Hillary Clinton — The International Neocon Warmonger
As the National Journal reported in 2014, even the pathetically weak anti-war left is not ready to reconcile with Hillary given her warmongering as Secretary of State. And with good reason. Scratching just lightly beneath the surface of Hillary Clinton’s career reveals the empirical evidence of her historic support for aggressive interventions around the globe.
Beginning with Africa, Hillary defended the 1998 cruise missile strike on the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, destroying the largest producer of cheap medications for treating malaria and tuberculosis and provided over 60% of available medicine in Sudan. In 2006 she supported sending United Nations troops to Darfur with logistical and technical support provided by NATO forces. Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi was outspoken in his condemnation of this intervention, claiming it was not committed out of concern for Sudanese people but “…for oil and for the return of colonialism to the African continent.”
This is the same leader who was murdered in the aftermath of the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya; an attack promoted and facilitated with the eager support of Mrs. Clinton. In an infamous CBS news interview, said regarding this international crime: “We came, we saw, he died.” As Time magazine pointed out in 2011, the administration understood removing Qaddafi from power would allow the terrorist cells active in Libya to run rampant in the vacuum left behind. Just last month the New York Times reported that Libya has indeed become a terrorist safe haven and failed state— conducive for exporting radicals through “ratlines” to the conflict against Assad in Syria.
Hillary made prompt use of the ratlines for conflicts in the Middle East. In the summer of 2012, Clinton privately worked with then CIA director and subversive bonapartist David Petraeus on a proposal for providing arms and training to death squads to be used to topple Syria just as in Libya. This proposal was ultimately struck down by Obama, reported the New York Times in 2013, but constituted one of the earliest attempts at open military support for the Syrian death squads.
Her voting record on intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq is well known and she also has consistently called for attacking Iran. She even told Fareed Zakaria the State Department was involved “behind the scenes” in Iran’s failed 2009 Green Revolution. More recently in Foreign Policy magazine David Rothkopf wrote on the subject of the Lausanne nuclear accord, predicting a “snap-back” in policy by the winner of the 2016 election to the foreign policy in place since the 1980s. The title of this article? “Hillary Clinton is the Real Iran Snap-Back.” This makes Hillary the prime suspect for a return to the madcap Iranian policies that routinely threaten the world with a World War 3 scenario.
Hillary Clinton is not only actively aggressing against Africa and the Middle East. She was one of the loudest proponents against her husband’s hesitancy over the bombing of Kosovo, telling Lucina Frank: “I urged him to bomb,” even if it was a unilateral action.
While no Clinton spokesperson responded to a request by the Washington Free Beacon regarding her stance on Ukraine, in paid speeches she mentioned “putting more financial support into the Ukrainian government”. When Crimea decided to choose the Russian Federation over Poroshenko’s proto-fascist rump state, Hillary anachronistically called President Putin’s actions like “what Hitler did in the ‘30s.” As a leader of the bumbled ”reset” policy towards Russia, Hillary undoubtedly harbors some animus against Putin and will continue the destabilization project ongoing in Ukraine.
Not content with engaging in debacles in Eastern Europe, she has vocally argued for a more aggressive response to what she called the “rollback of democratic development and economic openness in parts of Latin America.” This indicates her willingness to allow the continuation of CIA sponsored efforts at South American destabilization in the countries of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil.
It is one of the proud prerogatives of the Tax Wall Street Party to push out into the light the Wall Street and foundation-funded Democrats. The final blow to Hillary’s clumsy façade comes directly from arch-neocon Robert Kagan. Kagan worked as a foreign policy advisor to Hillary along with his wife, Ukraine madwoman Victoria Nuland, during Hillary’s term as Secretary of State. He claimed in the New York Times that his view of American foreign policy is best represented in the “mainstream” by the foreign policy of Hillary Clinton; a foreign policy he obviously manipulated or outright crafted. Kagan stated: “If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue…it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.” What further reason could any sane person need to refute Hillary? A vote for Hillary is a vote for the irrational return to war.
The “Giant Sucking Sound”: Clinton Gave US NAFTA and Other Free Trade Sellouts
“There is no success story for workers to be found in North America 20 years after NAFTA,” states AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Unlike other failures of his Presidency, Bill Clinton can not run from NAFTA. It was Vice President Al Gore, not a veto-proof Republican congress, who lobbied to remove trade barriers with low-wage Mexico.
The record of free trade is clear. Multinational corporations and Wall Street speculators realize incredible profits, wages remain stagnant in the US, poverty persists in the developing world, and the remaining industrial corporations in America and Canada are increasingly owned by Chinese, Indian and other foreign interests.
