Yesterday, you'll recall, the subject for our discussion and high octane specualtion was the recent German Defense Ministry designating Russia as the principal military threat, this amid other stories about Germany's intention to re-vivify the Bundeswehr and bring it back up to Cold War standards of size. As I noted yesterday, for the short term, this seems to indicate that Germany is content to play satrapy to the American Empire, but as I also noted, there are those who think the Franco-German armaments corporation mergers, and the Franco-German calls for a pan-European military, are really about side-stepping NATO and putting an end to, or at least diminishing, US influence over Europe. It could equally be argued, as I observed yesterday, that such a step would also make it easier for the USA to influence Europe - easier to influence and use one, than many - and that there was little middle ground between these extremes.
It is in that spirit and context that I propose to speculate upon another story that emerged last week and which many regular readers and contributers of articles sent various versions of. Consider this story of current moves to place the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (or BND) under US CIA "influence" and, some would say, control:
The story, and the interpretation here, is fairly conventional: this is yet another demonstration of Germany's and therefore Europe's, subservience to the USA, and is nothing less than a kind of "corporate takeover" of the BND by the CIA:
According to a news report in the June 7th German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), headlined “Merkel entmachtet BND: USA kontrollieren Spionage in Deutschland” or “Merkel Ousts BND: US to Control German Espionage,” a new law will soon be passed in the German parliament and be approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel, which will make Germany’s version of the CIA, the Bundesnachrichtendienstes (BND), nothing more than a branch of the CIA, to such an extreme degree, that even U.S. corporate espionage against German companies will become part of that ‘German’ operation. The independent capacities of the BND will become emasculated, no longer operational, under the new law.
“In practice, this means that the US intelligence services [NSA] will be allowed to continue to listen in on every company and every individual in Germany.”
(That includes the Chancellor herself, whose phone-conversations were previously embarrassingly revealed to have been listened-in upon by the NSA. Now it’ll be legal.)
And all of this, it is claimed, is part of the buildup for a global confrontation with Russia:
This could be part of the West’s buildup toward a global war. According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News, the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN said there: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper. In advance of the paper’s publication, a harsh note of protest has been sent to Berlin: The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted this Twitter message: ‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’”
To be sure, the signs of hostility and of potential action against Russia are there for all to read. The globalists of the Anglosphere simply cannot stand Mr. Putin's Russia and its independence, and its questioning of their favorite dogmas. Nor can they stand the Orthodox civilization, but that is another story, with much deeper and much older roots. Suffice it to say that it began when the Mr. Global of the day, in the form of the papacy, began to assert genuinely global claims, which, then as now, were contested by the Orthodox world. The claims, and the agenda, were false; the church was not a corporation sole, and the papacy was not its CEO. From this long view of history, not much has changed.
But to return to the article and the story, I cannot help but have an odd sense and feeling of deja vu here, for as anyone familiar with my books covering the post-war dealings of various Nazis and their institutions, this story has all the hallmarks of General Reinhard Gehlen's "dream deal" with American intelligence gurus of the World War Two era. That deal, you'll recall, kept the entire Nazi military intelligence apparatus on the Eastern Front, the Wehrmacht's Fremde Heere Ost, intact, with Gehlen still at its head, and simply made it subservient to the soon-to-be-created CIA.
The official narrative was, of course, that Gehlen's outfit, which, let it be noted, was converted into the BND upon the assumption of West German sovereignty, was controlled by the CIA. Thus, it was the CIA that sponsored the overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran, of King Farouk in Egypt(and of Arbenz in Guatemala). But the reality of that narrative was that the CIA's "boots on the ground" in the first two affairs were Nazis. General Farmbacher, former Reichbank president Hjalmar Schacht, SS commando Otto Skorzeny, former Goebells propaganda ministry official von Leers, were all implicated in the anti-Farouk coup. Similar German intelligence assets in Iran were "networked" in the Mossadegh coup, and as I have argued elsewhere, even Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in the Soviet Union probably was coordinated operationally by General Gehlen's BND.
And meanwhile, of course, the "subservient" Gehlen organization was busy compiling analyses and threat assessments for Mr. Truman, which, as Christopher Simpson noted in his well-known book Blowback, were sometimes simply retyped on CIA stationary and handed to Mr. Truman, giving us the ironic picture of an anti-Nazi US President being briefed, unbeknownst to him(?), by a Nazi General.
All of which leads us to the question of why American intelligence would seek such a "deal" with Frau Merkel's BND, and why she - or any other self-respecting German government - would acquiesce to it. From the American point of view, if the suspicions about German(and French) intentions are anything close to what I and others have been arguing, namely, that the pan-European military is a pivot to bypass NATO and American influence over European policy, then keeping an eye on the premier economic power of Europe, and the vast military potential this power represents, would be a good idea. Indeed, the vowel-impaired Zbgnw Brzznsk noted in his book THe Grand Chessboard that NATO was as much about curbing German power as it was Soviet power. Additionally, Germany has maintained strong commercial ties to various counties in the Middle East, such as Iran, and where are, as noted, strong historical and intelligence ties between Herr Gehlen's "organization" and the elements of secular and radical Islam. Again, a good idea to have as many intelligence assets inside the camp of the presumed enemy as possible.
So what's the possible German benefit here? I suspect - and suspect strongly - that by renewing the old arrangement between the CIA and the BND(for that's what it appears to be), that the influence might not be the one way street that most analysts are assuming it will be. America's CIA may "control" the BND, as it once did under Gehlen, but that "control" led to a two-way street, with Gehlen's organization feeding intentionally distorted and fabricated data and analyses to the CIA, data and analyses which went a long way toward fashioning American policy. If anything, the "deal" left Gehlen's organization with a measure of influence over American politicians and politics that it would never have had otherwise.
Thus, I have the feeling of deja vu here, for while Germany once again appears, on the surface, to be caving in to American pressures, the reality of this dynamic, if the past is to be any guide, does not bode well.
And we all know whose game plan all this was...
See you on the flip side...