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Submitted by Jeff Thomas via Doug Casey's International Man blog,

When I was growing up in Berlin, after the war (World War II), we lived in the American sector and the American soldiers were everywhere—on the streets, in the cafes. No one wanted them there, but whenever we made disparaging remarks, our own authorities tell us we must not do this. They tell us the Americans can do what they like and we just have to accept it. So, we stop using the words, “Yankee” and “American.” They are the occupying forces, just like the Romans were at one time, so, amongst ourselves, we refer to them as “the Romans.” So, we talk freely in the cafes about the “Romans” and the American soldiers don’t know that we mean them.

The snippet above was from taken from a conversation I had recently in a café with Klaus, a German who is now in his late sixties. He had a long career as a pilot for the German air force and had been stationed in many countries. In spite of his own career as an “occupier,” he never got over the resentment he had for the occupation of his homeland by American troops. (Berlin was occupied from 1945 to 1994.)

The US is unique in the world with regard to occupation. It has been estimated that the US has over 325,000 military personnel in over 1,000 overseas military bases in more than 150 countries, but statistics are widely conflicting.

Generally, the American troops arrive to deal with some sort of conflict (either invited or uninvited), but unlike most other armies, they tend to remain for a long time beyond the stated “need.”

There are those who praise this policy, stating that the US “keeps the world safe for democracy;” however, the US is known (at least to us outsiders) as a country that typically routs elected governments, installs corrupt and ineffectual puppet leaders, and seeks to control the occupied country as a satellite state.

There are three major downsides to this policy:

1. Occupation Forces Are Always Resented

Most Americans, during the Cold War, perceived the Russian forces in Berlin to be hated by the Berliners, but assumed that Berliners were grateful to have American occupiers to “keep them safe.” The truth, as Klaus states, was that all occupiers were hated, not just the Russians. Long after the war was over and it was time for Berlin to return to normal, the Russians and Americans maintained a standoff in Berlin that did not end for another forty-nine years. Only in 1994 did Germans “get their city back.”

Not surprisingly, many Germans, even today, feel that neither the Russians nor the Americans can be trusted, as they are seen as “empire builders” who play out their ambitions in foreign lands. Although today, there is a fair bit of cooperation between the governments of the US and Germany, the German people themselves have, even recently, expressed their distrust by asking that the Bundesbank demand the return of their $141 billion in gold from the US Federal Reserve, and have additionally railed against NSA spies in Germany.

2. Occupation Is Extremely Costly

Two thousand years ago, the Romans created an empire by training its own people as troops, then invading other countries, stripping them of their wealth. They then left troops behind in each country as occupiers to maintain Roman control. Unfortunately, after the initial pillaging, there was little ongoing wealth to be taken, and the occupations became expensive liabilities. Eventually, the once-wealthy Rome sank into debt and relied more and more on mercenary troops—troops that had no real loyalties to Rome and would eventually turn on Rome, when the money ran out.

The US is now in a similar state. There is no more military draft in the US, and the majority of soldiers occupying the 150 countries are mercenaries (or, in today’s nomenclature, “defense contractors”). As the US is technically bankrupt, it is only a question of time before the cheques stop coming. As in Rome, it can be expected that the mercenaries will drop their “loyalty” with little or no warning at some point.

3. A Government that Believes in Occupation as a Policy is a Danger to its Citizens

The US Government clearly believes in the concept of occupation, as it is actually increasing the number of countries where it has troops in occupation.

In addition, in the last decade, the US has been dramatically ramping up its preparedness for war at home. Not since World War II has the US spent so much money building tanks, buying bullets, and training troops to get ready for a major conflict.

However, this time, it is not for a war overseas, but at home. The armaments are being deployed to localised law enforcement departments and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is charged solely with domestic enforcement. Similarly, the training of police officers and other authorities has changed dramatically from the traditional “Protect and Serve” policy to one of riot control and combatting “domestic terrorism.”

Billions are being spent on this effort, and of the three downsides to occupation, this is the one that should concern American citizens most greatly, as, for the first time since 1865, the American continent itself is planned to be the occupied territory.

