I am a great admirer of the writer Tom Clancy, despite his tendency to portray the CIA as icky-sweet do gooders who would never dream of doing the sorts of things we know the real CIA actually does do. But Clancy is a good writer and has created plausible scenarios in his books, one in particular of which comes to mind at the present time.
In the book,, World War Three starts when a fictionalized USSR, economically unable to purchase the oil products it needs, simply decides to take them. In order to conceal what is in essence a war of conquest, the fictionalized USSR manufactures a provocation by staging a fake terrorist attack on a symbolically important building in Moscow. Faked evidence is used to pin the blame on a target nation, and the fictionalized USSR starts a war on two fronts; a “just cause” war which masks a second front moving to grab the oil fields. This is a very believable scenario to the public, and the book was a best seller. It’s one of my favorites.
Thus it is with some amazement that I watch as the very people who turned that book into a huge commercial success seem oblivious to the parallels in the so-called “War On Terror”.
Whereas the fictionalized USSR in “Red Storm Rising” required the plot device of a refinery disaster to kick off the story line, the United States has arrived in precisely the same situation as the fictionalized USSR in the book through chronic mismanagement. It is no secret that the United States is in and has been in serious financial trouble for decades. The total governmental debt of the United States is estimated at $17 trillion (with a “T”). The interest alone on the federal portion of the National Debt now exceeds the entire personal income tax collected from every tax payer in the nation. And, since the full interest payments are not being made, let alone the principle, the debt continues to skyrocket. Claims of an election year budget surplus, which ignored the debt entirely, were little more than a bookkeeping trick in which the government spent Social Security payments as if they were general funds, along with now-failed predictions of ever increasing economic growth.
The United States government is so deeply in debt that it has long ago run out of sufficient gold with which to collateralize the debt. Starting during the Nixon administration, public lands were declared off limits to the general population and set aside as collateral on the loans held by foreign interests. In order to conceal from the public just how dire the situation truly was, this land collateralization process was concealed behind a cover of “environmentalism”. The E.P.A. was created at the very start of the land collateralization process, and has since been joined by various other programs with names such as “Heritage Rivers”, “Wet lands”, “Biosphere Reserve”, etc. By using a large number of such fronts, with each only grabbing a “small” amount of land, the United States government has tried to conceal the true scale of the land collateralization process from the public.
This map shows the current extent of all lands grabbed by the government under the guise of environmentalism as of the start of 2000.
While America maintains a huge export business in agriculture, most manufacturing has gone overseas. America has invented a great many products, but rather than actually make them, the United States has for the most part sold the rights to manufacture American invented products to other nations. This may make the inventors and developers of those products wealthy, but the far greater wealth generated by the sales of the manufactured products goes elsewhere. No sales revenues, no tax revenues.
To conceal this loss of manufacturing, the United States created the concept of the “service economy”; the ridiculous idea that a nation could be prosperous by doing each other’s laundry. From the point of view of the government, this worked as a short term solution, because the government could collect taxes on money that was simply moving back and forth between the citizens. However, eventually those very taxes discourage service-type businesses. People go back to doing their own laundry. Taxes are raised on the remaining business so that the government can keep servicing its debt, slowing more businesses down. There is a finite limit to how long a nation can survive a cycle where raising taxes reduces businesses which requires raising taxes again.
In the end, true wealth for a nation is generated only by having a product to sell, and the United States has few indeed. Check out the labels on the big-ticket Christmas gifts. That will tell you the story of Christmas yet-to-come.
Complicating the problem is the emergence of the “Euro”. While still a reserve monetary system, the Euro is already backed with stronger gold reserves than the US Dollar, since the US (along with Britain) have been selling off gold reserves to keep gold prices down and prop up their fiat money systems. The member nations of the European Union collectively form a powerhouse economy second only to the United States itself. Concerns are being raised that Argentina’s reliance on the dollar as a currency are in part responsible for its’ current woes, and other nations, such as Mexico, are already re-thinking their position on aligning their monetary systems with that of the United States.
The trend is obvious; unless there is a radical change to the cash flow across the border, the US government is staring at total economic collapse. The citizens cannot be taxed enough to pay the interest on the debt, let alone the debt itself. The dollar will cease to be the currency of choice in the global market. The situation is desperate. And as Clancy illustrates in his book, a desperate government will take desperate chances.
The United States needs to have a product to sell, something to get the cash flow headed back into the nation rather than out of it, a product everyone needs, and a product which exists in vast amounts.
To put it simply, American control of the world’s remaining major oil resources, both the middle east and Central Asia, would bail the US government out of its financial woes as nothing else can. Indeed there appear to be no other options open. It’s “grab the oil” or collapse under the accumulated debt of decades of “wishful spending” by the government.
There are clear indications that such a planned grab for the oil of Central Asia lies at the heart of current US foreign policy. Three years ago Congress discussed removing the government of Afghanistan to make way for an oil pipeline. Kosovo was also sitting along a desired pipeline route into the wealth lying under the Caspian Sea.
In “Red Storm Rising”, Tom Clancy portrayed the fictionalized USSR as planning the war long before the staged terror attack in Moscow. The reality is that long before the attacks on the World Trade Towers the US Government told India there would be an invasion of Afghanistan in October. Even the BBC heard about the planned invasion of Afghanistan before the events of 9/11. As far back as March 2001 Jane’s Defense got word of the planned US invasion of Afghanistan.
In “Red Storm Rising”, Tom Clancy portrayed the fictionalized USSR as using its’ own intelligence services to bomb an important building, then planting fake evidence to point the blame at the intended target of Invasion. The reality is that several of the men officially accused of the 9/11 attacks have turned up alive. The FBI admits that the IDs used by the hijackers were well-done fakes, using identities stolen from middle-eastern men.
Likewise, the Anthrax letters sent to media figures and Congress (just before it was scheduled to vote on the anti-terror bill) have turned out to be a total frame-up. While written to appear to be from middle eastern terrorists, it turns out that the Anthrax contained in the letters was United States property and only available from a select few government laboratories.
And, in a stunning revelation which confirms the deception being forced on the public, a US official admitted to Fox News that evidence exists linking the 9/11 attacks to NON-ARAB suspects, but that this particular evidence has been classified! The first suspects arrested after the WTC attacks were not Arabs, either.
It is said that art often must imitate life. In the case of Tom Clancy’s “Red Storm Rising”, the motives and actions of the fictionalized USSR line up rather nicely with those of the real life USA. And therein lies a warning for those who think fake terror is the ideal tool with which to rule. For in Clancy’s book, following a costly and bloody war, the fictionalized USSR is no better off than when it started, still without oil, still without money, and with a military coup on top of it all.
Life imitates art?
I hope not.
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