America’s free trade policy is upside down. Besides Canada, Australia and Korea, most of our “free” trade partners are low-wage sweatshop paradises like Mexico, Chile, Panama, Guatemala, Bahrain and Oman. The US does in fact apply tariffs on most goods and on most nations of origin – rates are set by the US International Trade Commission (USTIC), a quasi-public federal agency: http://hts.usitc.gov/
Since a German- or Japanese-made automobile would under USITC’s schedule be taxed 10% upon importation, Volkswagen and Toyota can circumvent taxation by simply building their auto assembly plants for the US market in Mexico. In Detroit, an auto assembly worker is paid between $14 and $28/hour, ($29,120-$58,240/yr); hard work for modest pay. In Mexico, the rate varies from $2-5/hour.
In China, all automobile imports regardless of origin are tariffed as high as 25%. This allows the Chinese to attract joint ventures with Volkswagen and Toyota, and to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “keep the jobs, the cars and the money.”
NAFTA-related job loss is not a question of productivity, currency manipulation, “fair trade,” environmental standards, etc. While these issues are not trivial, free trade – as Lincoln’s advisor Henry C. Carey proved – is a matter of simple accounting. Can an American family survive on $4,160/year ($2/hr)? If not, cars and their components will be built in Mexico. If we want cars built in the United States, the only solution is a general tariff (import tax) reflecting the difference between those wage standards, like the very tariffs repealed by Bill Clinton.
In the United States the “runaway shop” under NAFTA and CAFTA has sent trade deficits and unemployment soaring while wages drop relative to the cost of living. Yet Mexico and other “partners” receive no benefit either. Many manufacturing sectors in Mexico pay wages lower than the equivalent sector in China. Mexico is now the world leader in illegal narcotics exportation and weapons importation. The poverty level between 1994 and 2009 remained virtually identical. (52.4% – 52.3%). The shipping of raw materials to Mexico comprise the majority of so called American “exports”. The finished products from these exports are assembled and sold back to the United States at slave labor prices.
Don’t expect Hillary to behave differently with the coming “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” which seeks to replace an ascendant China with less-developed Vietnam and Malaysia. Vietnam would overtake India-allied Bangladesh in the global apparel trade, and Malaysia has a high-tech manufacturing sector poised to rival China’s. With America’s manufacturing economy in shambles, the Clinton machine can now be redirected to geopolitical maneuvers. Continue reading Not the Lesser of Two Evils: Why Hillary Clinton Is Unfit for the Presidency »
Warmonger madman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, instigator of the #47Traitors letter from GOP senators to the Iranian government seeking to sabotage international negotiations on lifting sanctions, is at it again: this past week he told radio bigot Tony Perkins that Iran needed to be bombed, and that the operation would be a cakewalk, pontificating: “Even if military action were required, the president is trying to make you think it would be 150,000 heavy mechanized troops on the ground in the Middle East again as we saw in Iraq. That’s simply not the case. It would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days of air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior. For interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions. All we’re asking is that the president simply be as tough in the protection of America’s national security interest as Bill Clinton was.” After passing Metternich and Talleyrand last week in the ranking of all-time greatest diplomats, the megalomaniac Cotton is now reportedly in line for promotion to Field Marshal. Another GOP presidency is virtually guaranteed to trigger general war.
Freemasonic opportunist Rand Paul posed this week on the deck of an aircraft carrier to stress his conversion to jingoistic “peace through strength,” meaning thinly veiled militarism, as he contorts himself to follow the psychotic humors of his GOP xenophobic base. Questions about his protean flip-flops have been met by self-righteous browbeating of reporters.(Photo Gage Skidmore)
Another tragic presidency waiting in the wings: Hillary Clinton is to announce her White House bid in the next several days. She is a warmonger and a Wall Street puppet. Her success, like Rand Paul?s, would spell yet another sickening downward lurch for the United States.
Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras visited Moscow this week for talks with President Putin. Discussions included ways to exempt Greek farm products from Russia’s countersanctions against the EU, the future prospects of the Greek Pipeline from Turkey to Macedonia, and no doubt much that was not mentioned in the readouts. Syriza has been in power for two and a half months, fighting the Deutsche Bank bloc largely alone in the EU. The words of Tom Payne from December 23, 1776 apply: “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Tsipras will keep fighting and will finally prevail.
