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New World Order Part 1

Posted: 02/28/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011


by Andrew Gavin Marshall

from GlobalResearch Website

Andrew Gavin Marshall is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). He is currently studying Political Economy and History at Simon Fraser University.

Andrew Gavin Marshall is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Part 1

October 16, 2009

Introduction

In the face of total global economic collapse, the prospects of a massive international war are increasing. Historically, periods of imperial decline and economic crisis are marked by increased international violence and war.

The decline of the great European empires was marked by World War I and World War II, with the Great Depression taking place in the intermediary period.

Currently, the world is witnessing the decline of the American empire, itself a product born out of World War II. As the post-war imperial hegemon, America ran the international monetary system and reigned as champion and arbitrator of the global political economy.

To manage the global political economy, the US has created the single largest and most powerful military force in world history. Constant control over the global economy requires constant military presence and action.

Now that both the American empire and global political economy are in decline and collapse, the prospect of a violent end to the American imperial age is drastically increasing.

This essay is broken into three separate parts.

  • The first part covers US-NATO geopolitical strategy since the end of the Cold War, at the beginning of the New World Order, outlining the western imperial strategy that led to the war in Yugoslavia and the “War on Terror.”
  • Part 2 analyzes the nature of “soft revolutions” or “colour revolutions” in US imperial strategy, focusing on establishing hegemony over Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • Part 3 analyzes the nature of the imperial strategy to construct a New World Order, focusing on the increasing conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa; and the potential these conflicts have for starting a new world war with China and Russia.

Defining a New Imperial Strategy

In 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, US-NATO foreign policy had to re-imagine its role in the world.

The Cold War served as a means of justifying US imperialist expansion across the globe with the aim of “containing” the Soviet threat. NATO itself was created and existed for the sole purpose of forging an anti-Soviet alliance. With the USSR gone, NATO had no reason to exist, and the US had to find a new purpose for its imperialist strategy in the world.

In 1992, the US Defense Department, under the leadership of Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney [later to be George Bush Jr.’s VP], had the Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Paul Wolfowitz [later to be George Bush Jr.’s Deputy Secretary of Defense and President of the World Bank], write up a defense document to guide American foreign policy in the post-Cold War era, commonly referred to as the “New World Order.”

The Defense Planning Guidance document was leaked in 1992, and revealed that,

“In a broad new policy statement that is in its final drafting phase, the Defense Department asserts that America’s political and military mission in the post-cold-war era will be to ensure that no rival superpower is allowed to emerge in Western Europe, Asia or the territories of the former Soviet Union,” and that, “The classified document makes the case for a world dominated by one superpower whose position can be perpetuated by constructive behavior and sufficient military might to deter any nation or group of nations from challenging American primacy.”

Further, “the new draft sketches a world in which there is one dominant military power whose leaders ‘must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role’.”

Among the necessary challenges to American supremacy, the document,

“postulated regional wars against Iraq and North Korea,” and identified China and Russia as its major threats.

It further, “suggests that the United States could also consider extending to Eastern and Central European nations security commitments similar to those extended to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Arab states along the Persian Gulf.” [1]

NATO and Yugoslavia

The wars in Yugoslavia throughout the 1990s served as a justification for the continued existence of NATO in the world, and to expand American imperial interests in Eastern Europe.

The World Bank and IMF set the stage for the destabilization of Yugoslavia. After long-time dictator of Yugoslavia, Josip Tito, died in 1980, a leadership crisis developed.

In 1982, American foreign policy officials organized a set of IMF and World Bank loans, under the newly created Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs), to handle the crisis of the $20 billion US debt.

The effect of the loans, under the SAP, was that they,

“wreaked economic and political havoc… The economic crisis threatened political stability … it also threatened to aggravate simmering ethnic tensions.” [2]

In 1989, Slobodan Milosevic became President of Serbia, the largest and most powerful of all the Yugoslav republics.

Also in 1989, Yugoslavia’s Premier traveled to the US to meet President George H.W. Bush in order to negotiate another financial aid package. In 1990, the World Bank/IMF program began, and the Yugoslav state’s expenditures went towards debt repayment.

As a result, social programs were dismantled, the currency devalued, wages frozen, and prices rose.

The “reforms fueled secessionist tendencies that fed on economic factors as well as ethnic divisions, virtually ensuring the de facto secession of the republic,” leading to Croatia and Slovenia’s succession in 1991.[3]

In 1990, US the intelligence community released a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), predicting that Yugoslavia would break apart, erupt in civil war, and the report then placed blame on Serbian President Milosevic for the coming destabilization.[4]

In 1991, conflict broke out between Yugoslavia and Croatia, when it, too, declared independence. A ceasefire was reached in 1992. Yet, the Croats continued small military offensives until 1995, as well as participating in the war in Bosnia. In 1995, Operation Storm was undertaken by Croatia to try to retake the Krajina region.

A Croatian general was recently put on trial at The Hague for war crimes during this battle, which was key to driving the Serbs out of Croatia and “cemented Croatian independence.”

The US supported the operation and the CIA actively provided intelligence to Croat forces, leading to the displacement of between 150,000 and 200,000 Serbs, largely through means of murder, plundering, burning villages and ethnic cleansing.[5] The Croatian Army was trained by US advisers, and the general on trial was even personally supported by the CIA.[6]

The Clinton administration gave the “green light” to Iran to arm the Bosnian Muslims and,

“from 1992 to January 1996, there was an influx of Iranian weapons and advisers into Bosnia.”

Further, “Iran, and other Muslim states, helped to bring Mujihadeen fighters into Bosnia to fight with the Muslims against the Serbs, ‘holy warriors’ from Afghanistan, Chechnya, Yemen and Algeria, some of whom had suspected links with Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan.”

It was,

“Western intervention in the Balkans [that] exacerbated tensions and helped to sustain hostilities. By recognizing the claims of separatist republics and groups in 1990/1991. Western elites – the American, British, French and German – undermined government structures in Yugoslavia, increased insecurities, inflamed conflict and heightened ethnic tensions.

And by offering logistical support to various sides during the war, Western intervention sustained the conflict into the mid-1990s. Clinton’s choice of the Bosnian Muslims as a cause to champion on the international stage, and his administration’s demands that the UN arms embargo be lifted so that the Muslims and Croats could be armed against the Serbs, should be viewed in this light.” [7]

During the war in Bosnia, there,

“was a vast secret conduit of weapons smuggling though Croatia. This was arranged by the clandestine agencies of the US, Turkey and Iran, together with a range of radical Islamist groups, including Afghan mojahedin and the pro-Iranian Hizbullah.”

Further, “the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were busy arming the Bosnian Serbs.” [8]

Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND, also ran arms shipments to the Bosnian Muslims and Croatia to fight against the Serbs.[9]

The US had influenced the war in the region in a variety of ways. As the Observer reported in 1995, a major facet of their involvement was through,

“Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI), a Virginia-based American private company of retired generals and intelligence officers. The American embassy in Zagreb admits that MPRI is training the Croats, on licence from the US government.”

Further, The Dutch “were convinced that US special forces were involved in training the Bosnian army and the Bosnian Croat Army (HVO).” [10]

As far back as 1988, the leader of Croatia met with the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to create “a joint policy to break up Yugoslavia,” and bring Slovenia and Croatia into the “German economic zone.”

So, US Army officers were dispatched to Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, and Macedonia as “advisers” and brought in US Special Forces to help.[11] During the nine-month cease-fire in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, six US generals met with Bosnian army leaders to plan the Bosnian offensive that broke the cease-fire.[12]

In 1996, the Albanian Mafia, in collaboration with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a militant guerilla organization, took control over the enormous Balkan heroin trafficking routes. The KLA was linked to former Afghan Mujaheddin fighters in Afghanistan, including Osama bin Laden.[13]

In 1997, the KLA began fighting against Serbian forces,[14] and in 1998, the US State Department removed the KLA from its list of terrorist organizations.[15] Before and after 1998, the KLA was receiving arms, training and support from the US and NATO, and Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, had a close political relationship with KLA leader Hashim Thaci.[16]

Both the CIA and German intelligence, the BND, supported the KLA terrorists in Yugoslavia prior to and after the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. The BND had KLA contacts since the early 1990s, the same period that the KLA was establishing its Al-Qaeda contacts.[17] KLA members were trained by Osama bin Laden at training camps in Afghanistan.

Even the UN stated that much of the violence that occurred came from KLA members, “especially those allied with Hashim Thaci.” [18]

The March 1999 NATO bombing of Kosovo was justified on the pretense of putting an end to Serbian oppression of Kosovo Albanians, which was termed genocide. The Clinton Administration made claims that at least 100,000 Kosovo Albanians were missing and “may have been killed” by the Serbs.

Bill Clinton personally compared events in Kosovo to the Holocaust. The US State Department had stated that up to 500,000 Albanians were feared dead. Eventually, the official estimate was reduced to 10,000, however, after exhaustive investigations, it was revealed that the death of less than 2,500 Albanians could be attributed to the Serbs.

During the NATO bombing campaign, between 400 and 1,500 Serb civilians were killed, and NATO committed war crimes, including the bombing of a Serb TV station and a hospital.[19]

In 2000, the US State Department, in cooperation with the American Enterprise Institute, AEI, held a conference on Euro-Atlantic integration in Slovakia. Among the participants were many heads of state, foreign affairs officials and ambassadors of various European states as well as UN and NATO officials.[20] A letter of correspondence between a German politician present at the meeting and the German Chancellor, revealed the true nature of NATO’s campaign in Kosovo.

The conference demanded a speedy declaration of independence for Kosovo, and that the war in Yugoslavia was waged in order to enlarge NATO, Serbia was to be excluded permanently from European development to justify a US military presence in the region, and expansion was ultimately designed to contain Russia.[21]

Of great significance was that,

“the war created a raison d’être for the continued existence of NATO in a post-Cold War world, as it desperately tried to justify its continued existence and desire for expansion.”

Further, “The Russians had assumed NATO would dissolve at the end of the Cold War. Instead, not only has NATO expanded, it went to war over an internal dispute in a Slavic Eastern European country.”

This was viewed as a great threat. Thus,

“much of the tense relations between the United States and Russia over the past decade can be traced to the 1999 war on Yugoslavia.” [22]

The War on Terror and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)

When Bill Clinton became President, the neo-conservative hawks from the George H.W. Bush administration formed a think tank called the Project for the New American Century, or PNAC.

In 2000, they published a report called, Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century.

Building upon the Defense Policy Guidance document, they state that,

“the United States must retain sufficient forces able to rapidly deploy and win multiple simultaneous large-scale wars.” [23]

Further, there is “need to retain sufficient combat forces to fight and win, multiple, nearly simultaneous major theatre wars,” [24] and that “the Pentagon needs to begin to calculate the force necessary to protect, independently, US interests in Europe, East Asia and the Gulf at all times.” [25]

Interestingly, the document stated that,

“the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.” [26]

However, in advocating for massive increases in defense spending and expanding the American empire across the globe, including the forceful destruction of multiple countries through major theatre wars, the report stated that,

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” [27]

That event came one year later with the events of 9/11. Many of the authors of the report and members of the Project for the New American Century had become officials in the Bush administration, and were conveniently in place to enact their “Project” after they got their “new Pearl Harbor.”

The plans for war were,

“already under development by far right Think Tanks in the 1990s, organizations in which cold-war warriors from the inner circle of the secret services, from evangelical churches, from weapons corporations and oil companies forged shocking plans for a new world order.”

To do this,

“the USA would need to use all means – diplomatic, economic and military, even wars of aggression – to have long term control of the resources of the planet and the ability to keep any possible rival weak.”

Among the people involved in PNAC and the plans for empire,

“Dick Cheney – Vice President, Lewis Libby – Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Donald Rumsfeld – Defence Minister, Paul Wolfowitz – Rumsfeld’s deputy, Peter Rodman – in charge of ‘Matters of Global Security’, John Bolton – State Secretary for Arms Control, Richard Armitage – Deputy Foreign Minister, Richard Perle – former Deputy Defence Minister under Reagan, now head of the Defense Policy Board, William Kristol – head of the PNAC and adviser to Bush, known as the brains of the President, Zalmay Khalilzad,” who became Ambassador to both Afghanistan and Iraq following the regime changes in those countries.[28]

Brzezinski’s “Grand Chessboard”

Arch-hawk strategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller, former National Security Adviser and key foreign policy architect in Jimmy Carter’s administration, also wrote a book on American geostrategy.

Brzezinski is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group, and has also been a board member of Amnesty International, the Atlantic Council and the National Endowment for Democracy. Currently, he is a trustee and counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a major US policy think tank.

In his 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard, Brzezinski outlined a strategy for America in the world.

He wrote,

“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia. For half a millennium, world affairs were dominated by Eurasian powers and peoples who fought with one another for regional domination and reached out for global power.”

Further, “how America ‘manages’ Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail African subordination.” [29]

He continued in outlining a strategy for American empire, stating that,

“it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book.” [30]

He explained that,

“Two basic steps are thus required: first, to identify the geostrategically dynamic Eurasian states that have the power to cause a potentially important shift in the international distribution of power and to decipher the central external goals of their respective political elites and the likely consequences of their seeking to attain them: [and] second, to formulate specific U.S. policies to offset, co-opt, and/or control the above.” [31]

What this means is that is it of primary importance to first identify states that could potentially be a pivot upon which the balance of power in the region exits the US sphere of influence; and secondly, to “offset, co-opt, and/or control” such states and circumstances. An example of this would be Iran; being one of the world’s largest oil producers, and in a strategically significant position in the axis of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Iran could hold the potential to alter the balance of power in Eurasia if it were to closely ally itself with Russia or China, or both – giving those nations a heavy supply of oil as well as a sphere of influence in the Gulf, thus challenging American hegemony in the region.

Brzezinski removed all subtlety from his imperial leanings, and wrote,

“To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.” [32]

Brzezinski referred to the Central Asian republics as the “Eurasian Balkans,” writing that,

“Moreover, they [the Central Asian Republics] are of importance from the standpoint of security and historical ambitions to at least three of their most immediate and more powerful neighbors, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, with China also signaling an increasing political interest in the region.

But the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold.” [33]

He further wrote that,

“It follows that America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.” [34]

This is a clear example of America’s role as an engine of empire; with foreign imperial policy designed to maintain US strategic positions, but primarily and “infinitely more important,” is to secure an “economic prize” for “the global community.”  In other words, the United States is an imperial hegemon working for international financial interests.

Brzezinski also warned that,

“the United States may have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening America’s status as a global power,” [35] and he, “puts a premium on maneuver and manipulation in order to prevent the emergence of a hostile coalition that could eventually seek to challenge America’s primacy.”

Thus, “The most immediate task is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role.” [36]

The War on Terror and Surplus Imperialism

In 2000, the Pentagon released a document called Joint Vision 2020, which outlined a project to achieve what they termed, “Full Spectrum Dominance,” as the blueprint for the Department of Defense in the future.

“Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.”

The report “addresses full-spectrum dominance across the range of conflicts from nuclear war to major theater wars to smaller-scale contingencies. It also addresses amorphous situations like peacekeeping and non-combat humanitarian relief.”

Further, “The development of a global information grid will provide the environment for decision superiority.” [37]

As political economist, Ellen Wood, explained,

“Boundless domination of a global economy, and of the multiple states that administer it, requires military action without end, in purpose or time.” [38]

Further, “Imperial dominance in a global capitalist economy requires a delicate and contradictory balance between suppressing competition and maintaining conditions in competing economies that generate markets and profit. This is one of the most fundamental contradictions of the new world order.” [39]

Following 9/11, the “Bush doctrine” was put in place, which called for,

“a unilateral and exclusive right to preemptive attack, any time, anywhere, unfettered by any international agreements, to ensure that ‘[o]ur forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hope of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States’.” [40]

NATO undertook its first ground invasion of any nation in its entire history, with the October 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The Afghan war was in fact, planned prior to the events of 9/11, with the breakdown of major pipeline deals between major western oil companies and the Taliban. The war itself was planned over the summer of 2001 with the operational plan to go to war by mid-October.[41]

Afghanistan is extremely significant in geopolitical terms, as,

“Transporting all the Caspian basin’s fossil fuel through Russia or Azerbaijan would greatly enhance Russia’s political and economic control over the central Asian republics, which is precisely what the west has spent 10 years trying to prevent. Piping it through Iran would enrich a regime which the US has been seeking to isolate.

Sending it the long way round through China, quite aside from the strategic considerations, would be prohibitively expensive. But pipelines through Afghanistan would allow the US both to pursue its aim of ‘diversifying energy supply’ and to penetrate the world’s most lucrative markets.” [42]

As the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out a mere two weeks following the 9/11 attacks,

“Beyond American determination to hit back against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, beyond the likelihood of longer, drawn-out battles producing more civilian casualties in the months and years ahead, the hidden stakes in the war against terrorism can be summed up in a single word: oil.”

Explaining further,

“The map of terrorist sanctuaries and targets in the Middle East and Central Asia is also, to an extraordinary degree, a map of the world’s principal energy sources in the 21st century. The defense of these energy resources – rather than a simple confrontation between Islam and the West – will be the primary flash point of global conflict for decades to come.”

Among the many notable states where there is a crossover between terrorism and oil and gas reserves of vital importance to the United States and the West, are Saudi Arabia, Libya, Bahrain, the Gulf Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and Algeria, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Georgia and eastern Turkey.

Importantly,

“this region accounts for more than 65 percent of the world’s oil and natural gas production.”

Further, “It is inevitable that the war against terrorism will be seen by many as a war on behalf of America’s Chevron, ExxonMobil and Arco; France’s TotalFinaElf; British Petroleum; Royal Dutch Shell and other multinational giants, which have hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in the region.” [43]

It’s no secret that the Iraq war had much to do with oil. In the summer of 2001, Dick Cheney convened an Energy Task Force, which was a highly secret set of meetings in which energy policy was determined for the United States.

In the meetings and in various other means of communication, Cheney and his aides met with top officials and executives of Shell Oil, British Petroleum (BP), Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco, and Chevron.[44]

At the meeting, which took place before 9/11 and before there was any mention of a war on Iraq, documents of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals were presented and discussed, and,

“Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) documents likewise feature a map of each country’s oilfields, pipelines, refineries and tanker terminals.” [45]

Both Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum have since received major oil contracts to develop Iraqi oilfields.[46]

The war on Iraq, as well as the war on Afghanistan, also largely serve specifically American, and more broadly, Western imperial-strategic interests in the region. In particular, the wars were strategically designed to eliminate, threaten or contain regional powers, as well as to directly install several dozen military bases in the region, firmly establishing an imperial presence.

The purpose of this is largely aimed at other major regional players and specifically, encircling Russia and China and threatening their access to the regions oil and gas reserves.

Iran is now surrounded, with Iraq on one side, and Afghanistan on the other.

Concluding Remarks

Part 1 of this essay outlined the US-NATO imperial strategy for entering the New World Order, following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. The primary aim was focused on encircling Russia and China and preventing the rise of a new superpower.

The US was to act as the imperial hegemony, serving international financial interests in imposing the New World Order. The next part to this essay examines the “colour revolutions” throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, continuing the US and NATO policy of containing Russia and China; while controlling access to major natural gas reserves and transportation routes.

The “colour revolutions” have been a pivotal force in geopolitical imperial strategy, and analyzing them is key to understanding the New World Order.

Endnotes

[1] Tyler, Patrick E. U.S. Strategy Plan Calls for Insuring No Rivals Develop: A One Superpower World. The New York Times: March 8, 1992. http://work.colum.edu/~amiller/wolfowitz1992.htm

[2] Louis Sell, Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Duke University Press, 2002: Page 28

Michel Chossudovsky, Dismantling Former Yugoslavia, Recolonizing Bosnia-Herzegovina. Global Research: February 19, 2002: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=370

[3] Michel Chossudovsky, Dismantling Former Yugoslavia, Recolonizing Bosnia-Herzegovina. Global Research: February 19, 2002: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=370

[4] David Binder, Yugoslavia Seen Breaking Up Soon. The New York Times: November 28, 1990

[5] Ian Traynor, Croat general on trial for war crimes. The Guardian: March 12, 2008: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/12/warcrimes.balkans

[6] Adam LeBor, Croat general Ante Gotovina stands trial for war crimes. The Times Online: March 11, 2008: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3522828.ece

[7] Brendan O’Neill, ‘You are only allowed to see Bosnia in black and white’. Spiked: January 23, 2004: http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/0000000CA374.htm

[8] Richard J. Aldrich, America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims. The Guardian: April 22, 2002: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/apr/22/warcrimes.comment/print

[9] Tim Judah, German spies accused of arming Bosnian Muslims. The Telegraph: April 20, 1997: http://www.serbianlinks.freehosting.net/german.htm

[10] Charlotte Eagar, Invisible US Army defeats Serbs. The Observer: November 5, 1995: http://charlotte-eagar.com/stories/balkans110595.shtml

[11] Gary Wilson, New reports show secret U.S. role in Balkan war. Workers World News Service: 1996: http://www.workers.org/ww/1997/bosnia.html

[12] IAC, The CIA Role in Bosnia. International Action Center: http://www.iacenter.org/bosnia/ciarole.htm

[13] History Commons, Serbia and Montenegro: 1996-1999: Albanian Mafia and KLA Take Control of Balkan Heroin Trafficking Route. The Center for Cooperative Research: http://www.historycommons.org/topic.jsp?topic=country_serbia_and_montenegro

[14] History Commons, Serbia and Montenegro: 1997: KLA Surfaces to Resist Serbian Persecution of Albanians. The Center for Cooperative Research: http://www.historycommons.org/topic.jsp?topic=country_serbia_and_montenegro

[15] History Commons, Serbia and Montenegro: February 1998: State Department Removes KLA from Terrorism List. The Center for Cooperative Research: http://www.historycommons.org/topic.jsp?topic=country_serbia_and_montenegro

[16] Marcia Christoff Kurop, Al Qaeda’s Balkan Links. The Wall Street Journal: November 1, 2001: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/561291/posts

[17] Global Research, German Intelligence and the CIA supported Al Qaeda sponsored Terrorists in Yugoslavia. Global Research: February 20, 2005: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=431

[18] Michel Chossudovsky, Kosovo: The US and the EU support a Political Process linked to Organized Crime. Global Research: February 12, 2008: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8055

[19] Andrew Gavin Marshall, Breaking Yugoslavia. Geopolitical Monitor: July 21, 2008: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/content/backgrounders/2008-07-21/breaking-yugoslavia/

[20] AEI, Is Euro-Atlantic Integration Still on Track? Participant List. American Enterprise Institute: April 28-30, 2000: http://www.aei.org/research/nai/events/pageID.440,projectID.11/default.asp

[21] Aleksandar Pavi, Correspondence between German Politicians Reveals the Hidden Agenda behind Kosovo’s “Independence”. Global Research: March 12, 2008: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8304

[22] Stephen Zunes, The War on Yugoslavia, 10 Years Later. Foreign Policy in Focus: April 6, 2009: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6017

[23] PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses. Project for the New American Century: September 2000, page 6: http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.htm

[24] Ibid. Page 8

[25] Ibid. Page 9

[26] Ibid. Page 14

[27] Ibid. Page 51

[28] Margo Kingston, A think tank war: Why old Europe says no. The Sydney Morning Herald: March 7, 2003: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/07/1046826528748.html

[29] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Pages 30-31

[30] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page xiv

[31] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 41

[32] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 40

[33] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 124

[34] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 148

[35] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 55

[36] Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books, 1997: Page 198

[37] Jim Garamone, Joint Vision 2020 Emphasizes Full-spectrum Dominance. American Forces Press Service: June 2, 2000:
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

[38] Ellen Wood, Empire of Capital. Verso, 2003: page 144

[39] Ellen Wood, Empire of Capital. Verso, 2003: page 157

[40] Ellen Wood, Empire of Capital. Verso, 2003: page 160

[41] Andrew G. Marshall, Origins of Afghan War. Geopolitical Monitor: September 14, 2008:
http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/content/backgrounders/2008-09-14/origins-of-the-afghan-war/

[42] George Monbiot, America’s pipe dream. The Guardian: October 23, 2001:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/oct/23/afghanistan.terrorism11

[43] Frank Viviano, Energy future rides on U.S. war. San Francisco Chronicle: September 26, 2001:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/09/26/MN70983.DTL

[44] Dana Milbank and Justin Blum, Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force. Washington Post: November 16, 2005:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/15/AR2005111501842_pf.html

[45] Judicial Watch, CHENEY ENERGY TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS FEATURE MAP OF IRAQI OILFIELDS. Commerce Department: July 17, 2003: http://www.judicialwatch.org/printer_iraqi-oilfield-pr.shtml

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Part 2

Color-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III
November 3, 2009

Introduction

Following US geo-strategy in what Brzezinski termed the “global Balkans,” the US government has worked closely with major NGOs to “promote democracy” and “freedom” in former Soviet republics, playing a role behind the scenes in fomenting what are termed “colour revolutions,” which install US and Western-friendly puppet leaders to advance the interests of the West, both economically and strategically.

