July 28th, 2014
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UND HEUTE GEHOERT UNS BNP PARIBAS, UND DANN COMMERZBANK UND DEUTSCHE BANK, UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT!

Ok…as promised, I am finally getting around to some “geopolitics”, the “wider context” of all this craziness going on, but as always, with the caveat that everyone remembers I’m just a hack from South Dakota who researches and writes exceedingly bizarre books of high strangeness.

Most of you are aware that I, along with many other commentators on international affairs with far more expertise than I (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts for example), have been sounding the alarm about the crazy course of geopolitical suicide that certain factions in Washington seem to be embarked upon. I say “certain factions” because it has always been one of my working assumptions that not everyone in the federal government is ipso facto evil, corrupt, or as colossally stupid as this particular faction seems to be. Indeed, this is the problem, for Washington’s heavy handed “unipolarism” (Dr. Craig blames it on the Wolfowitz doctrine, I simply call it crazy counter-intuitive geopolitics) in the long run, is allowed to continue, will ultimately drive traditional allies and friends – the two major European powers, France and Germany, come to mind – away from the USA.

As background to today’s high octane speculation, recall that the US government slapped France’s major bank, BNP Paribas, with billions of dollars in fines for its role in France’s sale of its Mistral class amphibious landing aircraft carriers to Russia, a sale that France politely indicated to Washington that it would honor, in spite of US imposed sanctions on Russia over the latter’s intervention in the Crimea, which, you’ll recall, was at the Crimea’s request. The Crazy Faction’s response was, of course, to slap France (and it’s largest bank) in the face with fines.

Now Germany’s two major banks, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank, are in the Crazy Faction’s crosshairs, and Zero Hedge’s analysis here is, in my opinion, spot on:

US Set To Alienate Angry Germany Next, As Crackdown Shifts From BNP To Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank

Note the opening two paragraphs once again:

“As we reported over the weekend in “By “Punishing” France, The US Just Accelerated The Demise Of The Dollar“, following the record $9 billion fine against French BNP, the outcry has been fast and furious, with virtually everyone in the local chain of command, from the CEO of Total to the head of the Bank of France (and ECB member) Christian Noyer, all saying that the US is now clearly abusing the reserve power of the dollar and it is time to move away from a dollar-based reserve currency (how that jives with concurrent French demands for a lower EUR is a different, incomprehensible matter entirely).

It appears that having pushed France forcefully into the Russia-China Eurasian, and anti-US camp, the US will now do the same with Germany. Because after infuriating the German population by first refusing to return their gold contained (the legend goes) at the New York Fed, and then with scandal after spying scandal, most recently involving the CIA directly soliciting a German double agent, now the time has come to “punish” Germany’s largest banks for the same kind of money laundering that BNP was engaged in. As the NYT and Reuters report, the time has come to shift away from the BNP scandal and focus on what will soon be the Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank fallout.”

Germany, you’ll recall, recently expelled the US CIA station chief in that country over the ongoing NSA spying scandal, and this fact, along with Merkel’s recent anti-Russian diatribe, should alert people to what’s going on:Merkel’s government is saying the Washington-dictated script, but doing quite another, in the old time-honored chancellorial tradition.

But Zero Hedge’s final paragraph pretty well sums it up:

“Still, while one can debate the idiocy of US foreign policy, eager to push European allies into the willing hands of Russia and China at the worst possible moment, when regional and civil wars and conflicts are suddenly breaking out across all key geopolitical hotspots, one wonders: in the case of BNP, the “fine” was as a result of French unwillingness to halt the Russian amphibious warship deal despite US demands. So it would be curious just what the US blackmail against German banks is for: one really does wonder just what punishment Angela Merkel deserves behind the scenes in the eyes of John Kerry et clueless al, to punish her and Germany so blatantly for the entire world to see.

