukes and take over the oil fields of their neighbors. Well that means more war for the already war torn region.

      The Saudis will of course be replaced by some militia leader who will bide his time when they have not got the means to placate an angry population. The country will be split up by rival militia groups trying to take over while the Saudis run to the French Alps for their get away manisions over there (or wherever they are). With the leading countries of the Jihad out of the way Islam will just continue to implode without the petro dollar stimulus.

      • Texas Patriot

        Really hilarious analysis. I can’t say that I agree with everything you say, but it is all really quite plausible and very surreal. But I think it is too soon to predict the collapse of 21st Century Islamic jihad. At this point in time, the threat is growing rather than receding.

      • truebearing

        Keep in mind, Texas PatrIdiot is completely insane, and so are you.

        • Texas Patriot

          Actually I’m not, but the fact that you think I am is more evidence of where you are coming from.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    I’m doubtful as to the author’s predictions regarding China and Russia.

    China’s population is much more homogeneous than the US. While China
    officially recognizes 56 distinct ethnic groups, the ethnic Han, constituted 91.51% of the total population in 2010. Only 2% of China’s population is Muslim.

    The author states, “Russia and China have abandoned Communism.”

    Russia would indeed appear to have done so but China? I think not.
    The assertion that China has abandoned Communism rests upon its
    economic configuration. However, politically China remains communist.
    There is only ONE legal political party. The Communist party’s apparatchiks continue to occupy all of the positions of power. In addition, China’s military is rapidly expanding and its goal is obvious; to be capable of challenging and beating America’s military. That is not the goal of a leadership whose economy is its primary concern. That leadership is also NOT going to tolerate Muslim terrorism.

    “The Russian Federation is home to as many as 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. As of the 2010 census, 80.90% of the population that disclosed their ethnicity (111,016,896 people) is ethnically Russian.”

    According to the data of the 2010 Census, 10.90% belong to traditional Muslim ethnic groups.

    Again as with China, the author assumes that Russia’s reaction to future
    Muslim terrorism will mirror the West’s. I would remind him of Beslan and Chechnya. The ruthlessness of Lenin and Stalin lives on in the Slavic peoples.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      China is authoritarian. Its system is Communist in name. In practice it’s not very different than the setup in Russia today but without the pretense of an open system of elections.

      China is much more homogenous, but as I wrote, the issues tearing it apart are not multicultural, but the rapid urban transition and the shortage of women.

      • Geoffrey_Britain

        China being communist in name only is a commonly held view today. I can’t buy it, though I certainly hope your right. IMO, China’s actions outside the economic sphere just do not support the assertion that they’re now just a bunch of authoritarian capitalists. You may remember the argument when Nixon ‘opened’ China. He and Kissinger argued that the Chinese would be seduced by capitalism before the Chinese communists could use capitalism to achieve economic and military parity with the US. I think (and hope I’m wrong) that Nixon and we have… lost that bet.

        I discount (perhaps wrongly) the importance of China’s rapid urban transition and the shortage of women can be addressed by giving the young men something to do; expand China’s territorial borders and sphere of influence. China is not done with the South China Sea and the Far East. They look far ahead of just a few moves on the ‘Go’ board.

        • UCSPanther

          I have tried my hand at “Go”, and the main idea is to overrun the board with your pieces while capturing your opponent’s pieces. Obviously, the player who can overrun the board wins.

          It is checkers with sheer numbers/swarm attacks in mind, and a fitting metaphor for how massive nations like China and Russia operate in conquest.

          • Geoffrey_Britain

            Try it again against a skilled opponent. Go, when expertly played is far more complex than chess, much less checkers.

        • Not a Neo-Con

          Capitalism isn’t authoritarian.

          China’s rulers aren’t Communist or Capitalist but pragmatic, cynical Statists.

  • aizeta

    California
    will be soon the American Crimea and when the invaders take over the Golden State
    granny H. Clintoris will probably be the chosen one to man the business. Feeling
    better, don´t you?

