The Grand Illusion of Imperial Power: Part 1

How Neocon dream for everlasting Hegemony turned America into a nightmare

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Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) 1919

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but those dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. –  British soldier T. E. Lawrence from Seven Pillars of Wisdom


Few Americans today understand how the United States came to be owned by a London-backed neoconservative/right-wing alliance that grew out of the institutional turmoil of the post-Vietnam era. Even fewer understand how its internal mission to maintain the remnants of the old British Empire gradually overcame American democracy and replaced it with a “national security” bureaucracy of its own design.

We owe the blueprint of that plan to James Burnham, Trotskyist, OSS man and architect of the neoconservative movement whose exposition of the Formal and the Real in his 1943 The Modern Machiavellians justified the rise of the oligarch and the absolute rule of their managerial elite. But Americans would be shocked to find that our current political nightmare came to power with the willing consent and cooperation of President James Earl Carter and his National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski; aided by intelligence agencies in Europe and the Middle East.

A straight line can be drawn between today’s political hysteria and the 1970s era of right-wing Soviet hysteria as Russia stands accused of “meddling” in American democracy. The merits of those charges have been discussed in depth elsewhere. According to the dean of American intelligence scholars Loch K. Johnson as reported in the New York Times, the United States has done extensive meddling in other nation’s elections.

And then there is that hidden “meddler” behind the meddling; Britain. The extent of British meddling in American politics – at least since – the beginning of the 20th century would shock even the most devout cheerleaders of ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his “dirty dossier”. In a case reminiscent of America’s current hysteria over Russia, British intelligence even meddled with its own government back in the mid-1970s when right-wing elements of the military plotted a coup d’ etat of Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson based on information generated by their own disinformation campaign about Soviet influence.

The 1917 Zimmerman telegram and the creation of the British Security Coordination in 1940 directly intervened in American politics on behalf of Britain. But the 1970 Creation of the Institute for the Study of Conflict (ISC) by British secret agent Brian Crozier marked a key turning point in the transformation of officially sanctioned propaganda.

As presented by Edward Herman and Gerry O’ Sullivan in their 1989 study, The Terrorism Industry, “The London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict (ISC) provides an especially well-documented case study of the use of a purportedly ‘independent’ institute as a front for propaganda operations of hidden intelligence agency and corporate sponsors.” The purpose of ISC was to give discredited right-wing, anti-Communist and anti-union clichés in Britain the cover of legitimacy.

The “Institute” got off to a quick start in the U.S. by forging an alliance with the National Strategy Information Center, NSIC a right-wing neoconservative think tank founded by Frank Barnett, William Casey and Joseph Coors in 1962. ISC’s first major triumph came in collaboration with the ultra-right-wing Pinay Cercle when Crozier and his protégé Robert Moss produced an ISC Special Report attacking the legitimacy of détente with the Soviet Union called European Security and the Soviet Problem.

The study, financed by the Pinay group made no bones about its “Soviet problem” actually being the old “Russia problem” that European Imperialists had been hoping to solve since Napoleon’s disastrous march on Moscow in 1812.

As a devoted acolyte of James Burnham, Crozier brought to his secret world of rightwing businessmen, intelligence, police and military officials a strategic plan to use the media to move the West’s democracies to the ideological right by fabricating threats of Communist subversion.

Determined to undermine détente, Antoine Pinay was so delighted with Crozier’s double-speak he presented the study in person to President Nixon and Henry Kissinger and by 1975 the group was staged to make their move on Washington. Less than two months before the fall of Saigon, the US Committee of the ISC (USISC) was launched which would act as the parent body of the Washington Institute for the Study of Conflict (WISC).

In the vacuum created by Vietnam Crozier and Pinay’s extremism was no longer viewed as extreme. Despite the public scandal over the CIA’s use of Crozier’s Forum World Features as a London-based fake news service, Washington elites were rolling out the red carpet to welcome them, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Ball. Under Ball’s Chairmanship WISC appeared a veritable who’s who of high-level ex-CIA, neoconservative and right-wing influencers.

The NeoCons

From Georgetown University came WISC’s first President James Theberge whose books on Soviet influence in the Caribbean – helped provide the pretexts for overthrowing Chile’s legitimately elected leftist president Salvador Allende. And then there was Richard Pipes, the anti-Soviet history professor from Harvard University, who would soon be hand-picked to lead a neoconservative attack on the CIA known as Team B.

