It did not take long. Worrying about where the Deep State would start something, we missed Ukraine. It had been quiet for so long. Just a couple months into the Biden administration, suddenly, tensions are rising and cease fires are over.
The Deep State wants a return to 2015 with everything picking up where it left off. In 2015, figures like Edward Luttwak discussed how America was sleepwalking into conflict with both China and Russia with its moves in the Pacific, Europe and Syria. For all his mouthiness, Trump was wise to avoid these potential war starters. We are back at square one.
People call President Biden China Joe, but he still uses confrontational language sometimes. The Department of Defense is still leaking war game results where China beats America in a Pacific dispute. The pivot to Asia has happened. Trump’s confrontation of China made the Biden team stick to it, just in a good cop fashion. It’s not that China is ripping us off and giving us a virus. It’s that they have to be nice to their minorities and play the human rights game.
Fighting China over Taiwan is dumb, but Taiwan’s semiconductor production has strategic value. Ukraine offers America nothing. It does offer the American elite a new vassal to plunder. We know Biden’s family connections there but he is not alone. There are contracts to win, partnerships to form and natural resources to sell off. It offers the elite a proxy war to combat Russia.
The scary part is that Americans have had six years of anti-Russia propaganda to develop a hatred of them. Going after Russia for their supposed crimes meddling with the ‘16 election is foremost in some liberals’ minds. These people still believe Trump was a Putin asset. This was a consistent daily message for tens of millions of Americans. Nothing is worse than treason. Nothing is worse than installing a leader to betray us. Some of these Maddow viewers would gladly smash the nuke button right now.
This is important for selling a war. The actual causes do not matter. Strategic value of involvement does not matter. The elite want it, and have an emotional hook for enough of the people. Details matter little. Sentiment matters. They have a segment of the population primed for it. They just need a trigger to start festivities.
This might all be positioning and showing strong for better negotiations. Ukrainians were hung out to dry by the Obama administration, so they should not expect better treatment now. It would be foolish to think Ukraine would gain anything beyond arms deals and dead soldiers by restarting a useless war.