The End Of "The End Of History" - US Mid-East Policy's Fork In The Road

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Authored by Tom Luongo,

In 1989 Francis Fukayama declared that we had reached “The End of History.”  Democracy as a form of government would, in fact, be the end of the evolution of human interaction.  The West had triumphed and that the rest was ‘just a chase scene,’ to borrow a phrase from Neal Stephenson’s brilliant dystopian novel “Snow Crash.”

But, this past week’s events in the Middle East tell me that autocracy has replaced democracy and the trans-national parliamentary system of the European Union that Fukayama championed in his 2007 article in The Guardian.

The EU no longer practices representative Democracy today.  Diktats come down from unelected technocrats in Brussels. They are wholly-owned by stateless rent-seeking oligarchs (i.e. George Soros). Everyone in and around the EU is expected to obey or face tanks in the streets (Spain) or endless legal entanglements from captured international courts (Poland).

If you circumvent the rules, the EU will change them to suit its masters’ needs.  Just look at any proposed Russian pipeline into Europe over the past five years.

In the U.S. we have been subjected to the worst form of operant conditioning by an unelected Deep State and its quisling media for a year. They created the mass delusion that President Donald Trump is a secret Russian agent.

The goal was to overturn a democratic election, which itself the people had to overcome systemic voter fraud to win.

When, in fact, everyone who is involved in creating this mass delusion are covering up their collusion with Russia in ways that are espionage and treason.

So, consider me unimpressed with Fukayama’s assessment of history.  History is one of the praxeological disciplines.  Economics is another.  Any historical analysis bereft of economic imperatives is worthless.

And Fukayama’s end of history argument is the height of worthless history because it doesn’t ask the basic question “Cui Bono?”  Who benefits?

The End of Saudi Arabia as We Know it

Saudi Arabia has simply replaced one group of autocrats with another, Crown Prince (and soon to be King) Mohammed bin Salman.  There is not one democratic impulse in his body.  But he is the tip of the spear that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are wielding to remake the landscape in the Middle East.

Bin Salman’s moves have been stunning in their severity and swiftness.  But, if you are going to move against the most powerful people in the world, act fast or be destroyed.

There is a full-court press on to bring to light the extensive corruption of our political class from Washington to Tel Aviv, Brussels to Beirut.  And while barred from openly coordinating policy or even talk with each other, Putin and Trump are supporting each other’s moves while looking like they aren’t.

The status quo in Saudi Arabia is over.  It’s bin Salman’s country now.  Thank Putin and Trump for this.  The old alliances between it and Israel are now out in the open, creating cognitive dissonance in a whole new class of people.  It’s reach into governments around the world has been severed.

Hundreds of billions in assets frozen.  Dozens of family members jailed, many major donors to the corrupt-to-the-bone Democratic National Committee.

A major pillar of U.S. control atomized with the arrest of Prince Alaweed.

The coincidence cannot be ignored.  Everything happens in politics for a reason.

And for every pundit confused by what is happening, worried that this is a prelude to regional war I remind you that there are always multiple interpretations of the same events.  Such is the grist for history’s mill.

For example, that missile fired from Yemen at the Saudi capital conveniently had ‘proof’ of its Iranian origin.  Was this bin Salman’s false flag or someone else’s?

As Zerohedge pointed out this morning:

The narrative is familiar: just as European terrorists conveniently commit suicide and always dutifully bring along their passports so they can be identified, so Iran always makes sure it leaves identifying marks when it illegally sells its weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Lingering Questions

What if bin Salman’s purge was a reaction to a false-flag to gin up a war with Iran?

Israeli and U.S. Deep State forces have motive.  They are on the verge of losing everything? Certainly it’s as plausible as it being the opening act of bin Salman’s next foreign intervention.

Why was Donald Trump greeted by China’s leadership in a way that no foreign leader in the past 60 years was ever treated?

Could it be that despite his ham-fisted rhetoric, Premier Xi Jinping knows that Trump is, in fact, sincere in dismantling that portion of the U.S. Empire that no longer serves anyone’s interests except the very favored few who meet in Davos and Jackson Hole every year?

