Pentagon: – The American Empire is collapsing

A future USA scenario painted in a new Pentagon report is one of gloomful colors. The Department of Defence is aware that the U.S. world hegemony is collapsing, and their solution to saving their sinking ship is more money to the military-industrial complex.

The report’s title is At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-PrimacyWorld. Nafeez Ahmad’s analysis of the report can be read here.

“In brief, the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.”


By Pål Steigan, Norwegian original here.                                    English translation by Achsel Ford


The report was published in June 2017 by U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and is an assessment of DoD’s risk management. The study was supported by and recieved input from U.S. Army’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; Joint Staff, J5 (Strategy and Policy Branch); Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Develop­ment; and Army Study Program Management Office.

USA in the quagmire

The Pentagon did also consult American Enterprise Institute; the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); RAND Corporation; and Institute for the Study of War. In other words, this is a product of the state and the deep state.

The report recalls the golden days when U.S. hegemony was unsurpassed:

“The order and its constituent parts, first emerged from World War II, were transformed to a unipolar sys­tem with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and have by-and-large been dominated by the United States and its major Western and Asian allies since. Status quo forces collectively are comfortable with their dominant role in dictating the terms of international security outcomes and resist the emergence of rival centers of power and authority.”

Here at steigan.no we’ve quite frequently criticized the U.S. for its wish to dictate global politics, and now even the Pentagon themselves confirms this wish.

The report describes how the power of the United States erodes and weakens so that the U.S. “can no longer count on the unassailable position of dominance, supremacy, or pre-eminence it enjoyed for the 20-plus years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

The main opponents recognized by Pentagon as “revisionist forces” that wants to alter the current state of affairs, is Russia and China.

“At a minimum, they intend to destroy the reach of the U.S.-led order into what they perceive to be their legitimate sphere of influence. They are also resolved to replace that order locally with a new rule set dictated by them.”

An ailing empire of course resents the fact that others might actually like to have a bit of hegemony themselves, at least in their immediate vicinities.

In particular, The Pentagon is worried that the U.S. is losing its ability to control the world opinion and is challenged by “the uncontrolled spread of information”.

“Wide uncontrolled access to technology that most now take for granted is rapidly undermining prior advantages of discrete, secret, or covert intentions, actions, or operations… In the end, senior defense leaders should assume that all defense-related activity from minor tactical movements to major military operations would occur completely in the open from this point forward.”

For us whose ambition is to defeat the empire, this is good news. (Read: We salute!) We do not fight in vain. We contribute to the undermining of the United States’ hegemony of opinions.

The Pentagon officials are complaining about what they call “fact-toxic” information, i.e. “actual truths exposed in the absence of context” (their context, presumably), thus poisoning “important political discourse.” Bon Appétit, we promise to keep it coming for as long as this important political discourse is all about the justification of wars and finance capital’s dominance. This “fact-toxic” information is bad, according to the Pentagon, because it

“… fatally weakens foundational security at an international, regional, national, or personal level. Indeed, fact-toxic exposures are those likeliest to trigger viral or contagious insecurity across or within borders and between or among peoples.”

So: The Pentagon believes that an important reason for the downturn of the empire is that they are being challenged by facts that undermine the legitimacy of their own supremacy.

We think this is somewhat exaggerated, but thanks anyway, it provides inspiration for our continued work. Frankly, we believe that the main reasons for the fall of the empire is to be found in economics and production, areas where the U.S. is constantly losing, like we’ve been arguing with support fromFinancial Times.

The Pentagon’s conclusion to the dismal report is to demand that the nation regains its ability to retain supremacy, both military and, not least, ideologically. The strategists make it clear that anyone who opposes globalization is an enemy, and that the United States will strike back.

Undoubtly, DoD dreams of regaining U.S. hegemony, and for doing so it is important for them to regain control, both military and political, as well as ideological. The fight will be tough and should not be underestimated. The question is whether it’s already too late for them.

