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Rob Urie: The CIA and the Decline of the American Empire


Mar 12, 2024


Yves right here. The reverberations continu from the clearly-planted New York Occasions article on what have been doubtless solely a number of the CIA operations in Ukraine. Thoughts you, Russia in all probability knew about all of it and extra. However the piece did clarify that the CIA was already nicely ensconced earlier than the 2014 Maidan coup.

Rob Urie makes use of that story as his level of departure. Urie argues that the CIA shouldn’t be merely a secret military for the President however is now answerable for US international coverage. Urie is much from alone in that view. Scott Ritter, in his newest Decide Napolitano discuss, describes how the CIA from its origins was set as much as run secret international coverage (see beginning at 14:30).

 By Rob Urie, writer of Zen Economics, artist, and musician who publishes The Journal of Belligerent Pontification on Substack

‘For Many Ukrainians, It’s Been a 10-12 months Warfare, Not a 2-12 months One’ headline, The New York Occasions.

Whereas the Washington Publish has lengthy been thought-about the mouthpiece of the CIA, the New York Occasions has been simpler at carrying water for it in recent times. The latest longish Occasions article entitled The Spy Warfare: How the C.I.A. Secretly Helps Ukraine Combat Putin comprises  recitation of CIA-friendly speaking factors that portrays it as indispensable to ‘our’ capability to commit pointless, petty atrocities towards Russia because the US  sacrifices extra Ukrainians in its misguided conflict. Lacking from the piece is any conceivable cause for the US to proceed the conflict.

The oft ascribed motive (and right here) for the CIA’s existence is to behave because the US President’s secret military overseas. The knowledge of this association has been debated through the years. Former US President Harry Truman, who oversaw the founding of the CIA from its predecessor, the OSS (Workplace of Strategic Providers), later regretted the choice and argued that the CIA needs to be dropped at heel. Later, the Chilly Warfare offered cowl for the CIA to behave badly below the duvet of nationwide protection.

In Stephen Kinzer’s e-book, All of the Shah’s Males,  the CIA paid individuals to fake to be communists in order to convey the fiction that the CIA’s effort was about ‘preventing communism’ quite than stealing Iran’s oil. Equally, within the US coup that ousted Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz for daring to lift the minimal wage paid by foreign-owned industries in Guatemala, additionally featured faux communists supposed to persuade the American press that the CIA was preventing for freedom and democracy quite than to steal wages from poor individuals for the good thing about wealthy People.

Collectively, these indicate that faux communists had been extra successfully demonized by Federal companies than different accessible out teams due to the menace they didn’t pose to American capital. Recall, in 1919 Woodrow Wilson despatched the American Expeditionary Pressure to hitch the Brits, French, and Japanese in attempting to reverse the Russian Revolution. Later, via the 5 Eyes Alliance, ‘the West’ spent the post-Warfare period attacking the Soviets whereas alleging that they have been responding to political violence that they (5 Eyes) began.

Oddly, given latest historical past, the declare that the CIA is the President’s secret military nonetheless seems to be the acquired knowledge in Washington and New York. That is odd as a result of whereas the CIA seems to be performing as Joe Biden’s secret military in Ukraine and Israel, it went to conflict with (the duly elected President of the US) Donald Trump for his complete 4 years in workplace. Whereas Mr. Trump performed the sufferer of the US intelligence companies to perfection, he didn’t do what many regular people would have finished in his circumstance— filter the highest few ranges of administration at CIA, the FBI, and NSA and see the place this leaves ‘us.’

Implied is a reversal of political causality whose proof can solely be deduced. Is Biden directing the CIA, or is the CIA directing Biden? As an example, whereas Biden was Barack Obama’s point-man in Ukraine earlier than, throughout, and after the US-led coup there in 2014, Mr. Obama was publicly arguing that Ukraine was of no strategic worth to the US. With Donald Trump following Mr. Obama as President, the CIA doubtless noticed its 2014 coup in Ukraine going to waste. This interpretation sheds a unique mild on the Hunter Biden laptop computer fraud perpetrated by 51 present and former CIA staff.

