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U.S. Defense Secretary Tells EU: “Deter Peace,” Confront Russia & China

From left, Venezuela's President's wife Cilia Flores, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, unidentified man, China's President Xi Jinping, Mongolia's President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other officials take part in a wreath laying ceremony on the Victory Day by the Kremlin walls in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War. (Maxim Shemetov, Pool photo via AP)

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Europeans, in statements on July 29th and August 9th,

“I’ve said that very publicly, I’ve said that very privately to my counterparts as well, about the importance of NATO, any alliance, sharing the burden so that we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe.’”

“We are moving many troops further east, closer to Russia’s border, to deter them.”

The U.S. Department of Defense’s website, when it issued the transcript of Esper’s statement “so that we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe,” added in brackets, “[editor’s note. Secretary Esper intended to say ‘avoid conflict in Europe’]”; however, that does not appear to reflect Esper’s statement, for the following reasons:

1. The assertion “so that we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe” was so inflammatory as to demand a ‘correction’ regardless of whether that statement was consistent with everything else that he has been saying, and it is consistent with everything else that he has been saying.

2. Esper’s 4,800-word speech on that occasion did not use the word “conflict” even once. It is not a word that he typically uses. By contrast, against that zero frequency for “conflict,” he used there “deter” 21 times. He used “peace” three times. Each of those was in a hostile context: First, “One of our primary missions is to prevent another great power war, and to maintain great power peace. The National Defense Strategy, the NDS, guides our efforts to adapt the force, and the EUCOM plan optimizes our force posture in Europe as we seek to deter malign actors there.” Second, “These efforts all increase our opportunity to generate greater peace in Europe and enhance the U.S.’s effectiveness in great power competition.” Third, “And I’ve said that very publicly, I’ve said that very privately to my counterparts as well, about the importance of NATO, any alliance, sharing the burden so that we can all deter Russia and avoid peace in Europe.”

He used the phrase “great power competition” five times: First, “Today, we want to update you on the status of our U.S. European Command review, which was accelerated with the president’s decision in early June to reduce our footprint in Germany, and our plans to reposition our forces in Europe to be better-situated for great power competition.” Second, “As we’ve entered a new era of great power competition, we are now at another one of those inflection points in NATO’s history.” Third, “One of our primary missions is to prevent another great power war, and to maintain great power peace.” (“Great power peace” did not mean “peace” in any broader sense but only that the U.S. does not want to become a battlefield in World War III — that’s for Europe, etc., not for the U.S., to serve as the war-fields; it would be like happened during WW II. This was a very careful usage of words.)  Fourth, “We focus on actions inside and outside our area of responsibility, and vigilance with respect to great power competition is an absolute imperative.” (That reaffirms Esper’s focus on “great power competition.” Europe’s nations are vassal-states. They are expendable. The way that Barack Obama said this was “The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation.” Every other nation is “dispensable.” How much clearer can it be? Furthermore: Esper explicitly asserts there that “We focus on actions inside and outside our area of responsibility,” which means that the U.S. military imposes its will “outside our area of responsibility” — anywhere in the world — meaning against any real or imagined “great power competitor,” which refers specifically to both Russia and China. Consequently, the U.S. regime demands that Europe get in line with the U.S. Government’s objective to defeat both Russia and China. He says that this is “an absolute imperative.”) Fifth, “These efforts all increase our opportunity to generate greater peace in Europe and enhance the U.S.’s effectiveness in great power competition.” (“Greater peace in Europe” implies that European nations are at war. It’s a lie. Esper has made clear that “great power competition” is the U.S. regime’s obsessive focus.)

The other assertion, that “We are moving many troops further east, closer to Russia’s border, to deter them,” is a clear affirmation of the U.S. regime’s lie to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 when he was ending the Cold War on Russia’s side — ending its communism, ending its Warsaw Pact military alliance, ending the Soviet Union — and George Herbert Walker Bush deceived him into believing that NATO would not move “one inch to the east.” The sheer evilness of that man and of all subsequent U.S. Presidents, for their ceaseless efforts ultimately to conquer Russia, and now with Trump also to conquer China, is perhaps unsurpassed in human history, competing even with Adolf Hitler. It’s what happens when a country — in this instance the United States — gets taken over by its aristocracy, its billionaires.