    • UCSPanther

      I wouldn’t shed a tear, especially for places like Berkeley, Silicon Valley and San Francisco…

    • get real

      oh great…another guy that thinks that stupid red dawn movie is a documentary.

  • UCSPanther

    As dark as things look, it is important to remember that dark times give birth to heroes, men and women who are willing to stand up, rally those around them and fight for what they believe in. History always remembers its heroes, be they strong statesmen, mighty warriors, cunning spies and shrewd diplomats.

    Despite the child-like faith of its adherents, Progressive ideology will face its death in the future, and it will only be remembered for its willful weakness, corruption and decadence. Cultures that have embraced their version of Progressivism have either been conquered, or otherwise died ignominious deaths.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Very true.

  • ricpic

    None of this has to happen…

    No, and the event most likely to alter the course (or courses) you describe will be economic implosion, almost certainly worldwide. Impossible for the Fed and the European Central Bank(s) to keep the balls in the air by maintaining zero interest rates in perpetuity. At some point they must rise, precipitating the mother of all debt crises, which simply cannot be “managed,” the result being implosion on a horrific scale. What follows that disaster no one knows. But human beings often rediscover the eternal verities when in extremis. All I’m saying is that the continuation of the literally de-moralized culture of the West may end, or be put to an end by a very cold reality bath. Something like rectitude may resume.

  • Erudite Mavin

    This commentary was necessary to wake up the people that this is already in process thanks to the several years of Obama, his weak National Security and
    lack of a foreign policy except for enabling Radical Islam to Putin.

    The idea that America sits at home and navel gazes so we do not disturbe
    other countries as they brutalize their own people because they are Christians or Jews, invade other countries to impose their tyranny and collect more territory.
    While America counts navel lent so not to disturbe Russia, China, the Middle East, Africa, etc. they are and have been on the march, in motion knowing Obama has his own agenda and not one for America.
    This will be sealed with the election of Hillary or any other Democrat.

  • tagalog

    It’s been postulated that the conflicts of the past century, since the end of World War I, have been largely ideological wars. I don’t know how true that is for the smaller nations, but it seems plausible for the larger ones. The commentators add that we appear to be returning to that state of affairs, that is, of a lot of small wars breaking out for various nationalistic reasons. I don’t see the war with Islam as ideological but as a religious struggle that has been going on since the 7th Century between Islam and Christianity, a struggle of dogmas, not ideas.

    Of course, as World War I teaches us, small nationalistic wars breaking out seem to lead inevitably one way or another to large nationalistic wars where there’s a context of interlocking treaties of mutual defense.

    And of course the presence of nuclear weapons complicates matters seriously.

  • welcome

    War, chaos and misery

    thats the last twenty years. where have you people been?

    • Not a Neo-Con

      If they lived in Russia, China, or the U.S. or Western Europe, nowhere near real war, chaos or misery.

      The lucky people of the Ummah know what we have to look forward to.

  • 1PierreMontagne1

    The stage will soon reach the Point of No Return for Americas internal race wars.
    Think Watts riots times 30+sometime in the remaining 3 years he is in office.

    Don’t worry Congress will not even have to respond –

    Obama EO’s will suspend both houses of government and make America more manageable under “Temporary” Martial law and the provisions of the Patriot Act.
    Even elections will be suspended – le:why have an election when it would be inconvenient?
    Rest assured Obama will restore things back to normal once he is satisfied there is no further threat to Americas peace and security.

