The Imperial Question

The big question that is never asked of  “We the People” by politicians is: are you willing to fight (and possibly die) and kill people in other countries in order to maintain your standard of living?  I call this The Imperial Question.  These non-stop regime change wars Arab Springs and colors are rarely if ever debated for what they really are and Congress never declares war as duty requires.  Presidents and Congresses will not ask the question because they already know the answer and the oligarchy that elected them don’t like the inevitable answer.


If the Imperial Question were freely debated, if Congress had to declare war as required in the U.S. Constitution, then the American people would wake up and demand that our  government retract itself from these wars, no longer be the world’s police force, bring home its military, become energy independent, and stop meddling in the affairs of other countries.  As the world’s most powerful military withdraws from its many military bases and entanglements and instead builts a strong homeland defense, unfortunately, peace will not ensue immediately.  We have done too much damage.  And, in addition, there are forces who believe their mission is world domination and they have held that belief since before the U.S. existed.  We will need a strong defense and the ability to discriminate/judge right from wrong and good from bad; we have lost these and restoring them must be one of our first steps. 

The country cannot defend itself if we have an open border.  Many enemy are already inside.

America and NATO are conducting petrodollar wars and we have been fighting these wars for 30 years, while claiming the need for regime change for humanitarian reasons, the favorite whipping boy of tyrants, and outright fear mongering by politicians and public media.  If the U.S. dollar is no longer used to trade oil in international markets, then the value of the dollar will decline.  We will suffer, but bankers and the oligarchy will suffer more.  Petrodollar wars sustain the price of oil and the value of the hundreds of trillions of U.S. dollars reserves held in the central banks of every nation, The World Bank and the IMF.  (Note that a few weeks ago the BRICS countries began to move away from the U.S. dollar, the World Bank and the IMF by establishing their own banking system.)  If the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar declines rapidly, that is, if demand for our fiat U.S. dollar declines, then since most goods sold in U.S. are imported, the price of those goods sold in the U.S. would increase significantly, and U.S. living standards would decline.  This is directly in front of us.  We can manage it or else let chaos take its course. 

There will be severe recession or depression until We the People fight for internal change inside America to re-install free markets in energy and in banking, and to restore the Constitution and fiscal responsibility in government.  The U.S. does not need foreign oil or gas.  There is plenty of oil and gas here, and plenty of technology to develop it cleanly, more than any other country.  But our government has put onshore oil off limits for exploration and development and prevented building of refineries.  Then there is even more oil and gas offshore in U.S. territorial waters.  But our government allows only a few development rights offshore where it is more dangerous for life and the environment and more expensive.  Energy supplies have been constrained, bottlenecked by the politics of greed and power. 

After Americans finally stand up to their government, oil, gas and energy will become extremely expensive here for several years because it will take years to re-develop the U.S. onshore oil, gas and coal energy supply chain which our government and political environmental cronies have shut down.

Our government has constrained our supply by convincing us that coal, oil and gas are bad, that your carbon footprint is bad.  We fight and die and kill to maintain access to carbon-based energy for NATO countries, while at the same time we prohibit access to that same carbon energy in the third world.  Millions have died needlessly because of our U.S. and NATO imperial policy.  U.S. government policies at EPA, DOE, DOI, State Department, etc. related to global warming and CO2 are a massive fraud on the American people designed to maintain the status quo and enrich cronies, those that elect them and protect with media and money, all to maintain the Petrodollar Empire. Global warming by so-called carbon pollution is a fraud designed to maintain the world’s status quo and enrich the oligarchy that runs the Petrodollar Empire via the world’s central banks.  When We the People finally figure this out, there will be an upheaval.  There will be a massive class action case with fraud-level damage awards.  Politicians will be jailed.

Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, etc … these countries posed no existential threat to the U.S. or NATO.  But we have deposed and/or caused to be murdered or imprisoned the leaders of those countries.  All of that is directly linked to the trillions of fiat U.S. dollars pouring through the world’s banks, the value of which is tied to the supply of oil and confidence.  It’s all a giant bubble of petrodollar debt and one way or another you are paying to sustain that bubble. 

Our government killed and is killing people in all of these countries (and more) in our name, in the name of U.S. national interest, i.e. to protect the petrodollar, to protect the oligarchy.  Genocide by starvation and absence of care is being committed in third world countries to maintain the standard of living in the U.S. and the highly developed countries of NATO.  History will shame our last three generations because of our vicious petrodollar wars. 

There is great economic pain and loss ahead as the huge debt bubble collapses, the Federal Reserve and its fiat dollar is finally shut down, and free markets and elections are finally restored in this republic.  I firmly believe that Americans will pull together and shut down the Empire that we have been conned into supporting for the last 30 or 40 years.

Bud Bromley

About budbromley

Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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5 Responses to The Imperial Question

  1. Ron Pavellas says:

    Bud, I reckon this imperial impulse began at least with Woodrow Wilson, who famously said: “… at last the world knows America as the savior of the world!” Read further, here:


  2. John Maney says:

    Bud – Always thought provoking and convincing – I agree with your cynicism about government and following the money trail – I however, also can argue at times it may be helpful to assist the enemy of your enemy – but not at the expense of our men and women in uniform – that’s why God made drones. (But a however regarding drones as well: Drones should be used on our enemies – not on American citizens in America.)

    How’s the hose selling doing?



    • budbromley says:

      John, I would rather see the U.S. set an good example of behavior in foreign policy and relations, like Switzerland. I believe that would be more effective in changing the behavior of our enemies. We know that some enemies will not change and for those we build, train and conserve our defenses. IMHO, assisting the enemy of our enemy is a wasted resource. This is the Roman story of Cicero aiding first Antonio to save the Roman Republic from Julius Caesar, and after Julius Caesar met his demise, aiding Julius Caesar’s adopted son in order to save the Roman Republic from Antonio, and then aiding Brutus to save the Roman Republic from Julius Caesar’s adopted son. It does not work. The ends almost never justify the means. IMHO. The house is not seeing much activity yet. Thanks.


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