1. THE CLINTONS FACTOR. THE ECONOMY OF WAR. Cut down neo-Cons in Washington DC.
Listening French authorities and PM Cameron going to war move to arm Kurds, the first idea coming in mind is « America has reopened the can of worms in Iraq and vultures are prawling ». Second, we wonder whether this has been done with the save passage by the Iraqi president seemingly under unfluence due to his unability to fight back Isis.
Judging by the way al-Maliki was forced to resign, Iraqi president has been instructed on what to do and probably, this was a condition for the assistance of his masters coming to help – humanitarian first and, inevitably – like it has always been the case – evolving into military equipment sales.
Al-Maliki didn’t unite the nation. But this wasn’t a reason not to respect the constitution in replacing him. Under pressure, Iraqi president lacked tact. Al-Maliki could have improved his way of governing. But, for the interest of the nation, let it be.
What is the position of the Iraqi parliament over the Kurd’s demand of arms supply abroad ?
The occasion of selling arms and many dirty tools is unmissable for the Hawkish states in the planet. For France, this is a matter of economic survival. The deficit can not be reduced to fit the Eurozone standards and France is asking for clemency. Unemployment is untackled and untackable. All the indicators are red . Growth is zero.
With Russian sanctions lashing back, what are the eurozone economic outlook ? Another slowdown or a crash down ? « Eurozone didn’t grow at all in last three months » (the BBC).
The UK is apparently in better economic condition, eventhough this best comes in detrimental to the wages. Is the UK specialising into poor workers, as Germany was before adopting a minimum wage for working people to live a decent living ?
Germany economy is hurt but the nation is not going warry, just like the Pavlov dogs sniffing places to sell gears of death. Arms are like drugs : once you are in, the sellers will keep feeding you in order to create an addiction, good for the expansion of blood – on your neighborhood – and, for them, this translates into an influx of bloody money. Pirats are heartless and poor-minded. Don’t expect them to step back.
America is always at the Lead of this Game. They are first on the field as pionneers. The day after, Britain is present. Two days later, France is joining them. The trio is everywhere a war is looming. And sometimes, to push the game on more bizarre territories, the US is subsidising France in fighting terrorism in… AFRICA (Mali and Central Africa) – 10 million (dollars) have been allocated to France by president Obama using his constitutionnal superpowers dismaying the US Congress, cornered in a room. While president Obama is handling 10 million to the French president, Kenyan president, Kenyatta is helplessly fighting Al-Shabab and calling for an international approach. So far, only Uganda is helping. But, because Uganda is not gay-friendly, Kenya will not be helped. London is badly influencing the process behind-the-scenes.
Interesting to see the ties between arms sellers and gays’ communities. Very interesting. Where does all this connect ? I hope not in macabre scenarios.
If you write African culture and essence consider it positively not to encourage gays practices, Number 10 will justify its arms’ selling saying « they consider positively » the demand of Kurds for arms. Why are they sitting at the Brussels EU Foreign ministers’ meeting today ? They have already decided what they have got to do. Oligarchs are one of a kind. I’m paraphrasing Barack Obama praising the passing away of Robin Williams.
Read this excerpt (a commentary) I invited you to consider yesterday – I will underline some key sentences :
It is positively refreshing to read such an intelligent analysis as Dr. Johnson’s of Vladimir Putin and his valiant attempts to reconstruct Russia in the face of such wrong-headed meddling by the West. All readers of this article will benefit by reading it several times.Even-handed and free of cant, the article should make thoughtful Americans (I assume there are a few) reflect on the parlous state of our own country, now being run by a gang of oligarchs (the Kochs being a prime example) who have nothing higher in mind than looting America for their own benefit and to promote their own interests. Dr. Johnson says nothing about the latest evidence of wrong-headed meddling by the U.S. in Ukraine, but it is clear that the egregious lies dominating the American and European press, and aimed at making the long-suffering Putin look bad, need vigorous correction.
The situation now is very serious. This very week, the US is running nuclear war exercises for, as far as I know, the first time since 1991. Such exercises must mean something, and one shudders to think that there are neo-Cons in Washington DC who think we could “eliminate” Russia as a world power by means of a nuclear exchange that they believe we could win.
