from RT Website
The sun sets on the US Capitol (FILE PHOTO)
and on the American Empire.
© REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Wanting to turn back the clock and restore the American Empire to what it was before Donald Trump's presidency is a fool's errand.
Don't take my word for it, though.
...argued none other than the head of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - the foremost think tank advocating for the Empire in Washington - after Wednesday's storming of the Capitol by several hundred Trump supporters protesting the certification of the election for Biden.
Sure enough, as Richard Haass was saying this the NATO secretary-general tweeted about the "shocking scenes" in Washington and demanded that Joe Biden's election "must be respected."
Keep in mind that the US has refused to recognize Venezuela’s elected president or parliament, attempting for the past two years to install an unelected ‘interim president’ instead and call it democracy.
While the Trump administration has led this effort, the Democrats - now poised to have absolute power in the US - have been fully on board.
Likewise, the only time the Republican establishment and the Democrat 'Resistance' banded together in near-unison was to override Trump’s veto of the NDAA military funding bill, which contained a provision that would block him or any future president from withdrawing troops from overseas endless wars without prior congressional approval.
The commitment to the Empire runs deep in the Washington 'swamp', as Trump used to call it.
This unwitting admission of 'American exceptionalism' basically says,
While what happened Wednesday was not actually a "color revolution," the visuals were certainly similar enough for the world to take notice.
It would be wrong, however, to blame the Capitol "insurrection" for the demise of the American Empire, when it was merely the last domino to fall.
Again, don't take my word for it - here's Ishan Tharoor, a columnist for the notoriously pro-establishment Washington Post, declaring on Thursday that for "many abroad," the vision of the US as a shining city on a hill with global moral influence and authority,
For some of these people, Tharoor argued, this narrative was,
Democrats and their neocon allies have spent the past four years blaming Trump's 'America First' policy, lamenting that he was acting unilaterally, antagonizing "allies" and creating a "leadership vacuum" in the world.
Except they've clearly forgotten the events of January 2020, when Trump ordered the drone assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Trump actually embraced the American Empire, he simply dispensed with the polite fictions it had used to dress up as something else over the years.
Ironically, it was the mobilization of the entire US political establishment to get rid of Trump,
...that did the lion's share of exploding the myths that maintained US hegemony, both at home and abroad.
Remember the 'Deep State' that was supposedly a Trumpian conspiracy theory?
The mainstream media's war on Trump, later joined by social media platforms - censorship of the legitimate and accurate Hunter Biden laptop story just before the election being just the most egregious example - also played out for the world to see.
...they chopped up the scaffolding that held up the Empire to use as firewood.
In a speech recently, Joe Biden vowed to,
That's a daunting task, on par with putting the genie back into the bottle, un-spilling milk, or putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Ironically, the only thing that could repair American prestige in the world might be to patch up the American Republic, almost broken by the four years of 'Resistance' to Trump.
But as that would entail some self-awareness and soul-searching, it remains, shall we say, highly unlikely...