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Obama's Wars on Humanity - by Stephen Lendman

America's a poster child failed state, defined in a recent article as follows:

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(1) An inability or unwillingness to protect its citizens from violence and other forms of harm.

(2) Its abrogation of rule of law standards.

(3) Its lawless belligerent pursuits.

(4) If nominal democracies, its policy deficiencies, exposing a serious democratic deficit.

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Ignoring social and other homeland needs, America's business is war, more war, imperial wars, defiantly heading the nation toward tyranny and ruin because of an addiction it can't or won't quit.

Immanuel Wallerstein believes America's been "a fading global power since the 1970s, and the US response to the (9/11) terrorist attacks has accelerated this decline....the economic, political and military factors that contributed to US hegemony are the same factors that will inexorably produce the coming US decline."

In other words, destructive policies aren't sustainable. Sooner or later, disruptive change will end Washington's dominance, hastened by multiple imperial wars. Whatever's coming isn't known, but America's system won't survive because unsustainable ones can't endure. 

It's not a matter of if but when, how chaotic, disruptive, and/or violent. What's happening in Libya and elsewhere belligerently will end America's dominance other ways, perhaps by bankruptcy, ruin, or being shunned as a global pariah. It's no exaggeration saying nations that live by the sword die by it one way or other.

On August 15, Wallerstein addressed "The World Consequences of US Decline," saying:

"A decade ago....condescending smiles" greeted his view about America's declining "world-system." Today, however, believing "the United States has declined, has seriously declined, is a banality. Everyone is saying it," except a few diehard politicians unwilling to face reality.

What's not discussed are the consequences. Wallerstein cites "economic roots" very much related to out-of-control military ones he doesn't address, instead focusing on "loss of a quasi-monopoly of geopolitical power." Its waning "has major political consequences everywhere."

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Peruvian economist Oscar Ugarteche called America a "banana republic" because it chose "the policy of the ostrich, hoping thereby not to scare away hopes (for improvement)."

Wallerstein mentioned a recent South American finance ministers meeting, "discussing urgently how best to insulate (themselves) from the effects of US economic decline."

It's not easy because the dominant world economy affects others for better or worse. Blame America's duopoly, compounding bad policies with destructive ones, especially an addiction to war, multiple ones for global dominance that sooner or later will doom it.

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