Indeed, under the National Defense Authorization Act, passed in 2011, the US was declared a “battlefield,” a legal term that allows a government to suspend habeas corpus and to authorise any authorities to act toward the people of the country as “enemy combatants,” should they suspect for any reason that this might be so.

In discussing post-war Berlin with Klaus, I asked him when he left his home city. He said, “As soon as I was old enough—I joined the service and got out. This is no way to live.”

As stated above, Klaus himself later became an air force pilot and an “occupier” of sorts. Still, he is correct in his view that to be the population that is occupied—that is, to be under the control of militaristic rule—is no way to live.

It would appear that, in the US, the clock is ticking. “Occupation” may be an inevitability, and we are now seeing the quiet before the storm—the time when each individual may assess his options.

One thing is certain: when the DHS troops are deployed, they will not be looked upon as the friendly neighbourhood cops of past generations. They will be seen as the Romans… the occupying forces.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately there’s little any individual can practically do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can and should do is to stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible, and even profit from the situation.

This is what Doug Casey’s International Man is all about: helping you cut through the smoke and mirrors while making the most of your personal freedom and financial opportunities around the world. The free IM Communiqué is a great place to start.

 

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:24 | 5111918 Aknownymouse
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So if I hear you correctly you seem to be saying buy the all time high. Right??

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:27 | 5111941 nmewn
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Yeah.

And the French, Russians, Brits, Chinese, Spanish, Portugese, ISIS etc. are all saints...or sumpin.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:34 | 5111966 El Oregonian
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Yes spread really thin just like a $500.00 8 oz. jar of jelly...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:52 | 5112051 Anusocracy
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An Australian I met told me of a saying they had for WW2 GIs that were in Australia:

They were overpaid, oversexed, and over here.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:11 | 5112142 Umh
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From what I heard the Aussies were to busy drinking to pay attention to fucking. I haven't been there, this was from a friends wife. She decided to marry an U.S. guy.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:00 | 5112379 adeptish
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They are called Seppo's by Aussies...

 

http://tinyurl.com/ldsr2ey

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:39 | 5112003 Hugh G Rection
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You left out Israel.

 

They have a right to exist! And THIS is just them defending themselves!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:52 | 5112050 nmewn
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I believe the article in question, is trying to make a comparison of empires.

But we can discuss Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks etc. if you like ;-)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:03 | 5112096 TeamDepends
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Today's US forces, deployed everywhere except where they need to be: Our own southern border.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:17 | 5112171 nmewn
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Exactly right.

I'm all for "our allies" footing the bill for their own security, always have been, let them see what the financial costs really are...including Israel.

(For my foaming at the mouth everything is a joooish plot friends, that includes Egypt..lol)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:09 | 5113551 N2OJoe
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Actually Depends, I'm all for Posse Comitatus so the troops need to be deployed to MEXICO's Northern border.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:13 | 5113336 hairInTheSoup
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any immigration law should be retroactive (so that mother fuckers like you with no memory recover it)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31 | 5111961 zerozulu
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4. and they will eventually come home as a bad boys.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:10 | 5112448 adeptish
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Hang on, lets say "Klaus" is 70, he was therefore born around 1943.

The opening preamble to this aricle doesn't fly, sorry...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:38 | 5112576 HardAssets
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The article says 'after the war', not 'immediately after the war'. US forces occupied Berlin till 1994, so Klaus could have spent many years under that occupation.

I lived in Germany 'after the war' when I was a kid. It was in the late 60s. I remember playing in the woods and seeing many bomb craters from the war. Father was career US Army.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:57 | 5112904 adeptish
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He had a long career as a pilot for the German air force and had been stationed in many countries. In spite of his own career as an “occupier,”

There wasn't much German Airforce or occupying done by them after 1945, as i said before, the story doesn't fly, pardon the pun...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:29 | 5113474 fairmontobsever
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You forgot German pilots in NATO, such as those required by the US to bomb Serbia in the 1990s. (what a historical perversion!)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:25 | 5111925 ebworthen
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Yes to all three drawbacks but especially #3 "A Government that Believes in Occupation as a Policy is a Danger to its Citizens".

