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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:00 PM
Russia-China Prepare For 'Final Death Blow' Against America
September 13, 2017
Russia and China prepare for WW3 showdown with America
As armies from Russia and NATO assemble on the battlefields of Europe, Russia and China have agreed to launch a retaliatory economic strike against America.
Following the BRICS 2017 summit last week, Russia and China warned they would deliver the "final death blow" to America unless Washington was willing to agree to the following two demands:
Immediately stabilize the U.S. Dollar.
Make a sustained effort to keep the U.S. national debt limit below $20 trillion.
Whatdoesitmean.com reports: Rather then accede to these demands, this report continues, President Donald Trump, instead, sided with his nations communistic Democratic Party to "blow aside" America's debt limit-and that within hours caused America's national debt to cross the historical "red line" of $20 trillion-thus accelerating the worst plunge in value of the US Dollar since the signing of the Plaza Accord.
The Plaza Accord, this report explains, is the 1985 agreement made between the governments of the United States, France, West Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, to depreciate the US Dollar in relation to the Japanese Yen and German Deutsche Mark by their deliberately intervening in global money markets in order to manipulate the true "value/worth" of these currencies-and that was made in gross violation of 1947 Bretton Woods Agreement that mandated all currencies be pegged to the price of gold-with the US Dollar being placed as the only reserve currency to be used in all international transactions.
Even worse, this report details, when combined with the 1971 "Nixon Shock" (when President Richard Nixon abruptly announced that the US would longer pay its international debts in gold), the Plaza Accord solidified what is known as the "petrodollar system"-and that mandated that no nation on Earth could buy oil or natural gas unless they paid for them with US Dollars that could only be obtained from the United States-but whose full diabolical plot was, in fact, a subsidy granted, in real terms, to oil-importing nations such as the United States, Germany, France, and Japan.
With every oil and natural gas importing nation on Earth having to buy US Dollars in order to survive, this report continues, the United States, over these past nearly four decades, has been able to use this vast money making scheme to build up the world's largest military force to keep its "petrodollar system" in force-but that has so distorted all rational economic reality, its dystopian statistics boggle the mind in trying to comprehend them as the Americans have created the largest crisis to ever face our world, and whose disasters include:
Global debt of $230 trillion - that can never be repaid, nor financed when rates normalized
Unfunded global liabilities of $250 trillion - that will never be honored
Central banks' balance sheets over $20 trillion - because they are all insolvent
US insolvent - and only supported by military power
Most industrialized and emerging countries only surviving by printing money out of thin air- which is untenable
Interest rates at zero or below in 20 US-aligned countries - which is unsustainable
Paper money system - all of whose currencies are going to zero
A "final death blow" to America is therefore immediately needed, this report says, in order to save our world from a total economic collapse-and whose "shape/form" will begin, on 18 October, when China holds its 5-year-annual Communist Party Congress-and where China (the largest oil importer in the world) will launch a crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese Yuan and convertible into gold-thus creating the most important Asian oil benchmark and allowing oil exporters to bypass forever the "petrodollar system".
With China, in effect, returning the world to its 1947 Bretton Woods Agreement "state/condition" wherein gold, and gold only, is used to settle international debts for the payment of oil and natural gas, this report notes, President Trump's US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was rushed to the United States main gold depository at Fort Knox (Kentucky) to examine its contents-and was the first time since 1948 that any US Treasury Secretary had done so.
As to why President Trump ordered for the first time in 69 years that Americas gold in Fort Knox be verified as really being there, this report explains, is due to the United States suspiciously, and mysteriously, continuing to lose its annual Fort Knox audit reports mandated by US law-with many experts believing it was secretly all sold off in the mid-1970's following the "Nixon Shock", thus solidifying the "petrodollar system".
If the United States gold reserves are truly gone, this report notes, its economy will immediately crash because it will be unable to purchase the Chinese currency it would need by oil on the international market-and that it will be, also, unable to replace with its own oil reserves as nearly all of the publicly traded energy companies in the US are now spending an astonishing 75% of their operating cash flow just to pay the interest on the debt they owe.
To if the United States would be able to continue their "petrodollar system" charade with Saudi Arabia alone, this report continues, appears to be highly unlikely as this Middle East nation's foreign exchange reserves have now plunged below the critical $500 billion level and currently stand at $494 billion-and who are now, also, openly negotiating with China to replace the US Dollar for the purchasing of its vast oil wealth-and whose only hope for long term survival is by their selling a 5% stake in its nearly century old Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) that it has valued between $1.5 and $2 trillion dollars-and that Russia is maneuvering to buy, and China too.
