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Russia & China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military.

Russia & China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military.

By Eric Zuesse.
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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

Chinas Belt and Road Initiative is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt in order to pay for creating and maintaining infrastructure. Both are, in fact, exceptionally low-debt Governments.

According to the Global Debt Clock at Economist, China has a public debt/GDP of 17.7%, and Russias is 8.0%. For comparison, Americas is 93.6%. (Others are: Germany 85.8%, Spain 91.2%, Italy 122.6%, Greece 147.1%, India 54.2%, Pakistan 47.0%, and Brazil 55.0%.)

The United States isnt going into public debt in order to finance building or maintenance of infrastructure, but instead to finance expansions of its military, which is already (and by far) the worlds largest (in terms of its costs, but not of its numbers of troops).

While the U.S. Government now spends around half of the worlds military expenditures and plans to conquer Russia, China, and all countries (such as Iran and Syria) that cooperate with those enemies (and please click onto a link wherever you question the truthfulness of an allegation made here), Russia and China plan to improve their infrastructures, in order to boost their national economies and to minimize the impacts that (the mainly U.S.-caused) global warming will have. These infrastructure projects are optimistic and long-term expenditures, which are being planned and built only because the countries that the U.S. aristocracy are targeting to conquer, expect the U.S. aristocracy to fail to achieve its clear #1 goal, of controlling the entire world and conquering them of Americas rulers finally achieving the global fascist empire that, in World War II, Hitler and the other Axis powers had been hoping to become.

By contrast, U.S. infrastructure is rotting; and, while every recent U.S. President has promised to reverse that decline, none has done anything significant to repair this nations rotting infrastructure it has always been just talk and empty promises. A nation that spends over a trillion dollars a year on national defense cant have much left over to spend on things that can wait such as repairing its bridges, roads, etc. and so those repairs do wait, while even more money, than before, becomes devoted to purchases of new weaponry, such as the F-35 program.

Meanwhile, Russia and China prepare for their future, and hope it wont be war.

On November 1st, Russian Television bannered Russia, India & Iran want to create alternative trade route to Suez Canal report and described The 7,200-kilometers long corridor [that] will combine sea and rail routes :

The route will make it possible to deliver cargoes from India to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. Then, the goods will be transported by land to Bandar Anzali, Irans port on the Caspian Sea. After that, goods will be shipped to the Russian southern port of Astrakhan, from where they will move to Europe by rail. The new transport artery will potentially reduce the time and costs of shipping by up to 40 percent.

A linked news-report there headlined Top of the world: Russia to build world’s northernmost railway in Arctic , and another headlined Japan turns to Trans-Siberian Railway to test potential connection with Russia, China & S. Korea .

If the U.S. Governments plans to destroy Russia succeed, then any of these new or extended infrastructures will either be destroyed or else be taken over by the U.S. and its allies. (If taken over, then presumably Japans aristocracy will be part of the new regime there that does so.) Consequently, building and extending these new infrastructures is Russias bet and a concrete testimonial to the bet that outright war by the destroyers can be avoided. The nations that America and its allies want to conquer are looking to the future, not to conquest or any type of war (though they must also be prepared for war, if the U.S. does invade). Right now, the U.S. and its NATO allies are holding the largest war-games in history, and these preparations to invade Russia are occurring all along and near Russias borders, in the countries that formerly were the Soviet Unions Warsaw Pact military alliance. Though the U.S. and its allies say that Russia and China are threatening to them, these massings of soldiers and of tanks and planes on Russias borders are aggressions, not defensive at all as claimed. How would we Americans feel if Russia were doing this along Americas borders? Would we feel that Russia is defending itself, then? Russians have sound reason to be terrified by the U.S. and its allies. Americans were terrified by the Soviets when the issue was Soviet missiles located in Cuba only a hundred miles from the U.S. This country then threatened: if you do that, then well launch war against you. Russia isnt responding similarly, even though Americas threat to them is much bigger than that threat to the U.S. was in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

All that todays U.S. Government wants is to conquer the world, which now especially means Russia, China, and countries that do business with those enemies. Iran is also a major target of the U.S., because the U.S. aristocracys main allies are the Sauds and Israel, both of which hate and crave to destroy Iran. Though those three targeted countries want to avoid being conquered by the U.S. Government, most of their expenditures are for their own domestic economies, instead of for defending against the U.S. and its allies. (However, the U.S. and its allies are clearly and consistently the aggressor since 1991, and expanded their NATO alliance up to Russias borders; Russia didnt expand its Warsaw Pact alliance up to Americas borders, but ended the Warsaw Pact in 1991. None of Russias expenditures are for conquering foreign countries, such as the U.S. alliance now is trying to do in countries such as Syria and Yemen, and perhaps soon in Iran, too; so, the U.S. Government has no excuse whatsoever in this matter, but pure guilt in it, pure aggression.)

