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Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You! — Strategic Culture

Posted by M. C. on July 5, 2019

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/04/goodbye-dollar-it-was-nice-knowing-you/

Philip Giraldi

 

Over the past two years, the White House has initiated trade disputes, insulted allies and enemies alike, and withdrawn from or refused to ratify multinational treaties and agreements. It has also expanded the reach of its unilaterally imposed rules, forcing other nations to abide by its demands or face economic sanctions. While the stated Trump Administration intention has been to enter into new arrangements more favorable to the United States, the end result has been quite different, creating a broad consensus within the international community that Washington is unstable, not a reliable partner and cannot be trusted. This sentiment has, in turn, resulted in conversations among foreign governments regarding how to circumvent the American banking system, which is the primary offensive weapon apart from dropping bombs that Washington has to force compliance with its dictates.

Consequently, there has been considerable blowback from the Make America Great Again campaign, particularly as the flip side of the coin appears to be that the “greatness” will be obtained by making everyone else less great. The only country in the world that currently regards the United States favorably is Israel, which certainly has good reason to do so given the largesse that has come from the Trump Administration. Everyone else is keen to get out from under the American heel.

Well the worm has finally turned, maybe. Even the feckless Angela Merkel’s Germany now understands that national interests must prevail when the United States is demanding that it do the unspeakable. At the recently concluded G20 meeting in Tokyo Britain, France and Germany announced that the special trade mechanism that they have been working on this year is now up and running. It is called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (Instex) and it will permit companies in Europe to do business with countries like Iran, avoiding American sanctions by trading outside the SWIFT system, which is dollar denominated and de facto controlled by the US Treasury.

The significance of the European move cannot be understated. It is the first major step in moving away from the dominance of the dollar as the world’s trading and reserve currency. As is often the case, the damage to US perceived interests is self-inflicted. There has been talk for years regarding setting up trade mechanisms that would not be dollar based, but they did not gain any momentum until the Trump Administration abruptly withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran over a year ago…

Indeed, the White House appears to be willing to engage in economic warfare with Europe over the issue of punishing Iran. The Treasury Department issued a statement regarding the Mandelker letter, saying “entities that transact in trade with the Iranian regime through any means may expose themselves to considerable sanctions risk, and Treasury intends to aggressively enforce our authorities.” Mike Pompeo also was explicit during a visit to London on May 8th when he stated that “…it doesn’t matter what vehicle’s out there, if the transaction is sanctionable, we will evaluate it, review it, and if appropriate, levy sanctions against those that were involved in that transaction. It’s very straightforward.”

It is perhaps not unreasonable to wish the Europeans success, as they are supporting free trade while also registering their opposition to the White House’s bullying tactics using the world financial system. And if the dollar ceases to be the world’s trade and reserve currency, what of it? It would mean that the Treasury might have to cease printing surplus dollars and the US ability to establish global hegemony on a credit card might well be impeded. Those would be good results and one might also hope that some day soon the United States might once again become a normal country that Americans would be proud to call home.

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Monopoly Fiat Money ? | 2012 Patriot

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Trump Just Rescinded Obama’s Order on Drone Strikes – The Atlantic

Posted by M. C. on March 15, 2019

It is nevertheless disheartening––as a longtime critic of America’s program of lethal drone strikes––to assess the state of the policy debate in Washington, D.C.

It is felt in some corners that civilian deaths likely recruit more terrorists than are killed.

I wonder if the drone jockeys stationed mid-America even have a clue as to whom they are killing. I wonder what kind of people get satisfaction from a job like that. It is likely better not knowing.

At one point I read about discord among some drone pilots. Oddly that seems to have been squashed.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/trump-drone-strikes-order/584326/

After seven years spent presiding over many hundreds of secretive, extrajudicial CIA killings, President Barack Obama signed a 2016 executive order intended to increase transparency and reduce the “tragic” deaths of civilians. The order required the release each May 1 of the number of drone strikes undertaken by the United States “against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities,” along with “assessments of combatant and non-combatant deaths.”