Part 2 of this essay on “The Origins of World War III” analyzes the color revolutions as being a key stratagem in imposing the US-led New World Order.

The “colour revolution” or “soft” revolution strategy is

  • a covert political tactic of expanding NATO and US influence to the borders of Russia and even China
  • following in line with one of the primary aims of US strategy in the New World Order: to contain China and Russia and prevent the rise of any challenge to US power in the region.

These revolutions are portrayed in the western media as popular democratic revolutions, in which the people of these respective nations demand democratic accountability and governance from their despotic leaders and archaic political systems.

However, the reality is far from what this utopian imagery suggests. Western NGOs and media heavily finance and organize opposition groups and protest movements, and in the midst of an election, create a public perception of vote fraud in order to mobilize the mass protest movements to demand “their” candidate be put into power. It just so happens that “their” candidate is always the Western US-favored candidate, whose campaign is often heavily financed by Washington; and who proposes US-friendly policies and neoliberal economic conditions.

In the end, it is the people who lose out, as their genuine hope for change and accountability is denied by the influence the US wields over their political leaders.

The soft revolutions also have the effect of antagonizing China and Russia, specifically, as it places US protectorates on their borders, and drives many of the former Warsaw Pact nations to seek closer political, economic and military cooperation.

This then exacerbates tensions between the west and China and Russia; which ultimately leads the world closer to a potential conflict between the two blocs.

Serbia

Serbia experienced its “colour revolution” in October of 2000, which led to the overthrow of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

As the Washington Post reported in December of 2000, from 1999 on, the US undertook a major “electoral strategy” to oust Milosevic, as,

“U.S.-funded consultants played a crucial role behind the scenes in virtually every facet of the anti-Milosevic drive, running tracking polls, training thousands of opposition activists and helping to organize a vitally important parallel vote count. U.S. taxpayers paid for 5,000 cans of spray paint used by student activists to scrawl anti-Milosevic graffiti on walls across Serbia, and 2.5 million stickers with the slogan “He’s Finished,” which became the revolution’s catchphrase.”

Further, according to Michael Dobbs, writing in the Washington Post, some,

“20 opposition leaders accepted an invitation from the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) in October 1999 to a seminar at the Marriott Hotel in Budapest.”

Interestingly,

“Some Americans involved in the anti-Milosevic effort said they were aware of CIA activity at the fringes of the campaign, but had trouble finding out what the agency was up to. Whatever it was, they concluded it was not particularly effective. The lead role was taken by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government’s foreign assistance agency, which channeled the funds through commercial contractors and nonprofit groups such as NDI and its Republican counterpart, the International Republican Institute (IRI).”

The NDI (National Democratic Institute),

“worked closely with Serbian opposition parties, IRI focused its attention on Otpor, which served as the revolution’s ideological and organizational backbone. In March, IRI paid for two dozen Otpor leaders to attend a seminar on nonviolent resistance at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest.”

At the seminar,

“the Serbian students received training in such matters as how to organize a strike, how to communicate with symbols, how to overcome fear and how to undermine the authority of a dictatorial regime.” [1]

As the New York Times revealed, Otpor, the major student opposition group, had a steady flow of money coming from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Congress-funded “democracy promoting” organization.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave money to Otpor, as did the International Republican Institute,

“another nongovernmental Washington group financed partly by A.I.D.” [2]

Georgia

In 2003, Georgia went through its “Rose Revolution,” which led to the overthrow of president Eduard Shevardnadze, replacing him with Mikhail Saakashvili after the 2004 elections.

In a November 2003 article in The Globe and Mail, it was reported that a US based foundation “began laying the brickwork for the toppling of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze,” as funds from his non-profit organization “sent a 31-year-old Tbilisi activist named Giga Bokeria to Serbia to meet with members of the Otpor (Resistance) movement and learn how they used street demonstrations to topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic.

Then, in the summer,

“the foundation paid for a return trip to Georgia by Otpor activists, who ran three-day courses teaching more than 1,000 students how to stage a peaceful revolution.”

This US-based foundation,

“also funded a popular opposition television station that was crucial in mobilizing support for [the] ‘velvet revolution,’ and [it] reportedly gave financial support to a youth group that led the street protests.”  The owner of the foundation “has a warm relationship with Mr. Shevardnadze’s chief opponent, Mikhail Saakashvili, a New York-educated lawyer who is expected to win the presidency in an election scheduled for Jan. 4.”

During a press conference a week before his resignation, Mr. Shevardnadze said that the US foundation “is set against the President of Georgia.”

Moreover,

“Mr. Bokeria, whose Liberty Institute received money from both [the financier’s foundation] and the U.S. government-backed Eurasia Institute, says three other organizations played key roles in Mr. Shevardnadze’s downfall: Mr. Saakashvili’s National Movement party, the Rustavi-2 television station and Kmara! (Georgian for Enough!), a youth group that declared war on Mr. Shevardnadze [in] April and began a poster and graffiti campaign attacking government corruption.”  [3]

The day following the publication of the previously quoted article, the author published another article in the Globe and Mail explaining that the,

“bloodless revolution” in Georgia “smells more like another victory for the United States over Russia in the post-Cold War international chess game.”

The author, Mark MacKinnon, explained that Eduard Shevardnadze’s downfall lied,

“in the oil under the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s few great remaining, relatively unexploited, sources of oil,” as “Georgia and neighboring Azerbaijan, which borders the Caspian, quickly came to be seen not just as newly independent countries, but as part of an ‘energy corridor’.”

Plans were drawn up for a massive “pipeline that would run through Georgia to Turkey and the Mediterranean.”

It is worth quoting MacKinnon at length:

When these plans were made, Mr. Shevardnadze was seen as an asset by both Western investors and the U.S. government. His reputation as the man who helped end the Cold War gave investors a sense of confidence in the country, and his stated intention to move Georgia out of Russia’s orbit and into Western institutions such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union played well at the U.S. State Department.

The United States quickly moved to embrace Georgia, opening a military base in the country [in 2001] to give Georgian soldiers “anti-terrorist” training. They were the first U.S. troops to set up in a former Soviet republic.

But somewhere along the line, Mr. Shevardnadze reversed course and decided to once more embrace Russia. This summer, Georgia signed a secret 25-year deal to make the Russian energy giant Gazprom its sole supplier of gas. Then it effectively sold the electricity grid to another Russian firm, cutting out AES, the company that the U.S. administration had backed to win the deal. Mr. Shevardnadze attacked AES as “liars and cheats.”

Both deals dramatically increased Russian influence in Tbilisi.

Following the elections in Georgia, the US-backed and educated Mikhail Saakashvili ascended to the Presidency and “won the day.” [4]

This is again an example of the intimate relationship between oil geopolitics and US foreign policy. The color revolution was vital in pressing US and NATO interests forward in the region; gaining control over Central Asia’s gas reserves and keeping Russia from expanding its influence.

This follows directly in line with the US-NATO imperial strategy for the new world order, following the collapse of the USSR. [This strategy is outlined in detail in Part 1 above].

Ukraine

In 2004, Ukraine went through its “Orange Revolution,” in which opposition and pro-Western leader Viktor Yushchenko became President, defeating Viktor Yanukovych.

As the Guardian revealed in 2004, that following the disputed elections (as happens in every “color revolution”),

“the democracy guerrillas of the Ukrainian Pora youth movement have already notched up a famous victory – whatever the outcome of the dangerous stand-off in Kiev,” however, “the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavory regimes.”

The author, Ian Traynor, explained that,

“Funded and organized by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organizations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box.”

Further, “The Democratic party’s National Democratic Institute, the Republican party’s International Republican Institute, the US state department and USAid are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO” and the same billionaire financier involved in Georgia’s Rose Revolution.

In implementing the regime-change strategy,

“The usually fractious oppositions have to be united behind a single candidate if there is to be any chance of unseating the regime. That leader is selected on pragmatic and objective grounds, even if he or she is anti-American.”

Traynor continues:

Freedom House and the Democratic party’s NDI helped fund and organize the “largest civil regional election monitoring effort” in Ukraine, involving more than 1,000 trained observers. They also organized exit polls. On Sunday night those polls gave Mr Yushchenko an 11-point lead and set the agenda for much of what has followed.

The exit polls are seen as critical because they seize the initiative in the propaganda battle with the regime, invariably appearing first, receiving wide media coverage and putting the onus on the authorities to respond.

The final stage in the US template concerns how to react when the incumbent tries to steal a lost election.

[…] In Belgrade, Tbilisi, and now Kiev, where the authorities initially tried to cling to power, the advice was to stay cool but determined and to organize mass displays of civil disobedience, which must remain peaceful but risk provoking the regime into violent suppression.[5]

As an article in the Guardian by Jonathan Steele explained, the opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko, who disputed the election results,

“served as prime minister under the outgoing president, Leonid Kuchma, and some of his backers are also linked to the brutal industrial clans who manipulated Ukraine’s post-Soviet privatization.”

He further explained that election rigging is mainly irrelevant, as,

“The decision to protest appears to depend mainly on realpolitik and whether the challengers or the incumbent are considered more ‘pro-western’ or ‘pro-market’.”

In other words, those who support a neoliberal economic agenda will have the support of the US-NATO, as neoliberalism is their established international economic order and advances their interests in the region.

Moreover,

“In Ukraine, Yushchenko got the western nod, and floods of money poured in to groups which support him, ranging from the youth organization, Pora, to various opposition websites. More provocatively, the US and other western embassies paid for exit polls.”

This is emblematic of the strategic importance of the Ukraine to the United States,

“which refuses to abandon its cold war policy of encircling Russia and seeking to pull every former Soviet republic to its side.” [6]

One Guardian commentator pointed out the hypocrisy of western media coverage:

“Two million anti-war demonstrators can stream though the streets of London and be politically ignored, but a few tens of thousands in central Kiev are proclaimed to be ‘the people’, while the Ukrainian police, courts and governmental institutions are discounted as instruments of oppression.”

It was also explained that,

“Enormous rallies have been held in Kiev in support of the prime minister, Viktor Yanukovich, but they are not shown on our TV screens: if their existence is admitted, Yanukovich supporters are denigrated as having been ‘bussed in’. The demonstrations in favor of Viktor Yushchenko have laser lights, plasma screens, sophisticated sound systems, rock concerts, tents to camp in and huge quantities of orange clothing; yet we happily dupe ourselves that they are spontaneous.” [7]

In 2004, the Associated Press reported that,

“The Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping to underwrite an exit poll indicating he won last month’s disputed runoff election.”

The money, they state,

“was funneled through organizations such as the Eurasia Foundation or through groups aligned with Republicans and Democrats that organized election training, with human rights forums or with independent news outlets.”

However, even government officials,

“acknowledge that some of the money helped train groups and individuals opposed to the Russian-backed government candidate.”

The report stated that some major international foundations funded the exit polls, which according to the incumbent leader were “skewed.”

These foundations included,

“The National Endowment for Democracy, which receives its money directly from Congress; the Eurasia Foundation, which receives money from the State Department, and the Renaissance Foundation,” which receives money from the same billionaire financier as well as the US State Department.

Since the State Department is involved, that implies that this funding is quite directly enmeshed in US foreign policy strategy.

“Other countries involved included Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.”

Also involved in funding certain groups and activities in the Ukraine was the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, which was chaired by former Secretary of States Madeline Albright at the time.[8]

Mark Almond wrote for the Guardian in 2004 of the advent of “People Power,” describing it in relation to the situation that was then breaking in the Ukraine, and stated that,

“The upheaval in Ukraine is presented as a battle between the people and Soviet-era power structures. The role of western cold war-era agencies is taboo. Poke your nose into the funding of the lavish carnival in Kiev, and the shrieks of rage show that you have touched a neuralgic point of the New World Order.”

Almond elaborated:

“Throughout the 1980s, in the build-up to 1989’s velvet revolutions, a small army of volunteers – and, let’s be frank, spies – co-operated to promote what became People Power. A network of interlocking foundations and charities mushroomed to organize the logistics of transferring millions of dollars to dissidents. The money came overwhelmingly from NATO states and covert allies such as “neutral” Sweden.

[ …] The hangover from People Power is shock therapy. Each successive crowd is sold a multimedia vision of Euro-Atlantic prosperity by western-funded “independent” media to get them on the streets. No one dwells on the mass unemployment, rampant insider dealing, growth of organized crime, prostitution and soaring death rates in successful People Power states.

As Almond delicately put it,

“People Power is, it turns out, more about closing things than creating an open society. It shuts factories but, worse still, minds. Its advocates demand a free market in everything – except opinion. The current ideology of New World Order ideologues, many of whom are renegade communists, is Market-Leninism – that combination of a dogmatic economic model with Machiavellian methods to grasp the levers of power.” [9]

As Mark MacKinnon reported for the Globe and Mail, Canada, too, supported the efforts of the youth activist group, Pora, in the Ukraine, providing funding for the “people power democracy” movement.

As MacKinnon noted,

“The Bush administration was particularly keen to see a pro-Western figure as president to ensure control over a key pipeline running from Odessa on the Black Sea to Brody on the Polish border.”

However, “The outgoing president, Leonid Kuchma, had recently reversed the flow so the pipeline carried Russian crude south instead of helping U.S. producers in the Caspian Sea region ship their product to Europe.”

As MacKinnon analyzes, the initial funding from western nations came from Canada, although this was eventually far surpassed in amount by the United States.

Andrew Robinson, Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine at the time, in 2004,

“began to organize secret monthly meetings of Western ambassadors, presiding over what he called “donor co-ordination” sessions among 28 countries interested in seeing Mr. Yushchenko succeed. Eventually, he acted as the group’s spokesman and became a prominent critic of the Kuchma government’s heavy-handed media control.”

Canada further,

“invested in a controversial exit poll, carried out on election day by Ukraine’s Razumkov Centre and other groups, that contradicted the official results showing Mr. Yanukovich had won.”

Once the new, pro-Western government was in, it “announced its intention to reverse the flow of the Odessa-Brody pipeline.” [10]

Again, this follows the example of Georgia, where several US and NATO interests are met through the success of the “colour revolution”; simultaneously preventing Russian expansion and influence from spreading in the region as well as advancing US and NATO control and influence over the major resources and transport corridors of the region.

Daniel Wolf wrote for the Guardian that,

“For most of the people gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square, the demonstration felt spontaneous. They had every reason to want to stop the government candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, from coming to power, and they took the chance that was offered to them. But walking through the encampment last December, it was hard to ignore the evidence of meticulous preparation – the soup kitchens and tents for the demonstrators, the slickness of the concert, the professionalism of the TV coverage, the proliferation of the sickly orange logo wherever you looked.”

He elaborated, writing,

“the events in the square were the result of careful, secret planning by Yushchenko’s inner circle over a period of years. The true story of the orange revolution is far more interesting than the fable that has been widely accepted.”

Roman Bessmertny, Yushchenko’s campaign manager, two years prior to the 2004 elections,

“put as many as 150,000 people through training courses, seminars, practical tuition conducted by legal and media specialists. Some attending these courses were members of election committees at local, regional and national level; others were election monitors, who were not only taught what to watch out for but given camcorders to record it on video. More than 10,000 cameras were distributed, with the aim of recording events at every third polling station.”

Ultimately, it was an intricately well-planned public relations media-savvy campaign, orchestrated through heavy financing.

Hardly the sporadic “people power” notion applied to the “peaceful coup” in the western media.[11]

The “Tulip Revolution” in Kyrgyzstan

In 2005, Kyrgyzstan underwent its “Tulip Revolution” in which the incumbent was replaced by the pro-Western candidate through another “popular revolution.”

As the New York Times reported in March of 2005, shortly before the March elections,

“an opposition newspaper ran photographs of a palatial home under construction for the country’s deeply unpopular president, Askar Akayev, helping set off widespread outrage and a popular revolt.”

However, this,

“newspaper was the recipient of United States government grants and was printed on an American government-financed printing press operated by Freedom House, an American organization that describes itself as ’a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world’.”

Moreover, other countries that have, “helped underwrite programs to develop democracy and civil society” in Kyrgyzstan were Britain, the Netherlands and Norway.

These countries collectively,

“played a crucial role in preparing the ground for the popular uprising that swept opposition politicians to power.”

Money mostly flowed from the United States, in particular, through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), as well as through,

“the Freedom House printing press or Kyrgyz-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a pro-democracy broadcaster.”

The National Democratic Institute also played a major financing role, for which one of the chief beneficiaries of their financial aid said,

“It would have been absolutely impossible for this to have happened without that help.”

The Times further reported that:

“American money helps finance civil society centers around the country where activists and citizens can meet, receive training, read independent newspapers and even watch CNN or surf the Internet in some. The N.D.I. [National Democratic Institute] alone operates 20 centers that provide news summaries in Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek.

The United States sponsors the American University in Kyrgyzstan, whose stated mission is, in part, to promote the development of civil society, and pays for exchange programs that send students and non-governmental organization leaders to the United States. Kyrgyzstan’s new prime minister, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was one.

All of that money and manpower gave the coalescing Kyrgyz opposition financing and moral support in recent years, as well as the infrastructure that allowed it to communicate its ideas to the Kyrgyz people.”

As for those,

“who did not read Russian or have access to the newspaper listened to summaries of its articles on Kyrgyz-language Radio Azattyk, the local United States-government financed franchise of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.”

Other “independent” media was paid for courtesy of the US State Department.[12]

As the Wall Street Journal revealed prior to the elections, opposition groups, NGOs and “independent” media in Kyrgyzstan were getting financial assistance from Freedom House in the US, as well as the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Journal reported that,

“To avoid provoking Russia and violating diplomatic norms, the U.S. can’t directly back opposition political parties. But it underwrites a web of influential NGOs whose support of press freedom, the rule of law and clean elections almost inevitably pits them against the entrenched interests of the old autocratic regimes.”

As the Journal further reported, Kyrgyzstan,

“occupies a strategic location. The U.S. and Russia both have military bases here. The country’s five million citizens, mostly Muslim, are sandwiched in a tumultuous neighborhood among oil-rich Kazakhstan, whose regime tolerates little political dissent; dictatorial Uzbekistan, which has clamped down on foreign aid groups and destitute Tajikistan.”

In the country, a main opposition NGO, the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Rights, gets its funding,

“from the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a Washington-based nonprofit funded by the U.S. government, and from USAID.”

Other agencies reported to be involved, either through funding or ideological-technical promotion (see: propaganda), are the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Albert Einstein Institute, Freedom House, and the US State Department.[13]

President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan had referred to a “third force” gaining power in his country.

The term was borrowed from one of the most prominent US think tanks, as “third force” is:

“…which details how western-backed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can promote regime and policy change all over the world. The formulaic repetition of a third “people power” revolution in the former Soviet Union in just over one year – after the similar events in Georgia in November 2003 and in Ukraine last Christmas – means that the post-Soviet space now resembles Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, when a series of US-backed coups consolidated that country’s control over the western hemisphere.”

As the Guardian reported:

“Many of the same US government operatives in Latin America have plied their trade in eastern Europe under George Bush, most notably Michael Kozak, former US ambassador to Belarus, who boasted in these pages in 2001 that he was doing in Belarus exactly what he had been doing in Nicaragua: “supporting democracy”.

Further:

“The case of Freedom House is particularly arresting. Chaired by the former CIA director James Woolsey, Freedom House was a major sponsor of the orange revolution in Ukraine. It set up a printing press in Bishkek in November 2003, which prints 60 opposition journals.

Although it is described as an “independent” press, the body that officially owns it is chaired by the bellicose Republican senator John McCain, while the former national security adviser Anthony Lake sits on the board. The US also supports opposition radio and TV.”[14]

So again, the same formula was followed in the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union. This US foreign-policy strategy of promoting “soft revolution” is managed through a network of American and international NGOs and think tanks.

It advances NATO and, in particular, US interests in the region.

Conclusion

The soft revolutions or “colour revolutions” are a key stratagem in the New World Order; advancing, through deceptions and manipulation, the key strategy of containing Russia and controlling key resources.

This strategy is critical to understanding the imperialistic nature of the New World Order, especially when it comes to identifying when this strategy is repeated; specifically in relation to the Iranian elections of 2009.

Part 1 of this essay outlined the US-NATO imperial strategy for entering the New World Order, following the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. The primary aim was focused on encircling Russia and China and preventing the rise of a new superpower. The US was to act as the imperial hegemon, serving international financial interests in imposing the New World Order.

Part 2 outlined the US imperial strategy of using “colour revolutions” to advance its interests in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, following along the overall policy outlined in Part 1, of containing Russia and China from expanding influence and gaining access to key natural resources.

The third and final part to this essay analyzes the nature of the imperial strategy to construct a New World Order, focusing on the increasing conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa; and the potential these conflicts have for starting a new world war with China and Russia. In particular, its focus is within the past few years, and emphasizes the increasing nature of conflict and war in the New World Order.

Part 3 looks at the potential for “A New World War for a New World Order.”

