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Rise of EU Military Power
The Navy would be mad to slash the fleet for a couple of aircraft carriers ... The Navy has offered to slash the fleet to its smallest numbers since Henry VIII's day. Have our admirals taken leave of their senses? It certainly seems like it to me after their offer to slash the size of the fleet to its smallest size since Henry VIII in their desperation to hang on to their wildly expensive plan to secure two new aircraft carriers. As I wrote in my column earlier this week, the aircraft carriers are looking increasingly like a luxury we simply cannot afford in this dire economic climate ... But what I find really astounding is the Navy's offer to sacrifice a whole range of other, vital capabilities to pay for the carriers. If the Navy is really prepared to slim the surface fleet down to just 12 ships, it would essentially be surrendering control of the high seas. It would no longer have the capacity to mount anti- piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, were Somali-based pirates continue to harass international shipping, or mount counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean. – Con Coughlin/UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: What on earth is the British military brain trust thinking?
Free-Market Analysis: We have written in the recent past about how the EU is actually an Anglo-American invention and is likely controlled behind the scenes by the Anglo-American axis. We pointed this out in the context of the British City – the world's most famous financial center. The power in Britain however is shifting to Brussels, and our argument was that this would never have been allowed to happen if Britain didn't essentially control Brussels as well. Sub dominant social theme: "There is nothing we can do about the EU power grab. Too many people in Europe want this progressive political entity to continue and expand."
Of course it is not that simple. At this point we doubt whether or majority of EU citizens want the EU – certainly not in its current bloated form. Almost every time the EU puts any power-expansion to popular vote, the Eurocrats lose. This necessitates multiple votes – a truly ludicrous scene – that are taken to ensure the populace finally "gets it right." As a result we question at this point how much moral authority the EU has in its current incarnation. This is something like the 16th year in a row that the EU has resisted its own lawfully mandated audit.
But still the "great experiment" grinds on. It is nothing at this point but a power elite gambit covered in the promotional coating of spurious necessity. It is said (and we have been told) that EU bureaucrats that want to stand up to the inevitability of EU power are often given a "visit" by various shadowy EU minions who suggest emphatically that it might be better to go along with program than resist it. Observers of the EU tend to discount the amount of hard power that is directed at putative opponents of the EU. Virtually no one is immune in this day and age (no one with any real power) and this is part of the reason so few speak against the process from the inside out.
Con Coughlin of the UK Telegraph is not part of the EU power structure, per se; like other "conservative" British reporters he tends to speak on behalf of Britain. In this article, excerpted above, he makes the point that British military power is diminishing rapidly. But of course he refuses to take the next logical step, which is that the British elite brain-trust obviously has in mind replacing British military power with the EU military power. This a simple enough conclusion for us to arrive at, but we were surprised to find an article about this very subject in a recent Huffington Post report, excerpted as follows:
Will the UK Government's Defense Cuts Make a European Army More Likely? ... The UK's government's swift Strategic Defence and Security Review is now widely accepted to announce cuts of up to twenty percent to the annual defense budget. As the Parliamentary Defense Committee has been quick to point out, the Review is being done too quickly with too little consultation with the public and the defense industry.
Unfortunately, it seems that such rash cuts are not unique to the UK, but are actually happening all over Europe. Defense spending has been the first casualty of the austerity measures in the face of out of control government debt ... Why in the face of such uncertainly are EU nations so willing to cut their defense budgets? There are two main reasons for this:
Firstly, most EU nations are happy to let the United States provide the necessary security umbrella to ensure a stable international environment. After all, even during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo -- Europe's worst ethnic cleansing conflicts since World War II -- Europe was wholly impotent and had to rely on the United States to provide the aircraft for the bombing sorties. In fact, 97% of all aircraft on this 'NATO mission' were American. The military thinking seems to be that "The US came out to rescue us before, and it will again."
Secondly, many EU countries have been discussing the possibility of 'burden sharing' and exploring the prospect of creating an EU army controlled by Brussels. France, Germany and Poland in particular are keen on this idea and see it as a key building-block for a future European state. President Sarkozy already seems to be laying the groundwork with the creation of the EU Rapid Reaction Corps which consists of 1500 troops from member countries which take turns to be on standby for emergencies.