In theory, the American public would finally know how many innocents were being killed outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, stoking anti-American sentiment and the possibility of blowback in multiple countries where no war was declared.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump rescinded that short-lived reporting requirement. As Charlie Savage observed in The New York Times, “Mr. Trump’s revocation of the disclosure rule amounted to a belated acknowledgment that his administration had already changed the Obama policy in practice: The director of national intelligence never put out a report about bystander casualties in 2017.” Although the Pentagon is still required by statute to disclose civilian casualties from its ongoing combat operations, Savage explained, that law doesn’t cover lethal CIA drone strikes…

The Democratic Party purports to regard him as a morally depraved, power-hungry opportunist who lacks wisdom, judgment, and restraint, rendering him unfit for high office. But it won’t push to strip him of the ability to unilaterally kill an indeterminate number of people in various countries where we are not at war.

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The Rutherford Institute :: Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare |

Posted by M. C. on January 30, 2019

If you’re wondering why the Education Department needs a SWAT team, you’re not alone.

they always shoot the dogs first

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/jackboots_in_the_morning_no_one_is_spared_from_this_american_nightmare

By John W. Whitehead

This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this.”—Judge Andrew Napolitano

The American Police State does not discriminate.

Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

We’ve been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don’t seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.

For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled out by the government’s lethal enforcers has remained consistent, no matter the threat.

All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—will eventually be meted out on the general populace.

At that point, when you find yourself in the government’s crosshairs…

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump’s longtime supporters, for example. Read the rest of this entry »

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The War That Time Forgot

Posted by M. C. on August 27, 2017

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/the-war-that-time-forgot/

If it’s Independence Day, then you can count on John McCain to be bunkered down in a remote outpost of the Empire growling for the Pentagon to unleash airstrikes on some unruly nation, tribe or gang. This July the Fourth found McCain making a return engagement to Kabul, an arrival that must have prompted many Afghans to scramble for the nearest air raid shelter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blowback in Mali and Algeria – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by M. C. on January 25, 2013

Blowback is of those terms you rarely see in the mainstream media.  It is too dangerous.  The government news spigot might be shut off forcing “journalists” to actually journal for a change.  Yet there is a popular book titled as such.

MCViewPoint Dictionary – Blowback: What happens when an aggressive foreign policy based on little or no thought nor knowledge completely backfires.

Classic blowback:  We help develop a ragtag Islamic group to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.  We supply training, weapons and money.  I almost sent them a pair of new army boots I had lying around.  Back then they were Mujahedin.  We invade their countries, tell them what to do and violate their religion.  They get mad.  Now they are Al Qaeda.  Same people, new name.  Today we are helping Al Qaeda do their color revolution thing.  We pay to bring Sunni Islamists to power-in the name of democracy!  The is the result of foreign policy dictated by empire builders, arms manufacturers, oil men,  AIPAC, and the Weekly Standard.

Bin Laden saw us coming.  He played us like a fiddle.  We ask for more.

Al Qaeda leaves Afghanistan leaving US with no politically acceptable reason to be there.  The real reason being oil.  The Taliban fills the power void.  We fight them, so we are told, to defend democracy.  The Taliban never attacked US nor do they pose a threat to US.  Yet US troops continue to be wasted and maimed for no reason.

Blowback – It keeps death alive and well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gerson, Ten years of Wasted Lives and and an Ally in Al Qaeda

Posted by M. C. on March 6, 2012

Michael Gerson, war party columnist, tells us how the recent Koran burning is only a minor blip.  There is a little over-reaction by the Taliban but no big deal.  Pat Buchanan actually puts some thought into this

If Afghans cannot understand this mistake and have no other way to express their rage than rioting and ranting, “Death to America!” what kind of raw material are we working with in building a Western-style democracy in any foreseeable century? Read the rest of this entry »

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