February 27, 2023
MY CORNER by Boyd
The Hubris of the
Globalists is Leading Us to Nuclear Conflagration
I pass on today the
printed opening monologue from the Tucker Carlson Tonight program, from
Friday, February 24. I believe it to be one of most succinct and accessible
opinion pieces Carlson has ever offered, ranging over a variety of topics, all of
which are interrelated. In reading through this online essay what he has done
is to connect the dots, assisting us to understand the broader (and ultimately fatal)
implications of “Deep State” globalist foreign policy, its innate and
degenerate corruption, its willingness to engage in the subversion of real
American interests and risk World War III, and its utter condescension and
hatred for the citizens of this country. [Carlson’s program is the only
telecast on Fox News I can watch these days without wanting to pick up a shoe
and throwing it at my television set; the network, along with the entirety of
the Murdoch media empire, has embraced a Neoconservative, Never Trump position,
and has become, essentially, the “right wing” of the Deep State swamp.]
No doubt Carlson could
have given more detail—there is quite a bit of factual information out there supporting
his analysis that too many Americans, cocooned by a monolithic, profoundly-warped
US media, never see and never have access to. But that would have required a
book-length essay of hundreds of pages to do what he has done here. And, most
likely, would have been less effective and reached fewer people than the
summary he does provide.
We—our nation and
Western Europe—are on a runaway train, with a senile idiot conductor who
receives his orders and prompting from crazed and truly diabolical
apparatchiks. We are sitting on a volcano, to quote Sir Simon Rattle, and it
may well engulf and incinerate us all. Sadly, widely-disseminated rational views
on foreign policy like those voiced by Tucker Carlson are far too rare these
Here is his monologue:
TUCKER CARLSON: Russia's invasion of Ukraine was the endpoint of a
much longer story
war in Ukraine began a year ago today,
on February 24, 2022, when the Russian military rolled across the eastern
border of their country. But in many ways, the Russian invasion of Ukraine was
the endpoint of a much longer story. The propaganda campaign designed to
convince Americans to take sides in this conflict — a conflict that has
nothing, strictly speaking, to do with them or with America — that effort began
many years earlier.
We’d peg it to July 22, 2016. That’s the day that
WikiLeaks published thousands of emails from the servers of the Democratic
National Committee in Washington. Those emails proved that party officials had
rigged the Democratic process, the primary process, in favor of Hillary
Clinton, and against the insurgent populist candidate that year, Bernie Sanders
of Vermont. Within days, the chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,
resigned in disgrace. The WikiLeaks scandal broke on the same day that Hillary
Clinton chose her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, and it overshadowed the
nominating convention that followed.
But, more significantly, the
WikiLeaks scandal threatened to split the Democratic Party into pieces. More
than 13 million Bernie Sanders voters, many of them young people, learned that
the process they had always believed in, was in fact a sham. They had been
Democratic leaders had to act quickly in the face of this, to
deflect blame from themselves onto someone else. The DNC’s servers, they
claimed, had been hacked by the Russian
goal was to hurt Hillary Clinton, whom the Russians feared for her strength and
wisdom, and to help Donald Trump, whom they controlled. Russia hacked the
servers, in order to hack the election. That was their story. The
Washington Post ran with it the first day, as if it were true.
But there was never any evidence that it was true. Almost seven
years later, there is still no evidence. The DNC’s story about its servers is a
lie. But, as a political strategy, that lie worked flawlessly. Russia made the
perfect villain. It was a White, Christian country with a traditional social
structure. It was everything the Democratic Party already opposed. The foreign
policy apparatus in Washington was happy to hate Russia again. After 40 years
of Cold War, hating Russia was muscle memory.
So, soon the leaders of both parties in Washington signed on to
the Russia collusion hoax. It had the twin benefits of paralyzing the Trump
administration, which it did, and justifying the expansion of the national
security state. As the years passed and the rhetoric intensified, hysteria set
in. After a while, anyone with a heterodox opinion — from right-wingers to
avowed-socialists — could be accused of working secretly for Vladimir Putin.
Many were accused, and some were destroyed by it. It was a textbook witch-hunt,
far more effective than McCarthyism.
