A couple of weeks ago, Mr. V.T. shared this very interesting article with me, on the warnings of China's ambassador in Brussels, Mr. Qu Zing, that the USA's policy in the Ukraine is becoming a vortex:
You'll note that in the second article, international polls are increasingly showing that the world is beginning to see the USA, not as a guarantor of international order and stability, but as its principal threat:
“The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.”
"More details of that poll were reported here."
But the real story here is the almost mystifying words of Mr. Qu Xing himself. Here's the context, according to the first article from Reuters:
"Qu Xing, China's ambassador to Belgium, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to "abandon the zero-sum mentality" with Russia.
"He said the "nature and root cause" of the crisis was the "game" between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union.
"He said external intervention by different powers accelerated the crisis and warned that Moscow would feel it was being treated unfairly if the West did not change its approach.
"'The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration,' Qu was quoted as saying.
"His comments were an unusually public show of understanding from China for the Russian position. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.
"China has also been cautious not to be drawn into the struggle between Russia and the West over Ukraine's future, not wanting to alienate a key ally."
And in that context, consider this bit of "friendly advice" to the US Department of State from a key Chinese ambassador in Europe:
"Qu said Washington's involvement in Ukraine could "become a distraction in its foreign policy".
"'The United States is unwilling to see its presence in any part of the world being weakened, but the fact is its resources are limited, and it will be to some extent hard work to sustain its influence in external affairs,' Qu was quoted as saying."(Emphasis added)
In other words, Mr. Qu is stating essentially what has already happened: the Ukraine has now become the focus of US foreign policy to such an extent that other crucial policy areas - Latin America, and Europe - for example, have been relegated to an almost secondary status, and even then, such attention as is now focused on those areas will increasingly be seen through the filter of the Ukrainian mess. By drawing a line in the sand (or, perhaps in this case, in the marshes along the Dnieper River), the US has committed that most egregious of chess errors: it has pinned itself. It is becoming the vortex into which all other foreign policy considerations are being drawn. The result has been the continual slide of traditional allies away from Washington, as witnessed most recently by M. Hollande's and Frau Merkel's attempts to broker a solution in the Ukraine with Moscow and Kiev. Meanwhile, Mr. Putin has not been inactive, having concluded recent agreements with Egypt to incorporate that country into the growing tapestry of the Eurasian Economic Union. And of course, all this during a time when there have been calls, both in the United Kingdom and in the United States for a beefed up propaganda war, because the perception now exists, even for such droning "leaders" as US Secretary of State John Ketchup Kerry, that the West is losing the propaganda war with Russia and its highly effective media outlets.
The problem is, of course, that the USA and UK have lost the trust and any moral capital they may once have had, not only by backing a coup against a legitimate government, but by backing forces in the Ukraine that - to put it euphemistically - have a questionable and dubious background at best. To add insult to injury, the Anglosphere media organs have stuck by the officially sanctioned narrative that all aggression and all fault lies on Russia's doorstep, and none on its own. In order to extricate itself from the mess of its own making, that narrative will have to be acknowledged as false, if for no other reason to restore some semblance of balance and sanity to the situation, and to allow that "pin" to become unstuck. In the wake of American-sponsored aggression along the peripheries of the old Soviet Union, beginning with the South Ossetia affair in 2008, the narrative of "Russian aggression" just isn't going to play, regardless of whatever faults of alleged faults one wishes to find in Mr. Putin. No one's buying it. And a mere "fix in propaganda" isn't going to do the trick either. What's needed is action, and a genuine "correction of the narrative", a genuine admission of some fault in the matter, even if it's only in the form of "we miscalculated," may go a bit of the way towards defusing the situation. But so long as the narrative is not corrected - and let's face it, it's simply false - then American foreign policy will become increasingly stuck and inflexible, and allies will continue to desert.
See you on the flip side...