Who is hiring young vets?  Chase Bank and local Police Forces.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:43 | 5112156 rwe2late
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The goals of the occupier will always supersede those of the occupied.

To insure compliance, the occupier will inevitably ally with bribed quislings (from despots to sycophants)
willing to subordinate their fellow citizens and nation's resources to the demands of the occupier.

The costs of war will be magnified by the corruption engendered by financing militarism, organizational autocracy and secrecy, and un-enforced or un-enforceable accountability. All economies globally will be distorted away from beneficial pursuits, and subjected to "collateral" human and environmental damage to support the warfare state.

It is "especially" #1, #2, and #3 all together.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:43 | 5112599 HardAssets
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"The goals of the occupier will always supersede those of the occupied."

If that is true, why did Rome fall ?

Why do despotic governments fall ?

Why isn't there a global dictatorship already ?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:41 | 5113492 rwe2late
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HardAssets

replying to your questions

1) NOT because Rome was being altruistic to her occupied territories

2) Because there is a revolution or rebellion or outside invasion (often preceded by economic malaise)

3) If there already is not, it is because a global takeover has not yet been completed.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:25 | 5111928 Dr Strangemember
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Just like Red Dawn, but in English (and a little Spanish).  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:26 | 5111929 kchrisc
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Guillotine the Romans!

An American, not US subject.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:29 | 5111946 nmewn
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Yes, a large difference.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:26 | 5111932 Samual Adams
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XXX-XX-XXX  Social Security #    Our Unique Prisoner Number circa 1920   Welcome to the prison.

 

 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:43 | 5112016 Kirk2NCC1701
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Wait till you get the following 18-digit ID, that's unique to every "Legal Entity" on the planet

 

XXX XXX

XXX XXX

XXX XXX

Intel RFID implant coming soon.  On forehead and/or arm.  Won't need a PIN anymore, since YOU will be the Biometric PIN. 

But that will come after the Big Reset, after the War, when Peace is restored.  Probably by another Hope & Change guy, galloping in on his steed.  Can you say "Jesus Christ!"

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:36 | 5112818 steelrules
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They figured out a long time ago they wouldn't get the people to take a chip so they made it voluntary, anyone with a smart phone is already chipped. Who you call, what you do, where you are, your banking, your interests, even where your going to be. And with an algo they can even do a little pre-crime, or turn off your banking if they don't like what you say, this part is still future but not to far from now..

Yup most people are already chipped and don't even know it.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:27 | 5111937 Cabreado
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"Unfortunately there’s little any individual can practically do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can and should do is to stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible, and even profit from the situation."

Ah, the irony...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31 | 5111959 fonzannoon
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Yes buy junior minors. Operators are standing by.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:32 | 5111972 ebworthen
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Isn't that illegal?  ;-)

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:32 | 5111967 nmewn
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Almost copied and pasted that too, let me try and word it better:

"Profit off of the misery of others because there is really nothing else you can do!"

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31 | 5111962 Stinko da Munk
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Without the shock troops how could we assure the banks have a safe operating environment?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31 | 5111968 RaceToTheBottom
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Yep, Don't think that your gold is coming anytime soon.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:32 | 5111970 Lordflin
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'The best thing you can do is stay informed, so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible and even profit from the situation...'

Yes... Let's profit from the coming conflagration... lots of money to be made here... and you can use it to buy your own glow in the dark half acre of rubble.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:35 | 5111985 assistedliving
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read this again and inhale deeply " under the National Defense Authorization Act, passed in 2011, the US was declared a “battlefield,” a legal term that allows a government to suspend habeas corpus and to authorise any authorities to act toward the people of the country as “enemy combatants,” should they suspect for any reason that this might be so."

We're all one step away from a jealous neighbor accusing us of suspicious activity and then disappearing.

WE WANT YOU! takes on a totally different meaning

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:46 | 5112031 rwe2late
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 "disappeared"

right after being forced to "confess" and "name some others"

for the next round of "disappearances".

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:58 | 5112067 Kirk2NCC1701
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In which case... you may want to have that BOB (Bug Out Bag)* ready to "Gotta run", and that Offshore Residency in hand.

