Following on from last night’s post about the paralysis of EU leaders in the face of Islamic terrorism, a timely essay by former Reagan Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts might shed some light on it all:
World War II resulted in Europe being conquered, not by Berlin but by Washington.
The conquest was certain but not all at once. Washington’s conquest of Europe resulted from the Marshall Plan, from fears of Stalin’s Red Army that caused Europe to rely on Washington’s protection and to subordinate Europe’s militaries to Washington in NATO, from the replacement of the British pound as world reserve currency with the US dollar, and from the long process of the subordination of the sovereignty of individual European countries to the European Union, a CIA initiative implemented by Washington in order to control all of Europe by controlling only one unaccountable government.
With few exceptions, principally the UK, membership in the EU also meant loss of financial independence. As only the European Central Bank, an EU institution, can create euros, those countries so foolish as to accept the euro as their currency no longer have the power to create their own money in order to finance budget deficits.
Apart from the bit about the CIA, this is an entirely plausible account of the history of the past 70 years. For the past 70 years the USA has been the senior partner in NATO, and was the de facto guarantor of freedom in the Western world against the threat posed by the communist Soviet Union. The USA effectively stepped into Britain’s shoes, and continued to (largely benignly) run not only the British Empire, but also Western Europe and South America, handing out bagfuls of money in the process.
Nevertheless, he answered my question: “How does Washington get foreign countries to do what Washington wants?”
“Money,” he said. “We give their leaders bagfuls of money. They belong to us.”
All this made perfect sense up until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1990. For at that point in time there ceased to be any prospect whatsoever of the defunct Soviet Union invading Europe and imposing its defunct communist creed.
And that’s where things started to go wrong. For after enjoying 50 years of hegemony over the Western world, US neoconservatives decided that the USA should now extend its hegemony over more or less the entire world. And this led Washington into a series of disastrous wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, which did nothing but create a series of failed states – which are now exporting a toxic mix of refugees and terrorists to Europe.
If Roberts is right that EU politicians are simply vassals in the pay of Washington, the current paralysis of EU politicians in the face of this tidal wave of refugees simply reflects the current paralysis of Washington. Europe’s bought and paid for political class will only do what Washington instructs them to do. And currently Washington’s instructions are to do nothing about Islamic terrorism. And so that’s what they’re doing.
Well, it’s one explanation for the inaction. It may also explain how some politicians – e.g. Tony Blair – have got so rich since leaving office.
And it won’t change until either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are elected as the next President of the United States in November.
If Hillary Clinton is elected, the neoconservative doctrines of the past 25 years will be continued, and Washington will continue in its quest for global hegemony, bringing it into collision with Russia and China, quite likely triggering the nuclear war Roberts foresees. Apart from that, nothing will change.
But if Donald Trump is elected, the neoconservative doctrines may be abandoned, relations with both Russia and China normalised, NATO scaled back, and most likely bagfuls of money will cease to be handed out to foreign politicians. The disintegrating EU will be allowed to disintegrate, and European politicians will cease to represent Washington. They may even have to pay Washington for its protection.
However it looks to me like Hillary Clinton’s campaign is sinking. The latest blow has been the Wikileaks revelation that she won the nomination with the connivance of the DNC. According to one report (and another), Bernie supporters have walked out of the Democratic conference en masse. It’s very unlikely that such people are going to vote for her. They may not vote for Trump, but if half of Dem voters won’t vote for her, she’s sunk. No wonder Trump Has 7% Lead In Latest Poll.