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Bruce Wiseman Online Written by Bruce Wiseman
Friday, 21 August 2009 06:17
There will be a war. I’m certain of it.
No, not with Iran, though I’d like to introduce Mahmoud – I refuse to wear a neck tie under any circumstances – Ahmadinejad to a woman I met several years ago. She and her twin sister had been experimental subjects of Nazi madman, Dr. Joseph Mengle. Mengle had tried to change the color of their eyes with dye. The woman was blind. Her sister died at Auschwitz.
Mahmoud, who thinks the Holocaust was a hoax, forgot to pay his brain bill.
And they are a few clowns short of a circus in Pyongyang. Still, I don’t think the Chinese will let Kim Jon Il and his newly appointed secret police chief son, Kim Jon Un, drag the West into a military confrontation on the Korean peninsula. It’s a little too close to home and a Korean War II is not part of Beijing’s master plan. At least not yet.
No, this is a war brewing between two iconic American institutions that couldn’t be more different: the voice of America’s rock culture, Rolling Stone Magazine, and the country’s premier, Armani clad investment bank,Goldman Sachs.
Rolling Stone recently published an article called The Great American Bubble Machine, a masterful expose by Matt Taibbi revealing Goldman’s greed and corruption in the creation of several investment “bubbles” that have made the firm and its partners – the term “filthy rich” comes to mind – but that have been devastating to Americans and to the US economy.
I rarely use those two words together. I have no problem with people making money – barrels of the stuff. Boat loads. But this needs to be done with some sense of ethics. Some sense of morals. Some sense of responsibility toward one’s fellow man.
I was informed that Goldman is preparing a response. One wonders if the Wall Street veneer will crack: if they’ll come out with their pinstripes pressed or PR guns blazing trying to marginalize Taibbi.
As those of you who have followed my recent articles on the financial crisis know, I have pointed out the all too coincidental participation of Goldman executives in the creation of the financial crisis. Machiavelli himself would be proud of what has been nothing less than a coup d’etat of the planet’s financial systems. The Guys from Goldman have played their part.
By Prof. Peter Dale Scott :
August 11, 2009
“ In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” Dwight David Eisenhower, “Military-Industrial Complex Speech,” 1961,
“ My observation is that the impact of national elections on the business climate for SAIC has been minimal. The emphasis on where federal spending occurs usually shifts, but total federal spending never decreases. SAIC has always continued to grow despite changes in the political leadership in Washington.” Former SAIC manager, quoted in Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, “Washington’s $8 Billion Shadow.” Vanity Fair, March 2007
“We make American military doctrine” Soyster, MPRI
The Myth of the Grand Chessboard: Geopolitics and Imperial Folie de Grandeur
In the Road to 9/11 I summarized the dialectic of open societies: how from their energy they expand, leading to a higher level of more secretive corporations and agencies, which eventually weaken the home country through needless and crushing wars. I am not alone in seeing America in the final stages of this process, which since the Renaissance has brought down Spain, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.