Professor Noam Chomsky who is a known and notable critic of American foreign policy has proclaimed many times that the United States has steadily lost power since the ending of the second World War. In Chomsky’s own words, in 1945, the United States had “literally half the world’s wealth, incredible security, controlled the entire Western Hemisphere, both oceans, [and[ the opposite sides of both oceans.”
Despite the numerous wars that the U.S has been waging throughout the world, they have indeed lost much of the power they once had.
It began in China in the 1940’s with what many now refer to as the “loss of China.” The U.S began to lose various areas of Southeast Asia, which led to the brutal Indochina wars. According to Chomsky, the destruction of South Vietnam in the highly controversial Vietnam War sent a message to the rest of Indochina that if anyone tried to escape from U.S or European control there would be repercussions.
While this tactic did work for some time, by 1965 every nation in the region had dictatorships that were equipped to rule in a manner which was more compatible with America’s foreign policy interests. Unfortunately, the success that was obtained by their bulling tactics were short lived.
Now, in more modern times, throughout the last few decades, the U.S has slowly started to lose the Middle East as well. In Iraq, the U.S supported and induced Saddam Hussein’s rise to power and also aided in his war against Iraq’s neighbor Iran.
Later in 1991, the U.S turned on Saddam during George H.W Bush. What resulted was that the U.S had learned that Russia would not intervene in America’s ambitions in the Middle East.
At that point in time, the Middle East was considered as open grounds, and this continued until the Syrian conflict. While many believe that the U.S is bombing the Middle East into submission, that is actually not the case. Instead, they are bombing the Middle East because they are losing their power and control of the region.
If you have followed this conflict, it is quite easy to understand that slowly but surely, Russia has replaced the U.S as the power hold over the Middle East. Much of this was due to the retaking of Aleppo.
Following suit with the Middle East, the Philippines have also started to move away from the U.S as well. At one point in time, the Philippines were considered as a major U.S ally that assisted in countering Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Philippines had openly shown pride in having new ties with Russia and China.
As things have continued, the Philippines are now having to show exactly where their loyalties lie as Russian warships have arrived in Filipino territory this past Tuesday. Statements made by the Philippines’ Navy say that the presence is only a “goodwill visit” however the future of joint exercises with Philippine forces to thwart piracy and terrorism,
“You can choose to cooperate with United States of America or to cooperate with Russia,” Russian Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov said, speaking at the Manila Harbor.“But from our side, we can help you in every way that you need. We are sure that in the future we’ll have exercises with you. Maybe just maneuvering or maybe the use of combat systems and so on.”
Mikhailov indicated that China and Malaysia could coordinate with the training exercises in the upcoming years. Russia has also reportedly offered weaponry to the Philippines.
Basically, the U.S is now left with one move, to surround the Russian borders with troops and missiles, which they have steadily been doing. Unfortunately, as time passes, the U.S will eventually have to admit to their steady loss of power throughout the modern world. Due to this, eventually, they would need to work with countries including Russia and China. As of now, there seems to be no other alternative.