Dictating Unity Does Not Make It So

U.S. President Biden's "United Efforts" Warsaw Speech Repeats Failed Unity Doctrine

– Kathleen Chandler –

Banner drop in Baltimore, Maryland, March 25, 2022.

The more U.S. President Biden dictates to Europe to unite by submitting to U.S. control, the more it becomes evident that conditions of life have their own trajectory and do not obey dictates. The same is the case within the United States where Biden is failing to unite the military and the military and civilian bureaucracies with his NATO expansion, troop deployment in Europe and provoking the conflict in Ukraine.

Biden's forte is supposed to be his ability to broker deals which get consensus around what the presidency is proposing. This was not at all evident in the major speech Biden gave in Warsaw, Poland on March 26, after the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO held in Brussels on March 24 and of the G7 and European Commission also on March 24.

Titled, "United Efforts of the Free World to Support the People of Ukraine," the speech echoed Biden's March 1 State of the Union address. Again, he attempted to resurrect his failed unity doctrine -- that U.S. Presidential powers could unite the vying factions and overcome government dysfunction at home and ensure U.S. domination abroad and control of Europe in particular. His speech instead reflected U.S. desperation in the face of yet more failure, as plans to use Ukraine and sanctions to isolate and crush Russia are not materializing according to U.S./NATO calculations.

Biden demanded that Europe submit in "lockstep" with the U.S., at a time when major economies like Germany, France and Italy are all contending with the consequences of U.S.-demanded sanctions against Russia. These have already resulted in various countries complaining about limited gas and oil supplies and food shortages.

Meeting with Poland’s President Duda earlier that day, before his “United Efforts” speech, Biden referred to the G7 and NATO heads of state, “My colleagues, I’m confident, agree with me -- that America’s ability to meet its role in other parts of the world rests upon a united Europe and a secure Europe.” “That stability in Europe is critically important to the United States in terms of our interest not only in Europe, but around the world,” he added.

He makes it very clear that what is at stake are U.S. interests and striving for world domination. Despite the media hype when he hugged a Ukrainian refugee child, the concerns of the peoples of Europe and the world, their interests or even the interests of European governments, do not figure into the U.S. equation.

From this vantage point of U.S. interests for world domination, he elaborated: "The single-most important criterion in this time of a changing world -- so much has changed, and not just here but in other parts of the world -- is that NATO stay absolutely, completely, thoroughly united; that there be no separation in our points of view; that whatever we do, we do in unison; and everyone -- everyone comes along."

He reiterated this same demand that night in his "United Efforts" speech: "First, Europe must end its dependence on Russian fossil fuels. And we, the United States, will help." In the face of the disparate directions European countries are taking, he said: "Most urgently, we maintain absolute unity -- we must -- among the world's democracies."

In what amounts to a declaration that the U.S. will not permit a peaceful resolution to the Ukrainian crisis by providing Russia's security concerns with a guarantee, Biden suggested he will preside over a perpetual “no war, no peace situation.”

He declared: "I came to Europe again this week with a clear and determined message for NATO, for the G7, for the European Union, for all freedom-loving nations: We must commit now to be in this fight for the long haul. We must remain unified today and tomorrow and the day after and for the years and decades to come."

Why does Biden feel it is necessary to repeat over and over that NATO, the G7 and European Union must stay "absolutely, completely, thoroughly united," and that "everyone" must submit to the U.S.? When unity actually exists, there is no need to talk about a "separation in our points of view" within NATO and among European countries, and between the U.S. and many of them, such as Germany. The U.S. comes across as desperate to keep its place as "indispensable nation" with Biden striving, and failing, to secure this by demanding everyone submit.

Unlike former U.S. President Donald Trump, who put forward pursuing U.S. actions unilaterally and spoke about leaving NATO and deliberately insulted U.S. allies including Canada, Biden is pursuing the policy adopted during the Cold War to use NATO to control Europe. This is done in the belief that whoever controls Europe will dominate Asia.

Nonetheless, like Trump, he is pursuing a tripolar geopolitical policy on the basis of which the U.S. thinks it can play China and Russia against each other and come up the middle as the "indispensable nation."

To the dismay of the U.S., the attempt to play China against Russia and vice-versa is not working and its attempt to use NATO as a weapon to crush Russia is also bound to fail. This is because a new situation has come into being.

Russia and China and other countries of Asia make up about 60 per cent of the world's population. Asia comprises about 40 per cent of the world's production and rising. China is number two, after the U.S., in Gross Domestic Product (GDP); India is six; and Russia, 11. Both China and India are expected to surpass the U.S. in GDP within a few years.

These countries are setting their own path to development. The geopolitics of days gone by, centred on the U.S. striving to control Europe to dominate Asia are no longer consistent with the conditions that prevail today. The U.S. "pivot" to Asia -- including militarily -- attempts to impose U.S. dominance, but as actions by China, India and others show, it too is failing.

The U.S. is working overtime to better contend with China and block potential agreements between Russia, China and India as well as with other countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Many of these countries are not supporting U.S. sanctions and are persisting in relations with Russia. Many are abstaining on UN votes targeting Russia, considering alternative financial structures independent of the U.S. dollar, and taking other measures which do not depend on the U.S.-dominated financial architecture, trade relations, energy corridors, communications and transportation corridors, or security arrangements. Venezuela and Iran, both rich in oil, are also maintaining relations with Russia. Europe itself, with strong relations with Russia and its own contending interests, is not readily going along with what the U.S. dictates.

All of it shows that Biden's "United Efforts" Warsaw speech merely underscored the disunity which exists within the U.S./NATO alliance and failure in terms of the U.S. striving for world domination.

Biden also seems to think the peoples of the world have no memory of U.S. actions using NATO as part of its war machine. "The Kremlin wants to portray NATO enlargement as an imperial project aimed at destabilizing Russia. Nothing is further from the truth. NATO is a defensive alliance. It has never sought the demise of Russia," he said. Why then expand it with an additional 14 countries, putting NATO, its armaments and missiles, on Russia's borders? Why the troop build up and war games before the current conflict and even more now, with 100,000 U.S. troops and more battleships and bombers in the region?

Far from being a "defensive alliance," U.S./NATO actions are those of wars of aggression and violations of international rule of law, meant to eliminate it. Drone warfare, carpet bombing of civilian infrastructure, use of depleted uranium weaponry, all go against international norms and standards. So too do the many coups and efforts at regime change by the U.S., including the 2014 coup in Ukraine that removed an elected president and brought in one decided by the U.S. -- something Biden was directly involved in.

The peoples worldwide are making clear that the U.S. and NATO are aggressive forces for war. Soccer fans in Serbia, for example, brutally bombed by U.S./NATO aggression, had banners speaking to the many U.S. wars of aggression and those where NATO also took part. These included Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Vietnam, Congo, Laos, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Greece, Argentina, Nicaragua, Grenada, Philippines, Panama, Iraq, Sudan, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria.

Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade's fans, March 17, 2022, hold banners showing the nations which the U.S. has invaded.

As the banners in Serbia, and demonstrations in Germany, Italy and other countries indicate, the peoples have not forgotten U.S. crimes, have not forgotten U.S./NATO bombings in Europe and the Middle East and will not abandon their fight against aggressive imperialist wars. They are fighting to develop Zones for Peace, as declared in Latin America and the Caribbean, and demanded by peoples in Canada and worldwide.

This article was published in
Volume 52 Number 4 - April 3, 2022

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