    • bigjulie

      Obama restoring things back to normal?? Do you mean he will get back to golf outings, fund raising, and campaigning against himself after he crawls out from underneath his bed?
      I assume by “‘EO” you mean “Executive Order”, although it could as well mean “Empty Oratory”, since both would fit quite nicely under the circumstances you posit.
      My impression is that there is already an armed majority that is now fairly disillusioned with any thoughts regarding “leadership” as far as he is concerned, and who might consider banding together under any obviously competent leadership and who would, indeed, “restore things back to normal” in a much more economic manner and with infinitely more permanence than “Barky the Fool” ever could, since the main “threat to America’s peace and security” might well be an overwhelming collection of patriots united in the desire to see him removed, as well as his IRS and his corrupt and conniving government, in response to an emergency such as “Temporary” martial law! Since he is already detested by many in the current standing military, he might get a lot less cooperation from them despite a myriad of “EOs” under such circumstances and a citizen’s “militia” might have to be organized to maintain order…just sayin’…
      I’ve been wondering about the “real” reasons for the trip to China by Mrs. Barky, the Barky children and the Mother-in-Law. With his plunge in popularity down into the 30s, might they actually be over there looking for a house?

  • JAMES

    Where does Canada fit in this theory

    • Not a Neo-Con

      Shahadah, Canada, eh?

    • GinoMachiavelli

      The last place where White Yankee moonbats will try to run, to escape Third world “justice”…

  • BagLady

    You are very quick to elevate Russia to the Big Powers. A year ago you wouldn’t have done so.

    “Russia will not stop with Ukraine”

    That probably depends on what happens next. Putin is not a fool. He knows he’d lose on the battlefield and, to date, his troops have not shot a single round. The violence will inevitably come under a false flag to give credibility to the introduction of heavy weapons.

    Looking at the rapidly changing maps since Perestroika and the constant push for control by the west and never from China or Moscow, I imagine the US/EU will soon cross the ‘red-line’ and Russia/China — maybe others — will be forced to fight back.

    The collapse of the Pax Americana under Obama has freed up Russia and China to begin campaigns of territorial expansionism.

    Neither has shown much appetite for foreign campaigns in the past and, as businesses like Monsanto prove, there is no need to ‘own’ a country. In fact it is detrimental to profits to do so. All you need is the IMF/World Bank behind you.

    As I said elsewhere, I reckon if Putin goes slowly, the Ukrainians will be coming to him, once the reality of a European bailout takes hold.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The big powers are smaller than world powers. That’s the point.

      Russia isn’t “fighting back”. Unless you consider its efforts to build an empire at the expense of other people for centuries to be fighting back.

      • UCSPanther

        Russia has sensed weakness, and struck. Now that they smell blood, it would not be unreasonable to expect them to make further conquests down the road.

        One could say that Russian Imperialism did not die with the Soviet Union. It was only sleeping for the past 20 years, and now it has awoken.

        • Drakken

          Those that beat their swords into plowshares always plow for those that don’t. Weakness always breeds aggression, without fail.

    • bigjulie

      I am trying to figure out what you are talking about. What is the “reality of a European bailout”? Europe bails out Ukraine? Europe gets another “bail-out” from us, like the Marshall Plan that the Ukrainians are not allowed to participate in? We are too damned broke to bail out anyone. We can’t even bail out ourselves!

  • amongoose

    Have to respectfully disagree on one point.
    Hillary has shown the desire to send our troops anywhere, anytime, and all on “humanitarian causes”.
    Her reign will be one of constant meddling, intervention, and assistance to the third world to make the worlds “village” a better place.

    • HettyT

      Don’t forget the nonsensical “duty to protect” that the one-worlders are so enamored of.

  • AlexanderGofen

    Ismail Mohamed, you wrote many true and prominent thoughts about islam, however you are wrong in this: You will NOT be fine with being an atheist.

    You will not be fine for many reasons. Here are just a few.

    There is a couple of scientific discoveries such as the Big Bang, and enormous complexity of a living cell and multi-cell life. They could not emerge unaided by some great Designer of the Universe.

    More practically, without an ultimate User Manual of the Life like the Bible, the humanity cannot have any moral, any goals of existence, or even to procreate in order to avoid its own extinction. The great of achievements of the Western civilization are exactly the consequence of its Judeo-Christian faith and philosophy. And the current decay is the consequence of abandoning of this philosophy.