And that Trump will come to embrace China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative as good for the U.S. as well as the rest of the world?

Trump went out of his way to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vietnam at the beginning of APEC, despite intense pressure for him not to do so.  Again, why?

Is this the behavior of a man about to go to war? Be impeached?

Multiple Ways to Drain a Swamp

The path to draining the swamp is a circuitous one but, in my mind, it’s hard to argue where things are headed.  They are not headed towards confrontation with Iran but actually the opposite.

The most rabidly anti-Iranian segment of the Saudi Royal house is impoverished and imprisoned.

CNN will be sold and go out of business to allow for the Time-Warner/AT&T merger.  Jeff Zucker is out. Add another scalp to Steve Bannon’s belt along with Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and so many to come.

Will the vestiges of the neoconservative establishment in the U.S. and Israel continue to sabre-rattle and try to undermine what is happening?  Yes.

They’ve been doing that since the day Trump was elected just over a year ago, but it hasn’t stopped the momentum.  Why?  Because Putin was on the job outmaneuvering them at every turn.

Trump made a deal with the neocons back in August to cede them control of foreign policy and, in effect, outsourced cleaning up the Middle East to Putin. But, predictably they also didn’t follow through with their end of the bargain.

Trump learned, like Putin did, the John McCain’s of the world don’t keep to their deals.  They are ‘not agreement capable.’  And, as such, since the last failure to repeal Obamacare Trump has gone after every pillar of support these people had.

It will end with Hillary Clinton’s indictment.  But in the meantime it will look like the world is on the brink of world war.

And History’s Just Fine

Eventually, Saudi Arabia looked at the game board and saw that it was alone.  King Abdallah saw the changes that had to be made.  He met with Putin, they agreed on slightly-higher oil prices.  China offered to buy an Aramco stake but that would mean cutting ties completely with the U.S.

I believe that offer was a bluff.  It was meant to send bin Salman to Trump who agreed to get the Aramco IPO done in New York but he had to take control and end the royal family’s support of evil around the world.

Pat Buchanan’s latest column laments that no one listens when the U.S. barks anymore.  But, at the same time, what the U.S. is barking hasn’t been worth the air it disturbed in more than twenty years since the End of History.

This is what happens when you ‘Cry Wolf’ too many times. 

Benjamin Netanyahu is finally going to learn that lesson in the coming weeks.

The extent of bin Salman’s purge and its effects on not just the Middle East but the U.S. and the EU can only be assessed in hindsight by historians.  A future Fukayama will come along and see this and declare another end to history.

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Countrybunkererd's picture

Just launch them and start the reset.  Humanity deserves better... at a massive cost of course, but..........................

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

Yep, the globalists have decided...

Whichever way you go...

You lose!

TBT or not TBT's picture

We've reached a fork in the road, and by God we are going to take it. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

I spit my beer on that one!!!!   nice.

bobcatz's picture

US MidEast policy has always been Israhelli-centered. Hence the chaos in the region. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-2g9

peddling-fiction's picture

The party is over.

Turn out the lights...

Countrybunkererd's picture

peddling you are in bolivia correct?

Countrybunkererd's picture

I met an absolute goddess from santa cruz.  WOW.  I mean, one of the lovliest without doubt.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yeah, there are lots of pretty women in Sta. Cruz, but also in Cochabamba.

La Paz has its share as well.

Countrybunkererd's picture

...................   Anyway....  I would love to visit for the history, pre history really.  There is so much going on in S.A. that we just can't fit into any model we understand.  I can't help it, she is a goddess.  If that is just a sample, I want to be a mormon in Bolivia.  The pictures on her phone were stunning...sunsets and much much more.   Amazing.  I don't travel enough.  More importantly, I had a long chat with an african american of 23 years of age.  Many drinks led him to understand the divide an conquer issues the USA faces.  He posted at least three quotes from me to his pissed off friends.  It was a good week, that one.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Is this an article about a cryptocurrency fork? 

house biscuit's picture

Please don't stop, pathetic idiot

Tell us more about your personal life

Ms No's picture

Those wierd atmospheric trumpet sounds are back.  This time in Calgary and Indonesia.  They still can't figure out if it's an effect from the earth's core or what.  It's so weird.  It really got going in 2011.  They are having it all over the world. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzg0eYnExgw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCAgmtB4j7w

Secret Weapon's picture

Thanks for posting.  Always learn something from you.  Cheers.

