Sunday, April 12, 2009

War in Somalia

It now appears that a large US military force will need to be deployed to northern Africa in the near future. Of course the requisite media inculcation will proceed and create the sufficient fervor and righteous confidence of the citizenry in the mission ahead, despite the casualties or true losses of our imperial aims there. The US military and CIA have been operating in and around Somalia for over two decades now and the growing instability of that region, culminated by a collapse of the most recent CIA backed government there in 2007, has prompted decisions in the beltway that more than subversive forces are needed to maintain control. The latest “pirate” story, including the kidnapping of a US ship captain, is being promoted on the media grid with the usual meter and appearance of thoughtful restraint. Instead of just saying that we are sending troops to northern Africa as part of the control of the resources in the middle east and central Asia, the TAPI pipeline, etc., a decision for a military excursion that has already been made, the appearance of moderation must be established. This notion that we are waiting for further developments is utter nonsense. “Further developments” will of course be either directly fabricated or portrayed in a manner which justifies the subsequent military action.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Marginalized Debate

The media has made a big to-do about the Rick Santelli "rant" on CNBC recently. The first thing that anyone needs to know about the media is that it is never intentionally meant to be informative or helpful in a way that affects their lives in a meaningful and positive way. What the media IS meant for is selling products and controlling information to serve the interests of those who run it. Any instance of the contrary is unintended or accidental. That said, let us all please avoid the fantasy that this "rant" we all witnessed was a moment of truth slipping through the cracks or that it was anything other than a staging point for controlled and marginalized debate. This particular type of propaganda always reminds me of a conflict one might have with someone who is completely wrong or crazy yet some incense-burning, age of Aquarius conscious wacka-doodle floats out of the woodworks and insists that "there are two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in the middle". That type of Bazooka Joe wrapper psychology is not only useless in most of our daily lives but dangerous in areas of public policy and discourse given its context.

I'm not asserting that in many cases of conflict there aren't shared responsibilities for negative outcomes, because most of the time there are, but truth is truth either absolutely or not at all. The fnord message in this rant story is "Yes there were some greedy wall street speculators like Madoff who are to blame, but lazy and foolish Americans who instigated the housing crash are just as much to blame if not more, so let's find a happy medium, let's find the 'truth in the middle'. And oh by the way, the financial system itself is fine.".

So again it's bad players and not bad rules themselves that get the blame in our national “debates”. Never mind the Federal Reserve system and fractional reserve banking mechanisms that cause inflation and create boom/bust cycles, or bank and corporate insiders who egregiously mismanage their businesses then receive massive bailouts from public dollars and do it again and again. Maybe it's none of these institutions of systematic pillaging of the public wealth that have operated with no accountability for decades, maybe it's the few hundred million in bad mortgage loans that were issued in the last few years, or the next door neighbor who wanted that extra bathroom. I know, let's stand around the water cooler and debate these two false opposites and see if we can find a truthful happy medium, let's do that because we are sensible and because we are so well-informed.

Robert Ferguson

Monday, March 2, 2009

'Dark Era' Over

The Middle East/Central Asian invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan are most likely proceeding as originally planned in terms of the timeframe since their respective beginnings. As I've said, the main reason for a decline in violence in Iraq is that most people have simply fled the country for Iran or Syria. Syria has extended its refugee migration limits every year since 2005 with President Assad himself saying in 2007 that "Syria cannot turn a blind eye" to the severity and enormity of the humanitarian crisis. For their trouble they tolerate illegal US military activity inside their own borders on a regular basis including a missile strike in September 2008 which left dozens dead and at least that many injured including innocent civilians. This operation was conducted under the auspices of "the pursuit of terrorists", the usual end-all excuse for US military operations anywhere. Now that violence is within an "acceptable level", a new phase of long-term presence will begin and continue for the indefinite future through the legal constructs of the SOA (Status of Forces Agreement), which of course includes contracts for virtually exclusive US rights to oil reserves along with roughly 50,000 "non-combat" troops left in place for "security training" and "force protection". It’s important to note that included in the language of the SOA, which I would encourage anyone to read, is the right to escalate the level of troops and operations at anytime within the country if the “needs” or “security concerns” arise.

