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The mainstream media are carefully sidestepping the method behind America’s seeming madness in assassinating Islamic Revolutionary Guard general Qassim Suleimani to start the New Year. The logic behind the assassination this was a long-standing application of U.S. global policy, not just a personality quirk of Donald Trump’s impulsive action. His assassination of Iranian military leader Suleimani was indeed a unilateral act of war in violation of international law, but it was a logical step in a long-standing U.S. strategy. It was explicitly authorized by the Senate in the funding bill for the Pentagon that it passed last year.

The assassination was intended to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control the region’s oil reserves, and to back Saudi Arabia’s Wahabi troops (Isis, Al Quaeda in Iraq, Al Nusra and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion) to support U.S. control o Near Eastern oil as a buttress o the U.S. dollar. That remains the key to understanding this policy, and why it is in the process of escalating, not dying down.

I sat in on discussions of this policy as it was formulated nearly fifty years ago when I worked at the Hudson Institute and attended meetings at the White House, met with generals at various armed forces think tanks and with diplomats at the United Nations. My role was as a balance-of-payments economist having specialized for a decade at Chase Manhattan, Arthur Andersen and oil companies in the oil industry and military spending. These were two of the three main dynamic of American foreign policy and diplomacy. (The third concern was how to wage war in a democracy where voters rejected the draft in the wake of the Vietnam War.)

The media and public discussion have diverted attention from this strategy by floundering speculation that President Trump did it, except to counter the (non-)threat of impeachment with a wag-the-dog attack, or to back Israeli lebensraum drives, or simply to surrender the White House to neocon hate-Iran syndrome. The actual context for the neocon’s action was the balance of payments, and the role of oil and energy as a long-term lever of American diplomacy.

The balance of payments dimension

The major deficit in the U.S. balance of payments has long been military spending abroad. The entire payments deficit, beginning with the Korean War in 1950-51 and extending through the Vietnam War of the 1960s, was responsible for forcing the dollar off gold in 1971. The problem facing America’s military strategists was how to continue supporting the 800 U.S. military bases around the world and allied troop support without losing America’s financial leverage.

The solution turned out to be to replace gold with U.S. Treasury securities (IOUs) as the basis of foreign central bank reserves. After 1971, foreign central banks had little option for what to do with their continuing dollar inflows except to recycle them to the U.S. economy by buying U.S. Treasury securities. The effect of U.S. foreign military spending thus did not undercut the dollar’s exchange rate, and did not even force the Treasury and Federal Reserve to raise interest rates to attract foreign exchange to offset the dollar outflows on military account. In fact, U.S. foreign military spending helped finance the domestic U.S. federal budget deficit.

Saudi Arabia and other Near Eastern OPEC countries quickly became a buttress of the dollar. After these countries quadrupled the price of oil (in retaliation for the United States quadrupling the price of its grain exports, a mainstay of the U.S. trade balance), U.S. banks were swamped with an inflow of much foreign deposits – which were lent out to Third World countries in an explosion of bad loans that blew up in 1972 with Mexico’s insolvency, and destroyed Third World government credit for a decade, forcing it into dependence on the United States via the IMF and World Bank).

To top matters, of course, what Saudi Arabia does not save in dollarized assets with its oil-export earnings is spent on buying hundreds of billion of dollars of U.S. arms exports. This locks them into dependence on U.S. supply o replacement parts and repairs, and enables the United States to turn off Saudi military hardware at any point of time, in the event that the Saudis may try to act independently of U.S. foreign policy.

So maintaining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency became a mainstay of U.S. military spending. Foreign countries to not have to pay the Pentagon directly for this spending. They simply finance the U.S. Treasury and U.S. banking system.

Fear of this development was a major reason why the United States moved against Libya, whose foreign reserves were held in gold, not dollars, an which was urging other African countries to follow suit in order to free themselves from “Dollar Diplomacy.” Hillary and Obama invaded, grabbed their gold supplies (we still have no idea who ended up with these billions of dollars worth of gold) and destroyed Libya’s government, its public education system, its public infrastructure and other non-neoliberal policies.

The great threat to this is dedollarization as China, Russia and other countries seek to avoid recycling dollars. Without the dollar’s function as the vehicle for world saving – in effect, without the Pentagon’s role in creating the Treasury debt that is the vehicle for world central bank reserves – the U.S. would find itself constrained militarily and hence diplomatically constrained, as it was under the gold exchange standard.

That is the same strategy that the U.S. has followed in Syria and Iraq. Iran was threatening this dollarization strategy and its buttress in U.S. oil diplomacy.

The oil industry as buttress of the U.S. balance of payments and foreign diplomacy

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The trade balance is buttressed by oil and farm surpluses. Oil is the key, because it is imported by U.S. companies at almost no balance-of-payments cost (the payments end up in the oil industry’s head offices here as profits and payments to management), while profits on U.S. oil company sales to other countries are remitted to the United States (via offshore tax-avoidance centers, mainly Liberia and Panama for many years). And as noted above, OPEC countries have been told to keep their official reserves in the form of U.S. securities (stocks and bonds as well as Treasury IOUs, but not direct purchase of U.S. companies being deemed economically important). Financially, OPEC countries are client slates of the Dollar Area.

America’s attempt to maintain this buttress explains U.S. opposition to any foreign government steps to reverse global warming and the extreme weather caused by the world’s U.S.-sponsored dependence on oil. Any such moves by Europe and other countries would reduce dependence on U.S. oil sales, and hence on U.S. ability to control the global oil spigot as a means of control and coercion, are viewed as hostile acts.

Oil also explains U.S. opposition to Russian oil exports via Nordstream. U.S. strategists want to treat energy as a U.S. national monopoly. Other countries can benefit in the way that Saudi Arabia has done – by sending their surpluses to the U.S. economy – but not to support their own economic growth and diplomacy. Control of oil thus implies support for continued global warming as an inherent part of U.S. strategy.

How a “democratic” nation can wage international war and terrorism

The Vietnam War showed that modern democracies cannot field armies for any major military conflict, because this would require a draft of its citizens. That would lead any government attempting such a draft to be voted out of power. And without troops, it is not possible to invade a country to take it over.

The corollary of this perception is that democracies have only two choices when it comes to military strategy: They can only wage airpower, bombing opponents; or they can create a foreign legion, that is, hire mercenaries or back foreign governments that provide this military service.

Here once again Saudi Arabia plays a critical role, through its control of Wahabi Sunnis turned into terrorist jihadis willing to sabotage, bomb, assassinate, blow up and otherwise fight any target designated as an enemy of “Islam,” the euphemism for Saudi Arabia acting as U.S. client state. (Religion really is not the key; I know of no ISIS or similar Wahabi attack on Israeli targets.) The United States needs the Saudis to supply or finance Wahabi crazies. So in addition to playing a key role in the U.S. balance of payments by recycling its oil-export earnings are into U.S. stocks, bonds and other investments, Saudi Arabia provides manpower by supporting the Wahabi members of America’s foreign legion, ISIS and Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda. Terrorism has become the “democratic” mode of today U.S. military policy.

What makes America’s oil war in the Near East “democratic” is that this is the only kind of war a democracy can fight – an air war, followed by a vicious terrorist army that makes up for the fact that no democracy can field its own army in today’s world. The corollary is that, terrorism has become the “democratic” mode of warfare.

From the U.S. vantage point, what is a “democracy”? In today’s Orwellian vocabulary, it means any country supporting U.S. foreign policy. Bolivia and Honduras have become “democracies” since their coups, along with Brazil. Chile under Pinochet was a Chicago-style free market democracy. So was Iran under the Shah, and Russia under Yeltsin – but not since it elected Vladimir Putin president, any more than is China under President Xi.

The antonym to “democracy” is “terrorist.” That simply means a nation willing to fight to become independent from U.S. neoliberal democracy. It does not include America’s proxy armies.

Iran’s role as U.S. nemesis

What stands in the way of U.S. dollarization, oil and military strategy? Obviously, Russia and China have been targeted as long-term strategic enemies for seeking their own independent economic policies and diplomacy. But next to them, Iran has been in America’s gun sights for nearly seventy years.

America’s hatred of Iran is starts with its attempt to control its own oil production, exports and earnings. It goes back to 1953, when Mossadegh was overthrown because he wanted domestic sovereignty over Anglo-Persian oil. The CIA-MI6 coup replaced him with the pliant Shah, who imposed a police state to prevent Iranian independence from U.S. policy. The only physical places free from the police were the mosques. That made the Islamic Republic the path of least resistance to overthrowing the Shah and re-asserting Iranian sovereignty.

The United States came to terms with OPEC oil independence by 1974, but the antagonism toward Iran extends to demographic and religious considerations. Iranian support its Shi’ite population an those of Iraq and other countries – emphasizing support for the poor and for quasi-socialist policies instead of neoliberalism – has made it the main religious rival to Saudi Arabia’s Sunni sectarianism and its role as America’s Wahabi foreign legion.

America opposed General Suleimani above all because he was fighting against ISIS and other U.S.-backed terrorists in their attempt to break up Syria and replace Assad’s regime with a set of U.S.-compliant local leaders – the old British “divide and conquer” ploy. On occasion, Suleimani had cooperated with U.S. troops in fighting ISIS groups that got “out of line” meaning the U.S. party line. But every indication is that he was in Iraq to work with that government seeking to regain control of the oil fields that President Trump has bragged so loudly about grabbing.

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Already in early 2018, President Trump asked Iraq to reimburse America for the cost of “saving its democracy” by bombing the remainder of Saddam’s economy. The reimbursement was to take the form of Iraqi Oil. More recently, in 2019, President Trump asked, why not simply grab Iraqi oil. The giant oil field has become the prize of the Bush-Cheney post 9-11 Oil War. “‘It was a very run-of-the-mill, low-key, meeting in general,” a source who was in the room told Axios.’ And then right at the end, Trump says something to the effect of, he gets a little smirk on his face and he says, ‘So what are we going to do about the oil?’”[1]https://www.axios.com/trump-to-iraqi-pm-how-about-th....html. The article adds: “In the March meeting, the Iraqi prime minister replied, ‘What do you mean?’ according to the source in the room. And Trump’s like, ‘Well, we did a lot, we did a lot over there, we spent trillions over there, and a lot of people have been talking about the oil.’”

Trump’s idea that America should “get something” out of its military expenditure in destroying the Iraqi and Syrian economies simply reflects U.S. policy.

In late October, 2019, The New York Times reported that: “In recent days, Mr. Trump has settled on Syria’s oil reserves as a new rationale for appearing to reverse course and deploy hundreds of additional troops to the war-ravaged country. He has declared that the United States has “secured” oil fields in the country’s chaotic northeast and suggested that the seizure of the country’s main natural resource justifies America further extending its military presence there. ‘We have taken it and secured it,’ Mr. Trump said of Syria’s oil during remarks at the White House on Sunday, after announcing the killing of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”[2]Michael Crowly, “‘Keep the Oil’: Trump Revives Charged Slogan for new Syria Troop Mission,” The New York Times, October 26, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/26/us/politics/trump...s.html . The article adds: “‘I said keep the oil,’ Mr. Trump recounted. ‘If they are going into Iraq, keep the oil. They never did. They never did.’” A CIA official reminded the journalist that taking Iraq’s oil was a Trump campaign pledge.

That explains the invasion of Iraq for oil in 2003, and again this year, as President Trump has said: “Why don’t we simply take their oil?” It also explains the Obama-Hillary attack on Libya – not only for its oil, but for its investing its foreign reserves in gold instead of recycling its oil surplus revenue to the U.S. Treasury – and of course, for promoting a secular socialist state.

It explains why U.S. neocons feared Suleimani’s plan to help Iraq assert control of its oil and withstand the terrorist attacks supported by U.S. and Saudi’s on Iraq. That is what made his assassination an immediate drive.

American politicians have discredited themselves by starting off their condemnation of Trump by saying, as Elizabeth Warren did, how “bad” a person Suleimani was, how he had killed U.S. troops by masterminding the Iraqi defense of roadside bombing and other policies trying to repel the U.S. invasion to grab its oil. She was simply parroting the U.S. media’s depiction of Suleimani as a monster, diverting attention from the policy issue that explains why he was assassinated now.

