… AND SPEAKING OF THE COLD WAR, ACT TWO…
The late US Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), a decorated World War Two veteran, after the conclusion of the Senate Iran-Contra hearings, complained of something that most Americans completely dismissed at the time, but his concerns are worth recalling. Senator Inouye complained that the executive branch, in league with elements from the intelligence sector and the military, was running an entirely-off-the-books military-industrial-intelligence complex, complete with its own bureaucracy, chains of command, bases, air force, navy, ground forces... in short, we were looking at a completely parallel structure, mirroring all the public faces of government in its military, financial, and intelligence operations, and yet, completely separate from it and almost completely free of any public oversight.
All of this, it was argued on the political right at the time, was necessary in the Reaganesque struggle of life-or-death against the Evil Empire and its client states, particularly the client state of Nciaragua, where the Communist-backed Sandinistas were a justifiable concern to Washington. Don't get me wrong here: I do think the Soviet system was an egregious evil: a threat to its own people, and a blight on Eastern Europe and the rest of the world. And I do think Washington's concerns at that time were at least somewhat justified, in spite of my disagreement with how those concerns were (illegally) handled via a covert operations network.
My point here is to show how, in the pressures of what were perceived as threats, a vast operational complex emerged to deal with it. The Sandinistas were one thing, but now, in a curious bit of deja vu, or perhaps, Act Two, which might be titled "Nicaragua and the Contra Affair on Steroids", Russia, and now China, are getting into a new game, a very different one than simply supplying arms to Manuel Ortega and his Sandinistas:
Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal
I hope you caught something significant here:
"During Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's recent visit to Nicaragua, the two sides discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation. One major project that will unite Moscow and Managua for the next several years is the so-called Interoceanic Grand Canal, a new alternative to the Panama Canal.
"A source close to parties present at the talks has told RBTH that the Nicaraguan authorities expect to start construction at the end of this year. At least, this is the timeframe envisaged in a tripartite agreement signed between Nicaragua, Russia and China.
The main investor is the Chinese company HKND, which has received a 100-year concession for building and operating the canal. The construction will be carried out by workers from China and Central America, while Russia, according to the RBTH source, will provide not so much economic and organizational assistance as military and political support.
Russia’s role will be to guard the construction site against possible acts of provocation. To that end, the Nicaraguan authorities have signed a special agreement with Moscow, allowing Russian warships and aircraft to be present in its territorial waters for the first six months of this year and also to carry out patrols of the country's coastline in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea until June 30, 2015."
There, I submit, is the new pattern that will emerge as the modus operandi of China and Russia, both inside the BRICSA entente and outside of it, in its associated client states: (1) they have something legitimate and beneficial to offer the nation concerned, in this case, a canal, infrastructure, the benefits of the commerce and revenue generated, to the poor country concerned (Nicaragua); (2) the economic aspect of the investment will be handled by China, while (3) Russia provides the military muscle to prevent "provocations."
The term provocations here is interesting, especially in the Iran-Contra covert-operations complex context, for China and Russia surely understand that any American response will likely be a covert one, and this means, in my opinion, that those countries, Russia in particular, is prepared to take the steps to create and back up covert responses to any American covert operations.
Nicaragua, and the Ukraine... but this time, it's not AK-47s that are being put into Nicaragua(doubtless a great deal of those too), but a canal. This time around, it is the USSA that is dropping drones, abandoning its principles, creating draconian "laws", sending arms, and sponsoring the most egregiously evil groups with long and murky histories. The Cold War, Act Two, is beginning, if not well under way. Let's hope the leadership of the West gets the clue that you make more friends with honey than vinegar, and gets the clue real soon. And the first place it has to start, is not Managua or Kiev or Moscow or Beijing, but right in its own back yard, because while it is "pivoting and piroutte-ing" to the Pacific, China and Russia are giving dance lessons in Central America.
See you on the flip side.
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They are constructing new ports the heavy-duty tanker transports that are getting too big for the 20th century constructions. These have been in the pipeline for sometime. I can just picture the worldwide oligarchs of power dividing up geo-political: industries, technologies, “Zones”, wars, prisons, laws, crisis, currencies etc.; both legal & purpose illegal(more profit; and the breakaway, interface and globalized civilizations. Perhaps an alien sitting above, below, inter-dimensionally and/or at the table?
And in the “new” ports; the “new” canals, and other “constructs in-the-pipeline”; perhaps a space port, or at least, a “hidden” feature adapted for “future fits”?
And why stop at the geological concepts?
How many of you think the USA will let this canal happen if it is considered a threat? And why bother with black ops when you have the technology to create earth quakes, tusaumis? Or how about few well aimed meteorites? Or extreme weather?
The Nicaraguans think they got a sweet deal, just until they have hundreds or thousands of Chinese and Russians running around their country .
It is of course very possible. But as Russia sort of proved, the Chelyabinsk meteor seemed to have been mostly neutralized (compared with the real potential damage). I also think that Russia and China have equal (or at least similar) technologies to HAARP as well as other little morsels they’re not telling us about. This might turn out where the evil villain (crackpot western oligarch) thinks he’s got his hostage situation all sorted out, but the, shall we say, Bruce Willis character pulls out a surprise and gains the upper hand.
Thank you for another excellent post.
I thought I’d add another dimension to the Sandinista story.
I’ve been a fan of Kris Kristofferson for many years. He’s intelligent, and went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. (So many tongues have wagged on that one!)