In the words of Lawrence J. Korb, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1985, Pipes and the Team B were the real reason for the intelligence failures represented by 9/11 because of their biases and unbalanced judgement. But in the end the Team B view gained influence.


With the appointment of fellow WISC member Zbigniew Brzezinski as President Carter’s national security advisor, British intelligence agent Brian Crozier’s plan to subvert the détente process with the Soviet Union was complete. Crozier’s belief “[T]hat the entire security apparatus of the United States was in a state of near collapse,” provoked yet another move to interfere in American politics.

His solution was a secret off-the books “Private Sector Intelligence agency, beholden to no government, but at the disposal of allied or friendly governments for certain tasks which, for one reason or another, they were no longer able to tackle…” including “[S]ecret counter-subversion operations in any country in which such actions were deemed feasible.” Brian Crozier and Zbigniew Brzezinski were of one mind when it came to disbelieving in “mutual coexistence” or power-sharing with the Soviet Union and Brzezinski’s membership in WISC proved it.  Thanks to WISC member Richard Pipes and the Team B, Brzezinski could now bring Britain’s radical right-wing formula for social change right into the Oval Office.

Brzezinski devised a structure that channeled all executive decisions into two committees, the Policy Review Committee (PRC) and the Special Coordination Committee (SCC) chaired by him. Carter then elevated the national security advisor to cabinet level and the palace coup was complete. As recalled by the neoconservative author David J. Rothkopf in Charles Gati’s 2013 book ZBIG, “It was a bureaucratic first strike of the first order. The system essentially gave responsibility for the most important and sensitive issues to Brzezinski.”

Another operation initiated by Brzezinski in 1977 was the Nationalities Working Group (NWG), dedicated to inflaming ethnic tensions among the Islamic populations of the South Asia region. Brzezinski then continued on into nuclear policy where he altered the SALT structure and then rigged the negotiations against Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. With Brzezinski expanding nuclear targeting options from 25,000 to 40,000 and covert action teams sabotaging behind Soviet lines from early 1977 onward the message was clear; SALT and Détente were getting ripped up as well as the very assumptions both were based on.

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By 1978, Brzezinski’s plan to use China as a weapon against the Soviets was playing out in Afghanistan. The April, 1978 Marxist coup against the King’s cousin, Mohammed Daoud played into Brzezinski’s “predictions” of a Soviet plan to incorporate Persia and South Central Asia into the Soviet sphere and ultimately take-over The Middle East. Vance rejected Brzezinski’s argument.

The coup had caught both the Soviets and the State Department by surprise and the coup leader, Hafizullah Amin raised doubts on both sides of the fence as an unpredictable agent provocateur. Amin had taken money from the CIA and headed up the Afghan Student Association at a time when it was being used as a CIA recruitment tool for future Third World leaders. Amin was now one of those leaders and Vance was sending a tough and savvy American Ambassador to Kabul named Adolph “Spike” Dubs to deal with him. The outcome would change the world and end in tragedy for all.

In an interview we conducted in 1993 with Selig Harrison – former Washington Post foreign correspondent and Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate – Ambassador Dubs came to Kabul in the summer of 1978 with a mission: Bring Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin over to the American side and keep the Russians out.

President Carter’s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski had engineered a grander mission: Pressure Amin to draw the Soviets in through destabilization and then keep them tied down and give them their own Vietnam. By the time Ambassador Dubs arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan had become ground zero for a long anticipated anti-Soviet destabilization campaign organized by Brzezinski and carried out by an off the books intelligence operation known as the Safari Club.

The “club” represented the true essence of the CIA ethos; an autonomous covert action organization with global reach, beyond the jurisdiction of American oversight and responsible to no one. A spinoff of the right-wing Pinay Cercle, the Safari Club had been active informally in the Middle East and Africa for years. But the club found its true calling following Watergate and the Church Committee hearings on 30 years of CIA coups, cover-ups and assassinations.