(FBI informant Alexander Smirnov has been convicted of nothing associated to the brand new costs of ‘Russian interference.’ As was proved with Russiagate, costs are simple to make, tough to show. Nobody— not a single individual, was convicted on the now vintage costs of Russian collusion. Those that have been convicted have been convicted on course of costs unrelated to the collusion costs. This use of the legislation as a political weapon is known as lawfare).

The view on this piece is that Donald Trump was elected in 2016 as a result of Barack Obama threw a number of trillion {dollars} on the malefactors on Wall Road who blew up the worldwide financial system whereas he pissed on the unemployed, the foreclosed upon, and each working individual within the US. In so doing, an earnings and wealth chasm was rebuilt between the general public welfare recipients who run Wall Road and Large Tech and the previous industrial staff whose jobs have been despatched overseas as the ultimate resolution to the ‘downside’ of organized labor.

With the present panic within the US over the rise of the BRICS (China and Russia), the identical politicians and economists who thought it sensible in 1995 to intestine the commercial base with NAFTA are actually busy launching WWIII. These individuals by no means be taught from their errors. As an example, it apparently by no means occurred to them that outsourcing navy manufacturing would possibly come again to chunk when geopolitical tensions inevitably flared once more. Likewise, just-in-time manufacturing and stock administration produced financial brittleness / fragility that created issues when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Biden was a recognized amount when he was appointed by Barack Obama to be President in 2020. The CIA, performing in league with the FBI, had spent prior years softening up the American public with lies about US international coverage, lies about American historical past, lies about Donald Trump and his supporters, lies about their very own roles in rigging American elections, lies concerning the American-led coup in Ukraine, lies about Russian navy ambitions, and lies about US plans for the destruction of Ukraine. To be clear, these American companies weren’t mendacity to the Russians. They have been / are mendacity to the one individuals who imagine their bullshit— People.

So, the place is that this going? With the CIA’s and FBI’s undermining of the elected President’s (Trump) political agenda and its open efforts to rig the 2020 election in favor of his opponent (Biden), it definitely seems that the CIA is now working the US. Biden’s international coverage workforce—Antony Blinken, Jake Sillivan, and Victoria Nuland emerged from the Clintonite loss of life cult buried deep throughout the bowels of the American international coverage institution, That they seem like as uninformed and smug as their coverage outcomes thus far recommend they’re is simply a shock inside Washington and New York.

Nevertheless, that is at greatest a partial rationalization. What’s stunning about US international coverage is how unaware of world historical past, US historical past, fundamental diplomacy, navy techniques, financial relations, and fundamental human decency the American political management is. It’s nearly as if the reply to each international coverage conundrum of the final century has been to bomb civilian populations, kill a complete lot of individuals, after which fake it by no means occurred. Vietnam? Verify. Nicaragua? Verify. Syria? Verify. Iraq? Verify. Ukraine? How can the physique counts be hidden from beleaguered, clueless, residents so successfully?

Some latest historical past: the US launched a conflict towards Russia when it (the US) invaded Ukraine in an unprovoked coupthere in 2014 (see right here, right here, right here) and ousted its elected authorities. The Russians had taken problem with the US / NATO surrounding it with NATO-allied states (maps under). Years earlier, as Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged in his latest interview with Tucker Carlson, Mr. Putin had approached former US President Invoice Clinton about Russia becoming a member of NATO. Mr. Clinton ‘spoke along with his individuals’ earlier than telling Mr. Putin no to becoming a member of NATO as he reneged on George H.W. Bush’ s promise to maintain NATO away from Russia’s border.

A little bit of further historical past is required right here. The USSR was dissolved in 1991 to get replaced by non-communist Russia surrounded by former Soviet states. Ukraine is one such state. The political – financial reference level of post-Soviet Russia was an anachronistic type of neoliberalism. Recall, People had been informed since not less than the early twentieth century that ‘communism’ was the ideological foe of Western liberalism. Present Russian President Vladimir Putin is proudly anti-communist. However the US MIC (military-industrial complicated), of which the CIA is part, wants enemies to justify its existence.

