Bulletin N° 863
"Untold History: The Rise and Fall of a Progressive Vice-President of the USA"
With a short video segment from Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s 2012 documentary, The Untold History of the United States.
In Part 3 of this interview, American University historian Peter Kuznick discusses the popular confrontation with the American "power elite" and the 1944 Democratic Convention coup that dumped VP Henry A. Wallace, the man who as President would have opposed the Cold War and prohibited the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
Subject : The Capitalist Conspiracy: writing for the blind.
October 20, 2019
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The book, Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War (2013) by amateur historians Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor, reads like a who-done-it?novel with real page-turning force. Following the title page of this book is the authors’ dedication page: “Dedicated to the victims of an unspeakable evil”; then the Acknowledgements, which include Professor Carroll Quigley [1910-1977], “[without whom] it would have been impossible for us to unpick the web of deceit woven around the origins of the war”; then the Introduction, which begins with the unequivocal statement, “The history of the First World War is a deliberately concocted lie.”
Not the sacrifice, the heroism, the horrendous waste of life or the misery that followed. No, these were very real, but the truth of how it all began and how it was unnecessary and deliberately prolonged beyond 1915 has been successfully covered up for a century. A carefully falsified history was created to conceal the fact that Britain, not Germany, was responsible for the war. Had the truth become widely known after 1918, the consequences for the British Establishment would have been cataclysmic.
At the end of the war Britain, France and the United States laid the blame squarely on Germany and took steps to remove, conceal or falsify documents and reports to justify such a verdict. In 1919, at Versailles near Paris, the victors decreed that Germany was solely responsible for the global catastrophe. She had, they claimed, deliberately planned the war and rejected all of their proposals for conciliation and mediation. Germany protested vehemently that she was not responsible and that it had been, for her, a defensive war against the aggression of Russia and France.(p.11)
The authors go on to elaborate on the justification for their new book.
To the victors go the spoils, and their judgment was immediately reflected in the official accounts. What became the generally accepted history of the First World War revolved around German militarism, German expansionism, the kaiser’s bombastic nature and ambitions, and Germany’s invasion of innocent, neutral Belgium. The system of secret alliances, a ‘naval race’, economic imperialism, and the theory of an ‘inevitable war’ later softened the attack on Germany, though the spurious notion that she alone had wanted war remained understood in the background.
In the 1920s, a number of highly regarded American and Canadian professor of history . . . seriously questioned the Versailles verdict and the ‘evidence’ on which the assumption of German war guilt was based. Their work in revising the official Versailles findings was attacked by historians who insisted that Germany was indeed responsible. Today, eminent British war historians place the blame on Germany, though most are willing to concede that ‘other factors’ were also involved. Professor Niall Ferguson writes of the kaiser’s strategy of global war. Professor Hew Strachan maintains that the war was about liberal countries struggling to defend their freedoms (against German aggression), while Professor Norman Stone states that the greatest mistake of the twentieth century was made when Germany built a navy to attack Britain. Professor Stevenson quite unequivocally writes that ‘it is ultimately in Berlin that we must seek the keys to the destruction of peace’. It was Germany’s fault. End of story.
Several other recent accounts on the causes of the war offer alternative ideas. Christopher Clark’s book, for example, looks on the events leading up to August 1914 as a tragedy into which an unsuspecting world ‘sleepwalked’. [For more on Clark’s book, see CEIMSA Bulletin 848.]We reveal that far from sleepwalking into a global tragedy, the unsuspecting world was ambushed by a secret cabal of warmongers in London. In Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War we debunk the notion that Germany was to blame for this heinous crime against humanity, or that Belgium was an innocent, neutral nation caught unawares by German militarism. We clearly demonstrate that the German invasion of Belgium was not an act of thoughtless and indiscriminate aggression, but a reaction forced upon Germany when she faced imminent annihilation. From the day of its conception, the ‘Schlieffen Plan’ was a defence strategy and the last desperate act open to Germany to protect herself from being overrun simultaneously from east and west by the huge Russian and French armies massing on her borders.
What this book sets out to prove is that unscrupulous men, whose roots and origins were in Britain, sought a war to crush Germany and orchestrated events in order to bring this about. 1914 is generally considered as the starting point for the disaster that followed, but the crucial decisions that led to war had been taken many years before.
A secret society of rich and powerful men was established in London in 1891 with the long-term aim of taking control of the entire world. These individuals, whom we call the Secret Elite, deliberately fomented the Boer War of 1899-1902 in order to grab the Transvaal’s gold mines, and this became a template for their future actions. Their ambitions overrode humanity, and the consequences of their actions have been minimized, ignored or denied in official histories. The horror of the British concentration camps in South Africa, where 20,000 children died, is conveniently glossed over; the devastating loss of a generation in a world war for which these men were deliberately responsible has been glorified by the lie that they died for ‘freedom and civilisation’. This book focuses on how a cabal of international bankers, industrialists and their political agents successfully used war to destroy the Boer Republics and then Germany, and were never called to account.
Carefully falsified history? A secret society taking control of the world? Britain responsible for the First World War? Twenty thousand children dying in British concentration camps? A cabal based in London whose prime objective was to destroy Germany? Lest any readers jump immediately to the conclusion that this book is some madcap conspiracy theory, they should, amongst other evidence, consider the work of Carroll Quigley, one of the twentieth century’s most highly respected historians.(pp.11-13)
At the end of their short introduction Docherty and Macgregor admonish readers to weigh the facts presented in this 400 + page book (consisting of an Introduction, twenty-seven Chapters, and a Conclusion, with two Appendicies, a List of over 420 references, and a total of more than 1,400 footnotes). "There is no royal road to science.", to cite one long-time critic of capitalism.
