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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Friday, January 04, 2013


  • The White House announced yesterday that Obama signed the $633 billion National Defense Authorization Act for the 2013 fiscal year.  The sweeping bill covers the Pentagon's cost of ships, aircraft, missiles, overseas bases, weapons and military personnel as well as the war efforts in Afghanistan.  When you factor in the parts of the military budget placed in other agencies like NSA, NRO, Homeland Security, CIA, DoE, and more the annual cost of the empire rises to over $1 trillion.  Please remember that this Pentagon funding bill passed unanimously in the Senate.  
  • McClatchy newspapers report that "an Islamist rebel group that the US has listed as a terrorist organization has taken the lead in fighting in Damascus, according to residents who’ve recently fled the violence there."  The Nusra Front leading the attack against the government, which the Obama administration last month declared to be an affiliate of al Qaida in Iraq, is evidence that the US and NATO have unleashed the wild dogs in Syria. This will guarantee the same kind of chaos that they let loose in Iraq which eventually became a bloody civil war.  Next NATO will say it must fully intervene to protect the Syrian people and in the end the country will be ravaged and taken over by corporate capitalism who up to now has not been able to control the Syrian banking system.  The fact that Syria sits in a strategic position in relation to Israel and Iran is, of course, just a coincidence.
  • Stephen Zunes, professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, has an article about Obama's appointment of Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State.  Zunes writes, "Kerry’s record in the US Senate, where he currently chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, has included spurious attacks on the International Court of Justice, unqualified defense of Israeli occupation policies and human rights violations, and support for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, thereby raising serious questions about his commitment to international law and treaty obligations. Furthermore, his false claims about Iraqi 'weapons of mass destruction' and his repeated denials of well-documented human rights abuses by allied governments raise serious questions about his credibility."  To see the full Zunes article on Kerry go here
  • Kerry is the richest man in the US Senate and has over $38 million invested in companies with military contracts. It should be remembered that Kerry, like the Bush family of pirates, belongs to Skull & Bones secret society at Yale University.  For decades this dark ritualistic order has worked hard to put their "bonesmen" in places of power throughout politics, media, academia, and of course "business".  My guess: this is Kerry's reward for being the fall guy during the 2004 election when he quietly lost to George W. Bush in another controversial vote rigging deal (remember Ohio).  I will never forget Kerry saying in the presidential debate on foreign policy that "I will spend $100 billion more on the military than George W. Bush will!"  The similarities of American politics to professional wrestling continue to impress me. There is a clear link - they are both run by the mobsters.


Blogger Zacherydtaylor said...

The Skull & Bones club is actually a fraternity not a secret society as far as I can tell; however that doesn't mean there isn't anything to the conspiracy theories surrounding it that many people speak of. What this may be is part of an indoctrination process that many members of the elite ruling class go through. They almost certainly don't tell big secrets to fraternity members and many of them almost certainly don't remain as part of the ruling class. This means that those who don't prove to be reliable can only tell people about foolish childhood ritual.

But what many people may not recognize is that this is part of a hazing and intimidation process that young people go through to teach them to stand by their fraternity friends and intimidate those that don't stay in line. They operate in similar ways to cults; those that don't prove to be loyal don't have many of the most important opportunities available to them later in life.

Kerry is actually unusual since he stood up against the Vietnam War; but probably only after it became clear that it was a disaster and someone had to stand up to it. This almost certainly created a rift between him and many of the more conservative members of the elite but it opened up other opportunities for him and enabled a small segment of people to have a spokesperson who appeared to be ant-war although that clearly didn't last.

1/4/13, 12:36 PM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

To call if a fraternity would be a joke. See this page for more on Skull & Bones

1/4/13, 12:59 PM  
Blogger Zacherydtaylor said...

My point wasn't to downplay the importance of how a small percentage of the public manipulate the vast majority but to indicate that the early stages of the initiation process where people in the ruling class go through is part of a hazing and indoctrination process that teaches people to adopt a certain authoritarian ideology and to follow the leader; and in this case they often compete to be the leaders when they feel it is their turn and that they don't allow others to participate. Or at least not most other people; in many cases they need people they recruit from the other classes but only after they're screened and prepared often with part of an indoctrination process.

I went into this in more detail in a post a few months ago if you're interested; it was done in a satirical manner but a lot of it is close to the truth, in my opinion.

Contrary to the propaganda that has been put out I have come to the conclusion that one of the people appointed to lead the reform movement, when and only when it suits their purposes is Elizabeth Warren, as explained in a related blog or three. She has been part of one of the greatest propaganda scams that I have ever seen; and she isn't what I consider a "consumer advocate" at all.

The understanding of this indoctrination process goes beyond the Skull and Bones society whether you call it a fraternity or not. the people involved in the ruling class aren't limited to the Skull and Bones.

1/5/13, 12:35 PM  

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