by Syarif Hidayat
“US wants all independent governments eliminated”: Stephen Lendman. The United States’ agenda around the world is to replace all independent governments with its own puppets and turn sovereign nations into vassal states, a political commentator says. Stephen Lendman, a writer, syndicated columnist, peace activist and radio show host, made the remarks in a telephone interview with Press TV on Thursday, April 10, 2014, commenting on the US Agency for International Development’s involvement in “democracy promotion projects” around the world.
The head of the USAID acknowledged that his agency is running clandestine social media programs to “promote democracy” in several countries. Last week, the Associated Press revealed that the USAID ran a text-based social network in Cuba, called ZunZeneo, from 2009 to 2012 and had 40,000 Cuban users, but the users did not know that it was launched by the US government. The agency used shell companies to hide the US government’s involvement.
Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the US agency, appeared this week before the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss the agency’s $20 billion budget. He defended USAID’s controversial programs such as the “Cuba Twitter,” saying they are “critical in promoting democracy”. Lendman said: “America has conducted a longstanding propaganda campaign on a worldwide basis and various organizations are involved. One is USAID. Another is the National Endowment for Democracy.
“These groups get State Department funding. They’re US government organizations. They claim that their mission is fostering and supporting democracy in nations around the world. “The one thing that America doesn’t tolerate is democracy at home or abroad. It’s strictly verboten.
“Worldwide propaganda campaigns include Voice of America, Radio for Europe, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and Radio Marti targeting Cuba.
“USAID’s social media anti-democracy campaign operates against various countries, Cuba included. It’s subversive. It’s anti-democratic. “The Cubans know it. The Cuban government knows it. It blocks out Radio Marti. Cubans get real information internally. They don’t need American propaganda. “USAID is one of a number of US agencies that literally spread hatred around the world, masking it as a campaign for democracy. America has nothing whatsoever to do with democracy. Anyone living in America, who is paying attention, knows that the democracy in America is non-existent.
“America is one party state. Both parties are two sides of the same coin. Voters have no say whatever. Money power decides everything. They make the rules. They pick the candidates. They rig the elections to come out their way. “And the only people allowed into power positions are the people who control America’s money in the big corporate interests, mainly Wall Street crooks. Only they are the ones who are to get all these positions.
“They write legislation Congress enacts. They rubber-stamp laws benefitting them. “As far as America’s agenda around the world, it’s very simple. It wants all independent governments eliminated. It wants pro-Western vassal states replacing them, puppet states, the states that are beholden to America, mainly, other Western states.
“It wants their people exploited. It wants their resources stolen. It wants everything that benefits America and its corporate interests. “It wants ordinary people in these countries denied all rights. This is the mission of the America. You can sum it up in one word, imperialism. That’s the US agenda.”
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the new world order an era with endless wars saying America should prepare for this epoch. “We are seeing a new world order — post-World War II, post-Soviet Union implosion — being built,” Hagel said in Ekaterina, Blinova on Thursday, October 30, 2014. He said certain issues are currently posing serious threats to the United States and that the US would have to continue to deal with these issues in the “foreseeable future”. “Tyranny, terrorism” and other threats are “going to be with us,” he said, adding, “I see these things continuing to stay out of there.”
He described the US as the global leader which will “continue to grapple with overseas threat for the foreseeable future”. Hagel also said US-led campaign against the ISIL terrorist group in the Middle East is “a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interest.”
Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
The Syria air campaign is an extension of airstrikes on ISIL positions in neighboring Iraq, launched by the US and some of its NATO allies since early August. The ISIL terrorists, some of whom were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. US intelligence estimates that as many as 300 Americans are fighting alongside the terrorists in Iraq and Syria, prompting widespread concern that they may threaten their homeland upon their return.
Chuck Hagel’s remarks about a new world order present a “dangerous” and “scary” scenario for all humans on earth, says an analyst. “We are seeing a new world order — post-World War II, post-Soviet Union implosion — being built,” Hagel said in Ekaterina, Blinova on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The Pentagon chief said the United States was currently facing a series of threats that would have to be dealt with in the “foreseeable future.”
Hagel’s remarks “seem to illustrate two important aspects of our culture here in the United States and that is that we are a capitalist-corporate system and that we are predominately a military industrial complex,” former CIA contractor Steven D. Kelley told Press TV on Saturday, November 1, 2014. “The capitalist system requires constant growth over a long-term period, so when you have a country that is dependent on military industrial complex for economic growth, you have a system that essentially requires long-term never-ending war which will constantly be increasing,” he continued.
