About 680 days were wasted on US domestic and international affairs, says National Review’s Charles CW Cooke in his article entitled “Biden’s senseless presidency.” Also Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sees the fact The fact that nobody takes US President Joe Biden seriously is actually his great advantage: he can say and do what he wants without harming the country and the nation. Taken together, according to the two conservative gentlemen, a good two years have been wasted nationally and internationally.
The truth is different when looking at the US from where it is. But first, let’s go back a little.
Mr. Biden recently began distinguishing between what he calls “the MAGA Republicans” and “the regular GOP.” By the “Make America Great Again” crowd, Biden was referring to those attempting to invade the US Capitol; He believes those who consider themselves MAGA Republicans condone political violence. It is utterly wrong – and damaging – to label millions of Americans who support the idea behind the MAGA slogans as supporters of the Capitol raid; in Henninger’s words, this is just Joe or some swaggering Senate Majority Leader who hasn’t been known for his well-thought-out speeches for the past half-century.
The other side is the non-semi-fascist part of the GOP, which Politico magazine is happily celebrating as a sign that Biden is finally embracing the collaboration.”after two years of nasty feud.” Perhaps it’s too early to chronicle the parliamentary entrenchment of two political parties in the House and Senate, but what these conservative media lords prefer not to see (or would like us to believe) is the fact that the presidential-level embrace in-between The two parties have been around since Bush Jr. declared that one was either pro-US or anti-US. President George W. Bush said in an address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001: “Every nation, in every region, must make a decision now. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” What everyone was called upon to support was what the President in his flowery phrases called the “war on fear”; but essentially it was war with those who helped the US further radicalize itself while fighting with the Soviet troops occupying Afghanistan. This radicalization had long begun against colonialism in the Middle and Far East. The US and UK plans to replace “radical Islam” with their own product called “moderate Islam” were put into motion after the RAND Corporation described “the tectonic events” in its “Project Air Force” document : 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom, the global war on terrorism and the war in Iraq and its aftermath. The RAND Corporation drew the US Air Force’s attention (why?) to the fact that these “tectonic events” had “dramatically affected the Muslim world and attitudes toward the United States.”
All of these documents and details of US and UK operations in the region are well known and widely reported; so we don’t need to go into detail. What has remained shrouded in mystery is that since then, every US presidential administration, Democrat or Republican, has continued to implement the blueprint developed and commissioned by the Deep State.
Trump and his men
The term “The Deep State” (a group of people, influential members of government agencies and the military) had become part of American political vocabulary after Donald Trump took office. Trump and his men, especially those who considered themselves outsiders, right-wing activists like Steve Bennon and others, began using it to refer to “a group of unelected government and military officials who covertly manipulate or direct national policy.” . as defined by the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The way Trump and Bannon used the term could suggest that the new administration was undoing what the US Deep State had been doing for the past few decades. Most notably, Bannon and Alexander Jones, an American far-right and “alternative” radio show host and prominent conspiracy theorist, used the term to represent the Middle East’s “globalist” and neoconservative realignment plans.
In fact, this plan had three pillars to correct the post-WWII global errors: remapping the Middle East; the change in post-Soviet structures that allowed Russia to rebuild the Soviet empire and the ending of China’s economic expansion. The Bush-era plan aimed to carve up countries in the Middle East and create friendly new nations to correct the mistakes made by the British Empire in reshaping the post-colonial system. These plans were so detailed that they even suggested creating countries based on their folk denominations and sects.
The US blueprint attempted to use familiar tactics to break up the Russian Federation into its 85 federal subjects, 21 of which are republics. The US has surrounded Russia and turned many former Soviet allies into NATO members. The ignition of that siege in Ukraine was something that was expected. Georgia was another likely spot to complete the circle of fire; but the Caucasians were much more skilled than the stage actor of Ukraine.
The repressive Chinese regime provided ample opportunity for the US to serve as prime targets for social engineering maneuvers in Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Tibet, particularly the Muslim-majority Uiguristan and ethnic Tibetans, as well as the Mongols. These maneuvers have been going on for some time now. But targeting China militarily might be unthinkable (a) without a new military alliance (such as something between Australia, India and Japan) (b) with Russia, which is still a natural ally of China.
Trump must have found these plans on his desk when he moved into the Oval Office. However, his narrative of making America great again hasn’t stopped him from declaring Russia and China the primary threats to US global hegemony. His National Security Strategy Plan portrayed China and Russia as major rivals, and he promised to confront those who seek to realign global power to their interests. This plan was a verbatim copy of former President Barack Obama’s national security strategy document, which in turn repeated Bush’s security strategy plan.
Trump had both accused Obama of spending the American people’s tax dollars defending Europe and spent even more defending Europe against Russia.
He called Obama’s meddling in the Middle East a “globalist scheme,” but the Trump administration did nothing to stop that globalism. Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned after Trump said he was rescinding previous Bush and Obama administrations’ plans to crush Iraq and Syria and send all US troops home. Trump appointed Mark Esper, a career soldier and Gulf War commander, as his new Secretary of Defense and stopped criticizing the NeoCon/Globalists’ plans in the Middle East. His Middle East envoy would later betray the beans, and afterwards they informed the president that the number of US troops in Iraq and Syria had been reduced, but never informed him of the exact number of troops in the region.
So, if the term “deep state” is defined as “the covert manipulation or control of government policy,” then what is the Biden administration, ostensibly a Democratic government, doing in the Middle East to undo what the Trump administration has done ?
Trump forced NATO’s European allies to increase their defense budget; However, he did not trust their promises and increased the presence of the US Navy and land forces in the countries around the Russian Federation and in the Aegean. Trump said Greece is the most strategic and reliable ally in the Eastern Mediterranean; and in his National Defense Authorization Act he earmarked $50 million for improvements to facilities at the US naval base at Souda Bay, Crete. Trump commissioned the United States Navy ship USS Hershel Williams to be permanently stationed at Souda Naval Base.
Despite Greek delusions that all these policy moves were aimed at strengthening Greece against Türkiye, Trump’s plan to increase the US presence in the Aegean proved extremely practical once the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Now the Biden administration is sending more tanks to the Greek bases, which Russia may or may not occupy. But they are definitely beating up the conservative Greek government. The US has forgotten since the Obama administration that the Greeks cannot arm the Aegean islands like any other nation can arm their islands and build military installations. The US is not a party, but Greece and several other EU countries are part of the Lausanne and Paris Accords, which transferred Turkish islands to Greece when Türkiye was considered part of the defeated Axis countries. The stationing of troops on islands violates the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Treaty of Paris.
According to Article 13 of the Treaty of Lausanne, signed in 1923 after the end of World War I: “In order to ensure the preservation of the peace, the Greek Government undertakes to observe the following restrictions on the islands of Mytilene, Chios, Samos and Nicaria: On no naval base or fortification shall be established on the said islands.”
The Dodecanese Islands were ceded to Italy with the Treaty of Ouchy signed after the 1912 Ottoman-Italian War and remained under Italian sovereignty until the 1947 Treaty of Paris. With Italy siding with the defeated countries in World War II, the Treaty of Paris was signed with the Allied countries on February 10, 1947, and these islands were ceded to Greece. When Türkiye accuses Greece of violating the accords, Greece begins to play the victim role. Like the previous government, the Biden government is defending its bases in mainland Greece and the islands as an alliance within the alliance.
The RAND Corporation report on the aftermath of 9/11 and the war in Iraq and its aftermath described them as tectonic events. The warm embrace of the US and its Western allies holding Greece will have a similar tectonic effect in destabilizing NATO.