The Power of Nyet – The USA’s loss of power – by Dmitry Orlov

The Power of Nyet – by Dmitry Orlov – Club Orlov Blog

The way things are supposed to work on this planet is like this: in the United States, the power structures (public and private) decide what they want the rest of the world to do. They communicate their wishes through official and unofficial channels, expecting automatic cooperation. If cooperation is not immediately forthcoming, they apply political, financial and economic pressure. If that still doesn’t produce the intended effect, they attempt regime change through a colour revolution or a military coup, or organize and finance an insurgency leading to terrorist attacks and civil war in the recalcitrant nation. If that still doesn’t work, they bomb the country back to the Stone Age. This is the way it worked in the 1990s and the 2000s, but as of late a new dynamic has emerged.

In the beginning it was centered on Russia, but the phenomenon has since spread around the world and is about to engulf the United States itself. It works like this: the United States decides what it wants Russia to do and communicates its wishes, expecting automatic cooperation. Russia says “Nyet.” The United States then runs through all of the above steps up to but not including the bombing campaign, from which it is deterred by Russia’s nuclear arsenal. The answer remains “Nyet.” One could perhaps imagine that some smart person within the USA power structure would pipe up and say: “Based on the evidence before us, dictating our terms to Russia doesn’t work; let’s try negotiating with Russia in good faith as equals.”

And then everybody else would slap their heads and say, “Wow! That’s brilliant! Why didn’t we think of that?” But instead that person would be fired that very same day because, you see, American global hegemony is nonnegotiable. And so what happens instead is that the Americans act baffled, regroup and try again, making for quite an amusing spectacle.

The whole Edward Snowden imbroglio was particularly fun to watch. The USA demanded his extradition. The Russians said: “Nyet, our constitution forbids it.” And then, hilariously, some voices in the West demanded in response that Russia change its constitution! The response, requiring no translation, was “Xa-xa-xa-xa-xa!”

Less funny is the impasse over Syria: the Americans have been continuously demanding that Russia go along with their plan to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. The unchanging Russian response has been: “Nyet, the Syrians get to decide on their leadership, not Russia, and not the USA.” Each time they hear it, the Americans scratch their heads and… try again.

John Kerry was just recently in Moscow, holding a marathon “negotiating session” with Putin and Lavrov. Above is a photo of Kerry talking to Putin and Lavrov in Moscow a week or so ago and their facial expressions are hard to misread. There’s Kerry, with his back to the camera, babbling away as per usual. Lavrov’s face says: “I can’t believe I have to sit here and listen to this nonsense again.” Putin’s face says: “Oh the poor idiot, he can’t bring himself to understand that we’re just going to say ‘nyet’ again.” Kerry flew home with yet another “nyet.” [photo deleted]

What’s worse, other countries are now getting into the act. The Americans told the Brits exactly how to vote, and yet the Brits said “nyet” and voted for Brexit. The Americans told the Europeans to accept the horrendous corporate power grab that is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the French said “nyet, it shall not pass.” The US organized yet another military coup in Turkey to replace Erdoǧan with somebody who won’t try to play nice with Russia, and the Turks said “nyet” to that too. And now, horror of horrors, there is Donald Trump saying “nyet” to all sorts of things—NATO, offshoring American jobs, letting in a flood of migrants, globalization, weapons for Ukrainian Nazis, free trade…

The corrosive psychological effect of “nyet” on the American hegemonic psyche cannot be underestimated. If you are supposed to think and act like a hegemon, but only the thinking part still works, then the result is cognitive dissonance. If your job is to bully nations around, and the nations can no longer be bullied, then your job becomes a joke, and you turn into a mental patient. The resulting madness has recently produced quite an interesting symptom: some number of US State Department staffers signed a letter, which was promptly leaked, calling for a bombing campaign against Syria in order to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. These are diplomats. Diplomacy is the art of avoiding war by talking. Diplomats who call for war are not being exactly… diplomatic. You could say that they are incompetent diplomats, but that wouldn’t go far enough (most of the competent diplomats left the service during the second Bush administration, many of them in disgust over having to lie about the rationale for the Iraq war). The truth is, they are sick, deranged non-diplomatic warmongers. Such is the power of this one simple Russian word that they have quite literally lost their minds.