Following the dissolution of the USSR (1991), there was dialogue contained in the US concerning a ‘peace dividend,’ of redirecting navy spending inflated by the Chilly Warfare in the direction of home functions like faculties, hospitals, and civilian infrastructure. Nevertheless, the CIA had been so hemmed in by Federal finances constraints that it had inserted itself into the worldwide narcotics commerce forty years prior (hyperlink above) in obvious anticipation of simply such an occasion. With the (Geroge H.W.) Bush recession of 1991, an election 12 months, the peace dividend was rescinded.

Maps: the phrase ‘NATO growth’ is an summary means of stating the US coverage of surrounding Russia with hostile forces by which its individuals will stay in perpetual worry of nuclear Armageddon being launched mere minutes from main Russian cities. The not-usefulness of threatening an opposing nuclear energy with nuclear annihilation whereas leaving it solely minutes to resolve whether or not or to not launch a counterattack just about ensures an unintentional launch. The American architects of this scheme would do nicely to check the historical past of prior nuclear non-proliferation pacts to grasp the illogic of doing this. Supply: CNBC.

Whereas that is well-trodden territory for the few who’ve been taking note of the main points of the US conflict towards Russia, it’s fully unknown to American Democrats, whose occasion Mr. Biden nominally leads. With Biden having claimed for the 2 years since February 24, 2022 that the Russian transfer into Ukraine was ‘unprovoked,’ the Russians had made it clear over the prior thirty-one years that persevering with to increase NATO to Russia’s border was a provocation. Biden apparently relied on the truth that the US ranks 125th in grownup literacy to supply up  ‘unprovoked’ because the veil positioned between the reality and his supporters.

By way of his political acumen, Biden was lately let-off-the-hook on felony costs associated to the categorized paperwork that he stole when he was Vice President. Federal brokers determined towards charging him primarily based on Biden’s psychological incompetence. The intelligent Biden instantly asserted that he was a lot competent to be charged. Readers who think about this to be proof of cognitive decline wanted to have been there when Mr. Biden was on the peak of his sport. Whereas he has lengthy been expert at mendacity to his constituents, his incapacity to separate fact from fiction is as outdated as he’s.

The query of why Barack Obama and the CIA appointed Biden to be President in 2020, given his tenuous relationship with ‘our’ shared actuality, his lengthy historical past of not simply supporting each unhealthy concept that’s run via Washington, however his proposing most of them (see right here, right here, right here), and his obvious ignorance of world historical past, American historical past, fundamental diplomacy, healthcare economics (ACA), industrial coverage, and fundamental canine etiquette, can be a thriller if it have been one. These offended concerning the US genocide in Gaza want to grasp that his willingness to slaughter tens of millions of innocents in US wars is why he was appointed to be President.

(The low caliber of American politicians comes via management of the poll field exercised by the political events. Whereas fewer than half of People believed the US to be ‘a democracy’ in surveys a 12 months or two again, in a single newer survey this quantity is now about one-quarter. Whereas preliminary blame for this was defined away by citing TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome), Joe Biden has now been President for three-plus years, and it continues to drop. Throughout this time, American liberals have asserted that the CIA and FBI are ‘saving’ democracy. Apparently, the opposite 75%+ of the US disagrees.

The implausibility of assertions that the US is ‘supporting’ Ukraine by frightening Russia into killing and / or dispersing its residents and leveling its industrial infrastructure can be weird with out the accompanying propaganda and censorship campaigns. In dozens of conversations which have taken place across the US, American liberals have acknowledged straightforwardly to yours actually that they merely keep away from details— resembling these concerning the precise historical past of US actions in Ukraine previous to 2022, as a result of they don’t wish to sully the purity of their ignorance. This isn’t a mischaracterization. Most have been pleasant when saying it, and a few are pals.

It took the US-led genocide now underway in Gaza to shock American liberals into confronting the results of their politics. Within the US, it was the youth vote— residents who have been born too late to have skilled the neoliberal, neoconservative, ‘revolution’ of 1973 – current via the serial ceaselessly wars that have been launched. So far, Joe Biden has solely slaughtered round 600,000 – 800,000 human beings in Ukraine and Gaza. However he helped George W. Bush homicide one other million in Iraq. Whereas all leaders of enormous states have interaction in political violence, Mr. Biden’s wars-of-choice in Iraq, Ukraine, and Gaza exist in a class aside.