Participants in the Lausanne Conference announce the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program (from left): Hailong Wu of China, Laurent Fabius of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Federica Mogherini of the European Union, Javad Zarif of Iran, an unidentified Russian official, Philip Hammond of the United Kingdom, and John Kerry of the United States in the Rolex Forum auditorium of the EPFL Learning Centre, Écublens-Lausanne, Switzerland on 2 April 2015. The Lausanne framework has the potential to change the direction the Middle East away from conflict and towards peaceful coexistence.
The potential of Lausanne can be compared to that of the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty, which allowed the world to turn away from the brink of thermonuclear confrontation as seen during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, and to enjoy the benefits of war avoidance between the thermonuclear superpowers USSR and USA. What is shaping up now is the biggest foreign policy debate in US politics since `the rejection of the League of Nations after World War I. Do not let the GOP Congress of scoundrels and adventurers scuttle Lausanne, and place this country on the path to a general Middle East war and possible world war in the service of their sordid ambitions.
On October 7, 1963 President Kennedy signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in the White House Treaty Room. Looking on were (left to right) William Hopkins, Sen. Mike Mansfield, John J. McCloy, Adrian S. Fisher, Sen. John Pastore, W. Averell Harriman, Sen. George Smathers, Sen. J.W. Fulbright, Sec. of State Dean Rusk, Sen. George Aiken, President Kennedy, Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, Sen. Everett Dirksen, William C. Foster, Sen. Howard W. Cannon, Sen. Leverett Saltonstall, Sen. Thomas H. Kuchel, Vice President Johnson.
Last Thursday seven British Party leaders met in a televised debate. Those present included Cameron for the Tories, Miliband for New Labor, Clegg for the Liberal Democrats, Farage for the xenophobic UK Independence Party, and Natalie Bennett for the Greens, plus Scottish and Welsh regional parties. Natalie Bennett of the Greens (photo) claimed that hers is the main anti-austerity party. But while the Greens may oppose certain forms of fiscal and wage austerity, they demand a ferocious energy austerity which is every bit as destructive, especially when combined with de-industrialization and the rejection of vital infrastructure investments.
So far as is known, the only candidate standing for the May 7 elections in any of the UK’s 650 election districts who rejects both fiscal/wage and budget austerity is Stuart J. Hooper of South Basildon and East Thurrock, Essex. Hooper wants a trading tax or financial transfer tax on the transactions of the City of London banks to replenish the Treasury. He also proposes the nationalization of the Bank of England to provide several trillion pounds sterling of national credit to fully fund the National Health Service build attractive, modern housing units, and rebuild Britain’s depleted infrastructure.
The Tax Wall Street Party and the United Front Against Austerity send best wishes for a Happy Easter to political prisoner Reverend Edward Pinkney, currently held in Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. Make a contribution to Rev. Pinkney’s legal defense through the PayPal account at bhbanco.org in advance of the important hearing coming up on April 14.
Chuy Garcia lacks the courage needed to demand that derivatives speculators pay to support Chicago out of their $1 QUADRILLION river of hot money; stubbornly refuses to campaign for LaSalle Street Tax; grovels for Clintonista bankers’ boy Rahm Emanuel in promising “bad news” for his own supporters; raves that unions, not zombie bankers, are responsible for Chicago’s finance problems.
Stuart J. Hooper
Stuart J. Hooper, Graduate Student at City University London, studying for a Master’s Degree in International Politics and now seeking funds to become a candidate for the House of Commons in the Parliamentary election to be held on May 7, seeking the seat for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Essex currently held by Stephen Metcalfe of the Conservative Party.
GOP Rep. Tom Price
THE BANALITY OF EVIL: Republican Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, Chairman of the House Budget Committee — His House GOP budget passed this week will go all the way to Nuremberg.
“WORLD TARGETS IN MEGADEATHS” — In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove, the top US Air Force general is shown holding a binder entitled “World Targets in Megadeaths.” These same RAND Corporation methods will be needed by the Congressional Budget Office for scoring the GOP’s FY 2016 budgets, which are a threat to the lives of many Americans.
Left: Insurgent Democrat Jesus “Chuy” Garcia: Good intentions, but no way to pay for needed programs without dipping into the $1 QUADRILLION river of untaxed money that flows through the Chicago derivatives markets yearly.
Middle: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: A Clintonite austerity Dem and bankers’ boy who should be eminently beatable.
Right: Incompetent Fed chair Janet Yellen, whose ill-advised policies are piloting the United States back into the depths of the 2008 depression. This week, her bungling triggered a new round of currency chaos, this time hitting the US dollar.
