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A SUBTLE BUT DISTURBING SIGN: THE ELITE IS RUDDERLESS?

I've been avoiding commenting much directly about the Ukraine and the recent sanctions business, seeking to place the whole problem in a much larger context of Western geopolitical stupidity. As regular readers here will recall, I've also voiced and advanced the idea over the years since the bailouts, that the Western oligarchs appear to be in some sort of "anxiety" or "panic" mode, and that they are also showing all the signs of some deep fissures and cracks within their world views, and what, as a consequence, should be done about it.

Now, consider, for a moment, if, say, a Henry Kissinger and a Zbgnw Brzznsk (for those new to this site, that's Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose nearly vowel-less name we have reduced to its consonantal basics for ease of pronunciation and spelling) were suddenly to find themselves at opposite poles of a clear geopolitical issue, say, over the Ukraine, the USA's handling of it, and its current demonization of Mr. Putin. Both are shills to the Rockefailure interest, and therefore, if they were to have publicly stated disagreements on fundamentals, that should be news, right?

Well, believe it or not, they do have publicly stated disagreements, fundamental ones, on the Ukraine, but I'll bet you didn't see Mr. Kissinger's views being reflected on the lamestream media lately. Here's Alex Jones' Infowars version of Mr. Brzznsk's ideas:

Brzezinski Calls for Sending Weapons to Regime in the Ukraine

Nothing new here: Zbg's basic playbook hasn't changed in so long that we wonder if there were ever any other pages in it to begin with. Today, weapons in the Ukraine. Tomorrow, covert ops and regime change and nation-building in Russia itself. Yea....we get it, thanks Zbg. Don't be concerned by Russia's hydrogen bombs and ICBMs you say? They'd never really use them? But Zbg, what if the Russians never bought into MAD, and what if they don't believe the doctrine that a nuclear war is unwinnable? Couldn't poking a stick constantly into the bear's cage be sorta dangerous? Just askin...

But now Mr. Kissinger weighs in, and it's almost shocking to see the fundamental gap between his views - subtly expressed to be sure - and Mr. Brzznsk's:

Claims that Putin initiated conflict in Ukraine after Sochi Olympics make no sense - Kissinger

For once, Mr. Kissinger has it right:

"The demonization of Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one," Kissinger wrote.

What is of major concern here however is that two such scions, both so highly placed within the power oligarchy of the USA, should differ so fundamentally on such a major issue... and that, perhaps, is an indicator that that policy, so long in the grip of the patriarch of that prominent American family, is losing its grip and direction even as he ages and fades. It's also a sign or indicator that there is a real struggle between factions, one - we'll call it the "crazy" faction - that wants to continue poking sticks into the bear's cage, and the other, that wants to ratchet down the rhetoric and reengage in a more responsible and adult manner.

That the two are represented by Mr. Brzznsk and Mr. Kissinger, however, should give everyone pause, because their open disagreement is a sign of just how bad the factional infighting may have become.

See you on the flip side.

 

 

17 thoughts on “A SUBTLE BUT DISTURBING SIGN: THE ELITE IS RUDDERLESS?”

  1. old97polarcat

    Emphasis on “subtle”, I would say. These guys were put out to pasture to play act their former glory in academia and mentor new neocon war partiers. They may indeed be laying out the general outlines of an internal struggle, but I very much doubt these two are on the inside of anything. More likely, they are desperately trying to relive their glory days of war mongering. Still, the outlines of the fissure are visible in their positions.

  2. Yes. I saw that divergence in views. It reminded me that many decades ago a government rep spoke to Sen. Dodd who was at the time chair of an investigating committee telling him that the final plan was to merge the economies and governance of Russia and the U.s. The same has happened with the educational systems. Right now it looks like a royal mess but is it the beginning of a merger? Are they gaming s? Have us noticed that the presstitutes seem somewhat puzzled? Anyhow, immensely enjoy your views. Old Gal Judy

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  4. rudderless…absolutely..about 10 k of them are hiding out just north of me.

    more airports per square mile, than anywhere in the world.

    other than fresh air, not much else.

  5. “because their open disagreement is a sign of just how bad the factional infighting may have become”

    Speaking of “disagreement” and “factional infighting”
    The dramatic factional infighting in China continues with the recent prosecution of Liu brothers whose case is allegedly linked to a former high official from the Shanghai clique whom is now himself under corruption investigation.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-23/former-china-mine-tycoon-liu-han-sentenced-to-death/5474724

    So what does this has anything to do with Russia or Mr.Putin? Not much, except on the backdrop of Putin’s visit to China where he attended 4th Summit of CICA in Shanghai and signed the “historic gas deal” with China, he also had a meeting with a former Chinese leader, otherwise known as leader of the Shanghai clique.

    Comparing the enormous publicity given to the prosecution of Liu brothers, only local medias or “local version” of Xinhua have reported this story so far, all with only this to say:

    “On April 20, Putin met with former leader Jiang Zemin in Shanghai. Putin says: there are no problems between our two countries, on the contrary, there are a lot of goals we’re determined to achieve. Putin thanked Jiang for his contribution to the development of Russo-Chinese relations, and emphasized that the current leadership of China inherited this guiding principle. Putin says both Hu jintao and Xi jinping made great efforts in developing the bilateral relations.”

    A little overlooked yet definitely “unusual” development besides the much propagandized “historic gas deal”between Russia and China.

    So what is Putin doing with such meeting when “Shanghai is under heavy assault” by Xi jinping’s “anti-corruption” campaigns??