There really is a difference between The West and The East in our era, but its more like the difference between The Axis powers in WW II versus The Allies, than it is between democracy versus dictatorship; and, in fact, the U.S. Government is the worlds only Government that has been scientifically analyzed to determine whether it is a democracy or instead a dictatorship, and it has consistently been found, in these rigorous studies, to be a dictatorship, against the public, by its billionaires, the aristocrats, and not a democracy, at all. Furthermore, the preponderance of the major outcome-indicators of the extent to which a given nation is a dictatorship or even a police-state, or is instead a democracy thats ruled by its public, are showing that the U.S. is a dictatorship or even a police-state, and that the nations it calls its enemies are more toward the democratic side serving their respective public, instead of any such narrow and exclusive elite as the owners of the military-industrial complex. (U.S.-allied propaganda to the contrary alleging that the U.S. and its allies are the ones which are ‘democracies’, like this piece from the U.S. stooge-nations that constitute the EU, are always based on ranking without clearly explaining how the mere formalities of democracy, no authentic measures of democracy itself, but only the associated formalities, which often are mere fronts, behind which the given nations aristocracy control that given country.)

The U.S. has emerged into the very model of the modern dictatorship, relying maximally upon a coordination between deceit and military power. This is the reason why it now spends half of the worlds military costs to serve its aristocracy, who have perfected Joseph Goebbelss system of calling good bad, and bad good, and of otherwise imposing what the novelist George Orwell subsequently called Newspeak in its news-reporting and commentaries, to serve the controlling aristocracy, Big Brother. Its here, and now. On November 1st, Jonathan Cook at Global Research headlined Bolsonaro: A Monster Engineered by Our Media and he explained how even the liberal aristocrats in the U.S. and its allied countries have brought back racist fascism, the ideology known as nazism, as a globally spreading plague now.

Here is how Americas master of Newspeak, Barack Obama, represented, to West Point Military Academys graduating cadets on 28 May 2014, the new, American, version, of Adolf Hitlers beloved Deutschland, Deutschland ber alles, ber alles in der Welt :

The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. [Every other nation is therefore dispensable; we therefore now have Amerika, Amerika ber alles, ber alles in der Welt .] That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come. America must always lead on the world stage. If we dont, no one else will. Russias aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while Chinas economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us. [He was here telling these future U.S. military leaders that they are to fight for the U.S. aristocracy, to help them defeat any nation that resists.] In Ukraine, Russias recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isnt the Cold War. Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away. Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned Russian actions; Europe and the G7 joined us to impose sanctions; NATO reinforced our commitment to Eastern European allies; the IMF is helping to stabilize Ukraines economy; OSCE monitors brought the eyes of the world to unstable parts of Ukraine.

Actually, his Obamas regime, had conquered Ukraine in February 2014 by a very bloody coup, and installed a racist-fascist anti-Russian Government there next door to Russia, a stooge-regime to this day, which instituted a racial-cleansing campaign to eliminate enough pro-Russia voters so as to be able to hold onto power there. It has destroyed Ukraine and so alienated the regions of Ukraine that had voted more than 75% for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom Obama overthrew, so that those pro-Russia regions quit Ukraine. What remains of Ukraine after the U.S. conquest is a nazi mess and a destroyed nation in hock to Western taxpayers and banks.

Furthermore, Obama insisted upon (to use Bushs term about Saddam Hussein) regime-change in Syria. Twice in one day the Secretary General of the U.N. asserted that only the Syrian people have any right to do that, no outside nation has any right to impose it. Obama ignored him and kept on trying. Obama actually protected Al Qaedas Syrian affiliate against bombing by Syrias Government and by Syrias ally Russia, while the U.S. bombed Syrias army, which was trying to prevent those jihadists from overthrowing the Government. Obama bombed Libya in order to regime-change Muammar Gaddafi, and he bombed Syria in order to regime-change Bashar al-Assad; and, so, while the U.S. Drops Bombs; EU Gets Refugees & Blame. This Is Insane. And Obamas successor Trump continues Obamas policies, regarding not only Ukraine, but regarding also Yemen and Syria, and much else, except that Trump goes even more nazi than Obama did. The change from Obama to Trump was from soft nazi to hard nazi. Thats all. Trump is the U.S. regimes going wild.

