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By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

Everyone knows America is bankrupt, $21 trillion in debt, adding a trillion a year to that figure under Trump’s voodoo economics. Yet, America is on not just a massive military buildup, but expanding its global military presence at levels not seen since the end of World War II.

Is America controlled by an international cabal of “loan sharks?”

Everyone knows America’s military is beaten, worn down, “in over its head” in Afghanistan, defeated time and time again every time America has entered a battlefield, every conflict since Korea and Vietnam.

Is a game “afoot” as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would say of his fictional hero, Sherlock Holmes? What is America’s game? “We shall see,” quoting Dr. Watson, Doyle’s fictional “sidekick.”

America under Trump is escalating military confrontations with Russia and China. Global arms races are ramping up as former conventions limiting weapons are tossed aside and even the militarization of outer space is “on the table.”

Why now? Who can win when war can only mean planetary destruction? Can it all simply be fake? Let’s examine these questions and more. We begin with a look at the world we were dealt with the end of the Cold War.

You see, the old paradigms of endless vigilance, endless conflict, great standing armies, economies dependent on irrational defense posturing, not only exist, they define our era.

In order to inject a tone of reality, we must reject, out of hand, the post 9/11 “global war on terror” as contrived. America’s behavior in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, the CIA’s “ham handed” puppeteering of al Qaeda and ISIS is inexcusable as even third-rate drama.

The Syrian and Russian people aided by Iran and Hezbollah put an end to that neocon farce though Washington and Tel Aviv haven’t yet gotten the message.

Now, something else is going on, a different war, certainly in some ways a world war but one where defining winning and losing isn’t going to be easy. The losers won’t be hanged after fake war crimes tribunals, there will be no occupation armies, no treaties redefining the world map under the watchful guise of Europe’s ancient banking masters as we saw twice during the 20th century.

There will be no world wars, there are no enemies like in the past, no rival royal families, no real democracies left to oppose imaginary tyranny, it’s all memory, nothing more.

Replacing it, and war continues, not just as before but as never imagined, is something very different. Analysts tell us about war as economics, about “globalism” and the new low and medium intensity conflicts that break all the old rules.

Analogous to this is the same old fake “white hat vs black hat” or “East vs West” struggle, as though a real NATO, long a shadow of its former self, and a “communist bloc” still existed. Before that, two world wars killed off generations based on similar coalitions, struggles for world resources overtly, always something darker underneath, hypocrisy, propaganda, leaving the root causes for conflicts unknowable.

There is another question that, though never asked, as we so often note, must be addressed. How can a bankrupt nation keep borrowing and yet keep falling further and further in debt? Why would America’s currency be the world’s primary vehicle of trade, America’s trade protocols the world’s standard when America herself is unable to manage affairs at home?

Were one to examine the visible currency reserves banks claim to hold, including the US Treasury certificates held by three dozen nation states to varying degrees, the wherewithal to underwrite the drowning American economy simply doesn’t exist.

The money isn’t there, no bank has it, no government could, would or should invest in America, so who is paying for America’s war on the world?

Moreover, what if, and this is where we move into more “unspoken ground” as it were, those who underwrite America’s debt, including and especially the trillion-dollar military budget, were those who rig the elections, bribe the congressmen, compromise the corrupt “perfumed princes of the Pentagon, to quote Colonel David Hackworth, what if?

There, we’ve done it, we are looking under rocks for secret cabals, treading on ground that has given way under veritable armies of academics and experts who had trod the same paths we do now.

This opens another door. If America can’t exist as it does, a “fake democracy,” without secret infusions of cash that can’t possible exist under known economic principles, where do we go from here?

One method is to watch, to observe, look for patterns and ask the age-old question, “que bono,” who benefits? Is it a cabal of oil companies and bullet makers?

Then we look at the scope of America’s military moves, pushing NATO into Georgia and Serbia, perhaps to Armenia and Afghanistan. We see new American bases in Poland and Romania, Belarus targeted, Marines in Norway.

Drone bases now dot the African Sahel. American bases dot Syria and American carrier battle groups, all funded with “impossible money” from unknow sources, prowl the seas challenging any and all and we still ask the same question, who benefits?

What resources need to be controlled? What political movements need to be stifled? What tyrannies need to be replaced with an “American branded” version?

