By Stephen Lendman
The US is a warrior state, a global menace hostile to peace, stability, equity, justice, and the rule of law.
Its agenda is all about advancing its imperium by achieving control over nations and resources, especially their oil and gas.
Dollar hegemony is key. Maintaining it as the world’s reserve currency facilitates corporate takeovers, finances militarism, endless wars, and America’s global empire of bases.
Large dollar inflows into US Treasuries finance the nation’s budget deficit.
As long as world central banks buy US dollars and they dominate international trade, its hegemony is preserved.
De-dollarization, nations increasingly trading more in their own currencies, could undermine US imperial aims if the trend continues.
“Without the dollar’s function as the vehicle for world saving – in effect, without the Pentagon’s role in creating the Treasury debt that is the vehicle for world central bank reserves – the US would find itself constrained militarily and hence diplomatically constrained,” economist Michael Hudson explained.
Russia, China, Iran and other nations the US doesn’t control threaten dollar hegemony, the source of its strength on the world stage.
Soleimani was assassinated because of his success in combatting US-supported ISIS and other terrorists, undermining its regional imperial aims.
In Iraq on a peace mission, according to its PM Mahdi, not plotting imminent attacks on US regional interests as Trump falsely claimed, Hudson explained the following:
“(E)very indication is that he was in Iraq to work with that government seeking to regain control of the oil fields that President Trump has bragged so loudly about grabbing.”
Along with maintaining dollar hegemony, controlling Middle East and global energy resources are key US imperial objectives.
Without them, its hegemonic aims are undermined — furthered by endless wars and other hostile actions, its key strategies.
Independent nations controlling their own hydrocarbon resources are targeted by the US for regime change, including Russia, China and Iran.
For the Islamic Republic, wanting its government replaced by pro-Western puppet rule is also about eliminating Israel’s main regional rival.
Netanyahu, other regime hardliners, and their Jewish state counterparts need the US to wage its wars. Achieving Israeli regional hegemony depends on it.
Trump overstepped by assassinating Soleimani and Iraqi deputy PMU head Muhandis, connected to the country’s military.
His action backfired, uniting tens of millions of Iranians, Iraqis, others in the region and elsewhere against the menace that the US poses.
US troops occupy Iraq to control the country and its oil. Expelling them, if things turn out this way, would eliminate this lever of control.
It’s why policymakers in Washington are resisting Baghdad’s demand to leave, things uncertain so far whether they’ll stay or go.
By letter on Monday, US Task Force Iraq commander General William Seely discussed “measures to ensure that the movement (of US forces) out of Iraq is conducted in a safe and efficient manner,” adding:
They’ll “be reposition(ed) over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.”
Not so, according to US war secretary Mark Esper, indicating no preparations for “movement out of Iraq…no decision whatsoever to leave” the country, adding:
Seely’s letter is “inconsistent with where we are right now.” Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley said “(i)t shouldn’t have been sent.”
Trump warned Baghdad of sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if US forces are expelled from the country — what Iraqi parliamentarians voted for, PM Mahdi supporting their demand.
According to the CIA-connected Washington Post, the Trump regime began drafting possible sanctions on Iraq, citing anonymous sources.
Separately on Monday, Russia and China blocked a US sponsored Security Council statement to condemn last week’s storming of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone by angry Iraqis in response to the Trump regime’s assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis.
This action more greatly destabilized the region already embroiled in multiple US wars of aggression.
Do its hardliners have another one in mind against Iran? Will the Trump regime strike a nation able to retaliate strongly against US regional interests and its allies?
Year 2020 began with a bang. It’s an ominous sign for what may lie ahead in the new year and beyond.