Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Two Plus Two, Part 8

We begin by considering the first several paragraphs of What "incredibly tough" foreign policy actions is Obama preparing? by Patrick Martin, October 25, 2008:

In remarks made over the weekend in Seattle, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden warned that Barack Obama, if elected president, would be compelled to take deeply unpopular actions in both domestic and foreign policy within months of taking office.

In closed-door gatherings with two audiences of Democratic Party insiders and fundraisers, Biden forecast a major international crisis in the first six months of an Obama administration.

He compared Obama to John F. Kennedy, the last senator to be elected president. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy," Biden said. "The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

Biden mentioned the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea and Russia as potential points of conflict, but did not spell out the exact nature of such a crisis, observing, "I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate." He made it clear that Obama would respond forcefully: "They're going to want to test him. And they're going to find out this guy's got steel in his spine."

The most politically significant portion of Biden's remarks came when he admitted that the decisions of an Obama-Biden administration were likely to be deeply unpopular, and he called on the Democratic Party regulars to stand behind the new president even when public opinion turned against him.

"He's going to need help," Biden said. "He's going to need you—not financially to help him—we're going to need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially, it's not going to be apparent that we're right."

He continued, "There are going to be a lot of you who want to go, 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision.' Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."

Here is the voice of a longtime representative of the financial aristocracy, voicing his contempt for public opinion—"if decisions are popular, they're probably not sound"—and warning his wealthy audience that the new Obama-Biden administration will have to defy public opinion to carry out its policies. Biden's language suggests that the ferocity of the new administration's response will shock not only public opinion, but even its own supporters.

The words of our elite, preparing themselves for how they are going to run the country through the Presidency that they are buying.

In that context, one must point out Biden's suggestions that nuclear weapons might play a role in one or more of the potential crises. A nuclear-armed Korean Peninsula could lead to "Japan as a nuclear power," he said, which could push China into expanding its nuclear weaponry. The Pakistan-Afghanistan border is "crawling with Al Qaeda" and "Pakistan is already bristling with nuclear weapons, all of which can hit Israel." Biden also noted Iran's alleged drive to build a nuclear weapon.

Foreign policy journals and pundits linked to the Democratic Party have undoubtedly been discussing many such doomsday scenarios, and Biden's language suggests that the use of the US nuclear arsenal, the world's largest, is under consideration by those who are formulating the foreign and military policy of an Obama-Biden administration.

The expectation is that they will use nuclear weapons to show everybody how tough Obama is.

Biden himself has been one of the most hawkish on foreign policy among leading congressional Democrats, backing the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and advocating a US-led military intervention in Darfur. During the Democratic presidential primary campaign, he was the most vociferous of all the candidates in denouncing antiwar protest groups seeking a cutoff of funds for the war in Iraq.

It wasn't just in Afghanistan and Iraq that Biden led the charge; Senator Biden has also been a vocal advocate of US actions in the Balkans.

Here's an excerpt from In Biden, Obama chooses a foreign policy adherent of diplomacy before force by Michael R. Gordon, August 24, 2008:

Biden is widely seen as a liberal-minded internationalist. He has emphasized the need for diplomacy but has been prepared at times to back it with the threat of force. An early advocate of military action to quell the ethnic fighting in the Balkans, he has not been averse to American military intervention abroad. As the debates over Kosovo and later Iraq showed, he has been loath to give the United Nations a veto over American policy decisions. But he has also sought to ensure that the United States acted in concert with other nations.

U.S. actions in the Balkans have resulted in the establishment, in violation of international law, of a narcostate: Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, the Serbs have been demonized, and Albanian organized crime with ties to Islamic extremists, including to Sheikh Osama bin Laden, now run the place.

It goes without saying that some of the people who suffer the most are the ethnic Albanians of Kosovo, who have been handed over to this thugocracy. Organized crime and Islamic extremists have this in common -- they do the most damage to those nearest them.

The connection that Senator Biden has to this thugocracy is a US Congressman turned lobbyist.

As I document The Heroin Lobby, Part 10, and elsewhere at this blog, Senator Biden has for quite some time been on the payroll of Albanian organized crime.

It is important to keep this in mind, because we can assess that one main reason Senator Biden was recruited as Senator Obama's running mate was to give the junior senator from Illinois a little help in the foreign policy arena (Biden's strength in foreign policy recruited by Obama).

In fact, long before Senator Biden was named as Senator Obama's running mate, it was suggested that Biden was fishing for a cabinet position in an Obama or a new Clinton Administration (Secretary of State Biden?).

Take a good, hard look at this map, because if Senator Obama is elected, this map shows one place you can expect more US troops to be sent; it also shows one place that US nuclear weapons may be used -- in support of Albanian organized crime with ties to Al Qaeda...

and this will be at the behest of Obama's expert on foreign affairs.

Clinton was bad.

Bush-43 has been worse.

But, under Obama, America would be a nuclear-armed thugocracy, coordinating its efforts with one of the worst organized crime cartels in modern times.


Aurora said...

Yankee, I tend to think that the 'deeply unpopular' actions that will be taken by Obama are going to be unpopular to those who already see right through him. Yes George Bush wasn't what we wished for, but at least he continued to try to appear to keep his constituency happy to an extent. Obama will have no such restraints.

anticant said...

One can only hope that on this occasion you are being a tad too pessimistic, YD!

Yankee Doodle said...

Anti, if you believe I am pessimistic, you may not have read all this attentively enough.


Aurora, the trouble is, Bush's constituency are those financiers and industrialists who make money off our wars and crises. He doesn't give a damn about anyone else.

And Senator Obama is no different.

Kali said...

Obama may win the election although he does not deserve to carry the title of a real "American President". For those who have done their homework regarding the man's character know what I am talking about. The last time we saw a president deserving of that title was good ole' Ronald Reagan.