As an example, these horrified by the slaughter in Gaza might want to look into the siege of Falluja (Iraq). Not like the Soviet heroes of the Battles of Leningrad and Stalingrad, the American willingness to use outlawed chemical weapons(white phosphorous) towards the civilian inhabitants of Falluja annihilated all the inhabitants. This occurred in actual time, on cable information, with full disclosure by American reporters that the US was utilizing unlawful chemical weapons to slaughter a captive inhabitants in the course of the American occupation of Iraq. Whereas cover-up lies rapidly adopted, this was a time earlier than complete state management of the ‘free press’ had been sealed.

At any charge, Joe Biden was dropped at energy in 2020 to propel the CIA’s conflict towards Russia ahead. Recall, Donald Trump despatched the US international coverage institution into conniptions when he (publicly, overtly) requested the Russians to share emails that had been leaked from Hillary Clinton’s (unlawful) home-based server after she was Secretary of State. The CIA ran with it, asserting from about that time ahead that DNC emails had been hacked by Russian intelligence once they had been leaked.

To the level made by journalist Aaron Mate, neither Clinton’s individuals (CrowdStrike) nor anybody else has demonstrated that the emails have been hacked. It was understood earlier than Donald Trump received election in 2016 that the emails had been leaked by a DNC insider. The wager right here is that the CIA noticed a possibility to maneuver its conflict towards Russia ahead utilizing Trump’s impolitic joke towards him. As I heard the remark, Trump didn’t assert that the Russians obtained the emails themselves. He was asking for assist acquiring them, however probably not. It was a joke.

As horrific because the US / Israeli genocide in Gaza and conflict in Ukraine are, anybody taking note of US international coverage since WWII would know that that is what America does. To grasp the tactic, Benjamin Netanyahu was displaying maps of Israel cleared of Palestinians within the weeks earlier than October 7th. Whereas in workplace, the George W. Bush administration held worldwide critics of Israel at bay via a number of iterations of Israel ‘mowing the grass,’ which means bombing Gaza with the specific goal of murdering as many Palestinian civilians as they may.

To those that voted for Biden with out realizing this historical past, maybe you wish to educate yourselves earlier than voting once more. Perceive, horrific slaughters being carried out by the US have been on American tv for a lot of the eight years that George W. Bush was in workplace. The Collateral Homicide video, the discharge of which is a significant cause why Julian Assange is being persecuted by the US / Brits, offends the powers-that-be as a result of it exposes the reality of the conflict towards Iraq, and never as a result of it’s a lie.

A tangential query is why liberal Democrats are the target market for state propaganda? Starting with the (George W.) Bush / Biden / Clinton conflict in Iraq, the PMC noticed its function as functionaries for the oligarchs develop. ‘Liberal hawks’ in New York immediately had the ability to take a seat in snug chairs whereas calling for the slaughter of a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals they’d by no means met. They usually have been allowed the fantasy that the Bushies cared what they thought. Promoting American wars and state-sponsored lies as soon as once more turned the enterprise of the bourgeois press.

It was telling on the time that these individuals, bourgeois Democrats who spend their days kowtowing to energy, or extra particularly, laboring for it, would function a reactionary power for his or her lords and masters within the American oligarchy. With finance and know-how straight and not directly funded by the American state, the roles that pay are within the service of the conflict and surveillance sectors. The damaging worth that they supply as advocates for mass destruction is proof of the deeper and true nature of capitalist imperialism.

Additional, with the US lately funding the salaries, pensions, and healthcare of Ukrainians and Israelis, the deeper nature of capitalist democracy begins to look fairly totally different from its explanations. As acknowledged above, the US ranks 125thinternationally in grownup literacy. The US healthcare system is the most costly within the wealthy world by a big measure, with the worst outcomes within the wealthy world by a big measure. Solely a quickly shrinking sliver of the US believes that the nation is ‘a democracy.’  The reply from officialdom: discover a bunch of CNN-looking newsreaders expert at making declarative statements and set them to mendacity for officialdom on the air.