    I’ve suspected it for a long time that the “historic gas deal” between Russia and China is not what it appears to be. And this ‘unusual’ development somewhat reinforced that suspicion.

    1. You said:

      “I’ve suspected it for a long time that the “historic gas deal” between Russia and China is not what it appears to be. And this ‘unusual’ development somewhat reinforced that suspicion.”

      Can you expand on your thoughts here please?
      Thanks, Daphne

  6. I THINK WE MIGHT CONSIDER A BIGGER VISION HERE. MR. KISSINGER IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY ARCHITECTS OF THE NEO-CON LETS-CHOKE-PUTIN-OFF-FROM-EASTERN-EUROPE-AND-PRETEND-WE’RE-NOT-DOING-IT PLAN. I NEVER HEARD OF A NAZI WHO GOT RELIGION AND I CERTAINLY DON’T THINK HE’S READY TO PERFORM A HEIMLICH MANEUVER ON PUTIN EITHER. WHATS HAPPENED IS THAT JUST AROUND 3 MONTHS AGO HE SUDDENLY DISCOVERED THAT HE BIT OFF MORE THAN HE CAN CHEW. PERHAPS MR.PUTIN CAN PERFORM A HEIMLICH MANEUVER ON HIM TO DISGORGE HIM OF HIS STRATEGY. I’M SURE MR. PUTIN WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO. DO THEY HAVE ESOPHAGEAL TRANSPLANTS? I HOPE SO…

  7. Well everything old is new again.. We must be running out of boogie men if the PTB are trying to resurrect the Cold War. Messing with the Ruskies in Russia has always been a losing proposition. The BRIIICSA have put up with a lot of US indignities heaped upon their heads. So, it will be interesting to see when there is real and substantive push back from our “War w/o End Amen” foreign policies..

  8. marcos toledo

    It is interesting that on CNN/GPS Henry Kissinger was expressing his doubts about the USA policy in the Ukraine. And pleading for a turnaround on the USA policy towards Russia and China. How ironic Kissinger has become the voice of reason and sanity given his blood stain hands.

  9. It may be that these alleged old-guard elite now squabble publicly among themselves because they’re too old, at least in the opinions of an elite “new guard”, to be involved in running “the show”. These now-public differences of opinion and philosophy, with respect to plays of power and plots afoot, may have always existed just beneath the surface; but the heady use of unchecked power and plundered resources — when they had a controlling influence over both — served for them then as a stronger uniting force than whatever “scruples” repelled them from one another.

    Now, perhaps, they’re just jealous old men, ruminating about decisions overridden and opportunities lost, even as the latest generation of elites functions with whatever unity, impunity and unexplored opportunities remain. Therefore, public discord BETWEEN such old men isn’t relevant, in and of itself, except to the extent that it might betray their mutual disapproval of the seemingly clumsy, or perhaps even repentant, actions of this new generation — a petulant disapproval expressed indirectly, in fact almost timidly, toward one another.

  10. I have maintained for quite a while—and quite abrasively, at times (all apologies)—that we are observing one of two scenarios. We are witnessing either: 1) a “same team” effort to conduct apocalypse/disclosure theatre (on a [suddenly] rushed timeline); or 2) a runaway craft, adrift in utter chaos, with no one at all at the helm.

    Were I a man of prayer, I would invest all thoughts and hopes in the first scenario.

  11. There is no single, unified elite. No single Big Brother. No single All-Seeing Eye. All you have are various criminal factions fighting visciously among themselves for advantage while attempting to broaden their dominance.

    As for what they’re scared of, my money is on collapse, pure and simple.

    We’ve reached the roller-coaster downside of the parabolic Laffer Curve using just about any measure you care to choose. So, hang on tight and might as well scream your head off as we plunge.

  12. When we look at the ideological west, it must be observed through the lens of the WWII Nazism. The world bombed the German people back to the stone age, but the Nazi element was given safe harbor, allowed to gestate into its next iteration which has morphed into the Fascist National Security State, with it Global War on Terror…the Nazi International. It is that element that is in the drivers seat, the Obama whisperer…those rabid, commie hating, neocon voices that play musical chairs throughout successive administrations, whose incumbency never changes with the passing of election cycles. McCarthy/Ghelen live on.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Yes.
      And they’re living on STEROIDS.

      Unfortunately, It’s been The Transnational Corporate Control of resources & markets across borders that has been the villain for far too long. But in today’s doublespeak Orwellian World, it is the nations NOT serving the Transnational Control, that are Labeled “Rogue Nation-States. There exists a sort of RULING META PROGRAM. And it all goes back to the ruling elite’s principle expressed thusly: “There is NO such thing as society”(Friedrich Von Hayek). Reverse Blame is always their game(example: Russia’ design to take over the whole of Ukraine[the U.S. is projecting its own objective just as in the old days when “World Rule Plot” was attributed to the USSR]. Then academics, politicians, paid hack scientists, Celebrities Galore, and all the other rats scrambling for on corporate welfare cheese-wheel; singing along on the-dancing-ball script of the oligarchs.

  13. Anthroposophe

    I love Zbig’s logic: we should negotiate “de-escalation” while simultaneously escalating the arming of Ukraine and provoking Russia. Events on the ground seem to bear out that his proposed policy is being followed covertly. The Anglo-American strategy for Russia pre-dates WWI. Part of the method is to show more than one policy face to the “opponent.” I think Putin realizes that the West might disagree on immediate means, but the ultimate goal is the dismemberment of Russia.

  14. Well, that’s a first. I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Kissinger…

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