Why The Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.o trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it.

That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlement-driven Welfare State to be curtailed.

The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits.

More importantly, the generation which marched on the Pentagon in 1968 against the insanity and  barbarism of LBJ’s Vietnam War have long since abandoned the cause of peace. So doing, boomers have acquiesced in the final ascendancy of the Warfare State, which grew like topsy once the US became the world’s sole superpower after the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991.

Yet there is a reason why the end of the 77-year world war which incepted with the “guns of August” in 1914 did not enable the world to resume the status quo ante of relative peace and prosperous global capitalism.

To wit, the hoary ideology of American exceptionalism and the Indispensable Nation was also, ironically, liberated from the shackles of cold war realism when the iron curtain came tumbling down.

Consequently, it burst into a quest for unadulterated global hegemony. In short order (under Bush the Elder and the Clintons) Washington morphed into the Imperial City, and became a beehive not only of militarism, but of an endless complex of think-tanks, NGO’s, advisories and consultancies, “law firms”, lobbies and racketeers.

The unspeakable prosperity of Washington flows from that Imperial beehive. And it is the Indispensable Nation meme that provides the political adhesive that binds the Imperial City to the work of Empire and to provisioning the massive fiscal appetites of the Warfare State.

Needless to say, Empire is a terrible thing because it is the health of the state and the profound enemy of capitalist prosperity and constitutional liberty.

It thrives and metastasizes by abandoning the republican verities of non-intervention abroad and peaceful commerce with all the nations of the world in favor of the self-appointed role of global policeman. Rather than homeland defense, the policy of Empire is that of international busybody, military hegemon and brutal enforcer of Washington’s writs, sanctions, red lines and outlawed regimes.

There is nothing more emblematic of that betrayal of republican non-interventionism than the sundry hot spots which dog the Empire today. These include the Ukraine/Crimea confrontation with Russia, the regime change fiasco in Syria, the US sponsored genocide in Yemen, the failed, bloody 17-year occupation of Afghanistan, the meddling of the US Seventh Fleet in the South China Sea, and, most especially, the swiftly intensifying contretemps in Iran.

As to the latter, there is absolutely no reason for the Empire’s attack on Iran. The proverbial Martian, in fact, would be sorely perplexed about why Washington is marching toward war with its puritanical and authoritarian but relatively powerless religious rulers.

After all, it hasn’t violated the nuke deal (JPAOC) by the lights of any credible authority—-or by even less than credible ones like the CIA. Nor by the same consensus of authorities has it even had a research program for nuclear weaponization since 2003.

Likewise, its modest GDP of $43o billion is equal to just eight days of US output, thereby hardly constituting an industrial platform from which its theocratic rulers could plausibly menace America’s homeland.

Nor could its tiny $14 billion defense budget—which amounts to just sevendays worth of DOD outlays—inflict any military harm on American citizens.

In fact, Iran has no blue water navy that could effectively operate outside of the Persian Gulf; its longest range warplanes can barely get to Rome without refueling; and its array of mainly defensive medium and intermediate range missiles cannot strike most of NATO, to say nothing of the North American continent.

The answer to the Martian’s question, of course, is that Iran is no threat whatsoever to the safety and security of the US homeland, but it has run badly afoul of the dictates of the American Empire.

That is to say, it has presumed to have an independent foreign policy involving Washington proscribed alliances with the sovereign state of Syria, the leading political party of Lebanon (Hezbollah), the ruling authorities (and US puppets) in Baghdad and the reining power in the Yemen capital of Sana’a (the Houthis).

These are all deemed by Washington to be sources of unsanctioned “regional instability” and Iran’s alliances with them have been capriciously labeled as acts of state sponsored terrorism.

The same goes for Washington’s demarche against Iran’s modest array of short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles. These weapons are palpably instruments of self-defense, but Imperial Washington insists their purpose is aggression—–unlike the case of practically every other nation which offers its custom to American arms merchants.

For example, Iran’s arch-rival across the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, has more advanced NATO supplied ballistic missiles with even greater range (2,600 km range). So does Israel, Pakistan, India and a half-dozen other nations, which are either Washington allies or have been given a hall-pass in order to bolster US arms exports.

In short, Washington’s escalating war on Iran is an exercise in global hegemony, not territorial self-defense. What the proverbial Martian is really asking, therefore, is how did the Empire come about?

How did the historic notion of national defense morph into Washington’s arrogant claim that it constitutes the “Indispensable Nation” which stands as mankind’s bulwark against global disorder and chaos among nations?

As indicated above, Iran is just the case de jure of the Indispensable Nation in action. Yet the other hot spots of the moment are no less exercises in hegemonic aggression.

Thus, Washington started the Ukrainian confrontation by sponsoring, funding and recognizing the February 2014 coup that overthrew a Russia-friendly government with one that is militantly nationalistic and bitterly antagonistic to Russia. It re-opened deep wounds that date back to Stalin’s brutal rein in Ukraine and Ukrainian collusion with Hitler’s Wehrmacht on its way to Stalingrad and back.

So doing, it triggered the fear-driven outbreak of Russian-speaking separatism in the Donbas and the 96% referendum in Crimea to formally re-affiliate with mother Russia (which originally purchased it from the Ottomans in 1783).

Even a passing familiarity with Russian history and geography would remind that Ukraine and Crimea are Moscow’s business, not Washington’s.

Even more hideous is the rhetorical provocations and Seventh Fleet maneuvers ordered by Washington with respect to China’s comical sand castle building in the South China Sea. Whatever they are doing on these man-made islands, it is not threatening to the security of America—nor is there any plausible reason to believe that it is a threat to global commerce, either.

After all, it is the mercantilist economies of China and East Asian that would collapse almost instantly if it attempted to interrupt world trade. That is, any theoretical red military shoe would first fall on the Red Suzerains of Beijing themselves because it is the hard currency earnings from its export machine that keep the Red Ponzi from collapsing and the Chinese people enthrall to their communist overlords.

Needless to say, none of these kinds of interventions were even imaginable in the sleepy town of Washington DC just 100-years ago. But it’s baleful evolution from the capital of an economically focused Republic to seat of power in a globally mobilized Empire ultimately sprung from the Indispensable Nation heresy.

So we intend to delve into the historic roots of that conceit in a multi-part series because it not only guarantees unending calamities abroad, but also an eventual fiscal and financial horror show at home.

Indeed, so long as Imperial Washington is stretched about the planet in its sundry self-appointed missions of stabilization, “peacekeeping”, punishment, attack and occupation, there is zero chance that America’s collapsing fiscal accounts can be salvaged.

The Indispensable Nation folly thus hangs over the rotten edifice of Bubble Finance like, in fact, a modern day Sword of Damocles.

But Empire is a corrosive disease of governance. It eventually metastasizes into imperial arrogance, over-reach and high-handedness. Ultimately, like at present, it falls prey to the rule of bellicose war-mongers and thugs.

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are living proof of that.

For the moment, however, make no mistake: Trump’s withdrawing from the nuke deal and pending re-imposition of maximum sanctions is an act of war by any other name.

Yes, the feinschmeckers of the foreign policy establishment consider economic sanctions to be some kind of benign instrument of enlightened diplomacy—the carrot that preempts resort to the stick. But that is just sanctimonious prattle.

When you hound the deep water ports of the planet attempting to block Iran’s oil sales, which are its principal and vital source of foreign exchange, or cut-off access by its central bank to the global money clearance system known as SWIFT or pressure friend and foe alike to stop all investment and trade—that’s an act of aggression every bit as menacing and damaging as a cruise missile attack.

Or at least it was once understood that way. Even as recently as 1960 the great Dwight Eisenhower (very) reluctantly agreed to lie about Gary Power’s U-2 plane when the Soviets shot it down and captured its CIA pilot alive.

But Ike did so because he was old-fashioned enough to believe that even penetrating the air space of a foe without permission was an act of war—- and that he did not intend, the CIA’s surveillance program notwithstanding.

Today, by contrast, Washington invades the economics space of foreign nations with alacrity. In fact, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) proudly lists 30 different sanctions programs  including ones on Belarus, Burundi, Cuba, Congo, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe—along with  the more visible programs against the alleged malefactors of Iran, Russia and North Korea.

These, too, are the footprints of Empire, not measures of a homeland defense befitting a peace-seeking Republic. That would cost around $250 billion per year, and would rely on an already built and paid for triad nuclear capacity for deterrence, and a modest Navy and Air Force for protection of the nation’s shorelines and air space.

The $500 billion excess in today’s Trump-bloated national security budget of $750 billion is the cost of Empire; it’s the crushing fiscal burden that flows from the Indispensable Nation folly and its calamitously wrong assumption that the planet would descend into chaos without the good offices of the American Empire.

Needless to say, we do not believe that the planet is chaos-prone absent Washington’s ministrations. After all, the historic record from Vietnam through Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran suggests exactly the opposite.

More pointedly, the Indispensable Nation meme originates not in the universal condition of mankind and the nation-states into which it has been partioned, but in the one-time, flukish and historically aberrant circumstances of the 20th century that gave raise to giant totalitarian states in Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia, and the resulting mass murder and oppressions which resulted there from.

But as we will outline in greater detail in Part 2,  Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany were not coded into the DNA of humanity—a horror always waiting to happen.

To the contrary, they were effectively born and bred in April 1917 when the US entered what was then called the Great War. And it did so for absolutely no reason of homeland security or any principle consistent with the legitimate foreign policy of the American Republic.

So you can put the blame for this monumental error squarely on Thomas Woodrow Wilson——-a megalomaniacal madman who was the very worst President in American history; and who took America into war for the worst possible reason—a vainglorious desire to have a big seat at the post-war peace table in order to remake the world as God had inspired him to redeem it.

The truth, however, was that the European war posed not an iota of threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE, or Worcester MA or Sacramento CA. In that respect, Wilson’s putative defense of “freedom of the seas” and the rights of neutrals was an empty shibboleth; his call to make the world safe for democracy, a preposterous pipe dream.

Indeed, the shattered world after the bloodiest war in human history was a world about which Wilson was blatantly ignorant. And remaking it was a task for which he was temperamentally unsuited—even as his infamous 14 points were a chimera so abstractly devoid of substance as to constitute mental play dough.

Or, as his alter-ego and sycophant, Colonel House, put it: Intervention positioned Wilson to play “The noblest part that has ever come to the son of man”.  

America thus plunged into Europe’s carnage, and forevermore shed its century-long Republican tradition of anti-militarism and non-intervention in the quarrels of the Old World. From that historically erroneous turn—there arose at length the Indispensable Nation Folly ,which we shall catalogue in the balance of this series.

For now, suffice it to say that there was absolutely nothing noble that came of Wilson’s intervention.

It led to a peace of vengeful victors, triumphant nationalists and avaricious imperialists—-when the war would have otherwise ended in a bedraggled peace of mutually exhausted bankrupts and discredited war parties on both sides.

By so altering the course of history, Wilson’s war bankrupted Europe and midwifed 20th century totalitarianism in Russia and Germany.

These developments, in turn, eventually led to the Great Depression, the Welfare State and Keynesian economics, World War II, the holocaust, the Cold War, the permanent Warfare State and its military-industrial complex.

They also spawned Nixon’s 1971 destruction of sound money, Reagan’s failure to tame Big Government and Greenspan’s destructive cult of monetary central planning.

So, too, flowed the Bush’s wars of intervention and occupation, their fatal blow to the failed states in the lands of Islam foolishly created by the imperialist map-makers at Versailles and the resulting endless waves of blowback and terrorism now afflicting the world.

And not the least of the ills begotten in Wilson’s war is the modern rogue regime of central bank money printing, and the Bernanke-Yellen-Powell plague of bubble economics which never stops showering the 1% with the monumental windfalls from central bank enabled speculation.

As to how all this transpired, stay tuned!

Comments

pc_babe Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:16 Permalink

USA was bankrupt long before Trump showed up. Bush and the ass-clown Barry, accounted for more debt than the prior 42 administrations

Baron von Bud pc_babe Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:32 Permalink

Most people aren't concerned with the national debt. Everybody has an incentive to keep the dollar game going. Jim Willie is probably right. China will introduce the 'gold trade note' and instantly redefine trade payments between nations. No currency risk. As America punches at shadows the world will just step away.

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Escrava Isaura Baron von Bud Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:46 Permalink

pc_babe: Bush and the ass-clown Barry, accounted for more debt than the prior 42 adminis

Trump is catching up pretty quickly.

President Donald Trump: Total Actual plus Budgeted = $5.683 trillion, almost as much in one term as Obama accumulated in two.

https://www.thebalance.com/deficit-by-president-what-budget-deficits-hide-3306151

 

Baron von Bud: America will just step away.

How does your brain work?

America spends more in the military than pretty much the world combined. And they will just go away?

Go where?

 

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J S Bach Escrava Isaura Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:49 Permalink

The American "empire" has been bankrupt for decades.  The only thing holding our decadent country together economically is the fact that our counterfeit scrip is still the world's reserve currency.  THIS is what is being "defended" vociferously with our belligerent militarism around the planet.  When that vaunted and unjust state of affairs finally collapses is when the descent will become perilous.

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Escrava Isaura TBT or not TBT Wed, 05/16/2018 - 05:44 Permalink

The real defense expenditures are about 25% of the US federal budget vs. entitlements that is about 28%; however, entitlements generate millions more jobs in America than defense.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/the-real-defense-budget/253327/

 

The real problems with the tax are that corporations and the very wealth, the owners of the nation, pay very little. Corporations paid less than $80 billion dollars while the working Americans take care of them through their labor and the nation.

 

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         Believe me. ⛽

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nevertheless Baron von Bud Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:46 Permalink

To be clear, America does not punch at shadows, our Zionist treasonous government does.

 

We really need to start making the clear distinction between the filth that runs this country and the nation at whole.

 

America has not had a truly representational government for a generation. Each successive President worst than the last. Trump is the worst yet, the man does not have a shred of decency or love for this country. The man is playing a role, and while he says all the right stuff, his actions betray his true intentions, destroy America, at the behest of his Zionist pay masters...

 

 

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nevertheless Escrava Isaura Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:05 Permalink

Not really making that argument, anyone who supports Israel over what they are doing to the Palestinians is pretty much going to hell anyway...

 

My point is making a distinction between the desires of Americans, vs the desires of the government. A great many people know the US government is a banana republic, working against our interests. The Zionist powers that be INSTALLED TRUMP, and use their incredible control over the media to gas light Americans into working against our own interests, electing filth like Trump (or Clinton, Obama, Bush...), who once in office break every promise (but while they break the promises, the media creates narratives that shift the blame away from their puppet and to the apposing party. They did it with great skill when Obama was in office, and do it now for Trump. But Trump is an ends to a means, he is the end game, I believe he will usher in the end of America as we know it. When they pull the plug, they want their best man at the helm to insure America breaks just the way they want it to. I hope I am wrong, but I know I am not.

 

More and more people know that Israel is the true threat to America, BUT BE AWARE, that is the last fact the Zionist media would ever let out.

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Eyes Opened nevertheless Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:33 Permalink

"My point is making a distinction between the desires of Americans, vs the desires of the government"

 

 

Bullshit argument continually trotted out...

As long as the Amerikan way of life continues undisturbed (see Mr. Hankeys pretty accurate emoji explanation above) the US will continue to suck the life-blood out of the rest of the world... US citizens don't give a shit about what is being done globally by their "politicians" / bankers / MIC  as long as they have their oil / sports / McMansions / general bread & circuses....

 

Pleading innocence & blaming ''muh gubmint" for the actions of a rogue State will not wash when viewed outside in the REAL world..

American citizens need to take responsibility for their country's actions &  clean house....

😒

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Escrava Isaura Eyes Opened Wed, 05/16/2018 - 05:52 Permalink

Exactly.

Capitalism in a small scale is ugly but it can survive. In a large scale it will lead humanity to self-destruct.

And that is what we're facing now.

 

Example, look at MAGA. To make MAGA works Trump needs the economy to grow about 4% a year. Even after tax cuts and spending faster than Obama, Trump is only getting about two and half percent.

All the while gas is already about $3 dollars.

You can't have MAGA and low inflation in America. 1970's is a good example of what will happen.

 

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nevertheless pc_babe Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

What is it with you always making comparisons to previous trash, lets focus on the problem we have, not the ones long gone...

 

Chump is a Zionist POS, and is working hard to destroy America, that IS his job, and why the Ziofilth put Chump into office.

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nevertheless Dutti Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:52 Permalink

Of course not, never is the 800 lbs Jew in the room mentioned, lest you be a "antisemite"...

 

It is clear they installed Trump to complete the destruction of America. We all know it is coming, and Trump is a POS, and we all know it deep inside, but the Zionist media want us to think he is anti-establishment, BS, he is the establishment.

 

Breaking the Iran deal only hurts America, makes us look worse and worse, and harms our workers, but Israel gives a shit about US. Israel pushes for open borders, and has their traitor guarding the door, TRUMP IS NOT DEPORTING, he has changed NOTHING, illegal migration was up over 200% just last month, this has all been a trick to make the right think immigration is being handled, and the left fight for open borders even more...Immigration is killing US, not Muslims migration, but wave after wave of Latinos.

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WebPundit nevertheless Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

Sad, but true. I held out the now-futile hope that Trump would be 1% different from Hillary. And I was wrong. His only value has been as a disruptive force that allows Americans to see just how extreme and doctrinaire the Progressive Left has become, what with its speech controls and love of identity politics.

But on the ground, little has changed. Nobody in DC takes borders seriously, nobody gives a shit about the rapidly dying working class, nobody challenges the unquestioned support for Israel. Even the "trade war" is turning into little more than a game to pass the time, with no actual objectives other than keeping diplomats busy.

There is no will to reverse the American decline. And maybe that's as it should be: maybe it is senseless to try to reverse the decline of an empire, a necessary and unavoidable stage preceding its death. Perhaps we should cheer Trump on, and encourage him to wage as much war as possible in the hope that the expenditure will accelerate the demise of the US and hopefully result in something better: a series of smaller, regional nation-states with actual ethnic identities comes to mind.

In the meantime, it is China, not Russia, that is biding its time on the sidelines, watching the US self-destruct as Europe wrings its hands and Russia attempts to stay relevant. THEY play the truly long game, and THEY will win. In fact, THEY already have won, but the navel-gazing West has yet to realize it.

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wisehiney Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:20 Permalink

BECAUSE DARTH VADER IS HERE!

But I psyched him out and brought him back down to the corner.

With this......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anjT71N4PGM

Take Me to the River

Talking Heads

I don't know why I love her like I do
All the changes you put me through
Take my money, my cigarettes
I haven't seen the worst of it yet
I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Take me to the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why you treat me so bad
Think of all the things we could have had
Love is an ocean that I can't forget
My sweet sixteen I would never regret

I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river, drop me in the water
Push me in the river, dip me in the water
Washing me down, washing me

Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me
Till I can't, till I can't, till I can't take no more of it
Take me to the water, drop me in the river
Push me in the water, drop me in the river
Washing me down, washing me down

I don't know why I love you like I do
All the troubles you put me through
Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I the biggest fool of them all

I want to know that you'll tell me
I love to stay
Take me to the river and drop me in the water
Dip me in the river, drop me in the water
Washing me down, washing me down.

Give Me Some Truth rsnoble Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

To save the country, a lot more people will have to understand what is/has killed it, is killing it. Stockman’s analysis is a perfect primer for those seeking this requisite knowledge.

Of course, this analysis is politically incorrect and thus off limits/unavailable to mainstream consumption.

A major key to saving our country (and maybe the world) is getting rid of today’s mainstream “gatekeepers of the news.” It is they who control, or reinforce, all these false and insane memes. They have to be defeated, discredited and replaced by real journalists who will challenge those who possess absolute power.

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jack stephan Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:25 Permalink

Niki Lauda: Of course he didn't listen to me. For James, one world title was enough. He had proved what he needed to prove. To himself and anyone who doubted him. And two years later, he retired. When I saw him next in London, seven years later, me as a champion again, him as broadcaster, he was barefoot on a bicycle with a flat tire, still living each day like his last. When I heard he died age 45 of a heart attack, I wasn't surprised. I was just sad. People always think of us as rivals but he was among the very few I liked and even fewer that I respected. He remains the only person I envied.

 

Its tuesday, a man could make a small fortune of these simple pattern predictions. I already have it, Tuesdays.....too easy, metals crashed. Why is no one saying this.  It's always a tuesday.

As it did for years before now, I'm smart.  But not that smart, this just falls in your lap.  Like April 25, 2011

I take my bow and do a mic drop, no one said what I did already.  Maybe one  on page 16.

I'm going back to watch james hunt's rivalry with niki lauda......  Ass

 

August Setarcos Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

American imperialism was merely a continuation of British Imperialism. 

Initially, America's own Empire of Finance was content with the subjugation it's own "empty continent", only becoming a serious world player in the 1890's... as there no more North American territories to profitably attack.

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AurorusBorealus Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:12 Permalink

The drive for U.S. empire did not emerge from Washington.  It came from Wall Street.  As Wall Street became the center of wealth in the New World, two factions emerged among the hucksters, tycoons, and swindlers who made their living there.  The first was J. P. Morgan and his cronies, who created a financial "trust" that controlled finance and funding for most of the major industries in the U.S. and eventually the U.S. Treasury: extorting exorbitant fees for services and crushing anyone who did not pay their fees.  Until 1913, J. P. Morgan and his reclusive trust served, in essence, as the central bank of the U.S.: tightening and loosening "liquidity" as Morgan saw fit.

The second faction were European investment houses that began to set up shop in New York: English and German Jewish (some with connections to the Rothschild family whose gamble on the Napoleonic Wars had made them the most wealthy family in the world).  These groups attracted large amounts of foreign capital into New York and created permanent financial connections between London, Germany, and New York.  If the Rothschild family created modern European finance, these links between New York, London, and Germany created modern transatlantic finance.

During and after the First World War, the flow of funds reversed.  England and France had accumulated enormous debts during the war: debts to Wall Street bankers.  Indeed, Wall Street pressed their man, Wilson, whom they had thoroughly conned and purchased, into entering the war to secure repayment.  The Treaty of Versailles placed the burden for these loans on Germany.  So after the war, major loans were organized for Germany, and a flow of funds was established.  Wall Street banks lent money to Germany; Germany made payments to London and Paris banks, which then made payments to Wall Street.  The Bank of International Settlements was established in Switzerland to facility transfers between the various national banks.

The international banking syndicate was born.  This syndicate, from its inception, was dedicated toward established a global economy in which monies flowed freely: an economy and financial system directed, in secret, by banking technocrats.  It was not a "Jewish" creation, nor a "Morgan" creation, nor a Bank of England creation.  It was the "Morgan financial trust" expanded by English and German-Jewish bankers to the entire world.  These men working together, accountable to no one, took it upon themselves to "manage" the global economy, and the global political system, as they saw fit.  The center of their power was New York.

The concentration of global power and capital on Wall Street created a new class of "international man" from the New England preparatory academies and the Jewish banker families.  Men such as Allen and John Dulles worked behind the scenes at major law firms (Sullivan and Cromwell) on behalf of this global financial elite to secure their interests in Europe, in Latin America, and in China.  When the Second World War began, the bankers and their enablers (such as Dulles) moved to Europe to ensure that the Second World War did not destroy the back channels of international finance, that Germany could be restored after the war, and that Communism did not threaten the profits of the global financiers.

In 1944, these men hammered out the Bretton Woods agreement, which ensured that the world that the bankers had created became the postwar global economic system, with Wall Street as its center.  The IMF and the World Bank joined the BIS as instruments of global finance. The Dulles brothers went on to create the modern U.S. "deep-state," embedding themselves at the highest levels of U.S. government: ensuring that the pre-war progressive movement died (and assassinating a U.S. president in the process) and that U.S. policy was directed exclusively toward maintaining the system of international finance that the bankers had created.

The system, of course, was a disaster, and the global banking elite had to perform the greatest sleight of hand in human history in 1972: taking the U.S. off the gold standard and ending the Bretton Woods system.  However, they were quickly able to make a deal with Saudi Arabia to sell oil exclusively in USD.  Oil replaced gold as the basis of money; the petrodollar was born; and the U.S. deep-state then became committed to protecting the petrodollar in order to keep the channels of international finance and banker profits flowing.

So long as Wall Street and the financial system that Morgans, Rothschilds, and Dulles' of the world created, the U.S. is committed to imperium.  The engine that drives the political history of the last two centuries has been the growth of this massive system of leverage, finance, speculation, and bank-money.  The creation of the EU was a program designed by the Bank of International Settlements.  The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia is a result of the collapse of Bretton Woods and the need for oil.  U.S. and U.K. policy in Iran date back to Iran nationalizing its oil fields.  U.S. and British support for Israel relates directly to the prominent role that Jewish, pro-Israeli financial houses play in this system. The coups, revolutions, and sanctions that Stockman laments are not "Washington" polices.  These are Wall Street policies.  The U.S., Israeli, Saudi alliance is not an alliance of nations who share any common national interests.  It is an alliance of interests in the global financial system.

Hand-wringing over Washington policy, voting, writing policy papers from a geostrategic perspective, these are all meaningless activities.  The power is not in Washington.  The "deep-state" is not in Washington.  It is on Wall Street.

So long as people are focused on Trump, or Putin, or Washington, or Zionism; so long as deranged people spew bizarre fantasies about illuminati or Jewish conspiracies, or mutter incoherently about "globalists" and their "secret agenda," the world remains in ignorance.  There is nothing secret about any of this.  It has all been done in public and is there for the whole world to see as a matter of historical record.  This thing, the darkness that these bankers and their technocrats have created casts a shadow over the entire world.

Ecrasez l'infame (crush the infamous thing).

Batman11 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:25 Permalink

When the delusion takes hold it is the beginning of the end.

The British Empire will last forever.

The 1,000 year Reich.

American exceptionalism.

Batman11 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

Humans are advanced, but not that advanced.

We make the same old mistakes over and over again.

Debt has been around for 5,000 years and we still haven’t got to grips with compound interest, in fact, we have gone backwards. Compound interest is an exponential function and quickly rises above societies ability to pay it and so they has Jubilee years 5,000 years ago, but today we think all debt can be paid.

The rise of fall of nations and empires has been a feature of human history and yet the US is making the same old mistakes, e.g. military over-reach and excessive spending on war.

Sir John Glubb's essay “The Fate Of Empires”

“The Fate Of Empires - A historical study of the empires and civilisations of the past”

http://www.rexresearch.com/glubb/glubb-empire.pdf

The last age is the age of decadence and it’s here.

The tipping point:

“The immense wealth accumulated in the nation dazzles the onlookers. Enough of the ancient virtues of courage, energy and patriotism survive to enable the state successfully to defend its frontiers. But, beneath the surface, greed for money is gradually replacing duty and public service. Indeed the change might be summarised as being from service to selfishness.

The capacity to learn from history has never been mastered.

Mike Rotsch Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:35 Permalink

Don't forget, Iran hangs gays with construction cranes.

If you want to play a violin for a country that hangs gays with construction cranes, go right ahead. Just don't be surprised if you don't get much of an audience.

Fuck Iran. And every country that looks like Iran.