The counter-strategy to U.S. oil, and dollar and global-warming diplomacy

This strategy will continue, until foreign countries reject it. If Europe and other regions fail to do so, they will suffer the consequences of this U.S. strategy in the form of a rising U.S.-sponsored war via terrorism, the flow of refugees, and accelerated global warming and extreme weather.

Russia, China and its allies already have been leading the way to dedollarization as a means to contain the balance-of-payments buttress of U.S. global military policy. But everyone now is speculating over what Iran’s response should be.

The pretense – or more accurately, the diversion – by the U.S. news media over the weekend has been to depict the United States as being under imminent attack. Mayor de Blasio has positioned policemen at conspicuous key intersections to let us know how imminent Iranian terrorism is – as if it were Iran, not Saudi Arabia that mounted 9/11, and as if Iran in fact has taken any forceful action against the United States. The media and talking heads on television have saturated the air waves with warnings of Islamic terrorism. Television anchors are suggesting just where the attacks are most likely to occur.

The message is that the assassination of General Soleimani was to protect us. As Donald Trump and various military spokesmen have said, he had killed Americans – and now they must be planning an enormous attack that will injure and kill many more innocent Americans. That stance has become America’s posture in the world: weak and threatened, requiring a strong defense – in the form of a strong offense.

But what is Iran’s actual interest? If it is indeed to undercut U.S. dollar and oil strategy, the first policy must be to get U.S. military forces out of the Near East, including U.S. occupation of its oil fields. It turns out that President Trump’s rash act has acted as a catalyst, bringing about just the opposite of what he wanted. On January 5 the Iraqi parliament met to insist that the United States leave. General Suleimani was an invited guest, not an Iranian invader. It is U.S. troops that are in Iraq in violation of international law. If they leave, Trump and the neocons lose control of oil – and also of their ability to interfere with Iranian-Iraqi-Syrian-Lebanese mutual defense.

Beyond Iraq looms Saudi Arabia. It has become the Great Satan, the supporter of Wahabi extremism, the terrorist legion of U.S. mercenary armies fighting to maintain control of Near Eastern oil and foreign exchange reserves, the cause of the great exodus of refugees to Turkey, Europe and wherever else it can flee from the arms and money provided by the U.S. backers of Isis, Al Qaeda in Iraq and their allied Saudi Wahabi legions.

The logical ideal, in principle, would be to destroy Saudi power. That power lies in its oil fields. They already have fallen under attack by modest Yemeni bombs. If U.S. neocons seriously threaten Iran, its response would be the wholesale bombing and destruction of Saudi oil fields, along with those of Kuwait and allied Near Eastern oil sheikhdoms. It would end the Saudi support for Wahabi terrorists, as well as for the U.S. dollar.

Such an act no doubt would be coordinated with a call for the Palestinian and other foreign workers in Saudi Arabia to rise up and drive out the monarchy and its thousands of family retainers.

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Beyond Saudi Arabia, Iran and other advocates of a multilateral diplomatic break with U.S. neoliberal and neocon unilateralism should bring pressure on Europe to withdraw from NATO, inasmuch as that organization functions mainly as a U.S.-centric military tool of American dollar and oil diplomacy and hence opposing the climate change and military confrontation policies that threaten to make Europe part of the U.S. maelstrom.

Finally, what can U.S. anti-war opponents do to resist the neocon attempt to destroy any part of the world that resists U.S. neoliberal autocracy? This has been the most disappointing response over the weekend. They are flailing. It has not been helpful for Warren, Buttigieg and others to accuse Trump of acting rashly without thinking through the consequences of his actions. That approach shies away from recognizing that his action did indeed have a rationale—do draw a line in the sand, to say that yes, America WILL go to war, will fight Iran, will do anything at all to defend its control of Near Eastern oil and to dictate OPEC central bank policy, to defend its ISIS legions as if any opposition to this policy is an attack on the United States itself.

I can understand the emotional response or yet new calls for impeachment of Donald Trump. But that is an obvious non-starter, partly because it has been so obviously a partisan move by the Democratic Party. More important is the false and self-serving accusation that President Trump has overstepped his constitutional limit by committing an act of war against Iran by assassinating Soleimani.

Congress endorsed Trump’s assassination and is fully as guilty as he is for having approved the Pentagon’s budget with the Senate’s removal of the amendment to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that Bernie Sanders, Tom Udall and Ro Khanna inserted an amendment in the House of Representatives version, explicitly not authorizing the Pentagon to wage war against Iran or assassinate its officials. When this budget was sent to the Senate, the White House and Pentagon (a.k.a. the military-industrial complex and neoconservatives) removed that constraint. That was a red flag announcing that the Pentagon and White House did indeed intend to wage war against Iran and/or assassinate its officials. Congress lacked the courage to argue this point at the forefront of public discussion.

Behind all this is the Saudi-inspired 9/11 act taking away Congress’s sole power to wage war – its 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, pulled out of the drawer ostensibly against Al Qaeda but actually the first step in America’s long support of the very group that was responsible for 9/11, the Saudi airplane hijackers.

The question is, how to get the world’s politicians – U.S., European and Asians – to see how America’s all-or-nothing policy is threatening new waves of war, refugees, disruption of the oil trade in the Strait of Hormuz, and ultimately global warming and neoliberal dollarization imposed on all countries. It is a sign of how little power exists in the United Nations that no countries are calling for a new Nurenberg-style war crimes trial, no threat to withdraw from NATO or even to avoid holding reserves in the form of money lent to the U.S. Treasury to fund America’s military budget.

Notes

[1] https://www.axios.com/trump-to-iraqi-pm-how-about-that-oil-1a31cbfa-f20c-4767-8d18-d518ed9a6543.html. The article adds: “In the March meeting, the Iraqi prime minister replied, ‘What do you mean?’ according to the source in the room. And Trump’s like, ‘Well, we did a lot, we did a lot over there, we spent trillions over there, and a lot of people have been talking about the oil.’”

[2] Michael Crowly, “‘Keep the Oil’: Trump Revives Charged Slogan for new Syria Troop Mission,” The New York Times, October 26, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/26/us/politics/trump-syria-oil-fields.html . The article adds: “‘I said keep the oil,’ Mr. Trump recounted. ‘If they are going into Iraq, keep the oil. They never did. They never did.’”

(Republished from The Vineyard of the Saker by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Toxik says:

    very enlightening. there’s always an economic purpose for US foreign policy. Obviously for the 1%

    • Replies: @Fluesterwitz
    , @Jake
  2. IvyMike says:

    Reads like the rantings of a paranoid conspiracy theorist whack job. Except it’s mostly correct and true.

    • Agree: Biff, JamesinNM
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  3. “accelerated global warming”. That’s a brazen hardLeft lie.

    and the central dynamic isn’t oil per se; it’s the petrodollar.

    By forcing the Middle East (and other) oil producers at gunpoint

    to accept dollars and only dollars for the oil, ZOG-ruled ‘Murka

    creates sufficient international demand for the dollar by non-producers to prevent

    its debt-drowned/dollar-monetized domestic Ponzi’conomy from

    going to hyperinflationary collapse. That’s why both Iraq and Libya were attacked.

    And Iran is now in the crosshairs

    because it sells oil for anything…but dollars.

    • Agree: Alfred
  4. as if it were Iran, not Saudi Arabia that mounted 9/11,

    Saudi Arabia mounted 9/11? LOL. As if… Michael Hudson is much too smart and well connected to not know that this is bullshit, so why write it? Oh wait, there’s more…

    Behind all this is the Saudi-inspired 9/11 act taking away Congress’s sole power to wage war – its 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force, pulled out of the drawer ostensibly against Al Qaeda but actually the first step in America’s long support of the very group that was responsible for 9/11, the Saudi airplane hijackers.

    This article appears to be a bullshit banquet. I shall have to reassess my thoughts on Hudson. If you aren’t part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

  5. Biff says:

    So maintaining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency became a mainstay of U.S. military spending.

    The main reason for the U.S. military is dollar protection. Idealogical wars(for Israel) don’t get very far without the money.

    Fear of this development was a major reason why the United States moved against Libya, whose foreign reserves were held in gold, not dollars, an which was urging other African countries to follow suit in order to free themselves from “Dollar Diplomacy.” Hillary and Obama invaded, grabbed their gold supplies (we still have no idea who ended up with these billions of dollars worth of gold) and destroyed Libya’s government, its public education system, its public infrastructure and other non-neoliberal policies.

    I still don’t know why the Libyan war doesn’t get the attention it should like Iraq’s WMD? The lie of “We were trying to protect brown people in the middle east/north Africa” still stands with most Americans.

    BTW, brilliant article by Mr. Hudson.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  6. @NoseytheDuke

    If Hudson got some minor detail wrong, it ultimately isn’t that important as we are all struggling to see through a glass darkly to find the truth in the daily deluge of lies. None of us have connected all of the dots perfectly, though Hudson has connected more than most, more than you or I. And there are layers of narrative about September 11, 2001. The idea that it was Saudi-inspired may not be the deepest level of the story, but neither is it entirely false. And the Saudis provided the manpower for the attacks on the Twin Towers, just as they are providing the boots on the ground, the Wahabi crazies, e.g., ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra and others, used by the US/Israeli interests as a proxy army to take out Assad. This is Hudson’s larger point.

    Hudson gives us a panoramic economic view of the reasons that neoliberal policies have of necessity become militarized (from the Empire’s point of view), why for instance the attempt to take out Assad had to be made. It is all about maintaining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and keeping a steady income stream flowing into the US Treasury, to fund the Empire’s wars as well as domestic expenditures. He also explains why this is a war that the US ultimately will not win. Michael Hudson is to be lauded for his laying out the big picture in clear, economic terms. Not only is he not a part of the problem (although you might be, my trollish friend) he is a national treasure and his writing should be read and discussed by all Americans.

  7. The USA now faces two big problems. Iraqis want American troops out and most Americans agree. Now the spinmasters (like Trump) must explain why American troops must stay. The US military now faces a tough logistics problem. Bases in Iraq are supplied via trucks driven by local Iraqis. Most drivers will refuse to work in sympathy with protestors or fear of them. Resupply by airlift is not practical, so thousands more American troops will be needed as drivers who will be vulnerable to attack.

    • Replies: @Justsaying
  8. mrtmbrnmn says:

    Once again, as usual, Michael Hudson comes up aces in his analysis. He gets it. It is always about the Benjamins! As for the Trumptard, our cowardly, compromised, corrupt Congress Critters should fugeddibout their farcical trumped up “impeachment” and any ridiculous “trial” in the Senate. It is high time to bring back the Nuremberg Trials. The bloated, bloviating, narcisisstic, ignorant boob and war criminal is ready for his closeup! The same goes for the enablers, whisperers and political ventriloquists who manipulate the dummy.

  9. Great analysis with the exception of the bits about the climate warming hoax. One of these days–not long now–this fakery will be completely exposed, and then, a lot of people–including most certainly Mr. Hudson–will have a lot of egg on their faces. We can only pray for the decline of Saudi Arabia, the ending of NATO, the de-dollarization of the world, the withdrawal of all US military from the ME (and most of the rest of the world), and the final debunking of man-made global warming.

    May all of these come quickly now.

    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
  10. I just do not think that this article is hitting the nail on the head.
    And not only that. There are many other factors.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  11. renfro says:

    America’s hatred of Iran is starts with its attempt to control its own oil production, exports and earnings. It goes back to 1953, when Mossadegh was overthrown because he wanted domestic sovereignty over Anglo-Persian oil.

    It was the British who wanted Mossadegh overthrown because of their profits in the Anglo Iranian Oil Co.. The US was suckered in by the threat of Iran going communist.

    1952: Mosaddeq Nationalization of Iran’s Oil Industry Leads to CoupEdit event

    Iranian President Mohammad Mosaddeq moves to nationalize the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in order to ensure that more oil profits remain in Iran. His efforts to democratize Iran had already earned him being named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year for 1951. After he nationalizes it, Mosaddeq realizes that Britain may want to overthrow his government, so he closes the British Embassy and sends all British civilians, including its intelligence operatives, out of the country.