With the United States, therefore, knowing its "petrodollar system" is nearing total collapse, this report warns, its inability to pay with gold for the oil it needs before its economy collapses in upon itself, and when combined with its own domestic oil producers going bankrupt, shows clearly that America is now in its "death throes"-and whose only option left for survival is war.
And with the United States now flooding South America with troops for their planned invasion of Venezuela (who have the largest oil reserves on Earth), and whose Islamic terrorist forces in Syria (the only significant oil producing country in the Eastern Mediterranean region) are now desperately racing to steal that nations oil wealth too, this report grimly continues, when combined with the massive military forces they've amassed in Europe, all that's needed now is a spark to ignite World War III.
Though Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has, once again, warned the Americans that they are in violation of international law by even being in Syria, this report says, the United States, nevertheless, continues to "blindly fumble around" there seeming to be oblivious to the reality that their Islamic terrorists are nearly totally defeated, and who only have left barely 15% of the territory they once controlled-all made possible by Russia's massive, and unrelenting, obliteration of these US-backed terrorists whose looming total defeat marks a turning point in the modern Middle East-but with a grave new warning now being issued that in their losing Syria, the United States will now "target Russia more than ever".
As to whom, exactly, in the United States will "target" Russia, though, this report concludes, remains uncertain as troubling new reports coming from America state that President Trump is now isolated after his longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller, was forced out of the White House-and by Trump being so isolated now, according to one of America's top political experts Roger Stone, his "Deep State" enemies are now putting massive amounts of drugs in his food and water as part of their plot to overthrow him in a coup by declaring that he is not mentally fit anymore to lead this once great nation.
Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:44 PM
How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats, and Military Regimes Across the Globe
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May 16, 2017
The U.S. has military bases in at least 45 less-than-democratic countries.
Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump's invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose "war on drugs" has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings.
Criticism of Trump was especially intense given his similarly warm public support for other authoritarian rulers like Egypt's Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (who visited the Oval Office to much praise only weeks earlier), Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who got a congratulatory phone call from President Trump on his recent referendum victory, granting him increasingly unchecked powers), and Thailand's Prayuth Chan-ocha (who also received a White House invitation).
But here's the strange thing: the critics generally ignored the far more substantial and long-standing bipartisan support U.S. presidents have offered these and dozens of other repressive regimes over the decades.
After all, such autocratic countries share one striking thing in common.
They are among at least 45 less-than-democratic nations and territories that today host scores of U.S. military bases, from ones the size of not-so-small American towns to tiny outposts.
Together, these bases are homes to tens of thousands of U.S. troops.
To ensure basing access from Central America to Africa, Asia to the Middle East, U.S. officials have repeatedly collaborated with fiercely anti-democratic regimes and militaries implicated in torture, murder, the suppression of democratic rights, the systematic oppression of women and minorities, and numerous other human rights abuses.
Forget the recent White House invitations and Trump's public compliments.
For nearly three quarters of a century, the United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in maintaining bases and troops in such repressive states.
From Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Republican and Democratic administrations alike have, since World War II, regularly shown a preference for maintaining bases in undemocratic and often despotic states, including Spain under Generalissimo Francisco Franco, South Korea under Park Chung-hee, Bahrain under King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, and Djibouti under four-term President Ismail Omar Guelleh, to name just four.
Many of the 45 present-day undemocratic U.S. base hosts qualify as fully "authoritarian regimes," according to the Economist Democracy Index.
In such cases, American installations and the troops stationed on them are effectively helping block the spread of democracy in countries like Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kuwait, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
This pattern of daily support for dictatorship and repression around the world should be a national scandal in a country supposedly committed to democracy.
It should trouble Americans ranging from religious conservatives and libertarians to leftists -- anyone, in fact, who believes in the democratic principles enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
After all, one of the long-articulated justifications for maintaining military bases abroad has been that the U.S. military's presence protects and spreads democracy.
Far from bringing democracy to these lands, however, such bases tend to provide legitimacy for and prop up undemocratic regimes of all sorts, while often interfering with genuine efforts to encourage political and democratic reform.
The silencing of the critics of human rights abuses in base hosts like Bahrain, which has violently cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators since 2011, has left the United States complicit in these states' crimes.