TBT or not TBT's picture

But seriously, if the quip in the article above about Salman shutting down KSA financing of evil and the DNC(but I repeat myself) that would be awesome.   The dirt there is to be dug  up on KSA sourced money to sick mosques and sociopathic pols could make waves if employed with the merciless ferocity justified here. 

MK13's picture

Nothing changed unless someone gets indicted and goes to jail, still waiting.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well we dodged a Hillary thanks to efforts at revealing the Clintons' sociopathy.   That's a very nice start.  

JRobby's picture

This is a good news article. But the counter strikes will ensue as they do in any war for power and control.

The message is out and more and more are understanding the message. We live in interesting times where real history, not manufactured event history is unfolding quickly.

BobEore's picture

This is not a 'good news' article.
This is a pastiche of fantasy produced in order to make sure that everybody who needs to be awake light about now... more than ever-

stays asleep. So that the very real... emergent cartel which is going to change everything in the muddled east - and then far beyond... can complete its' moves in the comfort of knowing that - as usual - there will be no opposition to them.

AND - if I needed confirmation that what I am telling you is accurate and on point(which I don't - but maybe somebody else does)just watch as the hysteria and histrionics needle goes off the meter here... as it never fails to do when I've hit a bulls-eye on the psyop bullshit. \\as with

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-10/israel-will-not-let-happen-iran... - the higher the decibel level of screaming ... the more I know I've reported the facts. Which includes - the fact that - there is no 'history' OR live time events which are NOT manufactured, no more. And FEWER AND FEWER seem to be understanding that !

Srael has now achieved ALL its' short term foreign policy goals ... and is ready to expose the results of that fact to the world at large. And that is not a 'good news' story.

It's a nightmare waiting to happen to us all in real time...
no matter how many vote buttons a crew of exceptionalists can punch. But it's ok if youse need to console yourselves.

DjangoCat's picture

So what are you going to do about it Eeyore?  If there is light to be shone, let it shine.  Where's the beef, as she said?

BobEore's picture

he he he...

what's your beef?... I believe she asked you. And it bears repeating!

I've delivered a precis... one which counters the prevailing consensus trace storyline here... coherently and
incisively... and can now sit back and wait for

some kind of equally cogent response. Positive or negative, does not matter at all... just "coherent" and free

of silly straw mans... emotional tirades... over the top invective and/or projectile vomiting. Contrary to your attempted logical fallacy...

its' YOUR move big guy>

The Wizard's picture

Nothing changed unless someone gets indicted and goes to jail, still waiting.

Patience is a virtue. Living in "I want it now" society makes it difficult to have such virtue.

ptoemmes's picture

Yogi Berra couldn’t have said it better.

^ for you

zorba THE GREEK's picture

When you come to a fork in the road, take it....Yogi Berra

TBT or not TBT's picture

Oops I concede the quick riff on the headline to you. 

zorba THE GREEK's picture

TBT....after rereading this article, it does seem to explain some of the anomalies that are currently taking place. If there is substantial truth to this article, it has to be one of the most insightful and important ever posted on ZH. It has given me renewed hope that the swamp can be , at least, partially drained. And if they actually convict Hillary of any of the many major crimes she has commited, I will throw a party for all my conservative friends at which I will do my happy dance.

The Wizard's picture

Allegedly, over 100 sealed indictments spread across the country. 30+ in DC.

thatthingcanfly's picture

I didn't make it past this line:

"When, in fact, everyone who is involved in creating this mass delusion are covering up their collusion with Russia in ways that are espionage and treason."