    Britain finds itself with no way to stage the coup it desires, so it approaches the American intelligence community for help. Their first approach results in abject failure when Harry Truman throws the British representatives out of his office, stating that “We don’t overthrow governments; the United States has never done this before, and we’re not going to start now.”

    After Eisenhower is elected in November 1952, the British have a much more receptive audience, and plans for overthrowing Mosaddeq are produced. The British intelligence operative who presents the idea to the Eisenhower administration later will write in his memoirs, “If I ask the Americans to overthrow Mosaddeq in order to rescue a British oil company, they are not going to respond. This is not an argument that’s going to cut much mustard in Washington. I’ve got to have a different argument.…I’m going to tell the Americans that Mosaddeq is leading Iran towards Communism.” This argument wins over the Eisenhower administration, who promptly decides to organize a coup in Iran.
    (see August 19, 1953). [STEPHEN KINZER, 7/29/2003]

    Entity Tags: Dwight Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, Muhammad Mosaddeq

    Timeline Tags: US confrontation with Iran, US-Iran (1952-1953

  12. nsa says:

    The evolutionary purpose of the human animal is to remove the carbon from the earth’s crust and return it to the atmosphere…..all the while the abundant cheap energy allowing overpopulation, eventually overshoot, and then extinction. The carbon build up in the atmosphere will then usher in a new golden age of plant life….eventually returning the carbon to the earth’s crust and starting the animal-plant rotation cycle anew. It’s almost poetic…..your houseplant’s genes will outlive yours.

    • LOL: niceland
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  13. Smith says:

    Every war America wages in the ME is in protection of Israel.

    • Agree: Saggy
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  14. Alfred says:

    as if it were Iran, not Saudi Arabia that mounted 9/11

    Just keep repeating this nonsense enough times and maybe we will believe that it was not Israel and the Deep State.

    What “Global Warming”?

    The Region From 50-70°S Has Cooled Since The 1980s As North Atlantic SSTs Have Cooled 1°C Since 2004

    The fraud is monumental:

    285 Papers 70s Cooling

  15. Writing such an article without any consideration of the Zionist dimension is quite a feat. Probably it was done on purpose to muddy the waters. Admit to some part of the story to try and bury another one.

    CAGW (catastrophic anthropogenic global warming) is a lie. To the extent that the world is warming, it is mostly because of natural causes.

    The Saudis and others are not American clients. They function in unison and synergeticaly with other globalist elites. They play the role that is assigned to them, but the same can be said about all other factions of these elites. These different factions are clients of each other, so to speak. There is a hierarchy; we know who sits at the top. It’s neither the Saudis nor any Anglo-Saxons walking around and making noises in beltway circles.

    Still, the guy is an economist purporting financial knowledge. (OTOH, he is evidently not rich.) He may care to comment on the present situation in connection with the Fed’s repo bailout and its 90% monetization of US treasury debt.

    • Replies: @FB
    , @CanSpeccy
  16. Ghali says:

    America’s war of terror is not about “oil”; it is about Israel. The ongoing US war in the Middle East is pushed and promoted by the Israeli regime, the Zionist media (owned by Jews), and wealthy Jews on behalf of Israel.
    The US does not need to control the oil. It is already in control of most of it, in Suadi Arbia, Qatar Kuwait, UAE, etc. The so-called “US war for oil” is an old and rusty thesis fabricated by Zionist Jews and designed to deflect attention away from Israel.

  17. anonymous[145] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s true that the US grip is slipping and it has been acting here and there to douse the fires that pop up. However, as things become harder to manage-not like the old days-the question becomes how radical will the US become in trying to hold on? It’s a nuclear power with all sorts of military hardware that can inflict a huge amount of damage and death. How far will it be willing to go to avoid being dislodged? Would it go nuclear? The US may become a very dangerous country indeed as it throws whatever it has to keep it’s position. Scary times ahead.

  18. Fantastic Article! The wars are always bankers wars. Follow the money …

    I got into understanding the financial sector roughly 10 years ago from various economists (Michael included). I’ve been telling my friends the same thing for a very long time. The fiat money system is what has enabled all the wrong in the world i.e. exponential money printing, exponential population growth. With exponential population growth … you have the requirement for food, shelter, water (all natural finite resources).

    This can’t go forever as it is not sustainable.

    • Agree: FB, PetrOldSack
    • Replies: @The_seventh_shape
  19. @NoseytheDuke

    If you aren’t part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

    Western logic – law of non contradiction, law of excluded middle. A real poison! Better the catuskoti.

  20. Bravo, Michael, that was meant as to the one step further. You are the outsider – insider with balls today. The key strategy of what holds up the US …is the toxic pollution in thin air.

    Putin, Xi, alternatively, second row Germany – France’s elites are up for the next move. Unilateralism is over.

    Rational and logic dictates pulling in global population counts, migrations, resources, the long term species survival into the accounting. No US matter, a global essentiality to which should live up local policies. There are myriad variables as to the outcome, what is predictable, is that a status quo on today’s terms has come apart. Change is upon the power paradigms.

    Pertinent a-n-d relevant piece!

    • Agree: FB
  21. gotmituns says:

    Nothing New here, these type of things go back to our Yangtze Patrol in China for Standard Oil and our Marines kicking butt in the Caribbean and Central America for United Fruit in the 1920s and before.

  22. @Toxik

    Good to see an analysis that goes beyond the usual Trump Derangement- and Israel!- Syndromes. Then again, for individual actors individual motivations (“… wag-the-dog attack, or to back Israeli lebensraum drives, or simply to surrender the White House to neocon hate-Iran syndrome.”) reasonably play primary, co-equal or supporting roles. It is almost as if people can have a number of intersecting motivations and loyalties.

    Eta: spelling

    • Replies: @DanFromCT
  23. Cowboy says:

    Michael Hudson is an idiot, albeit a useful one. Or possibly he is crypto. In either case instead of naming the jew, he rants about global warming and anti-semite conspiracies concerning jewish lebensraum.

    In order to seize Iraqi, Libyan or Syrian oil in general it is wise to leave the infrastructure intact so production can immediately be resumed. In all of Wesley Clark’s 7 countries in 5 years the oil production was decimated.

    Why destroy the oil infrastructure? Because the primary goal was not oil, but destruction of society, culture, economy, and ultimately genocide and Palestinian style ethnic cleansing. Hudson simply cannot point out the obvious racial supremacist motivations of his judeo-masonic communist masters.

    One theory behind the assassination is that both victims had become theats to their respective Iraqi and Iranian leadership, and that both Iran and Iraq were in on the hit. Amadinijad is a crypto-jew and Iran is chock full of Masonic architecture.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @9/11 Inside job
  24. @Biff

    I still don’t know why the Libyan war doesn’t get the attention it should

    The move or not into Lybia by Erdogan is pertinent as to Libia and it’s greater realm these days. It is part of the bargaining as to how Putin and Xi now are part of global decision making. If Erdogan moves, the top layer of decision making globally can be confirmed bi-polar. As in coordinated decision making and the nexus into the potential to impose coordinated policies that the US “…and you cannot do anything about it” cannot deflect.

    The impotence of it all …no player brings something new to the table, the global masses are in for more suppression (veganism?). Quality populations, managed proportional quotas, migrations based on quality of life, global asset management, honest accounting, are into the mist of the generational future.

  25. At first glance they seem to have found the perpetuum mobile:

    Monopoly extorted petrodollar can be invested in furthering the monopoly.

    At second, it´s a Ponzi (surprise).

    -“[] the Prince who relies on mercenaries will never be safe; (for) they are braggarts among friends and cowards among the enemy.”

    – Forcing others to undercut you at any cost hollows out the domestic economy,
    IOW the “outsourcings” are an inevitable consequence.
    When they did it to Germany it caused the Great Depression (that much was “unintended”).
    This time?

    What this translates to is the stakes keep getting higher, the returns diminishing,
    and even with good will – and I rate (not J. Ed) Hoover as the last one with that claim –
    there is no halfway palatable way out.
    Even if the Orange Golem wanted to do the “right” thing (fat chance), he couldn´t;
    not with 23T funded debt, ~260T unfunded liabilities (to include pensions) and nothing to export anyone would want.

    There´s nothing we can do either – just watch it crash and burn.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  26. eah says:

    I wish there was a LOL option for entire articles.

    link

    Leftists never back up claims that US wars are for oil with any facts. For example, they can never point to oil industry lobbyists lobbying for war. But we do see a huge crossover with Jewish Zionist ideologues and those that actively plan and promote war policy.

  27. Another mixed bag; some interesting points made here, yet accompanied by nonsensical premises or statements, such as:

    “… reverse global warming and the extreme weather caused by the world’s U.S.-sponsored dependence on oil.”

    and

    “…the very group that was responsible for 9/11, the Saudi airplane hijackers.”

    I have come across this phenomenon numerous times already; experts providing valid but controversial information in their field of expertise, who feel a need for then embedding self-negating passages alongside it, as a trade-off; for instance also with gratuitously contrived references to allegedly faked moon landings, or Hollywood’s fantastical holocaust narrative. This is a very similar tactic to that of “poisoning the well”.

    The “Poisoning the Well” Fallacy (Wikipedia)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_the_well

    However, on a site like this, one would expect to receive more “pure play” (unadulterated) intelligence.

    • Agree: Old and grumpy
  28. @whattheduck

    Follow the money and you find Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus, and Paul Singer, Trump’s biggest donors. Their concern is not with oil or keeping the dollar as the reserve currency.

  29. @Weston Waroda

    Obscuring the real perpetrators of 9/11 is not a minor detail whether done intentionally or by accident. Anything and everything that even appears to give credence to the official bullshit narrative about who really did 9/11 is harmful to the nation and the entire world. Exposing the 9/11 perps is the most powerful key that is capable of unlocking the grip on the throat and regaining the reins of the USA. He could have written, “as if were Iran that mounted 9/11” without including, “not Saudi Arabia”. The Devil, as always, is in the details.

    And then you wrote the following utter nonsense, “And the Saudis provided the manpower for the attacks on the Twin Towers”. Read more, comment less.

    • Agree: Herald
  30. FB says: • Website
    @NoseytheDuke

    This article appears to be a bullshit banquet. I shall have to reassess my thoughts on Hudson.

    That’s very very far from the truth…the article is in fact extremely enlightening as to the mechanics of US imperialism by way of petrodollar hegemony…the Giant Ponzi Scheme inner workings laid bare…

    It’s too bad you are monomaniacally fixated on one single issue that you cannot appreciate good knowledge that doesn’t pander to your hot button…

    I naturally don’t agree with the silly notion about the Saudi ‘hijackers’…nor do I agree with the equally silly conclusion that global warming is definitely caused by burning hydrocarbons, rather than much more powerful natural mechanisms and cycles that have been around for eons…

    Prof Hudson may or may not be on board with these sentiments also, but he chooses his battles carefully…as one probably must in order to be taken seriously by a wider and more mainstream [brainwashed] audience…

    Consider for a moment that all of his authoritative explanations about the economic dimension of our current scam system would be immediately dismissed by the pinheads that control our narratives, as the ravings of a climate denier and 911 truther…what good would that do…?

    • Agree: niceland, Mefobills
  31. @nokangaroos

    As for Israel, this is not elective either … not even for “Eretz Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates”.

    It´s about the water, plain and simple. The groundwater they have been using since independence is fossil (ice age), not replenished and good as gone; as is the Jordan river.
    They are already stealing water from the Palestinians, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and it isn´t anywhere near enough.
    They MUST have Southern Lebanon and the Bekaa, or it´s game over.

    And who is in the way of that? Well Hassan Nasrallah and his merry company!
    Ergo, Iran must go. What´s so hard to understand?

    (Like “the greatest army in the world” “the most moral army in the world” should take to wearing pink tutus, methinks)

    So there also is no hope for peace from this side.

  32. @restless94110

    “Great analysis with the exception of the bits about the climate warming hoax. “plus, “calling for a new Nurenberg-style [sic] war crimes trial.” Nuremberg was a farce, show-trial to give Stalin cover for grabbing eastern and central Europe. For the U.S. to be in the dock in a “new Nuremberg-style war crimes trial,” it’s people and cities will have to have been bombed to smithereens and its women raped by the victor-armies. Whose armies will have pulled that off?