Endnotes

[1] Michael Dobbs, U.S. Advice Guided Milosevic Opposition. The Washington Post: December 11, 2000: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A18395-2000Dec3?language=printer

[2] Roger Cohen, Who Really Brought Down Milosevic? The New York Times: November 26, 2000: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/26/magazine/who-really-brought-down-milosevic.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

[3] Mark MacKinnon, Georgia revolt carried mark of Soros. The Globe and Mail: November 23, 2003: http://www.markmackinnon.ca/dispatches_georgia3.html

[4] Mark MacKinnon, Politics, pipelines converge in Georgia. The Globe and Mail: November 24, 2003: http://www.markmackinnon.ca/dispatches_georgia2.html

[5] Ian Traynor, US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev. The Guardian: November 26, 2004: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/nov/26/ukraine.usa

[6] Jonathan Steele, Ukraine’s postmodern coup d’etat. The Guardian: November 26, 2004: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/nov/26/ukraine.comment

[7] John Laughland, The revolution televised. The Guardian: November 27, 2004: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2004/nov/27/pressandpublishing.comment

[8] Matt Kelley, U.S. money has helped opposition in Ukraine. Associated Press: December 11, 2004: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20041211/news_1n11usaid.html

[9] Mark Almond, The price of People Power. The Guardian: December 7, 2004: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/dec/07/ukraine.comment

[10] Mark MacKinnon, Agent orange: Our secret role in Ukraine. The Globe and Mail: April 14, 2007: http://www.markmackinnon.ca/dispatches_ukraine4.html

[11] Daniel Wolf, A 21st century revolt. The Guardian: May 13, 2005: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/may/13/ukraine.features11

[12] Craig S. Smith, U.S. Helped to Prepare the Way for Kyrgyzstan’s Uprising. The New York Times: March 30, 2005: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9806E4D9123FF933A05750C0A9639C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

[13] Philip Shishkin, In Putin’s Backyard, Democracy Stirs – With U.S. Help. The Wall Street Journal: February 25, 2005: http://www.iri.org/newsarchive/2005/2005-02-25-News-WSJ.asp

[14] John Laughland, The mythology of people power. The Guardian: April 1, 2005: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/apr/01/usa.russia

Part 3

A New World War for a New World Order

December 17, 2009


Introduction

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I have analyzed US and NATO geopolitical strategy since the fall of the Soviet Union, in expanding the American empire and preventing the rise of new powers, containing Russia and China.

This Part examines the implications of this strategy in recent years; following the emergence of a New Cold War, as well as analyzing the war in Georgia, the attempts and methods of regime change in Iran, the coup in Honduras, the expansion of the Afghan-Pakistan war theatre, and spread of conflict in Central Africa. These processes of a New Cold War and major regional wars and conflicts take the world closer to a New World War.

Peace can only be possible if the tools and engines of empires are dismantled.


Eastern Europe – Forefront of the New Cold War

In 2002, the Guardian reported that,

“The US military build-up in the former Soviet republics of central Asia is raising fears in Moscow that Washington is exploiting the Afghan war to establish a permanent, armed foothold in the region.” Further, “The swift construction of US military bases is also likely to ring alarm bells in Beijing.” [1]

In 2004, it was reported that US strategy “is to position U.S. forces along an “arc of instability” that runs through the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and southern Asia. It is in these parts of the world  – generally poor, insular and unstable  – that military planners see the major future threats to U.S. interests.” [2]

In 2005, it was reported that talks had been going on between the US and Poland since 2002, along with various other countries, “over the possibility of setting up a European base to intercept long-range missiles.” It was further reported that, “such a base would not have been conceivable before Poland joined NATO in 1999.” [3]

In November of 2007 it was reported that,

“Russia threatened to site short-range nuclear missiles in a second location on the European Union’s border yesterday if the United States refuses to abandon plans to erect a missile defense shield.”

A senior Russian “army general said that Iskander missiles could be deployed in Belarus if US proposals to place 10 interceptor missiles and a radar in Poland and the Czech Republic go ahead.”

Putin “also threatened to retrain Russia’s nuclear arsenal on targets within Europe.”

However,

“Washington claims that the shield is aimed not at Russia but at states such as Iran which it accuses of seeking to develop nuclear weapons that could one day strike the West.” [4]

This is a patently absurd claim, as in May 2009, Russian and American scientists released a report saying,

“that it would take Iran at least another six to eight years to produce a missile with enough range to reach Southern Europe and that only illicit foreign assistance or a concerted and highly visible, decade-long effort might produce the breakthroughs needed for a nuclear-tipped missile to threaten the United States.” [5]

Even in December of 2007, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released by all 16 US intelligence agencies reported that,

“Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen.” [6]

Russia has concerns not only about missile interceptors in Poland, which it claims are aimed at Russia, but is also concerned about “an advanced missile-tracking radar that the Pentagon wants to place in the Czech Republic.”[7]

Further, in 2007, the Guardian reported that,

“Russia is preparing its own military response to the US’s controversial plans to build a new missile defence system in eastern Europe, according to Kremlin officials, in a move likely to increase fears of a cold war-style arms race.”

A Kremlin spokesman said of the Polish missile defenses and the Czech radar system, that,

“We were extremely concerned and disappointed. We were never informed in advance about these plans. It brings tremendous change to the strategic balance in Europe, and to the world’s strategic stability.” [8]

In May of 2008, it was reported that,

“President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia and President Hu Jintao of China met… to conclude a deal on nuclear cooperation and together condemn American proposals for a missile shield in Europe. Both countries called the plan a setback to international trust that was likely to upset the balance of power.” [9]

In July of 2008, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it,

“will be forced to make a military response if the U.S.-Czech missile defense agreement is ratified,” and that, “we will be forced to react not with diplomatic, but with military-technical methods.”[10]

In August of 2008, the US and Poland reached a deal “to place an American missile defense base on Polish territory.” Russia responded by “saying that the move would worsen relations with the United States.”[11]

Russia further said,

“the US had shown that Russia was the true target of the defensive shield, as tension between the two powers continued to rise over the conflict in Georgia.”

The Deputy Head of Russia’s general staff “warned that Poland was making itself a target for Russia’s military.”[12]

It was further reported that,

“General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said that any new US assets in Europe could come under Russian nuclear attack with his forces targeting ‘the allies of countries having nuclear weapons’,” and that, “Such targets are destroyed as a first priority.”[13]

In April of 2009, Obama said, “that the U.S. missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland will go forward.”[14] In May of 2009, Russia said that it “could deploy its latest Iskander missiles close to Poland if plans to install U.S. Patriots on Polish soil go ahead.”[15]

In July of 2009, Russian President Medvedev said that,

“Russia will still deploy missiles near Poland if the US pushes ahead with a missile shield in Eastern Europe.”[16]


Iran and the China-Russia Alliance

The Bush regime used hostile rhetoric against Iran, threatening possible war against the country.

However, Iran will not be in any way similar to the military adventurism seen in Iraq. A war against Iran will bring China and Russia to war with the west. Chinese and Russian investments with Iran, both in terms of military cooperation as well as nuclear proliferation and energy ties, have driven the interests of Iran together with those of China and Russia.

In 2007, both Russia and China warned against any attack on Iran by the west.[17] From 2004 onwards, China became Iran’s top oil export market, and Iran is China’s third largest supplier of oil, following Angola and Saudi Arabia. China and Iran signed a gas deal in 2008 worth 100 billion dollars.

Further,

“Beijing is helping Tehran to build dams, shipyards and many other projects. More than 100 Chinese state companies are operating in Iran to develop ports and airports in the major Iranian cities, mine-development projects and oil and gas infrastructures.”

Also, “China, Iran and Russia maintain identical foreign policy positions regarding Taiwan and Chechnya,”[18] which only further strengthens their alliance.

In August of 2008, a senior Iranian defense official warned that any attack against Iran would trigger a world war.[19] In February of 2009, Iran and Russia announced that, “Iran and Russia are to boost military cooperation.”[20]

Russia has also been selling arms and advanced weapons systems to both Iran and Venezuela.[21]

In 2008, OPEC warned against an attack on Iran, saying that,

“oil prices would see an ‘unlimited’ increase in the case of a military conflict involving Iran, because the group’s members would be unable to make up the lost production.”[22]

In 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was founded as a mutual security organization between the nations of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Its main focus is on Central Asian security matters, such as “terrorism, separatism and extremism.” Nations with Observer status in the SCO are India, Mongolia, Pakistan and Iran.

The SCO also emphasizes economic ties between the nations, and serves as a counter to American hegemony in Central Asia.[23]

In October of 2007, the SCO, headed by China, signed an agreement with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), headed by Russia, in an effort to bolster and strengthen links in defense and security between the two major nations.[24] The CSTO was formed in 2002 between Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. In 2007, it was suggested that Iran could join the CSTO.[25]

In April of 2009, it was reported that the CSTO is building up its cooperation with Iran, acting as a counterweight to NATO.[26] In February of 2009, following a summit, the CSTO had,

“produced an agreement to set up a joint rapid-reaction force intended to respond to the ‘broadest range of threats and challenges’.”[27]

The rapid-reaction force “will comprise large military units from five countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan,” and is seen as a force to rival NATO.[28]

In April of 2009, Russia and China “announced plans for an intensified program of military cooperation yesterday as part of a burgeoning ‘strategic partnership’,” and that,

“As many as 25 joint maneuvers will be staged this year in a demonstration of strengthening ties between Moscow and Beijing.”

Further,

“Russia and China staged their first joint war games in 2005 after resolving outstanding border disputes between them. However, Moscow views Beijing as a lucrative market for defense exports and has sold billions of dollars of weaponry to China since the collapse of the Soviet Union ended their Communist rivalry.”

Important to note is that,

“Both states have a keen interest in keeping the United States and Europe out of Central Asia as competition intensifies for access to the region’s enormous oil and gas reserves.”[29]

In June of 2009,

“China and Russia signed a series of new agreements to broaden their collaborations in trade, investment and mining, including the framework on $700 million loan between Export-Import Bank of China and Russian Bank of Foreign Trade.”

Of great importance,

“Memorandums on bilateral gas and coal cooperation are likely to lead the two countries’ energy links to cover all the main sectors, from coal, oil, electricity, gas to nuclear power.”

The leaders of both nations said that they,

“hoped the two countries will also increase their joint projects in science and technology, agriculture, telecommunications and border trade.”[30]

In April of 2009, China and Russia signed a major oil pipeline deal to supply China with Russian oil.[31]

In July of 2009, China and Russia underwent a week-long war game exercise of land and air forces, “designed to counter a hypothetical threat from Islamist extremists or ethnic separatists that both countries insist look increasingly realistic.”

In particular,

“both are driven by a growing sense of urgency stemming from what they see as a deteriorating security picture in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.”[32]


The Georgian War – Spreading Conflict in the Caucasus

After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, Georgia’s northern province of South Ossetia declared independence but failed to be internationally recognized. South Ossetia as well as Georgia’s other largely autonomous province, Abkhazia, had traditionally been allied with Russia.

There had been long-standing tensions between South Ossetia and Georgia and a shaky ceasefire.

On August 1, 2008, six people were killed in South Ossetia when fighting broke out between Georgian and South Ossetian forces. Both sides blamed each other for opening fire first, with Russian peacekeepers blaming Georgia and the Georgians blaming Russian peacekeepers.[33]

On August 5, Russia announced that it would “defend its citizens living in the conflict zone” if a conflict were to erupt in Georgia, and the South Ossetian President said Georgia was “attempting to spark a full-scale war.” Further, South Ossetian children were being evacuated out of the conflict zone, an act that was “condemned” by Georgia, saying that the separatists were “using their youngsters as political propaganda.”[34]

On August 7, a ceasefire was announced between Georgia and South Ossetia, with Russia acting as a mediator between the two.

On the night of August 7, five hours after the declared ceasefire, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili began a military operation against the capital city of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali.[35] The Georgian attack targeted hospitals, the university and left the city without food, water, electricity and gas.[36]

Georgian forces surrounded the city and their troops and tanks continued to assault the civilian targets. On the 8th of August, Russia called for an end to the military offensive. Reportedly, 2,000 civilians were killed by this point in South Ossetia, so Russia sent troops into the area. Russian Prime Minister Putin referred to Georgian actions as “genocide” and Russia also reportedly bombed a Georgian town.

Immediately, the US called for “an end to the Russian bombings.” The Georgian President called it an “unprovoked brutal Russian invasion.” Much of Tskhinvali was left in ruins after the Georgian offensive, with 34,000 South Ossetian refugees in Russia.[37]

Georgia, which had 2,000 troops deployed in Iraq, announced on August 9th that they would be pulling 1,000 troops out of Iraq to be deployed into South Ossetia, with the US providing the transportation for Georgian troops to get back to Georgia.[38]

However, the Russian advance pushed the Georgian troops back, recapturing the city and damaging much of Georgia’s military infrastructure. The Russian troops also entered the other breakaway province of Abkhazia and even occupied the Georgian city of Gori.

On August 12, the Russians announced an end to their military operations in Georgia and on August 13th, the last remaining Georgian troops pulled out of South Ossetia.

However, there is much more to this story than simply a conflict between a small Central Asian nation and Russia. It is important to remember the role played by American NGOs in putting the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili into power through the Rose Revolution in 2003 [See: Color-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III].

The US then developed closer ties with Georgia.

Even before the Rose Revolution, in 2002, US military advisers were in Georgia in an effort to open up a “new front” in the war on terror, with Americans there to “train the Georgian army in how to counter militant activity.”[39] Also in 2002, hundreds of US Green Berets and 200 Special Forces arrived in Georgia to train Georgian forces “for anti-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations.”[40]

Russia warned against US involvement in Georgia, saying that it could “complicate” the situation.[41]

US and Georgian troops even conducted war games and military exercises together. In July of 2008, it was reported that 1,000 US troops in Georgia began a military training exercise with Georgian troops called “Immediate Response 2008.” The same report stated that “Georgia and the Pentagon [cooperated] closely.”

The training exercise came amidst growing tensions between Russia and Georgia, while the US was simultaneously supporting Georgia’s bid to become a NATO member.[42]

Further, 1,200 US servicemen and 800 Georgians were to train for three weeks at a military base near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.[43] The exercise was being run in cooperation with NATO and was preceded by a visit to Georgia by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, where she met with the President and stated that, “the future of Georgia is in NATO.”[44]

However, these exercises and increased military cooperation between the US and Georgia did not go unnoticed by Russia, which simultaneously began military exercises on the other side of the Caucasus mountains, involving up to 8,000 Russian servicemen.[45] Clearly, Russia itself was aware of the potential for a military conflict in the region.

When the conflict with Russia began, there were US military instructors in Georgia,[46] and Russia’s envoy to NATO also accused NATO of encouraging Georgia to take the offensive against South Ossetia.[47]

The US was not the only western nation to aid Georgia, as the unofficial NATO member, Israel, also played a part in arming Georgia.

The Georgian tanks and artillery that captured the South Ossetian capital were aided by Israeli military advisers. Further, for up to a year leading up to the conflict, the Georgian President had commissioned upwards of 1,000 military advisers from private Israeli security firms to train the Georgian armed forces, as well as offer instruction on military intelligence and security.

Georgia also purchased military equipment from Israel.[48]

The War in Georgia was designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia, using the region as a means to create a wider conflict. However, Russia’s decision to end the combat operations quickly worked to its benefit and had the effect of diminishing the international tensions. The issue of NATO membership for Georgia is very important, because had it been a NATO member, the Russian attack on Georgia would have been viewed as an attack on all NATO members.

The war in Afghanistan was launched by NATO on the premises of ‘an attack against one is an attack against all.’

It also was significant that there was a large pipeline deal in the works, with Georgia sitting in a key strategic position. Georgia lies between Russia and Turkey, between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, and above Iran and Iraq. The significance of Georgia as a strategic outpost cannot be underestimated. This is true, particularly when it comes to pipelines.

The Baku Tblisi Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline, the second largest pipeline in the world, travels from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, through Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, to Ceyhan, a Mediterranean port city in Turkey. This pipeline creates a route that bypasses both Iran and Russia, to bring Caspian Basin oil resources “to the United States, Israel and Western European markets.”

The US company Bechtel, was the main contractor for construction, procurement and engineering, while British Petroleum (BP), is the leading shareholder in the project.[49]

Israel gets much of its oil via Turkey through the BTC pipeline route, which likely played a large part in Israel’s support for Georgia in the conflict,[50] as a continual standoff between the West and the East (Russia/China) takes place for control of the world’s resources.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder, with David Rockefeller, of the Trilateral Commission, and Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser who played a key role in the creation of the Afghan Mujahideen, which became known as Al-Qaeda, wrote an op-ed for Time Magazine at the outbreak of the Russia-Georgia conflict.

Brzezinski, being a Cold War kingpin of geopolitical strategy, naturally blamed Russia for the conflict. However, he also revealed the true nature of the conflict.

He started by blaming Russia’s “invasion of Georgia” on its “imperial aims.” Brzezinski blamed much of this on the “intense nationalistic mood that now permeates Russia’s political elite.”

Brzezinski went on to explain Georgia’s strategic significance; stating that,

“an independent Georgia is critical to the international flow of oil,” since the BTC pipeline “provides the West access to the energy resources of central Asia.”

Brzezinski warned Russia of being “ostracized internationally,” in particular its business elite, calling them “vulnerable” because “Russia’s powerful oligarchs have hundreds of billions of dollars in Western bank accounts,” which would be subject to a possible “freezing” by the West in the event of a “Cold War-style standoff.”[51]

Brzezinski’s op-ed essentially amounted to geopolitical extortion.


Regime Change in Iran

There was, for many years, a split in the administration of George W. Bush in regards to US policy towards Iran. On the one hand, there was the hardliner neoconservative element, led by Dick Cheney, with Rumsfeld in the Pentagon; who were long pushing for a military confrontation with Iran.

On the other hand, there was Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State, who was pushing for a more diplomatic, or “soft” approach to Iran.

In February of 2006, Condoleezza Rice introduced a new Iran strategy to the Senate,

“emphasizing the tools of so-called soft diplomacy. She called for ramping up funding to assist pro-democracy groups, public diplomacy initiatives, and cultural and education fellowships, in addition to expanding U.S.-funded radio, television, and Internet and satellite-based broadcasting, which are increasingly popular among younger Iranians.”

She added that,

“we are going to work to support the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom in their country.”

There were three main facets to the program:

“Expanding independent radio and television”

“Funding pro-democracy groups,” which “would lift bans on U.S. financing of Iran-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), trade unions, human rights groups, and opposition candidates”

“Boosting cultural and education fellowships and exchanges,” which “would help pay Iranian students and scholars to enroll in U.S. universities.”[52]

This marked a significant change in U.S. foreign policy with Iran, which would have the effect of making Iran’s domestic situation “more intense,” or as one expert put it, “this is the thing that can undo this regime.”

Another expert stated that if the strategy failed,

“we will have wasted the money, but worse than that, helped discredit legitimate opposition groups as traitors who receive money from the enemy to undermine Iran ‘s national interest.”[53]

In March of 2006, the Iraq Study Group was assembled as a group of high level diplomats and strategic elites to reexamine US policy toward Iraq, and more broadly, to Iran as well.

It proposed a softer stance towards Iran, and one of its members, Robert Gates, former CIA director, left the Group in November of 2006 to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.

Cheney had fought to keep his ally in the Pentagon, but had failed in not only that, but also in preventing Robert Gates from being his replacement.[54]

In February of 2006, the Guardian reported that the Bush administration received,

“a seven-fold increase in funding to mount the biggest ever propaganda campaign against the Tehran government,” and quoted Secretary Rice as saying, “we will work to support the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy in their country.”

The “US is to increase funds to Iranian non-governmental bodies that promote democracy, human rights and trade unionism,” which started in 2005 for the first time since 1980, and that, “the US would seek to help build new dissident networks.”[55]

In April of 2006, the Financial Times reported that,

“The US and UK are working on a strategy to promote democratic change in Iran,” as “Democracy promotion is a rubric to get the Europeans behind a more robust policy without calling it regime change.”[56]

Christian Science Monitor reported that the goal of the strategy was “regime change from within,” in the form of “a pro-democracy revolution.”[57]

In July of 2007, it was reported that the White House had “shifted back in favour of military action,” at the insistence of Cheney.[58] Josh Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, said in May of 2007, that US strategy consisted of three options: the first was economic sanctions, the second was regime change, and the third was military action.

Bolton elaborated that,

“we’ve got to go with regime change by bolstering opposition groups and the like, because that’s the circumstance most likely for an Iranian government to decide that it’s safer not to pursue nuclear weapons than to continue to do so. And if all else fails, if the choice is between a nuclear-capable Iran and the use of force, then I think we need to look at the use of force.”

Ultimately, the aim would be “to foment a popular revolution.”[59]

In September of 2007, it was reported that the Bush administration was pushing the US on the warpath with Iran, as “Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran.” It was even reported that Secretary Rice was “prepared to settle her differences with Vice-President Dick Cheney and sanction military action.”

It was reported that Rice and Cheney were working together to present a more unified front, finding a middle ground between Rice’s soft diplomacy, and Cheney’s preference to use “bunker-busting tactical nuclear weapons” against Iran.[60]

That same year, in 2007, the United States launched covert operations against Iran. ABC broke the story, reporting that,

“The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government.”

The President signed an order,

“that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.”

The approval of these covert operations marked a temporary move away from pursuing overt military action.[61]

As the Telegraph reported in May of 2007,

“Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.”

As part of the plan,

“the CIA [has] the right to collect intelligence on home soil, an area that is usually the preserve of the FBI, from the many Iranian exiles and émigrés within the US,” as “Iranians in America have links with their families at home, and they are a good two-way source of information.”

Further,

“The CIA will also be allowed to supply communications equipment which would enable opposition groups in Iran to work together and bypass internet censorship by the clerical regime.”[62]

“Soft” power became the favored policy for promoting regime change in Iran.

David Denehy, a senior adviser to the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, was “charged with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars to advance the cause of a more democratic Iran.”

He was responsible for disbursing the $75 million that Ms. Rice asked the Senate for in February of 2006.

The appropriations included,

“$36.1 million into existing television and radio programs beaming into Iran”

“$10 million would pay for public diplomacy and exchange programs, including helping Iranians who hope to study in America”

“$20 million would support the efforts of civil-society groups – media, legal and human rights nongovernmental organizations – both outside and inside Iran.”

The administration was requesting an additional $75 million for 2008.[63]

In 2008, award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in the New Yorker that in late 2007, Congress approved.

“a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources.”

While the Cheney hard-liners in the Bush administration were long pushing for a direct military confrontation with Iran, the military had to be reigned in from being controlled by the neo-conservatives.

Robert Gates, a former CIA director, had replaced Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, and while still saber rattling Iran, had to take a more strategic position, as many military leaders in the Pentagon felt “that bombing Iran is not a viable response to the nuclear-proliferation issue.”[64]

The covert operations that were approved ran at a cost of approximately $400 million dollars, and,

“are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.”

The operations were to be expanded under both the CIA and JSOC (the Joint Special Operations Command).

The focus was,

“on undermining Iran’s nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change,” of which a major facet was “working with opposition groups and passing money.”

Hersh elaborated:

Many of the activities may be being carried out by dissidents in Iran, and not by Americans in the field. One problem with “passing money” (to use the term of the person familiar with the Finding) in a covert setting is that it is hard to control where the money goes and whom it benefits.

Nonetheless, the former senior intelligence official said,

“We’ve got exposure, because of the transfer of our weapons and our communications gear. The Iranians will be able to make the argument that the opposition was inspired by the Americans. How many times have we tried this without asking the right questions? Is the risk worth it?”

One possible consequence of these operations would be a violent Iranian crackdown on one of the dissident groups, which could give the Bush Administration a reason to intervene.[65]

Included in the strategy was to use ethnic tensions to undermine the government; however, this strategy is flawed. Unlike Pakistan, Lebanon, and Iraq, Iran is a much older country,

“like France and Germany – and its citizens are just as nationalistic. The U.S. is overestimating ethnic tension in Iran.”[66]

This turned out to be an important point in regards to the elections in the summer of 2009.


