The USA is like the high school bully that goes around bullying other kids until he finally gets kicked in the balls, which is more or less what has been happening to the US for the past 50 years since the defeat in Southeast Asia.
By William P. Meyers, iiiPublishing
We Are The Bully
Joe Biden, the U.S. military, and many other Americans see the world as full of enemies. They like to think the reason America has so many enemies is because the United States is such a good country, with a good government and good citizens, including our business leaders. They are surprised that nations like Russia, China and Iran are suspicious of American intentions when we call for global cooperation to make sure the U.S. is number 1, no matter what.
I think it is best to begin to look at specific cases before I generalize about the cause of the multiplication of our enemies or how we should go about making friends. I will start with an old enemy that has been our friend for about 70 years now, then go over our more prominent current enemies.
In the 1800s Japan was keeping to itself, as it had a right to. Although the United States had not completed it conquest of continental indigenous groups (American Indians), its ruling class was eager to imitate the imperialist nations, particularly Great Britain. In 1853 President Millard Fillmore sent a military fleet to Japan, known as the Perry Expedition. First thing, they invaded Okinawa and put an American flag atop its mountain peak, generally a sign of conquest. After other stops Perry blasted his way into Edo (now Tokyo) in 1853 and again in 1854. The Shogun negotiated, giving the U.S. ports in Shimoda and Hadodate, without any reciprocal rights in U.S. ports. Is that how you make friends? U.S. insults to Japan, based on the racist theory that the Japanese were an inferior people, continued decade after decade. Japan modernized and decided to free Asia from White People, starting with China, which had fallen into chaos. But the U.S. liked China in chaos as it presented commercial opportunities. So in 1941 FDR’s Secretary of State sent the Hull Memorandum, basically a declaration of war, to the Japanese government [which was a democracy, though highly patriotic and militaristic and headed by a powerless Emperor]. President Roosevelt also sent a very large invasion fleet from the West Coast and gave General MacArthur permission to attack the Japan in Taiwan, while people pretending not to be the U.S. Air Force [Flying Tigers] attacked Japanese troops in China. Given all that, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, which was no surprise to the President, since his Ambassador to Japan, Grew, had been telling him about it for months. With Pearl Harbor, and most Americans ignorant of the background, Roosevelt was able paint Japan as evil and an enemy in need to conquest.