This past week witnessed another round of the currency chaos, triggered by seemingly contradictory statements from the failed Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. For several years now, the Federal Reserve has been under pressure to raise interest rates. The pressure comes largely from the rentier interest, meaning rich plutocrats who have lots of cash and want to earn a higher return on their holdings. For these plutocrats, the Fed’s post-2008 regime of interest rates close to zero has been a continuing disappointment. Joining in the chorus to raise interest rates are also the self-styled libertarians and Paultards, always eager to raise their voices in the service of wealthy predators. The feckless Yellen has been gradually bending to this rate hike pressure, even though the stock market has lurched sharply downward at her every previous step away from easy money.
In the wake of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the rest of the Wall Street zombie banks, the privately controlled central bank has tried a $27 trillion line of credit to troubled financiers, plus three rounds of support operations for bankrupt, kited derivatives designated in public as Quantitative Easing. These operations have added more than $3 trillion in junk to the Fed balance sheet, and have not produced a lasting recovery. Instead, most of this hot money has immediately become flight capital headed towards the hottest speculative markets on the planet. In 2009-2010, the Pelosi Democrats in the House pushed through a half-baked Keynesian consumer led-recovery in the form of the Stimulus and the Supplemental, for a total of about $1.2 trillion. This effort produced some positive results in the short run, but these results began to fade as soon as the money began to run out under the attacks of the Tea Party fanatics. The Keynesian approach had not revived capital goods production, and thus failed to overcome the depression.
Mellonite-Austrians like Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, and the 60-odd GOP congressman who currently make up that gaggle of sociopaths that calls itself the “Freedom Caucus” have been agitating since the 2008 panic for their classic remedy: a total deflationary crash that would bring the nation to its knees, after which they promise that a full recovery would quickly and magically ensue. Their favorite model for this is the 1920 panic and depression, which they regard as a model to be imitated today — never knowing, or perhaps forgetting, that the most lasting effect of the 1920 panic was to set the stage for the emergence of fascist rule in Italy in October 1922. When the libertarian legions of greed bully Yellen to raise interest rates, they are actually campaigning to put the United States through the ringer of just such an all-out deflationary crash, since it is widely known that 0% borrowing is now the only thing propping up stocks, real estate, but also auto. These libertarians are people who have money and who are convinced they will continue to have money, so that when the crash is over, they will be able to buy valuable assets for pennies on the dollar. Those assets will include the labor of people like you and your family.
In addition to hot money, Keynesian stimulus, and all-out deflationary crash, there is also the actual solution advocated here, which comes down to a Hamiltonian dirigist credit stimulus obtained by nationalizing the Federal Reserve, in whole or in part, to provide $5 trillion in 0% long-term federal credit for a massive infrastructure program, supplemented by more than $1 trillion in refinancing to freeze the crushing student debt burden by getting interest rates down to 0%.
To sum up, Yellen is currently embracing the hot money variant. If she raises interest rates, she will be moving — whether she knows it or not — towards the deflationary crash option. The Keynesian stimulus plan has been relegated to some academics and political organizations embedded in the left wing of the Democratic Party.
This past week, the Federal Reserve’s communiqué finally stopped describing its approach to interest rate policies as “patient,” which was widely interpreted as meaning that interest rates would be raised for the first time in over five years at the Fed’s mid-June meeting. But Yellen, speaking at a press conference after the Fed confab, stressed that the lack of patience does not necessarily mean impatience, leaving greedy speculators to make their own guesses.
Yellen’s confusion led to immediate chaos in currency markets, where the desirability of parking huge masses of hot money in a given currency is greatly influenced by the interest rates prevailing in that currency. First, the euro rose by three cents or 2.5% against the dollar on Wednesday, scoring its biggest single day gains since 2008. Then, on Thursday, the dollar gained back 1.9% against the euro. These are extraordinarily large fluctuations for major currencies, to say the least.
By the end of the week the dollar was still down by 1.5% against the euro on the week, and down 1.2% in relation to 10 major currencies, according to the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, making this the worst week for the US greenback since July 2013.
However, this new round of dollar instability should not be attributed primarily to Yellen’s substandard public-relations skills. For the past six months, world currency markets have been buffeted by hurricane force winds, signaling in all probability a new and more acute phase of the current world economic and financial depression.
In October 2014, Japanese economic authorities carrying out the policy known as Abenomics massively increased their own Quantitative Easing program, rapidly expanding their money supply and making the yen cheaper compared to other currencies. In December, Belarus responded to an incipient collapse of its ruble by imposing currency controls and exchange controls. After the Russian ruble had declined by almost 50%, Moscow adopted its own informal currency and exchange controls, administered by government officials stationed in the offices of the main financial actors.
