America’s Unsustainable Empire

Nuclear War
Nuclear War

U.S.A.-( Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent of its uranium out of the country. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities.

And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb. It has intermediate-range ballistic missiles that can hit Guam and an ICBM that, fully operational, could hit the West Coast. It has shorter-range missiles that could put nukes on South Korea and Japan.

Hard to believe Kim Jong Un will surrender these weapons, his ticket of admission to the table of great powers.

Yet the White House position is that the Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped, and no deal with Kim Jong Un signed that does not result in the “denuclearization” of the peninsula.

If denuclearization means Kim gives up all his nukes and strategic missiles, ceases testing, and allows inspectors into all his nuclear facilities, we may be waiting a long time.

Trump decides on the Iran deal by May 12. And we will likely know what Kim is prepared to do, and not prepared to do, equally soon.

France's President Emmanuel Macron is in D.C. to persuade Trump not to walk away from the Iran deal and to keep U.S. troops in Syria. Chancellor Angela Merkel will be arriving at week's end with a similar message.

On the White House front burner then are these options:

Will North Korea agree to surrender its nuclear arsenal, or is it back to confrontation and possible war?

Will we stick with the nuclear deal with Iran, or walk away, issue new demands on Tehran, and prepare for a military clash if rebuffed?

Do we pull U.S. troops out of Syria as Trump promised, or keep U.S. troops there to resist the reconquest of his country by Bashar Assad and his Russian, Iranian, Hezbollah and Shiite allies?

Beyond, the larger question looms: How long can we keep this up?

How long can this country, with its shrinking share of global GDP, sustain its expanding commitments to confront and fight all over the world?

U.S. planes and ships now bump up against Russians in the Baltic and Black seas. We are sending Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kiev, while NATO allies implore us to bring Ukraine and Georgia into the alliance.

This would mean a U.S. guarantee to fight an alienated, angered and nuclear-armed Russia in Crimea and the Caucasus.

Sixteen years after 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, we are still there, assisting Afghan troops against a Taliban we thought we had defeated.

We are now fighting what is left of ISIS in Syria alongside our Kurd allies, who tug us toward conflict with Turkey.

U.S. forces and advisers are in Niger, Djibouti, Somalia. We are aiding the Saudis in their air war and naval blockade of Yemen.

The last Korean War, which cost 33,000 U.S. lives, began in the June before this writer entered 7th grade. Why is the defense of a powerful South Korea, with an economy 40 times that of the North, still a U.S. responsibility?

We are committed, by 60-year-old treaties, to defend Japan, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand. Voices are being heard to have us renew the war guarantee to Taiwan that Jimmy Carter canceled in 1979.

National security elites are pushing for new naval and military ties to Vietnam and India, to challenge Beijing in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

How long can we sustain a worldwide empire of dependencies?

Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?
Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

How many wars of this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — turned out to have been worth the blood shed and the treasure lost? And what have all the “color-coded revolutions” we have instigated to advance “democracy” done for America?

In a New York Times essay, “Adapting to American Decline,” Christopher Preble writes: “America's share of global wealth is shrinking. By some estimates, the United States accounted for roughly 50 percent of global output at the end of World War II. … It has fallen to 15.1 percent today.”

Preble continues: “Admitting that the United States is incapable of effectively adjudicating every territorial dispute or of thwarting every security threat in every part of the world is hardly tantamount to surrender. It is rather a wise admission of the limits of American power.”

It is imperative, wrote Walter Lippmann, that U.S. commitments be brought into balance with U.S. power. This “forgotten principle … must be recovered and returned to the first place in American thought.”

That was 1943, at the height of a war that found us unprepared.

We are hugely overextended today. And conservatives have no higher duty than to seek to bring U.S. war guarantees into conformity with U.S. vital interests and U.S. power.

About Patrick J. BuchananPat Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.“

  • 21 thoughts on “America’s Unsustainable Empire

    1. actually we ,the U.S.A. needs to get the f**K out of all those countries cut off the money and let them start taking care of themselves instead of living off us.

    2. All Obama did was show up and he got the peace prize. kind of taints it. Nothing more than a participation prize now.

    3. NK and China invaded SK 65 years ago and we have been “at war” since. The NK have no desire to rule the world or even establish Communism as the world wide government.
      The Iranian as religious fanatics that want the world to blow up so their god can return to rule over their paradise where little girls are circumcised with any sharp object and if they grow up they are punching bags and not treated as well as a camel or donkey.
      Iran can build a bomb in a few weeks since all the unknowns are known. As long as the lunatics rule Iran they will continue the 2,000 years war against their neighbors.
      NK and Little Un just wants to remain in power meaning with a big house, lots of food, pretty girls and a nice car.
      A peace treaty to end the 65 year old Korean War and a unified Korea will mean that we can bring most of our troops home. The USA can protect Korea with our Navy and Air Force.
      SK will rule all of Korea. Un can be a governor in a province with police and no military.

