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DB Briefs: Only Eurocrats Can Save Us Now / Cut Government Except for Wars / Al-Qaeda Grows Like a Blob
Only Eurocrats Can Save Us Now
Eurozone crisis could rip EU apart: officials AFP - The eurozone crisis could wreck the European Union, top EU officials warned on Wednesday as the leaders of Germany and France held talks with Greece to avoid a default and widespread chaos. The pressure rose on all fronts with United States again expressing great concern, with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner saying European states "now recognise they are going to have to do more" to resolve the crisis ... "Europe is in danger," Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski, whose country currently chairs EU meetings, told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. "If the eurozone breaks up, the European Union will not be able to survive," he added. At his most dramatic, Rostowski even warned that "war" could return to Europe if the crisis fatally weakens the EU, founded amid the rubble of World War II. His underlying message was backed up by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, who described the crisis as "the most serious challenge of a generation." – France24
Dominant Social Theme: The sky is falling and only Eurocrats can save us.
Free-Market Analysis: Watch the unfolding Euro-crisis, which is at least a partially engineered one, and one is struck by the shamelessness with which the top Eurocrats use dominant social themes to try to achieve their desired goals. And what is their main goal? Why, a closer and more perfect EU, of course, one with greater political "harmony" to be achieved through aggressive centralization.
Look at the excerpt above. In less than 200 words, two major fear-based promotions are trotted out: First, that Europe is somehow "in danger" of chaos and default and second, that war may be the inevitable outcome of an EU collapse. Of course, since Anglosphere money power funded both European "World Wars" in the 20th Century it is difficult to see how war "could return" to the continent unless the Anglosphere desires it. Perhaps it does.
What also comes to mind is how phony the crisis appears on some days. We still remember the supposed blow-up that Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel had in private in 2008, when the crisis was just taking shape. Supposedly, Sarkozy threatened to withdraw France from the union if Merkel were not more cooperative. Big news, or so it seemed at the time.
But no ... in many ways this is an engineered crisis – though a dangerous one that is apt to spin out of control at any moment. But that doesn't stop the manipulation. Only a few days ago, German bankers were grimly telling Greek politicians that they would not receive the next tranche of funds to protect Greece from insolvency. Today, the markets are rallying on a rapprochement. So it goes. One day, the world's leaders "cry havoc" and the next day they are making friends. We don't believe any of it at this point. We just hope that first the euro and then the EU simply goes away.
Cut Government Except for Wars
Republicans, Stick With Six Simple Words to Beat Obama ... GOP contenders need to remember to loudly remind all Americans why a Republican must be in the White House come January 20, 2013. As I wrote here in Fox News Opinion just a year ago, the message the candidates convey to Americans needs to be as clear as possible to hit home with voters. Six words are all it takes: Small Government - Low Taxes - National Security ... Smaller government and low taxes will achieve the economic kickstart that the United States needs so badly by stimulating hiring and consumer spending. A continued concentration on national security is necessary to make sure that Americans continue to be safe as we have been for 10 years since the attacks of 9/11. The use of such a simple summary, of course coupled with a detailed plan for revitalization of America, is perfectly timed. – Fox News
Dominant Social Theme: Small government is absolutely necessary except for the military-industrial complex.
Free-Market Analysis: The biggest subversive tendency of Congressman Ron Paul's rhetoric has been his point that spending ought to be cut throughout the US government. Before Ron Paul became a major political figure in the US, no one had voiced for at least a quarter-century if not longer the idea that the US military-industrial complex was part of the US spending problem.
Of course, this has not sat well with the so-called "conservative" movement in America. Actually, the conservative movement in America is a kind of modern incarnation of what might have been termed "fascism" in less politically correct days, at least in its most extreme incarnations. Conservatism in America increasingly emphasizes a kind of "my country, right or wrong" mentality that includes an over-emphasis on patriotism, militarism and even xenophobia.
Ron Paul, on the other hand, is closer to where American conservatism began before the name was changed. Once upon a time people like Ron Paul were referred to as liberals, classical liberals. The idea was that small government, low taxes and little in the way of regulations and laws guaranteed a wealthier and freer society.
In the modern era, in the US, this modest political platform has been attached to the US military-industrial complex with 1,000 military bases around the world now coordinating at least five regional wars. It is impossible to have small government within the context of the American mandate to "save the world" and the trillion dollar outlays it produces. Fox News writers and editorialists don't seem to notice the contradiction, which is part of what makes the enunciation of such sentiments a dominant social theme.
