By the Inkdemon©
Throughout history nations have arose, plateaued, and fallen. Some fell hard and were obliterated. Some went down easy. Some events that brought empires down also brought with it dark evil times.
Remember, in history all empires fall. Some fell sooner; some fell later.
Why is it not safe to assume that the United States of American will follow? Oh, You may say, “We are different. We are a democracy.”
First, we are not a democracy. The U.S. is a republic. It was never meant to be a democracy.
In fact, democracies all fall. Here’s the clincher: Republics have all fallen, too. Only a few republics remain. The Roman republic only last about 200 years. The Athenians had a democracy, which lasted even shorter. Athens is only rubble now. Rome is mostly rubble. Oh sure, there cities there. They were rebuilt.
We know that each fall came after some event or series of events. The Romans had numerous civil wars, which did not seem to harm them. It is clear then it fell from within. Eventually, they were too weak to repel the barbarians who invaded with small armies. The Romans were forced to accommodate barbarians, who retained their language and culture. That’s explains why Latin as a language is a dead.
The Athenians fell after the 40-year Peloponnesian war with their rival Sparta. Athens could not hold it together politically during the long war. They fell again to Macedon. They fell again to the Romans. Then the Ottoman Turks took them down again.
History indicates these great empires did not know that or when events happened to set them on a downward spiral to oblivion.
Could the United States have already reached it peak? If so, has it started down. Is there some date these future historians will look as the late great United States of America and say, “AH! HA! That’s it!’
Yours truly, the Inkdemon believes he can identify that date.
First, remember this: The U.S. has not won a war since 1945. Wars have continued. We had these wars:
- The Korean War. Officially called a conflict. No peace was reached and we must remain to maintain the fragile peace.
- The Viet Nam War. Some say we won. I say we were chased out.
- Operation Desert Storm. We drove Iraq out of Kuwait. That’s all. Then we left.
- The Cold War. We didn’t really win. The other side stopped “fighting”.
- The Iraqi conflict. We won in one sense, but then we did not have the economic will and more importantly the political will to stay. They won. Then ISIS took over.
- The so-called War on Terror. The U.S. gave up on that one. Only a few troops remain in Afghanistan.
Is there one point in time, an incident that future historians can point to and say, “That’s it!”
First, let’s go back to the Korean War. The date Sept. 27, 1950, ” when President Truman authorizes General Douglas MacArthur to order his forces to pursue the retreating North Koreans across the 38th parallel, into North Korean territory. This decision marks a fundamental enlargement in American war arms, now expanded from merely rescuing South Korea to rolling back the Communist regime in North Korea. Truman’s orders direct MacArthur to keep pushing northward as long as he does not encounter Soviet or Chinese opposition and he remains confident of victory.” according to this timeline online LINK
However, the communist Chinese surprised the over-reached American Army and attacked around the Chosin Reservoir. Here it is: The date is Oct. 25, 1950, when the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu River.
“The massive Chinese intervention into the Korean conflict catches American military leaders completely off guard, leading to a series of crushing defeats. American prospects in the Korean War deteriorate rapidly, as hopes of imminent victory give way to a desperate struggle to avoid defeat.” LINK
The moment the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu spelled defeat. Many historians have spun it as a victory. It was not! It was a defeat! Americans were driven from North Korea. The war never ended. There is no peace treaty. There is only an armistice. The Inkdemon also believes there never will be a peace treaty and never will be a re-unification of the people of Korea.
Oh sure! The American leaders could have ordered a nuclear war, but they didn’t.
Since that date Americans have no issue with retreating and claiming a victory. America as it stands today has not the political will to win in Korea much less in any another place.
At some point, most failing republics start a slow descent then circumstances hasten that descent until it is in free fall. America is in free fall. Few know it.