Every day, the U.S. regime murders lots of people in foreign lands. Today, as this is being written, on November 3rd, Syria News, which Ive found to be far more reliably truthful about the situation in Syria than is for example the New York Times, headlined “US-Led Coalition Murders 15 Civilians in a New Bombing in Hajin , and reported that, Under the guise of fighting Islamic State, the US and its cronies, are trying to establish a’de facto barrier on the Syrian-Iraqi border which is run by Islamic State and SDF, who both receive support from the US and both have occasional clashes [against each other] in between. Aggression (and lying about it) is normal for the U.S. Government.

On January 19th, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security, and this means war by the U.S. against both Russia and China, and perhaps also Iran; but if the people of Europe dont rise up against that plan, then not only will they have even more refugees from Americas regime-change bombs, but they will soon have Russias bombs retaliating against Europe itself for being a part of Americas aggression, via the NATO military alliance, an alliance that should have ended when the Warsaw Pact military alliance did, back in 1991. Either End NATO Now, or else join the carnage that Americas aristocracy are clearly determined to impose upon the world in order to conquer it. The choice is that simple.

The only ways that the global public can effectively fight back against the U.S.-and-allied aristocracies plan to enslave the entire world to their coercive and sanctions-laden free market are:

(1) to boycott Americas brands and, as much as possible, conduct all international transactions in any other type of currency than the U.S. dollar; and,

(2) to vote against any politician who has endorsed Americas invasions, such as of Iraq 2003, Libya 2011, Syria 2012-, Yemen 2015-, and U.S. coups, including its coup that conquered Ukraine in 2014 and installed a nazi Government there. And,

(3) to organize marches, if possible, against any U.S. military base occupying their nation. The occupying power needs to be expelled in order for the given nations public to control their own country.

Otherwise, the U.S. aristocracy can simply continue with its pillage of our planet. The global public needs to do its part, not to leave it to the targeted countries alone to try to put down this global resurgence of fascism, by Americas oligarchs. This also means abandoning the two aristocracies that work the most closely with Americas: Israels and Saudi Arabias (both of which target Iran and its allies, even more than they target Russia and its allies). The listed three steps are the only path toward a survivable planet: isolating and publicly shaming the nazis.

Also the Newspeak needs to end, right now, because without honesty, no type of progress is even possible.

All of these measures are not only morally right; they are necessary, because the present path leads to not only profound injustices, but a hellish global future.

Unfortunately, the U.N. cannot do any of these essential things. But only the global public can and will, if there is to be continued life of this planet, and lives here that are worth living.

PS: For anyone who might consider odd that an American (the present writer) views Russia as a core ally of the American people, and views recent American Presidents (starting with George Herbert Walker Bush on 24 February 1990) as traitors to America as being enemies of the American people and of the entire world please consider the following historical facts:

According to Jan Ludv ks “The Poverty of Statistics: Military Power, Defence Expenditure and Strategic Balance , in the January 2014 Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (p. 157), the relative expenditures in order to win World War I were Russia 24%, UK 22%, U.S. 21%, France 20%, and Italy 13%. Russia spent the most of all the allies. In WW II, the relative expenditures in order to win were Russia 58%, UK 20%, U.S. 12%, France 10%. Yet again and this time overwhelmingly Russia spent the most of all the allies, 58% of the total allied cost. The only country that spent more on that war was Germany, which of course was on the losing (Axis ) side, and which spent 37% more to lose that war than Russia spent to win it. During WW II, Germany spent 75% of its sides entire costs; Japan spent 17%, and Italy spent 8%. So: WW I was mainly between Russia and Germany, and so was WW II. And thats clear also from another calculation:

The same source (p. 159) indicates that Russias troops were 46% of those fighting on the winning side of WW I (and #2 on that was France with 20%), and were 55% of the troops fighting on the winning side of WW II. (France was #2 again in WW II, also 20%.)

Furthermore, in WW I, Russias troops were 38% more (in numbers) than both Germanys and Austrias put together; and, in WW II, Russias troops were 4% less than Germanys, Japans and Italys combined, but were twice as many as Germanys number.

So: by far the biggest contributions to the winning not only of WW II, but also of WW I, were made by one and the same country, both times: Russia. Americas contribution was much smaller, on both occasions. And, now, Americas leaders and their foreign allies have become nazis, heirs of Hitlers tradition, who call Russia an enemy, for refusing to do what these nazis demand.

Of course, there were also other nations on each side of each of those wars (for example, Wikipedia lists over a dozen Allies of World War I ), but Ludvik calculated the numbers only for these, the main ones, on both sides.

So: everyone who can should now become active on this!

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

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