Flashback to 1953

To understand the nature of American and British “democracy promotion” in Iran, it is important to examine their historical practices regarding “democracy” in Iran.

Specifically, the events of 1953 present a very important picture, in which the United States orchestrated its first foreign coup, with guidance and direction from the British, who had extensive oil interests in Iran. The first democratically elected government of Mohommad Mossadeq in 1951 announced the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later to be re-named British Petroleum), which had an exclusive monopoly on Iranian oil.

This naturally angered the British, who, in 1952, convinced the CIA to help in a plot to overthrow Iran’s government. The idea to topple the Iranian government was born in Britain, but it didn’t take much to convince the CIA to launch a joint operation with the SIS.

Government documents were made public which revealed that CIA,

“officers orchestrating the Iran coup worked directly with royalist Iranian military officers, handpicked the prime minister’s replacement, sent a stream of envoys to bolster the shah’s courage, directed a campaign of bombings by Iranians posing as members of the Communist Party, and planted articles and editorial cartoons in newspapers.”

The strategy was aimed at supporting an Iranian General and the Shah through CIA assets and financing, which would overthrow Mossadeq,

“particularly if this combination should be able to get the largest mobs in the streets.”[67]

The Shah was to play a pivotal role, as he was,

“to stand fast as the C.I.A. stirred up popular unrest and then, as the country lurched toward chaos, to issue royal decrees dismissing Dr. Mossadegh and appointing General Zahedi prime minister.”

CIA operatives stoked pressure by pretending to be Iranian Communists, threatening Muslim leaders with “savage punishment if they opposed Mossadegh,” in an effort to stir anti-Communist and anti-Mossadeq sentiments in the religious community.

The CIA even bombed the house of a prominent Muslim. Further, the CIA was advancing a major propaganda campaign, as a major newspaper owner was paid $45,000 to support the efforts.

The CIA, once the coup was underway, used American media as propaganda, in an attempt to legitimize the coup plotters, as the CIA sent The Associated Press a news release saying that,

“unofficial reports are current to the effect that leaders of the plot are armed with two decrees of the shah, one dismissing Mossadegh and the other appointing General Zahedi to replace him.”

The CIA also disseminated this propaganda through Iranian media.

Following the beginning of the coup, which began on August 15, Mossadeq suspended the Parliament, which ultimately played “into the C.I.A.’s hands.” After having several plotters arrested, he let his guard down.

Then the American Embassy planned a counterattack for August 19, specifically using religious forces. At this time, the Communist Party blamed “Anglo-American intrigue” for the coup. However, just as the CIA thought it was a failure, Iranian papers began publishing en masse the Shah’s decrees, and suddenly large pro-Shah crowds were building in the streets.

An Iranian journalist who was an important CIA agent,

“led a crowd toward Parliament, inciting people to set fire to the offices of a newspaper owned by Dr. Mossadegh’s foreign minister. Another Iranian C.I.A. agent led a crowd to sack the offices of pro-Tudeh papers.”

Then coup supporters in the military began to enter the streets, and soon,

“the crowds began to receive direct leadership from a few officers involved in the plot and some who had switched sides. Within an hour the central telegraph office fell, and telegrams were sent to the provinces urging a pro-shah uprising. After a brief shootout, police headquarters and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs fell as well.”

Interestingly, according to the declassified documents, the CIA,

“hoped to plant articles in American newspapers saying Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi’s return resulted from a homegrown revolt against a Communist-leaning government,” but that ultimately, “its operatives had only limited success in manipulating American reporters.”

The CIA planted stories in US media, such as one instance where the State Department planted a CIA study in Newsweek.

One of the key lessons the CIA learned in this operation, was that it “exposed the agency’s shortcomings in manipulating the American press.” The CIA even manipulated a reporter with the New York Times to disseminate propaganda. While Soviet media was proclaiming the US responsible for the coup, American mentions of this in the media dismissed these accusations outright, and never “examined such charges seriously.”[68]

By the end of Operation Ajax, as the CIA coup was codenamed, “some 300 people had died in firefights in the streets of Tehran,” largely due to the CIA “provoking street violence.”

The coup resulted in,

“more than two decades of dictatorship under the Shah, who relied heavily on US aid and arms.”[69]


The West Sponsors Terrorists in Iran

In 2005, Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector, reported that, “the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein’s dreaded intelligence services,” was now working for the CIA in terror bombings inside Iran.[70]

In February of 2007, the Telegraph reported that,

“America is secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear program.”

The CIA operations,

“involve dealing with movements that resort to terrorist methods,” and the article noted that, “there has been a wave of unrest in ethnic minority border areas of Iran, with bombing and assassination campaigns against soldiers and government officials,” and interestingly, the CIA operations are focused on “helping opposition militias among the numerous ethnic minority groups clustered in Iran’s border regions.”

A former State Department counter-terrorism agent was quoted as saying,

“The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilise the Iranian regime.”[71]

ABC News reported in April of 2007 that,

“A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005.”

The group, named Jundullah, operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, on the boarder of Iran, and “has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.”[72]

In 2008, Pakistan’s former Army Chief said that,

“the US is supporting the outlawed Jundullah group to destabilize Iran,” and that, “the US is providing training facilities to Jundullah fighters – located in eastern areas of Iran – to create unrest in the area and affect the cordial ties between Iran and its neighbor Pakistan.”[73]


The 2009 Election Protests

The events of 1953 presented a blueprint for the 2009 Iranian election protests, an attempted “soft revolution” in Iran, also drawing from the “colour revolutions” in the post-Soviet states of Eastern Europe [See:
Color-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III].

It is the thesis of this author that the 2009 election riots in Iran were a covert US (and British) plot designed to orchestrate regime change in Iran. The aim was to put in place a US-friendly leader, and thus, exert political, economic and strategic hegemony over Iran.

Following the stratagem of US-funded “colour revolutions” in the former Soviet bloc, but with heavy CIA influence, drawing parallels with the 1953 coup; the plot was ultimately unsuccessful.

While the 1953 coup revealed the failure of the CIA to greatly influence and manipulate US media, the 2009 riots revealed a great success in American media manipulation; however, ironically, it was the focus on this triumphant success that may have impeded the ultimate success of the plot. American popular perception of an illegitimate election and political oppression was enough to support regime change, but not to enact regime change.

So, in a bitter irony for the US, the failure of the 1953 coup, became the success of the 2009 plot; while the success of the 1953 coup, became the failure of the 2009 plot. It just so happens that the success of the 1953 coup… was that it worked.

In November of 2008, Iranian media reported that, “the White House is making strenuous efforts to orchestrate a “Velvet Revolution” in Iran.”

The former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations said that,

“that Washington is conspiring to foment discord among Iranians in order to topple the Tehran government.”[74]

Iranian media reported in April of 2009, two months prior to the Presidential elections, that Iran’s Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had,

“uncovered a plot for a ‘soft overthrow’ of the country’s government,” and “accused the Netherlands of conspiring to foment a velvet revolution in the country by supporting the opposition through the media and different Internet sites.”

In 2005, the Dutch parliament funded a 15 million Euro “media polarization campaign” inside Iran, which was “Coupled with British assistance and secret US funding.”[75]

In the lead-up to the elections, there were increasing attacks within Iran. Two weeks before the election, on May 28, 2009, in southeastern Iran, a Shi’a mosque bombing resulted in the deaths of 20 people. An Iranian official accused the United States of involvement in arming the terrorists, who committed the act in a Sunni area of Iran, a religious minority within the country.

Jundullah, the terrorist organization armed and funded by the US through the CIA, claimed responsibility for the bombing.[76] The following day, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s election campaign office was attacked by gunmen in the same city as the bombing, resulting in several injuries.[77] These attacks, aimed at stirring up religious tensions, are reminiscent of the attacks carried out by the CIA in Iran in the 1953 coup.

The day before the election, on June 11, 2009, it was reported that the National Endowment for Democracy, the main institution behind the “colour revolutions” in Eastern Europe (covered in above Part 2 of this series), had spent a lot of money that made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups inside Iran, as Mousavi was the Western favored candidate in the Iranian elections.

It was even reported that there was talk of a “green revolution” in Iran, as the Mousavi campaign was full of green scarves and banners at the rallies.[78]

On June 10, 2009, two days before the election, a New York Times blog reported that there was concern among many Ahmadinejad supporters in Iran that they fear,

“that what they are witnessing is a local version of the Orange Revolution, which swept an opposition government into power in Ukraine.”[79]

On June 12, 2009, the Iranian election took place. Immediately, the propaganda machine went into effect and the plan for a colour revolution in Iran was underway.

Iran’s state run news agency reported that Ahmadinejad had won in a landslide victory of 69%.

Immediately, his main rival and the American-favored candidate, Moussavi, claimed that he had won and that there were voting “irregularities,” and was quoted as saying,

“I am the absolute winner of the election by a very large margin.”[80]

Immediately, Western governments denounced the election as a fraud, and protests began in the streets of Tehran, where young people clad in the green of the Mousavi campaign declared “Death to the Dictator” referring to Ahmadinejad.

Mousavi encouraged the protests to continue, and in the second day of protests, young people,

“broke the windows of city buses on several streets in central Tehran. They burned banks, rubbish bins and piles of tyres used as flaming barricades. Riot police hit some of the protesters with batons while dozens of others holding shields and motorcycles stood guard nearby.”

Western governments then openly declared their solidarity with the protests and denounced the Iranian government for repressing them.[81]

Despite all the claims of vote fraud and irregularities, those taking this position offered no actual evidence to support it.

As Politico reported on June 15, the people proclaiming fraud,

“ignore the fact that Ahmadinejad’s 62.6 percent of the vote in this year’s election is essentially the same as the 61.69 percent he received in the final count of the 2005 presidential election.”

These people also conveniently ignore many popular perceptions within Iran, such as the fact that most Iranians saw Ahmadinejad as having won the televised debates and that he can also be viewed as a populist campaigner.

Ahmadinejad has the support of a large amount of Iranians,

“including the religiously pious, lower-income groups, civil servants and pensioners.”[82]

Some “evidence” for fraud was highly circumstantial, in that it claimed that because Mousavi comes from an Azeri background,

“he was guaranteed to win Iran’s Azeri-majority provinces,” and so, when Ahmadinejad won in these provinces, “fraud is the only possible explanation.”

However, Ahmadinejad also speaks Azeri quite fluently, had formerly served as an official in two Azeri areas, and the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khameini, is also Azeri.[83]

This also ignores the class based voting of Iranians. While the West tends to portray the Middle East and Africa through an Orientalist lens, viewing them as “the Other,” and often portraying the people of these regions as backwards or barbaric, reality is a far cry from Western perception.

People in the Middle East, including in Iran, vote with concerns about the economy and social conditions in mind just as much as voters in the west do. Voting in the Middle East is not simply based upon religious or ethnic differences, there is more to consider, and any analysis that forgets this is flawed.

Even the Financial Times was quoted as saying,

“Change for the poor means food and jobs, not a relaxed dress code or mixed recreation,” and that, “Politics in Iran is a lot more about class war than religion.”[84]

As James Petras wrote,

“The only group, which consistently favored Mousavi, was the university students and graduates, business owners and the upper middle class.”[85]

These also happened to be the highly Westernized Iranians.

The Iranians protesting in the “green revolution” were holding signs written in English, and were giving interviews to western media all in English. Many were western educated and raised. The Iranian diaspora in the west was also largely supportive of the “green revolution,” as they are the sons and daughters of those who had emigrated out of Iran following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

They are the children of the exiled Iranian capitalist class, and do not represent a fair assessment of the internal Iranian population. After all, the poor and the masses do not have the means to emigrate to the west. Naturally, many westernized youth in Iran have legitimate concerns and social issues with the present way of governance within Iran; however, the majority of Iranians are more concerned with their daily meals than Islamic dress codes.

As Petras further pointed out,

“The ‘youth vote’, which the Western media praised as ‘pro-reformist’, was a clear minority of less than 30% but came from a highly privileged, vocal and largely English speaking group with a monopoly on the Western media.”[86]

Even the Washington Post reported on June 15, about a major Western poll conducted in Iran three weeks prior to the election, in which it “showed Ahmadinejad leading by a more than 2 to 1 margin – greater than his actual apparent margin of victory,” and the “scientific sampling from across all 30 of Iran’s provinces showed Ahmadinejad well ahead.”

The Washington Post article further pointed out that,

“Much commentary has portrayed Iranian youth and the Internet as harbingers of change in this election. But our poll found that only a third of Iranians even have access to the Internet, while 18-to-24-year-olds comprised the strongest voting bloc for Ahmadinejad of all age groups.”

Further, the only demographic where Mousavi was “leading or competitive with Ahmadinejad were university students and graduates, and the highest-income Iranians.”

The article ended by saying that,

“The fact may simply be that the reelection of President Ahmadinejad is what the Iranian people wanted.”[87]

The Internet played a very large role in the international perception of the Iranian elections, as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook were used to advance the aims of the “green revolution,” often giving it the name the “Twitter Revolution.”

Remember that in 2007,

“a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation,” was put into effect, which were “intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.”

As part of this,

“The CIA will also be allowed to supply communications equipment which would enable opposition groups in Iran to work together and bypass internet censorship by the clerical regime.”[88]

In the midst of the protests, the Iranian government cracked down on dissent, banning foreign reporters and blocking websites.

As the Washington Times reported,

“Well-developed Twitter lists showed a constant stream of situation updates and links to photos and videos, all of which painted a portrait of the developing turmoil. Digital photos and videos proliferated and were picked up and reported in countless external sources safe from the regime’s Net crackdown.”[89]

Naturally, all of this information came from the upper class Western students, who had access to this technology, which they were using in English.

On June 15,

“a 27-year-old State Department official, Jared Cohen, e-mailed the social-networking site Twitter with an unusual request: delay scheduled maintenance of its global network, which would have cut off service while Iranians were using Twitter to swap information and inform the outside world about the mushrooming protests around Tehran.”

Further, the New York Times reported that,

“Mr. Cohen, a Stanford University graduate who is the youngest member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, has been working with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other services to harness their reach for diplomatic initiatives.”[90]

It turned out only a small number of people in Iran actually used Twitter for organizational purposes; however,

“Twitter did prove to be a crucial tool in the cat-and-mouse game between the opposition and the government over enlisting world opinion.”

Twitter also took part in spreading disinformation during the protests, as the New York Times pointed out that,

“some of the biggest errors on Twitter that were quickly repeated and amplified by bloggers: that three million protested in Tehran last weekend (more like a few hundred thousand); that the opposition candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi was under house arrest (he was being watched); that the president of the election monitoring committee declared the election invalid last Saturday (not so).”[91]

On the 28th of June, the Iranian Intelligence Minister blamed western powers, specifically the United States and Britain, for the post-election protests and violence. Iran even arrested British embassy staff in Tehran.[92]

On July 3, the head of Iran’s Guardians Council said that,

“British embassy staff would be put on trial for inciting violent protests.”

Iran had arrested nine “British embassy employees it accused of playing a role in organizing pro-democracy demonstrations,” but had released seven of them by July.

However, one Embassy staff member had been accused of “a significant role” in the election riots.[93]

Amidst all the British denials of any involvement, the Telegraph revealed in late July that two exiles,

“Azadeh Assadi and Vahid Saderigh have been providing crucial support to opposition leaders in Tehran from their homes in London,” who “take their cue from Iran’s Green Movement which has been the rallying point for an unprecedented challenge to the leadership of the Islamic Republic.”

They further organized the protests at the Iranian Embassy in London, which lasted for 31 days, longer than anywhere else.[94]

Hossein Rassam, head of the security and political division of the British Embassy in Tehran, was arrested under suspicions that he played a key role in the protests “in providing guidance to diplomats and reporters of the British media.”

Further, an Iranian-American scholar was arrested.

In 2007, Iran arrested,

“Haleh Esfandiari, head of the Wilson Center’s Middle East program, and Kian Tajbakhsh, with links to the Soros institute, on suspicions of endangering the country’s national security.”

They were released after three months detention.[95]

Of great interest were the statements made my former high-level American strategic kingpins of the foreign policy establishment in the wake of the riots: among them,

  • Henry Kissinger
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • Brent Scowcroft

Former US National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, in an interview with Al-Jazeera shortly after the start of the protests, when asked if the US had intelligence agents on the ground in Iran, replied, without hesitation,

“Of course we do.”

The interviewer asked if they would help the protesters, to which Scowcroft replied,

“They might be, who knows. But that’s a far cry from helping protesters against the combined might of the Revolutionary Guard, the militias, and so on, and the police, who are so far, completely unified.”

He explained that he feels the “movement” for change is there in Iran, and that,

“It’s going to change Iran, I think that is almost inevitable.”[96]

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser in the Jimmy Carter administration, co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission, and arch-hawk geopolitical strategist, was interviewed on CNN shortly after the protests began.

When asked how the situation could be worked out to resemble Eastern Europe, as in, successful color revolutions putting western puppets in power, Brzezinski responded,

“Well, I think it will not work out the way Eastern Europe worked out, and hopefully it will not end the way Tiananmen Square ended. Eastern Europe became intensely pro-Western, pro-American, and so forth.”

Further, he explained, “If there is a change of regime in Iran, there is a greater chance of accommodation, and I think that is to be fervently wished for. But that requires patience, intelligent manipulation, moral support, but no political interference.”[97]

Henry Kissinger, former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State; was interviewed by BBC at the outbreak of the riots.

He stated that,

“Now if it turns out that it is not possible for a government to emerge in Iran that can deal with itself as a nation rather than as a cause, then we have a different situation. Then we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside.”[98]

Clearly, there were extensive Western interests and involvement behind the Iranian “democracy” movement that resulted in the protests following the election. However, the ultimate goal of the attempted “colour revolution” failed, as it did not succeed in achieving regime change.

Brzezinski’s strategy of “intelligent manipulation” ultimately failed, and so, as Henry Kissinger stated,

“we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside.”


Latin America Is Not to Be Left Out – The Coup in Honduras

It is important to take a look at recent events in Latin America in an imperial context to understand how wide and vast American and NATO imperial strategy is.

While the world’s eyes and media were fixated on events in Iran, another event was taking place in Latin America, which was conveniently ignored by international media.

On June 28, 2009, the Honduran military kidnapped the President of Honduras and flew him into exile. The official line was that the coup was prompted when Manuel Zelaya, the President of Honduras, was attempting to schedule a poll on holding a referendum about rewriting the constitution.

The Supreme Court secretly issued an arrest warrant for Zelaya on June 26, “charging him with treason and abuse of power.”[99]

The military entered his house two days later, and put him on a military plane to Costa Rica, and the same day, the Honduran Congress voted to remove Zelaya and replace him with the Speaker of Congress Roberto Micheletti.

Zelaya happened to be a close ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales; who represent the populist leaders of the new move to the left in Latin America, and pose a strong opposition force to the hegemony of US and Western interests in the region.

Hugo Chavez alleged that the coup had the hands of the United States in it, and that the upper class in Honduras helped and,

“have turned Honduras into a ‘banana republic’, into a political, military and terror base for the North American empire.”[100]

The New York Times reported that the Obama administration was “surprised” by the coup,

“But they also said that they had been working for several weeks to try to head off a political crisis in Honduras as the confrontation between Mr. Zelaya and the military over his efforts to lift presidential term limits escalated.”

Further, “The United States has long had strong ties to the Honduras military and helps train Honduran military forces.”

It was further reported that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Zelaya on June 2, and that the United States thought Zelaya’s plans for reforming the Constitution was a “bad idea.”

The US Ambassador to Honduras had held discussions with military officials where,

“There was talk of how they might remove the president from office, how he could be arrested, on whose authority they could do that.”[101]

As it turned out, the General in the Honduran Army who overthrew Zelaya,

“is a two-time graduate of the U.S. Army School of the Americas, an institution that has trained hundreds of coup leaders and human rights abusers in Latin America.”

Past graduates have included,

  • Argentine Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri
  • Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt
  • Panamanian dictators Gen. Omar Torrijos, who overthrew a civilian government in a 1968 coup
  • Gen. Manuel Noriega, a five-time SOA graduate, who ruled the country and dealt in drugs while on the CIA payroll
  • Ecuadorian dictator Gen. Guillermo Rodriguez
  • Bolivian dictators Gen. Hugo Banzer Suarez and Gen. Guido Vildoso Calderon
  • Peruvian strongman Gen. Juan Velasco Alvarado [102]

As was reported the following day of the coup, over the previous ten years,

“the United States has delivered $18.41 million in weapons and defense articles to Honduras through the foreign military sales program,” with Foreign Military Financing totaling $7.3 million between 2003 and today, and “International Military Education and Training funds in that same period came to $14.82 million.”[103]

The Washington Post reported, two days following the coup, that when Clinton was asked if it was a US priority to see Zelaya reinstated, she responded,

“We haven’t laid out any demands that we’re insisting on, because we’re working with others on behalf of our ultimate objectives.”

Zelaya had fired Gen. Romeo Vasquez prior to the coup, and Air Force commander, Gen. Luis Javier Prince Suazo, along with many other military leaders resigned. Both Vasquez and Suazo were trained at the School of the Americas.[104]

An article in the Guardian published a few days after the coup stated that, as countries around the world condemned the coup and called for the reinstatement of Zelaya,

“Washington’s ambivalence has begun to raise suspicions about what the US government is really trying to accomplish in this situation.”

One possibility for this is that “the Obama administration may want to extract concessions from Zelaya as part of a deal for his return to office.”

Following the coup, oppression in Honduras was rampant:

“political repression, the closing of TV and radio stations, the detention of journalists, detention and physical abuse of diplomats and what the Committee to Protect Journalists has called a “media blackout” have yet to draw a serious rebuke from Washington.”

As the author astutely stated:

The battle between Zelaya and his opponents pits a reform president who is supported by labour unions and social organizations against a mafia-like, drug-ridden, corrupt political elite who is accustomed to choosing not only the supreme court and the Congress, but also the president. It is a recurrent story in Latin America, and the US has almost always sided with the elites.[105]

This harks back to 2002, when the United States had its hands involved in the attempted coup in Venezuela to oust President Hugo Chavez, which ultimately failed.

In the months leading up to the attempted coup in April 2002, US officials held a series of meetings with “Venezuelan military officers and opposition activists.”

Further,

“a few weeks before the coup attempt, administration officials met Pedro Carmona, the business leader who took over the interim government after President Hugo Chavez was arrested.”

The Pentagon even,

“confirmed that the Venezuelan army’s chief of staff, General Lucas Romero Rincon, visited the Pentagon in December and met the assistant secretary of defense for western hemispheric affairs.”

Further, when “Mr Carmona and other opposition leaders came to the US they met Otto Reich, the assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.”

Otto Reich was a veteran of the Reagan-era “dirty tricks” in Latin America, such as the contra operations, which involved the US funding drug-running terrorists and death squads, and Reich,

“was the head of the office of public diplomacy in the state department, which was later found to have been involved in covert pro-contra propaganda.”[106]

The Observer reported that the coup attempt in 2002 “was closely tied to senior officials in the US government.”

Among the officials involved,

“Elliot Abrams, who gave a nod to the attempted Venezuelan coup, has a conviction for misleading Congress over the infamous Iran-Contra affair.”

There was of course Otto Reich, who met with all the coup leaders in the months preceding the coup.