Try to count the grammatical and stylistic errors in that sentence. (Everyone... are covering up their...? Good grief. Hire an eight-grader to proofread your text.) 

DjangoCat's picture

IMO, it is better to have a dream and fail than to live in despair.  I liked the article.

chunga's picture

There's some optimism in this fella.

earleflorida's picture

yeah?

alot of hope and change...

ask trump about the change, 

and the swamp giving up its living quarters!

house biscuit's picture

There's something in him...

My guess is he was waiting for a chance to use 'praxeological' in an article

If even 1/3 of what he says turns out true, we'll let him type it again

Cabreado's picture

If this is an attempt at some sort of propaganda, it's not even that good.

This is a mess... somebody overpaid for something.

rwmctrofholz's picture

Cabreado, your detailed, sourced, point-by-point rebuttal of the points he made has me convinced. 

07564111's picture

The article has no point, it's merely the OPINION of another 2bit blogger.

What's interesting to me is that these 2bit bloggers ALWAYS seem to know what's happening in the circles of power in Russia and China and can give us detailed knowledge of the thoughts of Xi and Putin.

MOAR crap filler for the interwebs along with a plea for patronage and $$.

BarkingCat's picture

If I send you some cash via Patrion or Paypal will you tell me what Putin's plan is for 2018?

earleflorida's picture

my laugh for the day

thanks  

classic!

earleflorida's picture

agree

well probably be fighting a regional war [dragged in by netanyahu in a panic-attack (same ole, same ole) mode before he's indicted] in a week with turkey & iran united with putin supplying the needed warcraft [etc.].

when long lived advarsaries find a weakness and smell blood as they did with russia and the ottoman a century ago sets the tyme`table for changing of the guard.

the ussa spent billions under truman and marshall giving chiang kai shek all the resources to win, and yet he lost. china seemed destined for strict communism under mao, but times change,.. people change, and  for that reason being aware that we live on a flat globe that moves about  today rotating at the speed of electrons attached to our fingertips touching lives thousands of miles away in milli-seconds.

wow!

the nuclear family has morphed into a world as small as an electron, bringing mutations and anomalies from a radoactive world seeking redemption ironically from a distant darwinian dogma of adapt or parish,... as the planet never stops traversing the sun asking for a tyme`out [?]...--- thus as to waiting for a good crisis to happen no longer makes sense to a bellicose humanoid[?] that has no patients for a nonsensical tempest in a teapot breathing its last drop of water... when the world is but seventy-two percent water and forever thirsting for a thunderstorm?

 

 

Ace006's picture

Chiang was starved of support. The Soviets gave the commies ten tons of Japanese weaponry and supplies. The red bastards were billed as agrarian reformers. We stuck it in the Nationalists and broke it off.

Ms No's picture

It may not have a point but it has a possible motive:  "Sit tight and wait and see what happens.  Don't be overly suspicous of your batshit crazy government that just attempted to false flag 600 of your countrymen.  Saudi Arabia and Israel are likely going to start another shit storm but just trust that it's all 12D chess and in the best interests of the people."  Once they get the next war we may not have to worry about having too many opinions after that.  If they head toward Iran WWIII is a very big possibility. 

veritas semper vinces's picture

High ranking officers from US,Norway and Saudi Arabia met in Paris a few days ago to discuss how to attack Lebanon.

I hope they all go to Hell

Ms No's picture

I guess it's all just going to have to run it's course. Globalism wont be stopped until it collapses on itself or is stopped by force. Putin could be attempting to reason with Trump (or more likely trying to read what is going to go down) right now too but doubt that would go well.  Trump is just a puppet.  It's not a good sign that those two are meeting right now either really.  That actually just adds to likelihood that something big might be going down.  I hope they go to hell too, the sooner the better.

 

 

veritas semper vinces's picture

Good points. These criminals will not stop til they are destroyed or bring the world down. And the US population is totally oblivious,taking selfies.

I's so furious now !

Cabreado's picture

It's much better to think for yourself, rather than waiting for someone else to "convince" you.

strannick's picture

Cabreados mind is made up..dont confuse him with compelling insightful facts