On December 26, 1991 that stalwart of the Russian communist experiment, after over seventy years, crumpled under the weight of its own bloated bureaucracy, mismanagement, international missteps, unsustainable wars and runaway economic recession.
It has taken a lot more than seventy years but the same blueprint for collapse is apparently being followed by those in America. For the great American liberty and freedom experiment is it the Soviet Union all over again?
Exactly what is this Soviet blueprint our leaders over the last two decades have been following? First, get your nation into a prolonged war in some far off remote location of the world, say an Afghanistan. That is precisely what the Soviet Union did with their invasion of Afghanistan in December of 1979. Nearly ten years later, after being thoroughly stalemated and bogged-down in this poorly funded war the Soviet troops were sent home with their tails between their legs, their military demoralized and its people weary of war. We have done the Soviets one better. The United States got itself into two war footings simultaneously - Afghanistan and Iraq. The war in Iraq lasted eight years while the Afghan war is still raging after thirteen years.
Secondly, due mainly to these two non-budgeted war efforts the U.S. economy is being allowed to falter. While the banks and mega-corporations in America may be viewed as “too big to fail,” apparently the entire nation isn’t because the leadership continues to spend and print fiat money like it too can’t fail, yet at the same time knowing these measures cannot stave off the bleeding indefinitely. The time is coming to pay the Piper his fee. There are many other factors leading to the future economic failure of the U.S. economy, things similar to what happened in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the Soviet Union - those being the U.S.’ massive buildup of military strength under Ronald Reagan’s administration with the Soviet Union trying to keep up which added to their financial demise, the supplying of munitions and training to the Afghan rebels by the CIA during the Soviet invasion and so forth. The same scenario is sort of being played out in the 21st Century with China playing the part of the U.S. and this nation taking on the role of the Soviets.
Third, shrink your military force down to a size that ensures an inability to protect your empire at home and abroad. On February 24, 2014 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has called for an unprecedented shrinking of the nation’s armed forces. He is asking the Congress to allow this build-down to begin now through fiscal 2015. Mostly affected would be the United States Army. Hagel has proposed cutting the current Army force from 522,000 active-duty soldiers down to 440,000. This would shrink the U.S. Army to the levels it had before the outbreak of World War II back in 1941. Even Hagel’s military leaders are at odds with these numbers saying that returning to such a diminished soldier count would impact the military’s mandate to protect the nation’s borders - it’s primary duty - and to meet the demands of any future conflict the nation may find itself in down the road.
The Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno is on the record as stating that in order to maintain a viable armed force the U.S. Army would need a minimum of a 445,000 troop count. “...I think our end strength needs to be around 450,000; 330,000 in active, 335,000 in the [National] Guard, and about 195,000 in the U.S. Army Reserve. And then we would be able to do it -- at higher risk, but we should be able to do it.” Sadly, it would appear that the General’s request and warning will likely fall on deaf ears in this administration’s White House.
Finally, individual states within the Union began breaking away. During the collapse of the Soviet Union its member States, those nations known today as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan began a rapid movement away from Mother Russia. While it is true that most of these nation-States were acquired by the Soviet Union by means of conquest, they nevertheless were members of that Union until its dissolution at the end of 1991. In the United States, just as in the Soviet Union, you will see the gradual moving away of certain States or counties within States from the Republic's Union, formally called The United States of America. Several States and counties are already talking secession from the Union and toying with the idea, in fact, some have already had ballot initiatives to vote on this. All that is left to happen is the collapse. Just as the Soviet Union is now known again simply as Russia, the time is coming when the United States could simply be known as America. Like Russia it will remain a power, especially nuclear-wise, to be reckoned with, but it’s grand days of empire building will become a distant memory - and perhaps, that isn’t such a bad thing. The only question is who will fill the void? China? BRIC? A revamped EU? A new Cold War of East vs West? Or, a North American Confederation? Only time will tell, but as I have said before the political arena abhors a vacuum.
The United States has already had its Soviet-style war of decline (X2). The U.S. economy is failing due mainly to those unfunded wars. Now, the Secretary of Defense is calling for an unprecedented shrinking of the armed forces. And, several States and counties are already considering seceding from the Union. All that is left is the final collapse and dissolution to allow the folding and putting away of the blueprint plans.
**[The above map image is a hypothetical rendering of what author Joel Garreau ("The Nine Nations of North America") envisions as the future for the North American continent. I don't necessarily subscribe to Mr. Garreau's hypothesis but do find it interesting that as early as 1981 - ten years before the collapse of the Soviet Union - he was already seeing the telltale signs of the U.S. collapse from unity to divergence.]