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United States of Europe

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2021

In his History of the Second World War, Churchill expressed his opposition to the United Nations post-war order promoted by Roosevelt and supported by Stalin. This would , of course, be a re-militarised Europe, confirmed by his support for war with the Soviet Union in 1945, Operation Unthinkable, and the fact that this proposal formed the seed of NATO. Of course, this NATO-to-be did contradict the UN, contrary to what he claimed in this speech, since NATO institutionalised the Nazi-“iron-curtain” also championed by Churchill, paralysing the workings of the global body. Not enough has been made of the rift between Churchill and Roosevelt. Whereas Roosevelt was surprisingly pro-Soviet, perhaps due to the impact on him of the oligarchical pro-fascist coup attempt against him in 1934 Churchill by his actions enabled Hitler and obviously sought through him the destruction of the Soviet Union. Neither of the two maritime powers, the USA and the UK, was capable of winning without sponsoring one of the great land powers but crucially they chose different ones. Roosevelt also sought the dismantling of the British Empire in direct conflict with Churchill who continued to champion it. Roosevelt sought a partnership with the Soviet Union as the central axis of the post-world order. As well as his virulent hostility to the Soviet Union Churchill also sought to instrumentalise the USA towards the fulfilment of his own goals. Roosevelt made derisory reference in his correspondence with Churchill to the State Department which he sought to bypass as a nest of pro-British elements, a sort of pro-British deep state. 1944 saw both Churchill’s attack on pro- Soviet, Greek partisans and the election of Truman to the vice-presidential candidacy in place of the pro-Soviet Henry.A.Wallace, both events foreshadowing the Cold War. The death of Roosevelt before the end of the war left Churchill as the most influential voice within the West. On the one hand, Roosevelt’s four pillar UN , to become five with the addition of France, remained in place but NATO emerged as a counterpoint to it representing the Western hegemony which the war itself had failed to bring about. That fundamental conflict remains with NATO now superceeding UN in it’s “peace-keeping” role in such far-flung corners as Afghanistan. Under cover of covid there has been a push to extend and intensify NATO influence notably with an Asian NATO based on the Quad grouping of India, Japan and Australia. Ironically, Brexit does not aim for the withdrawal of Britain from Europe but, rather, for the reframing of Europe as a military alliance against Russia, just as Churchill would envisaged it. This is seen in the E-3, the UK, France and Germany to be constituted in the European Security Council. The London-Washington conflict of the war years is back in the form of the anti-Trump campaign run from London and seems set to continue under Biden who has already disappointed Western militarists. Perhaps the best way to look at the global situation today is that WW2 never finished and that the nature of the world order to come, be it based on diplomacy and partnership or wars and regime change operations , is yet to be resolved.

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Swamp fails to drain Trump

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2021

Cailean Bochanan

1st March, 2021

Trump’s triumphant return at the CPAC can only accentuate the despair felt in Atlanticist circles, especially those emanating from London. After 4 years trying to tame the beast he is back and Biden’s election turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory. In fact, Trump looks in a stronger position than ever, continuing to highlight the blatant electoral fraud which denied him victory ( with three dissenters on the Supreme Court openly sympathetic), pushing for quicker reopening of schools (with falling “cases” due to a suspiciously timed intervention from the WHO curbing PCR testing excesses), a plank of Biden’s programme, lamenting Biden’s failure to withdraw the military from the Middle East and escoriating the treacherous republican leadership to the delight of the crowds, a Republican leadership which now has no choice but to endorse the man they queued up to stab on Capitol Hill. There is nothing here to suggest that the greatly feared Democratic Party dictatorship has become a realty. Trump has not been driven from political life, his supporters haven’t been hunted down, the far-left, rather than being empowered, are in despair at having been sold down the river so soon. The drive to open up the economy as the so-called covid epidemic tails off is becoming irresistible.


While Trump exudes strength, Biden exudes weakness. True, he has presided over a piece of gratuitous aggression, a missile attack on Syria, a traditional blooding of the new incumbent, but it’s questionable whether he was even informed, let alone consulted about it. His Vice-President Kamala Harris certainly wasn’t and complained vociferously. In office, but not in power. Extraordinarily, leading members of the Democratic Party want to take away Biden’s power to press the nuclear button. I would suggest that is symptomatic of a situation where power is escaping their hands. They want to control the president but someone else is already doing that. Quite explicitly, in fact. Shortly before Biden’s inauguration the Joints Chief’s of Staff made the unprecedented announcement that they would guarantee the Biden succession. So he owes his position to them in a sort of managed transition. Is this a soft military regime being signalled to us also through the occupation of Washington DC by the National Guard, at Trump’s command remember! General Michael Flynn spoke openly of a military intervention but not quite in this way. The fact that he is not facing treason charges, which undoubtedly would have been the first move of a Democratic single party dictatorship following on a coup by electoral fraud, confirms that the coup hasn’t happened. The appointment of his brother to head Asia Command confirms it doubly. It is as if MacBeth, after killing Duncan, continued to encounter his ghost in the corridors of the castle, failed to kill Banquo and the rest of the Duncan supporters, promoted some of them and even allowed them to continue to propagate conspiracy theories about Duncan’s death.

