THE NUCLEAR POWER
Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, American governmental decision-makers have repeatedly tried to base their foreign affairs and defense policies on Machiavellian power politics. The net result has been the counterproductive creation of a series of unmitigated disasters for the United States, both at home and abroad, and the subversion of the entire post-World War II international legal order that the United States itself had spearheaded at the San Francisco Conference convened to sign the United Nations Charter on 26 June 1945. 1 This is because Machiavellian power politics violently contradict several of the most fundamental normative principles upon which the United States is supposed to be founded: the inalienable rights of the human being, the self-determination of peoples, the sovereign equality and independence of states, non-interventionism, respect for international law and organizations, the peaceful settlement of international disputes, as well the United States Constitution itself, Article VI of which expressly determines that treaties are “the supreme Law of the Land”. Throughout the twentieth century the promotion of international law and the U.S. Constitution has usually provided the United States with the means for reconciling the idealism of American values and aspirations with the realism of world politics and historical conditions.
By contrast, according to The Prince, the practice of Machiavellianism abroad requires the practice of Machiavellianism at home. The Machiavellian Prince has no friends; only present and potential enemies, both foreign and domestic. Thus, the Prince must wage physical warfare unremittingly against foreign rivals and periodically when necessary against his own people. Furthermore, the Prince is also supposed to continuously engage in psycho- logical warfare against his own subjects in all possible ways and upon all appropriate occasions. It is precisely for this reason that geopolitical practitioners of Machiavellian power politics such as Kissinger, Brzezinski,