  7 kommentarer til “Pentagon: – The American Empire is collapsing

  1. jostein Bjørkmo
    29. juli 2017 klokka 02:39

    Litt sånn hva skal jeg si? Jeg tenker på en blanding av Petter Solberg og Jens Stoltenberg. Kan du ikke få deg en oversetter?

    • ⒶF
      29. juli 2017 klokka 11:07

      Ikke sitt og gjør deg til med parodi på Jens Stoltenberg eller Petter Solberg mens du leser høyt, så virker det sikkert litt bedre! 😀

      Hvis det ikke er aktuelt, synes jeg heller du kan peke på noen dårlige vendinger i oversettelsen og gjerne fortelle hva man i stedet burde skrevet på engelsk uten å dikte en annen artikkel.

      Mvh Achsel Ford, frivillig undersetter

      • jostein Bjørkmo
        29. juli 2017 klokka 11:31

        Steigan er så god på så mye annet at det veier opp. Likevel er det slik at en politisk ukorrekt person som meg måtte si fra. Synes du ikke det er bra da? Jeg forstår at det er tidspress her, men kvaliteten er også viktig slik som på de norske artiklene.

        • ⒶF
          29. juli 2017 klokka 11:50

          Dette har vel fint lite med politisk korrekthet å gjøre, men selvfølgelig er det fint at du sier fra dersom du finner feil på steigan.no. Men jeg blir jo nysjerrig, og skulle gjerne hatt om så bare et par konkrete eksempler, ikke bare en generell beskjed om at du synes oversettelsen er svak. Forrige kommentator som kritiserte en av Erstads oversettelser her for en tid tilbake var i hvert fall ikke snauere enn at han fortløpende i løpet av kvelden leverte den samme artikkelen oversatt av ham, avsnitt for avsnitt i kommentarfeltet. Det var bra arbeid, og han viste at han hadde litt tyngde bak sine kritiske ord. Det var fremdeles en unødig surmaget kritikk av en helt grei oversettelse, men han var faktisk i stand til å stå løpet ut med en enda bedre oversettelse selv. Jeg forventer ikke det, men et par eksempler på forbedringer hadde gjort kritikken litt mer konstruktiv.

          • jostein Bjørkmo
            29. juli 2017 klokka 21:01

            Tjaaa. Hva skal jeg si. Noe av det er bra men en del ser ut som det kan ha blitt spyttet ut fra en mekanisk oversetter. Du vet nok godt og vel at setningene snues en god del på når man skal oversette? Det er ikke gjort over alt her. Da blir et keitete. Bøyningsfeil og feilplasserte ord i setningen. Trenger vel egentlig bare å kaste et blikk på for å se dette. Du får finne ham du nevner. Jeg har ikke tid. 🙂
            Jeg tilgir imidlertid Steigan fordi han har så meget brilliant å komme med ellers.

  2. 10. august 2017 klokka 11:30

    Bra täckning av den amerikanska hegemonins sammanbrott och hur världen är på väg in i en ny ordning där Västvärlden måste inordna sig i en mer jämbördig världsordning och i bästa fall ansluta sig till en ny paradigm av globalt samarbete till ömsesidigt intresse, det Kinas president Xi kallar ”win-win”.

    Efter den amerikanska kongressens beslut att införa sanktioner mot Ryssland har även Västeuropeiska ledare som EU:s Jean Claude Juncker och tyske utrikesministern Sigmar Gabriel och börjat ifrågasätta de amerikanska diktaten att bestämma över Europas energipolitik att importera gas från Ryssland och mot införandet av nya sanktioner mot Ryssland. Partiledaren för det tyska liberala partiet (FDP) Christian Lindner ifrågasatte också argumentet om Rysslands övertagande av Krim som argument för sanktioner och sa att det måste tolereras även om det inte erkänns. En förutsättningslös dialog med president Putin måste återstartas säger han.

    Nu är det dags för svenska och norska politiker att äntligen våga säga något mot den amerikanska hegemonin?

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