Just don't fly out on Malaysian Airlines.  Befriending Doug Casey or 'Simon & Friends' ahead of time may not be a bad idea. 

* Change of clothes for Hot/Cold climate, 'enough' Cash and PM coins, Travel Docs, external HD (encrypted)...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:18 | 5112176 petkovplamen
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From my reading of US history the habeas corpus was also suspended by Lincoln. Not too many Americans know that fact though. They just know Lincoln freed that slaves and that was a good thing.

But then again, the Constitution and the Bill of rights mean very little in modern America. For example, NSA spying obviously is illigal under the 4th amenment. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:28 | 5113629 rwe2late
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re-read

Article 1 Section 9

"The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."

Regardless of who one believes is responsible for starting the conflict, it is hard to deny there was in fact a rebellion in 1861. A suspension required for public safety was arguable both pro and con.

The BIG DIFFERENCE today is that neither stated justification, rebellion nor invasion exists, so nothing requires a suspension of habeas corpus for the protection of public safety.

New, exaggerated and convoluted interpretations of "invasion", "public safety", "suspension", and "require" all only provide an Orwellian excuse, not a factual basis for approving the assumption of a totalitarian power by government.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:50 | 5112046 Malachi Constant
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"You can build a throne out of bayonets, but it's difficult to sit on it." - 1993, Boris Yeltsin's version of a Spanish proverb.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:00 | 5112086 JuliaS
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Occupation may be costly, but the benefits of petrodollar hegemony coming out as a result of our presense are undisputed. Even if we were to pull out all of our troops and see the dollar collapse the next day, we would've had 40+ years behind out belt of living at everyone else's expense. It's like a 70-year old taking out a multi-millon dollar subprime mortgage load, securing a HELOC and then dying few years later having not made one real payment.

Default is guaranteed, if the dollar collapses. It won't be the end of the world. No default it and it'll hit every foreign investor and bondholder a lot more than it'll affect us.

Basically, the occupation is part of the petrodollar policy and it's a scam that woks in our favor. All of the obligations will be wiped clean the moment the first cheque comes home for redemption.

The last default with France that took us off the gold standard wasn't even about us not having enough gold to honor the deals. Whatever we had, we simply decided to keep it.

Also, when the occupation force comes home, it'll be just in time for containing Ferguson-like outbreaks. Those armed folks of ours have been getting a lot of practice in foreign lands, getting their hand dirty, overseeing coups, preservation of manufactured consent, money laundering etc. Just the kind of "folks" we could always use more of back on US soil.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:25 | 5112202 Winston Churchill
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You're very optimistic .

When the liquidator is sent in to realize assets, his fee is normally equal to whats left over

after the secured creditors are paid.

Considering that the US's creditors have seen this coming since at least 2008, do you think

they sat idly by waiting without protecting themselves ?

The fact that only now are they going public in their intentions, makes me wonder what they have

alredy done in the last six years,so now they don't care what the US does,short of nuclear war.

Our 'leaders' have got wind of something, their panic is palpable, and I think we will find out

sooner,rather than later.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:10 | 5112110 FiatFapper
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Oil ffs.

It has fuck all to do with anything else; the spice must flow, 'tis the lubricant for political machinations.

Kirkut and Erbil are the oil cities, yet they invade under the pretense of Sinjar mountain refugees and now Mosul dam to begin the mission creep bullshit. All you have to do is look at a map to see their true intent. The last thing they want is ISIS taking over their precious logistic centres.

900,000 people were butchered and women raped with broken bottles et al in Rwanda and 14 Belgium soldiers were killed...and 'they' did fuck all. A report many moons later concluded there was 'no political interest to intervene'.

Now compare to Libya, they were in there like a rat up an oil-pipe when Ghaddafi said he would go house-to-house to purge the terrorists. Within 7 days they crafted some bullshit UN1973 resolution and days later Tornado GR8's were doing their carpet bombing from Italy.

Now compare Rwanda to Syria, Ghaza, CAR, etc and the lack of 'intervention' compared to these dust-bowl oil countries. Do you see the disparity of empathy?

