Bloomberg.com quoted Strobe Talbott, U.S. deputy secretary of state from 1994 to 2001, as saying, "Whenever George Soros called and asked to meet, I would move heaven and earth to do so. I treated him like the foreign minister of another country because of all that he had done." Even under the Bush Administration, Soros has been considered an important and influential figure. He gave a September 16, 2003, speech at the State Department on "America in the Global Community: Building Long-Term Security."
So think about the clout he would have if he almost single-handedly buys the White House for John Kerry and plays a role in the election of several new Senators.
Rather than investigate the source of the Soros money, Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson has praised Soros for engineering the "privatization" of the Democratic Party through funding of the "527" political groups and bypassing what he calls an incompetent Democratic Party apparatus. At the far-left "Take Back America" forum in June, Soros was photographed greeting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who introduced him to the group. She told the crowd that, "we need people like George Soros, who is fearless and willing to step up when it counts." He stepped up with his money.
However, Meyerson and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman have attacked House Speaker Dennis Hastert for raising questions about where Soros gets his money.
Of course, anyone who has reasonable familiarity with the Sibel Edmonds case could ask where Hastert gets his money....
These guys, on both sides of the aisle, stand on politics, not on principle.
A professed believer in democracy, Soros has used the "527" loophole in a campaign finance law that he promoted to restrict the political activities of "special interests." He has set a record "for the most money donated by an individual in an election cycle." Those "special interests" turned out to be other people -- not him. He has since poured millions of dollars into anti-Bush groups and voter registration drives, some marked by alleged fraud, for the Democratic Party.
These guys who have made it under the current system are more than happy to rewrite the hundreds of pages of laws and thousands of pages of regulations that implement those laws to give the illusion that they are cleaning up politics.
What they in fact are doing is making sure they have loopholes for themselves, while placing roadblocks in the way of those who oppose them: that's why the laws coming out of Washington are so complicated -- to provide the smokescreen that hides the important stuff.
The little people are left to sort through that mess and discover what the real agenda is.
His commitment to democracy is never questioned. Typical of the pro-Soros media coverage was a USA Today story on June 1 that gave Soros credit for freeing millions of people from communism and "supporting democracy." The story ignored his insider trading conviction. While Soros provided some funding to anti-communist groups during the Cold War, his career has been designed to make money and extend his influence over nations and people. Communism was a threat because it was not hospitable to his investments.
An excellent example of how he operates is Kosovo. As indicated earlier, it is relevant to note that, after the Soros-supported war on Kosovo, a province of Yugoslavia, a Soros fund announced in 2000 that it was investing $150 million -- with loan guarantees from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation -- in the Balkans. It was called the "Southeast Europe Equity Fund." By 2002, the OPIC-supported size of the investment had risen to $200 million and OPIC announced that Soros Investment Capital, Ltd. Fund Yugoslavia had acquired a controlling stake in Eksimbanka, a private commercial bank in Serbia, and had financed the start-up of Serbia Broadband Networks, the leading cable television and broadband services company in Serbia.
An interest in Kosovo -- that places him in a league with Hillary Clinton, as we have addressed in this blog, and with John McCain, as we have addressed more in depth at this blog (see sidebar).
What's more, his "open society" doesn't extend to himself. He unregulated "hedge funds," open only to the super rich, are beyond public scrutiny or the interest of the press. In a curious chapter of his career, he reportedly invested in an energy company run by George W. Bush, in an unsuccessful attempt to buy influence with the Bush family.
What did I write above about complicated laws and little people?
By the way -- doing business with "Dubya" to try to buy influence....
Did you know that George Soros contributed to Senator McCain's 2000 Presidential bid? Senator John McCain is such a maverick in the Republican Party that he was politically attractive to George Soros in 2000.
So, we have President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama -- one serving President and three presidential hopefuls.
Of those four, Bush, McCain and Clinton have been very heavily implicated in the violations of international law that have resulted in Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia, and, thus, in the heroin trade that plays such a large role in Balkan politics.
Of those four, George Soros has contributed to the election campaigns of three -- McCain, Clinton, and he now backs Obama for President.
George Soros is working towards the legalization of drugs, including hard narcotics -- heroin.
As noted, in another curious development, the global capitalist has become a global socialist advocating a global tax, known as the Tobin Tax, on the means by which he exploited the global capitalist system and became rich -- international currency speculation and manipulation. Soros has declared that the Tobin Tax is a "valid suggestion" for raising international revenue and that opposition to implementing the tax can be overcome. What has not been reported is that Thomas Palley, the director of the Globalization Reform Project at Soros' Open Society Institute, was a featured speaker at a January 2003 event in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to implement the tax.
"He made his money the old-fashioned way, on Wall Street," wrote Post columnist Harold Meyerson. In fact, he made his money through investment techniques that are not available to ordinary investors, and his financial interventions can affect nations and their economies.
Soros claims that the "527" organizations he funds "file detailed and frequent reports with government regulators." On the January 9 NOW With Bill Moyers program on PBS, Charles Lewis of the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity argued that while Soros was funding 527 groups, Soros was disclosing these contributions and that the money could be tracked.
Again, that begs the question of where he gets his money.
His use of that loophole -- in a law that he promoted to restrict the influence of outside "special interests" on political campaigns -- is suspicious and curious on its face. Equally curious, Soros claims that the Bush Administration's reaction to 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq caused him to spend millions of dollars through these "527" organizations to defeat Bush. However, Soros favored the Clinton Administration's preemptive attack on Yugoslavia, in the absence of any threat to the U.S. and without U.S. Congressional authorization.