If we are in a period of military stewardship of the United States what would their goal be? To keep the states unified, in the first instance. They would seek to prevent the slide into civil war so confidently predicted in certain circles. Blocking normal politics would then be an essential step since normal politics is driven by irreconcilable extremes. Having a puppet Democratic president is then ideal to take the wind out of the sails of the loony left whose identity nonsense if incompatible in principle with any stable body politic. They do indeed seem to have gone quiet and the Trots are in despair, always a reliable marker. As WSWS puts it : “Biden and the Democratic Party leadership have strengthened Trump and his fellow Republican plotters.”


They would also have grasped by now that China has emerged victorious from Coronawars and that the USA better open up quickly before even more damage has been done to its standing in the world. They would also seek to salvage something of the middle class as some kind of stable base to the political system.


They would also seek to strengthen the military, of course, through the time honoured method of generating tension against imaginary enemies. At the same time the realists would be in charge as they have tended to be since the Iraq debacle and the overthrow of Rumsfeld, checking any temptation towards reckless conflict. This, of course, is contradictory but the trend towards non-engagement by US troops spread out around the world will likely continue. Any realist would also realise that US levels of defence spending are incompatible with diminished US economic power and the looming financial blowout. Perhaps, bringing the troops home and curbing the Military/Industrial Complex might be the twin planks of future Trump foreign policy. Meanwhile, London will continue its amateur propaganda campaign to bounce the USA into conflict with the evil Russians

The great losers in these developments are precisely these the warmongers and neo-imperialists in London. As I have argued within the anti-lockdown movement, the immediate goal of lockdown is not a NWO, as advocated by Klaus Schwab, already a figure of fun and general derision, but the NOW, the New Order of the West, a remilitarised, streamlined West under the leadership of a re-empowered NATO and Johnson’s D-10, a grandiose Freedom Alliance of the Western democracies with the Eastern democracies, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India underpinned by the strict denial of basic democratic rights under the pretext of an imaginary epidemic. Significantly, the ten leading countries in terms of covid “cases” are members of NATO. By Covid will they stand or fall. They will fall.

Trump has not drained the swamp but neither has the swamp drained Trump. The USA is in an unstable equilibrium that has to resolve itself either through its refoundation as a nation state or a disastrous, renewed bid for global hegemony.

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Biden moves to restore trust with NATO allies

Posted by seumasach on February 18, 2021

“The Pentagon views the meetings as a way to reset the alliance after years of disruption, and a chance to set new goals on confronting China, combating climate change, and bringing NATO-aligned countries like Finland and Sweden closer to the alliance, Breaking Defense reported.”

Where the Pentagon and NATO lead Biden and the Europeans will follow? That is the question. Notably, no mention of Ukraine membership or Johnson’s Asia NATO

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Why Russia is driving the West crazy

Posted by seumasach on February 14, 2021

Pepe Escobar

Zero Hedge( Article from Asia Times)

13th February

This is a great article by Escobar a man with long , hands-on expertise on Asian affairs. It is an antidote to all the piss-poor stuff we get from the Libertarians about “authoritarian” Russia. That word no more characterises Russia than “free” characterises Britain. In fact, a nation which bases its freedoms on Magna Carta, 1215, and the Bill of Rights, 1789, is not only not free, it’s a joke. To my way of thinking two great powers straddle the world, Russia the Eurasian pole and the USA, the Euramerican pole. Their convergence represents the great hope for global peace and prosperity. It has precedent in Lincoln’s Russian alliance and the Roosevelt-Stalin, anti-Churchill pact. Trump, and even Obama, attempted to move in this direction. Resistance to this. orchestrated from London, was feral. As Escobar shows, there are so many dimensions to Russia and even to the Soviet Union. Stalin now begins to look like an Asia despot, he was Asian, who tried to marginalise the communist party but failed. However, Russia has now succeeded completely in defining its place in the world, straddling Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, in the USA things remain obscure. Trump seems to have emerged stronger than ever after “losing” the election and being gifted an absurd attempt at impeachment which defies belief. The hawkish anti- Russia and China stuff doesn’t seem to be coming from Biden. Instead we have series of military leaders making hostile pronouncement on foreign policy: General Kenneth MacKenzie on Iran; Admiral Charles Richard making senile nuclear threats against Russia and China and our very own General Sir Nick Carter hyping cyberwars and an Asian NATO, no less. And, talking of NATO, we have , of course, the belligerent bureaucrat, the supreme warlord, the Shogun of the West, Jens Stoltenberg pontificating provocations such as getting Ukraine to join NATO( They are Nazis so I suppose that gives the proposal some rationale). All in all, certain elements in the West have never recovered form the failure of Barbarossa at the gates of Moscow in 1941. Stalin broke the hearts of Western imperialism and it has just been madness ever since. Can it end? Can a sane and rational leadership emerge in the West to finally put an end to three thousand years of war and inaugurate a new, peaceful epoch in the human story.

