US President Joe Biden is acting out the script written for the so-called “Obama Doctrine” perfectly. Which is no small feat considering the man seems narcoleptic. The truly sad part of all this is that the people of the countries involved do not want war. The world does not want more war. We are sick to death of the bloodshed so that all our elites can profit. The pundits of America’s foreign policy decisions, unfortunately, do not give a damn what the normal people want. If we truly are facing an endgame, history will tell how we marched in blindfolded.
The key to understanding what is going on between the United States and Russia lies in a definition and analysis of this doctrine attached to the Obama years. Though very few ever venture to correlate the polities from when Joe Biden was vice-president, doing so will uncover a bitter truth. America is the law. We are a nation so exceptional, so above other peoples and systems, that it is our duty to run everything on planet Earth. Our exceptionalism, and something known as moral multilateralism, are part of a core philosophy ancient Rome’s most sadistic emperors could not have dreamed up.
Few Americans have any understanding of geopolitics, geostrategy, or even geography and history. Telling a fast food assistant manager in Atlanta there is such a thing as an “Obama Doctrine” will inadvertently result in a comment about whether or not the individual likes Democrats or Republicans. If the food service worker graduated from a decent high school, he or she may respond as if Obama’s morality on using force were something akin to the Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. Or, in other words, most people in my country are clueless AND could care less how, when, or where our leaders commit US troops.
We are, by and large, only concerned with pump prices, football scores, and what time the beer store opens. We are like Germans, in this respect. This is another story. Right now it’s crucial that intelligent people understand this moral multilateralism, and what is about to happen because of our adherence to the philosophy. To begin with, there are those in my country that would call this Obama strategy for detente a kind of Christian realism. And, no, I am not joking here. This quote from Obama’s speech before graduating cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2014, is from Providence, and the Institute on Religion and Democracy:
“The United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it—when our people are threatened, when our livelihoods are at stake, when the security of our allies is in danger… On the other hand, when issues of global concern do not pose a direct threat to the United States—when crises arise that stir our conscience or push the world in a more dangerous direction but do not directly threaten us—then the threshold for military action must be higher. In such circumstances, we should not go it alone. Instead, we must mobilize allies and partners to take collective action.”
What this means is, the new strategy of the United States is to let foreigners bleed and die on the battlefields unless we are attacked directly. Or, America will let mercenaries and other soldiers do our bidding on whichever battlefields we deem worthy of our meddling. If at all possible, we will pit the whole world against one another in order that our moral superiority is established over the entire world. I will skip space here for you to digest this.
The Associated Press (AP) reported President Biden saying “We are united in our support of Ukraine. We are united in our opposition to Russian aggression.” The former Obama running mate went on to suggest that the public should not be misled on Russia’s security concerns and justifications for action, Biden said, “None of us should be fooled. None of us will be fooled. There is no justification.” Just like every one of his predecessors, the president resorts to the “liar, liar, pants on fire,” strategy in dealing with any other nation’s concerns about his, or America’s actions.
The Biden Doctrine, a redux of the Obama one before, is going to scorch the earth of eastern Europe sooner, rather than later. My countrymen also fail to realize that NATO does not have the capability to stop Russia from rolling back up to Berlin. If America does not commit massive forces, the 4 complete divisions the Poles have would last a few hours.
I leave you with brazen words and ideas from a Washington think tank on the “purpose of multilateralism,” something the Brookings Institute suggests is necessary for “democracies in a geopolitically competitive world,” as if that weren’t enough to tell us what the Ukraine situation is all about. The authors of the guidance manual for expanding our morality say we need the “multilateral order grounded in underlying liberal principles” that has manifested throughout the western world. This order is pitched in the dire battle we see taking shape. The raving lunatic authors say more assertive China and Russia are seeking to reshape multilateralism. They claim these two nations are “challenging the foundational liberal principles that have guided the post-Cold War multilateral order to which the world has become accustomed.”
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.