Back in the bad Reagan days, we had nut cases who believed such things. It is infinitely depressing to see these ideas gaining new currency. It is even more depressing to know that the United States, far from being a benign hegemon, is THE major threat to international peace today. Most depressing of all is the fact that far too many Americans continue to believe in their government’s non-existent good motives.It is always so tempting to find the source of the evil outside of oneself. As for the manipulated and lied-to Ukrainians, one can only hope they will wake up before the IMF and American corporations have looted their country and destroyed any possibility of a decent life for them.
Now we can move ahead with the Clintons Factor.
BILL CLINTONS « NEOCON-INSPIRED DECISIONS » TRIGERRED THREE MAJOR CRISES IN OUR TIMES.
In 1936, I declared that it was not the Covenant of the League that was at stake, but international morality…The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security. Haile Selassie (1892-1975), address to the United Nations, Oct 6, 1963.
The beauty of the Glass-Steagall act, after all, was its simplicity: banks should not gamble with government insured money. Even a six-year-old can understand that… Luigi Zingales (1963- ), (A Capitalism for the People, 2014).
Today, Congress voted to update the rules that have governed financial services since the Great Depression and replace them with a system for the 21st century…This historic legislation will better enable American companies to compete in the new economy. Lawrence H. Summers (1954- ), U.S. Treasury Secretary, November 12, 1999.
“We are aware that NATO membership for a unified Germany raises complicated questions. For us, however, one thing is certain: NATO will not expand to the east.” Hans-Dietrich Genscher (1927- ), the German foreign minister, (February 10, 1990, promising Russia that NATO would not expand to Eastern Europe.)
“I think it is the beginning of a new cold war. I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever…It shows so little understanding of Russian history and Soviet history. Of course there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are — but this is just wrong.” George F. Kennan, (1904-2005), U.S. diplomat and Russia specialist, (in 1998, after the U. S. Senate voted to extend NATO to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.)
An eye-popping new book has alleged that U.S. President Bill Clinton had his White House phones tapped in real time, for the benefit of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The book also reveals how the Israeli Prime Minister could have used taped conversations of the American president regarding Mr. Clintons 1990s sexual scandal in the White House, to exert pressure on him to release from prison a convicted Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard, who had been arrested in 1985, for espionage against the United States. In fact, the Israeli surveillance activities in the United States may be very widespread.
I suspect that such illegal activities and the fact that an American president (and other members of the U.S. administration) could have been placed under electronic surveillance and could have been potentially blackmailed by a foreign country will not go down well with ordinary patriotic Americans, if this becomes widely known. This comes after it has been discovered that theCIA, which works closely in tandem with the Israeli Mossad, has been illegally and unconstitutionally spying on U.S. senators.
These revelations can also encourage us to cast a second look at some crucial decisions made by the Clinton administration, fifteen years ago, because the consequences of such decisions are very much with us today.
Indeed, the fuses of three major crises still smoldering were lit during the U.S. Clinton administration (1992-2000), especially during Clintons second term (1996-2000). People tend to forget such matters while they concentrate their attention solely on current events. However, it often happens that what we are witnessing in current times has been years in preparation, long after the initiators have left the political scene. What the George W. Bush administration did and what Barack Obama is doing have been a continuation of policies that the Bill Clinton administration initiated in the first place.
What are these three crises that one can trace back to innovations introduced by the Bill Clinton administration in the late 1990s?
1- First, there is the Clinton Kosovo Precedent of wars for humanitarian reasons.
The current crisis of multiple wars being waged today around the globe, in direct violation of the United Nations Charter, originates largely in that precedent initiated by Bill Clinton.
The Preamble solemnly establishes the main objective of the 1945 U.N. Charter when it says We the Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war… and to this end, armed force(s) shall not be used, save in the common interest…
As the current United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon reminded the world last year, according to the U.N. Charter, agreed by all the member countries, the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense [against an armed attack] or with a [formal] U.N. Security Council authorization.