    And, what’s with all the typos in this piece?

  33. @NoseytheDuke

    Saudi Arabia mounted 9/11? LOL. As if… Michael Hudson is much too smart and well connected to not know that this is bullshit, so why write it?

    You’re the one who’s full of shit, pal.

    In 2016, several US Senators called on then President Obama to release 28 pages of official 9/11 report that they claim reveal aspects of Saudi state involvement in the attacks. That is to say, intelligence agencies of the United States government officially acknowledge this fact. So, yes, it is technically correct to say, “Saudi Arabia mounted 9/11.” And this is before we get to the Dancing Israelis, which, again, is not a conspiracy theory, but an officially acknowledged reality.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-911-classified-report-steve-kroft/

    • Replies: @bjondo
  34. Herald says:
    @Weston Waroda

    Hudson gets some things right, but he shoots himself in the foot with his “Saudi inspired 9/11” reference. This is a major flaw and to describe it as minor is simply wrong or worse.

    The only role played by the Saudis was that of patsy and in doing so they gave just a slither of cover to the actual perpetrators. Such cover, as it was, has long since been blown out of the water. That people can still repeat the Saudis did it line is quite ridiculous, national treasures or not.

    We’ve known for aeons that the US approach to the rest of the world is about oil and its role in keeping the intrinsically valueless dollar afloat. Hudson isn’t needed for that and his article reeks of sophisticated damage limitation, concentrating as it does on the reasons why the US does the disgusting things it does.

    Right now it is much more relevant to dwell on the unjustifiable brutality, immorality and illegality of the US in its dealings with the rest of the world.

  35. FB says: • Website
    @BeenThereDunnit

    He may care to comment on the present situation in connection with the Fed’s repo bailout and its 90% monetization of US treasury debt.

    Yes, I too would be interested in hearing a coherent analysis on the extraordinary money printing going on now…I understand it’s up to half a trillion in a single month…it sounds like somebody is trying to plug a massive leak in the dam…a la the little Dutch boy…

    Is the deluge coming…?

    I also think you dismiss the professor’s article based on minor quibbles…I don’t agree with man-made climate change either, but it doesn’t take away from the meat of the article, which is a lot of excellent insight into the inner workings of the imperialist money machine…

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  36. @eah

    This is not a mutually exclusive thing. Why can’t it be both a war for Zionism and a war for oil? It’s absolutely both! There is no reason to believe that the Zionist lobby and the petrodollar don’t exist together in one unholy marriage.

    • Agree: Biff
  37. @Herald

    The only role played by the Saudis was that of patsy and in doing so they gave just a slither of cover to the actual perpetrators.

    This is such a bunch of CRAP! It boggles my mind to see some of you folks saying this kind of falsity.

    Even mainstream publications like Foreign Policy magazine and Slate contradict this nonsense.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/18/what-we-know-about-saudi-arabias-role-in-911/

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2016/04/saudi-arabia-and-the-28-classified-pages-of-congress-9-11-report.html

    Patsy? At absolute minimum, Saudi Arabia was a financial supporter of the attacks. Patsy is not the word for that, buddy!

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    , @ivegotrythm
  38. BuelahMan says:

    Oil War?

    Hudson knows better but won’t say it.

    It is Eretz Israel’s war.

    • Replies: @flashlight joe
  39. Michael Hudson fails the “9/11 litmus test ” by making statements such as “the Saudi-inspired
    9/11 act ” and implying several times in his essay that the Saudis did 9/11.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
    , @Jake
  40. Washedup says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    This one hurts. My man Hudson proves here he is an active disinformation agent. As you note, he is too smart to be a dupe. Starting to think that he and PCR are advanced limited hangout. Their role is to shunt us towards the next prepared phase of the globalist script, which is the collapse of the west and its bogus “salvation” by the “multipolar” NWO led by Russia and China. They want us to beg for this next turn of the screw. They want us to beg for Putin and Xi to “liberate” us. Create problem, offer solution. What they have coming down the pipeline two iterations from now is worse than we can imagine.

    • Troll: bluedog
    • Replies: @Mefobills
  41. Exile says:

    Oil and economics are part of the equation governing U.S. ME policy, but so are Israeli geopolitics, religion and culture. Making economics the sole focus oversimplifies and over-reduces the holistic reality of our grossly misdirected, hijacked foreign policy.

    The synthetic American Second Founding ethos of civic nationalism along with the synthetic mythos of “Judeo-Christianity” are a major element of why America sides with Israel and not the Arabs, Persians or other regional powers. The Jewish-exacerbated and inflamed cultural enmity that Westerners feel toward Muslims, in large part due to mass immigration championed by Jews and false-flag terror from the Dancing Shlomos on 9/11 to ISIS today, is the other side of this pincer movement of cultural and political influence.

    The author isn’t wrong, but he’s an economist. When all you have is a hammer…

  42. eah says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    The United States is now the largest global crude oil producer

    Canada also has very significant unexploited oil (and natural gas) reserves:

    Technically Recoverable Shale Oil and Shale Gas Resources — Canada

    Although the shale resource estimates presented in this report will likely change over time as additional information becomes available, it is evident that shale resources that were until recently not included in technically recoverable resources constitute a substantial share of overall global technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources. …

    Canada has a series of large hydrocarbon basins with thick, organic-rich shales that are assessed by this resource study. …

    The claim that the US has an urgent need to secure oil supplies in the Middle East is not really supported by the evidence vis-a-vis oil production and reserves.

    • Replies: @Krollchem
  43. Anon[398] • Disclaimer says:

    Reminder the same people who want you to fight Iran also want you to live in a pod and eat bugs. Even in the best case where you actually manage to get back alive, minus a limb or three, what awaits you is a glorified drawer and maggot patties

  44. @9/11 Inside job

    However , Michael Hudson does write of “…Saudi Arabia’s Wahabi troops (Isis, Al Qaeda in Iraq , Al
    Nusra) and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion ” .

  45. Sparkon says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Myers, Rice, Card, Fleischer, Giuliani are Americans, not Saudi Arabians.

    “The TV was obviously on.”

    — Pres. George W. Bush

    But it wasn’t. There was no live TV coverage of the first WTC attack.

    Pres. Bush lied about his initial knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, presumably to give them more time to succeed. ABC News reported that Bush had been informed about the first WTC attack even before he left his resort hotel that morning.

    You are free to think, however, that it was the Saudis who paid for the glue on Bush’s chair in that Florida classroom on 9/11. Maybe they even paid Ari Fleischer to hold up that sign for Bush while the WTC was burning:

    DON’T SAY ANYTHING YET

    Why was his Press Secretary telling President Bush to keep his mouth shut for the time being? How did Fleischer even know what Card had whispered in Bush’s ear unless he was in on the plot?

    All the talk about the Israelis, Jews, or the Saudis — and now the dead Iranian general Soleimani — being responsible for 9/11, but nobody wants to talk about the Americans who were on duty that day, all of whom dropped the ball in one way or another, starting with Pres. Bush, who sat in his chair rather than taking immediate action to defend the United States against ongoing terrorist attacks.

    Allowing an enemy or false flag attack to succeed is treason.

    9/11 was the treasonous event that opened up this entire ugly can of worms in the Middle East, and elsewhere, Mr. Gettysburg Partisan.

    • Agree: CanSpeccy
  46. Jake says:
    @Toxik

    That is true. Just like the Brit WASP Empire. It was always about more money for the 1 to 5%, and if the white trash – the vast, vast majority of the natives of the British Isles – got hammered over and over, so be it.

  47. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    It is not some of the folks who say that 9/11 is an Israeli false flag, it is all of the folks except for the Israeli trolls. (And there are a lot of those!)

    • Agree: Herald
  48. Jake says:
    @9/11 Inside job

    The Saudis did do it, along with the Israelis and the Yank Deep State, with full knowledge of the UK Deep State.

    The CIA, the Mossad, and the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency were all founded and trained by British secret service.

    • Agree: 9/11 Inside job
    • Replies: @Herald
  49. Jake says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    It is indeed both. Worship of Mammon and worshipful adoration of the Chosen Race.

    Anglo-Zionist Empire.

  50. @NoseytheDuke

    In the course of several threads Ron Unz has referred to the Twin Towers coming down at free fall speed into their own footprints as key evidence against the official story. My recollection is that you have said much the same. Correct?

    So I ask what you make of this link provided by LK, one of the chosen for elephant stamps,

    https://www.ae911truth.org/evidence/faqs/353-faq-12-what-is-ae911truth-s-assessment-of-the-directed-energy-weapon-dew-hypothesis

    and this extract from it

    “FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, performed the first technical review of what brought down the Twin Towers and WTC 7. Even in its report, FEMA acknowledges (inconveniently for the official story, which cannot account for this fine destruction of the Twin Towers) that roughly 90% of the Twin Towers’ mass fell outside their footprints. Indeed, the entire plaza was covered with steel pieces and assemblies. Some of the structural steel was thrown as far away as the Winter Gardens — 600 feet”

    You clearly care a great deal about 9/11 truth, and Ron’s language is that of one convinced that the official story is wrong in ways that matter so I seek to know whether you are given pause and reason to doubt your own certainties by that evidence by the 3000.

    • Replies: @Onebornfree
    , @ivegotrythm
  51. Economic hit man Hudson reminds us of how many people Chase Manhattan killed in Vietnam
    but somehow claims he doesn’t know how the US stole Gaddafi’s 44 tons of gold.

    The poverty draft works in the US because we let the poor fight the wars for the rich and corporations. Tell me who started the Iraq war, the Mullahs in Iran or the Mullahs in DC?

    Hudson works the alternative media to disable dissent. The Democrats and Republicans will send internet dissenters to psychiatric hospitals if they complain too much on the internet. The Iran war really means that everyone needs to go along with the party line or get banned – total agreement between right wingers and left wingers.

    • Replies: @Just passing through
  52. The wars in the mideast are not for oil, they are for Israel and Israels greater Israel agenda, and since zionists control the FED and IRS the wars for Israel, which were instigated the last time by the joint Israeli and ZUS attack on WTC and blamed on the Arabs to give the ZUS the excuse to destroy the mideast for Israel.

  53. DanFromCT says:
    @Fluesterwitz

    Perceptive as many of Dr Hudson’s remarks are, the article is itself a wag-the-dog story inasmuch as, were it not for US support for Israel, oil production in the ME would have remained under Western control at low prices indefinitely.

    It is not the case that oil prices quadrupled in early ‘74 because of the US quadrupling the cost of wheat, which, if I recall correctly, had mainly to do with crop shortages in the USSR, as f.o.b. USGulf prices were bid up dramatically from around $1.65 a bushel to nearly $7, and not by the US government or its proxies, but by grain traders. The price of oil quadrupled independently and because of the US yet again backing of Israel in its wars of aggression against the Arab nations.

    There’s also Dr Hudson’s conspicuous misdirection about 9/11, blaming it on the absurd, fairytale narrative for childish minds about nineteen Arabs who couldn’t handle a Cessna 150 magically flying jetliners into buildings magically exempted from the laws of physics during 9/11, making it clear he takes readers here for morons. There are several dozen lines of relevant and substantial evidence overwhelmingly disproving the official narrative and implicating Israel. If anything, Dr Hudson’s participation in these elaborate efforts at concealing the truth about 9/11 provide powerful evidence that he’s a disinformation agent poisoning the well by cognitive infiltration of sites opposing the ME wars.

    We don’t blame everyday Jews for any of this any more than we blame Italians for crimes of the Mafia, so let’s not hear hateful lies that we want these wars ended because we’re the haters.

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @ivegotrythm
  54. GMC says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    I agree JB – Its a multi faceted MOnkey F that has as many end games, as the number of Think tanks – ” Thinking of every angle in the quest for Rule.” Nokangaroo has it down with water – also. The US isn’t just happy owning the America’s – they want Europe too, as they play the strong arm game for Israel. Whereas Russia , seems like it just wants Russia , the Slavs, and wishes to trade its goods in mostly – Peace. Wanna be -Israel wants the whole Mid East and the natural resources to itself and China wants a whole lot of the Worlds natural resources through trade and loans that can’t be paid back, or it seems to be. They are all the NWO players, but they have different ideas on – Splitting the booty.

