On the eve of Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Foreign Ministry – in which the president spoke of the multipolar world as a matter of course and that it is very important that the values and ideals enshrined in our Constitution now do not simply “determine the vector of development of a sovereign, independent, peace-loving Russian state, an active member of the world community “, but also have a projection on our foreign policy – Joe Biden also spoke about the relationship between US domestic and foreign policy.
Moreover, he did this d-uring a speech at a compl-etely internal political event – presenting his program for the development of the US infrastructure. The American president wanted to emphasize the importance of the moment, its historical significance for the fate of not just his country, but the whole world:
“I really believe that 50 years from now, historians will study this moment, these last two years and the next four to five years, and they will decide whether America won or lost the competition in the 21st century at this very moment. This is where we are now.
Who else, if not the United States, will tackle the problems facing the international community? We don’t need to harm other countries, we need to get back into the game. Because, by the way, if we do not return to the game, we will not be able to do this, who else will solve the crisis in the Middle East, who else will deal with the Israeli-Palestinian issue? Who will decide all these questions? “
The idea is not new, but it is completely different from Trump’s “Make America Great Again.” Because, unlike Trump, Biden wants to restore domestic American power not to restore self-confidence to the country and people, but then to have a decisive influence on world affairs. Speaking about the competition for the 21st century, he means exactly this: to return, preserve, maintain the situation in which America determined the global rules of the game. Biden is not talking about American hegemony, but everyone understands that it is about it.
The states do not need a multipolar world, they want to leave everything as it is (more precisely, as it was in a very short historical period). This is absolutely impossible – but the globalist-minded part of the American elite has ceased to feel the spirit of the times, is unable to abandon the idea of its own superiority and the right to rule the world. Hence the conviction that only the United States is capable of solving world problems, and an attempt to convince everyone else of this.
“If not us, then who?” The example of the Middle East, which Biden cited, is illustrative, without realizing that he demonstrates the exact opposite. After the collapse of the USSR, the Americans did something in this region that overshadowed all local conflicts of the Cold War era. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have had devastating consequences for much of the region. For example, the war in Syria would not have been so large-scale and bloody without the emergence of ISIS – and it was formed as a result of the collapse of Iraq by the Americans. But there were also games in the “Arab Spring” and the invasion of Libya.
That is, the Americans have messed up so much firewood in the Greater Middle East that only a blind person does not see that the United States is not a solution to a problem, but a part of it – and often its cause.
Equally ridiculous is Biden’s example of the Israeli-Palestinian issue – the world has been dealing with it practically all the life of the American president (and he himself – his entire political life). The states, with their openly pro-Israel stance, have made a huge contribution to the non-solution of the problem. And the attitude of the Arabs themselves (and Muslims in general) to the American “settlement proceedings” is clearly characterized as the assassination of presidential candidate Robert Kennedyin 1968 (although there are strong suspicions that the Palestinian Serhan Serhan was simply used in the struggle for power in the United States), and the September 11, 2001 attacks. But the point is not even terrorist attacks – hatred of the United States in the Islamic world reaches colossal proportions, and the absolute majority of Muslims are convinced that it is the United States that is the main obstacle to the settlement of the Palestinian issue.
So there is a very simple answer to Biden’s question about who, if not America, will deal with world crises. Anyone, just not America, because very often she creates them. The Korean nuclear issue? And did Pyongyang acquire nuclear weapons – after the collapse of the USSR – not to guarantee the sovereignty of its country, near whose borders American bases are located? Iranian nuclear program? And who put pressure on Iran with sanctions and developed plans to invade this country? And these are just a couple of examples – and there are tens and hundreds of them.
That is, the world will gladly get rid of American “help” in solving problems – not all of them can be solved, but many will become less dangerous, and some will disappear altogether.
Biden is right about one thing – when he says that now are the decisive years. However, he shifts them a little, emphasizing that it is in 2020-2026 that it is decided whether America will return to the game to win the competition for the 21st century. Now is not the beginning of this decisive moment, but its completion. It began more than ten years ago, when Biden was vice president, and ended with his election as president. Everything has already happened: America has lost the game.
But not because of Trump, who wanted not to withdraw her from the global arena, but to abandon the role of a tool of the globalist elite, to focus on solving internal problems, but because of the part of the American elite to which Biden belongs. It was she who missed the moment when the States overstrained and Anglo-Saxon globalization failed. The bell rang in 2008, and after that it was necessary to urgently change the American strategy, to lead the transition to a multipolar world ourselves.
However, this could only be done if guided by national interests. And the “Washington swamp” did not want (or could no longer) separate the globalist interests from the state ones. It was then that the United States lost the battle for the 21st century, if we mean by this the preservation of American hegemony. But they had a chance to join another game, sit down at the table with its participants and ultimately survive as one of the centers of power in this century.
Instead, they began to raise the stakes in an already lost game, continuing to build a strategy of global domination, and entered into open confrontation, first with Russia and then with China. And then they also removed Trump, who was trying to return to the States a foreign policy based on national interests.
So the game for hegemony has already been lost – now it is possible to claim only the place of one of the main players in the future world order being formed. But Washington is still in no rush to take part in the common game, insisting that everyone should return to his table, to his casino, to abide by his rules. Persisting in this and at the same time not being able to solve internal problems, the American elites are questioning not just the place of the States in the 21st century, but the future of their own state as such. And in 50 years, historians will be worried about this very question: how, in the pursuit of lost global domination, did the “Washington swamp” manage to sleep through the collapse of its country?
However, if the “collective Biden” remains in power for all the twenties, this question can be asked much earlier than in half a century.