Finally, there was John Negroponte, who was in 2002,

“ambassador to the United Nations. He was Reagan’s ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 when a US-trained death squad, Battalion 3-16, tortured and murdered scores of activists. A diplomatic source said Negroponte had been ‘informed that there might be some movement in Venezuela on Chavez’ at the beginning of the year.”[107]

Two weeks following the coup in Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, the man who replaced Zelaya following the coup, showed up at the house of President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica, who was to mediate between the “interim government” and Zelaya.

Micheletti however, was accompanied with an interesting cast of characters.

He arrived with six advisers, among them,

“an American public relations specialist who has done work for former President Bill Clinton and the American’s interpreter, and an official close to the talks said the team rarely made a move without consulting him.”

International pressure for US sanctions on Honduras was building, however:

Mr. Micheletti has embarked on a public relations offensive, with his supporters hiring high-profile lawyers with strong Washington connections to lobby against such sanctions. One powerful Latin American business council hired Lanny J. Davis, who has served as President Clinton’s personal lawyer and who campaigned for Mrs. Clinton for president.

[…] Mr. Micheletti brought the adviser from another firm with Clinton ties to the talks in Costa Rica. The adviser, Bennett Ratcliff of San Diego, refused to give details about his role at the talks.

“Every proposal that Micheletti’s group presented was written or approved by the American,” said another official close to the talks, referring to Mr. Ratcliff.[108]

Clearly, whatever the end result, which has yet to be determined, the hand of the United States can be seen in the Honduran coup.

The bias and ultimately the failure of the international media became quite evident as a result of the coup. While the global media, particularly the western corporate media, were devoting non-stop coverage to the Iranian elections, proclaiming fraud, while offering no evidence.

A military coup ousting a democratically elected president and installing an oppressive dictatorship which immediately began its heavy handed repression received scant attention. The western media attacked an actual democratic process in action, while ignoring a military assault against democracy.

Which story receives more coverage is determined by the interests involved:

  • in Iran, the West wanted a new government, so the media pushed for one
  • in Honduras, the US wanted a new government,

…so the media turned a blind eye while they got one through non-democratic means.


The Afghanistan-Pakistan War Theatre

Within days of getting into office, President Obama authorized a missile strike in Pakistan, which killed several civilians.

Obama continued with this strategy, after Bush, in July of 2008, “authorized the C.I.A. and the Joint Special Operations Command to make ground incursions into Pakistan.”[109] This was to set the pace for US strategy in the region, particularly in relation to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In late March, Obama announced his plan for a new Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, which are to be a combined strategy. As part of the strategy, known as the AfPak strategy,

“More U.S. troops, civilian officials and money will be needed,” and “Obama pledged to tighten U.S. focus on Pakistan.”

Further, Obama announced in late March that,

“he would send 4,000 U.S. troops – beyond the additional 17,000 he authorized” in February, “to work as trainers and advisers to the Afghan army, and hundreds more civilian officials and diplomats to help improve governance and the country’s economy,” bringing the total number of US troops up to 60,000.[110]

In May, a major event took place in military circles, as one of the few times in over 50 years an American wartime general was fired in the field.

In May of 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired the top general in Afghanistan saying that what was needed was “fresh thinking” and “fresh eyes” on Afghanistan.

Gates “recommended that President Obama replace McKiernan with a veteran Special Operations commander, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.” As the Washington Post reported, McKiernan, the general whom Gates fired,

“was viewed as somewhat cautious and conventionally minded.”[111]

Could it be that McKiernan did not see the AfPak strategy as a viable option; that it went against “caution”?

His replacement, General McChrystal, was,

“the director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. From 2006 to August 2008, he was the forward commander of the U.S. military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command, responsible for capturing or killing high-level leaders of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq.”[112]

One expert summed up the new General as such:

“McChrystal kills people.”

One senior military official at the Pentagon asked,

“what message are we sending when our high-value-target hunter is sent to lead in Afghanistan?”[113]

However, there is another twist to this story.

As Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh revealed, Cheney created a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which was to carry out high-level assassinations. This unit was kept a secret for many years, and Hersh referred to it as an “Executive assassination ring.”

Hersh reported that they carried out many assassinations,

“not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s in a lot of other countries, in the Middle East and in South Asia and North Africa and even central America.”

The new General of the AfPak war theatre, Stanley McChrystal, used to run Cheney’s assassination squad.[114]

At the end of November 2009, Obama announced a surge of an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan,

“bringing the total American force to about 100,000.”[115]

Further, in early December, it was reported that Obama,

“authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, officials said this week, to parallel the president’s decision, announced Tuesday, to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.”[116]

Clearly, the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy will only further inflame the region in conflict and turmoil.

Expanding the Afghan war into Pakistan is akin to playing with matches around a stick of dynamite. Perhaps this was the clarity of the previous general, McKiernan, in seeing this strategic insanity, and thus, the reason for his removal.

The destabilization of this region threatens all of the neighboring countries, including,

  • India
  • China
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Iran

The possibility of creating a much wider war in the region, and even between the great powers, is ever increasing.


Africa and AFRICOM

During the Cold War, Africa was an imperial battleground between the USSR and the US-NATO powers, with the ultimate goal being the control over strategic resource-rich areas.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s influence in Africa largely dissipated, and with that, came the neo-imperial struggle among the western powers for control over key strategic points. Now, the great battle in Africa is between the NATO powers, primarily the United States, and China, which has had exponential growth and influence on the continent.

The 1990s saw the Rwandan genocide as a key event in Africa, which was, in actuality, a struggle between France and the United States over the key strategic location of Rwanda. The World Bank and IMF laid the groundwork for conflict, creating the economic conditions that exacerbated colonial-era ethnic tensions. Meanwhile, the United States, through its proxy state of Uganda, funded military operations and trained the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which conducted military operations from Uganda into Rwanda.

The Civil War waged from 1990-1993, with the US funding all sides of the conflict. In 1994, the RPF shot down the plane carrying the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, which sparked the genocide.

Following the genocide, the US-trained puppet, Paul Kagame, became President of Rwanda.[117]

Following these events, the US had two protectorates in Central Africa, Uganda and Rwanda, both of which bordered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This was the ultimate prize in the area. From both Rwanda and Uganda, military operations were funded and paramilitary forces were trained by the United States to venture into the DRC, which erupted in coups and Civil War. However, western, primarily American and Canadian corporations were plundering the resource-rich Congo, while millions of Congolese civilians died.[118]

In April of 2001, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney held a hearing on Western involvement in the plunder of Africa, in which she stated,

“at the heart of Africa’s suffering is the West’s, and most notably the United States’, desire to access Africa’s diamonds, oil, natural gas, and other precious resources… the West, and most notably the United States, has set in motion a policy of oppression, destabilization and tempered, not by moral principle, but by a ruthless desire to enrich itself on Africa’s fabulous wealth.”[119]

In the New World Order, Africa has not lost its significance as a geopolitical prize for the great powers.

While the Middle East, save Iran, is largely under the influence of the United States and its NATO allies, Africa is the main battleground between the US and China.

Imperialism in Africa goes under many names:

  • the “War on Terror
  • military assistance
  • economic aid
  • “humanitarian intervention” to name a few…


U.S. Strategy in Africa

In 2005, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the main policy-planning group of the US elite, published a Task Force Report on US strategy in Africa called, More Than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa.

In the report, it was stated that:

Africa is becoming more important because of its growing role in supplying the world with oil, gas, and non-fuel minerals. Now supplying the United States with 15 percent of oil imports, Africa’s production may double in the next decade, and its capacity for natural gas exports will grow even more. In the next decade, Africa could be supplying the United States with as much energy as the Middle East.[120]

The report stated that,

“The United States is facing intense competition for energy and other natural resources in Africa,” identifying India and primarily China as its main competitors “in the search for these resources and for both economic and political influence on the continent.”[121]

In particular, “China presents a particularly important challenge to U.S. interests.”[122]

Further,

“To compete more effectively with China, the United States must provide more encouragement and support to well-performing African states, develop innovative means for U.S. companies to compete, give high-level attention to Africa, and engage China on those practices that conflict with U.S. interests.”[123]

In analyzing the threat China poses to the US in Africa, the report hypocritically and misleadingly states that one of its main concerns is that China uses,

“its seat on the UN Security Council to protect some of Africa’s most egregious regimes from international sanction, in particular Sudan and Zimbabwe.”[124]

This conveniently ignores the United States doing the same thing in regards to Israel, as well as its tacit, overt and covert support for brutal regimes across the world, not simply in Africa.

The report explained that much of China’s growing influence is due to its “soft loans,” meaning that Chinese loans to African countries do not come attached with “conditions” as in World Bank and IMF loans, which make them much more attractive to African countries. China is also heavily invested in the oil of Sudan, specifically in Darfur, which the West does not have access to.

In analyzing how the War on Terror had been brought to Africa, the report stated:

Post-9/11, the U.S. counter-terror approach to Africa has been led by the U.S. military:

  • CENTCOM in the Horn
  • EUCOM in West, Central, and southern Africa
  • the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

More quietly, U.S. intelligence cooperation with key states has expanded in parallel with the enlargement of the U.S. military’s role.[125]

As the Guardian reported in June of 2005,

“A new ‘scramble for Africa’ is taking place among the world’s big powers, who are tapping into the continent for its oil and diamonds.”

A key facet of this is that,

“corporations from the US, France, Britain and China are competing to profit from the rulers of often chaotic and corrupt regimes.”[126]


Somalia

In May of 2006, the Washington Post reported that the US has been,

“secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.”[127]

In December of 2006, Ethiopia, heavily backed and supported by the US, invaded and occupied Somalia, ousting the Islamist government. The US support for the operations was based upon the claims of Somalia being a breeding ground for terrorists and Al-Qaeda. However, this was has now turned into an insurgency.

Wired Magazine reported in December of 2008 that,

“For several years the U.S. military has fought a covert war in Somalia, using gunships, drones and Special Forces to break up suspected terror networks – and enlisting Ethiopia’s aid in propping up a pro-U.S. “transitional” government.”[128]

However, there is naturally more to this than fighting “terrorists.”

Civil war has raged in Somalia since 1991, creating destabilization and political instability. The UN intervened between 1992 and 1995, and the US sent in Special Forces in 1993.

As the Los Angeles Times revealed in 1993,

“four major U.S. oil companies are quietly sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions to explore and exploit tens of millions of acres of the Somali countryside.”

According to the article,

“nearly two-thirds of Somalia was allocated to the American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips in the final years before Somalia’s pro-U.S. President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown and the nation plunged into chaos in January, 1991.”

Further:

Conoco Inc., the only major multinational corporation to maintain a functioning office in Mogadishu throughout the past two years of nationwide anarchy, has been directly involved in the U.S. government’s role in the U.N.-sponsored humanitarian military effort.

Conoco, whose tireless exploration efforts in north-central Somalia reportedly had yielded the most encouraging prospects just before Siad Barre’s fall, permitted its Mogadishu corporate compound to be transformed into a de facto American embassy a few days before the U.S. Marines landed in the capital, with Bush’s special envoy using it as his temporary headquarters.

In addition, the president of the company’s subsidiary in Somalia won high official praise for serving as the government’s volunteer “facilitator” during the months before and during the U.S. intervention.[129]

The Ethiopian troops occupied Somalia for a couple years, and in January of 2009, the last Ethiopian troops left the capital city of Mogadishu.

In 2007, the UN authorized an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia. In March of 2007, Ugandan military officials landed in Somalia. Essentially, what this has done is that the more overt Ethiopian occupation of Somalia has been replaced with a UN-mandated African Union occupation of the country, in which Ugandan troops make up the majority.

Since Uganda is a proxy military state for the US in the region, the more overt US supported Ethiopian troops have been replaced by a more covert US-supported Ugandan contingent.


Africom

In 2007, Newsweek reported that,

“America is quietly expanding its fight against terror on the African front. Two years ago the United States set up the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership with nine countries in central and western Africa.

There is no permanent presence, but the hope is to generate support and suppress radicalism by both sharing U.S. weapons and tactics with friendly regimes and winning friends through a vast humanitarian program assembled by USAID, including well building and vocational training.”

The Pentagon announced the formation of a new military strategic command called “Africom” (Africa Command), which,

“will integrate existing diplomatic, economic and humanitarian programs into a single strategic vision for Africa, bring more attention to long-ignored American intelligence-gathering and energy concerns on the continent, and elevate African interests to the same level of importance as those of Asia and the Middle East.”

The article gave brief mention to critics, saying that,

“Not surprisingly, the establishment of a major American base in Africa is inspiring new criticism from European and African critics of U.S. imperial overreach.”

Some claim it represents a “militarization of U.S. Africa policy,” which is not a stretch of imaginations, as the article pointed out,

“the United States has identified the Sahel, a region stretching west from Eritrea across the broadest part of Africa, as the next critical zone in the War on Terror and started working with repressive governments in Chad and Algeria, among others, to further American interests there.”

As Newsweek further reported:

The problem is that, increasingly, African leaders appear not to want Africom. They see it as the next phase of the War on Terror – a way to pursue jihadists inside Africa’s weak or failed states, which many U.S. officials have described as breeding grounds for terror. They worry that the flow of arms will overwhelm the flow of aid, and that U.S. counterterrorism will further destabilize a region already prone to civil wars.[130]

Africom is the new American military command designed to control Africa, which currently sits as an important neo-colonial battleground between the US and China. Africa still remains a major front in the imperialist adventures of the dominant powers of the New World Order.

Its rich wealth in resources makes it an important strategic location for the world powers to seek hegemony over.


Conclusion

The continuation of the Cold War stances of the West versus the East remain and are exacerbated, in what can be referred to as a “New Cold War.”

At the same time, global regional conflicts continue to be waged and expanded, be it in the Middle East, Central Africa or Central Asia, with coups and regime change being furthered in Eastern Europe, South America and across the globe.

However, these two major global issues: regional wars and conflict and the New Cold War, are not separate, but inherently linked. An exacerbation of conflict, in any and all regions, will only serve to strengthen the political-strategic conflict between the US-NATO alliance and the Russia-China alliance.

All that is required for a new major world war is just one spark: whether it comes in the form of a war between Pakistan and India, or a military strike on Iran, in which case China and Russia would not sit idly by as they did with Iraq.

A strike on Iran, particularly with nuclear missiles, as is proposed, would result in World War III.

So why does strategy on the part of the US and NATO continue to push in this direction?

As George Orwell once wrote (paraphrasing):

The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation.

The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.

See “The Theory And Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

A New World War would be a global war waged by a global ruling class against the citizens of the world, with the aim of maintaining and reshaping hierarchical society to serve their own interests.

It would indeed symbolize a New World War for a New World Order. In a globalized world, all conflict has global implications; the task at hand is whether the people can realize that war is not waged against a “distant” or “foreign” enemy, but against all people of the world.

Herman Goering, Hitler’s second in command, explained the concept of war when he was standing trial at the Nuremberg Trials for war crimes, when he stated,

“Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” and that, “Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood.

But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”

When Goering was corrected that in a democracy, “the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives,” Goering responded:

Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.

That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

It works the same way in any country.[131]


Endnotes

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THE FULL STORY

WND’s complete archive of news reports on the issue


Posted: February 28, 2010
10:45 am Eastern

© 2010 WorldNetDaily


Barack Obama, the man elected president

‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?’ billboards are back!
Pennsylvania travelers being asked eligibility question

Does this sign reveal Obama’s birthplace?
Man who posted original photo goes public with mystery’s truth

Lawyer vs. Obama: Ineligibility could prove costly
USJF chief: ‘This is completely uncharted territory’

Canadian citizenship hurdle to be U.S. president?
Michigan governor pooh-poohs concern over dual allegiances

Oops! Obama tells another nativity fib?
Records indicate father not part of Kenyan airlift, as prez said

Attorney facing penalties wants birth docs for defense
‘Hardship on plaintiff greatly outweighs hardship on defendant’

Oklahoma firecracker takes on Obama eligibility
Candidate: ‘If he claims he was born at Kapi’olani, I want him to show proof’

‘I don’t know whether Obama’s a U.S. citizen’
Growing list of lawmakers, talker questioning eligibility of president

Obama’s prayer: ‘Don’t question my citizenship’
Raises issue of eligibility in speech at annual breakfast gathering

Chrysler bankruptcy lawyers raise eligibility question
Defense of dealer dismissals cites question of Obama’s birth

Courts can remove ineligible chief executive
Precedent cited in appeal of California challenge to president’s tenure

D.C. court case demands Obama explain eligibility
Contends president’s allegiance is to Britain, Kenya, Indonesia

Democrats suddenly interested in Obama birth certificate
Senate campaign director has plan to harm Republicans running for offices

Even Californians doubt president’s eligibility
Survey says 1 in 3 have unanswered questions

Birth certificate ‘baloney’: ‘Official’ doesn’t mean real
Investigation shows how terrorists, fakers could pass as U.S. citizens

Hawaii launches defense to Obama birth queries
Posts ‘vital records’ Web page saying responses ‘not’ required

Appeals court told Obama ‘security risk’
Eligibility case says ‘usurper’ lacks ‘constitutional authority’

Obama’s eligibility becomes war between the states
Lawmakers jump into fray, seek answer to constitutional question

3 dozen lawmakers want proof of Obama eligibility
Proposal would demand state officials independently verify information

Birthers, is Secret Service watching you?
Agents pay visits to those who question Obama’s eligibility

White House mum on eligibility demand
Congressman’s question to president confirmed

Newspapers’ birth announcements: So what?
Critics rely on routine published statements in Honolulu

Report: Congressman challenges Obama eligibility
‘This forever changes the public discourse’

Glenn Beck on birther issue: ‘Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’
Claims controversy is political ‘dream come true’ for Obama
–WND

Guess how ‘the One’ will be honored next
Obama Day, Park, High School, Birthplace – if only they can figure exactly where that is
–WND

Guess what AOL users say about eligibility questions
67% polled support Palin’s remarks about Obama birth
–WND

Palin: OK to press Obama’s eligibility
Voters ‘rightfully’ making doubt about birth certificate an issue
–WND

Appeals brief scheduled in Obama eligibility challenge
‘We look forward to moving ahead with this very important constitutional case’
–WND

Judge dismisses California eligibility challenge
Plaintiffs promise appeal of ruling protecting Obama
–WND

Does eligibility court clerk have ties to Obama?
Wikipedia editors scrub page over ‘fears that some birther might go nuts’
–WND

Michelle contradicts Obama nativity story
Divulges Ann Dunham was ‘very young and very single’ at birth of U.S. president
–WND

Appeal filed in Obama eligibility argument
‘Court cannot refuse to hear a case because it prefers not’
–WND

Obama law tab up to $1.7 million
‘Grass-roots army’ contributions used to crush eligibility lawsuits?
–WND

Judge accused of ‘intimidation’
Eligibility lawyer takes $20,000 penalty to next level
–WND

Judge tosses eligibility case against Congress
‘We’ve lost a skirmish. Now on with the war in the higher courts!’
–WND

Obama from Kenya, archived report says
Revives worry about president’s eligibility for office
–WND

Plaintiff: Courts must hear eligibility arguments
Cites Marshall opinion that to refuse is treason
–WND

Judge sets ‘final’ calendar for eligibility challenge
Ruling suggests there will be a trial, but doesn’t confirm it
–WND

Judge: Eligibility dispute is ‘serious’
Says case will be expedited when representation lined up
–WND

Obama eligibility case survives 1st court test
Judge hears arguments, refuses immediate dismissal demand
–WND

Obama eligibility to see its day in court?
Pivotal hearing decides whether ‘birther’ case will be trashed, heard on merits
–WND

Obama from Kenya, archived report says
Revives worry about president’s eligibility for office
–WND

Eligibility attorney mocked, fined $20,000
Judge: Perhaps ‘eccentric citizen’ convinced president ‘alien from Mars’
–WND

Senator says Obama’s birth location doesn’t matter
Tim Johnson: He’s natural-born citizen ‘regardless’ of place
–WND

Was Obama’s birth out of wedlock?
Book rekindles speculation parents never married
–WND

Congressman: Obama has something to hide
It’s not citizenship, but ‘there’s some other issue there’
–WND

Judge stalls access to Obama birth data
Says he’ll adjust trial date if plaintiffs need time for researching prez records
–WND

Motion: Judge follows ‘illegitimate chain of command’
Document alleged evidence ‘courts are subject to external control’
–WND

Judge threatens eligibility lawyer with $10,000 fine
Says case, appeal of dismissal frivolous
–WND

Feminist Camille Paglia: Birthers have a point
Tells radio audience ‘there are legitimate questions about the documentation’
–WND

Eligibility lawyer urges focus on the goal
Taitz says ‘attacks’ need to be directed at Obama
–WND

Judge ridicules eligibility case
Trashes soldier’s complaint, compares merits to ‘Alice in Wonderland’
–WND

Legislator takes eligibility question to election officials
‘I expect somebody to come up with some answers; so far that hasn’t happened’
–WND

President’s lawyers say eligibility question over
Argue for dismissal of lawsuit over Obama’s qualifications
–WND

Legislator takes eligibility question to election officials
‘I expect somebody to come up with answers; so far that hasn’t happened’
–WND

Soldier ordered not to challenge Obama’s eligibility?
Army doctor claims she was barred from answering judge’s call to court
–WND

Eye-popper: Is Nancy Pelosi in on eligibility cover-up?
Online images for certification of nomination raise questions
–WND

Birth-certificate seller surfaces as witness
Testifying in case challenging President Obama’s eligibility
–WND

Obama presents ‘nativity myth’ to schoolkids
Evidence shows mother actually left days after president born
–WND

‘Birth certificate’ billboards on the Net
Ads reach targeted audience, extend campaign reaching millions a day
–WND

Shocker! Judge orders trial on eligibility issue
Arguments planned Jan. 11 for major Obama challenge
–WND

Panic in D.C.? Justice urges birth suit tossed
Late motion filed by feds as case ready for hearing
–WND

Billboard campaign hits San Antonio
‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ Still no answers
–WND

Arguments for eBay birth certificate fall short
Jerome Corsi responds to seller of purported Kenyan document
–WND

Official Obama nativity story continues to unravel
Girlfriend places mother in Seattle in August 1961
–WND

Guess who’s latest player in birth-certificate billboards
Huge signs by interstate will be seen by 300,000 per day in Denver alone
–WND

eBay birth certificate called fraud
Hospital refuses to authenticate document
–WND

Did Obama’s grandmother say he was born in Kenya?
Audio! Witnesses contend interpreter tried to change her answer to ‘Hawaii’
–WND

County grills pastor over ‘Where’s birth certificate?’
Democrats want church service as polling place terminated
–WND

Franks joins demand for eligibility proof
Gives Obama 2008 pass, but would require papers in 2012
–WND

Congressman eyes lawsuit over president’s eligibility
Republican finds birth certificate sizzling topic at Arizona town hall
–WND

eBay seller releases video of ‘Obama birth certificate’
Barack’s dad had bachelor pad, mother left Hawaii with baby
–WND

Tom Delay – proud ‘birther’
‘Constitution specifically says you have to be natural born citizen’
–WND

Obama’s parents didn’t live at newspaper birth address
Barack’s dad had bachelor pad, mother left Hawaii with baby
–WND

Eligibility billboard campaign goes viral
Americans make homemade ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ signs
–WND