  55. @Haxo Angmark

    Tend to agree and I can see Mr Hudson’s logic, which explains why the US wants to control (by allies or proxies) Middle East oil despite being self-sufficient – but if that was the only reason, why aren’t they flattening wind farms and solar plants all over the world? I assume the Danes don’t pay for their offshore electricity in dollars.

    I’m aware though that oil is still pretty unique in that it’s the most portable form of energy. No one is going to build a battery-powered aircraft carrier.

    Maybe it’s 50/50 between ‘defending Israel’ by attacking any functioning unfriendly ME state and keeping the petrodollar, which would explain the attack on Libya, surely no threat to Israel.

    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  56. Two little quibbles. Climate has always been changing. The desire to fill banks and government coffers for essentially the air you breathe is what is new.

    The second thing is the Democrats are not anti war. Think of the two parties as participants in a scripted WWE wrestling match. To make matters worse most anti war groups have financially back by a non profit, who is backed by more non profits. Wouldn’t be that surprising is end of the donor road leads to the likes of the Atlantic Council and its members. We’re living in a matrix.

  57. Onebornfree says: • Website

    M. Hudson says : “The assassination was intended to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control the region’s oil reserves,”

    Well, that’s one “expert” opinion. 🙂 Here’s another :

    “…..More than 13 years after Saddam’s last hurrah on a Baghdad gallows, the US still has upwards of 30,000 troops and contractors in the immediate vicinity of the Persian Gulf. But why?……

    …..it should be obvious by now that it’s not the oil, either. At the moment the US is producing nearly 13 million barrels per day and is the world’s leading oil producer – well ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia; and is now actually a net exporter of crude for the first time in three-quarters of a century.

    Besides, the Fifth Fleet has never been the solution to oil security. The cure for high prices is high prices – as the great US shale oil and Canadian heavy oil booms so cogently demonstrate, among others.

    And the route to global oil industry stability is peaceful commerce because virtually every regime – regardless of politics and ideology – needs all the oil revenue it can muster to fund its own rule and keep its population reasonably pacified.

    Surely, there is no better case for the latter than that of Iran itself – with an economy burdened by decades of war, sanctions and mis-rule and an 80-million population that aspires to a western standard of living.

    So left to its own devices, Tehran would produce 5 million barrels per day from its abundant reserves. That’s barely one-tenth of its present meager output, which is owing to Washington’s vicious sanctions against any and all customers for its oil and potential investors in modernizing and expanding it production capacity……”

    From: “How the Donald Assassinated America First”:
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/01/david-stockman/the-donald-is-now-america-firsts-own-assassin/

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @bluedog
  58. @BuelahMan

    It is with some trepidation that I enter into this discussion.

    But my take is the article was about the reason for the recent assassination, not the reason for the invasion of SW Asia, the Middle East, SE Europe, and N Africa, which began in 1978, BTW.

    The article did contain a few throw-away lines which were contentious and not necessary for his point.

    All in all, I thought it was great. Thanks Michael.

  59. Onebornfree says: • Website
    @Wizard of Oz

    Wizard of Oz says : ““FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, performed the first technical review of what brought down the Twin Towers and WTC 7. Even in its report, FEMA acknowledges (inconveniently for the official story, which cannot account for this fine destruction of the Twin Towers) that roughly 90% of the Twin Towers’ mass fell outside their footprints”

    Riddle me this: why in god’s name would you believe anything that FEMA, or, for that matter, any other government agency [e.g. N.I.S.T.] says did or did not happen on 9/11?

    Do you also believe anything Trump/ Pompeo etc. are claiming as reasons for the [alleged] assassination?

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Desert Fox, Herald
    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  60. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    This is true, it seems unlikely these wars are purely for the benfit of Zionism and Israel, granted they are a major component but there are also Gentile interests here.

    The only difference is that these wars benefit Israel as a whole, its people and all. They only serve to beenfit a small handful of Gentiles though and the rest of us goyim are seeing nothing but losses, this is why there is often a tendency to place the blame solely on the Jews and push the Gentiles aside as simply shabbos goyim, these Gentiles are actually benefiting but at the expense of their own people.

  61. sarz says:

    Michael Hudson has a lot to say about economics. I wish he would stick to that. I can’t believe that anyone with his IQ and interest in politics could be so deluded about 9/11. It’s almost like running into a field-theorist who happens to be a flat-earther.

    • Replies: @Onebornfree
  62. Agent76 says:

    *All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars* By Michael Rivero

    I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

    The Creature From Jekyll Island (by G. Edward Griffin)

    A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

    Bankers Hate Peace: All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars

    In the beginning of World War I, Woodrow Wilson had adopted initially a policy of neutrality. But the Morgan Bank, which was the most powerful bank at the time, and which wound up funding over 75 percent of the financing for the allied forces during World War I … pushed Wilson out of neutrality sooner than he might have done, because of their desire to be involved on one side of the war.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/bankers-hate-peace-all-wars-are-bankers-wars/5438849

    • Agree: Desert Fox
    • Replies: @bjondo
  63. @Carlton Meyer

    Trump has already threatened Iraqis with crippling sanctions if they insist American forces leave Iraq. And in a bizarre twist to this blackmail, Iraq will be forced to “compensate” the Americans for their “investment”. Any sane individual would think it is Iraq that’s owed compensation after a criminal war based on lies destroyed a once prosperous and secular country. The American criminal gangster protection racket is about to go full throttle.

  64. @ Ron Unz: When I want to forward this article, or other articles on this site, and i click on email–nothing happens. Two days ago, and years before, I’d click on email, give my name, email, type in Capcha, and get a notice, Mail Sent. Now, nothing.

  65. bjondo says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    28 blank pages to be filled with whatever is needed
    and for bonus, empty threats.

    Would one of those several senators be Bob “Mr Israel” Graham?

    5ds

  66. bjondo says:
    @Agent76

    How many of those bankers are Jew?

    Majority of recent wars Libya to Ukraine for Israel.

    Libya was aggression against Syria.
    Stealing gold, murdering Gaddafi, disrupting African development a bonus.

    Neocons/Jew, are the planners, pushers, cheerleaders, justifiers.

    S. Arabia needs only few weapons to control internal.

    Most of the weapons purchased helps make up for freebies to Israel,
    supports weapons mfgs, and in place for US/Israel to use.

    Yinon/Mossad always.

    5ds

    • Replies: @Agent76
  67. @YetAnotherAnon

    It has been argued that Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi´s “Great Man-Made River” (a 40-year irrigation project) was of no minor concern, as the Jews could have sat on their produce until it hatched 😀

    • Thanks: Hong Kong Hibernian
    • Replies: @Hong Kong Hibernian
  68. @Weston Waroda

    Shame on you! Saying Mr Silverstein is a Saudi, and not the deepest level. Next you will be denying the Holocaust!

  69. Has nothing to do with oil and to claim this is an obvious attempt to divert attention away from Israel.

    ALL aggression in the ME is because of Israel, to weaken the enemies of Israel, to “secure the realm” for Israel.

    “The Israel Lobby” debunked the war for oil claims long ago.

    Iran has been in the crosshairs for many years and it’s because of ISRAEL.

  70. @DanFromCT

    That he is, at heart, disinformation wrapped in some information, like dog poison wrapped in meat, can be the only plausible explanation.

  71. buzzwar says:

    The reason behind the oil increase has nothing to do with the US (undocumented) quadrupling of the price of its grain exports. It is rather linked to the blind (like today) support of ZioAmerica and the West for Israel in the 1973 war. After the oil price quadrupling, the OAPEC countries threatened that they would cut their production an additional 5 per cent per month, ‘until Israeli withdrawal is completed from the whole Arab territories occupied in June 1967 and “the legal rights of the Palestinian people are restored”.
    The 1973 oil shock was not a shock for everyone. While it had a devastating impact on world industrial growth, it brought enormous benefits to major US and European banks and above all it was a godsend for oil majors, the so-called seven sisters.These oil companies were able to invest in the north sea oil fields only when the oil price quadrupled.
    In early 1973, the bilderberg group discussed an imminent “400 per cent future rise in OPEC’s price”. At bilderberg they knew beforehand the oil price was going to be quadrupled.

  72. @Wizard of Oz

    ‘Cause when you blow up a four hundred meter high building you can’t get it to fall exactly in its own footprint, no matter how hard you try. The firemen were told “another plane is coming” as the order to get out when they finished evacuating the employees from buildings which were already 60% vacant. (And the buildings had been vacant for some time which is why Silverstein bought them on the cheap, and why they were sold, essentially for scrap.)

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  73. Sean says:

    Without the dollar’s function as the vehicle for world saving – in effect, without the Pentagon’s role in creating the Treasury debt that is the vehicle for world central bank reserves – the U.S. would find itself constrained militarily and hence diplomatically constrained, as it was under the gold exchange standard.

    Fascinating as it always is with this author, I wish Professor Hudson had enlarged on the block quoted snippet above, or given a link to where he had explained it thoroughly for those of us less quick on the uptake. He obviously has a great deal of knowledge about these things and the promise of unique insights motivates me to concentrate. I could be quite negative if I held him to the fire for the absolute truth of everything he has written in the piece, but such dogmatism would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    Most of what Prof, Hudson says is basically correct if you pull back from the detailed allegations he makes. My criticisms would be he does have a tendency to write as if conscious intention is at work in the way America acts, and the elite thus understands all the implications of what they are doing. If one is looking at international politics the debt can be important, but in the final analysis (loans to Germany and its debts before WW2 were from losing WW1) some nation states view others as a potential threat to be neutralised.

    Moreover, countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, or rather the Persian and Arabs, have a very long history of enmity. Both are heavily dependant on oil prices for their ability to keep funding proxy wars. Saudi Arabia tried to put the frackers of the United States Of America–now the world’s largest exporter of petroleum–out of business and failed. It would be silly to say the low interest rates in the US were intended to stop the fighting in Syria, but they might have had that effect. Bethany McLean says fracking is afloat on a tsunami of free money that cannot last.

    [MORE]

    https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-02-04/venezuelas-collapse-is-a-window-into-how-the-oil-age-will-unravel/
    The shift can be best understood through the concept of Energy Return on Investment (EROI), pioneered principally by the State University of New York environmental scientist Professor Charles Hall, a ratio which measures how much energy is used to extract a particular quantity of energy from any resource. Hall has shown that as we are consuming ever larger quantities of energy, we are using more and more energy to do so, leaving less ‘surplus energy’ at the end to underpin social and economic activity. … As the surplus energy available to sustain economic growth is squeezed, in real terms the biophysical capacity of the economy to continue buying the very oil being produced reduces… leading the market price to collapse.

    That in turn renders the most expensive unconventional oil and gas projects potentially unprofitable, unless they can find ways to cover their losses through external subsidies of some kind, such as government grants or extended lines of credit.

    My understanding of ME geopolitics is that Britain created states to separate (gerrymander) the Arab masses from the oil wealth of the region. Hence Kuwait ect. In 1953 a threadbare Britain told America that without the income from Iranian Oil the financial status of the UK would be desperate. The US, which had originally opposed a coup, went along with and funded one. America then deciding that Iran could be Uncle Sam;s cop on the ME beat gave the Shah so much weaponry that the Arab nations became extremely alarmed. The Shah’s second (first was half German) wife told a story about how when she went to tell their cook what she wanted for dinner her would turn his eyes away because she was wearing a bikini. He also secretly prayed. It was a very religious country and yet the Shah’s father had banned the veil in 1936.

    Saudi Arabia gave 40 billion dollars to Saddam’s Iraq to fight the Iran Iraq war against the Islamic regime in Tehran. After a good start Saddam’s army was halted and then turned back by the Iranians ruthless use of their relatively huge population of young men as cannon fodder. The debts Saddam incurred fighting against the Persians gave him a grudge against the family dictatorship oil wealthy countries and that was a major reason he invaded Kuwait. If Iraq has so much oil of its own, then why would Saddam have needed to invade a tiny neighbour?

