Alfred McCoy: World War III With China

Today, TD offers the last of three selections from historian Alfred McCoy’s new Dispatch Book,In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power. Read them and you’ll have a powerful sense of why it’s getting such attention. Of it, Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, has written: “In the Shadows of the American Centurypersuasively argues for the inevitable decline of the American empire and the rise of China. Whether or not one is a believer in American power, the case that Alfred McCoy makes — that much of America’s decline is due to its own contradictions and failures — is a sad one… Let’s hope that Americans will listen to his powerful arguments.”

For the past 50 years, American leaders have been supremely confident that they could suffer military setbacks in places like Cuba or Vietnam without having their system of global hegemony, backed by the world’s wealthiest economy and finest military, affected. The country was, after all, the planet’s “indispensible nation,” as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright proclaimed in 1998 (and other presidents and politicians have insisted ever since). The U.S. enjoyed a greater “disparity of power” over its would-be rivals than any empire ever, Yale historian Paul Kennedy announced in 2002. Certainly, it would remain “the sole superpower for decades to come,” Foreign Affairs magazine assured us just last year. During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised his supporters that “we’re gonna win with military… we are gonna win so much you may even get tired of winning.” In August, while announcing his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, Trump reassured the nation: “In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed.” In this fast-changing world, only one thing was certain: when it really counted, the United States could never lose.

No longer.

 

The Trump White House may still be basking in the glow of America’s global supremacy but, just across the Potomac, the Pentagon has formed a more realistic view of its fading military superiority. In June, the Defense Department issued a major report titled on Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World, finding that the U.S. military “no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors,” and “it no longer can… automatically generate consistent and sustained local military superiority at range.” This sober assessment led the Pentagon’s top strategists to “the jarring realization that ‘we can lose.’” Increasingly, Pentagon planners find, the “self-image of a matchless global leader” provides a “flawed foun­dation for forward-looking defense strategy… under post-primacy conditions.” This Pentagon report also warned that, like Russia, China is “engaged in a deliberate program to demonstrate the limits of U.S. authority”; hence, Beijing’s bid for “Pacific primacy” and its “campaign to expand its control over the South China Sea.”

China’s Challenge

Indeed, military tensions between the two countries have been rising in the western Pacific since the summer of 2010. Just as Washington once used its wartime alliance with Great Britain to appropriate much of that fading empire’s global power after World War II, so Beijing began using profits from its export trade with the U.S. to fund a military challenge to its dominion over the waterways of Asia and the Pacific.

Some telltale numbers suggest the nature of the future great power competition between Washington and Beijing that could determine the course of the twenty-first century. In April 2015, for instance, the Department of Agriculture reported that the U.S. economy would grow by nearly 50% over the next 15 years, while China’s would expand by 300%, equaling or surpassing America’s around 2030.

Similarly, in the critical race for worldwide patents, American leadership in technological innovation is clearly on the wane. In 2008, the United States still held the number two spot behind Japan in patent applications with 232,000. China was, however, closing in fast at 195,000, thanks to a blistering 400% increase since 2000. By 2014, China actually took the lead in this critical category with 801,000 patents, nearly half the world’s total, compared to just 285,000 for the Americans. …

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176331/tomgram%3A_alfred_mccoy%2C_the_global_war_of_2030

It’s worth reviewing how china rose from the ashes of the cultural revolution to derail the US economic juggernaut.   It was not by accident.

Corbett: China and the New World Order

Venezuela Prepares for US Invasion

In response to President Donald Trump’s threats to intervene militarily in Venezuela, the oil-rich country’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, has told his military to prepare for an attack by the United States.

“We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” Maduro said on September 27 during military exercises in the city of Maracay. He added that “we need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the ready… to defend every inch of the territory if needs be.”

Maduro made the remark after Trump signed a travel ban decree imposed on eight countries he insists pose a security threat to the United States. In August, the president banned US financial institutions from doing business with Venezuela and its Petróleos de Venezuela, the state-owned oil and natural gas company. Oil reserves in Venezuela are the largest in the world. [READ MORE]

https://www.newsbud.com/2017/10/01/newsbud-exclusive-venezuela-prepares-for-us-invasion/

Agents of Terror on Government Payroll- Part II: Ali Mohamed

Let’s say a script writer approaches a Hollywood production company with a proposal for a realistic spy-action thriller that features a dark action hero who is a Major in the Egyptian Army’s Military Intelligence Unit, who is selected by an Elite Special Forces Unit in the United States Army, simultaneously gets recruited by the CIA as an operative, teaches courses at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and is on the FBI Payroll. Then he triple crosses the Elite U.S. military Forces, the CIA and the FBI, uses his U.S. military information to train al-Qaeda and other radical Muslim militants, becomes Bin Laden’s bodyguard (all this while he is still on the payroll of the U.S. military, the CIA and the FBI), blows up U.S. embassies around the world (while still on the triple payroll) – is the most dangerous man in the world according to the U.S. Justice Department. Then he gets caught, is tried and indicted in a secret U.S. court behind closed doors, yet manages to evade sentencing, skips jail, and continues his terror operations around the globe.