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Gridlock – Biden may or may not win, but Trump remains ‘President’ of Red America

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2020

Alistair Crooke

Strategic Culture

7th November, 2020

“The fracturing of the ‘One Normal’, by contrast, provides some kind of respite to much of the globe.”

A crucial element of the reset, rarely mentioned, is the formation of a global alliance against Russia and China. In the absence of a clear cut Democratic victory that has suddenly become a lot less doable. In particular, reducing Europe to a NATO outpost against Russia is inconceivable;e with America wobbling at the helm.

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Trump’s Shadow

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2020

Euro Intelligence

1st November

This article underestimates the possibility under cover of covid of reinforcing the transatlantic relationship under a Biden presidency. Under this reset the EU would become virtually identical to NATO and Europe would be to spearheaded to challenge Russia. Of course, this would be contrary to the interests of a substantial proportion of the business community but a startling aspect off the covid panic is the absence of concern for this constituency: F… business as Johnson famously put it. It turns out that the the West, or more specifically the Anglosphere isn’t in fact about “capitalism” let alone democracy: it’s about war and the pursuit of a New World Order on the ruins of the West’s rivals, Russia and China.

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Exit Johnson, enter Gove

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2020

 

Cailean Bochanan

18th april, 2020

For three years the news and media covered Brexit to the exclusion of everything else. Coronavirus was, therefore, something of a relief: exit Brexit, enter Covid 19. The question remains: what is the relationship between the new agenda and the old one?

On the domestic front the implications of the corona-coup are self-evident and self-declaratory: the suspension of civil rights, the destruction of what remains of British business (fuck business!) in favour of financial/corporate control of the entire economy and the imposition of total social control, especially medical control over the people. You could describe this as the fulfilment of the Thatcher agenda. I prefer to go back to the Elizabethan roots of the Anglo-system. The main goal of the novus homo, the new men, who had come to power via the great plague, the Black Death was to avoid being threatened by other emerging new men, notably the potentially wealthy and , therefore, dangerous peasant, yeoman class. This fear of this aspiring undercurrent of humanity gave rise to the overpopulation scare which obsessed the Elizabethan elite, the Raleighs, Donnes, Bacons etc. The solution was gloriously simple, although at the time it still posed logistical problems: take the land from the English natives and give them native land in the Americas. Just as today the elite fear those of independent means who may also be able to think independently. They hope to end this worry and also to reduce the working class, in as far was it still exists, to a situation in which they either work for them or don’t work at all. They will also be highly indebted, also to them, and their status will therefore be that of indentured servants. The rest of the population are surplus to requirement and they certainly can’t be exported as they were from the early 17th century.

That takes care of the home front but Britain continues to aspire to global power. This brings us back to question I posed at the start. What is Britain’s Brexit strategy in times of coronavirus? What brought this to mind for me was the strange disappearance of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, remember? This after, his after enemy and nemesis, Michael Gove, announced, with all due solemnity, on the 27th of March that Johnson had tested positive for Covid-19. Despite having made a recovery after a spell in intensive care and appearing to be well and in good spirits as he reemerged form it, he is no longer in any way involved in government- not so much as a phone call to his replacement Dominic Raab. Am I the only one who finds this odd?