    On loan guarantees and the settlements issue Bush sent the Lobby packing with a flick of his eyebrow and brought Israel to Madrid only having to give Israel revocation of UN Resolution 3379 (Zionism is racism). All great stuff. It started the process that led to the Camp David 2000 Summit and Barak making an offer for a final settlement that was if very hard to accept for the Palestinian side, still a serious offer that they might have taken and successfully built on.

    Bush the Elder and Scowcroft saw the problem of a US army in Iraq, so the just evicted Saddam from Kuwait, but the US army in Saudi Arabia they did not seem to worry about even though it would have to be there as long as Saddam ran Iraq, and the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure showed there was a strong dislike of the Saud regime’s westernisation. Bush the Elder sent the Lobby packing with a flick of his eyebrow and brought Israel to Madrid only having to give Israel revocation of UN Resolution 3379. Down the line there was the Camp David 2000 Summit and Barak making an offer for a final settlement that was serious.

    The Saudi ambassador at the time of 9/11 lobbied hard for an invasion to overthrow Saddam. American strategists regard Saudi Arabia as a the richest prize in the world and a client state so they had to invade Iraq and neutralize it as a threat Saudi Arabia in order to be able to withdraw their army (that had been there since Saddam had been kicked out of Kuwait, but left in power in Iraq) from Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden’s main complaint and the cause of domestic unrest in Saudi Arabia was disgust with the Saud regime’s decision to allow the U.S. military into the country in 1990 to deter an attack by Saddam Hussein. To retain Saudi Arabia within the US’s orbit, it was necessary to overthrow Saddam. Yes Iraq has oil, but not that much. As already mentioned the Middle East was drawn up so the oil is where the Arab masses cannot get at it without an invasion of another country.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  74. nsa says:

    Recently, researchers and academics have revisited the attack on the USS Liberty and have uncovered credible evidence that the vicious murderous onslaught was a false flag perpetrated by Iranian jets disguised with the markings of America’s best friend in a diabolical attempt to drive a wedge between bosom buddies and shatter all of judeo-christian civilization. Furthermore, very credible witnesses who can’t be named at this time to insure their safety overheard the swarthy men with rifles on the grassy knoll overlooking Dealy Plaza speaking Farzi back in 1963. What more evidence could anyone possibly need as to exactly who is threatening world peace and stability? As to 9/11, everyone knows it was perpetrated by those sneaky Iranians impersonating Saudis and then trying to promote the event as an inside job perpetrated by our best friend and ally.

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  75. Mefobills says:
    @Washedup

    This one hurts. My man Hudson proves here he is an active disinformation agent.

    No, he cannot touch the third rail! Hudson is a balance of payments specialist, and he knows full well how the Petrodollar system works. He has exposed it.

    He did good work on Panama papers episode. It is up to us to carefully parse what Hudson is saying, and the fact that we have to do this implies just how dangerous ZOG has become.

    The Saudi’s are PART OF ZOG. I have had to repeat this ad-nauseum. You can follow the money. MI6 abets Saudi Coup at the behest of oil interests e.g. BP/Shell. Compliant Saudi Kingdom is installed and later America takes over security guarantees via 73 Kissinger agreement. The Petrodollar/Tbill economy is born – Hudson has explicitly described this mechanism, it is up to you to peer through the veil. Super Imperialism is his first work on this balance of payment charade that forms our world.

    Wahabbism is part of the construct as it enshrines Saudi Kingdom as the leader of Islam (their brand) and Mecca. Zion/Globo-homo is actually State Sponsored Usury, and their real god is Moloch and Mammon.

    I get it that people are tired of the Saudi’s did 911, when instead it was a matrix of ZOG, including Mossad and Sayanim in America along with “international globo-homo interests, including the deep-state.”

    The common denominator is that all of these players are tethered to international federal reserves notes (international corporate banking), or finance capital that won WW2.

    If the globo-homo cabal can maneuver the polity to win WW2, then it can maneuver to have Hudson disappeared/executed or however you want to put it.

    Hudson is very smart, and is using code language for us to follow, while still exposing the truth of things. The Saudi’s did 911 wink wink nudge nudge.

    It would be nice if we could get the truth in one sitting without having to sift through BS, but that is not the way the world works today.

    With regards to PCR, he pretty much has larger stones than Hudson, and does not couch his language as carefully. PCR will call out the Jew and his usury… and you know these two men talk to each other.

    Hudson knows full well what is going on. What do you think his important career would look like if he named the Jew?

    • Agree: Hamlet's Ghost
    • Replies: @sarz
  76. Michael Hudson, with whom I often disagree, provides an excellent analysis of one reason behind Suleimani’s assassination, the USA establishment’s determination to effectively control the world’s energy no matter what the cost,

    Unfortunately Hudson fails to consider the role of Israel. The Israelis cannot establish the local regional hegemony they want as long as Iran, a traditional regional power, is a functioning nation. Israel is desperate to destroy Iran. Therefore, Israel’s traitorous, Zionist fifth-column in the USA will do everything in its power to encourage and defend any politician who promotes aggression against Iran and to attack any politician who stands against this insanely immoral and counterproductive policy. Zionist’s in this country currently have a stranglehold on the USA’s policy in North Africa, the Levant, the Near East. And Southwest Asia. I don’t see how this can change unless the people of the United States are brutally forced to deal with the consequences of this policy and finally become aware of the espionage and lobbying groups responsible for it.

    • Agree: Mefobills, Exile
    • Replies: @utu
  77. plantman says:

    Wow. I am usually a big fan of Hudson’s but this analysis is just an effort to conceal the truth. While it’s true that “dollar hegemony” and and the ‘control of oil’ factor large in washington’s geopolitical considerations, those considerations could have been adequately addressed by simply observing the “nuke’s deal” which would have allowed Iran to sell oil and gas to Europe in dollars, as was intended.

    So why did Trump blow up the deal???

    He blew it up for the same reason he made Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and the same reason why he gave Israel the green light to settle the west Bank. He blew up the nukes deal because that is what is main deep-pocket constituents wanted him to do and because he believes that his best path to greater personal power is by placating his zionist constituents. This is the choice Trump has made. …and he is one false flag away from realizing his dream of nearly absolute power.

    Hudson’s article is a diversion from the ugly truth that is unfolding before our eyes…

    • Replies: @Happy Tapir
  78. Mefobills says:

    If people want to know about money and the maneuverings of the cabal, then E Michael Jones serves that role.

    Jones has decided to name the Jew, and of course they are doing their best to demonetize and demonize him.

    Hudson won’t go there — get over it. Others have also complained about Hudson in this regards. If you look very carefully you can see that Hudson is not being disingenuous.. he is not a disinfo agent, he is dropping clues.

    People like PCR and myself can still admire the man and we can also admit Hudson is not as much of an Alpha male as we are.

    The world is made up of different kinds of people, including some men who are more girly, reticent and careful.

  79. Agent76 says:
    @bjondo

    I have no idea I have an open mind and just look at facts not religion or place of birth.

    December 2, 2018 Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: “A Famous American Family” Made its Fortune from the Nazis

    The Bush family links to Nazi Germany’s war economy were first brought to light at the Nuremberg trials in the testimony of Nazi Germany’s steel magnate Fritz Thyssen.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-bush-familys-links-to-nazi-germany-a-famous-american-family-made-its-fortune-from-the-nazis/5512243

    Jan 2, 2012 Bush & Rockefeller family’s funded NAZI war effort and laundered NAZI money

    IG Farban which is the German company that held the patent for Zyklon B was being funded by Rockefeller owned Standard Oil. Union Banking Corp whose Director and Vice president was Prescott Bush (father of George) was money laundering for the Nazis and after the war ended its assets were seized for trading with the enemy.

    • Replies: @Phil_from_NJ
  80. JamesinNM says:
    @IvyMike

    Pray for Christ’s return and the destruction of all evil.

    • Replies: @Kapyong
  81. Mefobills says:
    @nsa

    Recently, researchers and academics have revisited the attack on the USS Liberty and have uncovered credible evidence that the vicious murderous onslaught was a false flag perpetrated by Iranian jets disguised with the markings of America’s best friend in a diabolical attempt to drive a wedge between bosom buddies and shatter all of judeo-christian civilization.

    LoL.

    It was Israeli Jets, and sneaky Mossad wanted U.S. to bomb Egypt, so “greater Israel” the Zion project could come into effect. LBJ was in on the charade. By this point in history, the U.S. was fully infiltrated at the highest levels.

    Through deception do war — is that what you are doing, being deceptive? The Iranians have never been our enemy.

    Also, there is no such thing as JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY. That is a made up term so Jews can dupe Christian Goyim. It takes lots of usury to fund deception of this magnitude.

    The New TESTAMENT supersedes the old. Christian doctrine of super-session IS OPERATIVE, and means that any sect emphasizing old testament is a Judaiser, and hence should be shunned.

    If you catch yourself saying the words Judeo-Christianity, then do a face-palm and realize you have been hoaxed and are repeating deception.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  82. @plantman

    To me it seems the US and it’s lackeys are continually and repeatedly provoking Iran by committing actions which are acts of war or merit strong retaliation, which could cascade and escalate into causes of war. This recent assassination is similar to the hijacking of Iranian oil tankers earlier this year. This pattern has been present and escalating in intensity since immediately after the Iraq war. There was a partial hiatus under Obama because he personally disliked the zionists so much. We will be at war with Iran sooner or later, just as with Iraq, if republicans keep the White House.

    Hudson is obviously avoiding talking about the Zionist angle, probably for his own security—I’ll wager he doesn’t have tenure yet. He talks about the OPEC embargo of the 70s without mentioning Israel. It’s openly known that this was in retaliation for western support of Israel during the Yom Kippur war. There’s no way he could be that uninformed.

    • Agree: Alfred
  83. Onebornfree says: • Website
    @sarz

    Sara says: “Michael Hudson has a lot to say about economics. I wish he would stick to that. I can’t believe that anyone with his IQ and interest in politics could be so deluded about 9/11”

    Well, if it’s any consolation, his “government knows best”, grandiose economic “theories”are no less delusional than his. 9/11 theories 😂

    Regards,onebornfree

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  84. anonymous[217] • Disclaimer says:

    This essay provides a glimpse of the satanic levels of Greed and Psychopathy of the whitrash civilisation (previously it was the British, and now the baton is with the AmeriKKKans). This spiritually and morally cursed cesspool’s “success” in this world has been predicated on such unabashed Evil. Surely it will not be worth it as they will find themselves writhing in a Fiery torment, soon enough.

    I think what this world desperately needs is whitey “genocide.” The quotes signify the fact that since I am a true monotheist, I can never ever condone that level of bloodshed. So, what is required is reducing the number of whiteys in the world, so as to curtail their demonic Evil.

    Something like this;

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/10/sperm-counts-continue-to-fall/572794/

  85. Wally says:
    @Cowboy

    Excellent points. Not so sure about Free Masons though.

    – And recall that most of the big oil field drilling / management contracts went to Russia, China, & Europe after the US / Israel invasions, not the US.

    – Zionists love guys like Hudson who all too conveniently attempts to deflect attention away from Israel.

    US oil companies make about six cents off a single gallon of gasoline, on the other hand there’s US Big Government, taxes per gallon:


    That’s before federal taxes of ca. 20 cents per single gallon

    – It’s Big Government, not Big Oil.

    • Replies: @Cowboy
  86. anon[345] • Disclaimer says:

    Hudson needs to update his spiel. The US is now a net exporter of petroleum.

    It no longer has a massive balance of payments deficit in that area, but does run a large negative trade balance with China.

    • Troll: nokangaroos
  87. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I think for you to understand, you got to put your brains to use or put your head on a working blacksmiths anvil without warning.

  88. @Mefobills

    Agree, read these books, Blood in the Water by Joan Mellen and Remember the Liberty by Phillip Nelson, can be had on amazon.com.

  89. Krollchem says:
    @eah

    No disrespect, but the EIA report is not entirely correct.