    You will NOT be fine being an atheist also because lacking any axiomatics of the Judeo-Christian philosophy, your kids may become sodomites, or empty hedonistic animals…

    • BagLady

      “the humanity cannot have any moral, any goals of existence, or even to procreate in order to avoid its own extinction”

      It is instinctive to procreate. Ask the rest of the animal world.

      All those many many ‘others’ who do not know your God and have no “manual” to follow do not tend to turn to hedonism or sodomy. You can spot a budding good and kind person long before they learn to read or speak.

      • AlexanderGofen

        You are greatly confused. In animal world the procreation IS an instinct, but in human only a fornication and hedonism are instincts (if you have no “values” and “soul” and follow only instincts). The entire West is a proof, where the procreation is well below the 2.1. Not to mention, that atheism is wrong for a few other reasons too.

        • Baluba

          So you’re saying the only reason your’re not raping, killing and stealing is because it says so in a 2000 year old fairytale? You sir, scare me…

          • AlexanderGofen

            In fact, it is you and your kin that scare me… Yes, I do not do all those ugly things that you mentioned because of the following reasons:

            1) I was raised so by my family (whose tradition was based on the Bible);

            2) I was raised so by my ugly (godless!) Empire of Evil – because even in it there remained some remnants of the Bible;

            3) Because I read the Bible.

  • Doobee

    It’s news to me that Jesus’ mother was 12 years old at the time of his birth. I never heard that claim.

  • BagLady

    Spain certainly lagged behind most of Europe under religious fervor: first Islam and then Catholicism.

    • Ismail Mohamed

      Again, another baghead genitally
      mutilated Muslimmah, parroting the same drivel she’s has been indoctrinated;
      that’s Spain was centuries ahead of the rest of Europe with regards to
      scientific knowledge and innovation and economical power, under the Moorish
      Islamic rule, blah blah blah. Try enlightening yourself on the subject from an
      unbiased source, rather than the propaganda promulgated by the Islamic scholars
      and so-called trustworthy historians. I have a piece of information which
      should make you leave piIslam if you have any brains in that wrapped-up baghead
      of yours.Muzzies have a deeply-held false belief that Islam is the only
      monotheistic religion which they zealously boast and exploit to successfully
      gain converts who are ignorant of the theology of Judaism which is the other
      monotheistic (albeit a non-proselytizing) religion : is that the Qu’ran in
      Chapter 9 (Surat Tawba سورة التوبة ),verse 30 claims that Jews worship
      someone called Ezra(‘Uzair’ ,عزير) as the son of god which is not true as
      the Hebrew Bible uses this term in a figurative sense to refer to certain
      characters, none of them is called Ezra or Uzair. Thus, Judaism is a monotheistic religion, and Jews don’t worship
      Uzair or Ezra or anyone else, for that matter, as the son of god but apparently
      Allah in his alleged infinite wisdom did not know that ! Secondly, Allah (read:
      Mohamed), apparently, also seems to have been unaware that Judaism is NOT a
      proselytizing religion and that Judaism is an ethno-centric religion that does
      NOT accept converts unless they are ‘’ethnic’’ Jews who sought to return to their maternal ancestors’
      religion, when he cooked up his hate-filled, blood-drenched warbook, the unholy
      Qu’ran, as evident from Chapter 2 ( Surat Bakarra, سورة
      البقرة ), verse 120. Now scram, you inbred ugly
      Muslimah.

      • Lightbringer

        This is a good post, as are your others, but I would take issue with this:

        “…Judaism is NOT aproselytizing religion and that Judaism is an ethno-centric religion that does
        NOT accept converts unless they are ‘’ethnic’’ Jews who sought to return to their maternal ancestors’
        religion…”

        Anyone, of any ethnicity or race or background, may convert to Judaism, provided he or she is convinced that it is the best way for him or her to connect with God. We do not encourage conversion, since we believe that God loves all of His human children and that any good person is, as the Christians put it, guaranteed salvation, regardless of faith. So, while we don’t look for converts, we accept them lovingly and consider them as Jewish as, say, Moses.