The Singapore dollar has been falling for three straight quarters, and its prospects are considered to be at their worst since the time of the 1998 Asian Contagion crisis. The Singapore dollar is significant in its own right, and also because it serves as a speculative proxy for the currencies of neighboring Thailand and Indonesia. In mid-January, Swiss authorities abandoned their euro peg, and the Swiss franc went up by about 30% in a single day, one of the largest major currency moves in recent history. But within less than a month, this vast uptick was surpassed on the downside by the Ukrainian hryvnia, which fell by 45% in a single day, as a result of contorted maneuverings for self-preservation by the Kiev central bank.
Shortly after the Swiss up-valuation, the attention of speculators turned to Denmark, which has similarly pegged its currency to the euro. In order to defend this peg, Danish authorities have had to lower their interest rates four times in three weeks, reaching an all time modern low at negative 0.75%. The speculators have backed off for the moment, but are most likely regrouping for another attack.
The Swiss shock was immediately followed by Mario Draghi’s announcement that the European Central Bank would indulge in €1 trillion of its own Quantitative Easing, and the euro has been falling ever since, reaching a 12 year low against the dollar just before Yellen got into the act.
The half-year of instability we have summed up can thus be attributed to two main factors: first, many countries – most notably Japan — are attempting to exit the depression via competitive devaluation to increase their market share of world exports by driving down their own currencies and thus pricing their competitors out of the market. The second factor is that the Fed functions in reality as the central bank for most of the world, and any move to raise interest rates in Washington has the effect of sucking hot money out of various Third World speculative markets which superficial observers have regarded over recent years as economic powerhouses — when they were merely the beneficiaries of the fact that the hot money advocates momentarily had the upper hand in Washington.
However, these recent events are even more ominous. We have just received another object lesson in the fact that currency values are determined primarily if not exclusively on the basis of hot money forward yields. The Dodd-Frank law is already a failure, as former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley wrote this week in the Des Moines Register. In addition, the grave problems associated with automated trading and program trading, including flash trading, obviously remain unresolved. As the Wall Street Journal wrote on March 20, 2015:
“[The dollar-euro] episode intensified many traders’ concerns about liquidity – the capacity to buy or sell quickly at a quoted price. Many currency trading firms reported difficulty executing desired trades, and automated trading programs added to the swings by offering euros and dollars and higher or lower prices than many traders said they expected. Bond traders also reported difficulties trading US treasury securities.” There is also the problem of cascading stop loss orders, which became harder and harder to fill as the US currency continued to fall. Wednesday’s events were a demonstration that any unexpected financial or economic event might be capable of triggering a panic based primarily on automated trading and stop loss orders. A major systemic crash could, in short, occur at any time. The only way to prevent another derivatives-based world panic like 2008 is to implement the 1% Wall Street Sales Tax, which would restore stability to these market permanently.
The final proof that a return to the fixed currency exchange rates or parities of the Bretton Woods system (1944-1971) are necessary for the economic prosperity of humankind comes from the haute couture House of Chanel in Paris. On March 17, Chanel headquarters in Paris announced that the company would increase the prices for its designer handbags sold in Europe under the brands of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel, while reducing prices on the same merchandise sold in China. The cause was the depreciation of the euro, which had reduced the price of a Chanel bag bought in Paris to less than $4,000, as against the price of just under $5,000 in New York and $6,000 in Beijing. Enterprising traders were buying up the designer items in Europe, shipping them to China, and selling them just under their market price there, resulting in a flourishing gray market. Here then is yet another market thrown into chaos by the post-Bretton Woods currency anarchy.
Since the Republican Party of National Sabotage took over the House of Representatives, the US government has been subjected to the full range of domestic anarchy, with crises of default, government shutdown, the Satan sandwich, the sequester, and the threatened shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. The GOP’s stock in trade has been revealed as chaos and ungovernability, in line with their Austrian slogan of “Government doesn’t work — elect us and we’ll prove it!” The same methods have been employed by the Supreme Court RATS cabal under the ideological leadership of Scalia. Now, with the Senate under GOP control, these reactionary anarchists are pursuing international anarchy. They seek a paralysis of US diplomacy which, whatever its content, is the only alternative to a general war over Ukraine, Syria, Iran, or some other issue. The GOP is intent on provocations: first they invited the desperate adventurer Netanyahu (who threatened to attack Iran if the US declined to do so), and now they have followed that with their #47Traitors letter to the Iranian government, which promises to sabotage any peace deal.