Do any of my regular readers not know what the US/NATO attack on Serbia -- and support of narcoterrorists in Kosovo -- was really about?
While Soros runs around the country talking about defeating Bush, mostly because of his Iraq policy, he is using his money to target other candidates who have prosecuted the war on drugs.
The pro-Soros national media have refused to examine the implications of a ruling by New York State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Malone. He ruled that it was improper for the Soros-backed Working Families Party to get involvement in a Democratic primary for District Attorney and he referred the case to local prosecutors and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for a possible criminal investigation. Thanks to the money provided by Soros, David Soares defeated incumbent District Attorney Paul Clyne in the Democratic primary. At the time of Clyne's defeat, Ethan Nadelmann of the Soros-funded Drug Policy Alliance Network said he was proud that his group had "contributed to this race" and that "what happened in Albany" has "national resonance." That suggested to some that Soros, if he is successful in putting John Kerry in the White House, would change the nation's anti-drug policy.
If Soros was trying to buy the Presidency through Kerry in 2004 to change the nation's drug policy, what is he doing by supporting Obama (and Clinton) in 2008?
The remainder of the article, which I do not review, continues under the heading The Criminals Lobby -- I encourage you to read it.
I now present another excerpt from Kosovo: Islamism's New Beachhead? by Julia Gorin, Friday, February 22, 2008:
This week merrymakers in Pristina waving Albanian and American flags shouted "KLA! KLA!" – the supposedly disbanded, heroin-financed "rebels" who trained in terrorist camps. "What is the point of fighting Islamism in Iraq," asks the Brussels Journal's Landen, "while at the same time one creates a free haven for Islamists on the European continent?" He adds, "The Jerusalem Post reported in 1998 that the [KLA] was 'provided with financial and military support from Islamic countries,' and had been ‘bolstered by hundreds of Iranian fighters or mujahedin [some of whom] were trained in Osama bin Laden’s terrorist camps in Afghanistan.'"
It is worth reminding the conservative blogosphere, which for nine years chose to ignore the region entirely or, alternately, bolster the jihadist pro-independence position, that they are helping implement a Clinton-era policy supported and co-financed by George Soros, which has been pursued from a pre-9/11 mindset. My fellow conservatives, you do not defend America or American policy when you support our pro-independence policy in Kosovo; you support Hillary and Bill Clinton, George Soros, and Osama bin Laden, who co-financed and co-trained the KLA troops that we and Germany co-financed and co-trained.
President George W. Bush has been supporting the narcoterrorists who have declared independence in Kosovo, and so have Senator John McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton.
George Soros has also supported these same narcoterrorists, and George Soros seeks the decriminalization of heroin use and, by extension, of heroin trafficking.
George Soros contributed to McCain's 2000 Presidential bid. In this campaign cycle, however, George Soros has supported Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Joseph Biden (a puppet of the heroin lobby) in their bids for the Presidency.
George Soros, although he still seems to be close to Senator Clinton, has now settled on a favorite for the Presidency -- a favorite whom Soros has backed since that favorite was a state senator in Illinois: Barack Obama.
An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Page Two by Chris Deliso, July 1, 2004
CD: [snip] At several points you state that such organized crime networks employ "semi-legitimate organizations" as their point of interface with governments and the "legit" world. Can you explain exactly what you mean?
SE: These are organizations that might have a legitimate front -- say as a business, or a cultural center or something. And we've also heard a lot about Islamic charities as fronts for terrorist organizations, but the range is much broader and even, simpler.
CD: For example?
SE: You might have an organization supposed to be promoting the cultural affairs of a certain country within another country. Hypothetically, say, an Uzbek folklore society based in Germany. The stated purpose would be to hold folklore-related activities -- and they might even do that -- but the real activities taking place behind the scenes are criminal.
There are many things at stake in any US Presidential election, and many issues that are influenced.
An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Page Two by Chris Deliso, July 1, 2004
CD: Such as?
SE: Everything -- from drugs to money laundering to arms sales. And yes, there are certain convergences with all these activities and international terrorism.
CD: So with these organizations we're talking about a lot of money --
SE: Huge, just massive. They don't deal with 1 million or 5 million dollars, but with hundreds of millions.
However, one important aspect of the 2008 elections...
An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Page Two by Chris Deliso, July 1, 2004
CD: But what do think, within departments such as the Pentagon and the State Department. Do you suspect certain high officials may be profiting from terrorist-linked organized crime?
SE: I can't say anything specific with regards to these departments, because I didn't work for them. But as for the politicians, what I can say is that when you start talking about huge amounts of money, certain elected officials become automatically involved. And there are different kinds of campaign contributions -- legal and illegal, declared and undeclared.
...is that the US Presidential race has become...
Cracking the Case: An Interview With Sibel Edmonds by Scott Horton, August 22, 2005
SE: [snip] The American people have the right to know this. They are giving this grand illusion that there are some investigations, but there are none. You know, they are coming down on these charities as the finance of al-Qaeda. Well, if you were to talk about the financing of al-Qaeda, a very small percentage comes from these charity foundations. The vast majority of their financing comes from narcotics. Look, we had 4 to 6 percent of the narcotics coming from the East, coming from Pakistan, coming from Afghanistan via the Balkans to the United States. Today, three or four years after Sept. 11, that has reached over 15 percent. How is it getting here? Who are getting the proceedings from those big narcotics?
...a proxy fight...
'The Stakes Are Too High for Us to Stop Fighting Now' An interview with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds by Christopher Deliso August 15, 2005
CD: But you can start from anywhere --
SE: That's the beauty of it. You can start from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them, but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us.
...for control of the heroin trade.