On June 24th the Chinese cosmonauts had performed the docking of the space capsule manually for the first time in their space program and returned to Earth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNU1WCy2CVc.
It was broadcasted through the whole world. With one exception- the USA. It is still no news here. Just today they had shown a training replica of the Shuttle to be delivered to the museum. But nothing about the Chinese. We cannot stand that those laundry folks are in space while we are not. We cannot stand, we cannot stand, we cannot stand.. so we are offered to get laid and enjoy the spiritual Kool-Aid before July 4th. How childish, stupid and mean. But that's what we are.
I came to this country in the Y1989. I remember many independent states of that time, the ones which either do not exist now or exist in a very different way: Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Egypt Instead of those countries there are territories now. Instead of nations there is population. Instead of a system of governance there is a controlled chaos. That's the way we want it.
US celebrates the Independence Day. What is that all about? The primary essence of the US independence, the whole point of the endeavor is reflected in the following sublime statement from the Declaration of Independence:
"Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.'
"And hold them as we hold the rest of mankind". That's the voice of the nation at its birth, the true voice of an equal. The primary cornerstone of any national independence is equality, the paramount standing on your own feet among the "enemies in war, in peace friends'. The founding fathers of this country understood it well. Their modern descendants had betrayed that principle with dishonor.
US never was very good in foreign policy. Foggy Bottom is a proper name for the State Department; there was a lot of fog and not much substance. From time to time, especially during the transformations, like after the Civil War or after the WWI there were attempts to develop at least a consistent foreign policy but those attempts always succumbed to the legacy of greed and blatant aggression. It was as if new generations of Americans somehow envied the previous ones in their murdering and plundering the world and pursued even more on their way. All of that culminated after the nuclear bombardment of Japan.