I feel like treaties are now just the helpless squeaks of the mice trying to bell the cat. They probably always have been, I just wasn’t as cynical a few years ago as I am now.
The US is only interested in treaties that can be used as a club or an excuse for war. The astute reader will have noticed that the US violates the UN charter all the time, and every president, ever since the Hague Conventions were established (?) has been a war criminal of some sort or another. And now we watch the drama as a sitting president is being revealed to be a fairly common criminal (tax cheat, perjurer, fraudster) and – like the US writ large – he’s saying “fuck you.” The rules only apply to the small-time operators and other Melians.
What’s sad is that the various international conventions are written by careful lawyers – thoughtfully and sometimes beautifully written. They are models of clarity and brevity, though they use sentences that are short, they are probably not short enough for Donald Trump.
This is not an unexpected push; the US has wanted to dominate space for some time. The term used in military corridors is “full-spectrum dominance” – which is the US military’s way of saying “control all the things.” It’s a pipe-dream, of course: the US military can’t even control Afghan farmers or Iraqi civilians.
Resource Wars: The ‘2008 Army Modernization Strategy’
Full explanation for this new deployment lay in the Pentagon document 2008 Army Modernization Strategy. That document stated that the objective of US Army strategy was to span and dominate the entire universe, not just the globe. It called for “an expeditionary campaign-quality Army capable of dominating across the full spectrum of conflict, at any time, in any environment and against any adversary – for extended periods of time. The document went on, “the Army must concentrate its equipping and modernization efforts on two mutually supporting ends – restoring balance and achieving full-spectrum dominance.” [William Engdahl Full Spectrum Dominance, wc]
When I first encountered the term, I thought it was conspiracy-mongering, but later I learned that the US Military is quite serious. Unfortunately, the term has also come to the attention of the chemtrails crowd, and now it has become obscured. The overall trend in US Military research is to develop global reach – and, when Americans say that, what they mean is: “We want to be able deliver high explosive pretty much anywhere, instantly.” Because that’s the American Way.