Al-Qaeda Grows Like a Blob
Al-Qaeda's affiliates in Africa, working side by side ... Al-Qaeda's core leadership in Pakistan may be losing strength, but the terrorist network's affiliates in northern and central Africa are hardly weakening. In fact, U.S. officials say, the groups are increasingly collaborating with each other. Three regional Islamic extremist groups – al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in North Africa, the Boko Haram in Nigeria and the al-Shabab militia in Somalia – are sharing trainers and copying each other's tactics, according to Gen. Carter F. Ham, chief of the U.S. Africa Command. "Just the fact that they want to connect is worrying," Ham said at a breakfast hosted by the Defense Writers Group. - Washington Post
Dominant Social Theme: Al-Qaeda is morphing into a multi-headed hydra that must be opposed by all means no matter the expense.
Free-Market Analysis: This warning is part and parcel of the larger fear-mongering now going on in the halls of power. In Europe, we have warnings that if the EU breaks apart, Europe itself will be plunged back into war. Never mind that the elites behind the EU are the same ones that funded the large European wars of the 20th Century.
We can see the same dynamic at work at the Pentagon in America. Now that the economic crisis has become a factor in dramatically reducing military budgets, America's military leaders are discovering a resurgent al-Qaeda. It is said to have "reconstituted" itself in Yemen and now – as we can see from this article in the Washington Post – it is said to have morphed into one large blob encompassing Somalia, Algeria and the Islamic Maghreb (whatever that is).
Part of the charm (if one can use that word) of rediscovering al-Qaeda over and over again is the rehearsal of its foreign elements. Military officials identify arcane backwaters of impoverishment with relish. They identify al-Qaeda leaders with the same enthusiasm. No American has ever heard of the Islamic Maghreb, but no matter. By chanting such strange words and place names, those in charge give the impression that they are privy to matters far beyond the ken of average people.
In fact, they are. Those in charge know full well that they are participating in a phony war against an enemy that may have been created out of whole cloth by the CIA itself. But every large institution needs an enemy in order to justify its existence.
As long as the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex constitute a trillion-dollar industry, America shall have war and more war. Defense is a self-perpetuating entity that must regularly rediscover a reason for its existence. It is unfortunate that the price extracted is so high and includes, inevitably, human suffering and sacrifice.
Posted by Avatar on 09/15/11 01:25 PM
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 09/15/11 12:48 PM
DB: "We just hope that first the euro and then the EU simply goes away."
George Soros has got, surprise, surprise, some rather different advice for Europe:
"..the European banking system would have to be recapitalized and put under European, as distinct from national, supervision
There is no alternative but to give birth to the missing ingredient: a European treasury with the power to tax and therefore to borrow."
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Posted by oldman67 on 09/15/11 12:14 PM
It is fortunate for the leaders that the masses don't think! Adolf Hilter!
Posted by oldman67 on 09/15/11 12:12 PM
In 2007 Brzezinski told the US Senate that the "War on Terror" was a "mythical histrocial narrative" or in other words a complete fiction.
Posted by Frank on 09/15/11 11:50 AM
"Ron Paul, on the other hand, is closer to where American conservatism began before the name was changed. Once upon a time people like Ron Paul were referred to as liberals, classical liberals. The idea was that small government, low taxes and little in the way of regulations and laws guaranteed a wealthier and freer society.
In the modern era, in the US, this modest political platform has been attached to the US military-industrial complex with 1,000 military bases around the world now coordinating at least five regional wars." -DB
I believe those points are basically correct. As a "conservative", Ron Paul forced me to re-examine my support of foreign intervention for the purpose of "spreading democracy & freedom" by force. I concluded the Founding Fathers would not have wanted it, and anyways, it is a bad idea to force our will on other people who are not attacking us & with whom we are not officially at war.
Ron Paul is forcing a lot of "conservatives" to re-examine their position on this. Thus, he's become a big threat to the military-industrial complex. At any rate, we can't afford it now, even if we wanted to continue it. So even if "conservatives" still want to support it, they are realizing we can't afford it and are backing away from it. Good for Ron Paul even if he fails to get the nomination. His ideas are starting to echo and are already changing the debate & issues.
Posted by alexsemen on 09/15/11 11:31 AM
Europa and Rotsowski( East Europa )
That was the reason of the so called fall of Communism !! Never failed ! No democracy, no freedom, no dignity, no identity, no future … nothing at all, the Stalin experiment was the best !