Angela Merkel, in an interview with Bild in 2007 went further and said that the creation of an EU Army should be a 'key goal' for the next 50 years. She explained, "In the EU itself, we have to come closer to creating a common European army."
Of course as Brussels gradually drains power from other European countries and from Britain in particular, a chorus of complaints will rise up claiming that Germany is actually in charge of military affairs and that the EU is the completion of the German Nazi dream. (Sometimes the mainstream media will include the term German/French power axis, as if these two countries are the twin engines behind the EU.) It serves the purposes of the Anglo-American axis to let the furor mount – and the British press will do its part. Increasingly the fingers will be pointed at Germany.
But as we pointed out in our previous article on the subject (regarding financial matters) Germany and France were in no condition after World War II to mount a campaign for what would eventually turn into the European Union. There have been plenty of reports, of course, (especially lately) maintaining that the Germans, in their death throes, planted the seeds for a rejuvenated civil version of their military "Fourth Reich" but we know a promotion when we see one. The EU is an Anglo-American invention.
The US provides the military muscle for the Anglo-American alliance, which also controls NATO – which is to be the military enforcer for a kind of Western-oriented "global governance" that the elite is busily building. Afghanistan, as NATO generals have bluntly stated, is the first full test for NATO's global capacities as a military arm of the UN.
An EU army would no doubt be a feeder to NATO – and thus the EU military (even with Germany in a leading position) would reside under the larger umbrella of NATO from a strategic standpoint. A standing EU army would be helpful to the elite in many ways. It would tend to do away with the pesky European pacifism that currently informs so many contributing NATO countries.
Once one accepts that the EU is an Anglo-American invention, everything else falls into place. Brussels itself is a kind of British protectorate and there is simply no way that British financial and military power would siphoned off by Brussels if the British and Americans were not firmly in charge. The Anglo-American elite is merely trading up in terms of its effective, informal control – from two countries (US and Britain) to an empire that extends across the Western world.
Of course, the corollary to this is that the power grab is taking place against a backdrop of a severe financial crisis (expected) and the truth-telling of the Internet (not expected). The EU is a classic power elite, fear-based promotion; it also provides investors and interested onlookers with the kind of classic "Internet vs. elite" paradigm that the Bell suggests is shaping the 21st century from an economic and sociopolitical perspective.
Conclusion: We have no idea if the elite will be successful at maintaining and strengthening the EU, or whether it will break apart, a victim of the current "austerity" and information about the authoritarian reality of what the elite has in mind. These are the decisions that one will have to make as history unfolds.
Posted by William3 on 10/12/10 08:17 PM
In an interesting Stratfor article, Marko Papic surmises that NATO may be about to implode. He wonders whether "the November 2010 Summit in Lisbon is in fact the beginning of the end for NATO."
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His take is that three European factions have emerged, and each has a very different view of what NATO should be. The Atlanticists (Anglo-Americans), the Core Europeans (led by Germany and France), and the Intermarum (Central Europe), in Papic's view, have military perspectives that are irreconcilable.
While these differences he cites may have credence among the general publics of these regions, it's unlikely the leaderships of the NATO countries have such a different perspective. All are essentially puppets of the Power Elite.
The question is, will the publics of these regions be energized enough by the information flow of the internet to win the day, and eventually bring about the slow erosion of the Cold War icon called NATO?
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks, William 3. It is not just NATO that may be in danger of toppling (or imploding), in our humble opinion, but the entire UN/EU/IMF/USA Anglo-America axis. NATO is just enforcement. Perhaps the problems cut deeper.
Posted by Chris on 10/11/10 06:00 PM
I read a book a while back, a work of fiction of course, called the Budapest Protocol. The storyline seems to have been derived from an intelligence document from the French called the Red House Report. A link I was able to find;
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Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks for the link.
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 10/10/10 05:58 PM
An EU military would just imply a next step in getting world control by the PE. Imho, it's clear. The larger the organized entities are, the easier to manage (manipulate) and the closer they come to their ultimate goal (=world control). Also, i figure, an EU military will support "unity", making it more difficult the EU falls apart.