There was a recent article in the Washington Post which led with the headline: 'Dark era' Over in Iraq as Bars Reopen. This story included a mention of young Iraqi women who "Appeared to be prostitutes in tight pink outfits dancing around to pop music". The story continued by hubristically boasting the triumph of democracy found in the scene of US soldiers in uniform, rifles strapped around their shoulders, sipping beers and cavorting about with the young Iraqi woman and the male bar owners. The quote of the "dark era" being over was placed in the headline as though it was the commentary of the UN Secretary General himself, when in reality those words were taken from an interview of an international pop singer who performs at the club featured in the article. To the victors go the spoils of war I guess, but when realizing the true weight of losses that the Iraqi people have endured since the first gulf war, the immoral 10-year sanctions which starved and killed hundreds of thousands including mainly infants and children, the latest invasion and occupation which is coming up on its 6th year anniversary, it's clear to see that the state of existence in this ravaged country has reached the bottom of the barrel in terms of hardship and hopelessness.

It might be worth observing that even Genghis Khan employed a military code of non-fraternization with women of conquered lands and enforced it as strictly as he could as part of a policy, similar to that of Alexander the Great, which preferred vassal partnerships as opposed to direct and marshal rule. Even a barbarian from 13th century Mongolia had a better understanding of regional stability and human relations than our own experts at the Pentagon and on the Defense Policy Board. If you take away a man’s house, his livelihood and ability to attain it, then deny and/or greatly impede his ability to have children, he will become desperate and solely driven to resistance and non-cooperation. The simple translation is that, given the assertions of policy by the great hero of “Hope” and “Change” and his administration, we will have never-ending violence and deaths for the Iraqi people and US military personnel. If the ‘Dark Era’ has ended, then we have now entered an historic black hole of civilization.

Robert Ferguson

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bailout Reality

In this latest central bank caused bust phase of our economy, we've seen the usual fascist/communist federal government bailout which subsidizes huge corporate losses. This time, and since October 2008, the amount has already reached the two trillion dollar mark. But for whom are these bailouts issued and for what purpose? The answer is simple and concomitantly two-fold. One, the bailouts were for corporate and bank insiders and two, the general population is once again purposely left out. This sustains the continuity of the debt-based, fiat money economy scam that has plagued and impoverished human civilization for over two hundred years and keeps the masses too weak to revolt against it. If, as all the "experts" on the media networks say, our economy is consumer-based, then why not issue trillions of dollars worth of bailouts to the American people themselves? Why not issue that same amount of money for cancelling out the entire mortgage debt of every American family which has it? The dollar amount and inflationary market reaction of the currency would be the same. The answer is that the corrupt system must be maintained by our banker rulers while the rest of us must stay weak, poor, and disengaged from public policy.

Robert Ferguson

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Think Tanks and Fnords

It has become almost comically simple and easy to quickly identify pro-state fnords like the latest Allen Stanford financial scandal. The Bernard Madoff and Stanford stories should be deciphered as "The financial system is not corrupt, only certain individuals are corrupt within it.". The Nixon scandal and resignation story oft-repeated on the propaganda channel, err, "History Channel" is deciphered as "The Office of the President is not corrupted, only certain individuals who hold it.".

The so-called "Women's Rights Movement” lauded by our self-appreciating politicians as such an achievement of democracy is a fnord that covers up the reality that women were forced out of the home and men's salaries were cut in half with the two genders then splitting it. With virtually no net gain in salary for the home and now both parents working as corporate wage slaves, along with a time-consuming commute, a strong sense of family or community is all but completely absent in the lives of most Americans. Going all the way back to the CPI (Committee on Public Information) in President Wilson's day which orchestrated the "Red Scare", there have been think tanks which operate with the purpose of manufacturing consent, exploiting cognitive reasoning, and perpetrating falsehoods of every kind on the public. By now it is more accurate to say that there’s really no such thing as the two parties known as "Democratic" or "Republican", there is only the "Business Party" with two factions known as Democratic and Republican. Both factions serve the same master party and spend millions of dollars every year supporting think tanks all over the country. This process of behavioral manipulation, catalyzed by the complete control of media by the Business Party, is the most central structure of control used by the elite few over the exploited and mostly oblivious many.