The reason was the Big New WO Of the New Fascist Stalinist Europa ! It works !
The best boys : East European covered agents working for the Western country : the former Communists and Secret Services !
It is perfect !
It is to late my friends !
With the perfect slaves from East-Europe the success of the Power that Be is guaranteed!
Posted by rossbcan on 09/15/11 10:42 AM
DB: "Al-Qaeda Grows Like a Blob"
Al-Qaeda, assuming it exists, is mainly an idea that attracts adherents who see the fact that imperialistic slavers are highly dependent on their hierarchically centralized systems of organization and distribution, with no redundancy meaning it is fault intolerant (vulnerable, unreliable) and, the whole system, interconnected and interdependent spans the whole planet and, the whole thing must be guarded, since taking down a portion harms the entire system. Proof:
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For whatever reasons, beyond debate nor compromise, some do not like, nor want to be controlled and highly resent foreign presence and forceful influence in their lives and affairs. In fact, they consider this a personal survival threat.
So, they have thought about it, rejected the folly of building bigger and better systems to counter their oppressors systems (the strategic mistake the former USSR made) and instead chosen ad-hoc asymmetrical warfare in a target rich environment against a system that will fall by either the economic impossibility of protecting it all, or, the damage inflicted against it, at the hands of those it has deeply offended and aggressed against.
Yes, the "blob" of Al-Qaeda, if you want to call it that, is growing by voluntary association and cooperation of those with common interest in defeating the "blob" of imperialism, servitude which aggresses against once peaceful others who are now in "full spectrum defense".
Meanwhile, the "blob" of central control and imperialism, by the impossibility of achieving their goals have been forced to impose the costs on the once free peoples of the west, collapsing economies, creating fascist police states, resulting in exponential growth of the freedom "blob", under the umbrella of the Ron Paul Revolution.
At some inevitable point, the freedom "blob" and the reactionary to servitude Al-Qaeda "blob" will realize they are stating the same thing in different languages / terminology. Then, as one, they will turn and drown the imperialistic / servitude "blob" "in the bathtub".
Then, hopefully, they will tattoo the "rule of law" on the foreheads of every judge and make it impossible for them to lie and rationalize it away, EVER AGAIN:
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It is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to impose and "keep the peace". The best that can be done is, in a reactionary manner, totally smite any who "break the peace" and compensate the victims, at the expense of the perps.
Justice Defined: We are all free to profit or suffer and learn (adapt to excellence) by facing the consequences of our OWN choices. Injustice is to be forced to suffer the consequences of choices of unaccountable (irresponsible) others.
Elites may fear freedom, Ron Paul and the US Constitution (complicated way of stating "rule of law", thus subject to "misinterpretation"), but they are in far greater terror of the "rule of law" because it is clear, unambiguous and provides no way for tyrants to escape their just fate.
Posted by kenn on 09/15/11 10:29 AM
[Al-Qaeda's affiliates in Africa, working side by side ... ]
Posted by fabien_hug on 09/15/11 09:15 AM
Europe thinks that by teaming up weaklings, it's going to be strong. Verhofstadt, who was not able to manage something as small as Belgium, is still giving advices on how to manage Europe. As to the US Republicans, they can bomb the whole world and grope anybody they want in airports as long as I can keep my shotgun and they leave my business alone; after all you can't have it all.
Posted by John Danforth on 09/15/11 06:49 AM
Re: Cut Government Except For Wars --
The idea that we would be safer if we didn't run around the world making people hate us forever -- by acting like Nazi occupational forces all over the place -- is really beginning to irritate the Conservative Mouthpieces who want everyone to think with two brains. (One brain for Small Government, the other for Unlimited Killing Power with Unlimited Budget.) Unfortunately for them, the more they spew their contempt for limited government and the idea that our foreign policy should reflect our stated ideals, the more obvious the contradiction becomes. They are now to the point where the denunciations against peace are coming almost daily, and their only argument is name-calling and fear-mongering. With these tactics, eventually Real Men begin to question why they should quiver in fear and give up their freedom and lose their jobs in order to blow up defenseless people on the other side of the globe.
Posted by John Danforth on 09/15/11 06:40 AM
Re: Only Eurocrats Can Save Us Now --
The dominant social theme has been rolled out with trumpets blaring.
George Soros himself has come out with the Big Payoff Money Shot Happy Ending, and said the only way to save Europe from a crash and a depression is for the Eurocrats to have a central treasury with taxing power, taking all power and responsibility away from national governments under a new treaty.
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