For the past five years or so, the US has spent billions upon billions of dollars fighting so-called ISIS. Here is a report which came out in 2015:
“The Department of Defense has spent more than $2.7 billion—some $9 million per day—since the United States began operations against the so-called Islamic State last August. To put that in perspective, the DOD is on pace to spend a little more than $14 million per day to combat ISIS in fiscal year 2015. That’s minuscule compared to the roughly $187 million the Defense Department is still spending on the Iraq War each day.”
Can any US politician really say that the United States has accomplished its goal in fighting so-called terrorism? If not, isn’t it time to give peace a chance course of action?
Scholars, writers, senators and people of various stripes around the globe are waiting for US politicians to start taking things a little more seriously, and here they flesh out what the United States needs to do in order to have a prosperous relationship with other nations, namely Russia, in the next few years. We have interviewed Edward Lozansky in the past. — Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor
Forget about claims that “America is back — we’re at the head of the table once again.” Not only does this statement sound pathetic in the face of our country’s long list of internal and external problems, but it is also dangerous, since it drives us further along the path of other failed empires from the Romans to Soviets, who made similar claims.
It is time to accept the reality that the brief era of US unipolar world domination is over and act accordingly with a sober realization that the world’s table is round, not rectangular with one boss at the top.
Stop using force, or other overt and covert actions, to promote democracy around the world. Americans who indeed adhere to western values do not claim that they are superior to those of the people of other nations.
Those who do are violating the same values that they are trying to impose. Bombs, sanctions, and regime change operations have contributed to devastation and misery for tens of millions of people around the world, while at the same time inflicting huge human, material, and moral damage on America itself.
Transform NATO into IATO – the International Anti-Terrorist Organization. IATO should consist of well-armed international rapid response forces ready to liquidate terrorist threats in any part of the world. With its present expansionist mood and insatiable financial appetites, NATO is a problem for, rather than solution to, the world’s security.
America can lead in certain areas but must do it by example rather than force. Money saved from America’s futile attempts to be a world hegemon should be used for both domestic social and infrastructure development, and for working with other nations on resolving crises in global health, the environment, and shortages of food, water, and energy resources.
It is obvious that the nation’s security has found itself in a much worse situation than it was before the collapse of USSR. Isn’t it time, at long last, to rethink a failed, three decades-long establishment consensus on foreign policy?
— Edward Lozansky, President of American University in Moscow
The US and Russia are two major nuclear powers about to be led in the USA soon by President-Elect Joseph (Joe) Biden and twenty years hence since 2000 by President Vladimir Putin, both seasoned politicians. Each promotes and protects their way of life as laid out by the interpretation of their constitutions. State Sovereignty reigns as both exist in a ruthless jungle of coercion, and individuals become collateral damage in the name of defending national interests.
Ironically, international law principles are muttered by Russia and the USA. Russia’s call to respect the integral sovereignty over other countries annexes Crimea from Ukraine to protect the Russian-speaking people’s self-determination. The US going so far as sanctioning international civil servants charged by the International Criminal Court to investigate human rights and humanitarian law abuses.
For such investigations, the US at least could comply in spirit with the Rome Statute terms by taking serious steps to investigate and prosecute such alleged charges in America’s military justice and, if merited, civil court systems.
As for the overarching contradictions in Russian and US foreign policy and human rights, this deeply rooted problem will persist in increasing the risk of armed conflict and nuclear weapons use.
While the US regards itself as called to promote change – whether it be political, economic, or cultural, and both inside and outside its borders, Putin’s Russia aspires toward conservatism to halt any meddling in its internal affairs while holding together the former republic of the Soviet Union from drifting away into the orbit of the West as NATO expands towards eastward beyond the Elbe River considered by him a broken promise by the US. America’s foreign policy ultimate aims to spread liberal democracy are praiseworthy.
However, they must also be tempered when sitting at a round table and not at the head of a table. The people of both nations, led by Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, need to find areas that will bridge their differences and build mutual trust to transform the significant security challenges facing both countries and their people. But also, that of the world as climate change threatens food shortage, rising waters, increasing fires and droughts, and a potentially uninhabitable planet.
Rekindling US-Russian collaboration on a scale of security issues would unleash greater diplomacy and new instruments like permanent neutrality as a model to secure the geopolitical interests and the spread of humanitarian services to alleviate climate change threats, changing the norm of sovereignty from fear of altering countries civilizational traditions to invite them to help with improving the quality of life.
— Herbert Reginbogin, Fellow Catholic University of America, Institute for Policy Research
Once he takes office, President Joe Biden should waste no time in reviving serious arms control negotiations with Moscow.
Biden should immediately accept Russia’s proposal to renew the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five years before it runs out on February 5 with no changes. However, moving ahead with constructive strategic arms reduction negotiations should only be the first step.
Biden should also propose starting new negotiations to replace and update the now defunct 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, recognizing the need for China, France and Britain to fully participate in this process.
