0650 GMT February 25, 2020
Dennis Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on recent developments in the Middle East and South Asia regions.
“Reports from the Middle East and South Asia indicate that the US strategy to maintain its influence in both of these closely connected regions is beginning to unravel. While it's long been the contention of critics of US policy that its actions are based primarily on protecting its oil interests in both areas the share of US oil imports coming from the Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, has hovered around 10 percent for nearly a decade,” Etler said.
“The US has diversified its oil imports and its largest share comes from domestic production and its neighbor to the North, Canada. It can be argued that US interests in the Middle East, South Asia and other regions of the world have more to do with geopolitics than oil alone,” he added.
Professor Etler, “Since the demise of the Soviet Union and the creation of a unipolar world a major concern of the US has been to try to impede the rise of any challenger to its global hegemony.”
“In order to maintain its economic strength, the US must maintain its stranglehold on global finance and protect the dominance of the petro-dollar as the default reserve currency in global trade. This allows the US to print as much money as it needs to maintain domestic tranquility, fund its bloated military budget and intervene wherever necessary to stamp out any challenge to its global dominance,” he stated.
“The only nations capable of resisting US efforts to rule the world are Russia and China. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century however both Russia and China were biding their time. Neither had the desire or saw the need to directly confront the US. It was in their national interest to seek and maintain good relations with their potential adversary,” the analyst said.
Professor Etler said the United States “however has all along known that both Russia and China would sooner or later come into conflict with US global ambitions. It has therefore been attempting to subvert both nations domestically and contain them internationally. The expansion of NATO to Russia's doorstep, and attempts to destabilize and impose regime change on countries friendly to Russia in North Africa and the Middle East are part of a grand design meant to isolate Russia with the hope that internal pressures would mount and lead to its fragmentation.”
“The same strategy is now being applied to China as seen in the ‘Asian Pivot,’ the resurrection of an anti-China coalition spear-headed by Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines and attempts to foment separatism on China's flanks in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” he noted.
“Unfortunately for the US, its strategy of containing both Russia and China has begun to unravel. Even before Russia's intervention in Syria at the request of its legitimate government the US began to think about fall back positions in the Middle East and South Asia, two prime areas of geopolitical contention between the US and Russia on one hand and China on the other,” he pointed out.
Professor Etler said “Russia has begun to turn the tables on the US by disrupting its plans to overthrow the government of Syria. Thus the US can only achieve its objectives at the negotiating table and needs to distance itself from Saudi Arabia in order to do so.”
“The same approach is being applied to South Asia where China has strengthened its ties with Pakistan and is gaining influence in Afghanistan. The US sees negotiations as a potential means by which it can keep its influence intact and not be outflanked by China,” he argued.
“In the complicated and complex interplay of forces, which includes the national interests and conflicting ambitions of multiple players for regional influence, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and their proxies such as ISIL, the US is caught between a rock and a hard place,” the commentator said.
“It is desperately trying to come up with a formula to thwart the increasing influence of both Russia and China, and their allies, while all along touting the contention that they are both isolated and alone. In point of fact it is the US that is beginning to panic and is thrashing around trying to figure out how to maintain its position in both these regions of the world,” the American academic concluded.