That is what international law says.
Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, indeed, formally prohibits any war that is not to maintain or restore international peace (Article 42) or that is not undertaken in individual or collective self-defense (Article 51). There are no exceptions for preventive wars, so-called humanitarian wars or any kind of war of aggression.
However, in 1998 and in 1999, the Democratic Clinton administration decided unilaterally to join the on-going Kosovo War in Yugoslavia without an explicit mandate from the U.N. Security Council, instead relying for the first time not on legality but on an extra-judicial arbitrary argument of political legitimacy for humanitarian motives to protect human rights.
This was done without even a resolution by the U.S. Congress, and with the sole reliance on the NATO alliance as an instrument of military intervention. (In that case, it was NATO air military operations.) The Kosovo War has been described as the first war for values and has opened the Pandora Box of wars of choice, outside of the international legal framework of the United Nations Charter.
Since the Kosovo Precedent of unilateral humanitarian intervention, war of aggression has become a matter of political will rather than of strict legality, the intervening countries using different versions of their national interests. In other words, the world has gone back to before 1945, before the creation of the United Nations, when powerful countries could go to war whenever they felt that it was in their national interests to do so.
The demise of the United Nations as a legal framework against war was greatly accelerated by the Bill Clinton administrations decision to sidestep the U.N. Charter in favor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The world is less secure now that the United Nations has been de facto sidelined in its principal mission of preventing and stopping wars.
2- Then there is the Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999
In the 1990s, super large American banks launched a $300 million campaign of lobbying efforts to have the Roosevelt-era-Glass-Steagall act repealed. That important 1933 law had prevented American banks from gambling with government insured money by merging risky and uninsured investment banks that underwrite securities and commercial banks that take insured deposits.
However, powerful bankers, some of them having important posts within the Clinton administration, such as Robert Rubin, Treasury Secretary (1995-1999) and a previous co-chairman from 1990 to 1992 of the large investment bank Goldman Sachs, argued that things had changed and that the limitations imposed by the Glass-Steagall act on their banking activities were hindering their capabilities to innovate in the types of financial products they could create and sell to investors, not only in the U.S. but all over the world, thus preventing them from being competitive internationally.
Initially, the Clinton administration was reluctant to gut an act that had prevented the abuses and predatory banking practices that had preceded the Great Depression. However, after some tremendous pressure had been exerted on the Clinton administration, from outside and from within, President Bill Clinton finally signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act, on November 12, 1999, as a bill newly renamed the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act under the names of Senate Banking Committee Chair Phil Gramm (R-Texas), House Banking Committee chair James Leach (R-Iowa), and Virginia Representative Thomas Bliley (R-Virginia).
This allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies to consolidate, but without giving the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any other financial regulatory agency for that matter, the authority to regulate large investment bank holding companies.
Largely unregulated super large banks and large insurance companies used the newly acquired liberty to engage in Ponzi finance practices, as they have often done historically and as it should have been expected.
Indeed, they proceeded with creating new financial derivative products that turned out to be very toxic and which became an important cause of the subprime financial crisis of 2007-09.
What we know, moreover, is that the 2007-2008 financial crisis has resulted in income and wealth losses of trillions of dollars by American families and of subsidies in the trillions of dollars for large banks, thus resulting in a massive wealth transfer anddamaging the U.S. economy for years to come.
3- Thirdly, there is the cancellation of the Bush I-Baker promise to Russian Prime Minister Gorbachev not to expand NATO
As the German foreign minister Genschers quote above indicates, it is widely accepted that after the Warsaw Pact, (the Eastern Europe military alliance), was dissolved in the early 1990s, and after the German reunification, it was at the very least implicitly promised that NATO would not take advantage of the situation to encircle Russia militarily by expanding in Eastern Europe. For example, it was reported that U.S. Secretary of State James Baker in the George H. Bush administration and German foreign minister Genscher, after a meeting on February 10, 1990, had agreed that there was to be no NATO expansion to the East.