Europe is to serve, along with the Middle East and elsewhere, as America’s battlefields to conquer Russia and China. That’s the plan.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Olivia Kroth
August 10, 2020

A Freudian slip. The US Deep State and military complex do not want to see peace in Europe. They are trying to play the EU countries against Russia to stir up hate and unrest.

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
August 11, 2020

Otherwise known (in diplomatic circles) as “a gaffe” – when someone speaks the truth inadvertently.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom Welsh
W.A.R.ped
W.A.R.ped
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
August 11, 2020

You have to have conflicts if you want to sell weapons.

Ray Joseph Cormier
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
August 12, 2020

The US Military-Industrial Complex/Deep State is addicted to US Tax Dollars and needs a bigger Fix every year and it’s bought Politicians gives it to them without question until the US itself becomes a Military Dictatorship.

John Ellis
August 11, 2020

The gods of democracy, they are also the gods of Empire USA.
For they are the 51% most wealthy and greedy, the ones who always vote for the war-hawk politicians best qualified to protect foreign investments, and to plunder natural resources from weaker and less white nations.

Robert Tyrrell
Robert Tyrrell
Reply to  John Ellis
August 11, 2020

John. This article is about Europe. A totally white area pre 1955 ….totally get what you always say. But this article has nothing to do with anywhere else. Quite frankly if there were gold mines and oil fields all through Europe the USA with do the same here. Greed and imperialism is colourblind. A lot of natural gas was found off the coast of Ireland and on the west coast. We just gave it away. What if we hadn’t??

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
Reply to  Robert Tyrrell
August 11, 2020

“What if we hadn’t??”

It’s obvious to any intelligent observer that Ireland is naturally one of the United States of America. After all, it has traditionally hated and fought against Britain – and it’s just off the coast of the USA.

Just as the Falkland Islands are right off the coast of England.

Rosco
Rosco
August 11, 2020

Esper and his cronies are deluded beyond the imagination and the comprehension of most people .To suggest the US “demand” the rest of the world fall in line with the agenda of the US so it can rule the world and “deter peace” by its war criminals for another 70 years is not only morally reprehensible but ridiculous in its arrogance that a collapsing nation ,an injured dog, a sinking Titanic, whatever you want to call it, can hold back the rest of world, is the most glaring statement of evil intent .This most morally corrupt of all nations calls… Read more »

Robert Tyrrell
Robert Tyrrell
Reply to  Rosco
August 11, 2020

I prefer to call it a failed social experiment.

Bob Valdez
Bob Valdez
Reply to  Robert Tyrrell
August 11, 2020

I prefer to call it a septic tank. (Much like Arse-tralia is right now).

Craig Watson
August 11, 2020

Said Israeli’s patriotic American Defense Sec. who is Jewish with first allegiance to Israel, the state of the union.

Thick as a Brick
Thick as a Brick
August 11, 2020

Just another American in a political driver’s seat driving drunk.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias
August 11, 2020

The George Orwell quote comes to mind as I read this article,”War is peace,Freedom is slavery and ignorance is Strength”….War with Russia or China is just insane..

Whispering sweet nothings in your ear
Whispering sweet nothings in your ear
Reply to  Ozymandias
August 11, 2020

There won’t be war for a while. Not until the warmongers have duped enough ‘allies’ with their propagandistic blather of lies and half-truths to support them. Frankly, I think that cat’s out of the bag already. The US’ credibility needle has to be hovering near zero by now for most of the world to see.

Tim McDonnell
Tim McDonnell
August 11, 2020

The US will never conquer Russia – the Russians will fight to the last bullet and they’ll probably take any war to the US mainland.

Rosco
Rosco
Reply to  Tim McDonnell
August 12, 2020

100% agreed-Don’t mess with the bear!

Platon
Platon
August 13, 2020

“Kick Americans in the guts wherever you find them. I know them, they are smoking, steaming, shits.” D H Lawrence.
Prove him wrong.

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