December 5, 2022

The Boogeyman Doctrine

Boogeyman’s Doctrine is ‘Kill Russia’, manifestations of which include: isolate Russia from the world – strangling its economy, trade and very survival; demonise Putin and Russians; if Russia invades, win the war on media, turn Western Ukraine into a mercenary-terrorist haven like Afghanistan and use bio-weapons if required; use every international platform to condemn the invasion; direct the world who to befriend, trade and have defence relations with or face sanctions, and; similarly, kill China after Russia

Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Harry S Truman, the 33rd President of the United States (POTUS), scripted the Truman Doctrine to prevent the spread of communism in the aftermath of World War II by supporting countries perceived to be Soviet targets – like Greece and Turkey. Announcing his foreign policy in 1947, Truman promised help to any country fighting Communist takeover. Concurrently on June 5, 1947, US Secretary of State George C Marshall called for a comprehensive program to rebuild Europe. The US Congress passed the Economic Cooperation Act in March 1948. This was known as the Marshall Plan under which the US transferred over $13 billion in economic recovery programs to Western European economies. An adjunct to the Truman Doctrine was the expansion of NATO advocated by George F Kennan. 

In December 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed not because of the Truman Doctrine but because President Mikhail Gorbachev decided to allow elections with a multi-party system and create a presidency for the Soviet Union; slow process of democratisation caused the collapse.

When the Soviet Union broke up, Gorbachev was assured NATO would not expand further and not deploy in East of Germany. George HW Bush was the POTUS then but America broke that promise. Bush also invaded Iraq by lying to the Congress and the world that Saddam Hussein was developing nukes. NATO was expanded from 12 to 30 members, most recent being North Macedonia on March 27, 2020.

In 1997, Joe Biden, now the POTUS, publicly stated the only thing that could provoke a “vigorous and hostile” Russian response would be if NATO expanded as far as the Baltic States. But NATO included Baltic States despite warnings by American strategists and diplomats, including current Director CIA, William J Burns, that doing so would be foolish.

In a press briefing on July 8, 2021, POTUS Joe Biden, vociferously ruled out any chance of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. But August 2021, the US was routed in ignominy, abandoning hundreds of US and European nationals and $92 billion worth of weaponry while the Taliban killed 13 US Marines at the Kabul airport.  Biden found himself neck-deep in dirt, Europeans angry and his ratings rock bottom.

Being an admirer of Truman, Biden roped in the G7 to launch his own Marshal Plan in June 2021; the Build Back Better World (B3W) – the $100 billion would ‘only’ be used to further US national interests.      

Biden also knew that. George HW Bush had played a role in re-unification of Germany and bulldozed his way into Iraq on false pretext. Dubya Bush arbitrarily pulled out from the 1972 ABM Treaty to develop new nuclear technologies and expand NATO to fight terrorism. Bush and his successors developed links with global terrorist organizations through CIA, MI-6, Qatar, Turkey and Pakistan. American politicians even met terrorist leaders directly: 

Americans loved Biden challenging Putin, naming him Boogeyman after Martin Wright of WWE though Wright never won a WWE title. Biden crafted the pretext that Putin wants to re-establish the former Soviet Union and rejected all Putin’s demands related to Russia’s existential security

America invaded Iraq and bombed Syria’s under construction oil pipelines prevent Iran-Syria pipeline reach Europe; facilitating Qatari oil supply to Europe. ISIS was trained and equipped in Turkey courtesy US-UK. The first gas attack in Syria was engineered by the UK’s mercenary outfit ‘Britain Defence’. CIA airdropped arms for ISIS-Al Qaeda in Iraq-Syria. Pakistan was used to train Taliban, IS-K and as transit for ISIS cadres from Iraq-Syria to Afghanistan. Qatar continues to be America’s conduit to finance terrorist organisations and represent the US in Afghanistan. 

America’s arbitrary bombing and invasion of Vietnam, Libya, Grenada, Lebanon, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Syria and Afghanistan, getting away with horrendous destruction, killings and human rights violations that warranted multiple US presidents to be tried for war crimes, were models for Biden. He also enjoys the type of media advantage his predecessors did not.

In the Barack Obama era, a US-Ukraine deal was signed to research, develop and store pathogens in Ukraine for which the US (DoD) gave $15 million. This was discovered during the Russian invasion. But the US is funding bio-labs in 25 countries, making Wuhan look small:

In November 2021, the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership was signed and Ukraine made non-NATO ally. NATO recognised Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Ukraine as ‘aspiring’ members; opposite of Russian President Vladimir Putin demanding legal guarantees that NATO would stop expanding east – to countries like Ukraine, Georgia or Moldova. In 2014, the US had already installed comedian Zelensky, who loved dancing in high heels and shimmying his bare bottom while playing piano with his pants down, as President of Ukraine. The NATO carrot was enough to make Zelensky Pentagon’s permanent mascot.