Moreover, this was also the understanding of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet president at the time, when he said that there was a promise not to expand NATO as much as a thumb’s width further to the East. In the past, Jack Matlock, the US ambassador in Moscow at the time, confirmed that Moscow was given a clear commitment to that effect. Therefore, Gorbachevs mistake may have been to have taken the western politicians word too much at its face value instead of requesting a formal agreement.
In any case, the informal agreement not to expand NATO to encompass Russias former partners in the Warsaw Pact held for a few years, that is until President Bill Clinton, on October 22, 1996, saw it to his advantage during his 1996 reelection campaign to promise to enlarge NATO to include Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.
In other words, in 1996, Clinton stopped enforcing the promise made by his predecessor. The rest is history, and NATO was from then on transformed from a defensive military alliance into an offensive military alliance under American control. It went on to include not only Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, but also countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, and Slovenia, among others, thus pushing its military infrastructure right up to the Russian border. Recent attempts to draw Ukraine into NATO are only a continuation of an aggressive policy of expanding NATO and of isolating Russia, initiated by the Bill Clinton administration in the late 1990s.
Under the influence of American Neocons, Clinton rejected the idea of a peace dividend to be reaped after a reduction in military expenditures due to the lessening of the Soviet threat and the end of the Cold War.
The geopolitical global chaos that the world has been going through in the beginning of this 21st Century, the devastating 2008 financial crisis that imposed such heavy losses on so many people, and the threatening resurgence of the old Cold War with Russia, all have causes that can be traced back to short-sighted and disastrous decisions made by the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
The failed subsequent administrations of George W. Bush and of Barack H. Obama merely followed in the path open during the Clinton era. This is something that future historians will need to consider closely when attempting to understand the thread of events that created the apparent current chaos in many fields today.
Dr. Rodrigue Tremblay is an international economist and author, whose last two books are:
The Code for Global Ethics, Prometheus Books, 2010; and
The New American Empire, Infinity Publishing, 2003.
To read Dr. Tremblays blog, please visit: http://www.thenewamericanempire.com/blog.htm
For the following sections, just follow the links to make up your mind by yourself.
2 – THE RUSSIAN FACTOR.
Behind Russia, lies the last fight of Western quatuor – US/EU/NATO/Israeli Wall Street hegemony over the World. They want to maintain their lead upon the World to keep on their track. A unipolarised World is an absurdity. Russia represents the danger of the Emergency (BRICS). The western quatuor have already submitted the EU. Ukraine is already enslaved.
It goes like that, you obey the Great Western Manitou or be grilled by the press alike.
3. THE OLIGARCH FACTOR
President Plevneliev for FT: Our Oligarchs Are Addicted to State Money – Money is the principal motives to doing politics not only in Bulgaria, but everywhere.
What could a gang of oligarchs understand about the international law ? Gang and Law are totally opposite. A lawful gang is an inexistent concept.
4. THE INTERNATIONAL (IN)JUSTICE AND BODYGUARDS VACCUM FACTOR. Read at le Point (French outlet).
– À Gaza, le droit est-il impuissant ? Gaza, 2 000 morts, à 83 % des civils. Peut-on espérer que soient punis un jour les crimes de guerre commis dans ce conflit interminable ?
Ukraine is also concerned with the issue of war crimes punishment on the two fronts : domestically and internationally. Images of war crimes can jump on our throats anytime soon.
We are still waiting for the black boxes analysis of the MH17 crash conducted by UK.
5. THE AFRICAN FACTOR – THE WTO SCREWED UP REACTING TOO LATE TO CONTAIN THE EBOLA OUTBREAK – MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES IS ALARMED –
BEHIND EBOLA AFRICAN poor governance and lack of public health policy and care taker RESPONSIBILITY.
— No Russian military convoy crossed border into Ukraine, Russian Defense Ministry says, state news agency reports. CNN
Mix messages over this convoy after other strange messages concerning the announcement of a military Russian armored column squashed by Ukrainian forces inside Ukraine.
Time for INTOX. In the meantime, western press is not issuing pictures of scenes of war, allowing Kiev to buy enough time to clean some evil places. The Bible says, Truth always prevails on lies.