If all peace deals are blocked by the GOP saboteurs, the chances of war are greatly increased. If all US executive agreements not passed by the senate are called into question (think of FDR’s emergency destroyers for bases deal with the UK is September 1940), then US foreign relations will be reduced to a chaos sure to be more dangerous than the current status quo. If there are forces in Iran opposed to a modus vivendi, these forces will surely be strengthened, again making war more likely. If the talks fail, the US will be blamed, but Americans should pass that blame on to the GOP scoundrels. Already we may be seeing the French warmonger foreign minister Fabius encouraged by the GOP in his own wrecking operation.
Despite the impression which Netanyahu and the Republicans are eager to convey, the current talks involve Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, China, Britain, France, US) plus Germany. These other powers should now retaliate against the GOP letter by exiting the US-imposed regime of economic sanctions, which they were very foolish to agree to in the first place.
The biggest GOP loser is the libertarian faker Rand Paul, who by signing on with the #47Traitors has dropped his mask of anti-interventionism, revealing the hideous visage of a warmonger. His former dupes are fleeing in droves from his stillborn presidential campaign.
The Cotton letter may help do for the GOP what the Hartford Convention of 1814 did for the Federalists: signal the beginning of their political collapse. During the War of 1812, certain New England Federalist Party oligarchs increasingly resented the loss of their UK trade, and began flirting with secessionism and a return to British rule. Although they never actually seceded, they assembled at the Hartford Convention in 1814-1815, and were thereafter marked as traitors. The Federalists nominated their last presidential candidate in 1816, and by the mid-1820s had virtually disappeared from the national scene. This contemporary cartoon shows several vacillating Federalists about to jump into the arms of the British King.
The sociopathic policies of the Republican Party underline the validity of the Tax Wall Street Party strategy, which is to first seek the extinction of the GOP as a national party, followed by the effort to split the Democrats into their latent pro-Wall Street and anti-Wall Street faction. Join us in this effort.
Senator Tom Cotton
ARCH-TRAITOR TOM COTTON – The novice GOP senator from Arkansas has made his appalling debut by authoring the absurd and stupid letter of the #47Traitors. Cotton qualifies as a traitor and a felon for his violation of the Logan Act of 1799. His punishment should include being forced to find Iran on a map. His staff has suggested that they regarded the fateful letter as a joke. Cotton reminds us of Nietzsche’s blond beast in the Genealogy of Morals, for whom “murder, arson, rape, and torture” could be seen as fraternity pranks. Here nothing less than nuclear war is at stake.
The Hartford Convention, a series of secret meetings of New England Federalists held in December 1814
Arch-reactionary activist judge, ideological leader of RATS cabal (Roberts-Alito-Thomas-Scalia) — Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, a Nixon and Reagan appointee and Cheney crony with numerous conflicts of interest, has voted to stop the Florida vote count in 2000, to approve torture during the G.W. Bush era, to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, to allow plutocrats and foreigners to buy US elections via Citizens United, to exalt the claims of the rich over the needs of working people in Hobby Lobby, and to prevent the Medicaid expansion mandated by Obamacare. He now seeks to strike down Obamacare in total chaos. It is time to revive the Constitutional remedy for a disastrous appointment which threatens the life and health of so many Americans: #ImpeachScalia!
To those whose adult lives and historical experience have been largely dominated by the Soviet-American rivalry, by the division of the world into the opposed military blocs of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and by the Cold War, the idea that the fundamental interests of the United States and Russia are necessarily in conflict may appear as self-evident, and the clash of these two powers may seem inevitable. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The legitimate national interests of American and Russia are not in conflict. Russia supported the American Revolution through the anti-British League of Armed Neutrality, and Tsar Alexander II was Lincoln’s only ally during the US Civil War. America, in turn, was the only power friendly to Russia during the British onslaught of the Crimean War.
Up until the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, a Soviet-American clash would have been considered by most informed observers as less likely than other outcomes. FDR’s design for the postwar world can be summed up under three headings:
The unity and cooperation of the United States, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United Kingdom – the Big Three – as the content for the United Nations. The essence of Roosevelt’s views on the US-USSR-UK relationship was included in the Yalta declaration: “Only with the continuing and growing cooperation and understanding among our three countries and among all the peace- loving nations can…be realized a secure and lasting peace….” Roosevelt intended to hold summits with Moscow and London about once a year, with continuous consultation in the interims at the foreign minister level.
The dismantling of the colonial empires, which were to be supplanted by sovereign states. At Yalta, Roosevelt asked Gen. Patrick Hurley to draw up a plan for safeguarding the independence and sovereignty of Iran. After Yalta, FDR – despite the fact that he was a very sick man – took time to meet with King Farouk of Egypt, King Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia – meetings which the British interpreted as harbingers of a strong anti-colonial, anti-imperial thrust in postwar US policy. FDR, in conversations with Churchill, had rejected the latter’s “eighteenth century methods.”