Map: statistics will be informative or deceptive, typically each. The focus of low life expectancy (at beginning) within the ‘Black belt’ of former slave states illustrates an American conundrum. A nationwide healthcare system resembling those who exist in civilized nations may go far in bringing healthcare to all People. Neither capitalism nor weak efforts at reform just like the ACA (Obamacare) have produced such a system. That Barack Obama didn’t perceive that the residual Tory governments that rule the American South would preclude Medicaid growth for political causes is why he shouldn’t have left it to their discretion if he truly cared about healthcare outcomes. Supply: CDC.

The youth who’re within the streets protesting the US / Israeli genocide in Gaza are on the proper facet of historical past. However the place have they been for the final two years with respect to the US conflict towards Russia in Ukraine? As will probably be clear on reflection, the US and Israel are clearing Gaza of Palestinians to interchange them with Zionist settlers. That is known as ethnic cleaning when different nations do it. American youth have accurately concluded that every part Biden says concerning Israel / Palestine is a lie. Why then are comparable lies concerning the US conflict towards Russia nonetheless being taken at face worth?

For individuals who might have missed it, Russiagate is being revived in time for the 2024 election. Implied is that Democrats can’t win an election with out assist from the CIA and FBI. Perceive the context: after abandoning his marketing campaign guarantees to lift the minimal wage and ‘assist labor,’ Joe Biden funded the salaries and pensions of Ukraine for 2 years whereas goading the Russians into killing not less than half-a-million Ukrainian conscripts. The American politicians bragging that Ukrainian youth are dying for his or her profit greatest resemble the German industrialists bragging concerning the profit they acquired from Focus Camp labor equipped it by the Third Reich.

The rationale why Russiagate is being revived by the CIA is that it ‘labored’ within the senses of 1) producing serial accusations that halted alternate discourses till they’re disproved, 2) the  jobs of the city bourgeois are a operate of their fealty to energy 3) the post-9/11 surveillance state has continued to be constructed out with the obvious goal of censoring politically inconvenient views, 4) the political institution has misplaced its credibility, and with it, its political legitimacy, 5) there is no such thing as a likelihood that the US will prevail in its acknowledged navy ambitions in Ukraine, and 6) the American genocide in Gaza makes the US a rogue nation by worldwide requirements.

Trying ahead, People face a difficult proposition with any institution politician. The questions are: who’re they mendacity for, and who’re they mendacity to? Whereas Russiagate consumed a plurality, a majority even, of Trump’s political agenda and the West’s discursive house for 4 years, it has been systematically disproved (and right here, right here, right here, right here). Nevertheless, Russiagate proponents clearly see a receptive viewers for any nonsense they’ll fabricate. Bear in mind when Democrats have been calling for nuking Russia over $65K of web memes that ran after the 2020 election? The phrase is i-n-s-a-n-e. Welcome to an empire in free-fall.

What needs to be clear at this level is that the CIA isn’t the ‘the President’s secret military.’ If it have been, it will have been Donald Trump’s secret military in his first time period. That it went to conflict with Trump means that it’s a political actor that’s advancing the pursuits of highly effective insiders, not these of the President, and even these of the US. In a human sense, the CIA is a big paperwork that’s being pulled in a number of instructions at anyone time. As individuals, I’ve appreciated the CIA people I’ve met. Some— those that did discipline work in Reagan’s Soiled Warfare in Central America within the Eighties, have been essentially the most damaged individuals I’ve ever met. (I publicly opposed Reagan’s conflict in actual time).

The obvious working speculation of officialdom, that home political repression will revive the political and financial fortunes of the US, reeks of ignorance and desperation. George W. Bush’s conflict towards Iraq demonstrated to the world that the American ruling class was / is reckless and murderous to the purpose of being unhinged. The Wall Road debacle of 2007 – 2009 demonstrated that finance capitalism is a mechanism for placing all of a society’s assets into its least succesful fingers. The shortcoming to rethink these, adopted by the studied implausibility of Russiagate and the open insertion of the CIA into home politics, seems er, um, unlikely to yield constructive outcomes.

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