Biden should launch a bilateral process directly with Moscow aimed immediately stopping any further plans and moves towards continued NATO expansion and pull US military advisers and weapon supplies out of Georgia and Ukraine.
He should order an interagency reassessment immediately of whether US defense of Ukraine and Georgia have any strategic value to the United States whatsoever and he should rein in all US policies aimed at destabilizing Russia. He must make clear to the governments of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia that any efforts to provoke Russia hostility or confrontations with the United States will not be tolerated.
He and his secretary of state Anthony Blinken should make clear they are ready for constructive negotiations with Russia on a broad range of issues important to both countries and the world.
— Martin Sieff, former Senior Foreign Policy Editor of the Washington Times
Joe Biden should define American leadership as shaping rather than resisting the emerging multipolar system. The reluctance to establish a pan-European security architecture after the Cold War extended the unipolar era, although now it creates a very unfavorable multipolar system by incentivizing Russia to align with China.
Europe’s current malaise was as predictable as it was avoidable: Jack Matlock, James Baker, Richard Pipes, William Perry and others overseeing the end of the Cold War aptly predicted NATO expansionism would resuscitate antagonistic zero-sum structures in Europe.
George Kennan anticipated NATO expansion would spark another Cold War and that Moscow would then be blamed: “Of course there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are – but this is just wrong”.
Russia’s primary foreign policy goal since the Cold War was to be included in the new Europe. Yet, in the absence of institutional representation, Russia must be assertive to counter encirclement and restore its political subjectivity. Russia cannot live with NATO on its borders any more than the US could accept Soviet missiles in Cuba.
Robert Gates recognized “we did not take Russian interests seriously” and “trying to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO was truly overreaching”. Henry Kissinger also cautions that Washington lost its strategic focus as “breaking Russia has become an objective; the long-range purpose should be to integrate it”. Pushing Russia out of Europe is now providing China with a powerful ally.
— Glenn Diesen, University of South-Eastern Norway
I am a very patriotic American. I’ve risked my life hundreds of times in combat but I’ve very concerned about NATO. NATO, in my view poses a very grave threat to world peace. In fact, it is the centerpiece of the deep state. Going back, in 1949, NATO was formed as a defensive alliance against the Soviet Union, which was massively powered by nuclear weapons.
The Soviet Union, in response formed the Warsaw Pact, six years later in 1955. Many years of Cold War went on. Fortunately, there was no nuclear war, or conventional war. The Cold War ended in 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved and communism was discredited.
The Warsaw Pact dissolved that same year. Now, by 1991, NATO served no practical purpose, and it should have been dissolved. It would have been a great thing for world peace had it been dissolved.
— Richard A. Black, Former Virginia State Senator, U.S. Army Col., (Ret.)
With the election of Joseph Biden, many American and Russian leaders are concerned about the likelihood of an escalation of tensions between these two great nations. President would be wise if he adhered to two enduring truths.
First, he needs to build on the legacy of the end of the Cold War brought about by President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Second, the world has always been a better place when the United States and Russia worked together as allies than when there was friction.
The twentieth century has often been called “The American Century.” Part of that greatness was a result of the nation’s leaders building upon the successes of previous presidents, even if they were from a different political party. Biden and Putin must control their tongue and eschew inflammatory rhetoric, as the Bible instructs leaders in James 3. The end of the Cold War was one of the greatest peacemaking accomplishments in world history and “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).
Although Russia, like the United States, is far from a perfect country, in 2017 its leaders extended a clear olive branch. In that year in downtown Moscow, the Russians erected a celebratory statue of Reagan and Gorbachev. Sadly, the American press gave little coverage to this magnificent event.
In order to build on the spirit of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, I would encourage Biden and Putin to schedule two summits. One at the Reagan Library in California and one at the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow. What a message of peace this would send.
— William Jeynes, Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, NJ, Professor at California State University, Long Beach
Russia is not our enemy. This idea only enriches our military-industrial complex. Russian military budget is 1/15 of our present military budget for this year. The Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, yet this seems to remain unknown to many political figures, whose massive ignorance about Russia today is embarrassing.
Neither American nor Russian people are hostile to each other or are in favor of war. This has been supported in national polls. Washington has been stone deaf to the public’s desire.
The new administration needs to calm down the cacophony of sanctions, insults and attacks from the media and our leaders. These have harmed not only Russia, but the USA as well.
Putin wants to be treated with the respect and recognition of Russia’s position of power, and for its cultural, literary, scientific achievements. Russia today is a young country with a new independent generation who were born after Communism and later will soon be leading their country. The new administration should learn about them.
We should encourage cultural exchanges between the young of both counties, for now using zoom or other online programs until a normal life returns.
Russians could be good friends and allies. We are facing many of the same problems including suffering from the virus. We have much to learn from each other. Russia, among other things, also has a great deal more experience in dealing with their ambitious next door neighbor.
