Arab media: US hegemony rests on two pillars and they both collapse


Modern imperial capitalism and the colonialism of yesteryear have turned the availability of oil from the Arab countries from a blessing to a curse. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent drop in demand and prices can change the balance of power in the world. This is written by the daily Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar


Since the mid-1953th century, the United States has considered the Gulf region a zone of its vital interests. The colonial nature of oil as a strategic commodity appeared in XNUMX, when the United States and Great Britain overthrew the government of Mohammed Mossadyk in Iran, regaining oil concessions and the nationalized Anglo-Iranian oil company known as British Petroleum.

Today, the hegemony of the USA on the planet still rests on two main pillars, but they have already begun to crumble. The first pillar is military superiority over other countries. The second pillar is an extensive network of military bases around the world, necessary to control the extraction of resources and transport routes.

But the rapid rise of US non-Western rivals prompted Washington to start commercial production of its own expensive shale oil. The United States decided to go on self-sufficiency and get rid of dependence on oil supplies from unstable countries, which are gradually getting out of control. Washington even started talking about turning the United States into an oil exporter. So the United States made a significant contribution to the drop in oil prices in the world.

The United States is still playing the role of the gendarme of world capitalism, but Washington’s decline is already being felt. The ability to lead and control the planet was undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemic lowered economic activity around the world, which led to a decrease in oil demand by 30% in a few weeks, and then to a real collapse in prices. Then the price war began.

This has had a catastrophic effect on shale oil production in the United States, which simply cannot afford a similar price level. Therefore, the United States will return to the status of a net importer of oil in 2020. This will mean that the US oil self-sufficiency project failed.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 23 2020 11: 45
    +1
    Oh, these Arabs, they all reduce to slate.
  2. 69 Offline 69
    69 April 23 2020 14: 14
    +2
    US hegemony rests on two pillars

    On gays and transvestites.
    1. RusDon Offline RusDon
      RusDon (Igor) April 24 2020 07: 14
      +2
      That's why you wrote like that? They are full of them - both in orientation and in life .... So they started to minus you ..
  3. Alexzn Online Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) April 23 2020 14: 28
    -4
    1. Military dominance and its broadcast to anywhere in the world.
    2. The financial system and the dollar.
    3. Technological excellence.
    4. Universal values.
    This is, in short, what the American (Anglo-Saxon) dominance of the world is based on. So far I do not see any special threats for all this in the next 50-100 years.
    1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
      Rum rum (Rum rum) April 23 2020 15: 39
      +4
      Paragraph:
      3) highly controversial.
      4) not at all wealthy.
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 23 2020 16: 22
        -5
        It is foolish to deny the obvious.
        1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
          Rum rum (Rum rum) April 23 2020 16: 47
          +6
          Again without arguments.
          1) Technology is a very diverse thing. I will give you some examples where the West decently lags behind. For example: Atom, EW, Metallurgy (Titanium, and other durable alloys), aircraft engines (we are not overtaking, but we are not far behind), military-industrial complex (also high technology), space (just don’t tell me about Mask), you can recall for a long time. If it were not for the failure of 90, there would be nothing to talk about at all.
          2) Western values ​​come down to "outsmart his neighbor until he outwitted you." If this, in your opinion, is universal values ​​and values ​​in general, then yes, here they are ahead of the rest.
        2. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) April 23 2020 19: 28
          +4
          It is foolish to deny the obvious.

          However, you do it. winked
        3. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
          sgrabik (Sergei) April 24 2020 14: 25
          +4
          I don’t see anything obvious here. Point number 1 is already far from being fully substantiated even under a big question, but in a few years a lot can change a lot, and there will be no trace of this exaggerated superiority. No need to write naive nonsense about the next 50 - 100 years, because it really looks extremely ridiculous, or you, like American politicians, always wish you wishful thinking !!!
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) April 23 2020 19: 26
      +5
      1. Military dominance is in question. Moreover, to anywhere in the world, frank nonsense. What about the Moscow region, for example?
      2. There is no arguing, at least for now.
      3. Technological excellence? Not a fact. Hypersound. 5G. Nuclear power. The list is not final. This is also technology.
      4. What other universal values?

      Universal - (from Lat. Universalis - general - universal)

      There are no universal values. It turns out that out of 4 positions, only one is real.

      This is, in short, what the American (Anglo-Saxon) dominance of the world is based on. So far I do not see any special threats for all this in the next 50-100 years.