Economic development, as exemplified by the proposal FDR made at Yalta to develop the entire Danube River basin according to the methods of the highly successful Tennessee Valley Authority.
The coming of the Cold War was experienced by well-informed Americans as a stunning reversal, a breathtaking change of course, as the abrupt jettisoning of the principles which had guided FDR’s wartime planning for the postwar international scene. In the wake of the October 1995 summit of Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin at FDR’s home in Hyde Park, New York, and in view of the manifest intent of the two presidents to return to the quality of cooperation that was within reach for Americans and Russians in 1945, it is highly instructive to review how half a century of needless and useless Cold War conflict was foisted onto the world.
The roots of the Cold War lie not in any irrepressible American-Russian antagonism, but far more in British geopolitics and British balance of power machinations. These impulses were expressed in 1945 by the British Establishment and especially by the clique around British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, including most notably Ambassador W. Averell Harriman and his henchmen. As a general rule, very little of that which happened after April 12, 1945 would have happened if Roosevelt had still been alive and in command. Roosevelt’s death in Warm Springs, Georgia was a golden opportunity for the British, and they seized it with both hands.
FDR saw the three-way cooperation among Washington, Moscow, and London as the path to a more peaceful future. There were certainly plenty of suspicions in Moscow and in the mind of Stalin personally about the advisability of such a course – suspicions rooted in the “Moscow the Third Rome” cultural matrix and its Bolshevik overlay. But these difficulties were on the whole less formidable than the raving, implacable hostility which FDR’s perspective excited in London. The British oligarchy, steeped in Venetian geopolitics, saw in FDR’s proposal for big-power cooperation in the postwar years nothing less than their own extinction. In such a three-cornered world, London would be the weak sister, the low man on the totem pole. The British Establishment abhorred such a fate – their cultural matrix was the idea that the British Empire had to be the deciding factor in human affairs, come hell or high water. Or, as Sir Anthony Eden told John Foster Dulles in 1956, Britain would rather have the third world war, fought with nuclear weapons, than become a third-rate power with a shattered economy.
Big Three Unity
Yalta Conference, 1945 — seated: Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin standing: Harriman and Molotov (2nd & 3rd from right, respectively)
As the great continental expanses of Russian and America were enriched by economic cooperation, consultation a trois would gradually be supplanted by the de facto a deux relation of Washington and Moscow – as later parlance had it, the superpowers. If US relations with the USSR remained good, then the US would of course assist Soviet postwar economic reconstruction. That reconstruction would be extended to the war-ravaged areas of Eastern Europe – to Poland, to Hungary, Czechoslovakia, to the Balkan and Danubian states. Economic development in Eastern Europe along the lines FDR proposed at Yalta would violate one of the most basic precepts of British geopolitics, the British even more isolated, irrelevant, impoverished and impotent than they already were. If the US and the USSR were able to get along, London would rapidly have become an antiquated third wheel, a museum of the gothic horrors of 18th century colonialism.
The British could of course have chosen to rebuild their own economy, and that of their imperial satellites – especially their own great continental expanses of Canada and Australia. But this is precisely the alternative which the British oligarchy is organized to reject and has historically rejected.
But if conflict between the US and the USSR could be engineered, then London would suddenly become very important indeed. Washington, needing an advanced base to counter Soviet designs in Europe, would discover a desperate reliance on British cooperation. British networks among the political leaders of the continental states would become indispensable. In any alliance of the north Atlantic powers against the USSR, London would attain paramount status among the European members. London could extort all manner of concessions from the US – economic aid, assistance in fighting colonial wars to preserve the British Empire and its sister empires, and so forth. At certain moments, London could pose as a mediator between US and USSR. Perfide Albion would also be in a position to deal under the table with Moscow in the way that later occurred through the Philby-Maclean-Burgess-Blunt-Lord Victor Rothschild-Sir Lester Pearson networks of triple agents ultimately loyal to London.
Churchill’s Lepidus Complex
For three centuries, the British had tried to dominate Europe and the world through the balance of power. In 1945, instead of being the protagonists of the balancing act, they saw themselves as being balanced, played off against the USSR by FDR. Churchill was always reluctant to hear the allies described as “the Big Three” by Eden or others. At Harrow, Churchill had learned of the second triumvirate of the Roman Republic, with Marc Anthony (lord of the east), Octavian (later Augustus) and M. Aemilius Lepidus. Now, if FDR was Augustus and Stalin was Marc Anthony, Churchill knew that the British would be forced to play the role of the inconsequential Lepidus, the virtual servant of the other two. The British Establishment rebelled against this fate.