    4. @Pat B, You ask, “How many wars of this century… turned out to have been worth the blood shed and the treasure lost?” Well, keeping oil flowing from Iraq and Libya, help keep the price of oil down, which in turn keeps Putin poor, which in turn keeps violent Russian expansion in check, which saves American lives.
      Afghanistan has enough rare earth minerals to keep the Chinese from cornering the market in rare earth minerals, and in turn making the Chinese the wealthiest most powerful nation that the world has ever known.
      Syria and Yemen I can not speak about.
      The real question is why does Buchanan even bother to hide the truth by making it a question?

    5. America is “Unsustainable” because it’s predicated on the availability of plentiful and cheap money created out of thin air and the future earnings of our children and grandchildren.

    6. Kim is capable of hitting the west coast ? Maybe Jerry Brown and the other communist assholes could catch Kims red rockets in their rainbow infested, sanctuary dumps… Get the good, non libtard/Dem, working, tax paying CITIZENS out and give the rest napalm based “suntan lotion”…. Smile and watch for the flash…

    7. I read where we now out produce Saudi Arabia in oil production, yet gasoline is almost 3.00 a gallon. Why is that? Don’t forget the war machine mogels who make billions off of the blood of our military and have every reason to influnce and perpetuate these wars. It’s not their blood the’re spilling, but it is the resource that their planes, yachts, mansions, limos run on. And this my good people is the fear they have of the second amendment

      1. @Grim, As to the gasoline, the “government” of Venezuela dissolved the government owned oil drilling company so that the company would not have to pay its just debts. Then 25 thousand oil workers had to go home. Oil was not being produced oil speculators went crazy. The price of oil went up, so the price of gasoline went up.
        The socialist dictator in Venezuela will form a new oil company. The workers will go back to the oil fields. Oil will flow, and the price of oil will go down.

    8. We need to choose between having an empire & having liberty. The empire is destroying our freedoms:

      “[The USA] has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama, the European World, will be contests between inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

      –John Quincy Adams July 4, 1821

    9. “It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade.” NOT TRUE. Unless you forget American HACKING into the Iranian centrifuges to “Self Destruct” as being…. JUST A JOKE?????? Do you REALLY think EVERYONE is stupid? Or just some?

      1. Pat sounds like a true globalist. Trump will never get a Nobel Peace Prize based on the fact that the lying, racist, Muslim of a president before Trump got one. Apparently, the Democrat/Communists control who they givee the award to. So, Trump will never get one. They can’t even give him an atta boy for getting NK to the table. BTW, the GDP has hit a 15 year high.
        Like I said, globalist!

    10. Iran never shut down its development. Just moved it to military sites where they do NOT allow inspections. The so called Iranian Nuclear deal does NOT require inspection of these sites and Iran has NOT allowed full inspections of the other sites. The fact that Iran claims it can quickly start up enrichment if we pull out of the deal shows they have NOT even disassembled, much less destroyed their capabilities while they continued their missile development which is not part of the deal anyway.

      Again Mr. Buchanan, pull your head out.

    11. We send our best overseas to fight, while we keep our worst at home to destroy our culture.

      1. KuhnKat, learn how to read. Buchanan plainly says that NK has nukes & missles. It’s Iran that doesn’t. It’s all in plain English in the article. Pull your own head out!

        1. @ Darren I reread KuntKat’s post and I am sure he is talking about Iran because he keeps referring to Iran and I see no mention of Nk in his post. If you want to bet that Iran doesn’t have nukes I’ll take that bet. They are just hiding them from inspectors.

    12. Is this writer a Vet? I spent 20 years keeping the Peace! If you haven walked the walk! Shut the hell up!

      1. Roy, no you’ve been fighting imperial wars for 20 years. That’s the opposite of keeping the peace.

        1. @Darren, of course it is peace keeping. Did you think that keeping peace is done with talk? Nor is there any empire to it. The US has made no colonies from former belligerent nations. We rebuild defeated enemies. We are the first and only nation to ever do that.
          Why don’t you read about some actual empires so that you know what an empire is. I suggests “In the Name of Rome” by Adrian Goldworthy. Then go out with American GIs to see what we do after the fight.

    13. All the Dismantling rumors in NK
      may Just be shipments to IRAN !
      NK. sells their nukes to Iran for cash ,
      So Iran Just copies those that are proven
      to work already . No testing needed . Nothing
      in the Facilities for Inspectors to find.
      Hidden in plan site in buildings that inspectors
      have no need to go in !
      NOW WHAT ????

    14. America is “Unsustainable” because it’s predicated on the availability of plentiful and cheap energy. Mr. Buchanan haven’t you noticed that every time you fill your gas tank? Guess Not!

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