Ever wonder if the controversial WikiLeaks leaks were a joint US State and Defense Department conspiracy? After all, US Army PFC Bradley Manning worked for Defense. What access would he have to State’s records without some special clearances? And it’s Defense that’s incarcerated him. Anyway, it’s just a thought!
In fact, there is a release of some new information or documents in one of the British rags, The Telegraph (perhaps from Wiki), suggesting that the USG was working behind the scenes to support local uprisings in Egypt and possibly elsewhere in MENA.
Could it be that in light of more serious reflection on the imminence of Peak Oil, State, Defense, and others in the hegemony saw an opportunity to fuel (no pun intended) chaos in that region of the world, hoping to create a bigger opening for increased US military intervention, thereby gaining a new measure of control over the few remaining oil reserves in and around the Persian Gulf? And did not the Wikileaks leaks play some role in the rather rapid unravelling of America’s puppet dictators across the region?
I realize it is a complicated and perhaps counter-intuitive scenario to endorse. But I mean, what else for the Empire to do, especially after you fucked up in the Gulf of Mexico? Create the conditions for military intervention and occupation of those lands with ready oil reserves. After all the kings and other monarchs over there were not being particularly helpful on the oil front lately, and as things approach the final stretch, the end game was about to get even trickier. So why not stimulate a series of popular uprisings and try to insert yourself as the good guys… fighting on the side of democratic reform (oh please… don’t make me vomit)!! Then, perhaps, we could achieve greater control over those valuable resources. And a side benefit… further distraction of the American body-politic!
And no sooner do we cheer on Egyptians against Mubarak, assist in the attempt to overthrow Kadaffi in Libya, and put boots on the ground in Pakistan to assassinate bin Laden, then we begin clearing the decks for Yemen. In the same breath, while looking for some strained glimmer of popular support within the Arab world internationally, Obama signals a significant shift in U.S. policy concerning Israel, taking a clear whack at Netanyahu’s head (not that he doesn’t deserve it). On the very eve of the meeting of the two heads of state, the US president endorses a return to the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine as they were prior to the six-day war.
Is this the End Game folks? Is this the Hail Mary pass they were all waiting for? Is this what the Hegemon, Obama, is throwing in a vain and frantic attempt to collect all the marbles before the ship of state hits an iceberg — before the clouds open, the angels appear, and the Dead Sea parts — allowing his fat-cat benefactors to continue partying until the very bitter end, while the rest of the world remains their cheap labor and their lap-dogs? I mean, we realize of course that all of our elected officials are good Christians, forever hoping against hope. Since they were no doubt as disappointed as any good believer was in the recent Rapture-no-show, they must be thinking:
Holy shit, no ‘deus ex machina’, no salvation from the clouds. Damn that guy. We better just get our hands on some more of that oil to keep this party going another year or so… perhaps to the end of 2012 like those Mayans were suggesting.”
And what do “We, the people,” do. As usual, we crack open another beer, sit back and cheer on the home team; as if this were just another preseason opener. Yet, in concert with these frantic international moves, the US Senate has just extended the Patriot Act for four more years, thereby gaining a tighter grip on an increasingly jittery citizenry here in the Homeland. Again, the thinking must be:
Why, especially after that showing in Wisconsin and the support it generated around the hinterlands and the metropolises of this great land, we can’t have any more of that stuff. We don’t need no revolution upsetting our apple cart.
So thinketh the US Oligarchs and their pet-puppet-politicians.
So, now they are making the final moves in this power game Obama announced in Moscow shortly after his installation as High Hegemon: capture MENA, tighten the noose here at home, and keep telling the fairytale to anyone who will listen — (even to those austerity frightened [fighting?] Irish in Dublin; boy have they been nippin at the bottle a bit too much lately!) — that clean coal, air, water, wind, and fire can keep US going forever. Only, it’s too bad that clean air and water are also becoming increasingly scarce these days. I’m afraid we are all peaked-out my friends, and that this Anthropocene Epoch is coming to an inglorious end. There was no Rapture, but an Apocalypse of these corporate Barbarians may not be far off.
But, oil has always been, and will remain, the heart of their strategy; yet they continue to deny that it’s running out. Even while the WSJ this week entertained the loss of easily recoverable light crude, the author deflected:
No one suggests that the Gulf nations are running out of oil.
Excuse me! Funny, I thought many people have been suggesting, nay, declaring precisely that for years now! (Maybe Matt Simmons went just a tad-bit too far for the oligarchy in that free speech thingy.) Yet, even with the estimates in the same Journal article, it’s clear that the easily recoverable heavy oil reserves in the Middle East represent less than 1000 days of projected world demand; under a three year supply! Suffice it to say, it’s all playing with numbers and terminology to both confuse the citizenry and ameliorate any concerns. And, we haven’t yet discussed what all of this oil recovery (theft) is doing to the planet. However, perhaps the Earth has been giving us a few hints lately: Japan, Missouri, Iceland, the Gulf of Mexico, China… actually the list of recent natural (even-if-man-induced) disasters is rather long. But, perhaps her message is not getting through to the right people. Too much rationality and cool scientific detachment; not enough intuition or engagement of our sensorium.
But when we wake up from this mental stupor and recognize what has transpired, to what end, and who has been pulling the strings, then we will also understand that it’s too late. The earth will have already been bled dry, the atmosphere already altered beyond livability, the hegemony already too far flung, and those who speak out too far afield, pursued like dogs for their “betrayal.”
But I am weary and Memorial Day is upon us; so what is it we should remember today?Remember one thing; all THEY care about is protecting the hegemony. The euphemism they use is safeguarding the “national interest.” And they will use anyone towards that end, not only the expendable men and women they coax, cajole or hoodwink into uniform. We are all held captive, citizen-soldiers remaining obedient to their explicit and implicit demands. As one anarchist has noted:
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. ~ Noam Chomsky
I am bored with the colorful play-by-play already folks; wake me for the final Hail Mary Pass, when the Rapture is upon us. I wouldn’t want to miss that for the end of the world. In the meantime, I will rest up for the final display.