    • Drakken

      Thank God the Spanish got rid of the muslims otherwise you would be a harem girl.

  • Landon

    The main problem in America is the ni99ers! They should be expelled back to Africa, including Ozero, and problems will start to melt away.

  • Painted Horse

    With every mistake we must surely be learning…gently weeps

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Yes,that wonderful place Europe will instead lead the world in Islamization in the 21st century.
    This is because like you their only religion is inclusivity and that is really rather insufficient.
    Eurabia is going back to the real cavemen I’m afraid my friend. It won’t save you. It can’t even save itself.

  • Anukem Jihadi

    The quintessential modern caveman I’m talking about in case I’m being to vague.

  • mike

    The game that is being played is an old one. In the 16th Century the King of France allied his nation with Turkey to fight the Hapsburgs, and by so doing betrayed the people of Italy, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Even in the 19th Century the game was still the same, with Britain and France supporting a moribund Turkish state even if this meant that the Christians of the area were killed or enslaved. Germany, in their support of the Turks in the 20th Century were merely late comers, but they were soon replaced by America which turned its eyes away from the millions of Christians who had been killed between 1915-1923, as they looked for allies while confronting the USSR.

    Behind the reality, there is a commonality… the powerful are often amoral, sociopathic and narcissistic, They are disconnected from the people and the nations that they govern. Power, as measured in the present moment is all, and the consequences be damned. Gone are the times when the King lead his army into battle, and put his life on the line. There is no Cincinnatus at the bridge, nor are there men with the stature of John Sobieski, or even King Władysław III or Constantine XI Dragaš Palaiologos, both of whom died while defending their nations.

    The reality is that too many of our current leaders measure the benefit of the moment without any measure of the of the long term costs. They deny their own mortality, as they tenaciously hold onto power. They deny God as they aspire to be godlike… but they are flawed and their delusion is fatal to those they seek to control.

    • bigjulie

      In almost anyplace but America, you might have something…In America, “their delusion is fatal” NOT to those they seek to control, but to those who aspire to be “godlike”. Witness the fiasco extant with the current occupant of 1600 Penn, while his family is busy pissing off the Chinese AND American people with their poor collective imitation of Adam Clayton Powell! President Barky has most of the world leaders ROFLTAO as he and Secretary Kerry make believe they are clothed in the raiment of Past Masters at Foreign Policy, while appearing naked as Jay Birds to the rest of us!
      The real “reality” is that we are headed up by people who believe their own Press clippings while the rest of us have to throw in the towel and seek our way as best we can without any leadership whatsoever! 2016 can’t come soon enough for me…I just hope we have learned enough to choose much more wisely than we did the last time!

  • P_Ang

    Actually sir, you are incorrect. Communism, which is an Atheistic ideology, has murdered more of it’s own people in the last century than all wars throughout recorded history.

    • Baluba

      Communism is no more an “atheist” ideology than fascism and nazism are religious ideologies.

      Atheism is simply the notion that what science and empirical studies show us today has to be given more credibility than 2000 year old myths and fairytales. Religious teories about the world based in fiction and superstition, from a time man had no real means of finding the answers we today have discovered.

      That grown-up people still at this day and age can believe in that nonsense is simply pathetic.

  • tagalog

    Yes, it will all be so much better when Russia or Islam takes over as the world’s greatest superpower once the United States has abdicated.

  • usedtobeconservative

    David Goldman (aka “Spengler”) hypothesizes that dying nations/cultures tend to strike out at their neighbors, as if expansionism abroad can somehow make up for implosion within. He finds this phenomenon exemplified in Iran’s current bellicosity.