The Cato Institute, the Brookings Institute, The Center for American Progress, The American Enterprise Institute, The Project for a New American Century, and so on, are complete with state-of-the-art facilities, press briefing rooms with cameras, conference rooms, Internet access, libraries, and memberships that are attained and maintained in an esoteric manner. These are the places where buzz words, phrases, political language and policy initiatives are born from expert-level study of the brain, of psychology and neurology, sociology, human behavior and other areas which assist in constructing stimuli A to produce behavioral response B. The "War on Drugs", the "War on Terror", "pre-emptive strike", "Axis of Evil" et cetera, are all such examples.

It may be very useful for the American people to pay close attention to these "think tanks" in the hopes that if we can start as close to the originating point of the misinformation stream as possible, and gain more insight on the way fnords of subterfuge are constructed in the first place, we can more expeditiously and efficiently deconstruct them.

Robert Ferguson

Change We Can Believe In?

President Obama is heralded by the press as some great messiah of change while, as usual, the real domestic and foreign policies of the corporate/bank cartel government of the United States stay the same and continue without interruption in operational terms. The US "Embassy" in Baghdad is the size of 110 football fields and has cost close to 80 billion dollars to build. The truth is the masters of the world never intend to leave Iraq, so far as their control of the flow and price of energy in the country is concerned and whatever it requires, by force, to maintain it. The only argument the so-called "left" has had during the entire Iraq war has been its execution or timing, or "the way it was managed", hauntingly familiar to the arguments made by the Camelot knights of the Kennedy Democrat era regarding the Vietnam War. Now we have Kerry, Clinton, or some other "dove" assuming disconsolate looks on their faces as they pontificate about maintaining a moral authority, all while their 2003 votes in the house and senate helped pave the way for the killing and/or maiming of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, including women and children.

Obama and his team have already stepped up their bellicose rhetoric about Afghanistan, the "real front in the war on terror", to the gleeful reception of many rank and file Democrats who are so sure that we have it right on this one. The truth is both the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions were part of the plan to control the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) Pipeline far into the 21st century and beyond, or so long as fossil fuels are relevant as a means of imperial control. The main reason there is somewhat less violence in Iraq now is because most of the population has simply fled the country into Syria, Jordan and Iran. The people who remain are either the few who value money (our bribes) over the security of their homeland who in turn do our bidding in the "Iraqi Government", those who have just accepted our occupation, many of whom will end up working in some periphery of the military bases and Embassy (I can already see the young Iraqi women working as whores for some local GIs and government contractors in bars in the not so distant future), or those who refuse to comply or take our bribes and resist, through whatever means they deem necessary or possible, the horrific forces of imperial greed. Oh yeah, those guys are called the "Terrorists".

Somalia has crumbled into complete chaos and has worsened markedly since the CIA-backed government collapsed in 2006 and the US military interventions that have followed. The cruise ship hijacking media coverage was subterfuge for this message: "We have to go get those kidnapping, murdering Somali bastards!". This follows the usual formula of media coverage concerning military deployment which is, if it requires more than covert ops, the effort of planting the seed of justification for US soldiers dying into the minds of the citizens through the demonization of the "enemy" and the galvanization of our cause, concealing whatever imperial machination it may happen to truly be.

So here we are, with the Obama administration dutifully following the same standards of invasion, repression, oppression and violence we've seen in US foreign policy for over a hundred years while at present the whole world rejoices the inevitable salvation that will be his presidency. Mr. Obama is remarkably more effective than many presidents in history at influencing, through his oratory, the people of this country who may in turn and unwittingly grant him real powers of control that Bush would have reveled, had he had the ability to achieve them. What's more, what will be the result of such an advancement of power for our savior?

Robert Ferguson