After speculation, we must return to what we know, what we observe, what can be safely assumed. We see American confronting China and Russia. What is clear to the most casual observer is how blatantly America is pushing both nations to redirect national resources toward defense.

America generally assumes that the Soviet Union was crushed by Ronald Regan’s massive military spending spree. Reagan’s weapon systems generally never materialized. A trillion dollars was spent on “Star Wars” yielding nothing. America is still two decades behind Russia in missile interception.

The result of the financial collapse of the Soviet Union may well have been a hidden collapse of the US. It is almost as though a bill has become due, but the date of collection has been put off as long as Americans are willing to die in wars around the world on behalf of the international cabal of “loan sharks” who seem to be pulling the strings.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of  VT, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

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  1. A very good article that lays out the debt-slavery scam. These worldwide loan sharks are creating the very monopoly (fake) money they lend at pernicious usury, the biggest fraud in history. The same Cabal leaders that sit at the top roundtable and set these evil, bloodsucking policies are also dead set on creating as much human suffering and mass death as they can get away with without awaking the masses too much who will then go after them in mas as they lose everything. So the strategy is just give them enough toys and vices to keep them from becoming like the masses of the French Revolution.

  2. As a kid, I remember reading a paperback of the 1967 book The Report from Iron Mountain, purported to be authored by a “Special Study Group” and leaked from a government think tank. The thesis was that nation states have to be engaged in destroying wealth in order to keep control of the masses and that there are limited options to waste resources on a large enough scale to offset the natural productivity of humans left to their own devices. While the book is now known to be a satire, as a libertarian-leaning teenager I thought it was true then (VT’s own satires also regularly take me in today), in retrospect, I now think the Iron Mountain Report is true. The report’s suggested alternative waste strategies, radical ecology, or a manufactured space alien threat haven’t really been feasible or shown any promise to replace War as the tried and true way to burn central bank paper notes.

    As a young man in the 1980’s, I was upset by the lies of Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and the upside down skyscrapers of debt to counter the Soviet “threat” and an army that outnumbered ours in battle tanks “6 to 1”. When a Russian city the size of my beloved aircraft manufacturing capitol Wichita, Kansas would be lucky to have even two photocopiers. I now know that the USA as the world’s reserve currency, the USA has to grow its debt to grow the world. Like it did under Reagan. And, the best War machines to waste money on are the ones that can never be used.

    • Lower interest rates make the interest payments on its massive debt by government lower, but rob senior citizens of needed safe income from their life savings. However some new cars and trucks have skyrocketed in price.

  3. “One method is to watch, to observe, look for patterns and ask the age-old question, “que bono,” who benefits? Is it a cabal of oil companies and bullet makers?

    Then we look at the scope of America’s military moves, pushing NATO into Georgia and Serbia, perhaps to Armenia and Afghanistan. We see new American bases in Poland and Romania, Belarus targeted, Marines in Norway.”

    They are pushing the costs of this onto the nations that are under their control (puppets). Poland is the latest great example where , I laugh every time, Poland volunteered to cover the cost of building a base for the US. So yes the US tax payer gets shafted with all this but so do also the people of other countries thanks to the manipulated politicians that supposedly work for the good of their country.

  4. Another question. Why deliberately push the entire planet to destruction? Who has the power to do this and the will to carry it through? Who is actually looking for Armageddon? The same people who have been creating wars for centuries. The same with the power to see ahead and ALTER THE TIMELINE. Can you imagine the world if they hadn’t killed Jack and Bobby? Who FEEDS on hate, fear, despair, death?

  5. I read this yesterday at NEO. The title says it all. I’m now calling the bankers Bganksters. For years shylocks, better known as loansharks, we’re arrested and jailed for lending to those who couldn’t go to Marine Midland bank. The bad guys rates weren’t much different than today’s credit cards. It’s all usury. There used to be laws in NY which limited car loans to 7% on new, and 14% on used cars. No longer. 30-50% payday loans are savage. Sky’s the limit, it seems. I expect prime to be over 5% in a few years, maybe less. What will we owe the Federal Reserve Corp then? No worries. The IMF will loan us the interest payment, in exchange for all of America’s national water rights. See Greece or our local test case, Detroit.
    Remember the 1980 election. To get rid of Carter they drove prime rates to 20%. Will do the same to Trump? It’s a Ponzi scheme that has to stop. Call it what it is. Debt slavery.

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