Managed by France’s Count Alexandre de Marenches chief of French external intelligence, the club included the Shah of Iran, King Hassan II of Morocco, President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt, Kamal Adham, head of intelligence for Saudi Arabian King Faisal and Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein. More to the point, by 1976 the Safari Club had become the real CIA, covertly funded by Saudi Arabia’s chief of intelligence Kamal Adham through the Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) and run out of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.


Copyright © 2018 Fitzgerald & Gould All rights reserved

The Grand Illusion of Imperial Power: 2 Part Series

ABOUT AUTHORS:  Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire and The Voice. Visit their websites at invisiblehistory and grailwerk.com

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  1. Qhapaq hucha was the Inca practice of human sacrifice, mainly using children. The Incas performed child sacrifices during or after important events, such as the death of the Sapa Inca (emperor) or during a famine. Children were selected as sacrificial victims as they were considered to be the purest of beings. These children were also physically perfect and healthy, because they were the best the people could present to their gods. The victims may be as young as 6 and as old as 15.

    Months or even years before the sacrifice pilgrimage, the children were fattened up. Their diets were those of the elite, consisting of maize and animal proteins.

    The Incan high priests took the children to high mountaintops for sacrifice. As the journey was extremely long and arduous, especially so for the younger, coca leaves were fed to them to aid them in their breathing so as to allow them to reach the burial site alive. Upon reaching the burial site, the children were given an intoxicating drink to minimize pain, fear, and resistance. They were then killed either by strangulation, a blow to the head, or by leaving them to lose consciousness in the extreme cold and die of exposure.

    Early colonial Spanish missionaries wrote about this practice but only recently have archaeologists such as Johan Reinhard begun to find the bodies of these victims on Andean mountaintops naturally mummified due to the freezing temperatures and dry windy mountain air.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_sacrifice_in_pre-Columbian_cultures

    • And you believe this demented account by the invaders because? I don’t see a right of reply anywhere. It is still happening today, whenever you want to justify a violent and murderous invasion and the wiping out of cultures you accuse the people of killing children! It is a anti-scientific formula applied to S-America all the time – a mummy is found, it must have been a sacrifice! Wow, what a genius.
      Just look at the millions of Europeans sacrificed in wars to prop up banksters – now THAT is a human sacrifice!

  2. Qhapaq Hucha –
    “If the clothing and accouterments of the mummy of El Plomo are unlike those of the Pecunche, they differ from those of the lords of Cuzco too (see fig. 2.3). As discussed in chapter 3, an Inka noble’s clothing would include a tunic, albeit one with an imperial motif such as a checkerboard or a q’asana pattern, and a mantle. He would wear sandals instead of moccasins. Although he would sport a llawt’u, affixed to it would be a feather panache with either a round or an hourglass insignia, rather than an H-shaped pendant. Finally, he would have very short hair. If the boy was neither Pecunche nor Cuzquerio, then what was his ethnic background? To make this determination, we must compare his attire with that of various peoples from different parts of the empire, as illustrated by Guaman Poma (e.g., see fig. 2.2). The boy’s unku, mantle, moccasins, bracelet, and H-shaped pendant may mark him as the son of a provincial noble from Qulla Suyu (see fig. 2.0. Another indicator that the child represents a qhapaq hucha is the goods that were left with him. According to various ethnohistoric sources, the Inkas would bury such items as anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines, feathers, bags of

  3. “Child murderers, pedophiles AS A RULE (every girl was pregnant by 14), and cannibals.
    It’s a good thing their way of life was eradicated.”
    John, I’m convinced that the “spirit” of those long forgotten times STILL lives in the heart of the Mexicans.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-25/record-murders-plague-mexico-first-half-2018-figures-are-horrible
    How they deal with enemies in that Society is mind boggling. To put a bullet in someones head is one thing, but the stuff they come up there is way way out there.