    First, While the US is a large producer of hydrocarbons this is not the same as oil. For example, the Permian Basin produces about 98% condensates which must be blended with overseas oil the produce products in US oil refineries. As a result the US must import heavy oil, such as Urals heavy for blending purposes. See the Peak Prosperity website for details.

    Second, globalism is not just about ownership of products but also about the control of their rates of production and the control of the transport routes. America is trying to selectively stop production and if this fails stop transport from those countries that are not part of the US$/Zionist economy.

    Third, technically recoverable oil is not the same as economically recoverable oil. As the Our Finite World website points out, recoverable oil is limited by what the population can pay for it or products produced or delivered using that oil. Remember the strong correlation between energy use and GDP.

    Fourth, Production of primarily condensates and gas from most fracking operations is overall an economic loss for most investors and poses external economic and environmental costs not factored into the cost/benefit analysis of the corporations.

    Fifth, the EIA and US DOE are greatly overestimating the lifetime of the fracking boom which will start declining in the 2022-2025 time-frame.

    I will admit that the US needs to export excess natural gas (Freedom gas) from the fracking operations. Currently, the Permian producers have to pay for the gas to be taken away or flare it at a rate of about 3bcm/year. The dramatic 100% drop in the price of natural gas in Western Europe has derailed the grand plan for LNG export, or at least caused the countries that entered into long term contracts, such as Poland and Ukraine, for delivery to pay much more for gas than those that rely on pipeline transported gas.

    Currently, natural gas sells for $146/100 cm. In contrast, Cheniere gas prices are 115% of Henry Hub price + liquefaction fee of around $3 per million British thermal units (mmBtu). This corresponds to as LNG price of about $320/1000cm. To compete against Russian and Norge natural gas the US government is indirectly subsidizing those countries receiving “Freedom Gas” via foreign aid to take the gas!

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @eah
  90. Mefobills says:

    Decoding Hudson:

    The solution turned out to be to replace gold with U.S. Treasury securities (IOUs) as the basis of foreign central bank reserves. After 1971, foreign central banks had little option for what to do with their continuing dollar inflows except to recycle them to the U.S. economy by buying U.S. Treasury securities.

    Correct… Nixon goes off of international trading gold standard in 1971. This forces dollar accumulation in central banks to recycle back to the U.S. to buy TBills (debt). Foreign economies can no longer buy gold to balance international trade.

    Saudi Arabia and other Near Eastern OPEC countries quickly became a buttress of the dollar. After these countries quadrupled the price of oil (in retaliation for the United States quadrupling the price of its grain exports, a mainstay of the U.S. trade balance),

    Yes, wheat and soybeans both jumped up in price in 1971.
    https://www.macrotrends.net/2531/soybean-prices-historical-chart-data

    Also, OPEC took over pricing of oil from TRC (TEXAS).

    https://www.winton.com/longer-view/price-history-oil

    In 1971, OPEC negotiated a higher posted price and a 55% minimum profit share in the Tehran Agreement. But the dollar’s falling purchasing power after the 1971 Nixon shock had already put a big strain on the Agreement’s fixed posted prices. US support for Israel during the October 1973 Yom Kippur War was the final straw. A resulting embargo lasted until March 1974, but after it was removed low and stable posted prices failed to return.

    U.S. banks were swamped with an inflow of much foreign deposits – which were lent out to Third World countries in an explosion of bad loans that blew up in 1972 with Mexico’s insolvency, and destroyed Third World government credit for a decade, forcing it into dependence on the United States via the IMF and World Bank).

    Foreign deposits of surplus dollars were flowing into “private banks’ and these private banks then agitated to have Mexico redefined as “emerging market” instead of third world. This then allowed predatory “international” loans to go forth. See Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Part of Mexinvasion of Mestizo’s into the U.S. can be tracked to this event. Our finance class is an internal enemy and a parasite.

    (Never allow your debt to be denominated in a foreign currency – this is an Iron Law of Economics, not taught in Skools.)

    To top matters, of course, what Saudi Arabia does not save in dollarized assets with its oil-export earnings is spent on buying hundreds of billion of dollars of U.S. arms exports. This locks them into dependence on U.S. supply o replacement parts and repairs, and enables the United States to turn off Saudi military hardware at any point of time, in the event that the Saudis may try to act independently of U.S. foreign policy.

    The Saudis are not going against their MI6 masters, and besides are dependent on foreign technology to extract their oil, and get said oil to dollarized markets. By the time Kissinger shows up in 1973, the pattern is already in place. The oil shock in 1974 is due to Kissinger Saudi 1973 agreement, which legitimated OPEC cartel (monopoly). The 1973 Agreement codified the petrodollar Tbill economy that MIC and “liberalism” globo-homo now depends on.

    So maintaining the dollar as the reserve currency became a mainstay of U.S. military spending. Foreign countries to not have to pay the Pentagon directly for this spending. They simply finance the U.S. Treasury and U.S. banking system.

    Returning petrodollars fund some 800 U.S. overseas military bases. The return path is through purchasing of TBills, and then said TBills are held in offshore accounts. Dollars then spin out of TBill and spent to enter into dollarized economies worldwide. This is a form of inflation tax on the world. When U.S. deficit spends new TBills, then they find returning petrodollars dollars, or said TBill can be monetized by the FED (which has been happening in recent years.) U.S. government then spends new deficit dollars on MIC. Saudi also recycles dollars through CIA to buy from MIC. Is it any wonder that China and Russia are working diligently to de-dollarize their trading affairs?

    That is the same strategy that the U.S. has followed in Syria and Iraq. Iran was threatening this dollarization strategy and its buttress in U.S. oil diplomacy.

    Iran is part of Russia/China axis that is de-dollarizing and hence is threatening globo homo deep state finance capitalism (ZOG). Iran is in the way of Greater Zion, and is central to Belt and Road, and will not bow down to Globo Homo.

    The U.S. is on the wrong side of history, especially after it got brain infected and parasitized in 1912 by the (((usual suspects))).

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
  91. @Real Unemployment Rate

    The poverty draft works in the US because we let the poor fight the wars for the rich and corporations. Tell me who started the Iraq war, the Mullahs in Iran or the Mullahs in DC?

    More accurate question would be

    The poverty draft works in the US because we let the poor fight the wars for the rich and corporations. Tell me who started the Iraq war, the Mullahs in Iran or the Rabbis in DC?

  92. @Haxo Angmark

    That’s a brazen hardLeft lie…. and the central dynamic isn’t oil per se; it’s the petrodollar.

    1) It’s not a hard Left lie, it’s a globalist lie. It is the justification for further de-industralization of the “bad 1st world” who do “all the polluting” and ship it to the 3rd world where peoople are paid slave wages.
    2) If you control the oil, you control the currency/petrodollar.
    I do agree that it is indirect, but at the end of the day, it’s the same thing. Iraq was invaded because its oil was primarily going to the EU, and Saddam wanted Euros for it, not US dollars.
    More than a decade ago, Iran opened its oil bourse. It was prepared to take any currency for oil sales. It has, in fact, taken gold from India as payment.
    Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution was to trade oil for a different product. Doctors from Cuba, beef and other foodstuffs from Brazil and Argentina, for example.
    All of the above are examples of de-dollarization, and will never be tollerated. They all link to another facet of the program: all opponents are the new Hitler. In some respects, this is correct. The German economy was turned around using its version of Lincoln’s greenbacks and trading commodity for commodity, often raw material for manufactured goods. The (((banks))) were nowhere in that equation, therefore, Hitler had to be demonized, just as Israel began demonizing Saddam in the early 1980s with the fictitious Saddam’s WMD, before a nuclear reactor was even commissioned. It’s all about currency control, or as the vile Congresswoman Omar would put it “the Benjamins”.

  93. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @BeenThereDunnit

    CAGW (catastrophic anthropogenic global warming) is a lie.

    No, it’s not a lie, it’s a hypothesis.

    To quote the UN International Panel on Climate Change, Third Report, Chapter 14, Section 14.2.2.2, (2001):

    In climate research and modelling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.

    So yes, it might happen. But in any case, all that extra carbon dioxide risks making people even more stupid than they might otherwise be.

  94. Considering progressive diversity, did he kill Americans?
    Weren’t it really Iraqi?
    The power of magic dirt believe is strong.

  95. @NoseytheDuke

    I suspect that Prof. Hudson is exaggerating on it being Saudi inspired, however, there is more than a break even chance they were involved. What you, and others are missing is the reference to legislation. I am acquainted with a lawyer who worked for the city at the tome of 9/11. When the Patriot Act came out of nowhere to be passed less than 3 months after 9/11, a controversial city by-law had been proposed. I casually asked, how long it took to produce a draft by-law, and the response was, typically 4-6 months, as the proposed by-law had to be cross referenced with all other by-laws to ensure that it neither conflicted with, nor used terms that would cause confusion in interpretation of the by-law or any court decision.
    So, if it takes 4-6 months for a city by-law, how long do you think it might take to cross-reference the Patriot Act and/or the Authorization for Use of Military Force legislation to check against the Constitution, all other laws, and all court rulings that would touch on the matter? Hence, the author’s “pulled out of the drawer ostensibly against Al Qaeda …”, which is the whole point of his article – the fix is in.

  96. Mefobills says:
    @Onebornfree

    Well, if it’s any consolation, his “government knows best”, grandiose economic “theories”are no less delusional than his. 9/11 theories

    There goes the Lol-bertarian one born free-dumb again.

    If you ignore gravity, you fall down and bump your head.

    Human relations are NOT PURELY TWO WAY. This is as axiomatic as gravity. You have to make pretend to be a lolbertarian, and only little girls and the deluded make pretend about things.

    The plain fact of the matter is that human relations include three parties. When you get into trouble, you will be one of the first to go whining to a sheriff, or some authority (the king) to help.

    Civilization is impossible without an honest third party interlocutor. Did I say IMPOSSIBLE.

    How this third party interlocutor is controlled or placed into our governing hierarchy is an entirely different subject.

    Everybody’s eyes should focus on good government, not some sort of lolbertarian fantasy of a world with only two way relations and some sort of nebulous laughable “human action,” or making gold as a god.

    Hudson is doing a good job of showing how the god of money, MOLOCH has infested the mind of man, and has become our “king.”

    It will actually take some sort of facism or king to overcome the democrap/finance capital construct… which lolbertarans make excuses for. Dupes.

  97. Cowboy says:
    @Wally

    Don’t forget BLM land grabs in Nevada and Oregon, and the Soleimani style assassination of Levoy Finicum.

    Here is a recent comment I made that b blocked at MofA:

    Now we need for Trump to assassinate Lavrov in Berlin and create another Russian martyr that would cause Germany to end the SOFA and throw the US occupation out after 75 years!

    These latest revelations that Soleimani had been invited on behalf of the USA to Bahgdad shows how deprave the USA has become. The latest Douma “chemical weapons” revelations and the following Trump cruise missile retaliation illustrates how entire chains of fake action/retaliation chains are created. I think we have to assume that the entire Katayusha rocket attack and the “dead contractor” are fake/staged. The retaliation bombing was true, but its justification was faked. The attack on the US Embassy was clearly staged by US agents provocatuer who were allowed into the green zone.

    These plausibly deniable war provocations have an long history. In Germany’s case in 1939 it was Polish atrocities like Bromberg.

    Germany, like Iraq, still has a constitution crafted by the usual suspects during occupation. Iraq, like Germany, will never get rid of the Yankee parasites without a fight.

    Since then, and upon further consideration, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Italy and most of the planet would love to expel the US occupation and free themselves. Many would do well to completely destroy their old Judeo-Masonic constitutions and write something free of talmudic mind control.

    Tim Kelly and Joe Atwill have a recent podcast where they discuss the occupation of Japan by 33 degree Douglas MacAuthur. It turns out that MacAurthur hired a 22 year old jewess to write the Feminist Civil Rights clauses into the still valid occupation constitution. The demographic collapse of Japan, Germany and all the occupied countries was a deliberate multi-generational conspiracy, just like the one against Iran.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  98. @Smith

    Indirectly. All wars are economic wars, only the bankers, and what they own, benefits. The Rothschilds are the kings of banking, and bankrollers/owners of Israel. The Greater Israel/Rothschild project is to control all of the oil in the ME. Ignore all of the “tribes of Israel” and “historic homeland” nonsense. It’s about wealth and power.
    https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/greater-israel-maps.htm

  99. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @FB

    Hudson’s account of the way the US Empire funds its occupation of the world is correct. The World accepts newly printed US dollars — ink money as it is sometimes known, in exchange for oil and other goods and assets, and then hands those dollars back to the US Fed in exchange for bonds yielding a below-inflation rate of interest.