During the Cold War, bases in undemocratic countries were often justified as the unfortunate but necessary consequence of confronting the "communist menace" of the Soviet Union.
But here's the curious thing: in the quarter century since the Cold War ended with that empire's implosion, few of those bases have closed.
Today, while a White House visit from an autocrat may generate indignation, the presence of such installations in countries run by repressive or military rulers receives little notice at all.
The 45 nations and territories with little or no democratic rule represent more than half of the roughly 80 countries now hosting U.S. bases (who often lack the power to ask their "guests" to leave).
They are part of a historically unprecedented global network of military installations the United States has built or occupied since World War II.
Today, while there are no foreign bases in the United States, there are around 800 U.S. bases in foreign countries.
That number was recently even higher, but it still almost certainly represents a record for any nation or empire in history.
More than 70 years after World War II and 64 years after the Korean War, there are, according to the Pentagon, 181 U.S. "base sites" in Germany, 122 in Japan, and 83 in South Korea.
Hundreds more dot the planet from Aruba to Australia, Belgium to Bulgaria, Colombia to Qatar.
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, civilians, and family members occupy these installations.
By my conservative estimate, to maintain such a level of bases and troops abroad, U.S. taxpayers spend at least $150 billion annually -- more than the budget of any government agency except the Pentagon itself.
For decades, leaders in Washington have insisted that bases abroad spread our values and democracy -- and that may have been true to some extent in occupied Germany, Japan, and Italy after World War II.
However, as base expert Catherine Lutz suggests, the subsequent historical record shows that "gaining and maintaining access for U.S. bases has often involved close collaboration with despotic governments."
The bases in the countries whose leaders President Trump has recently lauded illustrate the broader pattern.
The United States has maintained military facilities in the Philippines almost continuously since seizing that archipelago from Spain in 1898.
It only granted the colony independence in 1946, conditioned on the local government's agreement that the U.S. would retain access to more than a dozen installations there.
After independence, a succession of U.S. administrations supported two decades of Ferdinand Marcos's autocratic rule, ensuring the continued use of Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, two of the largest U.S. bases abroad.
After the Filipino people finally ousted Marcos in 1986 and then made the U.S. military leave in 1991, the Pentagon quietly returned in 1996.
With the help of a "visiting forces agreement" and a growing stream of military exercises and training programs, it began to set up surreptitious, small-scale bases once more.
A desire to solidify this renewed base presence, while also checking Chinese influence, undoubtedly drove Trump's recent White House invitation to Duterte.
It came despite the Filipino president's record of joking about rape, swearing he would be "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts just as "Hitler massacred [six] million Jews," and bragging, "I don't care about human rights."
In Turkey, President Erdogan's increasingly autocratic rule is only the latest episode in a pattern of military coups and undemocratic regimes interrupting periods of democracy.
U.S. bases have, however, been a constant presence in the country since 1943.
They repeatedly caused controversy and sparked protest -- first throughout the 1960s and 1970s, before the Bush administration's 2003 invasion of Iraq, and more recently after U.S. forces began using them to launch attacks in Syria.
Although Egypt has a relatively small U.S. base presence, its military has enjoyed deep and lucrative ties with the U.S. military since the signing of the Camp David Accords with Israel in 1979.
After a 2013 military coup ousted a democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood government, the Obama administration took months to withhold some forms of military and economic aid, despite more than 1,300 killings by security forces and the arrest of more than 3,500 members of the Brotherhood.
According to Human Rights Watch, "Little was said about ongoing abuses," which have continued to this day.
In Thailand, the U.S. has maintained deep connections with the Thai military, which has carried out 12 coups since 1932.
Both countries have been able to deny that they have a basing relationship of any sort, thanks to a rental agreement between a private contractor and U.S. forces at Thailand's Utapao Naval Air Base.
"Because of [contractor] Delta Golf Global," writes journalist Robert Kaplan, "the U.S. military was here, but it was not here. After all, the Thais did no business with the U.S. Air Force. They dealt only with a private contractor."
Elsewhere, the record is similar.
In monarchical Bahrain, which has had a U.S. military presence since 1949 and now hosts the Navy's 5th Fleet, the Obama administration offered only the most tepid criticism of the government despite an ongoing, often violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
According to Human Rights Watch and others (including an independent commission of inquiry appointed by the Bahraini king, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa), the government has been responsible for widespread abuses including the arbitrary arrest of protesters, ill treatment during detention, torture-related deaths, and growing restrictions on freedoms of speech, association, and assembly.
