U.S. policy is on a course of destruction
President Donald Trump is bent on smashing things, said Mikhail Korostikov. The American leader “demands everything from everyone and right away.” He wants Iran, for example, to stop funding its proxy armies, abandon theocracy, and democratize, but offers it no incentives to do so. He orders China to quit subsidizing its companies and open its market to U.S. firms, all while raising tariffs on Chinese goods. Such demands are preposterous and humiliating, and clearly “not meant to be taken seriously.” Vice President Mike Pence, in his recent trip to the Munich Security Conference, spoke of the inevitable triumph of good over evil—which is “impossible in real-world politics.” Of course North Korea won’t destroy its nuclear warheads just because the U.S. commands it, nor will Russia stop making new hypersonic missiles. To insist that they must is to invite “long-term confrontation.” That, of course, is exactly the point of the Trumpian strategy. If adversaries are provoked, the U.S. military-industrial complex reaps the profits. Not only do orders pour in to the U.S. defense industry, but also there is a heightened “demand for Washington’s services in terms of protecting its clients.” Creating an unstable and hostile world, though, is a highly risky way to do business.