The United States has hurt feelings because Russia expelled 755 U.S. diplomats in retaliation for sanctions the U.S. government passed against Russia. Now, this is typical of the United States: "Do unto others, then act outraged when others do likewise unto you." This has been the case with the United States ever since the beginning. For example, the United States signed treaties with Native American tribes, then promptly broke the treaties when they wanted the land. Then the U.S. government acted outraged when Native American tribes defended themselves. I think this same dynamic can be seen anywhere else the United States government has acted.
The United States government cannot be trusted. Let me say it again: The United States government cannot be trusted. Native American tribes have a slang term for toilet paper. It's called "treaty paper". In truth, they are actually the same thing and worth as much after used. The United States government recently broke the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed with the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Why? They said since the Soviet Union is gone and Russia is technically not that "nation" anymore, the ABM Treaty was now null and void. Russia protested this but, as always, the United States government went ahead and did it anyway.
Countries better be very careful asking the United States to mediate disputes or intervene in affairs. Look, the 1990-1991 Gulf War was the result of asking United States help and the U.S. has kept a large presence in the region ever since. Not that it wasn't there before, but notice how the United States conveniently left Saddam Hussein in power to provide a plausible reason why it should remain in the region. Gee, what a coincidence! In 2003, Saddam himself learned papers the U.S. signs hold less value over time than the American dollar.
A piece of paper the United States signs is already worthless before the ink dries. Because if the United States violates the treaty, who will enforce it? The tribes sent on the death march to an open-air concentration camp by President Andrew Jackson can tell you that. If anything, the United States has gained even more power to violate treaties, refuse to abide by international law, and stubbornly refuse to prosecute its own politicians for war crimes it has tried and convicted other nations for in the past. Again, there is no one with the power to stop the United States. Or, more to the point, those who do have that power are not willing to risk a nuclear war to do so. Because the United States absolutely will resort to threats to use nuclear weapons if some nuclear power attempts to stop the United States from a course of action it's literally hell-bent on pursuing.
Remember, it was the United States who invented nuclear weapons in the first place. With the intention to use them. Which it did---twice. It vaporized Hiroshima and without bothering to wait for a surrender, vaporized Nagasaki a few days later. What people don't realize is the Nagasaki bomb was a different design from the Hiroshima bomb and they wanted to see how it worked on a city. It was also the United States who invented thermonuclear weapons with the development of the hydrogen bomb. Because plain old nuclear weapons weren't destructive enough. By the way, prior to testing the hydrogen bomb, scientists warned that there was a slight risk the bomb could ignite the atmosphere and destroy the planet. The United States government decided it was worth the risk.
The reason the United States built so many nuclear weapons is for this reason: If the United States is attacked by another nuclear-armed nation (or one defends itself against the United States), the U.S. will take the entire world along with it in a global murder-suicide pact. That's right. If the United States is attacked or believes itself under attack with incoming nuclear weapons, the United States will use all 2,600 nuclear weapons it has and wipe the entire planet off the face of the solar system. Now, I ask you, has any Islamic nation ever made plans to do something like this? No! But here's the United States who has made such a plan and it complains about Islamic nations who never started a world war, either, by the way?!
Of course, the United States likes to point to things like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and uses that flimsy excuse to enact sanctions on Iran for allegedly building ballistic missiles. Ballistic missiles are not covered under treaties as long as they carry conventional warheads. Cruise missiles themselves can carry conventional warheads, as we well know, since the United States launches them with impunity into several countries with whom it is allegedly not at war. So whether or not Iran is building a ballistic missile is not even the point here because the United States just used this mathematical equation to try and scare the world: Ballistic Missile + Iran = Nuclear Weapon. And the sum is actually sanctions against Iran.
But if the United States is really concerned about other countries getting nuclear weapons, why have no sanctions been placed on Israel who has them, plus ballistic missiles? Israel fielded the Jericho ICBM system and we know darn well those are nuclear payloads the ballistic missiles are carrying. I could go into even more detail here, but the gist of it is this: The United States only enforces the non-proliferation philosophy against nations it does not like, such as Iran and North Korea. But when it comes to Israel, not only does it turn a blind eye, but ties a blindfold over its eyes and then turns out the lights.
See, the United States is an expert at using treaties to justify wars. They use the treaty to start a war, or they break the treaty and when the other nation defends itself, then the U.S. claims it was attacked without provocation. In fact, not even Pearl Harbor was unprovoked. The United States had passed crippling sanctions on Japan and Japan felt it needed to do a pre-emptive strike to stop the United States from more aggressive action. Which was the entire rationale for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. When the United States engages in pre-emptive strikes, it says it did so to avert a larger disaster. When the United States is the target of a pre-emptive strike such as at Pearl Harbor, it will keep whining over that for 70 years and more!
Therefore, again, the United States' word is not worth a wooden nickel. Once it's on paper, it's only fit to line a cat's litter box. The United States has consistently broken treaties when it needed to do so. It enforces international treaties and international law itself selectively, allowing its friends and itself to literally get away with murder time and time again. Just ask the Palestinians. Just ask anyone else who's been on the receiving end of U.S. "foreign policy". So the next time you buy toilet paper, remember, that's exactly what a treaty from the United States is worth. Look how well Trump "honors" the agreement Iran signed with the United States. All American treaties are rolled around a cardboard tube and worth the same after used.
Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.