The Trump administration has already signaled its desire to protect the military-to-military ties of the two countries by approving a sale of F-16 fighters to Bahrain without demanding improvements in its human rights record.
And that's typical of what base expert Chalmers Johnson once called the American "baseworld."
Research by political scientist Kent Calder confirms what's come to be known as the "dictatorship hypothesis": "The United States tends to support dictators [and other undemocratic regimes] in nations where it enjoys basing facilities."
Another large-scale study similarly shows that autocratic states have been "consistently attractive" as base sites.
"Due to the unpredictability of elections," it added bluntly, democratic states prove "less attractive in terms [of] sustainability and duration."
Even within what are technically U.S. borders, democratic rule has regularly proved "less attractive" than preserving colonialism into the twenty-first century.
The presence of scores of bases in Puerto Rico and the Pacific island of Guam has been a major motivation for keeping these and other U.S. "territories" -- American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- in varying degrees of colonial subordination.
Conveniently for military leaders, they have neither full independence nor the full democratic rights that would come with incorporation into the U.S. as states, including voting representation in Congress and the presidential vote.
Installations in at least five of Europe's remaining colonies have proven equally attractive, as has the base that U.S. troops have forcibly occupied in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since shortly after the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Authoritarian rulers tend to be well aware of the desire of U.S. officials to maintain the status quo when it comes to bases. As a result, they often capitalize on a base presence to extract benefits or help ensure their own political survival.
The Philippines' Marcos, former South Korean dictator Syngman Rhee, and more recently Djibouti's Ismail Omar Guelleh have been typical in the way they used bases to extract economic assistance from Washington, which they then lavished on political allies to shore up their power.
Others have relied on such bases to bolster their international prestige and legitimacy or to justify violence against domestic political opponents.
After the 1980 Kwangju massacre in which the South Korean government killed hundreds, if not thousands, of pro-democracy demonstrators, strongman General Chun Doo-hwan explicitly cited the presence of U.S. bases and troops to suggest that his actions enjoyed Washington's support.
Whether or not that was true is still a matter of historical debate.
What's clear, however, is that American leaders have regularly muted their criticism of repressive regimes lest they imperil bases in these countries.
In addition, such a presence tends to strengthen military, rather than civilian, institutions in countries because of the military-to-military ties, arms sales, and training missions that generally accompany basing agreements.
Meanwhile, opponents of repressive regimes often use the bases as a tool to rally nationalist sentiment, anger, and protest against both ruling elites and the United States.
That, in turn, tends to fuel fears in Washington that a transition to democracy might lead to base eviction, often leading to a doubling down on support for undemocratic rulers. The result can be an escalating cycle of opposition and U.S.-backed repression.
While some defend the presence of bases in undemocratic countries as necessary to deter "bad actors" and support "U.S. interests" (primarily corporate ones), backing dictators and autocrats frequently leads to harm not just for the citizens of host nations but for U.S. citizens as well.
The base build-up in the Middle East has proven the most prominent example of this.
Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian Revolution, which both unfolded in 1979, the Pentagon has built up scores of bases across the Middle East at a cost of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars.
According to former West Point professor Bradley Bowman, such bases and the troops that go with them have been a "major catalyst for anti-Americanism and radicalization."
Research has similarly revealed a correlation between the bases and al-Qaeda recruitment.
Most catastrophically, outposts in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan have helped generate and fuel the radical militancy that has spread throughout the Greater Middle East and led to terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States.
The presence of such bases and troops in Muslim holy lands was, after all, a major recruiting tool for al-Qaeda and part of Osama bin Laden's professed motivation for the 9/11 attacks.
With the Trump administration seeking to entrench its renewed base presence in the Philippines and the president commending Duterte and similarly authoritarian leaders in Bahrain and Egypt, Turkey and Thailand, human rights violations are likely to escalate, fueling unknown brutality and baseworld blowback for years to come.
David Vine is associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other publications. His new book, Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, will appear in 2015 as part of the American Empire Project (Metropolitan Books). For more of his writing, visit www.davidvine.net.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:01 PM
The North Korean Samson Option
This is the name that some military analysts have given to the North Korean deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons against any country whose military attempts to destroy North Korea.
The United States plan is for the United States to rule the world.
This deterrence strategy ensures that, after the nuclear exchange, there will be no world for the United States to rule.
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