The unbearable triteness of the deep state.
Four days before the October general election of 1924, the British conservative newspaper The Daily Mail published a document purporting to be a directive from the Communist International in Moscow, addressed to the Communist Party of Great Britain, calling for closer relations between the two countries. The letter was signed by Grigory Zinoviev, head of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, and Arthur MacManus, a British representative of the Executive Committee of the British Communist Party. The letter in part read:
“A settlement of relations between the two countries will assist in the revolutionising of the international and British proletariat not less than a successful rising in any of the working districts of England, as the establishment of close contact between the British and Russian proletariat, the exchange of delegations and workers, etc. will make it possible for us to extend and develop the propaganda of ideas of Leninism in England and the Colonies”
The publication of Moscow’s letter to the reds led to the downfall of Britain’s minority Labour government, and the dampening of Anglo-Soviet relations at a time when the Soviet Union had begun opening up to the capitalist world. A 1968 book by three British researchers argues Britain pushed Russia into isolation “largely because the two middle-class parties suddenly perceived that their short-term electoral advantage was best served by a violent anti-Bolshevik campaign.”
By November British intelligence (MI5) had declared the letter a forgery.
Tragedy and farce
With less than a week remaining before the 45th POTUS’ inauguration, history seems to be taking the piss. On Monday both the president and president-elect were briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of “highly compromising” material on Trump, allegedly obtained by Russian spy agencies. The supposed kompromat file relates to Trump’s sexual conduct, and follows allegations in the conservative press that Trump has been cultivated by Russian intelligence agencies – presumably the same agencies responsible for hacking the election.
While allegations within the dossier remain unsubstantiated, or in some cases have been proven plainly false – meetings which never took place, hotel stays which never occurred – this hasn’t deterred news outlets like CNN and Newsweek from going full steam ahead with the character assassination. During Wednesday’s press conference Trump asserted his populism by refusing to answer a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper, shutting the reporter down with “your organisation is terrible”, and “you are fake news”.
The current mass media obsession with Russia comes at a critical time. Last week one of the largest shipments of American military hardware since the fall of the Soviet Union arrived at the German port of Bremerhaven, set for deployment across seven countries including Poland, the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania, and Germany, as part of what Washington calls “defence against Russian aggression.” As well as 4000 additional US troops to bolster NATO’s ground forces, the shipment comprises 2800 pieces of military hardware including US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles. This escalation, coming mere days before Trump’s inauguration, should raise a few eyebrows, if not neck hairs.
The US has been at war for 224 of its 241 years. It has 800 odd military bases in 153 countries and Special Forces active in 132. But let’s not call it a rogue state, lest the cognitive dissonance sends our brains into meltdown. Suffice it to say, Russia is so determined to invade Europe it recently slashed 30% from its defence budget.
The political and economic reasons for wars are seldom discussed in history books or the mainstream media. To guarantee public support, wars must be pitched as just and moral and above all one-off humanitarian interventions, never as the inevitable consequence of deliberate and continuous foreign policy. To understand the real causes of conflicts , one needs to take a more realistic approach. As historian Michael Parenti argues, the ultimate aim of modern U.S. imperialism (aka foreign policy) is to make the world safe for multinational corporations. Therefore, when discussing imperialism, the prime unit of analysis should be the economic class rather than the nation-state.
The underlying reason for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was to put down an attempted coup by the Euro against the dollar. In eliminating Saddam, putting sanctions on Iran, and removing the insubordinate Hugo Chavez, a clear a message was sent to oil producers not to mess with the petrodollar. Today the Chinese Renminbi poses a comparable threat.
The underlying reason for the coup against Trump appears to be a struggle within the capitalist establishment itself; a confrontation between Wall Street – proudly sponsored by Boeing, Raytheon Lockheed-Martin, Big Pharma, and the taxpayer – and the oil industry, represented by the world’s 4th biggest stakeholder, of which Trump’s new secretary of State is a former CEO.
Trump’s openness to friendlier relations with Russia actually makes a lot of geo-political sense. The sanctions put on Russia following the annexation of Crimea, combined with attempts to restrict Chinese navigation in the South China Sea have made China a ready market for Russian oil, and become a catalyst for a stronger relations between the two countries. To make matters worse, with Saudi Arabia losing its position as China’s number one oil supplier, US treasuries are becoming as unpopular as unbleached toilet paper.
Since OPEC agreed to cut production a surge in oil prices has added 12% and 15% to Gazprom and Lukoil stock prices. Exxon want in on this deal. By pulling NATO out of Ukraine and calling off the dogs in Syria, Trump is throwing Putin a bone. The long game is to keep control of the oil market and isolate China.
Out of the frying pan.
The US political establishment is at a critical crossroads. While drilling in the arctic may not be every environmentalist’s cup of tea, it must be weighed against the threat of direct confrontation with a nuclear armed superpower, and ongoing bloodletting in the Middle East. Loyalty to the War Party runs deep, and they aren’t going down without a fight. To this end we’ve seen a disinformation campaign twice as audacious and every bit as false as Saddam’s WMD being prosecuted by Killary, McNasty, and O’Bomber, with the full cooperation of the intelligence community.
If Trump survives his first 100 days without impeachment (or worse), there could be reason for cautious optimism. “No more blood for oil” has always been at the top of my list of global priorities, followed closely by “Just say no to thermonuclear extinction”, and “How do we save the planet from the fossil fuel industry?”. Perhaps I have my priorities wrong, I don’t know, I’m still trying to deal with the brain melt.