This book is not a fictional story conjured on a whim. Despite the desperate attempts to remove every trace of Secret Elite complicity, the detailed evidence we present, chapter by chapter, reveals a tragic trail of misinformation, deceit, secret double-dealings and lies that left the world devastated and bankrupt. This is conspiracy fact, not theory.
A great many chapters appear in the narrative of this history and we have appended a list of key players for ready referral if required. The reader faces a tantalisingly difficult challenge. These immensely rich and powerful men acted behind the scenes, shielded by the innermost core of the Establishment, by a controlled media and by a carefully vetted history. The following chapters prove that the official version of history, as taught for more than a century, are fatally flawed: soaked in lies and half-truths. Those lies have penetrated so deeply into the psyche that the reader’s first reaction might be to discount evidence be cause it is not what they learned in school or university, or challenges their every assumption. The Secret Elite and their agents still seek to control our understanding of what really happened, and why. We ask only that you accept this challenge and examine the evidence we lay before you. Let your open-mindedness be the judge.(p.16)
The first chapter is prefaced by a quote taken from Carroll Quigley’s 1949 book, The Anglo-American Establishment (which was published posthumously in 1981.
One wintry afternoon in February 1891, three men engaged in earnest conversation in London.
From that conversation were to flow consequences of the greatest importance to the British Empire
and to the world as a whole.(cited on p.17)
that would take over the control of foreign policy both in Britain and, later by extension, the United States of America: a secret society that aimed to renew the Anglo-Saxon bond between Great Britain and the United States, spread all that they considered good in the English ruling-class traditions, and expand the British Empire’s influence in the world they believed they were destined to control.(p.17)
The original impetus of the organization was the growing fear of German expansion and the threat it represented to the British Empire. This group of men, beginning in the 1870s, had come under the influence of Oxford fine arts Professor John Ruskin [1819-1900], who believed in the superiority of the English ruling classes as a historical force acting in the best interests of their inferiors and for the good of civilization, which they must control, manage and make profitable. The organizing principle of this secret group was simply the unquestioned imperative: the preservation and expansion of the British Empire.
The conspirators, according to Docherty and Macgregor, were well-known public figures, initially associated with Lord Salisbury [1830-1903] and later with Geoffrey Dawson [1874-1944], and they were connected to “infinitely greater wealth.” Their plan was relatively simple:
A secret society would be formed and run by a small, close-knit clique. The leader was to be Cecil Rhodes. He and his accomplices constructed the secret organization around concentric circles, with an inner core of trusted associates –‘The Society of the Elect’ – who unquestionably knew that they were members of an exclusive cabal devoted to taking and holding power on a worldwide scale. A second outer circle, larger and quite fluid in its membership, was to be called ‘The Association of Helpers’. At this level of involvement, members may or may not have been aware that they were either an integral part or inadvertently being used by a secret society. Many on the outer edges of the group, idealists and honest politicians, may never have known that the real decisions were made by a ruthless clique about whom they had no knowledge. Professor Quigley revealed that the organisation was able to ‘conceal it existence quite successfully, and many of its influential members, satisfied to posses the reality of power rather than the appearance of power, are unknown even to close students of British history’. Secrecy was the cornerstone. No one outside the favoured few knew of the society’s existence. Members understood the reality of power . . . they knew how decisions were made, how governments were controlled and policy financed. They have been referred to obliquely in speeches and books as ‘the money power’, the ‘hidden power’ or ‘the men behind the curtain’. All of these labels are pertinent, but we have called them, collectively, the Secret Elite.
The meeting in February 1891 was not a chance encounter. Rhodes had been planning such a move for years, while Stead and Esher had been party to his ideas of some time. A year earlier, on 15 February 1890, Rhodes journeyed from South Africa to Lord Rothschild’s country estate to present his plan. Nathaniel Rothschild, together with Lord Esher and some other very senior members of the British Establishment, was present. Esher noted at the time: ‘Rhodes is a splendid enthusiast, but he looks upon men as machines . . . he has vast ideas . . . and [is], I suspect, quite unscrupulous as to the means he employs.’ In truth, these were exactly the qualities needed to be an empire builder: unscrupulous and uncaring with vast ambition.(p.18)
Cecil Rhodes has long talked about setting up a Jesuit-like secret society, pledged to take any action necessary to protect and promote the extension of the power of the British Empire. He sought to ‘bring the whole uncivilized world under British Rule, for the recovery of the United States, for the making of the Anglo-Saxon race but one empire’. In essence, the plan was as simple as that. Just as the Jesuit Order had been formed to protect the pope and expand the Catholic Church, answerable only to its own superior general and nominally the pope, so the Secret Society was to protect and expand the British Empire, and remain answerable to its leader. The holy grail was control not of God’s kingdom on earth in the name of the Almightily but of the known world in the name of the mighty British Empire. Both of these societies sought a different kind of world domination but shared a similar sense of ruthless purpose.
By February 1891, the time had come to move from ideal to action, and the formation of the secret society was agreed. (pp.18-19)
In the early years, the leading activists included Cecil Rhodes, William Stead, Lord Escher, Alfred Milner [1854-1925] and Lord Nathaniel Rothschild [1840-1915]. By the mid-19th century, the House of Rothschild, based in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Vienna, dominated European Finance. Their holdings branched out across the world into new investments in steel, railways and oil; Cecil Rhodes’ diamond and gold companies were bankrolled by the Rothschilds.
The secret society specifically infiltrated the two great organs of imperial government: the Foreign Office and the Colonial Office, and established their control over senior civil servants who dominate these domains. In addition, they took control of the departments and committees that would enable their ambitions: the War Office, the Committee of Imperial Defence and the highest echelons of the armed services. Party-political allegiance was not given prerequisite; loyalty to the cause most certainly was.
Their tentacles spread out to Russia and France, the Balkans and South Africa, and their targets were agents in the highest offices of foreign governments who were bought and nurtured for future use. . . . .
