Are we witnessing the early stages of the disintegration of America as a global leader?

TheBlaze's national security editor Buck Sexton once again filled in for Glenn on radio this morning, and he opened the program with a 'deep dive' into national security - drawing on his background as a member of the CIA and NYPD Intelligence Division.

"I want to focus in on something that I call the 'Buck Brief' which is where I go deep into national security," Buck explained. "I am a radio host on TheBlaze Radio Network. I do a show Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00, and the 'Buck Brief' has become somewhat of a staple where we go into geopolitics into the strategy of our intelligence community, of our military, and that's what I want to start with now."

With the Christmas season upon us, Buck decided to take a look at the non-Christmas celebrating world and explain the major shift in geopolitical relations and structure that has been underway for some five years now. Are witnessing the early stages of the disintegration of America as a global hegemon? Buck explains.

I want to take you away from your presents for a minute, or at least take your attention away from them – from the tree that you are probably dressing up with all sorts of ornaments and from your yuletide cheer. I want to focus on what could accurately be called the world that doesn't celebrate Christmas, the non-Christmas world. 

You see, news as you know is a construct. News is a construct of journalists, news is a construct of people who work in that business and so while all of us are on or preparing to be on holiday and getting ready to spend time with family, the rest of the world continues on in large part as is. As part of breaking down my sense of geopolitics right now, I want to use a term that has fallen out of use somewhat. If we're going to speak about the non-Christmas-celebrating world or perhaps the world in which Christmas, if celebrated, is celebrated seldom and by very few, that term is Christendom. It used to correspond with what we now know as or consider to be the West. It is the torch of Western civilization, of course, that America now holds, America as a liberal democracy, and the global hegemon, economically, military, militarily and politically.

But what we are witnessing during this Christmas season is a shift, a shift in geopolitics, a shift in national security strategy that has occurred over the course of not just the past year, really the course of the past five years due to the ideology and proclivity of this Administration. You are witnessing the early stages of the disintegration of America as a global hegemon, and countries that fall out of the designation that we could call the West, formerly Christendom, before that the Roman Empire, before that Greece. 

There are challenges now. You could break it down roughly into three. You could break it down into political Islam, Islamism, which encompasses Sunni and Shia varieties, Jihadis and theocrats, nation states dedicated to the idea of opposing and eventually overcoming the West, like Iran, and groups within nations that seem bent upon either overthrowing those in charge of them now, the near-enemy, or striking out before they can even accomplish that at the far-enemy, which would be us and perhaps Israel. 

There's also Russia which, while not necessarily right now openly hostile in all acts and intents, has a narrative of politics and a narrative of geopolitics that is different than ours and in many ways contrary to ours. It's a friend to nonaligned countries, it's a friend to states that view themselves as oppositional to the United States. Over the past year we've seen a tremendous amount of Russian activity that we could easily decide and easily view as being intended to hamper and hobble the U.S., in some cases so openly that it's become brazen, it's become almost a point of satire for this when looking at this administration. It's unbelievable.

And then, of course, you have China whose main power and main opposition seems to be on the economic front. It's focused regionally more so than it is a global narrative. North Korea and other rogue states, of course, can find a friend in China because the Chinese government acts without a sense of any overarching morality. It's really just trying to achieve its own somewhat parochial interests now, and those interests will, of course, expand as it secures them over time.

This, if you will, is a time in which America finds itself not out of power, not pushed from the heights of being the hegemon but all of the indicators are showing it moving in that direction. And when you add to that, an administration that so clearly not only lacks a vision for the projection of American power and ideals abroad but actually shirks from that, does not believe in what had been considered the American experiment's relationship with the rest of the world up until now, wants to change it. And by changing it perhaps they only have to do what they've been doing recently, which is either bumbling through it or, just as effective in many ways, doing nothing, refusing to bolster our allies, refusing to scare off our enemies, acting as though everything is a surprise that should have been known weeks or months in advance, acting as though they've never been there before. There is an amateurism on display by those in charge of the greatest most powerful nation on the history of the planet. 

We have to understand that no matter how powerful the machine, if those at the levers have no understanding of how to utilize it, and not only that but how to keep it as it is, we will see a degradation of U.S. power abroad, and that is what we are seeing right now. We are seeing a removal of strategic interests and strategic assets in places where one couldn't have dreamed before this administration had come to power it would ever occur. We've seen Russia set up missiles in opposition to close allies.  We've seen the Chinese become increasingly bellicose over a bunch of small islands in the East China Sea, and the forces of global jihad – and this perhaps more pronounced than any of the others – see a moment, see an opening. 

At one point it would have been enough for them to strike out at the West, to lash out at us for our perceived wrongdoings. Now there is a shift. There is the possibility in Syria, for example, of a jihadist state undreamed of since the Taliban-ran Afghanistan. There was the possibility for an Iranian nuclear power pushing its Shia Islamic ideals around the region, creating a situation in which we could see a Saudi versus Iranian showdown involving nuclear missiles. This is a dangerous world we live in and that is something you will always hear, but in this case it's more than a platitude because it's becoming increasingly dangerous. And as we've seen the people in charge right now are absolutely incapable of showing anything that would approach strategic vision and I would offer to you even the most basic competence in international affairs.

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.