What do you think the production company’s response would be? An unrealistic, far-fetched delirium, probably imagined and written while under some sort of psychedelic drug?

What if I were to tell you that everything in the script above, and some more, is a well-documented, government-confirmed, real life case?

Meet Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed. One of the highest-ranking Al Qaeda terrorists. A man known to and marketed by the U.S. government and Mainstream media as a notorious Triple Agent Terrorist. A man described by U.S. Justice Department Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, as the most dangerous man in the world I’ve ever met.

Are you dizzy yet? Let’s breakdown Ali Mohamed’s background in a more orderly fashion: …

https://www.newsbud.com/2017/09/06/newsbud-exclusive-agents-of-terror-on-government-payroll-part-ii-ali-mohamed-2/

US Govt Relies on “Secret Legal Interpretations” of 4th Amendment

President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter on September 7 to the leaders of the House and Senate demanding Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) be made permanent. The act faces a sunset provision later this year. Under Section 702, the government is allowed to circumvent the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and obtain general warrants issued by the secret FISA court. Proceedings before the FISA court are ex parte—in other words, the government is the only party present—and non-adversarial.

According to senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, the federal government relies on “secret legal interpretations” to claim all-encompassing surveillance powers. The secret court permits interception of electronic communications of unidentified targets anywhere in the United States. Moreover, there are no real limits on how the government uses, retains, or disseminates the information that it collects. “This means the government can create huge databases that contain information about U.S. persons obtained without warrants and then search these databases at a later point,” the American Civil Liberties Union notes.

Sessions and Coats argue the law is limited to the collection of “vital information about international terrorists, cyber actors, individuals and entities engaged in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.”

In fact, the government has used the law to surveil political activists in the United States, activists that have nothing to do with terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. [READ MORE] ……

https://www.newsbud.com/2017/09/17/newsbud-exclusive-attorney-general-sessions-demands-a-permanent-surveillance-state-2/

Trump Warns Ominously: “It’s The Calm Before The Storm”

During a dinner with military leaders tonight, President Trump gave an ominous warning seemingly out of the blue: “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” he said: “It could be the calm… before… the storm.”

A reporter quickly asked what the storm might be –“Is it Iran, ISIS, what’s the storm?” to which he replied… “…you’ll find out.”

The warning took place during a photo-call on occasion of a dinner hosted for US military leaders and their wives, with Donald and Melania attending. Mid-way through photos, the President said to reporters: “You know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm” an ominous, loaded phrase considering the context and the present company.

Pressed for details, the President replied: “We have the world’s great military leader in this room […] you’ll see”. …

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-05/president-trump-warns-ominously-its-calm-storm

Why the MSM isn’t Serious About Reducing Gun Violence

The agenda is to reduce guns, not gun violence.   When the citizens are disarmed, that’s when the REAL violence can begin.   Thanks Rachel!

Las Vegas Strip shooter prescribed anti-anxiety drug in June

Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.

Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21.

A woman who answered the phone at Winkler’s office would not make him available to answer questions and would neither confirm nor deny that Paddock was ever a patient.

Paddock purchased the drug — its brand name is Valium — without insurance at a Walgreens store in Reno on the same day it was prescribed. He was supposed to take one pill a day.

Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior. Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as diazepam can also trigger psychotic experiences, according to drugabuse.com. …

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/the-strip/las-vegas-strip-shooter-prescribed-anti-anxiety-drug-in-june/

SSRI Stories is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.

This updated site includes the stories from the previous site and new ones from 2011 to date.  We have used a new “category” classification system on the new stories.  We are working back through previously SSRI Stories to bring them into the new classification system.  In the meantime use the search box in the upper right column to search through both the old and the new stories.

SSRI Stories focuses primarily on problems caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first.  For more see About SSRIs.   Other medications prescribed as antidepressants that fit the “nightmares” theme of the collected stories are sometimes included….

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