  4. Amazing article, thank you. Probably the only inaccurate claim above is that: “USA intelligence apparatus failed on 9/11…”:
    Quite the contrary, 9/11 was the foremost successful production of USA-intelligence-for-genocide-apparatus, as I have irrefutably proved the nuclear-bombing of WTCs on 9/11, an operation which could have only been contemplated with the optimum criminal conspiracies, and collaborations among necessary elements of USA-military-intelligence-Genocide-apparatus! See “Solving 9/11 Enigma” linked above (a “Salessi-WMD”).
    (Page 114): http://www.solargeneral.org/wp-content/uploads/library/coleman-the-rothschild-dynasty.pdf
    Ex-MI-6 Dr. John Coleman documented some of “T.E.Lawrence confessions” of betrayals against Arabs:
    “If we won the war, the promises to the Arabs were dead paper. Yet the Arab inspiration was our main tool in winning the Eastern War. So I assured them that England kept her word in letter and in spirit. In this comfort they performed their fine things; but, of course, instead of being proud of what we did together, I was bitterly ashamed.”
    “… Colonel Lawrence had good reason to be ashamed. While the Arabs were fighting and dying for England, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Arthur Balfour was bartering Palestine for a Jewish pledge to bring the United States into the war on England’s side. In addition to this treachery, England and France, by the terms of the Sykes Picot Treaty agreed to divide the Arab lands between them at the end of the war.”

    • ““USA intelligence apparatus failed on 9/11…”
      I also had a hard time digesting this line. In “appearance” it failed but on the inside of those organizations I doubt they failed. Someone was simply told to “Stand Down”. You don’t have billion dollar budgets to not notice some rag heads in Florida learning to fly little planes when Florida is not the place where you have lived even a year.

      Sounds like someone is standing on the fence with that excuse.

  5. We musty move the US embassy to Buckingham Palace. The throne room can be the restaurant.

    name it Sams ,.. humble pie served daily,.. crow sandwiches, sorry,.. all out of fish and chips today,.. Free Beer tomorrow, payment expected at time of service.

    • We are all sold the baloney . . .
      Back stabbers ‘R US

      Lawrence was doing recon. Nothing more. Nothing less.

      It’s all a DREAM. Reality would be too hard to acknowledge. The lunch lady gives us cold baloney on white bread. We ask for more, like little Oliver Twits.

      Native Americans assisted the “white man” to survive . . . we give “Thanks” each 3rd Thursday of November. We back stabbed them.

      Mayan, Incan, Aztec cultures . . . got all their oro plundered by the “white man” Conquistadors. They were back stabbed.

      The list could go on and on.

      The masses believe all the stories . . . they died of disease.

      Bullshit.

      They died because they were slaughtered.

      If “disease” means GUNS AND BULLETS, yeah, they died of disease.

      The “mighty whitey” had one thing that killed off millions of people. WEAPONS.

      Why do you think the “forked tongue” idiom derived?

      “The phrase “speaks with a forked tongue” means to deliberately say one thing and mean another or, to be hypocritical, or act in a duplicitous manner.”

    • The “white” wash is very thorough . . . when you think about it. Because the idiom “speaks with fork tongue” has been so cleansed there is no mention of the reptile that has a forked tongue.

      Who is the ANIMAL SPIRIT the Native Americas linked to their murderers? The SNAKE.

      The snake, the serpent, the vile and wicked creature that . . . CONvinced Eve to take a bite. And then what happened? BOTH Adam and Eve LIED TO GOD . . . about the entire thing.

      And we have been doing the Adam and Eve LIE ever since.

      If it’s NOT the truth . . . it’s all a lie.

      The snake is no where mentioned, or alluded in the “forked tongue” idiom. We grow accustom to the understanding. But the Animal Spirit was used . . . and GOD FORBID . . . the good Christian Westward HOs could be associated with . . . the serpent. GOD said it was to slither around on it’s belly.

      And we are the low-life . . . with the forked tongues, and we have never atoned for what we’ve done.

      That’s why . . . we are back in Babylon once again. I think Trump’s Tower of babble-on, complete with that’s why the (first) lady is a tramp, and all their jock supporters . . . very befitting.

      Of the GRAND ILLUSION

    • Read about Quapaq Hucha, Incan human sacrifice involving mostly children.

      I can’t remember which one it was, but one of those societies would take a young virgin girl to the top of a pyramid or religious structure, jack a sharpened stone into her chest, carve out her heart, and eat it while it was still beating.

      It was very important that the human sacrifice was a girl, a virgin, and the stone had to be fantastically sharp, because it was important to eat the heart while it was still beating.

      This horrified the Spaniards, who saw any society that would not only condone but celebrate these practices as demonic.

      Child murderers, pedophiles AS A RULE (every girl was pregnant by 14), and cannibals.

      It’s a good thing their way of life was eradicated.