Posted by Bill on 10/10/10 01:55 PM
There is no Need for the USA to be in Europe with the fall of the USSR. Let Germany and others man the existing bases. Military spending means less humanitarian spending.
Posted by John Blenkins on 10/10/10 08:54 AM
DB, Your entire post above.
RE: Royal Family,Marquis de Rothchild et al is bang on the money. My fundamental views to this 200-300 year conspiracy is as this post
However i think it churlish not to mention that at the very heart of this nest of vipers is the Vatican and her Jesuit stormtroopers.
All roads lead to Rome. Western leader may come and go but are largely well rewarded[blair/bush]instrument used by the insidious coven aforementioned to hold us down as they continue this generational rape.
In my humble opinion, a perfectly engineered financial storm is shortly to be upon us throw in a Event or two, hey presto you have a populous ripe for serfdom. Gold/silver will become a bubble because once the monopoly money is shown to be valueless desperation will drive what wealth is left increasingly into these
historic safe havens.
Be very careful JP Morgan/goldman sachs have
been massively manipulating these markets at the behest of the coven who between them have captured a large part of this market.
Oil and soft commodities are likely to gain pace as a charging bull particularly if this coming winter is as bad as it is reported it could be. The internet is without doubt our greatest weapon against the shadow elite.
History shows France/Russia to name but 2 that starvation and oppression has to reach a critical mass to spark revolution. WE are not there yet but soon this will be the reality
Posted by Weeble on 10/10/10 12:17 AM
About 30 minutes AFTER my Upaya (story) type posting on this thread today @ 12:56:47 PM, I experienced a real problem with my tire.
I ran over an object on the highway, never thought much about it, but the "tilt" function was engaging on bends, corners and ramps afterward. Everything felt OK, but I decided to pull off the road to see if anything was awry. My front tire was almost flat and the steel belts were coming apart. I pull over 10,000lb GVWR, so a catastrophic failure would have been pretty messy.
I remembered I had a small compressor in the rear, so I began the laborious pump up. It was going to be a lengthy affair. I looked around and saw I was at a mechanic's garage of all places. I let it pump while I approached them and asked if they could fix me up. They could not, as they were really busy and closing soon, but they were kind enough to fill up my tire.
I started my search, and within 20 minutes found a good bunch of guys at an indy shop that got my spare onto the hub. $10. cash. I tried to give him another $5 as a tip for checking my pressures and getting the other front tire back up to 80 PSI, but he said no thanks, in a nice way.
John Lennon would have been 70 today: [ Click to view link ]
Project Blue beam: [ Click to view link ]
Posted by John Blenkins on 10/09/10 11:44 PM
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 11:20 PM
October 13 is coming fast. Could you possibly re-read my posts beginning on 9/7/2010 11:42:39 PM, on the HAARP thread [ Click to view link ] please? There is some information there that may be pertinent to this coming Wednesday, October 13.
If something actually does happen this Wednesday with fake UFOs over all major cities, HAARP may be the culprit.
A powerful 1 Hz sound would probably be "sensed" as a slow rolling earthquake or a slight rocking motion as on the ocean. Nonetheless, a major component and purpose of the HAARP signal is an audio modulation at the frequency of about 0.9 Hz. And what is that purpose? I'll get to that in a moment.
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Any chance of another article between now and Wednesday, just in case?
Sorry to bother the thread with this . . .
Posted by John Blenkins. on 10/09/10 09:05 PM
Maybe the question should be.To what strategic purpose does 2 giant carriers and a fleet depleted to 12 auxiliary ships serve?
The backbone of a European navy springs to mind.Such expensive long term commitments are not the scribblings of Admiral with a bad case of cabin fever.They have the hallmarks of a piece to a bigger picture.
I've been scratching my head since it was announced that due to cuts the SAS is to be disbanded.Why? A small inexpensive highly
regarded military asset with a skill set no air craft carrier can give you.Perhaps some one can shed some light on this.
"I bet our old mate Cheney couldn't believe his ears and is busy setting up a Blackwater recruitment centre in Hereford as we speak"
Reply from The Daily Bell
"The backbone of a European navy springs to mind."
