Mar 4, 2022 • 45M

How the Ukraine War Helps US Empire

We should be wary of over-diagnosing the decline of American power

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Matt Taibbi
Katie Halper
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For a while, pundits have been predicting the decline of American superpower. Although some decline is inevitable, don’t expect Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to precipitate it.

As the American Prestige podcast’s Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison explain, the US ability to invade another country and commit war crimes that would merit US sanctions if it was any other country, and without any backlash, underscores America’s overwhelming strength.

“What would these scholars, who say Russian students should be kicked out of schools and that there are no good Russians, have thought if in 2003, scholars in Russia said there are no good Americans because we invaded Iraq? They would have been aghast.”

“They can’t process the thought that those situations are analogous. We’re virtuous and everyone else is evil.”

With the war ramping up, US ghoulishness runs rampant. Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi all giggle at the brink of war while Bucky is left to take the fall.

It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.