I figured out why Republicans have become Democrats and are allowing the State Department to still be run by the Obama administration. To spite the Russians. For all the hate that each party has for each other, they hate the Russians more. Spite drives Washington D.C.
The ultimate goal of US foreign policy is to increase US imperialism (while ignoring the world decrying it) and, as icing on the cake, anger the "big, bad Russians."
The latest ploy (and Macedonia is the toy) is to get Macedonia into NATO. Why not get a country that doesn't need it and can't afford it into an obsolete organization that should've died alongside the Soviet Union, yet only exists to fulfill the goals mentioned above?
The brutal side effect in this case (and there always is one when it comes to American foreign policy) is that Macedonia is being forced to change its name, identity, language, ethnicity and history in order to appease its biggest oppressor, Greece, so that Greece lifts its veto and "allows” Macedonia to get NATO membership.
The Republic of Macedonia's new...everything, would be "North Macedonia” and "Northern Macedonian” and this changes the very definition of "Macedonian”. Of course, eradicating an ethnic group's name and identity constitutes genocide and violates international law and human rights conventions, but this won't stop the United States - the self-proclaimed and brutally ironic "greatest democracy in the world”.
And we are not just talking about the Republic of Macedonia being wiped out. The West, in its infinite racism, partitioned all of Macedonia in 1913 and handed pieces to Serbia/Yugoslavia (now the independent Republic of Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece and later, Albania. The redefining of an age-old nationality plays right into the handbook of all of our oppressors - to eradicate our existence. Macedonians everywhere, with international support, who have been fighting Greek, Bulgarian, Albanian and Serbian oppression are now by being hung out to dry (with our ethnicity to die) all because the United States values NATO over human decency and democracy.
And let's not forget - what the United States wants, the United States gets. Despite resistance, if any, from the international community.
Of course, a simple solution to satisfy the United States' obsession with NATO enlargement while actually RESPECTING an entire people's right to exist is to remove the one-country veto rule in NATO, something that even George Bush suggested. Donald Trump, are you going to allow George Bush to be your voice of reason?
Now, if changing NATO rules requires too much effort for this incompetent US administration, the US could easily direct (order) Greece to refrain from using its veto power as it would if say, Montenegro, were to threaten to veto a potential NATO member.
If only Donald Trump would notice - anything, he would put an immediate end to this debacle, even if it were only to save his best friend/boss Vladimir Putin from watching NATO gain another member-state.
God forbid (and remember that God apparently watches over Republicans) that Trump acts like a real president and institutes his own foreign policy as I called for after Trump took office in this op-ed in The Hill. The reasons range from common sense, respect for human rights and international law, the saving of millions of US-taxpayer dollars by ending the implementation of a Soros-run government in Macedonia, and spite - something that Trump should have eaten up like yet another Big Mac.
But since Trump is incapable and unwilling to act, can the Republicans who claim to be Trump's "voice of reason” (or better yet, the anonymous New York Times Republican who claims to have Trump on a leash), implement their OWN foreign policy and save a country as a side effect? As opposed to typical US foreign policy which destroys countries as a main objective.
I wondered when Democrats became Republicans in this Hill op-ed when I blasted their foreign-interventionist policy that is destroying Macedonia. But it is now, ironically, the Republican-like Democratic foreign policy that the Republicans are enabling and executing. If that didn't make you dizzy...
And this is the vicious cycle that drives US foreign policy. Macedonia is stuck right in the middle of it and going around and around like a carnival ride. But instead of waiting for Trump or any US politician to gain a conscience and act, the vicious cycle ends if the object in it stops moving. Macedonia - STOP. Stop allowing yourself to be a pawn in the United States' twisted foreign policy game of Risk. But in this case, and as I explained in The Game of Macedonia, Macedonia owns this game and can choose to stop playing at any time.
So, Macedonian politicians, will you finally defend Macedonia, human rights and common sense and end this name change catastrophe? Defend yourselves and the world will defend you, instead of being yet another American doormat and a living example of the Seinfeld episode where the angry Ukrainian yells at Kramer and Newman: "You think Ukraine is weak?! Ukraine is game to you?!" Substitute "Ukraine" with "Macedonia" and Seinfeld would've hit the nail on the head.
And finally. With one last homage to Seinfeld (he should've been President). Will the Republican Party do what it's best at and, based purely out of spite, return the US State Department's policy to one that is not anti-Macedonian?
The article first published at MHRMI.