What’s more, they had the power to control history, to turn history from enlightenment to deception. The Secret Elite dictated the writing and teaching of history, from the ivory towers of academia down to the smallest of schools. They carefully controlled the publication of official government papers, the selection of documents for inclusion in the official version of the history of the First World War, and refused access to any evidence that might betray their covert existence.
. . .
To this day, researchers are denied access to certain First World War documents because the Secret Elite had much to fear from the truth, as do those who have succeeded them. They ensure that we learn only those ‘facts’ that support their version of history. It is worse than deception. They were determined to wipe out all traces that led back to them. They have taken every possible step to ensure that it would remain exceedingly difficult to unmask their crimes.(pp.14-16)
Meanwhile, in an unpublished comment on Jaisal Noor’s presentation on The Real News Network (October 11, 2019), Trump Spouts Conspiracy Theories and attacks Omar at Minnesota Rally, I wrote :
A good discussion, but the unfortunate repetition of the CIA ploy, “Conspiracy Theory,” really does a disservice to your report on Trump. I suggest you look up the origin of this political term:
As I hope you know already, Trump is a “symptom” and not a “cause” of the imperial collapse, which suggests many conspiracies - both real and imaginary. In the scheme of things, this is hardly worth mentioning, unless you wish to discredit a certain line of inquiry without examining it, which is the objective of disinformation. Not a worthy endeavor for any journalist!
The 20 + items below offer articles and essays with information and interpretations about events that will shape our lives. We should be challenged by this information to come to terms with these events and collectively find opportunities to intervene against the strategies of monopoly capitalists, who by all accounts seek to systematically weaken us and enslave us (by one means or another) in pursuit of their own class interests. It is only by carefully examining real events, such as those described below, that we can hope to ahieve our emancipation together in a world free of alienation and capitalist exploitation.
honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur des Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Part 1 :
with Matt Taibbi & Chris Hedges
Part 2 :
Chris Hedges on Media "Objectivity”
On Psychopathy & Power
by Caitlin Johnstone
On Behalf Of Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Who funds the "left" gatekeepers?
This tells us so much about the silence of "the left" on what are actually the most important issues.
(Donahue's inclusion seems unfair, since MSNBC axed him for questioning the rush to war in early 2003.)
Does Counterpunch get no such funding? (If not, what's their excuse?)
Feel free to weigh in....
Foundations Fund Phony
'Left' Media Gatekeepers
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Is Amy Goodman Trying to Out-Rachel Rachel?
by Ray McGovern
Toward the top of
her democracynow.org program
yesterday, Amy Goodman featured the following summary from a par-for-the-course
Russia “expose” just published by the New York Times:
“A New York Times investigation has revealed how Russian warplanes have repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria — including four hospitals in a 12-hour period on May 5 and 6. It is a war crime to recklessly or intentionally bomb a hospital. From April to September, more than 50 hospitals and clinics in opposition-held Idlib province were attacked. Russia has backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in his brutal effort to recapture territory from opposition groups.”
( Not to miss the clever graphics, see: https://www.democracynow.org/2019/10/14/headlines/nyt_russian_warplanes_bomb_4_hospitals_in_syria_over_12_hours .)
I decided to tweet
( https://twitter.com/raymcgovern/status/1183952740977913856 ):
Note to Amy @democracynow: There you go again, uncritically parroting NYT anti-Russian drivel re bombing hospitals in Syria & the White Helmets, no less! You took the NYT story hook, line & sinker. For once drop your line in RT waters; you’ll catch this: https://www.rt.com/news/470909-idlib-hopital-bombings-russia/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email
Will Amy dare fish out — and perhaps even report the RT version — if only to provide some “balance?” In this case at least, RT promptly put out “the other side of the story.”
Clearly, the HWHW (Hillary Would Have Won) virus is still making the rounds in erstwhile progressive media that, earlier, were not obsessed with demonizing Russia.
Quick, someone tell Amy that Mrs. Clinton gave her tacit permission to tune in to RT. (And surely, a wider sampling of news and views might stem the well deserved loss in democracynow.org’s credibility on things Russian.)
Several years ago (on March 2, 2011) when she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton surprised everyone by noting publicly: “The Russians have opened up an English language network. I’ve seen it in a couple of countries and it’s quite instructive.” She added: “We are in an information war and are losing that war.”
You can’t win by telling only one
side of the story — and that goes in spades when it’s a NY Times
“investigation” of Russian “war crimes.”
Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump’s Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich
with Aaron Glantz
IRS Audits Poor People Far More Often Than the Wealthy
with Bill Black
Republicans gutted the IRS with New Democrat support. It ensured that the wealthy can cheat our nation with impunity, says Bill Black.
Federal Reserve to buy $60 billion of Treasury bills per month
by Joe Rennison and Brendan Greeley, Financial Times
October 11 - The Federal Reserve is poised to begin at least a six-month operation to buy about $60 billion of Treasury bills per month, as the central bank seeks to ease cash shortages that caused a recent spike in the overnight cost of borrowing.
The announcement on Friday sent three-month bill yields sharply lower, dropping from a high of 1.7% to a low of 1.62%. The size of the operation shocked Wall Street analysts who had expected the central bank to be more conservative.
“They are going for it,” said Ralph Axel, an interest rate strategist at Bank of America. “They are hitting this hard. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
The Federal Open Market Committee said it had instructed the New York Fed to begin buying short-dated Treasury bills at a rate of approximately $60 billion per month, beginning next Tuesday and continuing through until the second quarter of next year.
Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Force Government to Cancel IMF Loan
DPR Frontline Village Resident Question to West: "Why do you support (Ukrainian) Nazis?"
interview by Eva K Bartlett
In Krutaya Balka, a village north of Donetsk which is routinely attacked by Ukrainian forces with shelling and heavy machine gun fire, I meet a man standing outside his home, where he lives with his wife, roughly 600 metres from the front line. To my question about where his home has been damaged he laughs, “Many times. Which house hasn't been? The roof, the wall... from mortar fire and heavy machine gun fire.” His replies are in line with the others I've spoken with: things got worse after Zelensky became president; the attacks are daily; where would he leave to? He is in favour of joining Russia. “We should go to Ukraine, which damaged my house? I'm Russian, this is Russian land. Everyone who knows history knows this. Of course I want to join Russia! In earlier times, before the war, I didn't care either way. But after all Ukraine did what it has done, absolutely I want to be a part of Russia. I can't imagine being back in Ukraine. Anyway, most of the people here would be killed as 'separatists'. A known Ukrainian politician (Boris Filatov) said: 'At the beginning, give them what they want, later hang them.' I ask if he has anything to say to a Western audience. At first he says there's no point, people already know, the West gives money to Ukraine... “The snipers use US rifles, if they gave less money it would be better.” But later in our conversation he adds: “Going back to the question of a message to the West...You remember WW2. Why do you support Nazis if you remember WW2? Why do you now support Nazis. Openly Nazis. They wear swastikas. Why is Europe silent? Everyone comes here and agrees with me, but nothing changes. OSCE shouts, but when they are under fire, they are silent, they don't say that Ukraine attacks them.”
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
On Behalf Of Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Eugenics hiding in plain sight: Pittsburgh wants to "predict," at every birth, whether the parents deserve to be
October 17, 2019
by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
Imagine a day where every child born in a hospital gets ranked on whether or not their parents will be good enough parents to take care of them, and a risk score is attached to that child based on how the government views the child’s parents.
If the risk score is too low, the parents do not get to take their child home. The child is seized by the government and assigned new parents through the multi-billion dollar foster care system.
Does this sound like something terrible from a science fiction movie? Or something that might happen in other tyrannical countries where parents have little or no choice over how their children are raised?
This system is actually already in place and is already being used in many states all across the U.S.
Richard Wexler from the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform published an excellent piece last week on the topic of “Predictive Analysis” in child welfare, and how Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs, is now using a system like this to label every child born in the county with a “risk score” which supposedly tells Child Protective Services how likely parents are to abuse their newborn children.
It is perhaps the ultimate Orwellian nightmare: From the moment your child is born, the child and family are labeled with a “risk score” – a number that supposedly tells authorities how likely you are to abuse your newborn. The big government agency that slaps this invisible scarlet number on you and your newborn promises it will be used only to decide if you need extra help to raise your child, and the help will be voluntary.
But once you’re in the database, that score stays there forever. And if, someday, the same big government agency wants to use the score to help decide you’re too much of a risk to be allowed to keep your child, there is nothing to stop them. The scarlet number may haunt your family for generations. The fact that your child was supposedly born into a “high risk” family may be used against the child when s/he has children.
Welcome to the dystopian future of child welfare – and childbirth – in metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pa.
As we have reported in previous articles, in places where Predictive Analysis software is used for risk assessment for child abuse, poor minorities are targeted as more likely to have a high risk score.
When Numbers Don’t Add Up, You’ve been Cheated
by Jean Perier
Trump admits US killed millions in war based on lies
by Bill Van Auken
Amid the storm of denunciations—extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobin magazine—of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense of his policy:
“The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE ... IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.”
Trump’s Twitter account has dominated the US news cycle ever since he took office. Tweets have introduced fascistic new policies on immigration, announced the frequent firings of White House personnel and cabinet members and signaled shifts in US foreign policy.
Last month, amid the mounting of an impeachment inquiry, which the Democratic leadership in Congress has focused exclusively on “national security” concerns stemming from Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the US president set a new personal record, tweeting 800 times.
Yet the corporate media has chosen to ignore Trump’s tweet on the protracted US military intervention in the Middle East.
Journalists Are Prostitutes
by Paul Craig Roberts
One of them who did so—Udo Ulfkotte—describes what it is like. For the naive and insouciant Western people who need to hear the truth from the horse’s mouth, here is a translation of one of Udo Ulfkotte’s lectures on the subject.
Kopp in Germany published Ulfkotte’s book, Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalism) several years ago. It was a best seller. An English language edition was authorized, but its publication was blocked by intelligence services. You can get an idea of the book from the lecture.
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Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Ellen DeGeneres doesn't seem to know, or care, that her pal Bush is a war criminal (and neither do those praising her affection for him)
Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It’s His War Crimes
by Mehdi Hasan
Former U.S. President George W. Bush, left, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres on the sidelines of an NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers on Oct. 6, 2019, in Arlington, Texas.
Photos: Cooper Neill/AP, Ron Jenkins/AP
ET TU, ELLEN?
Bush should be treated as a pariah not because he is a Republican or a conservative, but because he caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people and tortured hundreds of others.
Yet Ellen’s specific argument in defense of her friendship with the former president is both nonsensical and offensive. No one is suggesting that she shouldn’t be pals with a conservative or a Republican. Bush’s beliefs are irrelevant here; his actions are what matters. He was one of the most destructive presidents in modern American history; a man who has never been held to account for a long litany of crimes, misdeeds, and abuses of power committed during his two bloodstained terms in office. The reason “43” should be treated as a pariah is not because he is a Republican or a conservative, but because he caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people and tortured hundreds of others.
Udo Ulfkotte's book Gekaufte Journalisten was scheduled to come out in English some two years ago, under the
title Journalists for Hire: How the CIA Buys the News—and then it didn't, and never has. On Amazon you'll find
that a few hard copies are (ostensibly) for sale at prohibitive prices, $900 or $1,000; and that, if you should order
one of them (as someone generously offered to enable me to do), the vendor will inform you that the book is not
available after all. (Such, at least, was my experience, not once but twice.)
