Russia = U.S. Militarily. Each has 45% of the world’s nuclear weapons
China = U.S. Economically today. In 1971 all we imported from China was chopsticks
Russia + China > U.S.
The above equations help explain America’s predicament today and going forward. Let’s examine the past 120 years and how we got to where we are today.
Self-inflicted damage by the United Kingdom (UK) and the U.S.
A) The Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905
Japan was the UK ‘s surrogate in their conflict with Russia. The UK fully supported the Japanese with training and equipment and encouraged conflict with Russia. Japanese naval officers were trained in Britain. Marshal-Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō, who was Commander-in-Chief of Japan’s Combined Fleet during the Russo-Japanese War, was trained in the UK. In that war Japan won the naval battle of Tsushima and defeated Russia. It was the first time an Asian country defeated a European country.
In 1938-1939 Russian forces defeated the Japanese in the battle of Khalkin-Gol in the Manchuria-Mongolia region. The Japanese lost 17,000 men and ended the conflict with Russia. Japan felt that they were a naval power so they attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and started the war in the Pacific which America won singlehandedly.
American loses in the Pacific were 175,000 men. Japan went as far south as the Coral Sea off the eastern coast of Australia and all the way down the Malayan peninsula to Singapore, which was a British colony.
Within a decade or two after WW II in the Pacific, the European empires began to disappear. The Dutch were driven out of the Dutch East Indies, today Indonesia. The French out of French Indo-China, today Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The UK out of what are now India, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore.
This unraveling continued in Africa. European countries lost all their colonies in Africa. The UK and France did little in the fighting in Europe during WW II. 95% of the 5,000,000 German/Axis troops that got killed were killed on the Eastern Front fighting the USSR’s Red Army. This data comes from Sir Max Hastings, a British military historian. The USA lost 275,000 men fighting in Europe.
With European countries stripped of their empires it became America’s job to take over and become the policeman of the world. In the past 75 years the U.S. has been in several conflicts and has not won a single war in this time period. The U.S. lost 33,000 men in the Korean War of 1949-1953. It lost 58,000 men in the Vietnam War. It’s now been stuck in Afghanistan for 20 years; no easy exit from Iraq, either. This is what the British did to the European world by supporting Japan in 1904-1905. The U.S. has over 700 military bases all over the world in trying to control the world.
B) 1971 Opening to China
Henry Kissinger in 1971 made the famous “Opening to China” speech whose intent was to cause damage to Russia by becoming “friends” with communist China . The U.S. would expand it’s trade relations with China. In 1971 all we imported from China was chopsticks. By 2021, 50 years later, China had become an economic challenge to the U.S. China has taken millions of jobs from the U.S. China competes successfully against the U.S. economically over the entire world.
Henry Kissinger with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in China in 1971
A), started 115 years ago and B) started 50 years ago were actions taken by the West against Russia that resulted to in serious self-inflicted damage to the West.
C ) Relations with Russia. Were do we go from 2021 forward?
The Korean, Vietnam, Afghan and Iraq wars were all a waste.100,000 men lost without a victory. More wars of that sort do not make sense. War against Iran with a population of 80,000,000 and an area trice the size of Texas would be a disaster.
A nuclear war with Russia would be the end of both countries. PEACE is the only viable option. If we continue to push Russia away and towards China then we will be faced with an alliance consisting of Russia, a nuclear military superpower, and China, an economic superpower. The combination of Russia and China will be impossible to defeat. The U.S. fought wars with ten countries, but never against Russia. Over the past three centuries Russia has been friendly towards the U.S.
1) During the American Revolution the British asked Germany for and got Hessian troops to help defeat America. They asked the Russians for Cossacks. Russia’s answer was nyet/no. No Cossacks in America.
2) In 1867 Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. for $7,200,000 or $109,000,000 in 2020 dollar value. That was 663,267 square miles, which translates to $40/acre.
3) During the American Civil War Britain supported the South and wanted to see the U.S. split. Russia sent war ships to New York and San Francisco harbors to favor the North and save the Union.
4) Allies with Russia in WW II, the biggest war in human history.
In the past 75 years the only wars we have been in are those which we started and lost.
Protecting America are the two greatest admirals in the world Admirals Atlantic and Pacific. The Rio Grande has been crossed by several tens of millions. Eisenhower warned us of the military/industrial complex (MIC).
NATO was formed in 1949 by twelve countries. It’s stated purpose was to stop the spread of Soviet communism. Russia is the successor state of the Soviet Union and is not communist. NATO today has expanded to include 30 countries. The U.S. has been funding NATO over the past 72 years. We have been trying to get NATO countries to spend 2% of their GDP to help fund NATO with little success. The EU (European Union ) was founded in 1993 . The EU has a population of 510,000,000 people. Included in the EU are six counties that are not part of NATO. Russia was not allowed to join NATO or the EU. Russians are European. Russia west of the Ural Mountains is 40% of the European continent.
Who are the people labeling Russia as our enemy ?
* What are they trying to do?
* Are they promoting America’s interests or their own?
* Russia says that the next war will not be on their soil. Translated, if you invade us we will nuke you.
* Who runs American foreign policies?
The answer to this question can be found in a book titled:
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
Written by Professors John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard.
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2007