Republican, Democrat, neoliberal, neoconservative, fascist, the political inclination of the US government does not matter. The hundred-year pattern is the same. If there’s an authoritarian regime, we’re propping it up with economics or weapons. If there’s a genocide, we’re ignoring it or selling the weapons or providing the political support that facilitates it, as with Israel / Palestine. If there’s a resolution for global reform or justice, we oppose it.
The only reason they helped Ukraine was to counter another rival power and because people hoped it might lead to some weapon sales. And because enough people of conscience made a whole lot of noise about it. America doesn’t win wars. It fights wars, first-hand or by proxy, perpetually, because that is what the entire society is designed to do. That’s how our economics runs. That’s how our politics runs. America is Sparta, not Athens.
And here in the land so many people around the world have seen in Hollywood’s film and TV, there are a million green zones and a million Gaza strips. When we finally managed to ban identity apartheid, they replaced it with economic apartheid. Those ideas that American politicians and security officials telegraph are not based in reality. Our only practiced value, here, is cannibalism, of each other, of the reformative state, and of anyone else in the world who isn’t strong enough to resist it.
America doesn’t bring law to the world to save it. The law is a weapon, here, of the oligarchy and of right-wing extremists, as it is in Israel, and the American international project is, and has always been, one of shaping the political and economic landscape to recreate that stasis of perpetual decay everywhere on Earth. Don’t believe the hype. We’re just Russia or China with a prettier coat of paint and sweeter rhetoric. America cannot be counted upon to solve this or any other crisis.