The United States — the world’s dominant superpower — is lying on its deathbed.
For many years, the US was a good friend to the world. After the Second World War it opened its arms to freedom. Former US President, Ronald Regan famously said to the world, ‘tear down this wall’ from West Berlin.
Years later, Germany was reunited. Communism failed and capitalism exploded.
US geopolitical, economic, financial, and military power was completely unchallenged. And it would remain that way for years.
Unfortunately, the times have changed.
The US economy is weakening. Its debt levels are high. And its interest rates are hovering around historical lows.
Soon, within this decade, the US will no longer hold the reserve currency status. And this means that significant changes are on the horizon…
The first change will be geopolitical
It’s really unfortunate that US politicians don’t listen to their founding fathers. George Washington said in 1796 at his farewell speech:
‘The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.’
Of course, the political religion of US President Barack Obama — and most of the political class — is that it’s America’s moral duty to be involved in other nations’ business.
Today, the US remains the world’s leading military power. But its dominance is rapidly being chipped away. It’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude has frustrated many nations. Especially countries in the Middle East…
Historically, US involvement in the Middle East has ended in disaster. The past year has proven no different…
In the last 12 months, US forces have conducted over 7,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The official mission has been to wipe out Islamic State (IS).
Awkwardly, this hasn’t happened.
Instead, US airstrikes have caused more harm than good. With bombs and missiles flying everywhere, the Syrian refugee crisis was born — a situation that’s gone from bad to worse.
Unfortunately, there’s been no official response to this humanitarian crisis. Other than to keep bombing Syria, that is…
And no doubt, this action will lead to more chaos.
Especially now that Russian warplanes are involved in Syria.
Russia started bombing Islamic State on 30 September. And while US officials have accused Moscow of acting inappropriately, it only took the Russians 24 hours to do what they couldn’t. At least according to Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov, as reported by RT:
‘Our aviation group over the past day has destroyed two militant command centers, 29 field camps, 23 fortified facilities and several troop positions with military hardware.’
There’s only one goal in Syria…
The US wants to topple Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad. This plan won’t change. The US wants to install its own puppet politician in Syria. Other Western leaders have climbed on board with this policy.
And — surprise — the mainstream media is backing the official political story. A story that accuses Assad of attacking his own citizens with chemical weapons.
That’s despite the fact that there’s no proof that this ever happened. The real evidence points towards a terrorist attack. This is why Russia, a key ally of Assad, along with China have opposed military intervention inside Syria.
With this barrier in place, Barrack Obama has had no choice but to enforce his ‘no boots on the ground’ policy. Of course, this policy goes against the wishes of the US government — and Obama himself. In time, there’s no doubt in my mind that it will change.
In the meantime, there’s been no shortage of tough talk by Western leaders. And to stir the pot, US officials have been forced to come up with other ideas. Such as spending nearly US$500 million training Syrian rebels to fight IS.
Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out as planned.
General Lloyd Austin, who leads the US military’s Central Command, recently told the US Senate Armed Services Committee: ‘The [number of Syrian rebels] that are in the fight, we’re talking four or five.’
What an absolute stuff up. For the price of half a billion US dollars, there are ‘four or five’ Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State.
Following the large amount of attention on this poor policy, and Russia’s effective military operation, the US recently suspended this program.
Instead, it will airdrop ammunition in the middle of the desert. And it just dropped 50 tonnes of ammo out of the sky. (Which you hope gets in the hands of the right people.)
According to the Whitehouse, it was a successful mission. Anti-Islamic State coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told the ABC:
‘[The airdrop reached] Syrian Arab groups whose leaders appropriately were vetted by the United States and have been fighting to remove ISIL’.
Don’t blink an eye…
While I’m not sure what will happen next, one fact is guaranteed — this story is not over.
In fact, it’s likely that the worst is yet to come.
Times are changing. The old structure in the world — a system dominated by the US government, US banks, and the US dollar — is coming to an end.
The US Empire and economy are declining. If history is reliable, their ‘leaders’ will do whatever it takes to stay in power.
And typically, when an economy turns down politicians march their people off to war. I don’t want a world war to happen any more than you do, we’re talking about politicians that are detached from the modern day world.
I’ll be talking about this story in more depth next week in Resource Speculator. There are fortunes to be made for people who understand these trends and are able to get out in front of them. I’ll recommend one or two Aussie stocks that you can use to do exactly that. When this war takes a turn for the worse, these companies should profit immensely.
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