This means that corporations and weapons manufacturers are in need of endless wars, Kelley said. “[But] the world is a finite space and you cannot have endless wars so eventually this will have to require creating wars even in domestic situations.” “So clearly this is a very dangerous [and] scary situation for everybody in the world because there is no desire for peace and no desire for the war to ever stop,” he continued. “And this is definitely a bad situation for all humans on earth.”
Former and current US officials have acknowledged that the new war against ISIL in Iraq and Syria could potentially last for decades. “What we’re seeing in the Middle East with ISIL is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interest,” Hagel said Thursday.
An American analyst says the United States is trying to extend its hegemony in the world and Russia is the “last major check on US imperial status.” “The United States is trying to extend hegemony in the Middle East as well as Eastern Europe. It is trying to finish off and solidify its imperial status and the last major check on US imperial status is Russia,” Rodney Martin, a former US Congressional staffer, said in a phone interview with Press TV.
He made the remarks in response to comments by former US congressman Ron Paul who criticized the Obama administration’s hypocrisy in foreign policy. In a recently published article, Paul said Washington’s double standards in its foreign policy is evident in the way US President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, have treated recent presidential elections in countries like Syria and Ukraine.
Kerry called the recent election in Syria, in which over 88 percent of the voters voted for Bashar al-Assad, a “non-election” and a “great big zero” while describing the presidential election in Ukraine, in which the Western-backed billionaire Petro Poroshenko won with just over 50 percent of the vote, “a victory for democracy.” “The United States is trying to do in Syria what it is also trying to do in Ukraine and that is to extend its geo-political interests and that goes to a document that you can see online called PNAC, Project for the New American Century,” Martin told Press TV.
“The United States is looking beyond being just the only superpower. It’s looking at basically running the world, the world’s affairs. Look at its bases in Africa, its locking horns with China. It’s a very dangerous power play. I would say that President Obama has far exceeded any sort of global expansionist ideas that George W. Bush had,” he concluded.
The United States is adding massive amounts of new tanks and armored vehicles to its arsenal of weapons inside a series of climate-controlled caves in central Norway, according to Pentagon officials. The caves in the Norwegian countryside are part of the Marine Corps’ global prepositioning program, according The Washington Post report.
The rarely discussed program began during the Cold War as a way for the US to store weapons and vehicles in Europe and several locations across the world in case the Pentagon wanted to use them in war against the Soviet Union. The Marine Corps is overseeing the current deployment of the military equipment in the Norway cave system, which was established in 1981, Marine officials said.
According to the Post, the Pentagon has over 700,000 square feet (65,032 square meters) facilities in Norway, including six climate-controlled caves and two airfields. Much of what stored in the caves were pulled out for the US-led wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. In February, a number of vehicles were taken out for Exercise Cold Response 2014, a military maneuver in which they served primarily as stuff to load on US transport ships to test out new piers.
According to Marine officials, the planned US military expansion in Norway has been under consideration since 2013. The Pentagon has apparently decided to bolster its equipment in Norway at a time when tensions between the United States and Russia are very high over the crisis in Ukraine and a number of other issues.
In an interview with Press TV in May, American Professor James Petras said, the United States is implementing a global strategy of encircling Russia. In March, Petras told Press TV that the world is heading towards the biggest crisis since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a 13-day nuclear confrontation.
“I think we are entering a period of revival of a very intense Cold War” between Russia and the US, he said, adding that US President Barack “Obama has finally broken the string of any possibility of reaching a peaceful coexistence with Russia.”
US voters frustrated with direction of country, economy
American voters are frustrated with the direction of their country and the upcoming elections will not change that, says a political and economic analyst. While the unemployment rate is dropping and the economy is expanding, polls show that most voters feel the recovery is not making a meaningful difference in their lives.
“The unemployment numbers are skewed. They’re skewed by a very liberal democratic government that hides the facts that many people are out of the job force,” Michael Burns told Press TV. “The United States is a country who is aging and we are facing an enormous tech boom,” he said. “Many jobs are obsolete, jobs that otherwise would be absorbed by a nervous middle class who is aging.”
The Federal Reserve’s policy of injecting cash into the market in order to keep interest rates low has had the adverse effect of increasing asset prices that further benefit the rich, Burns continued. The analyst said that the combination of dazzling new technologies and importation of cheap labor was robbing middle class Americans of many jobs.
“We want to get rid of this Congress, it’s put more debt on our country, it’s created conflict over vision of the US for our citizens and it’s really defined an issue between whites and colors,” Burns said. The analyst said that no matter which major political party ends up winning the control of the US Congress in the November 4 elections, “we are going to have the same problems embedded in our country.”
Republicans hope to take control of the Senate away from Democrats.
The Democratic Party is fighting to save the Senate majority and it is hopeful to prevent more losses in the House of Representatives. The Republican Party controls the House by a 234 to 201 margin. Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin. (HSH)