And unlike McCarthyism, it never ended. Russia remained
America’s greatest enemy, even as China emerged as
America’s greatest threat. Over time, the lie that Democrats told to hide their crimes in
the 2016 primaries, came to dominate America’s foreign policy, and then to
imperil America itself. For generations, statesmen and diplomats worked to
prevent other great powers from aligning as a block against the U.S. The idea
was pretty straightforward: You might be able to beat one strong country, but
if a couple of strong countries ever got together, you would lose. This is why
Richard Nixon went to China: to make sure the Chinese government didn’t align
with Brezhnev, with the Russians.
Donald Trump understood this very clearly: "Russia will
never be our closest ally," he said. "But if Russia ever becomes
China’s ally, we’re in deep trouble." The combination of natural
resources, military and economic power — and sheer population — would make the
Russian-Chinese alliance the most powerful force in the world. The United
States would soon be dethroned, we’d be taking orders. As Trump put it, there
is no reason to make Russia our enemy and there are many reasons not to.
It was a sound case, but official Washington ignored him. Their
response, shouted in unison: "Shut up Putin stooge." And then they
set about trying to provoke a war with Russia. Now they have succeeded.
But the war we are fighting in Ukraine is not against Russia
alone, but also against Russia’s newest ally, the People’s Republic of China.
What Donald Trump predicted has happened, and in the worst way. If the war in
Ukraine continues, we will lose no matter how it ends. The world order is being
reshuffled as we watch, and by the time it’s over, the U.S. will no longer be
at the top of the deck. That is very obvious to the rest of the world.
But what’s fascinating is how few Americans seem to understand
what's happening or its consequences. But how would they know? No one in
American politics or media will tell them the truth. Since the first hours
after the invasion, Americans have been fed a steady diet of increasingly
absurd lies about Ukraine. Google and Facebook have joined with the Biden
administration to censor any factual information that contradicts the official
storyline. It’s dystopian.
Joe Biden’s first remarks about the war gave no hint we’d be
sending advanced weapons systems and American military advisors to Ukraine,
then supporting the entire Ukrainian government and its pension system with
hundreds of billions of U.S. tax dollars. No, Joe Biden mentioned
only sanctions, which
are free. Sanctions he suggested would be enough. Here he is, a year ago today:
PRESIDENT BIDEN 2022: The Russian military has
begun a brutal assault on the people of Ukraine without provocation, without
justification, without necessity... This aggression cannot go unanswered. If it
did, the consequences for America would be much worse. America stands up to
bullies. We stand up for freedom... Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this
war, and now he and his country will bear the consequences. Today, I'm
authorizing additional strong sanctions.
Strong sanctions. That'll do it. Now, the goal at that point, a
year ago today, you may remember this, was to push Russian forces back into
their own country to reverse the invasion. And that seemed reasonable to most
people. It did not seem like the beginning of a third world war, but it was
exactly that. And by December, Lindsey Graham was confident enough to say so
out loud. Here he is.
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: How does this war end? When
Russia breaks and they take Putin out. Anything short of that, the war is going
to continue to ask the Ukrainians to give Russia part of their country after
all this death and destruction is not going to happen. To signal a cease fire,
Russia will take the opportunity to rearm and come at them again. So we're in
it to win it and the only way you're going to win it is to break the Russian
military and have somebody in Russia take Putin out.
So we're going to, says Lindsey Graham confidently, continue
pouring billions into Ukraine until they, "take Putin out."
Does Putin know this? Well, we have no idea. We're not allowed
to see Russian media in this country. That's too much information for Americans
to handle. But if Putin does know that we plan to kill him, wouldn't he fight
back with nuclear weapons? Why wouldn't he fight back with nuclear weapons? No
one in the United States seems to be allowed to wonder that, much less have a
conversation about it out loud.
Instead, we're treated to more lectures about democracy. Ukraine
is a democracy, we're told. That's why we're on the side of Ukraine. The
problem is that is a lie. Ukraine is not a democracy. Ukraine is a corrupt
one-party state. Ukraine has none of the freedoms that define democratic
governance: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly,
freedom of religion. Ukraine is the least free place in all of Europe and
probably for that reason, it is Joe Biden's favorite place.