In any case, here's a video of a talk that Ulfkotte gave on the subject in 2015. He talks mainly about the corruption
of the press through bribery of various kinds, managed by the CIA and BND (German intelligence). Toward the
end of the part that's subtitled (about the first 48 minutes) he also talks about his (highly controversial) books on
the immigration crisis in Germany. Those rightist works have been deployed to cast him as a crank given to
(what else?) "conspiracy theory"—which, for all I know, they may well be; but I for one would like very much to
read his book on journalists, and find this lecture whole credible, and eye-opening.
Ulfkotte died, at 57, of a heart attack (reportedly), a few years after that forbidden book came out in Germany.
Subtitled and transcribed by Terje Maloy
In 2014, the German journalist and writer Udo Ulfkotte published a book that created a big stir, describing how the journalistic profession is thoroughly corrupt and infiltrated by intelligence services.
Although eagerly anticipated by many, the English translation of the book, Bought Journalists, does not seem to be forthcoming anytime soon.
[We covered that story at the time – Ed.]
So I have made English subtitles and transcribed this still very relevant 2015-lecture for those that are curious about Ulfkotte’s work. It covers many of the subjects described in the book.
Udo Ulfkotte died of a heart attack in January 2017, in all likelihood part of the severe medical complications he got from his exposure to German-made chemical weapons supplied to Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.
High Plains Grifter: the Life and Crimes of George W. Bush
Drawings by Nathaniel St. Clair
by Jeffrey St. Clair
Given the freshets of love now showering George W. Bush, I thought it might be useful to run here whole for the first time my short life of Bush that was serialized in 2004 and later appeared in a different form in Grand Theft Pentagon, my book on the crimes of the defense industry during the Afghan and Iraq wars. Let it stand as my brief against the rehabilitation of George W. Bush.
by Philip Giraldi
I have long argued that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was clearly an intelligence agent and that he was most likely working for the Israeli external service Mossad. My belief was based on the nature of his activity, which suggested that he was able to blackmail important Americans using the sex tapes that he had been able to make at his Manhattan mansion. Put that together with the existence of his fake Austrian passport, as well as former Miami federal attorney Alexander Acosta’s comments and it would seem that an intelligence connection is a sine qua non.
Acosta was particularly damning. When asked “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” he replied “…that I had just one meeting on the Epstein case.” He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told to back off,” that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.”
The answers to those remaining questions about Epstein are still lacking even though he is gone, but one fears that the authorities will be disinclined to further investigate a dead man. It appears that no one in the various investigative agencies or the mainstream media has been interested in what Acosta meant, even though it would be simple enough to ask him. Who told him to back off? And how did they explain it? And then there is Epstein’s Austrian passport. Was the document fake or real, with a real name and photo substitution or alternation of both picture and name? How did he get it? Austrian passports are highly desirable in intelligence circles because the country is neutral and its holders can travel just about everywhere without a visa.
What Epstein did and how he did it was an intelligence operation in support of Mossad. There is no other viable explanation for his filming of prominent politicians and celebrities having sex with young girls. Recruiting and running American movers and shakers like Bill Clinton, with his 26 trips on the Lolita Express, former Governor Bill Richardson, or former Senator George Mitchell are precisely the types of “agents of influence” that the Mossad would seek to coerce or even blackmail into cooperation.
Other compelling evidence for a Mossad connection came from Epstein’s relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, who reportedly served as his key procurer of young girls. Ghislaine is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, who died or possibly was assassinated in mysterious circumstances in 1991. Maxwell was an Anglo-Jewish businessman, very cosmopolitan in profile, like Epstein, a multi-millionaire who was very controversial with what were regarded as ongoing ties to Mossad. After his death, he was given a state funeral by Israel in which six serving and former heads of Israeli intelligence listened while Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir eulogized: “He has done more for Israel than can today be said.”
The CIA Goes HBCU
by Glen Ford
The world’s most prolific assassins, regime changers and disinformation specialists have been given free rein to recruit and shape curriculum at the largest Black higher education system in the nation.
“The Democratic Party’s Black minions have insanely embraced the agency as part of the ‘resistance’ to Trump’s raging racism.”
The Southern University System has opened its arms to the CIA with an agreement to allow the agency to recruit operatives and shape classroom workshops and curriculum on the system’s five historically Black campuses in Louisiana. According to a press release featuring the smiling faces of Southern University president-chancellor Ray Belton and agency operatives, the super-spooks hope to “foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel” and gain access to “a qualified and diverse applicant pool.” University chief Benton -- the “Spook Who Opened the Door,” not to be confused with “The Spook Who Sat by the Door ,” the Black insurrectionary novel and movie – said the CIA connection enhances Southern’s “public-private partnerships portfolio.” He praised the “reputable stature” of the CIA as “an asset to the university, students and faculty.”
The Southern University-CIA collaboration is a gift from President Trump, the first of many in-plain-sight CIA infiltrations of Black higher education envisioned under his White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Defenders of hard-pressed HBCUs will doubtless offer an “any port in a storm” excuse for subjecting young Black minds and underpaid faculty to the enticements of global Murder Incorporated – the assassins of Patrice Lumumba and countless other freedom fighters, as well as the planet’s most accomplished psychological warfare specialists. Some Negroes are capable of excusing anything – and do.
“The super-spooks hope to ‘foster ongoing relationships with key university staff and personnel' and gain access to 'a qualified and diverse applicant pool.’”