    If, as Greenfield suggests, Russia is headed towards a demographic and cultural collapse, we might well wonder whether or not it too might engage in a dying gasp of expansionism–and of a sort rather more daring than merely annexing chunks of its [equally decrepit] Slavic neighbors.

    I foresee a Russian move into the Middle East, in fulfillment of that sense of “Messianic destiny” that has historically played such a large role in Russian self-consciousness (even in the Soviet internationalist phase). The first Crimean War began, ostensibly at least, over issues of access to Christian sites in the Holy Land. I could see a final “march on Jerusalem” as Russia’s way of exiting in the world stage in a blaze of catastrophic glory.

  • AlexanderGofen

    You do not understand a few fundamental things.

    1) People are not born with knowledge of good and evil, nor with any goal of their lives. They must be educated and learn these things.

    2) These things must be defined and explained by somebody, and set as the axioms. Every kind of reasoning rely on certain axioms, which must be clearly identified as such, and accepted as such.

    3) Your understanding of the good and your behavior of doing good are the product of the all preceding (Judeo-Christian) tradition of your nation and family. As Rabbi Lapin put it, now you merely parasitize on the social climate and achievement of your ancestry. Yet the entire western society, by abandoning the moral axiomatic lying in its foundation, is sliding down like a plane which lost the engines.

    4) Also at the very beginning, I pointed out that the science and its philosophy do come to conclusion that the Universe was created by the intelligent designer…

    • Baluba

      I’m not sure how indoctrinated and theistic you are, but if you have at least a sliver of scientific notion, you will have to know that human kind in its current form has existed in societies for over 200 000 years. Thats 197 000 years before your god was even invented. Your god has nothing to do with the notion for god and evil. Resiproc altruism is inherent to human nature and is the reason we as a species have developed the capacity to live in social groups. Thats why you can see human societies work and interact in approximately the same way all over the world, independent of which god they worship or cultural tweaks they have developed.

      • AlexanderGofen

        You may be very surprised about “my sliver of scientific notion”, and especially about that my “theistic indoctrination” which came from such an unlikely place as the godless Soviet education system – see my comment after this article: http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/gods-not-dead-hes-brilliant-box-office/

        Indeed, the Universe was created about 14 billions years ago, while the Scripture was received several thousand years ago in the ancient times of the humanity, written down as understood in the limited perception of the then human beings. A day of creation (in the time when the Solar system did not yet exist) has nothing to do with one axial turn of the contemporary Earth. Don’t you think that Sir Isaac Newton and a few other geniuses after him (all deeply religious people) did not have a reasonable physical estimate of the age of the Universe?..

        The great minds among physicist have been long aware about the amazing fine tuning of the laws governing the Universe. However it was the greatest discoveries of the 20-21st century which particularly saddened the atheistic Commissars at science: These discoveries were the Big Bang, and enormous complexity of a living cell and multi-cell life. They could not emerge unaided by some great Designer of the Universe.

        As to your claims about the “reciprocal altruism inherent to human nature” as though universal to entire humanity, learn anthropology (and ancient history) a bit about the ways of life in ancient Incas, Aztecs, Mayas, American Indians, Hindus… Not to mention islamic nations, non-nations, Communist nations…

        • Baluba

          …Not to mention the horrid atrocities under christianity in the dark ages, with witchburning, inquisition ruthlessly killing and prosecuting great minds like Bruno and Galileo. Everything in the name of this god of yours.

          But no surprises there, since the bible itself promotes human sacrifice and genocide on a grand scale.
          It is however good that you don’t believe everything in that fairytalebook. I personally don’t see how any sane person could.

          Also, Newton had no idea how old the universe was. How could he, as the tools to figure it out were simply not available at that time? He was merely a scientist of his time, doing the best with the very limited tools available to him. No serious natural scientist can call himself a theist and expect to be taken seriously in his field today. Given the immense evidence we have it would simply be completely ignorant of the empirical reality.