So for those who understand what is actually happening and what
Ukraine is actually like, it is very frustrating to watch Biden say this again
and again. It is galling to be lectured about democracy by a man who took power
in an election so sketchy that many Americans don't believe it was even
Joe Biden has never had the majority of Americans' support for a
single day of the Ukraine war. In fact, Joe Biden is far less popular in the
United States than Vladimir Putin is in Russia. That is not an endorsement of
Putin. It's just true. And it says everything about Joe Biden's tenuous
legitimacy. Democracy? Please. We're adults. Stop lying to us.
So what happens next in this war? Well, according to our elderly
Treasury secretary Janet Yellen, the war in Ukraine will go on forever, and so
will our support for Zelenskyy.
SECRETARY YELLEN: Let me make clear, the
United States and the allies, our support for Ukraine will be lasting and is
Unconditional support for Ukraine. Unconditional support for a
nation most Americans know nothing about and couldn't find on a map.
Unconditional support – that's a profound statement. Outside of your immediate
family how many people would you pledge unconditional support to? How many
countries would you pledge unconditional support to? This is insane when you
think about it.
But the people in charge of this disaster aren't thinking the
way that most Americans do. The Atlantic magazine commemorated the anniversary
of the war by commissioning a piece today by Tom Nichols. Nichols is a
thoroughly silly foreign policy establishment parasite, who apparently is taken
seriously by other ne'er-do-wells and dumb people in Washington. But the piece
is fascinating. In it, he inadvertently reveals the point of this war in the
clearest possible terms: "Now we are faced with the long grind of
defeating Moscow's armies and eventually rebuilding a better world."
Oh, defeating Moscow's armies and building a better world.
Perfect, thank you, Tom Nichols. Adding those items to this week's to-do list.
Unspecified in the piece is exactly how we plan to do this, how
we plan to defeat Russia and its ally, China, and then build utopia. The piece
is notably light on details.
Now you'd feel a little better hearing all this if Tom
Nichols and others like him in Washington had a track record that suggested
they could do any of this, a track record of competence and success. They
don't. Nichols himself seems to spend most of his life arguing with other
people on Twitter. He's never achieved anything at all that we're aware of, but
then virtually none of them have achieved anything. Biden's chief Ukraine
strategist, Victoria Nuland – you would not hire her to plan spring break. She
couldn't do it. She doesn't have the skills.
Now, these very same people, these demonstrably incompetent
people, say they plan to rebuild a better world. All right, that seems
ambitious. How about starting with Baltimore before moving on to total global
transformation? Shouldn't we fix the biggest city in Maryland first?
Under the leadership of people like Tom Nichols and Victoria
Nuland, neoliberal geniuses with grand plans, Baltimore has devolved into third
world chaos. But
then so has Iraq, so has Libya and so has every other place these people have
decided to "rebuild."
It should spur a moment of silence and self-reflection in the
U.S. State Department that the moment Western diplomats and NGOs left the
country, Afghanistan got safer. There are far fewer killings in Kabul now than
there were 18 months ago. Pedestrians in Kabul can walk to dinner at night
without being murdered. Now, that fact doesn't tell the whole story of
Afghanistan, of course, but we shouldn't ignore that fact. It means
If you spend billions trying to make a place better, and it gets
worse, you have an obligation to think about why. Maybe you're doing it wrong. Maybe
you're not as powerful and clever as you thought you were. Maybe there's a
problem with your formula.
But none of this ever occurs to people like Tom Nichols and
Victoria Nuland and for that matter, Joe Biden. The more discredited they are,
the more self-confident they become. They see every failure as evidence that
their talents are more desperately needed than ever. What is this? Well, it's
Hubris is the delusion that causes people to mistake themselves
for God. They imagine they have power and wisdom and foresight they don't
actually possess, that no human does. Hubris is a species of mental illness.
These people are unwell. They're crazy and there's nothing more dangerous than
Hubris has caused more suffering than polio. It's caused more
deaths than smallpox, and apparently we're in the middle of another epidemic of