      It turns out that everything on which dominance is based is the dollar and the financial system. Unconditional dominance this can not be called. no But you will not notice this, even if you slip under your nose. yes
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 23 2020 20: 05
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        We will correct point 1 - pre-war dominance in the world (along with China and Russia) and the ability to transmit military force to any region of the world.
        Technological excellence ABSOLUTE and UNCONDABLE. I don’t remember that Russia introduced a ban on Americans' access to advanced technologies. Russia has certain advanced positions in a few areas, which does not cancel the general and significant technological lag, and it again began to increase. Russia has not learned how to produce advanced means of production of both groups.
        Universality - universal applicability and the fact that you are sitting in roaming, doing shopping and diving and accept the standards of Western culture - testifies to this. The main competitor of Western civilization, China, loses precisely in that it cannot offer the world universal values. The great Pushkin is not universal, he is Russian and will never be appreciated in the world, but Shakespeare is universal, global.
        1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
          Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) April 24 2020 13: 00
          -2
          Quote: AlexZN
          The main competitor of Western civilization, China, loses precisely in that it cannot offer the world universal values.

          The joke is that the communist idea (one of the branches of libertarianism, along with liberalism) is also a product of Western civilization.
        2. Dear sofa expert. April 24 2020 15: 24
          +1
          ... Technological excellence ABSOLUTE and UNCONDABLE ..

          Could you please name a couple of convincing concrete examples where America, in the sole sovereign order and in isolation from others (Europeans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians) demonstrates technological superiority? His - purely American, please!
        3. Dear sofa expert. April 24 2020 15: 28
          +2
          ... The main competitor of Western civilization ...

          Oh, how cleverly and easily all the merits of “Western civilization” become the sole property of America!)))
          Do not blurt out the situation. Talk about the USA. Here on them and stay.
    3. RusDon Offline RusDon
      RusDon (Igor) April 24 2020 09: 39
      0
      Aleh, when were you in America?
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 24 2020 10: 54
        -4
        Last time last year.
        1. RusDon Offline RusDon
          RusDon (Igor) April 24 2020 12: 19
          +1
          I see ... it's been a long time ....
  4. Alexzn Online Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) April 23 2020 17: 01
    -6
    Quote: Rum Rum
    Again without arguments.
    1.) Technology is a very diverse thing. I will give you some examples where the West decently lags behind. For example: Atom, EW, Metallurgy (Titanium, and other durable alloys), aircraft engines (we are not overtaking, but we are not far behind), military-industrial complex (also high technology), space (just don’t tell me about Mask), you can recall for a long time. If it were not for the failure of 90, there would be nothing to talk about at all.
    2.) Western values ​​come down to "outsmart your neighbor until he outwitted you." If this, in your opinion, is universal values ​​and values ​​in general, then yes, here they are ahead of the rest.

    The US share is 26,5% of world R&D, and Russia has 2,7%. ... and also in the field of ballet you are ahead of the rest ... - it is ridiculous.
    The universality of Western (mainly Anglo-Saxon) civilization is determined by the fact that its main parameters are acceptable (universal) for everyone. To put it simply, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Arab, and the Russian wear jeans, drink cola, watch American movies, drink cola and eat hamburgers. The American Dream and Happy Endings work almost anywhere in the world. English itself (based on the rest of the points) has become universal.
    1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
      Rum rum (Rum rum) April 23 2020 17: 28
      +5
      Sorry, you had to agree on the terms. What you call "universal values," I call "consumerism."
      At the expense of R&D. 26,5% is the cost? Or own developments? Here's the thing: for example, in the apple phone, directly by the Yabloko (Amer), less than 10% is developed, the rest is bought (this was the late Jobs said), and less than that was produced in America.
      If they deprive them of the power of the dollar, will they be able to keep the technological school, since they have the majority of foreign specialists. Look at the list of development engineers, there are only Asian surnames.
      So, let's clarify.
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 23 2020 17: 35
        -4
        Try to find out the meaning of the word UNIVERSALITY. It does not imply good / bad ratings; it is nothing more than applicability in most cases.
        An attempt to draw comprehensive conclusions through special cases is not correct. By the way, the word TECHNOLOGY, apparently, is also not clear to you.
        1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
          Rum rum (Rum rum) April 24 2020 18: 19
          +1
          I said - let's agree on the terms.
          Waiting for your definition. The term "universal values" (moral or human), and not just "universality" (let's see what kind of person AlexZN (Alexander) is) and "technology".
          My regards. hi
          1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
            Alexzn (Alexander) April 24 2020 21: 13
            -2
            It is foolish to get involved in a polemic about obvious things. Read the Oleg Rambover post next below.
            1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
              Rum rum (Rum rum) April 25 2020 03: 30
              +1
              And I. It is worth pulling the tongue, you are immediately in the bushes. But things are far from obvious. Is it scary to show your gut? These are you, general people.
              1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
                Alexzn (Alexander) April 25 2020 14: 23
                -2
                We are like that! Here are the Russians different! Monarchy and Orthodoxy forever! Brrrr .... Workers of all countries, unite! Brrrr ... Down with the liberals and pederasts! Brrrr ....
    2. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
      Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) April 24 2020 13: 27
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      Quote: AlexZN
      In simpler terms, both Chinese, Japanese, Arab, and Russian wear jeans, drink Coke, watch American movies, drink Coke and eat hamburgers.