Churchill The Provcateur
By the autumn of 1944, the final defeat of Germany was clearly not far off. Churchill gave increasing thought to sabotaging FDR’s grand design for the postwar world. During the war, Churchill had delayed, sabotaged, and crippled allied strategy with his lunatic plans for an invasion of Europe through the “soft underbelly” of the Balkans, or for “a campaign across the Indian Ocean” when MacArthur was within striking distance of Manila. As World War II in Europe moved towards its end, Churchill began to scheme for ways to provoke a clash between the US and the USSR.
Churchill and Stalin
The first step was to re-assert a British sphere of influence in the Balkans on the basis of virtually nothing, since the entire area, except for Greece, was occupied or about to be occupied by the Red Army. This was Churchill’s mission on his infamous “Tolstoi” solo trip to Moscow in October, 1944. At a meeting with Stalin in the Kremlin, Churchill advanced his “naughty document” giving Moscow and London percentages of control in the Balkans, as if these countries had been targets of a leveraged buy-out. Churchill proposed:
Let us settle our affairs in the Balkans. Your armies are in Roumania and Bulgaria…Don’t let us get at cross-purposes in small ways. So far as Britain and Russia are concerned, how would it do for you to have ninety per cent predominance in Roumania, for us to have ninety per cent of the say in Greece, and go fifty-fifty about Yugoslavia?
Churchill offered Stalin 75% of Bulgaria as well. He claimed that Stalin made a check mark opposite these figures.
In Greece, Churchill gave Stalin an object lesson of what “influence” meant. German forces left Greece in October, 1944. Effective control of the country outside of Athens passed into the hands of the EAM-ELAS communist guerillas. Churchill rushed in British troops, with the goal of restoring the monarchy of King George II and a court of Nazi collaborateurs.
After this broadcast was taped, the anti-Putin Russian oligarch Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in Moscow. As a “young wolf” shock therapist and privateer in the Yeltsin government, Nemtsov sang the praises of what he called “bandit capitalism.”
The Tax Wall Street Party and the United Front Against Austerity were represented at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC at this year’s celebration of Armed Forces Day on February 24
Nemtsov helped direct the process of nomenklatura privatization, by which the state property of the USSR was dished out to greedy adventurers who thus became the post-Soviet oligarchs. Nemtsov then sought a career as a demagogue with his reactionary “Union of Right Forces,” but he got nowhere. Most likely some cabal within NATO intelligence decided that he was worth more as a martyr than as a failed rabble rouser. It is certain that Putin had no reason to fear him. The western media are scurrying to canonize him as St. Boris the “towering figure” of the post-Soviet era (Washington Post), but his mourners were dominated by fellow oligarchs like Chubais, who incongruously prattled about democracy. (Photo: Dharmikatva)
The Tax Wall Street Party has performed a vital public service by unmasking the very fishy Pablo Iglesias of the Spanish Podemos, who has been portraying himself as the Spanish equivalent of Syriza. Hear Gregory Edwards ask Iglesias whether he will back a 50% cut in the Greek debt, and whether he will do the same for Spain. Iglesias says he will not support Syriza on their most important demand. Iglesias thus appears far closer to Soros than he does to Syriza. Why is he still the General Secretary of Podemos?
One year ago: fascist hoodlums deployed by NATO and incited by big-name EU politicians carried out a new and violent version of the color revolution in Kiev and other cities of Ukraine. These patsies in the street ran cover for a behind-the-scenes coup d’état, creating an apocalyptic chaos. (Photo: Mstyslav Chernov)
Murderous attacks by the anti-Russian hooligans of Right Sector and related groups killed numerous police officers. In the night of Feb. 20 to 21, a deal for new elections and constitutional changes among Pres. Yanukovich and pro-NATO protest leaders Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, and Tyannybok was guaranteed by Foreign Ministers Steinmeyer of Germany, Fabius of France, and Sokorski of Poland, plus Putin’s representative Vladimir Lukin. When the fascist bosses of Maidan rejected the deal a few hours later and stormed the presidential palace as Yanukovich was forced to flee for his life, these NATO ministers immediately shifted their support to the putschists and their illegal and Russophobic new regime. This betrayal is the cause of the present crisis. (Wikipedia)
The Maidan headquarters of the rioters was decorated with a photo of Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Nazi leader and Quisling. (Photo: Nabak)
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