Good! This was actually our thought as well: Let the Navy run down and then contribute the two superships to an all-EU naval force ...
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 06:25 PM
I know some writers that may take you up on it, but I only write for free and only on this site. I do not exist outside of this site, so I cannot be paid. I will get the word out, though. How are sales?
Posted by Lila Rajiva on 10/09/10 06:09 PM
"The issue we have with it is that North attempts to attach Ellen Brown to Hitler when, in fact, the movement she espouses goes back hundreds of years and was backed by such people as Benjamin Franklin."
Yes, the reductio ad hitlerum didn't help. I hope libertarians debate Ms. Brown to better end.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Ah, you're back. What happened to your website?
Posted by J.D.Beck on 10/09/10 04:41 PM
@ weeble (the steeple)
Get at it ...instead of chewing the fat...
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 04:06 PM
@ JD Beck
Sorry to break it to you but . . . did anyone ever tell you . . . you were a tree?
Looks great, but you need more writers.
Posted by J.D.Beck on 10/09/10 03:11 PM
@ DB "Ah, thanks for the guidance."
Eh....now you sound like a politician....
Posted by J.D.Beck on 10/09/10 01:56 PM
"The Royal Family nominally owns one sixth of the earth and the Rothschild's basically control central banks around the world from what we can tell. Are they powerless in the face of the French and German "machine?" How is that possible?"
Wow...finally something concrete...! (perhaps missed by me in the past) your observation is in my humble opinion right on...next step would be to put a face to your dialogues...just as some of us do...go to Click to view link there is my face and what I believe in....
Reply from The Daily Bell
Ah, thanks for the guidance.
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 01:46 PM
Wow, you really know your stuff! But I did not know those dates until now, so it was good to see then laid out on one page.
Back in 69 I was in a bit of a Hayes, due to giggling at seemingly modem looking mobiles rotating above my crib (I am lying.) My computer birth date was 1981 when I got a Sinclair ZX81. In 1987, I turned on the dusty sales dept. PC, then commandeered it. Ironically, the first program I fired up was DB2. It set me on "database" fire. Maybe this is irony day.
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 12:56 PM
Sorry about the grammatical errors. I am working today (Saturday, gnash), and am involved with my jalopy. Luckily, a working class hero helped me out, by giving me a boost. Ironically, he was driving a Beetle.
Posted by Adam on 10/09/10 12:53 PM
@DB: "Thanks for the link. This is a great debunking."
Haha! I agree. Thank YOU for the link.
"...would lead to further statism and the authoritarianism that accompanies it."
Sadly, yes. Though it seems the Brownians imagine an unsigned, non-contractually binding piece of paper could prevent this. That and their repeated pathetic rhetorical appeals to collectivist concepts like "the people" and "our bank", "our government".
An odd bunch, these Brownians. Are they middle children?
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As elders they have an authoritarian streak to punish their younger siblings (naughty "banksters").
And as youngers they want to join forces with their own and all other younger siblings for mutual protection from the entitled predations of their elders (yay "government" my/our savior!)
Posted by Weeble on 10/09/10 12:28 PM
I think it was inferred though, with the 1995 Microsoft comment: "Bill Gates got net."
The PC was really an IBM clone (nice derogatory label), and it sounded quite cute. I liked it. Her focus was carbon dating, but you are correct, it would have been nice to include the PC as a line of code.
She does do an effective timeline "wrap up" the team effort of the inventors of ARPAnet, IBM, scoundrel Gates, the clone makers, the purchasers, and the subsequent inventors of all things bright and beautiful.
But The Lord God (PE) didn't make any at all. He just did not know the point-counterpoint impact back then.
Reply from The Daily Bell
The Internet exploded because the connectivity invented by DARPA types was suddenly stitched to multi-millions of PCs after Jobs and his partner invented the floppy disc and personal computer in a garage. It was the free-market at work and Hayek's spontaneous order. She doesn't "get" the real reason that kick-started the Internet. She just lists a number of technology "dates."
Posted by George Sign on 10/09/10 12:13 PM
The Internet runs mostly on "pure refined unadulterated concentrated procrastination"