Americans loved Biden challenging Putin, naming him Boogeyman after Martin Wright of WWE though Wright never won a WWE title. Biden crafted the pretext that Putin wants to re-establish the former Soviet Union and rejected all Putin’s demands related to Russia’s existential security.

Boogeyman’s Doctrine is ‘Kill Russia’, manifestations of which include: isolate Russia from the world – strangling its economy, trade and very survival; demonise Putin and Russians; if Russia invades, win the war on media, turn Western Ukraine into a mercenary-terrorist haven like Afghanistan and use bio-weapons if required; use every international platform to condemn the invasion; direct the world who to befriend, trade and have defence relations with or face sanctions, and; similarly, kill China after Russia.  

But things have not gone as per Boogeyman’s plan. The world watches how America has ‘sacrificed’ Ukraine (strategic partner and non-NATO ally) to serve its own national interests. Zelensky is an idiot and equally responsible for the blood of Ukrainians and the refugees, as is Boogeyman.

The energy bomb is ticking under Boogeyman’s chair. Saudis have shooed off his delegation and his buddy Boris Johnson, and the royals don’t take his calls. Foreign Minister of Qatar was sent to Moscow but has achieved little. Now Boogeyman wants the International Energy Agency to force Russia to limit its oil output by three million barrels per day in April – supply crisis of the whole world and economic difficulties sacrificed for Boogeyman’s ego.

Republican Dan Truitt writes “contrary to popular opinion, the Ukrainians are not making a heroic stand against the Russians.  They’re getting their asses kicked.  They’re hiding in population centers, and Russia, trying to get to them, is killing a lot of civilians as collateral damage.” Truitt blames the West for the Russian invasion and says “we are in a historically rare period in which the leaders of 1.5 billion people (the West) are to a person feckless, obtuse, senile, or some combination of the three.”

Ironically, the West continues to paint Zelensky a hero, what with addressing the EU and the American Congress. Now European politicians have been asked to extend the deadline for nominating candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize since America wants to nominate Zelensky. Boogeyman might as well nominate himself and the ISIS or Taliban head so the three can celebrate the prize playing piano Zelensky-style.

Boogeyman has blown the cover, exposing that the US will never muster guts to directly take on Russia and China. That is why the US did nothing as China militarised the East and South China Seas. Why then should France, a nuclear power, take casualties in a US-Russia war to further US national interests? Same goes for Germany and other NATO nations, with the exception of Britain being America’s appendage. Witness the token Ukrainian refugees taken by the US, leaving Europe to bear expenses for the rest.

Authorising independent platforms like META to host calls for killing Russians indicates how demented and frustrated Boogeyman is. Same will be used against other countries tomorrow. Interestingly, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the media Putin was quite rational after meeting him in person.

Countries storing money in Central Banks in the US is a matter of trust. Freezing this on the whims and fancies of the POTUS should be illegal whether in the case of Afghanistan, Russia or any other country. As it is, America’s external debt grew to a record of US$29 trillion in February 2022 and it also owes India US$216 billion in loans.

The energy bomb is ticking under Boogeyman’s chair. Saudis have shooed off his delegation and his buddy Boris Johnson, and the royals don’t take his calls. Foreign Minister of Qatar was sent to Moscow but has achieved little. Now Boogeyman wants the International Energy Agency to force Russia to limit its oil output by three million barrels per day in April – supply crisis of the whole world and economic difficulties sacrificed for Boogeyman’s ego.

Russia has captured Donbas and the Ukrainian coastline. If it was not for Boogeyman’s idiosyncrasies, Zelensky would have spoken directly to Putin, stopped the bloodshed and effected the ceasefire. But Boogeyman will not let that happen. The petrodollar is hit, alternative to SWIFT will catch up eventually and Boogeyman snubbed for the universal diktat who to befriend, side and trade with. He might land up by fracturing the EU and NATO.

Russia has captured Donbas and the Ukrainian coastline. If it was not for Boogeyman’s idiosyncrasies, Zelensky would have spoken directly to Putin, stopped the bloodshed and effected the ceasefire. But Boogeyman will not let that happen. The petrodollar is hit, alternative to SWIFT will catch up eventually and Boogeyman snubbed for the universal diktat who to befriend, side and trade with. He might land up by fracturing the EU and NATO.

To quote Dan Truitt again: “The US can’t seem to kick its Cold War habit of looking at Russia as the enemy. The enemy, the real threat, is China….I’m wondering what President Potted Plant is going to do when China invades Taiwan…. I wonder also how we will survive the next three years with this idiot in the White House. The answer, as always, is prayer and lots of it.”

As to the talk about democracy versus autocracy, it is high time the US stop behaving like a Global Autocrat, unless they cannot see beyond the precipice.

The author is a veteran of the Indian Army. Views expressed are personnel and do not necessarily reflect the views of https://strategicaffairsindia.in

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