— Suzanne Massie, Author, Russian historian, lecturer, advisor to President Reagan (1984-88)
 Edwin Rios, “Charts: Here’s How Much We’re Spending on the War Against ISIS,” Mother Jones, June 14, 2015.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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Sorry, Jonas, it’s not in our political DNA to make peace with the Russians. We’ve been an imperialistic nation from our very beginnings. Europeans came to this continent to displace the indigenous, just like the Ashkenazim are now doing in Palestine. We were the chosen ones who were destined to rape and pillage the whole planet. Just like Israel has no real borders, the AngloZionist Empire is forever expanding.
Chosenness leads to grandiose imaginings that God is on our side. When we attack Iran to save Trump’s presidency it will be the Christian Zionist’s war to end all wars, Armageddon. The Likudniks and Christian Zionists who surround Trump actually believe this. Trump is their ticket to the Rapture. It all has to happen before January 20th. May Heaven help us all.
Hey Andy, have you watched the movie, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. It kind of was Hollywood’s softening of the cold war rhetoric. But a very watchable comedy. I think you would enjoy it. Merry Christmas!
1. Yes, Harry, i have watched it. It is funny!
But that was old time. Now everything has changed. And i’m very very angry with the USA. Because it has turned into a shitty rat hole. And i agree that the USA faces more terrible problems, than we had in the last days of Soviet Union. I don’t care who did that- Trump, Biden, lizards from Mars, etc. I just have questions to the Americans. How could they let all this nasty things happen?
Why the hell is the American government spending tons of money on all kinds of nonsense overseas? Why did American diplomacy talks become a ghetto slang? Why in the richest country in the world millions of children are hungry, people are thrown out like dogs on the street – to live in tents on the street? Why are the police prejudiced against blacks, and they are now running around with knives attacking whites? Have you defeated racism? Why is it so expensive to study, and why are they taught all kinds of nonsense in American schools?
2. What idiot lobbies for LGBT bastards? Since when did a gay, lesbian, or transgender person have more rights than a normal person? Drive them to hell so that their spirit is out of society! This is a perversion and a disease. Since when has it become normal when a man pounds another man in the ass? F-ng bumpers! What can they teach children? Perverts are not born, they become. Sick American society began to dominate normal people. And you are not doing anything to prevent it. BLM, antifa – where do these moral deformities come from? Who prevents normal people from living in America? Save your country first, otherwise life there will become unbearable. Let Biden and Trump shove sanctions up their ass! The country is dying, and they are still at war with the Russians …
Sorry, Harry. But i can’t make this stuff up.
The insane criminals control the media and politicians. Destruction of the family is a very high priority. Driving the country into poverty is necessary for total control by the bankers. They want a new reset and cashless currency. We are being attacked by those who wish to have it all.
Harry, you are right, my friend!
But why the normal society do not resist?
We also have idiots in Russia who would like to do everything like in the USA: introduce a total dictatorship and impose Western values. But our people will never accept it. Because the moral law is above all with us.
But the Americans have broken through the bottom. I don’t understand, even though you kill me, how can you let gays, lesbians and transgender people in power? What are they doing there in the White House, in schools, in politics in general? Do you shake hands with them? I don’t want to sound like a bloodthirsty person, but these perverts are sick. They need to be isolated from society, and not allowed these freaks in schools to teach 7-8 year old children about sexual science. These are terrible people and they commit crimes, destroying the institution of the family.
The country is being destroyed from within and robbed economically. White people become vulnerable. On January 20, a new or old dictator will take over as president and everything will continue. And the USA is silent…
@Máiréad: Because this is the truth, from which you cannot escape. The real problem is that I (Russian) can speak about it boldly to anyone’s face. But in American society this, as they call it, is intolerant. For this, they will be fined, kicked out of work, and may be jailed. Those who remember old America remember and understand the difference between normal human values and the chaos that is happening now. These are Overton windows in action. But the Americans will never say it out loud. The dictatorship of sexual minorities will use punitive measures.
The truth is always the same.
White is white, black is black.
Anyway… We want the USA to get well soon! And we will laugh at USA and criticize. Because we care. Really. Seriously.
Putin did stand up and defend the family. He didn’t outlaw being homosexual but placed it back in the closet.
Great article! Imagine the money that the US spends on overseas military operations been spent on improving infrastructure within the US, on schools and education, medical facilities, social support program’s. The untold trillions poured into fruitless overseas military operations and wars has only lined the pockets of the MIC. Yes it provides employment for millions but these jobs could be swapped for building the aforementioned ideas as you would need workers not only to build the infrastructure but workers to be employed in these places. It would help reduce poverty, improve overall education and health levels of the population and encourage trade and technology development. The long term benefits would improve the lives of future generations. Alas the corruption and short sightedness of those in charge will only ensure continued poverty, sickness, lack lustre education and misery for millions who are enslaved in a system that only benefits the few and privileged.R.I.P. USA.
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