War, Money, and America’s Future

By Douglas Macgregor

When Richard Nixon lost the election to John F. Kennedy, Nixon told supporters, “I know Jack Kennedy. He’s a patriot.” Nixon knew that the nation would be safe in President Kennedy’s hands.

Most Americans do not have the same confidence in President Biden. In April 2023, fewer than four in ten U.S. adults (37 percent) said they approved of Joe Biden’s job performance as president, with six in ten saying they disapproved. By a 2-to-1 margin, American voters now believe controlling the U.S. border is more important than helping Ukraine fight Russia. For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Government’s interest payments on the sovereign debt equal defense spending. 

These revelations would shake the confidence of any White House, but there is much more for Washington and its NATO Allies to consider. Alleged efforts by the Department of State to freeze the conflict in Ukraine are dismissed out of hand in Moscow by every knowledgeable observer of the Russian government. In the absence of a freeze, Washington has no idea how to end the 600-day conflict. 

Meanwhile, the Biden Administration’s sanctions continue to seriously weaken the collective West. European economies are sliding toward recession. Germany’s economy, the largest in the Eurozone, is stagnating for the third quarter in a row. In 2022, German automakers produced nearly 40 percent fewer vehicles than they did 10 years ago. In the words of one of Germany’s leading industrialists, Germany’s deindustrialization has begun. 

However, it is Washington’s proxy war with Moscow and the war’s battlefield impact, combined with the economic consequences, that are shifting the balance of power in Moscow’s favor. According to open-source intelligence, Ukrainian losses suggest that Ukrainian soldiers are being killed at a rate comparable to or greater than the World War I experience, when an estimated 1.7 million soldiers in the Russian Army died from all causes in three years of fighting.

The art of war is always subject to the impact of technology and Ukraine’s war with Russia is no exception. Ukrainian soldiers are courageous, but Ukrainian forces, like U.S. and Allied NATO forces, are still organized to refight a version of World War II. This condition is a recipe for defeat against a Russian military establishment organized for 21st century warfare.  

Today, Russian strike weapons——linked to persistent, overhead surveillance within dense, integrated air and missile defenses create battlefield conditions like those the German army experienced in the last year of World War II. From the moment the U.S. and British-Canadian armies landed in Normandy, 5,000 U.S. and British fighter aircraft in the air over Western Europe made it impossible for German ground forces to maneuver. The entire German air force was defending German cities against U.S. and British bombers. Without tactical air cover or support, German formations could move only at night, and never in daylight. 

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky puts on a fine show of confidence, but he makes no secret of the lagging popular support in Europe and the United States for Washington’s proxy war. He knows NATO is in trouble. Frankly, the alliance was never designed to wage offensive warfare against anyone. Events in the Balkans during the 1990s began the awkward evolution that tried to transform NATO into an offensive instrument of U.S. national security strategy. Yet NATO’s forces are not prepared for high-end conventional warfare.

Predictably, voters in NATO’s thirty-two member states are questioning the wisdom of outsourcing their national security and economic health to their own and Washington’s globalist elites. Still, Europeans must soon decide whether to sacrifice what little remains of their respective national sovereignty and economic health in the name of NATO or suspend aid to the Zelensky regime and negotiate directly with Moscow. Total European contributions to the proxy war of about $167 billion are greater than Washington’s contribution.

Confronted with a weak economy, higher yields and lower prices for Treasury bonds, the Biden administration and its partner on Capitol Hill, the Washington “uniparty,” really have two choices: First, cut U.S. and Allied losses in Ukraine, reduce discretionary spending, and focus on domestic emergencies at the Southern Border and in America’s largest cities. Or second, the Administration and the uniparty can escalate the conflict with Moscow. 

The White House’s announced intention to ship Army Tactical Missile Systems with a 300-kilometer range along with German Taurus cruise missiles and other strike weapons to Ukraine would seem to indicate Washington’s preference for escalation. But no one weapon system can fundamentally alter the truth that Ukrainian forces grow weaker with each passing day. 

Nowhere is the potential for confrontation with Russian military power greater than in the Black Sea. Yet between September 11 and 15, Romanian, British, French, and Turkish forces together with U.S. maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft Poseidon, diver-engineers with boats and specialized equipment, will conduct Operation Sea Breeze 23.3 near the Danube Delta. Since commercial vessels are sailing from the Black Sea into the Danube River without Russian interference it is unclear why the exercise in the Danube Delta is necessary. 

Sadly, pushing dangerous conditions to the brink of conflict is nothing new in the conduct of U.S. foreign and defense policy. After Desert Storm in 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, American power and influence grew exponentially. Washington’s appetite for filling allegedly “ungoverned spaces” with American military power was insatiable. Washington was free for 30 years to intervene with American military power when and where it liked establishing new “frontiers of insecurity” in the Balkans, Southwest Asia, the Middle East, or North Africa. 

The Washington uniparty (corporate oligarchs, public health officials, mainstream media, social media, deep state agencies, academia, Hollywood, and an assortment of dubious international agencies like the UN/WHO/WEF) swiftly invested trillions to advance globalization with U.S. military power. Whenever the armed forces were committed to action, a series of administrations were always ready to defer to ineffective, even failed, military commanders

Wasteful defense spending, excessive redundancy in capability, and resistance to badly needed change in force design and modernization are now revealing that the U.S. Armed Forces are ill-suited to modern high-end conventional warfare. The fighting in Ukraine demonstrates that Washington can no longer ignore the influence of geography, culture, and economics, all of which operate as constraints on the use of American military power. 