However, he became involved in the Sandinistas’ fight for justice – apparently the US had installed a rather brutal dictator (surprise surprise) and the Sandinistas were fighting for the rights of the people. He also became involved in problems of Nicaragua.
He wrote an amazing set of songs about the South American problems and what America was doing back in the 70s. Of course they were rarely played and his singing career was set back for quite awhile. He went on to do films, many of which were also controversial, including the mini series Amerika.
Anyway, here he is speaking about his experiences in South America.
He was also the son of an Air Force General & a Golden Gloves Boxer. He resigned as a Captain in the US Army(helicopter pilot). He went from being assigned as a teacher at West Point, to a janitor sweeping floors in Nashville studios. Where he met Johnny Cash.
When he landed a helicopter in Johnny Cash’s yard(Sunday morning?) with the song, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Cash recorded it, and the rest is history.
Didn’t know about the above till I read your post.
It’s good to hear, and jives with what I know of his character,
I have all his CDs and a couple of DVDs… Knew all the above 🙂 Plus he has 8 kids. Went to see him in Melbourne in April. He’s in his late 70s but was still great. Some of his words are amazing. Third World Warrior is a great DVD of a show he donated to the cause.
The cold war has now become a warm war, and after listening to Obombanation’ speech yesterday at West Point was not for the men and woman of the military, it was for the world, and especially for it’s foe’s. The president’s speech was without doubt, the future foreign policy of world domination by military force. With the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, he made it clear that the troops leaving Afghanistan were simple going somewhere else, probably Africa. I have to say that American foreign policy will continue to kill people all over the world, and the elites will continue to issue orders to the military to carry it out. One wonders WHEN the military will wake up, and stand up to tyranny, and hang these war mongers from the nearest yardarm.
Ronald Reagan famously posited that an alien threat might quickly unite all the nations of this planet. It’s quite ironic now that America has stepped into the role of formidable threat.
Would anyone believe a storybook ending awaits us — where America reveals someday that her design all along was to unite the world against her — then join them in peace?
Sorry, Pollyanna is a distant relation.
Yes, and Dr. Von Braun will probably be chuckling somewhere in the Far Beyond…
Another great article and perspective Dr J, thank you
One of the excuses against this canal was if the waters of the Atlantic & Pacific comingled certain fish species from both oceans would go extinct. Other than that the Nicaragua canal would be cheaper to maintain no locks to raise or lower ocean going ships. Barbarians are Us have blown it again thanks pinheads.
The US has its arms, economic controls, and banking surrounding Russia, while Russia has its arms, economic controls, etc surrounding the US. It’s definitely not fair to condemn the US actions around eastern Europe and not similarly condemn the actions of the Russians around the US. The Russians have had arms deals with Nicaragua for years, and their oil companies are in the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t understand why it’s ok for Russia to poke it’s fingers in the eyes of the US, but not ok for the US to do the same in return. Either condemn them both, or neither of them.
I agree with this, Russia is doing pretty much the same things (and did worse in the past) as US.
I doubt as well that is able (even in cooperation with China) to secure anytime soon the new Panama channel if things will reach that phase. Or that the channel will be ready anytime soon
About the Russian alliance with China, I consider it more like a “friends for benefits” one, a temporary alliance that work mostly on specific targets to be reached and is not a full one. An alliance that will broke imediatly when one of them will consider it didnt suit him anymore. China have anyway bigger economic, comercial and financial ties with US and EU then with Russia or BRICSA, and have a rivalry with India, also member of BRICSA.
Ones may say it have a rivalry with Russia too actually, even if is kept down for now, going back as far as XIX century during “opium wars” when Russia occupied some Chinese lands in Far East taking profit of the fact China was in trouble due to “western” intervention and invasion.
There IS a difference Lois and I am trying to draw attention to it: the US claims the high ground, and it has no basis on which to do so. Russia’s past behavior is a matter of record, and hence I see no reason to rehearse it. Americans, on the contrary, need to have their eyes opened.
The idea of a group operating covertly and in unison was explored in Carl Sagans contact. Too safeguard against a religious nut that blew up the first machine a second one was built in secrecy.
It also justify the secrecy of the money printers need to control the money issue in private hands….they would never use it for there own pleasures….nah…
Interestingly the money man circled above the earth to alleviate his cancer….something that got to Carl, brain cancer.
So terribly sad. I have never understood why the elite (power structure, whatever) chose Obama a man of dubious background, of apparently little intelligence or education etc. At first I thought it was tohelp our efforts in Africa. Now I feel it was a sign to all white Americans that we’re all just “niggers” (slaves)now. what we want is irrelevant. On the day of his first election, the New York times carried -on the first page-asmall tidbid that said in essence: Fuck you white, rednecked southern bastards. It really said that, not in those words of course. How grateful I am to Dr. Farrell for letting us know something of the realty of the thing. I’m really a good speller bu t typing on this laptop has me down. Best to all Old gal (83) Judy
In the 1980s it was hard to take seriously those who claimed that Nicaragua was some hard core Communist state bent on dominating the region.
What happens when someone overthrows a hated dictator, supported by the US since the 1930s, and then a new US president backs that dictator’s national guard in a war? Same thing that happened in Vietnam in 1940s and 50s, those originally willing to work with the US get help from the enemy’s of the US.
Somehow the Sandinistas as East German communists, or Nazis (George Schultz really used that term) never made a lot sense in the real world outside of Reagan’s befuddled brain.
That canal linking the Pacific to the Atlantic via Nicaragua has been an on again off again project for 100 years. Could happen, but it’s not simply a 2 year long project for smart, well funded, Chinese engineers.