The White House initiative to foist the CIA on Black colleges pre-dated revelations that a CIA agent assigned to the executive mansion fingered Trump as attempting to coerce the Ukrainian government into reopening an investigation of Democratic Party presidential contender Joe Biden’s son’s suspicious dealings in that country. The Democrats hope to make the charge the basis of impeachment proceedings, having failed to make the case for collusion between Trump, “the Russians” and Wikileaks in the public airing of Democratic National Committee dirty linen during the 2016 campaign. “Russiagate” was the Democratic Party’s excuse for losing to the Republican who they thought was the easiest to beat. But the CIA is the chief conspirator, the guiding hand in the still-active mass psychological warfare operation against a president considered by the Deep State to be far too undependable to manage the Empire (for example, Trump’s repeated, but clumsy and partially stymied efforts to disengage from the CIA-directed jihadist war against Syria). The CIA agent detailed to the White House is now hailed by Democrats and their corporate media as a “whistleblower,” when the only CIA agents that can be considered whistleblowers are those that blow the whistle on their own agency. Meanwhile, as Danny Haiphong writes in this issue of BAR, the real whistleblowers, “Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden remain in prison or exile as enemies of the state.”
“The CIA is the guiding hand in the still-active mass psychological warfare operation against a president considered far too undependable to manage the Empire”. . . .
posted by Al Nelson
After years in the shadows overseeing espionage, kill programs, warrantless wiretapping, entrapment, psyops and other covert operations, national security establishment retirees are are turning to a new line of work where they can carry out their imperial duties.
That is, propagandizing the public on cable news. Reborn as cable news pundits, these people are cashing in. So many years working in the dark, only to emerge in the studio lights of the same networks that rail all day everyday against state TV from countries that America hates.
I’m talking about people like…
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2019
Subject: [MCM] What the US did in Indonesia
What exactly was Barack Obama's mother doing there, soon after the massacre?
And how exactly did his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, help the regime "mop up" afterward?
(He was summoned back there by Suharto's government in 1966.)
General Suharto being sworn into the Indonesian Cabinet by President Sukarno on July 29, 1966. AP
by Vincent Bevins
A trove of recently released documents confirms that Washington’s role in the country’s 1965 massacre was part of a bigger Cold War strategy.
A trove of newly declassified diplomatic cables reveals a surprising degree of American involvement in a brutal anti-communist purge in Indonesia half-a-century ago.
In Indonesia in October 1965, Suharto, a powerful Indonesian military leader, accused the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) of organizing a brutal coup attempt, following the kidnapping and murder of six high-ranking army officers. Over the months that followed, he oversaw the systematic extermination of up to a million Indonesians for affiliation with the party, or simply for being accused of harboring leftist sympathies. He then took power and ruled as dictator, with U.S. support, until 1998.
Subject: [MCM] Why so many deaths of activists in Ferguson?
From March, a story that was momentarily reported by NBC, CBS, Fox News and other
major outlets (though not the New York Times—whose long and detailed August retrospective
on Ferguson mentioned only two of the six activists who have died suspiciously:
This story (obviously) shouldn't have slipped down the memory hole. Feel free to share whatever
you may find about it. (Let's note that J. Edgar Hoover would have been most pleased, to put it mildly.)
A puzzling number of men tied to the Ferguson protests have since died
by Jim Slater
In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo Edward Crawford Jr., returns a tear gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Six young men with connections to the Ferguson protests, including Crawford, have died in the 4 1/2 years following the demonstrations. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose.
Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play.
BC: Italy: Artificial Financial Crisis: All About Protecting the US!
by Seth Ferris
BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 22.06.18 For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.
Yet again, we have a financial crisis in Europe. After the bailouts in Greece and Portugal we are told that Italy, once described as “too big to fail”, is once again on the verge of bankruptcy and the rest of the EU will be forced to ride in to rescue it.
Apparently the financial press has it in for the Italians. We have been seeing similar prophecies of pending doom since 2016. The argument being that Italy is being slowly destroyed by the Euro, as its essential lack of competitiveness cannot be offset by manipulation of the lire, as previously. There is now a revival of talk about inventing a parallel currency to keep the country afloat, even though this idea has been dismissed by the European Commission
Yet that same financial press seems less able, or at least less willing, to explain the positive indicators of the Italian economy: falls in bankruptcies, seemingly low inflation, a widening trade surplus and the best unemployment figures for five years
So maybe it isn’t all doom and gloom after all: the national airline Alitalia may be going bankrupt, but plenty of big carriers want to buy it, which they wouldn’t if it had no commercial potential within Italy.
Banks warned over Saudi Aramco by environmental groups
by Jillian Ambrose
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Subject: [MCM] CIA, FBI computers used for Wikipedia edits
For a good example of the Agency's work on Wikipedia, check out the entry for Phillip Agee.
A screenshot of Wikipedia.com, taken on August 16, 2007. People using CIA and FBI computers have edited entries in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo prison, according to a new tracing program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People using CIA and FBI computers have edited entries in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo prison, according to a new tracing program.
The changes may violate Wikipedia's conflict-of-interest guidelines, a spokeswoman for the site said on Thursday.
The program, WikiScanner, was developed by Virgil Griffith of the Santa
Fe Institute in New Mexico and posted this month on a Web site that was quickly
overwhelmed with searches.
A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange
by Binoy Kampmark
Australia must oppose any move to extradite Julian Assange to US, Labor MP says | Julian Assange
by Katherine Mruphy
Wikileaks founder Assange probably tortured in UK detention, Lavrov says
From: email@example.com Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Subject: [MCM] Christine Lagarde, new president of the European Central Bank, has a criminal record
The Eurozone In Crisis? New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record.
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Ms. Christine Lagarde, outgoing Managing Director of the IMF has been appointed to the position of president of the European Central Bank (ECB) effective November 1, 2019
France’s president Emmanuel Macron acting on behalf of powerful banking interests was instrumental in Ms. Lagarde’s nomination. Praised by the Western media, Lagarde was also endorsed by Wall Street and the US Federal Reserve.
What media reports fail to mention is that Lagarde is a corrupt official involved in financial fraud. She has a criminal record.
Is the Eurozone in danger? Financial fraud is embedded at the highest levels of political and economic decision-making. A senior official in high office with a criminal record can easily be manipulated. Indelibly this will affect the way she manages the ECB, with potential impacts on the very fabric of monetary policy.
