1 January 2014: About a million people crammed into New York City’s Times Square and vicinity last night to watch the mother of all shiny, diversionary trinkets, the infamous New Year’s Eve ball, make its way down a flagpole to mark the end of 2013. Continue reading
10 September 2013: Our nation and all of humanity stands at a critical crossroads in history, with Syria as the epicenter of a looming global conflict that will leave no one untouched. Despite a nearly unanimous consensus of the American people against military action in Syria, elements of our government are determined to override the will of the people and push us headlong into war in Syria, which will lead to a much greater conflagration than most are willing to believe or imagine. As I have extensively written over the last 12 months, we are being pushed into World War III. This war, like others in the past, is based on lies and “false flag” operations, some of which have occurred, some thwarted, and others that loom just over the horizon.
15 April 2013: Anyone who remembers the Cuban missile crisis or has an accurate historical understanding of those events just over a half-century ago will recall the tense talk of World War III by the average American. Russian missiles in Cuba pitted a face-off between the United States and the Soviet Union. It resulted in a naval blockade of Cuba and several days of uncertainty as the world watched and waited to see who blinked first. Although the crisis ended without planetary destruction by nuclear bombs, people understood the seriousness of the events and that the world stood on the precipice of a third world war.
Is there any defensible scenario for this administration to want to “kill the dollar?”
30 March 2013: This week, I had a series of very sobering discussions with my highly-placed source within the intelligence world. The information he provided hit me like a proverbial tons of bricks. It connects everything we are seeing play out across the world, from the economic problems in Europe to the U.S. DHS ammunition acquisition orders and even the “gun control” debate. If you’re like me, you’re looking for clarity, context and focus with regard to all of the events we’re constantly hearing about but seem to lack legitimate explanation. I believe this report will provide the context and clarity we are all seeking, but I must warn you that the picture is not pretty.
16 June 2007: New intelligence reveals China is covertly supplying large quantities of small arms and weapons to insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, through Iran.
U.S. government appeals to China to check some of the arms shipments in advance were met with stonewalling by Beijing, which insisted it knew nothing about the shipments and asked for additional intelligence on the transfers. The ploy has been used in the past by China to hide its arms-proliferation activities from the United States, according to U.S. officials with access to the intelligence reports.
COMPLETE ARTICLE, The Washington Times
–by Jeff Lukens
The Reality Check
29 September 2006: At a time when Islamic terrorism captures the headlines, another equally ominous threat to our national security is quietly on the rise. China is undergoing a sustained effort to strengthen its military. So much so, in fact, that their annual defense spending has tripled over the past decade.
China already has the largest standing army in the world. And since no nation threatens them, why are they growing their military so fast? Well, because they can. And secondly, because they intend to become a dominant world power. By mid-century, China will likely surpass the United States to become the world’s largest economy. Their rapidly expanding economy has enabled them to finance a rapidly expanding military.They already consume more industrial resources than any other nation, and they are the world’s second-largest user of oil. This enormous thirst for raw materials is changing the direction of their diplomatic and military strategy, and it may be cause for us to change our diplomatic and military strategy as well.
Extensive investment in a Chinese blue-water navy will soon enable the projection of power far beyond their shores. That, and their strategic relationships with countries along their sea-routes from the Middle East to allow passage of ships through choke points suggest concern about protecting
their energy supply.
China already breaks copyrights and many other trade protocols. It isn’t difficult to imagine scenarios in which Beijing would offer military hardware to Iran in exchange for favored rights to their oil.
The Chinese leadership see themselves as a power on the rise, and the U.S. as a power on the wane. Many in the military hierarchy, moreover, see the U.S. as their inevitable enemy, and are preparing accordingly.
We once believed Beijing would not attack Taiwan knowing such action would endanger their relationship with America. As their power grows, our relationship may be of lesser importance to them.
For Washington, independence of Taiwan remains vital, but the consequences of China’s ravenous appetite for raw materials and growing military power have become equally important.
What if China’s power grew so dominant that all the other countries in the region began to acquiesce to it? Japan and South Korea are probably already concerned the U.S. might back away if armed trouble with China arises.
Beijing has established an integrated economy with surrounding Asian nations equal in size to that of the U.S. They have the technological and financial advantages of a modern economy, and with their huge population, the cost advantages of a developing one.
What’s more, they sell more than 40 percent of their exports to America, and own more than $200 billion in U.S. debt. While the Chinese save as much as 40 percent of their GDP, our savings rate is less than 2 percent of our GDP.
Domestic U.S. manufacturing companies, moreover, must deal with labor rates, health care and retirement plans, and environmental and regulatory burdens that are not found in China. In ever more sectors, consequently, competing against them has become a losing proposition.
Perhaps we have been a bit naïve to believe we can hasten democratic reform in China by opening to our markets to them. Over time, we have developed huge trade deficits with them, and have become ever more dependent on their capital to finance our federal debt.
We have also assumed that greater access to information technology and free markets would move them toward democracy. Instead, they have used the internet and other technologies to expand surveillance over their people.
Individual autonomy and elective government must go along with free markets, and in the case of Mainland China, that just isn’t happening. Our economic interaction cannot be a substitute for their political inaction.
How we respond to the Chinese challenge will be difficult to formulate. We can always hope that our past strategy will eventually come to fruition. We must be open, however, to the possibility that present policy is not working and only strengthening a regime that represses their people and threatens other nations.
We need to develop a strategic response that addresses our economic competitiveness in terms of debt-based growth and domestic manufacturing. And we will also need to strengthen our relationships with Japan, India, and even Russia to ensure a balance of power in the region.
We cannot assume Chinese and American interests are the same. No one knows when some chance incident might trigger a showdown over control of Taiwan, or another Tiananmen Square type bloodbath.
With every passing day, China’s economic and military power continues to grow. It may become an unmanageable problem. Now is the time for American policy-makers to plan accordingly.
28 September 2006: According to an article published yesterday in the UK Telegraph, China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by “blinding” their sensitive surveillance devices. There has been increasing alarm in parts of the American military establishment over China’s growing military ambitions. Military experts have already noted that Chinese military expenditure is increasingly designed to challenge American military pre-eminence by investing in weaponry that can attack key systems such as aircraft carriers and satellites.