Just keep your eyes on Algeria (they have the purest of the stuff == less refinery costs) and Baku in Azerbaijan.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:46 | 5112259 shovelhead
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No big deal.

People like to choose their friends.

Our friends just happen to have oil.

Hot tip: The guys running the US ain't in the empathy business unless there's an angle to work.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:16 | 5112161 ToNYC
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Roman Empire 2.0

The math no longer works nice; the exponential divisors take over and suck the common dry.

 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:44 | 5112313 Bear
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"the US is known (at least to us outsiders) as a country that typically routs elected governments, installs corrupt and ineffectual puppet leaders, and seeks to control the occupied country as a satellite state"

Boy did they get that right ... think 2008 and 2012

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:49 | 5112331 alexcojones
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The Hessians. Our first Occupiers.

Now DC is enemy occupied since???

1913? 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50 | 5112630 NDXTrader
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It would be interesting to see, if the US had pulled back after WW2, how many people would be posting here in Russian or Chinese. Of course, in that case, they probably wouldn't be "allowed" to post at all

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:53 | 5112658 Sandmann
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Well the US did leave Berlin one hundred miles inside the Soviet Zone by taking 100 miles of German territory and giving it to Poland so Stalin could keep Belarus after Molotov-Ribbentrop

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:59 | 5112906 luckylogger
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We did not trust the germans for how long???????

We will probably have to spend 50 years in Iraq also........

We did not trust those natzies for a minute and the same is probably true for iraq.............

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:49 | 5113073 Son of Captain Nemo
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"So, we talk freely in the cafes about the “Romans” and the American soldiers don’t know that we mean them."...

Well Jeff... The United States is going to miss the date of that Empire by I'd say about 1,462 years. America wishes that it was on a par with Rome in a wet dream...

To all those ladies and gents in uniform who are getting more sunshine sprayed up your shit stinking asses telling you how great you are.... They left some important details out about the adversary that helped make your very short lived Empire possible 70 years ago that kept the Germans rather busy on the Eastern front so that you could take all the credit for the "big win"

A short note of concern: They are still the toughest meanest muthas you'll ever want to face in battle, so just think about the 460,000 we lost to the 20,000,000 they lost 70 years ago before you make that your last "tour of duty"!

Superb read

Thx

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:59 | 5113368 hairInTheSoup
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it's even worst than you think :

us banksters were in so much in biz with the nazi, that they had to come to europe not to defeat the nazi but to save what could be as the nazi were losing to the soviets.

(then they took credit of course - greatest yankee joke until ben laden)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:26 | 5113610 Son of Captain Nemo
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hits

Your's is more accurate and closer to the truth unfortunately.

 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:39 | 5114288 moneybots
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"it's even worst than you think :

us banksters were in so much in biz with the nazi, that they had to come to europe not to defeat the nazi but to save what could be as the nazi were losing to the soviets."

 

Roosevelt wanted to be in the war long before December 1941.  Before Pearl Harbor, there was a plan called Rainbow 5, a five million man expeditionary force to fight Hitler.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:14 | 5113295 Jano
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A very good reading. I am from a small country, Slovakia, and can fully confirm every sentence, how do we feel about occupation and occupiers.

Therefor I am very surprised, that Bulgarians allow the US Airforce only so in. They have also a good experience with Otomans, occupying Bulgaria for 500 years.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:28 | 5113395 Atlas Crapped
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But of course, let us "profit from the situation" since the profit motive is in fact the author of it ...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:07 | 5114111 Lea
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"Two thousand years ago, the Romans created an empire by training its own people as troops, then invading other countries, stripping them of their wealth. They then left troops behind in each country as occupiers to maintain Roman control. Unfortunately, after the initial pillaging, there was little ongoing wealth to be taken, and the occupations became expensive liabilities."

There is a little mistake here. The Romans heavily taxed the occupied provinces and enslaved their citizens, so the more territory, the more money and slaves rolled in.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:27 | 5114226 moneybots
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"When I was growing up in Berlin, after the war (World War II), we lived in the American sector and the American soldiers were everywhere—on the streets, in the cafes. No one wanted them there..."

Except maybe the Berliners living in the Russian sector.

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