Obama’s MySpace page: I’m 52 years old, not 48
Would place president’s birth during time Hawaii was a territory
–WND

Birth certificate fraud: It’s been done before
FBI, Department of Justice have record of bribe scandal
–WND

Obama mama: 6 lost months
No documented record of whereabouts, activity leading up to baby’s birth in ’61
–WND

‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ Vegas, baby!
Eligibility billboard campaign hits jackpot in heart of the Strip
–WND

CNN gives boot to talk radio hosts
Described as ‘all noise’ and too predictable
–WND

Gibbs stumbles explaining Obama’s birthplace
‘The president was born … uhm … in … uhh, uhh … was born’
–WND

‘Doonesbury’ pokes fun at constitutional question
Cartoonist Trudeau suggests Hitler would want documentation of eligibility, too
–WND

Federal judge calls soldier’s Obama challenge ‘frivolous’
Stunned warrior: ‘I might get crushed in the wheels of the Chicago machine’
–WND

Evidence challenges claim over Obama’s birth address
Father in bachelor pad while mom left islands
–WND

Globe: Obama’s Hawaiian birth document fake
Cover story in tabloid suggests Canadian connection
–WND

Blogger: I created Kenya document
Posts images of document, says ‘You’ve been punk’d’
–WND

‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ The movie
‘A Question of Eligibility’ lays foundation for understanding hot issue
–WND

Obama law tab up to $1.4 million
‘Grass-roots army’ contributions being used to crush eligibility lawsuits?
–WND

Bill would force Obama to reveal birth documents
Hawaii senator: ‘Why wouldn’t they be available to the public?’
–WND

Obama birth doc update: Kenya sources weigh in
Comparison with similar certificates suggests fakery, WND probe reveals
–WND

Dig this: Media actually probed other candidates
Divulged personal documents on arrests, surgeries, colleges
–WND

Obama ‘mama’: 15 days from birth to Seattle class
Dunham signed up for assignments just 2 weeks out of delivery room
–WND


Timeline surrounding Barack Obama’s purported birth

Kenyan document ignites firestorm over authenticity
Online Aussie paperwork cited for ‘striking similarities’
–WND

1,200 send Obama request for records
‘American people are becoming more aware of this obstinacy on your part’
–WND

What does ‘natural born citizen’ legally mean?
Debate whether British dad’s baby meets constitutional requirement for president
–WND

Now Glenn Beck slams Obama birth issue
‘What, are you going to take him out of office? You can’t do that’
–WND

Harry Reid: Not 1 minute for ‘phony issue’ of birth
Senate floor criticisms make sure dispute is in Congressional Record
–WND

Farah’s birthday challenge: A $10,000 gift to hospital
WND editor says he will make donation if Obama releases long-form document
–WND

HuffPost blogger, college prof: Release birth certificate
‘It’s so easy. I think most of us have ours in our important papers at home’
–WND

Hawaii refuses to verify president’s online COLBs
Officials mum on images released by Obama’s campaign, FactCheck.org
–WND

Andrew Sullivan: Release the birth certificate
Influential columnist, blogger joins, then unjoins call for official ‘transparency’
–WND

Is this really smoking gun of Obama’s Kenyan birth?
Attorney files motion for authentication of alleged 1960s certificate from Africa
–WND

New poll shows birthers growing
Majority of GOP, Southerners question president’s birthplace
–WND


Join 445,000 others in seeking citizenship proof
Petition demands verification of Obama’s eligibility
–WND


Expert: Watch loyalty, not certificate of birth
Cites Obama’s references to Islam, denial of America’s Christianity
–WND

Where’s monument for Obama’s birthplace?
Most presidents have parks, plaques, but No. 44 could be left out
–WND

Farah: ‘White House wants to silence dissent’
WND chief tells radio listeners why birth certificate story still alive
–WND

No. 11 signs onto demand for eligibility proof
Former judge now cosponsor for Posey plan
–WND

Vanished: Obama exposer disappears off Net
Owner vows: ‘This guy is coming down, there’s nothing anybody can do about it’
–WND

Guess how many ways to get Hawaii ‘birth certificate’
Some required nothing more than assertion from an adult
–WND


Photostat of Susan Nordyke’s 1961 Hawaii birth certificate (Courtesy Honolulu Advertiser)

Will Hawaii destroy Obama’s birth certificate?
Investigator cites procedural changes that could allow it
–WND

Unveiled! Hawaii’s 1961 long-form birth certificates
Real documents include name of doctor, hospital
–WND

Lou Dobbs: Just produce birth certificate
CNN anchor says Obama’s presidential actions could be ‘illegal’
–WND

New doubts revealed in Obama’s nativity story
School documents show mother left father within weeks of birth
–WND

The latest on ‘Certification of Live Birth’
Officials confirm ‘Obama document’ not necessarily accurate
–WND

Congressional support for proof of eligibility grows
10th congressman now supports election law change
–WND

$100,000 offered for proof of eligibility
Businessman asks how president can issue orders ‘if he is not qualified’
–WND

Left rises to squash CNN’s Lou Dobbs
E-mail campaign to get ‘stupid, overpaid, racist wingnut off air once and for all’
–WND

Hawaii’s statement on Obama birth record breaks law?
Health spokeswoman has pointed to statute that bars her from comment
–WND

Hawaii health official: Trust me
‘Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen’
–WND

CNN wrong once again – birth record not destroyed
Hawaii contradicts network boss’ claim that Obama certificate no longer exists
–WND

Fax blast asking states to investigate eligibility
Campaign seeks audit by attorneys general of election documentation
–WND

Gibbs: 10,000 more important issues than eligibility
But he admits at news briefing questions won’t go away
–WND

Soldier’s case against Obama to be class-action?
Army major challenged orders based on questions about president’s eligibility
–WND

Why eligibility story is still alive
Public awareness triggered by Farah’s billboard campaign
–WND

Passport seeker has no sympathy for Obama
Says he can’t cross river to visit family without showing birth certificate
–WND


AOL poll from July 2009

AOL poll: 81% want Obama to release it
Say president should show American people birth certificate
–WND

‘Shut up Lou Dobbs’ campaign hits stride
CNN anchor simply wants birth certificate revealed
–WND

WND being censored from search engines?
Obama birth certificate links buried on Google News site
–WND

White House stonewalling on ‘birth letter’
Ignores repeated requests to authenticate Obama message declaring exact hospital
–WND

Hawaiian newspapers don’t prove birthplace
Announcements published in 1961 not solid evidence of U.S. location
–WND

Obama’s online ‘birth cert’ misses ‘proving’ eligibility
‘There are some documents that say things that aren’t true’
–WND

Limbaugh: ‘Obama has yet to prove he’s a citizen’
Radio giant blasts president’s refusal to show long-form birth certificate
–WND

Birth records get murky when adoption involved
Dual citizenship can result, parents names changed
–WND

Demand soars for eligibility postcards
Birth certificate issue remains uppermost in readers concerns
–WND

‘Birth certificate’ seller vanishes into thin air
Dubious eBay character dodges agent, lawyer, verification team
–WND

Another paper changes ‘Obama’s origin’
Deletes reference to continent of president’s birth
–WND

‘Birth hospital’: Letter for real
New images of ‘Obama document’ at center of eligibility controversy
–WND


Barack Obama states in this purported letter from him on what appears to be White House stationery that he was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu.

Lib talker, Lou Dobbs now asking eligibility questions
Radio, television, newspapers taking note of long-running dispute
–WND

‘Begone!’ Georgia judge orders fired reservist
Officer’s orders to Afghanistan jerked after challenge to Obama’s eligibility
–WND

Pentagon orders soldier fired for challenging prez
Army warrior terminated from job after questioning Obama eligibility
–WND


Join 445,000 others in seeking citizenship proof
Petition demands verification of Obama’s eligibility
–WND


Bombshell: Orders revoked for soldier challenging prez
Major victory for Army warrior questioning Obama’s birthplace
–WND

‘Documents’ show Obama birthplace in Hawaii?
News site claims unidentified records reveal president’s U.S. roots
–WND

Americans go crazy for birth certificate post cards
Hilarious gift with important message strikes chord with patriots
–WND

Eligibility arguments to get court hearing
‘For 1st time, we have a judge who’s listening’
–WND

Now White House joins ‘birth hospital’ cover-up
Spokesman belittles WND reporter, asks ‘what reporting’ has been done
–WND

U.S. officer demands answer: Is Army ‘corps of chattel slaves?’
Court challenge demands conscientious objector status unless evidence provided
–WND

Wikipedia says Obama born in Kenya
Online encyclopedia can’t make up its mind on president’s birthplace
–WND

Just who delivered baby Barack Obama?
Physician who attended birth remains shrouded in mystery
–WND


Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii

Obama’s ‘birth hospital’ in astonishing cover-up
Hospital once proudly celebrated president, now in active mode to hide ‘proof’
–WND

News reports: Obama born in Africa
Ghana paper calls Africa ‘continent of his birth’
–WND

Obama ‘smear’ site vanishes from Web
Statements scrubbed on birth certificate
–WND

Obama birth letter: Is this thing for real?
See what hospital posted on website, then pulled down hour after story
–WND

Hawaii Supremes asked to take ‘action’ on WND report
Story documented conflicting Obama birthplace claims
–WND

Hawaii upgrades ‘certification of live birth’
State dumps exclusion on document for home lands program
–WND

Eligibility claims attracting high-level interest
Joint Chiefs counsel, Justice Department now involved
–WND


Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

U.S. hospitals ‘wouldn’t have to disclose Hitler’
Whether Obama or anyone else, facilities keep their lips sealed
–WND

News sites swap Obama’s birthplace like magic
UPI, Snopes change location within hours of WND report
–WND

Obama calls Jakarta his ‘old hometown’
Was president citizen of world’s most populous Muslim nation?
–WND

Obama birth mystery: More than 1 hospital
Myth-busting website, news articles say president not born in location he claims
–WND

Hospital won’t back Obama birth claim
Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center refuses to confirm White House letter
–WND

Holder ‘conflict’ cited in eligibility case
Lawyer says attorney general must enforce Constitution
–WND

Want to send Barack Obama a message?
‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ postcards available now
–WND

eBay seller claims certified Kenya birth certificate
Says copy sports embossed seal, signature of physician
–WND

For 6th time, eBay ‘birth certificate’ seller erased
Doubts grow as document, video, contact missing
–WND


Screenshot of eBay auction claiming to have Obama’s ‘Kenyan birth certificate’

‘Citizen grand jury’ organizers deliver accusations
‘Presentments’ against Obama given to White House, FBI
–WND

The latest on eBay’s ‘Kenyan birth certificate’
Now it’s an autographed photograph for sale
–WND

Check out latest eligibility billboard location
See ‘birth certificate’ campaign that revived debate nationwide
–WND

eBay warns buyers off $1 mil ‘Kenyan birth certificate’
Administrators tell members who contacted seller not to respond again
–WND


President Obama (White House photo)

Lawyer notifying president of lawsuit
California case challenges Obama’s eligibility
–WND

Obama secrecy could prevent recognition of birthplace
Most presidents’ homes provided federal designation
–WND

Will ‘truth about Obama’ be sold on eBay?
Bids soar past $15,000 for alleged proof of president’s Kenyan birth
–WND

The ad campaign that revived eligibility debate
See the impact of ‘birth certificate’ billboards nationwide
–WND

Hawaiian newspaper to WND: Drop dead
Star-Bulletin rejects full-page ad asking for help on Obama’s birth
–WND

‘Kenyan birth certificate’ remains eBay mystery
Investigator who traveled to Africa ‘skeptical’ document is real deal
–WND

‘Proof’ of Kenyan birth scrubbed twice on eBay
But seller of ‘Obama’s birth certificate’ dodges administrators to post 3rd time
–WND

For sale on eBay: Obama’s ‘Kenyan birth certificate’
Seller claims Mombasa document ‘certified copy’
–WND

Judge: Eligibility dispute is ‘serious’
Says case will be expedited when representation lined up
–WND


Billboard on I-35 in Waco, Texas

Eligibility issue hits local news
Radio anchor: ‘Most still very much in doubt’
–WND

Question on everyone’s mind
Bumper stickers highlight eligibility doubts
–WND

Hearing set on default in Obama eligibility case
Judge asks for 2nd confirmation that president notified of case
–WND

$10,000 bounty for any witness to Obama’s birth
Editor encourages readers to help him up the ante
–WND

Billboard cartel says no to questioning Obama
Trade group headed by Democrat donor discouraged acceptance of eligibility
–WND

What’s the difference?
Compare ‘long-form’ Hawaiian birth certificate with Obama’s
–WND

Shocker! Most Americans know of Obama eligibility questions
Despite near media blackout on coverage, 49.3% ‘troubled,’ think he should release birth certificate
–WND

Gibbs gets 2nd shot at eligibility question
But he doesn’t answer attorney’s query about piles of sealed records
–WND

Grass roots sign onto eligibility billboard campaign
Washington state ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate’ sign appears
–WND

Appeal promised of eligibility lawsuit
Accuses Obama of fraudulently serving as senator
–WND

Trifecta: 3rd media outfit bans Obama eligibility ads
Clear Channel joins CBS, Lamar in dissing constitutional question
–WND

Businessman boots Lamar over eligibility issue
Billboard company disses birth certificate question, now losing business
–WND


Rush LImbaugh

Shep Smith attacks right-wing ‘crazies’
Rips people questioning eligibility as being ‘out there in a scary place’
–WND

Rush Limbaugh pummels Obama on birth certificate
Radio giant clowns about president’s similarities, differences with God
–WND

Question that won’t go away
So what’s the problem with an ordinary piece of paperwork?
–WND

Obama: Where have all his records gone?
Footprints of president’s own history either vanish or remain covered up
–WND

Door slams on Hawaiian hospital records
Is Obama eligible? ‘We cannot respond to your inquiries’
–WND

2nd major billboard company rejects eligibility campaign
Lamar Outdoor: ‘misleading to indicate there’s question about president’s birth certificate’
–WND

Obama ‘birth certificate’ not acceptable in Hawaii
Even state requires long-form document for some eligibility, identification
–WND

All topics open to discuss – except Obama eligibility
100% of posts scrubbed from White House transparency site ask about birth certificate
–WND

‘Birthers’ battle on – eligibility battle at next level
White House can’t avoid questions about citizenship in ‘open government dialogue’
–WND

Eligibility billboards dubbed ‘misleading’
Trade association defends CBS ban on ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’
–WND

‘Transparent’ White House blacklists ‘birthers’
Obama eligibility topic missing from plans for next phase of dialogue
–WND


White House ‘Open Government Dialogue’ website overrun with concerns about president’s eligibility

Cover-up: CBS bans eligibility billboards
Industry signange leader rejects campaign asking ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’
–WND

Surrounding Obama with eligibility question
Websites, billboards, press briefing — and bumper stickers
–WND

White House dialogue site scrubbed of eligibility posts
Many Obama birth certificate queries yanked from ‘transparency’ debate
–WND

Eligibility explodes on White House ‘dialogue’ site
77% of voters demand Obama release long-form birth certificate
–WND

Obama asks which public records you want to see
On White House site, most answer establishing his eligibility to serve
–WND

Appeals court dumps eligibility arguments
‘I am totally disappointed that there has been this delay’
–WND

Birth certificate issue No. 1 at Fox News
Obama eligibility most talked about topic on news website
–WND


‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ billboard in Ball, La.

If that’s a birth certificate, I’ll …
New campaign helps people creatively express ‘flushtration’ over eligibility
–WND

New bid to unseal Obama’s birth certificate
Challenge claims Hawaii waived privacy by talking about document
–WND

Obama flack laughs off birth certificate question
‘It’s on the Internet, Lester,’ claims Gibbs at White House briefing
–WND

Media find eligibility billboard campaign irresistible
Effort to see Obama’s document covered by the London Times
–WND

Birth certificate campaign tops $45,000
‘This is the way the truth will win in the end,’ says organizer
–WND

Americans vote with wallets to see Obama documents
$75K already given to ‘truth and transparency’ billboard campaign
–WND

Grand juries cite Obama for ineligibility, treason
Hundreds of ‘presentments’ being handed to prosecutors
–WND

Unwrapped! Birth certificate billboard No. 1
First sign erected in ‘truth and transparency’ campaign
–WND

Obama eligibility lawyer cites dangers from delays
‘Every passing day impacts lives of Americans’
–WND

U.S. bonkers for Obama birth certificate billboards
Campaign strikes chord on presidential eligibility issue
–WND


U.S. Supreme Court

The ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ campaign
Would you like to see this billboard in your town?
–WND

How to get eligibility ruling from Supremes
Lawyer outlines strategy to prompt court decision
–WND

2nd congressman: Prove eligibility
Virginia representative signs onto plan to demand evidence
–WND

Eligibility attorney plans return to Supreme Court
Says, ‘I will be filing until I get an answer’
–WND

Eligibility case defendants don’t want to answer now
Lawyer for Obama, Congress says representation decision unmade
–WND

Is Obama campaign cash quashing eligibility suits?
FEC shows more than $1 million paid to top law firm since election
–WND


Join 445,000 others in seeking citizenship proof
Petition demands verification of Obama’s eligibility
–WND


Orly Taitz announces new blog
California attorney behind Obama eligibility lawsuits moves battle to fresh website
–WND

Did state election papers include eligibility perjury?
Campaign seeks investigation by attorneys general of documentation
–WND

Kentucky elections officer wants eligibility investigated
Refers matter to state attorney general for review
–WND

See where ‘barrysoetoro.com’ takes you on Internet
What does website using president’s childhood moniker mean?
–WND

‘Twittered’ eligibility case lawyer faces threat of sanctions
Team defending Obama, Biden warns of ‘costs, expenses, fees’
–WND


Orly Taitz (WND photo / Chelsea Schilling)

Meet fierce blonde behind Obama eligibility lawsuits
Soviet Union survivor: President spits in face of every U.S. citizen
–WND

Doubt about Obama eligibility spreads
Writer concedes ‘ambiguities’ weren’t ‘satisfactorily resolved’
–WND

What about the hospital of his ‘birth’?
Hawaii moves to make Obama childhood home national landmark
–WND

Analyst warns eligibility could become flashpoint
‘It is morphing now to include members of the armed forces’
–WND

Supreme Court asked to cooperate with FBI
Attorney investigating Obama’s eligibility reports cyber attacks
–WND

The ultimate special report on eligibility
Why millions still demand proof Obama is constitutionally fit for office
–WND

Eligibility judge backs off sanctions threat
Instead ‘reprimands’ attorney representing military officer
–WND

Citizen grand jury indicts Obama
Groups in 20 more states reviewing eligibility claims
–WND

Keyes to appeal case on Obama’s eligibility
Lawyer says dismissal ‘eviscerates’ Constitution’s rules for president
–WND

Federal criminal complaint contends Obama ineligible
Ex-officer alleges prez used ‘contrivance, concealment, dissembling and deceit’
–WND

Eligibility lawyer says Homeland Security shadowing him
Reports incidents involving county, federal agents
–WND

Obama open for questions from you today
Farah urges readers ask most obvious: Where’s the birth certificate?
–WND

Justice, Supremes confirm getting eligibility challenge
Taitz documents demanding proof of Obama’s birthplace to be reviewed
–WND

Suggesting eligibility proof gets congressman scorned
Faces comments including, ‘Take the Reynolds Wrap off your head’
–WND


Vice President Joe Biden

Biden jokes about Obama’s birth certificate at dinner
Says Cheney left copy of document in vice presidential desk
–WND

Supremes read Kansas blog?
Focused on page dealing with claims of ineligibility
–WND

Taitz to FBI: Investigate ‘tampering’ at Supremes
‘305 million Americans need to know if foreign national is usurping presidency’
–WND

Man critical of Obama case judge visited by marshals
‘I told your Gestapo goons we had nothing to talk about’
–WND

Judge ripped for using blog eligibility hearsay
Obama case lawyer says he’s entitled to birth certificate discovery hearing
–WND

Chief justice accepts ‘eligibility’ petition
Roberts agrees to read Obama docs, consider WND’s 330,000 signers
–WND


U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.