Lagarde’s appointment to head the ECB has not been a matter of debate or concern. EU citizens have not been informed.
She is an obedient instrument of the financial and banking establishment which controls both the IMF and the European Central Bank. The European Parliament is silent.
On December 20, 2016, A French court found IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde guilty of “negligence” in relation to a multimillion Euro fraud while she was France’s Finance Minister in 2008. She is said to have approved “an award of €404m ($429m; £340m) transfer to businessman Bernard Tapie, [a crony of president Sarkozy] for the disputed sale of a firm.”
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been convicted over her role in a controversial €400m (£355m) payment to a businessman.
French judges found Ms Lagarde guilty of negligence for failing to challenge the state arbitration payout to the friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy [Bernard Tapie].
The 60-year-old, following a week-long trial in Paris, was not given any sentence and will not be punished.
The Court of Justice of the Republic, a special tribunal for ministers, could have given Ms Lagarde up to one-year in prison and a €13,000 fine. (The Independent, December 19, 2016, emphasis added)
Screenshot: The Independent, December 2016
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2019
Subject: [MCM] How many vaccines cause injury? 1 out of every 39, Harvard med school profs report (and note that the true rate must be far higher)
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2019
Harvard Medical School Professors Uncover A Hard To Swallow Truth About Vaccines
By Arjun Walia
· The Facts:
A 2010 HHS pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) found that 1 in every 39 vaccines causes injury, a shocking comparison to the claims from the CDC of 1 in every million.
· Reflect On:
Are vaccines really as safe as they're marketed to be?
We are constantly told that vaccines are safe and effective and that there’s nothing to worry about. This simply isn’t the case, and it’s a hard-to-swallow truth that many people refuse to acknowledge. Mass marketing campaigns portray vaccines in a ‘God-like’ light, and the science is being ignored. The truth is that vaccines are actually exempt from double blind placebo controlled studies and they have not been put through appropriate safety testing. Furthermore, a number of concerns have been raised about vaccine safety by a number of scientists arounds the world. I like to use aluminum as an example. A study published in 2011 makes the issue quite clear, stating, “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor.” Fast forward nearly a decade later and scientists have now shown that injected aluminum does not exit the body, it actually sticks around and gets carried by specific cells into distant organs and into the brain where it can be detected after injection (source)(source). Multiple studies have emphasized these findings, and the studies do nothing but trigger silence from big pharma as well as our federal health regulatory agencies.
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Federal health regulatory agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a long history of traceable corruption and not responding to inquiries made by scientists. One example comes from a pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research (AHCR) to test the efficiency of a state-of-the-art machine counting (AI) system on data records from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institution.
The main doctors involved with the study were Michael Klompas, M.D. and Lazarus, Ross, MBBS, MPH, MMed, GDCompSci.
Klompas is a Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Lazarus was a Harvard Medical School professor for 11 years, and was a professor there during this pilot study.
Preliminary data was collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions (2.6 percent of vaccinations) were identified. This is an average of 890 possible events, an average of 1.3 events per clinician, per month. This data was presented at the 2009 AMIA conference.
This completely contradicts the CDC’s claim that 1/1,000,000 people are injured from vaccines.
The doctors also bring up something very important, and that’s the fact that investigators from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) participated on a panel “to explore the perspective of clinicians, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA towards systems that use proactive, automated adverse event reporting.”
The doctors emphasize how “fewer than 1% percent of vaccine adverse events are even reported. So, theoretically, that 1/39 number discovered from the data mentioned above is actually a lot greater given the fact that many adverse events aren’t even reported.
As the authors state:
What’s really telling is that the doctors state that there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments due to the fact that “the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.”
Click on the link for the rest:
Dr. Paul Heroux Testifies at Michigan’s 5G Small Cell Tower
Legislation Hearing October 4, 2018
Dr. Paul Heroux, Faculty of Medicine, Director of Occupational Health Program within the Department of Epidemiology, Statistics and Occupational Health at Mc Gill university, discusses industry responsibility and influence on deploying wireless technology. Lloyds of London nor Swiss Re will underwrite a liability policy for electromagnetic radiation, setting up an environment ripe for a Class Action Lawsuit. He points out the link between wireless technology and cancer, warning that we need to be cleaning up and reducing our exposure to wireless radiation not adding new frequencies and infrastructure. He notes that every American at one time needed a chicken in every pot but wireless radiation is a bad idea and we need fiberoptic on every home.
Prime Minister of Poland Signs Global Appeal to Stop 5G
by Julian Rose
From: Gregory L. Fenves [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Subject: UT Austin: A Nobel Prize for UT Professor John Goodenough
French Yellow Vest Protesters Were Right About Rising Inequality
by William Horobin
France: Yellow Vest protesters and Police Clash in Toulouse
The Age of Radical Evil
From: Veterans For Peace
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2019
Subject: VFP eNews: Veterans For Peace Condemns Turkish Invasion of Rojava!
‘We don’t own Syria’: Lee Camp shreds media’s ‘manipulative’ coverage of US troop withdrawal
Everybody Betraying Everybody in Syria
Rania Khalek on Twitter: "The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. Those same extremists.
US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in Syria
by Jack Murphy
The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos
by Brandon Smith
WATCH: Kentucky is in Syria …and other anomalies of MSM geography
with James Corbett
Media And Pundits Misread The 'Everyone Wins' Plan For Syria
by Moon Of Alabama
The U.S. media get yesterday's talks between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan all wrong. Those talks were just a show to soothe the criticism against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria.
The fake negotiations did not change the larger win-win-win-win plan or the facts on the ground. The Syrian Arab Army is replacing the Kurdish PKK/YPG troops at the border with Turkey. The armed PKK/YPG forces, which had deceivingly renamed themselves (vid) "Syrian Democratic Forces" to win U.S. support, will be disbanded and integrated into the Syrian army. Those moves are sufficient to give Turkey the security guarantees it needs. They will prevent any further Turkish invasion.
Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity’s Death Warrant
by Lee Camp
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:07 AM
Subject: [MCM] 2,667 bags of Fukushima's radioactive waste washed out to sea by Typhoon Hagibis
"Flooded Old-Age Home in Japan Is Evacuated by Boat." Thus the Times headlines
Motoko Rich's piece on the impact of Typhoon Hagibis, on p. A4 of today's paper.
Down in the second half of the 8th paragraph, Rich makes this brief, vague reference
to the site that must be on the mind of every thinking person:
"In Fukushima, which was hit by the nuclear meltdown that followed an earthquake
and tsunami in 2011, households in several communities were isolated by floodwaters."
And that's it. Our "newspaper of record" gives us plenty on the old folks evacuated from
their residence in Kawagoe, and a bit on the "dramatic rescues" that took place
elsewhere in Japan—Fukushima noted among several other sites where such thrilling
"rescues" took place—but nothing on the radioactive waste washed out to sea.
Here's a piece about it from a real reporter from the Taiwan News, which, on this
urgent subject, functions as a real newspaper should, while we get nothing on it
from the Times, either in the actual newspaper or online (at least that I've been able
Those multitudes of children terrified of their "extinction," and whose protests have
been getting so much reverential coverage in the Times, should consider massing at the
Gray Lady's front door, with pitchforks.
2,667 radioactive bags from Fukushima nuke disaster unleashed by Typhoon Hagibis
Thousands of bags filled with radioactive waste from Fukushima nuclear disaster washed away by Typhoon Hagibis
By Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
(By Associated Press)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Typhoon Hagibis hammered Japan on Saturday (Oct. 12), thousands of bags containing radioactive waste have reportedly been carried into a local Fukushima stream by floodwaters, potentially having a devastating environmental impact.
According to Asahi Shimbun, a temporary storage facility containing some 2,667 bags stuffed with radioactive contaminants from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was unexpectedly inundated by floodwaters brought by Typhoon Hagibis. Torrential rain flooded the storage facility and released the bags into a stream 100 meters away.
Officials from Tamara City in Fukushima Prefecture said that each bag is approximately one cubic meter in size. Authorities were only able to recover six of the bags by 9 p.m. on Oct. 12, and it is uncertain how many remain on the loose while the possible environmental impact is being assessed.
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:42 PM
Subject: [MCM] More on Fukushima's toxic waste
There's some question as to how many bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima were washed out to sea by Typhoon Hagibis. While theTaiwan News headlined the claim (in the piece I sent out yesterday) that 2,667 of such bags were washed away, Asahi Shinbun, quoting the Tamura city government, reports that only some of that number were affected:
According to the Tamura city government, the bags were among 2,667 that have been stored temporarily at a site in the Miyakoji-machi district here [emphasis added].
Whatever the exact number, the typhoon's impact on Fukushima is, to put it mildly, a matter of grave concern, as Fairewinds notes in the alert below, which offers more detail about those "bags," each holding over a ton of toxic matter, and yet (as Asahi Shinbun reports) they were not properly secured by the authorities ahead of time.
By any proper journalistic standard, then, this is a newsworthy story—and one that the
New York Times continues to ignore, even in its piece on Fukushima in today's paper:
"Fukushima, Beaten Down by Nuclear Disaster, Takes Big Typhoon Hit." That long article, by Motoko Rich and Hisako Ueno, deals mainly with the emotional toll of Fukushima's legacy on the people living there, with not one word devoted to the nuclear fallout (so to speak) from Typhoon Hagibis.
What explains this silence, not only by our "newspaper of record" but by the US press
across the board? Is it to protect the nuclear industry, and/or Japan's economy? Whatever the reason, this long blackout is indefensible, especially from a "free press" that purports to care about the Earth, and our survival on it.
Trump’s disgrace in the Middle East is the death of an empire. Vladimir Putin is Caesar now
by Robert Fisk
This presidency looks like the manic days that presaged the fall of Rome
In days gone by, I used to compare the Trump presidency with the Arab dictatorships. He took preposterous pleasure in the company of Egypt’s Sisi (60,000 political prisoners) and his inane ramblings had much in common with those of Muammar Gaddafi, who also “authored” a book he never wrote but whom Trump never met (albeit that Tony Blair and Gaddafi kissed each other on the cheek). But over the past week, I’ve begun to realise that the crackpot in the White House has much more in common with ancient Rome.
My former classics professor once told me – when I melodramatically called him on my mobile phone from the original Roman forum during the US occupation of Iraq under George W Bush – that the Romans were a “manic” people, but that they would have been pretty unimpressed with the American handling of the Iraqi campaign.
He was right. But I am now convinced that there is something distinctly “manic” about the Trump presidency. The hatred, the threats, the fury, have much in common with both the Roman republic (Rome’s version of popular “democracy”) and the Roman empire, when quite a number of emperors showed themselves to be just as insane as Trump.
Cato the Censor, a dangerous man, would end each of his speeches in Rome with the words Carthago delenda est. “Carthage must be destroyed”. Is this not exactly the language of Trump? Did he not say that he could have Afghanistan “wiped off the face of the earth”, that he could “totally destroy” North Korea, that Iran “will be destroyed” if it attacks the US?
Cato got what he wanted. Carthage was indeed razed, its people sold into slavery, although its lands were not in fact sown with salt as English historians would later claim. So far, Trump has been more Cicero than Cato, Pompeo more Pliny than Pompey. So far.
But the American retreat from Syria, its army’s greatest disgrace only ghosted over by its new role as Saudi Arabia’s mercenaries – for the new US military arrival in the kingdom is to be paid for by the regime which butchered Jamal Khashoggi – has dark echoes in antiquity.