“One thing is clear: if the US thinks that Germany will continue to consider America its BFF and make zero contingency plans for when the alliance with the US finally crashes and burns, it will be truly surprised when the Eurasian alliance of Russia and China finally announces its final, all-important, missing link member: the manufacturing and export powerhouse that is Germany itself.” (Emphasis added)

I can only add my own “hear hear” to that analysis, but it raises, once again, the significant question. Why, really, is American foreign policy so counter-intuitive? Why, really, are the two most powerful nations in Europe seemingly being deliberated alienated to the ultimate detriment of the tapestry of post-World War Two security arrangements from NATO to ANZAC?

Here’s a troubling thought by way of a high octane speculation answer: someone wants the USA geopolitically, economically, and militarily isolated. The USA has tried, and failed, to dictate policy to Russia. It cannot dictate policy to China. It is alienating the two most powerful nations in Europe. But dictate policy to Russia and China and India and Brazil and France and Germany (and presumably soon to be Argentina?)

Ausgeschlossen!

See you on the flip side…

 

RT: POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER SIKORSKI COMPARES US SECURITY GUARANTEES TO…WELL… READ IT AND FIND OUT…

This one I simply have to report, since I blogged just a few days ago, and indeed, have done so repeatedly on this site, about the possible long-term realignment taking place between Germany (and hence continental Europe) and Russia. You’ll recall that I outlined a scenario wherein the USA, killing two birds with one stone,[More...]

JAPAN’S SHINZO ABE REMOVING CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS TO JAPANESE REARMAMENT

Mr. W.D. shared this very important article with me, and given the fact that we often comment on geopolitical trends here, it simply must be passed along to you. You’ll see why once you read the article: Japan changes constitution to allow military to fight abroad for first time since 1945 Now let’s put this[More...]

ZERO HEDGE ON THAT LONG-TERM RUSSO-GERMAN RELIAGNMENT THING…

Members here know that I’ve been writing – and in some cases, warning – about the long-term prospects for a Russo-German realignment of global power politics, and this now seems to have caught the attention of the writers at Zero Hedge, in an article sent to me by Mr. G.B., a regular reader here: The[More...]

RT: 13 AIRPLANES DISAPPEAR FROM RADARS IN CENTRAL EUROPE DURING EXERCISE

As most of you know, during the last weekend of June, I was honored to be invited to be one of the speakers at the Secret Space Program/Breakaway Civilization conference in San Mateo, California. While this was happening, my email pile grew to enormous proportions,  and a number of stories occurred that require some commentary,[More...]

JAPAN WANTS INTERNATIONAL MISSION TO MARS

Prior to the Secret Space Program conference, Mr. Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Creations radio interviewed me about the conference and other space matters, and one of the things we both talked about during that interview, was the prediction of an increase in indicators of international efforts in space. No sooner said than done, as[More...]

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY: CHINA AND RUSSIA INDICATING NEW SPACE COOPERATION

Here  is a very important article that was sent to me by Mr. G.B., indicating the newest developments in Russo-Chinese cooperation within the BRICSA bloc. And this one deserves some careful attention: Russia may join forces with China to compete with US, European satnavs First, you’ll note that the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin[More...]

THE USS DONALD COOK INCIDENT, & INDIA’S NEW GOVERNMENT, AND SOME GEOPOLITICAL SPECULATIONS

This article was sent to me by a regular reader here in India, Mr. K.B., and this one, folks, I have to share, for it presages the type of geopolitical reassessments that must be taking place in the wake of the USS Donald Cook incident in the Black Sea. Briefly, for those who do not know[More...]

TIDBIT: AN EU “THINK TANK” ANALYSIS

Here’s an interesting analysis for EU watchers that comes from Europe itself. You’ll note if you read the whole lengthy article, that there was a European swing to the BRICSA bloc, which has been abruptly forestalled: Excerpt GEAB (April 2014) – Crisis Alert for European governance – Risk of a Very Large Separation between EU[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMOs NEITHER SAFE NOR NECESSARY? THE EMERGENCE OF ANTI-GMO GEOPOLITICS: PART TWO

As regular readers here know, for some time I’ve been maintaining that the GMO issue will become one of geopolitics, and that one could expect the BRICSA nations to make it so. Specifically, I’ve been predicting that they will eventually seek to challenge western agribusiness on its own turf by becoming suppliers of organic, natural[More...]