But it would be unfair to single out the State Department. It is as if the entire American body politic has been infected by a putrid miasma. It permeates all things and makes life miserable. In spite of the mounting problems, most other things in the USA are still somewhat manageable, but this one thing—the draining away of the ability to bully the whole world—ruins everything. It’s mid-summer, the nation is at the beach. The beach blanket is moth-eaten and threadbare, the beach umbrella has holes in it, the soft drinks in the cooler are laced with nasty chemicals and the summer reading is boring… and then there is a dead whale decomposing nearby, whose name is “Nyet.” It just ruins the whole ambiance!

The media chattering heads and the establishment politicos are at this point painfully aware of this problem, and their predictable reaction is to blame it on what they perceive as its ultimate source: Russia, conveniently personified by Putin. “If you aren’t voting for Clinton, you are voting for Putin” is one recently minted political trope. Another is that Trump is Putin’s agent. Any public figure that declines to take a pro-establishment stance is automatically labeled “Putin’s useful idiot.” Taken at face value, such claims are preposterous. But there is a deeper explanation for them: what ties them all together is the power of “nyet.” A vote for Sanders is a “nyet” vote: the Democratic establishment produced a candidate and told people to vote for her, and most of the young people said “nyet.” Same thing with Trump: the Republican establishment trotted out its Seven Dwarfs and told people to vote for any one of them, and yet most of the disenfranchised working-class white people said “nyet” and voted for Snow White the outsider.

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.


  • Chris  On August 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Brilliant piece of work. You hit all the nails on their heads. The bullies have run out of options. NWO and Marshal Law may be their next Satanic move. We must resist at all times.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 6, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Hillary Clinton Would NOT be the First Female American President:

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 6, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts are losing him swing voters and uniting the USA like never before

    Nash Riggins – Independent UK

    For decades, America’s well-oiled and meticulously programmed political machine runs off the toxic fumes of partisan spite.

    Mulish Democrats and pig-headed Republicans are raised to believe that they are right, that everyone else is wrong, and that compromise is for sackless morons. Party lines are etched deep in stone, not to be crossed under any circumstances.

    But thanks to Donald Trump and his increasingly belligerent outbursts, that looks like it is about to change.

    When that oddly orange presenter of The Apprentice first announced his intention to run for President of the United States, every political pundit on the planet split their sides laughing. Fast forward 12 months and Trump has drowned the Republican establishment in a tidal wave of petty squabbles and hateful rhetoric.

    By fashioning himself into a rallying point for an allegedly marginalised White America, Trump has gagged the competition. He thinks that, in return, he’s earned a free pass to say anything that pops into his head.

    What sort of things pop into Trump’s head? His remarks suggest that he thinks all Mexicans are rapists; Muslims shouldn’t be allowed in the USA; and women should be punished for having abortions. He’s asked the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, kicked infants out of his rallies for crying and openly condones illegal torture methods.

    Last week, Trump even started a pointless feud with the grief-stricken parents of a genuine war hero because they said they didn’t like him. The guy appears to have gone completely off the rails – but he clearly thinks that this is the way forward.

    Crazy conspiracy theories and catchy, xenophobic idioms helped The Donald to divide and conquer the Republican Party in record time. Now he thinks it’s the easiest path to winning the White House, too. But he is wrong.

    In order to defeat Hillary Clinton, Trump will need to look beyond the conservative right that he has mobilised and appeal to a strong minority of politically-engaged independents who claim to vote based upon reason rather than political creed.

    That doesn’t bode well for him, given that he’s exhibiting less reason by the hour.

    Even senior GOP figures have finally worked up the courage to publicly state their presidential nominee is “psychologically unbalanced” – unthinkable in previous elections, once party loyalty had kicked in at this late stage of the presidential race.

    At the rate he’s going, Trump is probably only three or four crazy tweets away from losing every last independent voter in the country.

    That leaves the undecideds with three viable choices: back Hillary Clinton, spoil their ballot, or embrace a third party candidate such as the Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein. In practice, all these options equate to a surrogate vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Pollsters believe Johnson’s presence alone will siphon off at least 4 per cent of Trump’s increasingly fickle support base, clearing the pathway for a decisive Clinton victory.

    It’s not just independents jumping ship. Over the past few days, GOP congressmen have started to pledge their support for Hillary Clinton, one of Jeb Bush’s top campaign advisers has left the party, and major Republican donors have announced they’re planning to organise blockbuster fundraisers for Hillary.

