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Obama's America remains on the lookout for foreign foes

by Vicky Pelaez at 20/02/2013 10:37

"You have to have an enemy" (Dr. James Watson, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology)

Every now and then, members of the world's ruling elite come together to chart the course for the global community to follow. Meetings of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the G8, NATO, and the World Economic Forum are among the best-known of these elitist gatherings, and their agendas are almost always out of touch with public interests on the ground. But there are other, much less publicized get-togethers where globalists develop strategies for maintaining control over the 195 UN member states and their natural wealth.

The most recent Munich Security Conference, an event that dates back to the 1960s, was attended by 400 politicians, ministers, high-ranking military officers, and intelligence officers from as many as 70 countries, including representatives of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China). This latest conference was a momentous one, as it affirmed the continuity of the US policy of global hegemony for the next four years of Barack Obama's presidency. Addressing the gathering, Vice President Joe Biden said: "The United States is a Pacific power. And the world's greatest military alliance helps make us an Atlantic power as well. As our new defense strategy makes clear, we will remain both a Pacific power and an Atlantic power."

As a matter of fact, three of the world's five oceans are already under US military control, including the Indian Ocean, where Washington operates two military bases, at Diego Garcia and on the Coco Islands. Sooner or later, Washington will expand its reach to the Arctic and the Antarctic Oceans. And in pursuing its foreign policy, the Obama Administration looks set to use whatever means at its disposal, including military force.

According to Noam Chomsky, the United States has zero tolerance for any manifestation of independence, which, it fears, could undermine its superpower status.

Biden also told the Munich Conference that "we [the US] will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence," apparently referring to remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Which means the US sees itself as the only country entitled to spheres of national interest, including in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the former Eastern Bloc.

That philosophy, presented as Obama's "new" doctrine, follows in the footsteps of Bill Clinton, who during his time in office declared that the US had the right to use force unilaterally to secure unconditional access to the world's most important markets, as well as to vital sources of energy and strategic natural resources. The only difference is that the economic crisis has made Washington less capable of enforcing this philosophy.

To be able to carry on with its quest for global hegemony, the United States will need a more active help from the European Union. The EU does not dispute Washington's supremacy, whether military or financial. At the moment, 72% of all NATO costs are borne by the US, which also maintains the alliance's military capacity and organizes military operations overseas, such as the recent Libya intervention.

America's European allies should be assuming this more proactive role, but they have been weakened by the eurozone crisis, they are unlikely to do so any time soon. Behind France's current military operation in Mali is the US desire to gauge the capacity of French special operations forces, along with the NATO member states' potential to partner in operations conducted by AFRICOM, an organization set up in 2006 with a view to securing control over Africa's natural resources and reducing Chinese influence in the region.

To pave the way for that operation, Mali was declared a key transit point for cocaine smuggled from Latin America into Europe. France supplied local "rebels" with weapons sourced from Libya to propel regime change, after which Mali was declared a staging grounds for al-Qaeda. Strangely, al-Qaeda always happens to be operating in regions that the United States sees as strategic to its national interest. The West then got busy restoring "democracy" to Mali with the help of French commandoes. The displacement of 500,000 civilians and the looting of the Timbuktu Library, which houses as many as 20,000 heritage manuscripts dating as far back as the 14th century, was brushed off as inevitable collateral damage.

American defense analyst John Arquilla dubbed Washington's "new" doctrine "leaning back," or lying in wait for the best moment to strike the enemy, with the help of its own special operations forces or those of NATO allies. According to Arquilla, this posture in the world acknowledges "the need to remain engaged in the high politics of world affairs," but to do so "in an extremely economical fashion." The current economic crisis is forcing Washington to bring home conventional troops and to demobilize some number. But it will maintain its presence in many places around the world, relying primarily on small special-operations forces along with "dedicated professionals from 16 intelligence agencies" linked with naval and offensive air assets, both manned and unmanned.

The "recline" doctrine has already yielded results in Libya and in Mali, and is expected to be applied in Syria and Iran next.  Interestingly, the current chief of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment, Andrew Marshall, 91, still remains a major US military strategist. His Pentagon career, started during Richard Nixon's presidency, spans some 40 years.

Latin America was not a focus at the latest Munich Security Conference. The spotlight was on North Africa and China. But the region's vast natural resources continue to tempt both the United States and Europe.  So another Western-orchestrated coup attempt or "humanitarian" military operation may not be too far off. Washington has 63 of its military bases in Latin America, and is presumably behind the four coup attempts the region has seen in the past four years, two thwarted and two successful.

In June 2012, a team of fifty US "scientists" crossed into Bolivia from Peru and Chile, presumably to study the adverse effects of high altitudes on service personnel and their combat capacity. Several months later, Bolivian authorities discovered that this "scientific" expedition involved military intelligence officers, and had cost the Pentagon four million dollars. Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia described the operation as an assault on the nation's sovereignty and evidence of plotting for military aggression.

In another Latin American country, Ecuador, President Rafael Correa recently announced the CIA was planning his assassination to prevent him from winning re-election. And Venezuela's leader, Hugo Chavez, was accused of having links to Hezbollah and Iran.

Small wonder, then, that the common border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil has been designated by globalist media as a site of al-Qaeda operations.          

Washington's perpetual quest for an enemy brings to mind Sociology of Imperialism, a book written 94 years ago by the Austrian-born US economist and political scientist Joseph Alois Schumpeter. In a section devoted to the Roman Empire, he points out that "there was no corner in the known world where some interest was not alleged to be in danger or under actual attack. If the interests were not Roman, they were those of Rome's allies; and if Rome had no allies, then allies would be invented. When it was utterly impossible to contrive such an interest, then it was the national honor that had been insulted... The whole world was pervaded by a host of enemies, and it was manifestly Rome's duty to guard against their indubitably aggressive designs." Well, we know what became of the Roman Empire, don't we?

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