Finally, a bit of truth from government. It came from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He said the US has the “ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade [Russia and Iran] to make sure that their energy does not go to market.”
Zinke pointed out that much of the Russian economy depends on selling hydrocarbons to Europe. “I believe the reason they are in the Middle East is they want to broker energy just like they do in eastern Europe, the southern belly of Europe,” he said.
Trump has his script. Block Russian energy exports, even if it means confronting the Russians with the US Navy. The president is opposed to the Nord Stream II pipeline to Germany. Energy secretary Rick Perry said sanctions are in the works to stop Russia from providing Europe with energy and moving into hydrocarbon markets in the Middle East.
The exceptional nation and its unexceptional bureaucrats believe they have the right to call the shots on the international energy market, even if a naval blockade is the answer.
Once upon a time, blockading a country from import-export markets was considered an act of war. Russia understand this is the case.
“A US blockade of Russia would be equal to a declaration of war under international law,” said the head of the Russian Senate’s Information Policy Committee, Aleksey Pushkov.
Russia, unlike Trump and the swamp, is trying to prevent a nuclear war. This is the US plan of action—blockade nations, starve their people into submission, and then push for regime change, preferably with a malleable client who supports—or at least doesn’t interfere—with the US total control agenda over the planet’s natural resources.
Hydrogen bombs may put an end to the race to dominate markets under the iron-fisted grip of neoliberalism.