    They took their time, but Republicans are finally snapping out of their partisan coma and agreeing to work alongside Democrats to try and bridge America’s notorious political divide.

    Voters are admitting that sometimes it’s okay to make a compromise or two in the name of progress; that stepping over party lines in this unique circumstances won’t destroy American democracy.

    If that political unity is the ultimate legacy of Donald Trump’s hateful approach, then let the man preach. Not only is The Donald shooting himself in the foot each and every time he opens his big mouth, but he’s also reminding the world that we have more in common than we think.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 6, 2016 at 10:15 pm


    A woman’s road to success is a tough one. Even when this particular woman is breaking the ceiling, some are seeking to diminish the importance of a “first” for the USA Presidency.

    Reminds me of when Obama became the ‘first’ black USA President and folks pointed out that previous presidents had some smidgen of black blood hitherto swept under the rug. Trump even pushed the movement that questioned his US citizenship.

    Geez!!!!! – One has to be THICK skinned to be in politics.

    Let’s see how many folks will claw at her back to bring her crashing down to the level of mediocrity.

    What Obama did for the psyche of every child of colour, Hilary can reinforce for every female child.

    Is that NOT a positive thing?

    Dr. J

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    This is good. Great research work. Would Cleopatra fit anywhere in this article?
    And are the “greatest” nations the most progressive?
    – Grafton

    Re: Cleopatra – probably, but the list is not complete by any stretch …
    Julia Gillard was PM of Australia
    Kim Campbell was PM of Canada

    Pertaining to the progressive nations – I picked this up from the internet:

    SWEDEN: Maybe their liberal attitude comes from the lifelong sauna culture that nearly all Swedes grow up with. It’s hard to be conservative when you spend so much time hanging out with naked people.

    CANADA: Someone should inform all the people who keep threatening to “move to Canada” whenever America leans a little more to the left that they probably won’t like Canada much better.

    NORWAY: It has got the most humane prison in the world – A $22.2 million prison in Halden, Norway offers numerous amenities to its inmates including private cells with personal mini-fridges and unbarred windows, extensive grounds to roam on and even a rock-climbing wall. It might seem excessive, but few can argue with Norway’s remarkably low crime and re-offense rates. Whatever they’re doing seems to be working.

    The NETHERLANDS: With all the marijuana and prostitution to be had in Amsterdam; you could pretend you’re going just to visit the Van Gogh Museum, but who would believe you?

    ICELAND: Some say its social progressiveness comes from it being a largely pagan country. Iceland was too far-flung to be comfortably reached by Medieval Christian missionaries, so today Icelanders are free of many of the social taboos surrounding divorce and having children out of wedlock. Non-nuclear families are the norm there, and Icelanders seem to be happier for it.

    SWITZERLAND: Has NOT been in a war since 1815; has the 4th highest gun ownership rate in the world but still boasts the 11th lowest homicide rate. In addition to loving peace and guns, Switzerland has also decriminalized marijuana and has a famously free economic market – making it a Libertarian’s dream.

    NEW ZEALAND: Granted women the right to vote in 1893 – 27-years before the USA did – So why are New Zealanders so progressive? Some studies show that being exposed to nature can make you calmer, happier and even nicer. Maybe if you lived in Middle Earth, you’d be a happy hobbit too.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 7, 2016 at 8:48 am

  • Gigi  On August 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    @ Chris, up voting your comment 100 ++++++. Would be nice to have more grownups offering up their personal views.

    Refreshing read. I am going add this link and save this article as one of my all time faves. Also add China’s Nyet to US interference on its territorial islands in the South China Sea.

    Nyet Hillary 2016

  • Albert  On August 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Life is very short and many are lucky to be spending that short period in the U.S. I have seen Russia twice largely for a historical read on places where the war with Germany occurred. Russia itself is a large backward country….. it has nothing but a large military and some energy producing industries. The streets are congested with the railway the main source of transportation. No major modern industry. Corrupt leaders who flee to Europe after they have stolen enough money. Lousy food. Don’t get a real headache there or you will miss CVS. Its a place I would never want to live.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 14, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Dmitry Orlov is selling T-shirts with “Your Wrasse on a Plate” logo with photo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: