posted by Giordano Bruno
I'm not a believer in a grand NWO conspiracy, but I do think the war side of the US is run by hawks far more cynical and ambitious then B43. [Edited
by Don W]
Cynicism and ambition by themselves are neutral. The president has about 3,000 appointments to make. Plus he designates the service Chief of Staff and
influences the choice of Chairman of the Joints Chiefs. Any president mus have advice on who to appoint, for I’d guess there are 10 to 20 people who
are on paper, equally qualified for the job. We rarely ever know who advises this president, nor any of his predecessors. Sometimes they make
tremendous blunders as in Harriet Meier for Supreme Court justice case. You have to wonder how that one happened. I suspect it was B43 on his own.
Supremely arrogant. No informed politico would have suggested her.
I attribute most of what looks conspiratorial to convergence of shared interests or shared goals. Every rich person wants to be richer. Every powerful
person wants more power. Money and power are a lot like heroin in the effect on people.
The dollar is sliding, however in 2005 the US spent nearly $500 BILLION on their military, almost half the global total of an estimated $1 Trillion .
We spent much more than $500 billion. First, the budget was $455 b. then the Iraq and Afghan wars are “off” budget. They have asked for $97 b. and
will ask for more before the fiscal year ends on September 30. The Veterans Administration runs $33 b. And, more importantly, because the National
Debt is made up 100% of the discretionary budget deficits - the major entitlements Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds are still in the black -
the military share of our discretionary budget runs 60%. This puts $180 b. of the interest on debt payment squarely on the military. So, the good ole
US of A really spends about $750 b. on what is euphemistically called “defense” which ought to be called war.
As for the “dollar.” The US has about $400 b. in print. Of that, about $260 b. is in circulation here. The remaining $140 b. is used aborad as the
world’s currency. If you live in Kenya and want to buy wheat grown in Argentina, then the Argentine may not want your local Kenya currency and you
may not have any of Argentine currency, so most commerce around the world is conducted in US dollars. It is not in the interest of any trading nation
in the world to let North Korea shelter counterfeiters who are making money 99% as good as ours and 99.5% undetectable by those users in Kenya or
Argentina. No country but the US has the economy sufficiently strong to support $400 b. in printed money.
The European Union’s combined economy is equal to or slightly greater than ours, but it is made up of 24 nations. The dollar has been around since
the 1800s and the world’s most dependable and strongest currency since 1945. People of means do not jump on the first newbie to come down the pike.
The EU is not all that seamless or secure. Note the UK still hesitates about how deep to go. However bad the dollar is managed, it is still the best
the world has.
There is nothing militarily in Africa that concerns any of the western nations. The game over there is still coercion, bribery, and WTO IMF World Bank
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have long been recognized as agents provocateur of the United States. Endowed with lofty titles,
their purpose never rose to its popular promise. Both have always been used to assure the rich nations that the poor nations pay their debts out of
the blood and sweat of the poor. Unbelievably poor. It is the product of the two WB and IMF that together with Dole and United Fruit Company give us
bananas at 39 or 49 cents a pound. The same price I’ve paid for 10 years. What’s that say about the guy who lives in Nicaragua or Honduras who
works the banana plantations? Yes, if we treated the other people on this planet as Jesus said was the Second Commandment, “Do to others as you
would have them do to you” our food would cost double what we pay now. Hmm? Maybe so many Americans would not be so overweight?
Japan is not a nuclear nation - The same goes for India . .
The Non Proliferation Treaty. A weak effort at limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. We don’t know when Israel first got nuclear weapons. There
is one Israeli citizen still in an Israeli prison for revealing their program to the public 40 years ago. He gave his life that the world might know.
The Israelis are taking it from him one day at a time. I have seen 20 and I’ve seen 500 as the number of bombs Israel has. Based on what it seem
likely they would need - laugh laugh on the word need - and the high cost of maintaining a nuclear stockpile, I’d think Israel wold not have more
than 50 nuclear bombs. India - 1 b. people - and Pakistan - 200 m. people - struggle over Kashmir, the nicest 40,000 square miles in the area. India
became the first non-NPT country to detonate a device. They call it a device rather than a bomb. Devices are much easier to make than deliverable
bombs. Pakistan believed it needed a nuclear weapon as a deterrent to India’s aspirations vis a vis Kashmir. The US could have sent over 5 or 10
nuclear weapons to Pakistan and they would not have had to develop their own manufacturing capability. But no, we did noting. So Pakistan joined the
North Korea resents and perhaps fears the presence of 38,000 US soldiers in South Korea. Maybe with Bush43 popping off, they have good cause to fear
us. At least until January 20, 2009. Pres. Clinton had made a deal with Pyongyang to supply 3 nuclear power plants of the “safe” kind and a few
hundred million dollars and a considerable amount of food to NK. In exchange they would allow the IAEA in without restrictions. For reasons best
known to himself, Bush43 renounced the agreement. Under Clinton the NK had enough fissionable material for 2 bombs. Now, the NK has enough fissionable
material for 10 bombs. Plus they have detonated one nuclear device. Maybe not a bomb, but a device. No one knows why we are dealing with NK as we
Iran. Under the NPT the US primarily has allowed its lap dog Israel to have many nuclear bombs. We have allowed and recently blessed India to have the
bomb. We have allowed and have maintained close relations with Pakistan which has the bomb and maybe sold the technology to NK and Iran to make their
own bombs. So where is our moral imperative to ask Iran not to develop its own bomb, al the more when our President has declared Iran to be in the
Axis of Evil and has assented the right to order preemptive strikes on his own authority? B43 must stand for Bumbler43.
4) China. My opinion is that ultimately all eyes are on China. And They know it. What we are seeing at the moment is the preamble to this last great
conflict. It may well be that the war is not fought conventionally, but economically. If the US engages in this before its economy crashes, and wins,
then we may see some kind of 'New World Order.' If China is allowed to become more dominant than the US, then we should be starting the Project for
the New Chinese Century. Just a Guess Peace. [Edited by Don W]
First, China has no aggressive armed forces. The PLA is primarily used to keep the Communist Party in power. Internal order. It has become one of the
major players in the post 1977 Chinese economic expansion. Except for the Taiwan problem, the PRC has no expansionist plans. The PRC covered its
eastern flank decades ago when they took Tibet. The UK and Portugal gave up Hong Kong and Macao under political pressure and maybe only a thinly
veiled military threat. Taiwan will be harder because unlike the other 2 places, Taiwan is 120 miles off the coast. The US 7th Fleet has been guarding
Taiwan since 1949. We will have lots of notice when the time comes to resolve the problem. The PRC will have to build enough ships to transport
200,000 soldiers across the Straits. That wold be about 20 troop carriers of 30,000 tons size. Those ships would have to be protected from both air
and sea interdiction. China has always taken the position the island of Taiwan - old Formosa - is part of China politically. Japan took Taiwan in
1897. It was returned in 1945. Although Taiwan may have been under the suzerainty of China, it was sort of a send me your taxes once a year and I’ll
leave you alone type of arrangement. But China must stabilize itself before it can look at Taiwan.
China is into manufacturing and we’re into service. I see no direct conflict there. When we get rid of Bush43 and get someone in office who has a
vision of the World we can endorse, the 21st century looks to be one of peace and progress amongst the great and rich powers. OTOH, the century
offers little hope for the poor and distraught of the planet, more war, more rape, more pillage, more disease, more starvation, more depravation, but
what the hey, we’re rich and they’re poor. It must be God’s will?
[edit on 1/5/2007 by donwhite]