Eligibility bill hits Congress
Representative files law requiring candidates show birth certificate
–WND

Court: No need for state to check prez’ eligibility
Judge throws out complaint brought on behalf of Keyes
–WND

Did Supreme Court clerk torpedo eligibility cases?
Taitz submits motion for rehearing in case challenging Obama’s citizenship
–WND

Why are there still questions about qualifications?
Arguments of president’s defenders never actually addressed eligibility
–WND

What congressmen say about eligibility
Lawmakers’ letters insist ‘president was born in Hawaii’
–WND


Antonin Scalia

Scalia: You need 4 votes for Obama eligibility case
Lawyer confronts justice about prez’s qualifications
–WND

Is Snopes.com infallible?
If website calls Obama eligible, then he must be, right?
–WND

Eligibility issue sparks ‘edit war’
Wikipedia blocks users from posting criticism of Obama
–WND

Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility
Mention of citizenship issues deleted in minutes, ‘offending’ users banned
–WND


Judge James Robertson

Judge: Eligibility issue thoroughly ‘twittered’
Dismisses case brought by retired military officer
–WND

Republican senator says Snopes settled ‘eligibility’
Arizona’s Kyl cites website that assumes Hawaiian birth
–WND

Senator: Eligibility is up to the voters
Republican Martinez implies constitutional requirement for presidency can be bypassed
–WND

U.S. soldier gagged on prez’s eligibility
Military member seeking documentation silenced
–WND

More military officers demand eligibility proof
Plaintiff: ‘In the worst case … it’s going to be revolution in the streets’
–WND

Obama eligibility tops AOL News
Internet reports mock ‘Birthers’ who want constitutional proof
–WND

California used to check prez candidates’ eligibility
Lawsuit seeks school records to verify citizenship status
–WND


Retired Maj. Gen. Carroll Childers

Major General says president’s eligibility needs proof
‘Most important, what I really want is the truth’
–WND

Eligibility lawyer argues for president’s deportation
Berg seeks proper treatment for ‘illegal alien’
–WND

2nd U.S. soldier in Iraq challenges eligibility
Says issue could decide if ‘we are a Constitutional Republic’
–WND

Soldier questions eligibility, doubts president’s authority
‘As an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this’
–WND

Senator questions Obama eligibility
Shelby: ‘They said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate’
–WND

Eligibility petition hits quarter-million mark
Nearly 3,000 a day question Obama’s constitutional suitability
–WND

Alan Keyes: Stop Obama or U.S. will cease to exist
Claims ‘communist usurper’ plunges country into chaos
–WND

States reviewing ‘eligibility’ challenges
Montana tables plan while Oklahoma’s gets committee approval
–WND

Keyes: President ‘has something to hide’ about eligibility
Says Dem ‘asked to be chosen, therefore must answer’
–WND

‘Sanctions’ sought in eligibility case
President’s attorneys file motion demanding birth, college records be withheld from public
–WND

State lawmakers: Prove you’re president, Mr. Obama
Case being assembled to demand eligibility documentation
–WND

Eligibility issue: McCain checked but not Obama
Lawsuit contends Congress failed to qualify Democrat for Oval Office
–WND

Congress sued to remove prez from White House
‘Defendants had to ensure the Constitution is upheld’
–WND

What did president tell Supreme Court?
Lawyer in eligibility case seeks records of secret discussions
–WND

Has newspaper really solved eligibility question?
Retired teacher cited as proof but she claims no first-hand knowledge
–WND

President’s meeting with judges questioned
Lawyer challenging eligibility raises issue of secret conference
–WND

Eligibility battle rages on 3 fronts
Court, Congress and college challenged on constitutionality
–WND


Join 445,000 others in seeking citizenship proof
Petition demands verification of Obama’s eligibility
–WND


Please check eligibility, thousands ask Supremes
Another round of urgent requests delivered to high court
–WND

Latest eligibility challenge rejected
Justices’ conference results in no action on constitutional questions
–WND

Eligibility issue to follow Obama into Oval Office
Supreme Court sets ‘natural born’ conference to follow inauguration
–WND

Watch Obama commercial they don’t want you to see
Fox, CNN, MSNBC refuse ads questioning Barack’s eligibility
–WND

Supreme Court to take up eligibility question again
Conference to evaluate claims president-elect isn’t qualified
–WND

FedEx Supreme Court on Obama’s eligibility
WND makes it easy, cheaper to ask justices to resolve questions
–WND

AOL: Growing majority worried over eligibility
Even half in Illinois say issue should be reviewed, resolved
–WND

Berg files new challenge to eligibility
‘There is nothing more important than our U.S. Constitution’
–WND


Attorney Stephen Pidgeon

Eligibility case finds ‘standing’?
New suit claims unique state law enables citizens to demand proof
–WND

Most covered-up of 2008: Natural-born citizen
WND editors join with readers to determine the year’s top 10
–WND

Message to Congress: Protect Constitution
Effort seeks volunteers to challenge eligibility
–WND

Eligibility remains focus of Supremes’ conferences
Dispute posted on docket twice after Electoral College votes in
–WND

Supreme Court to talk about Obama 3rd time
Berg eligibility case set for conference Jan. 9
–WND

More challenges fail in Supreme Court
Kennedy turns back cases based on eligibility questions
–WND

Investigator casts doubt on Obama’s birth residence
Neighbor believes family didn’t live at address in newspaper announcement
–WND

Obama citizenship issue has merit, AOL poll says
Nation seeks answers to questions about president-elect’s eligibility
–WND

Supreme Court refuses 2nd challenge to eligibility
Case alleges dual citizenship disqualifies Obama for office
–WND

Status report: The eligibility issue
Several cases still challenge whether senator can become president
–WND

Thousands advise electors to check eligibility
But 1 who teaches ‘Marxist theory’ ridicules concerns
–WND

Democrat’s eligibility ‘facts’ knocked down
‘If a guy ain’t natural born, he can’t be president’
–WND

Electors challenged to investigate birth dispute
‘Only reasonable explanation’ is he wasn’t born in the U.S.
–WND

Supremes turn down request to stop Electoral vote
But Friday, high court will consider another case in flood of eligibility challenges
–WND

Keyes’ lawyers invite public to ‘join the fight’
High-profile eligibility lawsuit may succeed where others have failed
–WND

Eligibility question? FedEx Electoral College members
WND follows up Supreme Court letter campaign with historic 1st
–WND

Join exploding demand for citizenship documentation
230,000 already have signed petition
–WND

Eligibility dispute, Part 2, scheduled by Supremes
Court rejects claim challenging candidacy, schedules another for Friday conference
–WND

Supreme Court denies 1st eligibility challenge
Justices won’t give questions about qualifications full hearing
–WND


Demonstrators protesting Obama’s eligibility and praying before the U.S. Supreme Court

Will Supremes review citizenship arguments?
Lawsuit: Even with a valid birth certificate, ‘he still wouldn’t be eligible to be president’
–WND

Eligibility dispute story spreads
Now National Press Club event scheduled on challenge to Oval Office occupant
–WND

More than 60,000 letters sent to U.S. Supreme Court
WND readers deliver urgent requests to review Obama citizenship
–WND

‘Natural-born’ requirement called ‘stupidest provision’
Also ‘discriminates, outdated, undemocratic and assumes birthplace a proxy for loyalty’
–WND

Pravda raises Obama eligibility issue
Other media outlets begin reporting concerns over president-elect’s citizenship status
–WND


Document posted on Barack Obama’s “Fight the Smears” website.

Hawaii hospitals: Obama not born here
Blog claims calls, visits to medical facilities reveal no birthplace of president-elect
–WND

Electoral College scam: Where dead people vote
Lawyer challenging eligibility seeks investigation of process
–WND

Democrat asks Supreme Court to halt electors
Obama lets deadline slip by without responding to petition, so attorney takes next step
–WND

Print, TV ads demand citizenship proof from Obama
Concerned Americans look to media to compel president-elect to release documents
–WND

Imaging guru: ‘Certification’ of birth time, location is fake
‘It would be hard to perform as president from behind jail cell door at Leavenworth’
–WND

Obama, DNC elude citizenship lawsuit deadline
Solicitor general’s office dodges questions about birth certificate complaint
–WND

FedEx the Supremes about Obama’s eligibility
WND makes it easy, cheaper to ask justices to resolve questions
–WND

Chasm dividing Americans over birth certificate widens
Opinions include, ‘Constitution means what we say’
–WND


Ambassador Peter Ogego

Embassy: Obama not born in Kenya
Office claims ambassador was speaking about president-elect’s father in radio interview
–WND

Orders from new president to spark lawsuit every time
Lawyer lining up plaintiff groups until citizenship dispute addressed
–WND

Proofin’ the prez: Who’s in charge?
Constitutional lawyer says electors have duty to investigate citizenship
–WND

Prez passes on Obama’s eligibility
‘I don’t think I have anything to say on that,’ says spokesman
–WND

100,000 petitioners: If you’re eligible, show us the proof!
Throngs sign online demand, reveal frustration over secrecy
–WND

Shades of Florida in 2000! Could Supremes decide ’08?
‘Justices free to make their own determination regarding the specifics of the general election’
–WND

Petition to see the birth certificate
Join WND to help answer eligibility question
–WND

Is he or isn’t he? The debate over Obama’s eligibility
New feature focuses on birth certificate, the U.S. Constitution and doubts
–WND

Supremes to review citizenship arguments
Case challenging candidacy set for ‘conference’ of justices
–WND

We’re in ‘good shape’ over Obama’s birthplace
Presidential spokeswoman suggests there’s no controversy
–WND

Supremes to review citizenship arguments
Case challenging candidacy set for ‘conference’ of justices
–WND

Alan Keyes
Alan Keyes

‘Constitutional crisis’ looming over Obama’s birth location
Alan Keyes lawsuit warns America may see ‘usurper’ in Oval Office
–WND

Obama camp: Lawsuits by citizens are ‘garbage’
Legal challenges spring up across U.S., demand proof of eligibility for office
–WND

Will Supreme Court have say in presidency?
Schedule includes campaign response to questions on Obama birthplace
–WND

Doubts persist about Obama birth certificate
Considerable evidence still points to candidate’s birth in Kenya
–WND

Supremes asked to halt Tuesday’s vote
Constitutional crisis feared over Obama’s ‘qualifications’
–WND


Gov. Linda Lingle, R-Hawaii

Obama’s birth certificate sealed by Hawaii governor
Says Democratic senator must make request to obtain original document
–WND

Judge dismisses Obama birth certificate lawsuit
Rules voters don’t have standing to ‘police’ constitutional requirements for president
–WND

Democrat: Obama’s grandma confirms Kenyan birth
‘This has been a real sham he’s pulled off for the last 20 months’
–WND

Obama ‘admits’ Kenyan birth?
Campaign doesn’t respond to claims in lawsuit over birth certificate
–WND

DNC steps in to silence lawsuit over Obama birth certificate
Democrat suing his own party says it’s ‘like they’re in cahoots’
–WND


Philip J. Berg, one of the first to take Obama eligibility question to court

Democrat sues Sen. Obama over ‘fraudulent candidacy’
Lawsuit disputing U.S. citizenship based in part on discredited claims
–WND

2 campaigns seek ‘truth’ about Obama’s birth
Eligibility for presidency hinges on American citizenship
–WND

Obama birth certificate: Real or phony baloney?
Authenticity of crucial document staked on Daily Kos-derived image
–WND

Blogger reveals Obama birth certificate
‘All information is what we have been told before’
–WND

Is Obama’s candidacy constitutional?
Secrecy over birth certificate, demand for ‘natural-born’ citizenship cited
–WND



95,000 Jobs a Month – LOL! Thanks Longknife

Posted: 02/28/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

The Black Sphere Blog

Putting Racism Back Where It Belongs… On The Left!

The White House announced today that they would create 95,000 new jobs per month this year.  What they didn’t say is the jobs would be in China!

Of course Americans should believe this new jobs figure, because it is based on solid research and abject proof.  Here is evidence that bolsters these WH figures:

  1. They have already not created 95,000 jobs in Jan (440,000 LOST!)
  2. They have already not created 95,000 jobs in Feb
  3. During the campaign, Obama said he would create or save 2.5M jobs (removed from website)
  4. During the campaign, Obama revised his estimates upward to save or create 4.1M jobs
  5. This is the administration who gave us transparency and five days to review all legislation
  6. There will be no lobbyists in this administration
  7. They said they would cut the budget
  8. They promised line item veto and to cut spending—raised the debt ceiling over $1.5T
  9. If we don’t believe him, Obama will send Navy “corpsemen” after us
  10. Look at how well they predicted the destruction of the world due to global warming!

As you can see, Obama is a man of his “words,” but it’s his actions that leave me and most Americans dumbfounded.

Exactly what is Obama doing to spur job growth?  Doubling the money supply with no gain in productivity?  Let me put it a different way.  Diluting our money by 50%?

In a stroke of Harvard genius, Obama gave BILLIONS of our hard earned green backs to the failing financial and auto industries, and had the nerve to call it “investment.”  We would have received a higher return investing in Zimbabwe government bonds.

What next from Little Boy Wonder?  Stimulus—the evil bastard love child of Obama and Pelosi.  Stimulus is a brat, who enjoys arson, torturing animals, and fleecing American taxpayers. Stimulus will grow up to be a serial killer, offering nothing useful to the world, unless you are a forensic accountant and enjoy dissecting what’s left of America’s financial system.

Unbelievably, Pelosi is pregnant again!  After consulting the Liberal Baby Names book, Barack and Nancy have decided to name this next little bastard, “Jobs Bill”—“Jobs” in honor of Apple for saving the American economy with the iPod and the iPhone, and his next namesake is “Bill,” in honor of Clinton, because you just never know if Bill could be the father. I see a Maury episode in the Liberals’ future.

In his recurring bout with selective memory, Obama must have forgotten his original promise of 2.5M jobs by 2011, revised to 4.1M—since removed from the website.  Now we are down to just 1.1M jobs…and change!

As they said in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, “You’re going the wrong way!”

So what does Obama have as the plan to create over 1M jobs this year?  Shovel ready projects?  With the number of people who will be committing suicide over this economy, his timing might be apropos.

Perhaps green jobs? Wind farms, solar panels, more wind farms, more solar panels, and of course solar panels and wind farms.  The big bonanza in going green will be all the bureaucratic union jobs the industry will engender.

The wind and the sun will need representation.  Why should they work for FREE?!  The sun working 12 hours a day, and in Alaska up to 24 hours a day!  And there is the racial aspect of the sun, working harder in Africa, but slacking off in Sweden!  These things must be addressed.

As for the wind, well it is always blowing…somewhere!  Surely it must get tired.  What about vacation, sick days, bereavement, maternity leave to have all those baby winds, known as “breezes?”

These unions will need representation in Washington, so there’s another industry that Obama will prop up with our taxpayer dollars.  He will create 2000 green production jobs, and 2M union and lobbyist jobs to support the green industry.

But Obama’s crowning achievement will come from America’s largest employer…the government.

Here’s the wrap:

The American economy has gotten a leg blown off, and all Obama has is morphine.

Obama’s recipe is simple…just make something up!  It doesn’t have to have even the remotest possibility of being real!  And this new jobs initiative is no different.

Obama has NO way to generate 95,000 jobs a month in 2010.  He’d be lucky if he could create 95,000 net by the end of the year!  You know what, let’s just throw in 2011 for good measure, because it won’t matter!

The few jobs that might be created will be government jobs. More bureaucrats to tell the other bureaucrats what to tell the other bureaucrats about explaining things to more bureaucrats!  That’s all Obama and his “team” knows…bureaucracy.

And don’t be fooled by the little brother of Stimulus, regardless of his reduced cost—now $15B according to Harry Reid.  All the Liberal Democrat Progressive Regressives are doing is giving you the down payment on the next big government Spend-a-Palooza!

$15B or $150B, if you have nothing new in the way of innovation, and no incentive to get there, then you can’t create jobs.  ”Hop Chang” sends his regards from China however…Nei Hao!

That’s my rant!

© 2010 Kevin Jackson – The Black Sphere All Rights Reserved

21st CENTURY BREAKDOWN Thanks tpgow

Posted: 02/28/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011


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“Wherever we’re headed, America is evolving in ways most of us don’t like or understand.  Individually focused yet collectively adrift, we wonder if we’re heading toward a waterfall. Are we?”

Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

Political leaders and the mainstream media have been blindsided by the sudden mood shift of the country in the last few years. The reason they have been blindsided is they believe world history is linear. Liberals have now begun referring to themselves as progressives. These people think the world only progresses. The facts indicate otherwise. History is cyclical. History is replete with grand empires like Rome, Spain and Britain. It is also replete with Dark Ages, depressions and wars. Strauss & Howe have established that history can be broken down into 80 to 100 year Saeculums that consist of four turnings: The High, The Awakening, The Unraveling, and the Crisis.

  • The First Turning is a High, an upbeat era of strengthening institutions and weakening individualism, when a new civic order implants and the old values regime decays.
  • The Second Turning is an Awakening, a passionate era of spiritual upheaval, when the civic order comes under attack from a new values regime.
  • The Third Turning is an Unraveling, a downcast era of strengthening individualism and weakening institutions, when the old civic order decays and the new values regime implants.
  • The Fourth Turning is a Crisis, a decisive era of secular upheaval, when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic order with a new one.

This isn’t some variety of mystical Nostradamus conjecture trying to foretell the future. Strauss & Howe have been able to link the human life span to generational shifts in mood. This makes logical sense. As generations progress through the four stages of life their attitudes and views change. When you are born within the four cycles will greatly sway the course of your life. History forms individuals and generations as individuals and generations shape history. In this age of individualism, Americans are highly insulted by being lumped into a generational category. The fact is that a generation is composed of individuals who share common experiences, music, literature, and economic circumstances. This shared time frame leads to recurring attitudes and reactions to events. Generations come in four archetypes, always in the same order, whose phase-of-life positions comprise a constellation. They are:

  • The Prophet archetype is born in a High, enters young adulthood in an Awakening, midlife in an Unraveling, and elderhood in a Crisis.
  • The Nomad archetype is born in an Awakening, enters young adulthood in an Unraveling, midlife in a Crisis, and elderhood in a High.
  • The Hero archetype is born in an Unraveling, enters young adulthood in a Crisis, midlife in a High, and elderhood in an Awakening.
  • The Artist archetype is born in a Crisis, enters young adulthood in a High, midlife in an Awakening, and elderhood in an Unraveling.

During a Fourth Turning, the constellation contains all four archetypes born in the current saeculum. We are now in the midst of the fourth Crisis period in U.S. history. The previous Fourth Turnings – The American Revolution, Civil War and Great Depression/World War II all required immense sacrifice and entailed great danger. There are only a few Americans alive who experienced and recall our last Fourth Turning. This is one of the foremost reasons the country seems surprised when the next Turning arrives. Just think about the response of politicians, mainstream media pundits, supposedly brilliant economists, and the elite thought leaders during the last five years. They have been blindsided by the housing collapse, worldwide financial crisis, election of Barack Obama, and furious rage of the Tea Party movement. This is because they prescribe to the belief the world only moves forward, never backward. They failed to identify the signs of Crisis. Threats that have been ignored and/or deferred for decades are now coalescing into a once in a lifetime emergency that will require public consensus, aggressive action, and personal sacrifice. Leaders who think the old way of governing will continue to work are learning a difficult lesson. This is why so many old time politicians like Chris Dodd are fleeing Washington DC. A maelstrom of government debt, unfunded liabilities, looming energy catastrophe, and consumer collapse is about to hit the United States. There is no politician in Washington DC willing to stand up in front of the American people and tell them the truth about the storms on our horizon.

The Turnings in American History
First
(High)
Second
(Awakening)
Third
(Unraveling)
Fourth
(Crisis)
Saeculum:
Revolutionary Augustan Age of Empire
(1704–1727)
Great Awakening
(1727–1746)
French & Indian Wars
(1746–1773)
American Revolution
(1773–1794)
Civil War Era of Good Feelings
(1794–1822)
Transcendental Awakening
(1822–1844)
Mexican War & Sectionalism
(1844–1860)
Civil War
(1860–1865)
Great Power Reconstruction & Gilded Age
(1865–1886)
Third Great Awakening
(1886–1908)
World War I & Prohibition
(1908–1929)
Great Depression & World War II
(1929–1946)
Millennial American High
(1946–1964)
Consciousness Revolution
(1964–1984)
Culture Wars
(1984–2005?)
Millennial Crisis?
(2005?–2026?)

Born Into Nixon

Born into Nixon I was raised in hell.
A welfare child where the Teamsters dwelled.
The last one born and the the first one to run.
My town was blind from refinery sun.

We are the [cries of] the class of ’13
Born in the era of humility
We are the desperate in the decline
Raised by the bastards of 1969

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown


The music of today best captures the generational shifts and attitudes that reflect the true mood of the country. Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day, was born into Nixon in 1972 in the midst of an Awakening. This was a period of upheaval and passion. He was the last child born to a large working class family in Oakland, California. His reference to hell refers to the lower blue collar city he grew up in. Oakland was an awful place to be raised in, with drugs, gang violence and racial unrest. His Dad died when he was 10 years old, leaving his five older siblings to raise him while his mother worked the graveyard shift as a waitress. The family was on welfare and Armstrong’s childhood was disconnected and discontented. He fits the classic Nomad (Generation X) description of a tough, hard edged pragmatist who does not trust government or corporations. Armstrong’s lyrics have always reflected his distrust of traditional institutions. His description of their current album reflects his Nomad view:

“The album is a snapshot of the era in which we live as we question and try to make sense of the selfish manipulation going on around us, whether it be the government, religion, media or frankly any form of authority.” – Billie Joe Armstrong

The lyrics about the Class of 2013 reflect the fact that his eldest son Joseph will graduate high school in 2013. Born in 1995, he is part of the new Hero generation. This is the generation that will do the heavy lifting in the current Crisis. This cohort is known as the Millennial generation. This generation has been nurtured with increasing protection by pessimistic adults in an insecure environment. They will challenge the political failures of their elder leaders during the coming years, leading to a secular crisis. Armstrong’s son was born in an era of humility during the Unraveling. The Clinton years were a time of little action, with problems ignored and public civility declining. This generation has been raised by Generation X parents and will now be expected to guide the country through the desperate times ahead. If there are wars to fight, they will fight them. Since their elders have made impossible financial promises, the Millennials will have to make the sacrifices and tough decisions. Every generation will have their part to play in the current Crisis. Boomers will be the elder leaders who push the country to resolve the major issues of our time. They will summon the Heroes to make the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. Generation X will provide the tough resolute leadership in the midst of the Crisis, defending society. Let’s hope the country will produce Nomad leaders on par with previous Nomads – George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower.

There is no way to avoid this Crisis. It can’t be bypassed. Just as the seasons must progress from Spring to Summer through Fall and into Winter, a Crisis must follow an Unraveling. History does not have a rewind button. Secular Winter has arrived and the country couldn’t be less prepared for the challenges ahead. The government and the governed enter this highly dangerous period weakened and fragile. The short-sighted economic choices and deferred fiscal decisions will collide with peak oil and uncontrolled globalization to inflict a horrific resolution to this Crisis. The gravity of our situation cannot be overstated. As politicians and the mainstream media play pretend games of recovery and false optimism, the country hurtles closer to the abyss. The country had a chance to prepare for this Winter by:

  • Forging consensus regarding the problems we face.
  • Preparing our governmental institutions for the challenges ahead.
  • Political leaders bluntly describing the issues before us, stressing duties over rights.
  • Developing community teamwork to solve local problems.
  • Treating our youth as a national priority.
  • Preparing elders for the sacrifices and unfulfilled promises in their future.
  • Reducing government and personal debt.
  • Conserve military resources for the long road ahead.

You may have noticed that as a country we not only did not prepare for Winter, we proceeded like it would never come. No leader has emerged to bluntly speak the truth to the American people. Culture wars still rage. Government has expanded and our military has been depleted in useless wars of choice. All that is left is for individuals to prepare their families for the immense challenges ahead.

Generation Zero

My generation is zero
I never made it
As a working class hero

21st century breakdown
I was once lost but never was found
I think I am losing what’s left of my mind
To the 20th century deadline.

Videogames of the tower’s fall
Homeland security could kill us all

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

To comprehend what awaits us in the next fifteen years, the blizzards of 2010 provide a preview.

“Reflect on what happens when a terrible winter blizzard strikes. You hear the weather warning but probably fail to act on it. The sky darkens. Then the storm hits with full fury, and the air is a howling whiteness. One by one, your links to the machine age break down. Electricity flickers out, cutting off the TV. Batteries fade, cutting off the radio. Phones go dead. Roads become impossible, and cars get stuck. Food supplies dwindle. Day to day vestiges of modern civilization – bank machines, mutual funds, mass retailers, computers, satellites, airplanes, governments – all recede into irrelevance. Picture yourself and your loved ones in the midst of a howling blizzard that lasts several years. Think about what you would need, who could help you, and why your fate might matter to anybody other than yourself. That is how to plan for a saecular winter. Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted.”

Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

The two principal political parties that control our government continue to act like we are in the early days of Autumn, anticipating a mild Winter. They persist in adhering to their conservative and liberal talking point agendas. They continue to push forth more policies like those that put the country in its current mess. They govern based upon weekly poll results, not upon what is best for the country. Big Government, big Military, and big Debt is the mantra of both parties. In his new documentary, GENERATION ZERO, director Steve Bannon scorches both parties and particularly the Baby Boom generation that now holds the reins of power in Washington DC and in corporate America. It is not a coincidence that 4 out of 5 CEOs of the investment banks that leveraged 40 to 1 and brought the worldwide financial system to its knees were Baby Boomers. George Bush, Hank Paulson, and Ben Bernanke are all Baby Boomers. Their greed, fiscal mismanagement and warped ideology led to the financial disaster.

“This film is about a crisis – one that is as profound as The Revolution, The Civil War, or The Great Depression and WWII.” The title ‘Generation Zero’ is ironic, as it refers to both the Baby Boomers and the generation born today: the one generation whose greed and fiscal mismanagement has destroyed the financial legacy and inheritance of the other.” – Steve Bannon

Anyone who doubts that Baby Boomers are most responsible for the current state of affairs just needs to review the following charts. These politicians have voted for bailouts of criminal banks run by Boomers, voted for hundreds of billions in pork projects for their corporate constituents, delegated their Constitutional duty of declaring war to the Executive branch, voted for the Patriot Act and creation of a Department of Homeland Security which have stolen freedoms & liberties from the citizens, and have deferred the critical cuts that must be made to entitlement promises they’ve made to the American public in order to get elected. These “honorable” politicians have doubled the National Debt of the United States to $12.4 trillion in less than 8 years. It took 213 years to accumulate $6 trillion of debt ($5.6 trillion added since 1971) and only 8 years to add another $6.4 trillion. These same politicians have approved current budgets that will add $1.5 to $2.0 trillion per year to the national Debt for the next 10 years. Progressives put forth the preposterous idea that piling on more debt will solve a problem created by too much debt. They have pressed the accelerator to the floor as we approach a turn on a mountain road.