      And that too, but let's not forget the more fundamental values. I think that in all the constitutions of the world (and the very idea of ​​a constitution is a product of Western civilization) liberal Western values ​​are spelled out. Almost all countries of the world, if they do not follow democratic procedures (again, the product of a liberal idea) in the formation of power, but they are carefully imitated, which we can observe in our country.
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 24 2020 13: 34
        -4
        Absolutely agree! I just did not want to frighten the fragile brains of many readers with liberal values. wink
      2. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
        Rum rum (Rum rum) April 25 2020 03: 36
        +1
        Again, common words. Specifically, the definition of what is

        liberal western values

        - without empty water.
        Specifically, what can be discussed and verified.

        Stop juggling with abstractions.
        1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
          Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) April 25 2020 14: 57
          -2
          Quote: Rum Rum
          Specifically, what can be discussed and verified.

          Let’s specifically.
          One of the most famous classics of liberalism, John Locke, in his writings put forward the idea of ​​natural rights (although these rights, according to his thought, did not extend to everyone). We can see the development of this idea in the UN Declaration on Human Rights and in most (and maybe all) constitutions of the world (including the Russian Federation).
          1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
            Rum rum (Rum rum) April 25 2020 20: 15
            +1
            Again abstraction. Everything is clear with you - boring. I disconnect from the topic, you can not respond.
            1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
              Oleg Rambover (Oleg Rambover) April 27 2020 14: 00
              -2
              Quote: Rum Rum
              Again abstraction. Everything is clear with you - boring. I disconnect from the topic, you can not respond.

              Are you a red maiden so that I am entertaining you? It is interesting to know what you mean by the word “values” in this context. You can not answer.
    3. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) April 24 2020 14: 45
      +3
      ... and also in the field of ballet you are ahead of the rest ...

      - funny. According to your statements, as I understand it, you are not a citizen of Russia, otherwise such shit would not have been written. And if you still are, then I am truly sorry for you. But then what the hell did you forget here, go to your civilized West, to your beloved America, live and earn there, or is it hard for you to make money there? It is much easier, being in Russia, to deify all the Western "charms" of life and to pour dirty mud on the country in which you now live. I don’t write anything at all about such a concept as Homeland, since it is completely absent from you !!!
      1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) April 24 2020 21: 18
        -2
        Got it! A resident of urundi-burundi, being a patriot, should consider that the United States is an underdeveloped country, and its burundi is a technological leader. Well, of course, if he has a concept about the homeland.
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          1. plabu Offline plabu
            plabu April 25 2020 07: 20
            0
            Quote: cmonman
            AlexZN, with the inhabitants of this site, fan-patriots, globe-homeland-loving, do not argue - it makes no sense. With them need to communicate sarcastically-malicious-clever-funny ...

            Maybe it should - the main question is how it actually turns out, and here is sadness - what do you have, what does Alex have. bully
            PS rockets in you? Here's another - to transfer so much money in vain. hi
  5. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) April 23 2020 19: 15
    +3
    Today, the hegemony of the USA on the planet still rests on two main pillars, but they have already begun to crumble. The first pillar is military superiority over other countries. The second pillar is an extensive network of military bases around the world, necessary to control the extraction of resources and transport routes.

    For stability, you need 3 fulcrum. The stool will not stand on two legs.
    The third pillar is the petrodollar.
  6. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) April 24 2020 22: 13
    -1
    Therefore, the United States will return to the status of a net importer of oil in 2020. This will mean that the US oil self-sufficiency project failed.

    Stylistic paragraph error. Instead of a dot at the end of the paragraph, you would have to put a bold exclamation mark! So that the patriot suffocated with joy, straightened his chest, sighed, exhaled with relief ... well, as it should be when winning ...
  7. balioleg Offline balioleg
    balioleg (Oleg) April 25 2020 10: 54
    0
    Many thanks to AlexZN! I lived to the retirement age, but only now I learned that jeans, cola, American cinema, hamburgers (they forgot to mention beads) are universal values. Obviously, I was mistaken, believing that universal human values ​​are something else. And your remark about the fragile brains of many readers speaks only of the deep flaws of education.
    1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
      Alexzn (Alexander) April 25 2020 11: 17
      -1
      You are welcome. Did you think that such values ​​are kvass and borsch? You can also learn a lot in retirement.
    2. balioleg Offline balioleg
      balioleg (Oleg) April 25 2020 11: 31
      +1
      Explain why? Obviously, something was missing in the rules.
  8. balioleg Offline balioleg
    balioleg (Oleg) April 25 2020 11: 58
    +1
    AlexZN! Do you obviously consider yourself a storehouse of wisdom? Define the term "values." Judging by your deep thoughts, about kvass and jeans, the question of your personal values ​​remains open.
    1. Alexzn Online Alexzn
      Alexzn (Alexander) April 25 2020 12: 49
      -2
      Have you become too small Her grated jeans? Take a banjo, play her goodbye.