Thursday, August 13, 2009

THE WAR PROFITEERS


Reportedly, Rockefeller's Standard Oil provided oil for Hitler's U boats. (MySpace)

The Vietnam war was very bad news for the ordinary folks of Texas or Saigon, but it was wonderful news for certain big American corporations.

Now wars mean very good business for private military companies.

That sector is now worth up to $120bn annually with operations in at least 50 countries. (Making a killing: how private armies became a $120bn global ...)




On 11 August 2009, former Canadian diplomat Profesor Peter Dale Scott, at Global Research, wrote The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War

Among the points made:

1. Certain countries expand their empires and develop "secretive corporations and agencies".

Eventually such countries may weaken through "needless and crushing wars."

Such wars brought down Spain, Holland and the UK.

The USA is next.

2. A country trying to dominate the world may look mad.

But wars make money for certain people.

"What looks demented from a public viewpoint makes sense from the narrower perspective of those profiting from the provision of private entrepreneurial violence and intelligence."




3. In 1919 Sir Halford Mackinder stated:

"Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; Who rules the heartland commands the World Island; Who rules the World Island commands the World."

Napoleon and Hitler discovered that this kind of thinking does not work.

4. Henry Kissinger did not speak of dominance but of "equilibrium".

This is the Kissinger who saw America defeated by Vietnam.

Brzezinski

5. Now we have Zbigniew Brzezinski, who speaks of global dominance.

Brzezinski built up the Moslem militants in Afghanistan so as to lure in the Russians, and thus weaken the Soviet Empire.

When he was asked whether Islamic fundamentalism represented a world menace, Brzezinski replied, "Nonsense!"

6. Brzezinski reportedly seeks to control the Eurasian heartland.

"For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia... Now a non-Eurasian power is preeminent in Eurasia - and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained." (p.30 of Brzezinski's 1997 book The Grand Chessboard)

According to Brzezinski, "the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy" are:

A. To prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals or underlings.

B. To keep tributaries or smaller countries pliant and protected.

C. To keep the barbarians from coming together. (p.40 The Grand Chessboard)

Private army

7. The 1992 draft DPG (Defense Planning Guidance), prepared for Defense Secretary Cheney by neocons Paul Wolfowitz and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, stated:

"We must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."

According to Joint Chiefs of Staff strategic document Joint Vision 2020, "Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations."

This is arguably insane.

It is however useful to the corporations who make money from oil and wars.

8. Brzezinski is wrong.

"Vassals" are human being, not chess pieces.

The idea of a single chess player in control is wrong.

In Central Asia, the US, Russia, China and the local states are all weak.

Here, corporations like BP and Exxon are more important than local states and US forces.

Here, "agitated Muslims" and drugs barons are important.

Whatever happened to the Empires of Britain and Holland?

9. Brzezinski’s goal is "to exert permanent restraints on the power of China and above all Russia."

He has sensibly opposed destabilizing moves like a western strike on Iran.

However, Brzezinski promotes a policy that suits the oil industry and its backers, including the Rockefellers, who first launched him into national prominence.

10. In March 2001 the biggest oil corporations were secretly involved with Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force.

The Task Force developed a map of Iraq’s oil fields.

In February 2001, a Bush National Security Council document had noted that Cheney’s Task force would consider "actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields."

Earlier the oil companies had taken part in a non-government task force calling for "an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/diplomatic assessments."

11. After 9/11, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Douglas Feith set up the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans (OSP) which became President Bush’s main source of intelligence regarding Iraq’s possible possession of weapons of mass destruction and connection with Al Qaeda.

Feith, and others, had links to Israel, which wanted US armies to become established militarily in Central Asia.

Big corporations do well from wars.

12. According to counterterrorism expert, retired U.S. Army colonel Andrew Bacevich: "invading and occupying other countries ...is ...going to bankrupt the country and break the military."

Donald Rumsfeld increased the use of Private Military Contractors (PMCs) in the Iraq War.

Diligence "set up shop in Baghdad [in July 2003] to provide security for companies involved in Iraqi."

It is virtually a CIA spin-off.

Mike Baker, its chief executive officer, spent 14 years at the CIA.

Whitley Bruner, its chief operating officer in Baghdad, was once the CIA station chief in Iraq.

Its partner in Diligence Middle East (DME) is New Bridge Strategies, "a consulting firm to advise companies that want to do business in Iraq."

New Bridge has top Republicans on its board.

The Financial Times linked the success of New Bridge to its relationship with Neil Bush.



13. Another Private Intelligence Contractor or PIC is Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

SAIC is "the invisible hand behind a huge portion of the national-security state."

SAIC represents "a private business that has become a form of permanent government".

SAIC epitomizes the "military-industrial-counterterrorism complex."

SAIC is "not a unified bureaucracy, but more like a platform for individual entrepreneurship in obtaining contracts".

Robert Gates was a member of SAIC's board of directors.

SAIC personnel have been recruited from the CIA, NSA, and DARPA, among them John M. Deutch, C.I.A. director under President Bill Clinton.

SAIC "helped supply the faulty intelligence about Saddam’s WMD" that then got lots of contracts in Iraq.

9/11 served the interests of private intellience and military contractors including SAIC.

Private firms now not only provide, but also analyse intelligence.

Overseas associates of Diligence LLC and its allies have been accused of false-flag operations intended to provoke war.

The Patriot Act provides a new area of profit for SAIC contractors - domestic surveillance of U.S. citizens.

14. Donald Rumsfeld created CIFA in 2002.

The Counterintelligence Field Activity office was used against people suspected of opposing the Bush administration.

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3 comments:

Widget said...

Do not forget Sodexho - the French multi-activity company.

gyges said...

"Such wars brought down Spain, Holland and the UK."

Japan is another example. They invaded Manchuria in something like 1898; looted and pillaged for years but at the end of their rampage - 1945 - the average Japanese couldn't afford a bowl of rice. So where did all the money/treasure go?

"Diligence "set up shop in Baghdad [in July 2003] to provide security for companies involved in Iraqi." "

Isn't Michael Howard on the board of Diligence?

*C* said...

EXCELLENT article. I have reposted it (giving you credit, of course) in my own blog for more to read.

Thank you.

 
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