U.S. House of Representatives

Generation Birth Years Count
GI Generation 1901 – 1924 1
Silent Generation 1925 – 1942 76
Boomer Generation 1943 – 1960 275
Generation X 1961 – 1981 83

U.S. Senate

Generation Birth Years Count Party Division
GI Generation 1901–1924 4 4D, 0R
Silent Generation 1925–1942 33 15D, 1I, 1ID, 16 R
Boomer Generation 1943–1960 56 32D, 23R
Generation X 1961–1981 7 4D, 3R

We are truly in the midst of a 21st Century breakdown. Armstrong’s lyrics twist the lyrics of the inspirational Amazing Grace psalm. The inspirational message is changed from:

I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see,” to  “I was once lost but never was found, I think I am losing what’s left of my mind.”

These lyrics reflect hopelessness and frustration as the country approaches financial collapse. We are on an unsustainable fiscal path built upon an altar of debt. Progressives believe that debt is inconsequential and is necessary to the advancement of the welfare state. No politician will tell an American voter that their entitlements must be slashed. No politician will vote to reduce pork projects or useless programs or worthless Federal departments. No politician will vote for a reduction in Defense spending. Someone within the ruling elite must sense danger, based on their overt and covert actions in the last nine years. Allowing the government to monitor phone calls, emails, and internet messages along with stationing combat troops within the U.S. border is a warning sign of how government will treat American citizens during the current Crisis. The Department of Homeland Security has already issued reports suggesting that Tea Party members and returning Iraq War veterans are potential terrorist threats. The mainstream media has perpetuated these lies. Financial chaos will lead to social chaos. The recently signed Executive Order 13528 established a Council of Governors, an “advisory panel” chosen by the President that will rubber-stamp long-sought-after Pentagon contingency plans to seize control of state National Guard forces in the event of a “national emergency.”  Would U.S. troops fire on American citizens? That question will be answered in the coming decade.

Dream, America Dream

My name is No One
The long lost son
Born on the 4th of July
Raised in the era of heroes and cons
That left me for dead or alive

I praise liberty
The “Freedom to Obey”
Is the song that strangles me
Don’t cross the line

Dream, America Dream
I can’t even sleep
From the light’s early dawn

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

The American dream has turned into a nightmare. Led by the selfish, materialistic, self-absorbed Boomers, the nation has degenerated into an individualistic society of wealth seekers. The country’s common good and attitudes of thrift, hard work, and self reliance have been cast aside for the corporate good, immediate material satisfaction, and entitlement attitude. America is no longer the land of opportunity. It is the land of corporate fascism, benefitting the few.

“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” Historian and writer James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book Epic of America.

This version of the American dream has been slowly fading away for decades. Those with ability who have earned a better life through their hard work, superior intelligence and integrity should attain a higher spot in the social order. Instead, government rewards those Americans who have taken unwarranted risks, made corrupt choices, and willingly chose a path of excessive debt to scale the social order. The game is stacked in favor of the elite, while middle class wages have stagnated for the last 40 years. Government bureaucracy strangles the entrepreneurial spirit of the people, while empowering those who want to control our every action.

Today’s aristocracy consists of Wall Street bankers, corporate chiefs, Washington lobbyists, the military industrial complex, and corrupt politicians, all engendered by the printing presses of Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. The rich get richer and the middle class disappears, as their jobs are shipped overseas by corporate conglomerate CEOs who preach globalism as a benefit to society. It is a benefit to their country club elitist society. These elite Boomers have sucked the life and vitality from the American financial system. The three previous Crisis periods in U.S. history were all initiated by a financial related trigger based on excess.

The American Revolution Crisis was instigated by the colonist response to overly burdensome taxation by the English Parliament. This ultimately led to the dumping of English tea into the Boston harbor. Parliament’s response to the Boston Tea Party ignited a colonial tinderbox—leading directly to the first Continental Congress, the battle of Concord, and the Declaration of Independence. The Civil War Crisis had its roots in the issues of property rights and industrial versus agrarian society. The economic widening of the gap between slave and free states was symbolic of the changes occurring in each region. While the South was devoted to an agrarian plantation economy with a slow growth in population, the North had embraced industrialization, large urban areas, infrastructure growth, as well as was experiencing high birth rates. This boost in population doomed Southern efforts to maintain balance in the government as it meant the future addition of more free states and the election of a Northern, potentially anti-slavery, president. The Civil War began with a presidential election that many southerners interpreted as an invitation to secede. The attack on Fort Sumter triggered the most violent conflict ever fought on New World soil, with over 600,000 dead Americans. The Great Depression & World War II Crisis began suddenly with the Black Tuesday stock-market crash. The events leading up to the “sudden” collapse were caused by loose monetary policy by the Federal Reserve, Wall Street greed and corruption, and government incompetence. After a three-year economic free fall, the Great Depression triggered the New Deal revolution, and a vast expansion of government. The worldwide economic collapse led to the rise of Nazism and Fascism, a World War that killed 65 million souls, and mass destruction in Europe and Asia. The parallels with previous Crisis periods are eerily visible today.

The current Millennial Crisis which we are attempting to grasp was commenced by the combination of a housing collapse caused by loose Federal Reserve monetary policy, no regulation of financial institutions and corrupt greedy bankers on Wall Street. The depth and breadth of this financial disaster is being exacerbated by government borrow and spend policies and the free market globalism mantra of big business being sold to the American public. This fraudulent economy has been supported by a world awash in cheap oil. The American people have been scammed. Free market globalism didn’t benefit the middle class and the era of cheap oil is running out. James Howard Kunstler describes the scam perpetrated on the American people in his book The Long Emergency:

“Globalism had the same tendency to impoverish and enslave huge populations while enriching the elite who managed its operations. The American people were sold on it, even while it destroyed their towns, their landscapes, and their vocations. Globalism was primarily a way of privatizing the profits of business activities while socializing the costs. This was achieved by discreetly discounting the future for the sake of short-term benefits. Globalism was operated by oligarchical  corporations on a gigantic scale, made possible by cheap oil. As Wendell Berry put it, ‘a corporation essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance …. It can experience no personal hope or remorse. No change of heart. It cannot humble itself. It goes about its business as if it were immortal, with the single purpose of becoming a bigger pile of money’.”

We’ve sold out America for cheap Chinese hair dryers, low-priced Chinese TVs, inexpensive Mexican apparel, economy packs of Fruit of the Looms from Indonesia and yellow smiley face stickers for our kids. As reward for gutting the American economy by shipping jobs overseas, American CEOs have enriched themselves at a rate 500 times higher than the average worker’s pay. Wall Street bankers were paying close attention to how corporate CEOs were able to reap ungodly profits while socializing the costs. With a clear signal from Alan Greenspan that the Federal Reserve would save any moron on Wall Street that got in trouble, the gluttonous Harvard MBAs created exotic financial products and convinced the world they could spin gold from straw. The CEO’s of the five biggest investment banks (including Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs) convinced the SEC to waive their 12 to 1 leverage ratio and leveraged their Wall Street gambling casinos at 40 to 1. This excessive leverage combined with financial products designed to confuse and bamboozle investors generated billions in profits for these banks and hundreds of millions in pay and bonuses for their Boomer leaders. When the crooked house of cards collapsed under the weight of lies and fraud, these banks were essentially insolvent. At that point Hank Paulson, who was now Treasury Secretary, along with Ben Bernanke decided to socialize their losses by having the U.S. taxpayer pick up the tab. Middle class Americans lost 8 million jobs and Wall Street bankers used the taxpayer bailout to generate billions in fake profits while paying themselves hundreds of millions in pay again. The resentment of average Americans is boiling over and will play a main role in the unfolding Crisis.

Scream, America Scream

I am a nation
A worker of pride
My debt to status quo

The scars on my hands
And the means to an end
Is all that I have to show

I swallowed my pride
And I choked on my faith
I’ve given my heart and my soul
I’ve broken my fingers
And lied though my teeth
The pillar of damage control

Scream, America scream
Believe what you see
From heroes and cons?

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

Progressives like Arianna Huffington clearly don’t comprehend what is happening. The anger and disillusionment of the population are seen as worrisome and disturbing by those who believe history is linear. The entrenched ruling elite should be apprehensive. During a Crisis existing institutions are torn down as the social fabric of the country undergoes wrenching changes. Those in power are rightfully fearful of the masses they have screwed for decades. President Obama, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, and the majority of economists and TV pundits are convinced the Crisis has passed and they have successfully maneuvered the country through the worst, avoiding a second Great Depression. History suggests otherwise. We have yet to experience the nastiest part of the Crisis. We can expect to encounter private and civic choices analogous to the cruelest ever confronted by ancestral generations. The recently submitted Obama budget, adjusted for reality, will add at least $12 trillion to the National Debt in the next ten years. That would bring the National Debt to $24 trillion in 2019. At a modest interest rate of 5%, the country would be paying $1.2 trillion per year in interest. The more likely scenario would be a 10% interest rate, resulting in annual interest costs of $2.4 trillion. The entire spending of the Federal Government was only $1.2 trillion in 1990.

Mr. Progressive, Paul Krugman, insists that worries about the debt are overblown. Despite the fact that our economy isn’t capable of growing more than 2.5% over the long term, he sees no problem growing our National Debt by 10% per year. It’s as if his Nobel Prize was coated in lead and he has been sucking on it. Only someone who is brain damaged would argue that doubling our debt will solve a crisis caused by too much debt. It’s as if Krugman wants to become the Irving Fisher of his time. One week prior to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 Fisher famously pronounced:

“Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. I do not feel there will be soon if ever a 50 or 60 point break from present levels, such as (bears) have predicted. I expect to see the stock market a good deal higher within a few months.”

The truth is our lenders will not allow our National Debt to reach $24 trillion by 2019. The U.S. dollar has already lost more than 80% of its purchasing power since Nixon closed the gold window in 1971. The amount of currency in circulation since that time has gone up by a factor of 16 to $800 billion. The result has been a stagnation of real wages for the middle class, while the ruling elite have seen their wealth soar to astronomical levels. The correlation between printing more of something and its relative value are as clear as day to anyone with a smattering of intelligence. Ben Bernanke is attempting to print his way out of this financial crisis. He is playing a game of chicken with our foreign lenders. He wants to devalue the U.S. dollar slowly to reduce the unbearable weight of U.S. debt. Foreign lenders from China, Japan and the Middle East know what he is doing. They will be the long-term losers in this scenario. At some point in the next few years they will balk at buying more US debt. A “Weimar Moment” will strike the United States like a sledgehammer. The veil of financial stability will be revealed to be a fallacy and the worldwide reserve currency will revert to its intrinsic value of zero. The chaos that would ensue as people’s life savings are wiped out would test the mettle of our country’s citizens, government, and military.

The dollar is likely to collapse just based upon current spending and borrowing trends. The unsustainable entitlement promises made by politicians over decades would have guaranteed a dollar collapse by 2030 anyway, so we will just arrive sooner. Not one politician from either political party has the courage to stand in front of the American people and tell them they will not receive the Social Security and Medicare benefits they were promised. Not one politician from either party is even willing to discuss the fact these promises cannot be honored. This train has been headed down the track since the 1960s, picking up speed, and no one is willing to apply the brakes. The Baby Boomers have sold their children and grandchildren into slavery. Their unwillingness to sacrifice entitlement benefits, guarantees a vastly lower standard of living for their descendents. How very egocentric and superficial of them. The most coddled, self absorbed, egotistical generation in history would rather crash the economic system than make any personal sacrifice for future generations. The $106.8 trillion of unfunded promises will not by paid, because there will be nothing left to pay. The country is bankrupt today. By 2030, half of all tax revenue would be needed to fund these programs. The Boomers will be forced to accept much less than they expected. The delusion of getting something for nothing will be put to rest during this Crisis.

The wildcard within the current Fourth Turning is cheap easily accessible petroleum. Progressives and those who only view the world in a linear way, fail to recognize that easily accessible oil only came onto the scene 150 years ago and we have depleted the easiest to reach 50%. The implication of these facts is beyond the comprehension of linear thinkers. They trust our ingenuity and brilliance to solve the problem. A new form of energy will magically appear on the scene and save our industrial world. Brain power and human resourcefulness played only a small part in the economic boom of the last 150 years, produced by cheap oil. The industrial revolution began more like Jed Clampett shooting at some food and getting bubbling crude. The world benefited from a positive Black Swan event. In other words, we got lucky. Now the luck is running out. There is a finite amount of petroleum on the planet. Most of the remaining supply is trapped beneath deep oceans, within tar sands, in shale rock and in inhospitable countries. Cheap sweet crude is running out. New oil discoveries peaked in 1964. Worldwide oil production peaked between 2005 and 2010. As supply enters terminal decline and demand continues its relentless rise, prices will soar and the world will be transformed forever. This could even put a creak in America’s military machine that consumes over 150 million barrels of oil per year.

The deniers believe that technology will save the day. They don’t step back and think that their technology couldn’t function without cheap oil. The hardware and software are made in factories run by fossil fuel. The amount of energy that exists on the planet is a closed loop system. The sun’s energy created fossil fuels. The population of the planet has converted 50% of these fossil fuels back into CO2 and other byproducts. This is the process of entropy.  Entropy is the movement of energy from complex, higher states to simple, lower states.  Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed – entropy dictates that energy flows in only one direction, from being concentrated in one place to becoming diffused or dispersed and spread out; from being ordered to being disordered. After 150 years of profligate use of oil, we are within a few years of experiencing an unsolvable oil shortage which will affect transportation, industry, heating, plastics, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and all the myriad products essential to our contemporary lives. Our energy-devouring civilization has been accelerating entropy. Kunstler sees this entropy leading to a crisis of epic proportions:

“We don’t really need to reach the end of oil to experience the disorder that accompanies entropy. The economic efficiency we praise creates one-industry towns that become simplified and vulnerable communities. Businesses evolve into big corporations that dehumanize and feudalize our lives. Our monocultures of specialization create ecological disasters. We poison our water, land and air using the justification that more and faster are always better. Mass production produces the homogeneity that deadens the spirit and vitality of people – they compensate by becoming hyper-consumers, fad-chasers, unsettled and disquieted beings in search of the meaning denied to them by a loss of complexity.”

The combination of debt, dollar devaluation, delusion and depletion will make this Fourth Turning the most challenging and dangerous in U.S. history.

The Five Ds of the Fourth Turning

DEBT + DOLLAR + DELUSION + DEPLETION = DECLINE

Every previous Fourth Turning in U.S. history was triggered by an economic conflict or devastating financial event. The current Fourth Turning was activated by the collapse of our housing market, the subsequent revelations of Wall Street fraud and excessive risk taking and the actions of politicians to protect Wall Street from their hubristic exploits. The choices by leaders after these triggers will have a dramatic impact on the future course of the Crisis. George Washington decided to fight and stayed on the battlefield for eight years before succeeding. Abraham Lincoln could have let the South secede. He decided to fight in order to retain the Union. The result was 600,000 dead and abolition of slavery. Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided to implement massive social welfare programs to keep Americans employed. These programs planted the seed for our current Crisis. He also committed 16 million American men in World War II, with 450,000 dying for their country and another 670,000 wounded. All previous Fourth Turnings began as financial episodes and eventually led to total wars of destruction. There is nothing about this current Crisis that would lead me to an alternative picture of our future.

I could propose a number of logical Crisis scenarios based on the facts at hand, but the truth is that no one knows how the next fifteen years will play out. We do know there will be much upheaval, worldly peril, and cataclysmic changes to the exiting institutional and social order. I believe the financial crisis will transform into a Depression as the layers of new debt piled upon the old debt ultimately collapse our economic system. It could be a deflationary collapse or an inflationary collapse. Both scenarios would lead to further destruction of the middle class. When the U.S. dollar is no longer viewed as the reserve currency for the world, America’s worldwide influence will wane. How global economic rivals like China, Russia, and the Middle East react to our economic and social weakness will determine the next phase of the Crisis. When countries are experiencing severe domestic problems, they seek out or invent a foreign threat. The likely flashpoint which could lead to foreign conflict would be a terrorist attack on U.S. territory and/or a clash over depleting worldwide oil supplies. Strauss & Howe explain the nature of Fourth Turnings:

“The ‘spirit of America’ comes once a saeculum, only through what the ancients called ekpyrosis, nature’s fiery moment of death and discontinuity.  History’s periodic eras of Crisis combust the old social order and give birth to a new. A Fourth Turning is a solstice era of maximum darkness, in which the supply of social order is still falling—but the demand for order is now rising.  It is the saeculum’s hibernal, its time of trial. Nature exacts its fatal payment and pitilessly sorts out the survivors and the doomed.  Pleasures recede, tempests hurt, pretense is exposed, and toughness rewarded—all in a season.”

Personally, I have grave apprehensions about the coming years. As a libertarian minded person I will not be happy, as it is highly unlikely that government will willingly get smaller. The last two Crisis periods resulted in a much more powerful Federal government. It is difficult for me to conceptualize how the country will come out the other side of this Crisis as a stronger society. The likelihood of the citizens rallying around the flag and following a Boomer Prophet into a world war seems farfetched to me. I fear the angry have-nots are more likely to rise up against the ruling elite, with potential dire consequences as the military may have to choose sides. My principal fear is that Crisis periods always rely on the Hero generation to make the greatest sacrifices. An entire generation of Heroes was wiped out in four years during the Civil War. A million Heroes were either killed or wounded in World War II. My three sons are all part of the Hero generation. I’m not prepared to sacrifice them for a cause that I do not believe in or agree with. The Boomer generation has been discredited in my eyes. Following a Boomer leader into battle seems out of the question today.

My guess on the end result of this Crisis is that Americans will need to localize. Reduced fuel availability will force people to depend on their neighbors and locally produced food. Forging closer relationships with family and neighbors will stand you in good stead during the remainder of this crisis. This Fourth Turning has only just begun. Strauss & Howe do not predict the outcome, only the challenges that await us and the hope that we will rise to the occasion.

Thus might the next Fourth Turning end in apocalypse – or glory. The nation could be ruined, its democracy destroyed, and millions of people scattered or killed. Or America could enter a new golden age, triumphantly applying shared values to improve the human condition. The rhythms of history do not reveal the outcome of the coming Crisis; all they suggest is the timing and dimension.

A Fourth Turning harnesses the seasons of life to bring about a renewal in the seasons of time. In so doing, it provides passage through the great discontinuities of history and closes the full circle of the saeculum. The Fourth Turning is when the Spirit of America reappears, rousing courage and fortitude from the people. History is seasonal, but its outcomes are not foreordained. Much will depend on how tall we stand in the trials to come.

Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

Will America in 2025 look anything like the America of today? Will the country resemble a dictatorship? Will it resemble socialist Europe? Will it break apart into regions? Will it reaffirm its roots as a Constitutional Republic? Or, will it no longer exist? The choice is ours.

Tea Party Group and Great Links

Posted: 02/28/2010 by Lynn Dartez in Tea Party's

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Dear Patriot,

Well, what a week it has been!
The week could not have started off any worse with the so-called bi-partisan Health Care Summit.  And to think that Senator Max Baucus was given a place on the floor to speak!
I would like to thank you all for keeping up with phone calls and emails to your Senators and Congressmen in Washington!  We can’t give up now and we need your help to continue to put pressure on those men and women in Washington.
If you missed our show this week and have not viewed it on youtube yet please check out the following 3 part series:
Our guest was Rein Gillstrom.  He works closely with the central committe in Gallitin County to place people in precinct committe positions.
If you are unfamilar please watch the videos above.  They give you a good start as to why it’s important to have these positions filled in every single county across the nation.  This is a very important way to give the power of governing back to the people where it belongs!
Please get in contact with your central committee near you and see which precincts have openings.
If you are in Yellowstone County you may contact me via montanashrugged@gmail.com and I can get you a copy of the application which must be filed by March 15!
Let’s put the power back into the people’s hands!  This way we can be sure to elect constitutional conservatives to office in the next election and all future elections to come!
Sincerely,
Jennifer Olsen
Community Organizer

Montana Shrugged
p.s.  Members of Montana Shrugged will rally Wednesday (March 3rd) in Billings, MT on the corner of 24th and King Ave.
Other members of Montana Shrugged will join TEA parties from across the state on the steps of the Capitol in Helena to discuss the budget and stress that the spending has got to stop!  We will join our local legistures there during  their lunch break.  We will be there from 11-1PM.  If you are able to make the trip to Helena please join us!

The Real Barack Obama

Posted: 02/27/2010 by Lynn Dartez in Zebra

Tip-off courtesy of TheRealBarackObama.

Click the link below and see where it redirects.

http://www.barrysoetoro.com/

For those just catching up on things, Barry Soetoro is the name on Obama’s birth certificate. This appears to be the reason Obama has refused to release his birth certificate (the way John McCain already has done). We personally have believed that Obama’s birth certificate read “Barry Dunham”, which we thought Obama’s mother called him as a child. However, it appears GOP operatives in Hawaii have Obama’s actual birth certificate now, and Barry Soetoro is who he really is.

It seems Obama was adopted by his stepfather, taking Soetoro’s last name, and Barry as his first name. A new birth certificate in Hawaii was issued at the time of the adoption — and this jives with what Indonesia’s school system has already said about Obama: that he attended both a Catholic and a muslim school as “Barry Soetoro”, not as Barack Obama. It seems at age 20 “Obama” also had an Indonesian passport, which he used to travel to Pakistan with a longtime close personal male friend. This could be why someone pulled Obama’s passport file at the State Department earlier this year: to see if any US passport records pegged Obama in Pakistan in 1981. Well, they wouldn’t, because it would have been his Indonesian passport that recorded that trip.

Dual-citizens do things like this all the time: people with both a US and Swedish passport, for instance, can go to Cuba, using their Swedish passport, but would not be allowed into Havana with their American documents. So, it looks like Barry Soetoro went places using his Indonesian passport that “Barack Obama” couldn’t go — and now, in 2008, “Barack Obama” is reaching heights “Barry Soetoro” could never have dreamed of.

It’s a tale of two names, two identities, and two different people, really, unbelievably close to becoming the Democratic nominee.

So, it will only be a matter of time before some clever people with Photoshop start remaking the Obama campaign’s posters and logo to call attention to the fact he’s really “Barry Soetoro”, and not the person he’s been pretending to be.

Soetoro ‘08!

And a great big “S” everywhere.

Not quite as eye-catching or Oprah-tastic as that big, ubiquitous “O”, is it?

But, honestly, it’s a lot closer to the truth — not that the media will report on any of this, because, just like the John “bathroom-hider” Edwards scandal, the media is so deep in the tank for Obama that reporting anything bad on him will truly erode the last vestigial traces of trust the public has in the mainstream media/Obama propaganda machine.

UPDATE: Thanks to ChicagoAgainstObama for the first of what will surely be a flood of new Soetoro for President gear.

Now all we need is a creepy giant “S” to match the old, now-passe creepy giant “O”.