The age of abundant wealth and unconstrained defense spending is nearing its end. How Washington reacts to these realities will determine America’s future.

Douglas Macgregor, Col. (ret.) is a senior fellow with The American Conservative, the former advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, a decorated combat veteran, and the author of five books.

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15 responses to “War, Money, and America’s Future”

  1. Guy St Hilaire Avatar
    Guy St Hilaire

    Douglas Macgregor is one of the few no nonsense people that reports on the economy and geopolitical affairs especially what is happening in Ukraine ,he is absolutely right on target IMHO . Thanks to ICH for this article

  2. Mike Hastie Avatar
    Mike Hastie

    When I read what Douglas Macgregor had to say, I believe he is lacking understanding that is too close to him. If one does not know that the United States is a Brutal Narcissistic World Empire, then one does not understand politics in America. I was an Army Medic in Viet Nam. When I returned from that war, my core belief system about my country was dismantled. I belonged to a syndicate that was a terrorist organization in Viet Nam. When I think of the Pentagon, I think about the Devil. The United States of America is trying desperately to control the world’s economy. Any country that gets in the way, will be severely punished. As Martin Luther King Jr. said on April 4, 1967: ” The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.” I will close with this statement: If one does not know that the United States is a Brutal Narcissistic World Empire, then one does not understand politics in America.
    Mike Hastie
    Army Medic Viet Nam

    1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

      I read Col. Macgregor as essentially saying the same thing you are.

      1. Guy St Hilaire Avatar
        Guy St Hilaire

        Col.Macgregor know very well what he is talking about .What he expresses and or what he does not express .Much more than what we think he means or says .IMO you can take that to the proverbial bank .Unless of course you have walked some distance in his shoes.Cheers.

    2. Pip Avatar

      Google: THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD, by Larry Romanoff.
      His study will blow your mind!

    3. Jack Stone Avatar
      Jack Stone

      Army Medic Mike Hastie – I was counterpart Navy Hospital Corpsman in I Corps with 1st Marines. I came out with similar sentiments to yours, it sounds like. Returning from my year stour into LA was like coming to an unknown country. People hustling about their business everywhere, oblivious or uncaring about what we were doing – illegally destroying and degrading a sovereign country under the various guises of “democratization” or “Vietnamization” or some other idiot rubric invented at a comfy desk in some pentagon or “think tank” office downtown DC. In reality it was industrialized mass murder. Over the ensuing years I learned well that this is our prime national vocation. Americans don’t care. We won’t change till we’re made to by force.

      1. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

        Since nuking over 200,000 Civilians in the madness and evil of WAR, the US has invaded and bombed only poor, 3rd World Countries “over there” with MILLIONS of Dead and Displaced People and couldn’t get a win in any of them.
        The only winner of those WARS was the US ARMS INDUSTRIES, their Executives and shareholders.
        Currently the US ARMS MERCHANTS are making a killing off the Ukraine WAR.
        Most Christian America sees nothing wrong with that PICTURE as long as those US WARS are restricted to “over there.”

        The US is the BIGGEST WEAPONS MERCHANT in the History of Nations and Americans mirror that LOVE OF WEAPONS more than any other Nation, People and Society on Earth, having more of them in private hands than any other place.

        When the Economic straitjacket tightens, all those WARS the US waged “over there” since WWII with the silent consent of the so called moral majority, just may come back to the US as Divine Retribution.

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  4. espartaco64 Avatar

    Wise words by Colonel Douglas McGregor. He stood firm against the relentless barrage of corporate media propaganda pushing the pro-Ukraine/pro-NATO narrative. He certainly has more courage and principle than the self serving pseudo leftists like AOC, Jamaal Bowman, Ro Khana, Pramila Jayapal, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Presley, Ilhan Omar and all the rest of these political carreerists that voted to fund the corrupt Zelensky regime.

  5. braithwa842 Avatar

    The full spectrum dominance of the empire of the USA was going to come to an end, regardless of USA policy, but a 20 year neocon rule of the western world is bringing that era to an end in a way that will cause hard times for the USA and its close allies.

  6. Pip Avatar

    YOUTUBE: CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and Scott Ritter talk about Russia and Ukraine
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    Ray McGovern exposes the lie that the Russians hacked the DNC computer!
    Start video at 2 minutes, 17 seconds and watch how he exposes ALL the media for not reporting on the findings of CROWDSTRIKE, that proves no one hacked the DNC computer. Adam Schiff hid their report for 3 years until he was forced to release it. Still there has been no national coverage of this report and the majority of Americans STILL think that Russia hacked the DNC computer.

  7. Richard Simpson Avatar
    Richard Simpson

    The insanity promoted by the neo-cons must be neutralized by whatever means necessary. Colonel MacGregor might just be the leader we need to save humanity from these monsters currently driving us towards the cliffs of no return.

  8. philosophyofgoodnews Avatar

    Insightful and truthful. There are some indications that the current events are provoked by those who are following the quote :”If we can not hold the power, there will be no power left to hold”

  9. philosophyofgoodnews Avatar

    Insightful and truthful. It looks like that those who are running the shown do not have to go anywhere exept catastrophe. Their moto is” If we can not hold the power, there will be no power left to hold.” Very much hope that they will stop before isn really to late.

  10. Ray Joseph Cormier Avatar

    Another incisive, logical and reasonable analysis of the US WAR with Russia over Ukraine in NATO

    NATO Escalates: The War enters a new phase – Colonel Douglas Macgregor and Glenn Diesen

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