Has any change in foreign policy coincided with the absence of the Prime Minister? Yes, Dominic Raab has announced that there can no longer be “business as usual” with China. That is significant: Britain has a great deal of business with China which is a major investor in this country. Most notably Huawei is playing a large role in updating the UK’s mobile phone network, the so-called 5G development. That was Johnson’s controversial choice. Expect this now to be reversed. However, it wouldn’t be necessary to sideline the Prime Minister in order to get him to reverse that decision. Coronavirus and China’s alleged nefarious role in allowing it to propagate would suffice for that. However, joining a US-UK-French alliance against China might be. France , of course, is an EU member. Did we leave Europe with such a fanfare only to start re-engaging with it? Brexit populism, of which Johnson is the embodiment, was based on old wives’ tales about making trade deals with the Commonwealth, certainly not with the French. However, as I wrote back in 2016 after the Brexit vote:

“It may come as a surprise to little englander Brexit voters that they weren’t voting to leave Europe but to destroy it. It wasn’t a vote against globalisation but for Anglo-American globalisation. Neo-conservatism, the infection that just won’t go away, is back in the form of a new unelected junta about to take control of Britain. It’s chief ideologue is Michael Gove of the neocon Henry Jackson society. According to Gove:

“For Europe, Britain voting to leave will be the beginning of something potentially even more exciting — the democratic liberation of a whole continent”

So we are to leave Europe in order, subsequently, to meddle in it.”

So, are about to see the democratic liberation of Europe led by the chief ideologue of a new unelected junta about to take control of Britain? Absolutely not: democracy is now definitively off the agenda. But we are seeing a course correction. Brexit as conceived by the brexiteers never made any sense at all from the point of view of British imperial interests. It’s underlying programme, a union of English speaking peoples, or Oceania as portrayed by George Orwell, is simply not viable. It lacks a substantial industrial base, layed waste since the Thatcher years and the elevation of the financial sector at its expense. The Western block must, therefore, include Europe, more specifically Germany. The German, and European business elite, have increasingly been looking East, especially to China, the world’s leading productive economy. They have also been looking to Russia especially for oil and gas. Germany’s Ostpolitik is really it’s default position- the one it will follow unless otherwise constrained. It is now being aggressively constrained. US/UK policy, (yes, they’re together again despite MI6’s attempt to overthrow Trump!) is now to reincorporate Germany into the West aided and abetted by France whose own Ostpolitik failed in 1812. Is Boris Johnson the man to lead this new European policy? The question answers itself. Apparently, he is to be allowed out on May 7th to lead celebrations of the last time we got the better of Germany. He is being given a new role as a ceremonial head of state with the full blessing of the actual one.

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Vector of the European political agenda is changing: Russia is becoming a necessary partner

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2020

As the conference proceeded, negotiations between the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry were held. They paid special attention to “practical issues of developing a dialogue between the EU and the EAEU with the prospect of creating conditions for the formation of a common economic and humanitarian space from Lisbon to Vladivostok”

Anastasia Frank

The Duran

19th February, 2020

One of the main political events of the past week was the Munich Security Conference, which brought together more than 150 heads of state, senior diplomats and prime ministers in the Bavarian capital for an open discussion of burning issues of the current political agenda.

A topic important for discussion was the vector of further interaction between Russia and the countries of Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron, whose current aspirations were assessed by Sergei Lavrov, who was in charge of the Russian delegation, as “pragmatic” and “politically discerning”, has repeatedly called for the need to resume a sustained dialogue with Moscow, noting the fact that it was extremely difficult to predict economic benefits from sanctions in Russia and the retaliatory measures in the foreseeable future.

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Europe’s gas alliance with Russia is a match made in heaven

Posted by seumasach on November 5, 2019

M.K.bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

3rd November, 2019

Amidst the excitement over the killing of the ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, a development of much impact on international security passed by when Denmark made the innocuous announcement on October 30 that it would permit the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to pass through its exclusive economic zone. 

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Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries of the West’s NATO alliance

Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2019

Telegraph hawk Con Coughlin laments the demise of the Western Alliance. But don’t they still have Oceania- as in Orwell’s 1984? If so, it’s a motley crew under the erratic leadership of Trump with Dad’s Army bringing up the rear under Captain Johnson, Brazil’s thirty families representative Bolsonaro hoping for some rich pickings and an increasingly sceptical ANZAC division hoping they don’t completely destroy good business with China.

Con Coughlin

Gateston Insitute

5th August, 2019

Germany’s outright rejection of Washington’s request [to support Washington’s proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran] is likely to inflame tensions further between Washington and Berlin. U.S. President Donald J. Trump is already at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a range of issues, from Germany’s obstinate refusal to meet its Nato funding commitments to its pursuit of closer energy ties with Russia through the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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China seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

Posted by seumasach on April 22, 2019

Addressing the session in Dubrovnik, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described the decision to join the Chinese initiative as “a very crucial moment for global and regional developments.”

“We have to leave behind the crisis and find new models of regional and global cooperation,” he said, adding that it must be done with “full respect” of the EU rules, Tsipras said.

Yahoo

12th April, 2019

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — China’s prime minister promised Friday that his government will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it is flouting European Union competition rules with huge investments on the continent.

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