    What, depending on you point of view, is a nice side benefit of this arrangement is that corporations, their share holders and other financially astute investors get to borrow money (directly or indirectly) at what are near zero or even below zero real interest rates. In that circumstance, naturally, an ever increasing proportion of all wealth accumulates in the hands the great corporations, investors, and others astute enough to understand and take advantage of the ongoing scam.

    Overall, one would not object too much to American global hegemony, even an American hegemony funded by the debasement of currency, destruction of savings, and the obscene wealth of the plutocratic few, provided that said hegemony was exercised in the interests of the people of what the US used to call “The Free World.”

    But clearly American hegemonists don’t give a damn for the American people, let alone the people of the tributary nations. On the contrary, they seem intent on destroying not only the peoples of subject nations but their own people too, both culturally and literally, racial genocide being effected by a combination of repressed fertility and mass replacement immigration.

  100. eah says:
    @Krollchem

    I’m aware there are different kinds/grades of crude.

    Third, technically recoverable oil is not the same as economically recoverable oil.

    Yes, the lives of young men are so much cheaper, right? — I guess that’s where the term “cannon fodder” comes from — anyway, technically vs economically can also be seen as a matter of national energy policy, like e.g. the strategic petroleum reserve — does the US really need to spend more on its military than all other countries combined?

    Simple question: what is the proximate cause of the tension with Iran? — answer: it’s Iran’s nuclear program, specifically the allegation they intend to produce weapons grade enriched uranium (or plutonium) and then make a bomb — another question: how is this a threat to the US, a nation with > 10k nuclear weapons, and more importantly, the means to deliver them? — answer: it’s not — Israel sees it as a threat — and re that, I’ll say what I’ve said before: if MAD (mutually assured destruction) was good enough for the US and the USSR during the Cold War, it’s good enough for the Jews and Iranians today — it’s time to out Israel as a nuclear power.

    The US has no urgent need for Middle East oil; that’s not what this is about.

    Trump is deranged and dangerous.

    • Replies: @eah
  101. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @FB

    I too would be interested in hearing a coherent analysis on the extraordinary money printing going on now…

    The newly announced US Space Force?

    It’ll cost trillions to loft the hundeds of thousands of tons of gear into orbit and to the Moon that this program will require.

    Half a trillion now would be just a down payment to Musk, Bezos and the incompetents at Boeing Corp for orders coming down the pike in time to juice the economy for November 2020.

    • Replies: @FB
    , @james charles
  102. @Cowboy

    Interestingly North Korea also is chock full of masonic architecture , see steemit.com ” Kim Jong-Un & Trump’s Masonic Spectacular ” …”Kim Jong-Un is a freemason with diplomatic ties to Rothschild.This should also help to explain why there is an abundance of freemasonic symbols embedded within North Korean architecture ” Likewise the Israeli Supreme Court building is full of Masonic symbols , see vigilantcitizen.com : ” Sinister sites -Israel Supreme Court…The Israeli Supreme Court is the creation of one elite family : the Rothschilds…the Supreme Court building a Temple of Masonic mystery religion and is built for the elite, by the elite ”
    politicalvelcraft.org : “President Adam’s law prohibiting Freemasonry a/k/a Zionism ” President Admas warned against freemasonry and in particular the required oath of secrecy stating ” Masonry ought forever be abolished .It is wrong – essentially wrong – a seed of evil which can never produce any good .”

  103. eah says:
    @eah

    • Replies: @Krollchem
    , @eah
  104. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jan/06/donald-trump-impeachment-news-today-iran-latest-updates

    BREAKING: The US military sends a letter to the Iraqi military announcing the “onward movement” of US troops “in due deference to the sovereignty of Iraq & as requested by the Iraqi Parliament & the Iraqi PM”. It’s a withdrawal. pic.twitter.com/tQHSsHTtez— Liz Sly (@LizSly) 6 January 2020

    DoD says it is re-organising troops in Iraq to prepare for withdrawal, although Trump says he will hit Iraq will sanctions and other punishment if they are to withdraw. This is a bluff to fire up MAGAtards into thinking Iraq needs America and that ZOGnald showed the little Iraqis who is boss.

    Opinions on this develpment?

  105. Fake money is fake money, It does not become more moral to claim that the people are entitled to the same fraudery as the oligarchs. Hudson has pushed the lie that the pyramidal fake money can be turned base side up against the oligarchical controlled federal reserve system and central banks. MMT’s reality is that the murdering, lying and thieving psychopaths that are the ruling class, are going to freely hand their tool, the Fed over to the masses for a new scheme of fictitious money distribution to the 99%. Hudson – another sleazy mind control shepherd who “gets it”.

    The CIA wants a revolution in Iran, in Venezuela, in the USA. The US loves to meddle in other countries’ business but can’t get its own street clean. Do you give money to all the homeless people you see? No, because if you did you would become homeless. America has terrible unemployment, some of the worst income inequality in the world, the biggest prison system in the world (the state of Georgia has 15% felons living there), and conducts wars on a perpetual basis against helpless poor countries. Only evil people support this sort of society. We call them the voting class and the intelligentsia. The better people. The doctors and lawyers and judges and business men and women. The ones with nice houses who drive BMWs and Mercedes and don’t open their windows at stop lights with poor people begging.

    • Agree: bluedog
  106. Anastasia says:

    Oh the author sounds great. Above all our heads. But the truth so plainly to be seen by anyone with eyes to see, and too bad Soliemani didn’t get the message, is that when soleimani was declared a “terrorist” in April 2019 by us govt, the plan for assassination was already in place. And the author sticking in his opinions about climate change should clue everyone else in

    • Replies: @Onebornfree
  107. babu says:

    Russia and China are not nemesis of the US. They are all partners in crime bound by their various fraudulent so called ‘space programs’. If they were enemies don’t you think they would have exposed 9/11, MA370 etc.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  108. bluedog says:
    @Onebornfree

    I see you as well as others ramble on how we are a net exporter of oil but yet when you do a search we find that rather than being a net exporter of oil we in fact we import 2.3 MMb/D of oil then we export with the top 5 countries being.

    Canada
    Mexico
    Iraq
    Saudi Arabia
    Venezuela

    So who’s spreading the bullshit you or the sites on the oil import’s vs oil export’s.!!

    P’S’ JUST ASKING.!!!!

    • Agree: niceland
    • Replies: @Onebornfree
  109. Krollchem says:
    @eah

    Thanks for the kind reply.

    Sadly, my Democratic congress critters have on interest in bringing the troops home.

    Real religious Jews are generally against the state of Israel. It is only the Zionist anti-semites who support the state of Israel. Somehow, this reality has been turned inside out by the masters of the universe.

    Sorry about #3, I am very tired from following the insane news. I will try to be more precise in the future.

  110. @babu

    Also chemtrails, which are seen over Russia.

  111. “Trump is deranged and dangerous.”

    Nonsense.

    • Replies: @Desert Fox
  112. @EliteCommInc.

    Trump is insane as is the whole ZUS gov.

  113. Herald says:

    Of course, the Saudis played a role, but it was no more than a bit part.

    Look much nearer to home and also to our best friends at the far end of the Mediterranean for the lead performers.

    Those that still push the Saudi line have been asleep at the wheel for the best part of two decades, or are probably trolling for money.

  114. US does not want a War
    Iran does not want a War
    Russia does not want a War
    China does not want a War
    France does not want a War
    Germany does not give a shit. (Best attitude)
    There is only one logical conclusion from all this: You can bet your ass that there will be a War.

    • Replies: @bjondo
  115. Onebornfree says: • Website
    @bluedog

    Bluedog says : “So who’s spreading the bullshit you or the sites on the oil import’s vs oil export’s.!!”

    If you’d actually bothered to read my post regarding this matter , you’d have seen the link to the writer of the article from which I’d clipped an excerpt [ D. Stockman] but I guess the effort was a little too much for you.

    Hint for the reading comprehension impaired: I never claimed his claims were true. If you disagree with Mr Stockman’s claims I suggest you take it up with him. 😎

    “Regards” onebornfree

  116. @Haxo Angmark

    > petrodollar

    Oil is something like 10% of international trade. It’s dwarfed by other goods and services, which are also almost all settled in dollars. The “petrodollar” line doesn’t really make any sense in this context. “The petrodollar” *was* an important geopolitical concept in the 70s. It isn’t anymore.

    I believe power projection over the last remaining conventional oil reserves is critical to understanding ME developments. But when somebody goes on about “petrodollars” I assume they’re just parroting something they read somewhere without much insight into what’s actually happening today.

    My theory is that chaos and failed governments anywhere there is still substantial conventional oil in the ground is the main point. Absent deliberately sown chaos these people would rapidly start burning up the oil themselves. For example, Mexico and Indonesia have become net oil importers despite huge remaining conventional reserves. The goal is to keep this from happening in places like Iraq and Iran and Libya

  117. “Trump is insane as is the whole ZUS gov.”

    With respect to foreign policy the US and its leadership have made a myriad of mistakes. And despite my support, the president has made some more than curious choices – disappointing more than anything has been his commitment to the citizens of the US in the sovereign territory of the US. His choices regarding immigration, including building the wall — disappointing to say the least.

    That he seems to have been “hoodwinked” or willingly complicit in expanding the use of force that has not benefited the US is troubling. But as Dr. Bacevic made clear, no president seems capable untangling themselves from the ambitions involving the use of force.

    There may be some insanity floating around, but it is not in the oval office

  118. Onebornfree says: • Website
    @Anastasia

    Anastasia says:”Oh the author sounds great. Above all our heads”

    Yeah, “we” apparently all need some sort of self -aggrandizing “intellectual superior” here in order to decode his supposedly profound missives concerning his “superior”, “more government is always the answer to everything” economic and political theories.😏

    And so it goes….

    Regards, onebornfree

  119. @NoseytheDuke

    “Saudi Arabia mounted 9/11? LOL. As if… Michael Hudson is much too smart and well connected to not know that this is bullshit, so why write it?”

    Mr. Hudson is very ill-informed or just prevaricating.

    “In a shocking coincidence, The Washington Times published an article one day before 9/11 shedding light on a study that was conducted by the Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) which devised a plan for enforcing a major Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that would require about 20,000 well-armed troops stationed throughout Israel and a newly created Palestinian state. The study calls Israel’s armed forces a “500-pound gorilla in Israel. Well armed and trained. Operates in both Gaza and the West Bank. Known to disregard international law to accomplish mission.” Of the Mossad, the Israeli secret service, the SAMS officers say: “Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target U.S. forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.” (“U.S. troops would enforce peace under Army study,” The Washington Times, Sept. 10, 2001.)

    Masters of Deception: Zionism, 9/11 and the War on Terror Hoax by Zander C. Fuerza, pg. 37

    “Dr. Alan Sabrosky is a former director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the prestigious U.S. Army War College. In 2010, Sabrosky was interviewed by radio host and political commentator Mark Glenn. In the interview, Sabrosky explained that he discussed the issue of who really perpetrated 9/11 with his former colleagues at the Army War College and during his conversations “made it absolutely clear in both cases that it is 100 percent certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation. Period.” The Zionists, said Sabrosky, “are playing this as truly an all-or-nothing exercise, because if they lose this one, if the American people ever realize what [really] happened [on 9/11], they’re done.””

    –Masters of Deception: Zionism, 9/11 and the War on Terror Hoax by Zander C. Fuerza, pg. 198

    • Agree: Desert Fox
  120. @Agent76

    “Jan 2, 2012 Bush & Rockefeller family’s funded NAZI war effort and laundered NAZI money”

    God bless them for doing the right thing and not going along with the Jewish-orchestrated boycott against Third Reich Germany.

    “The fight against Germany has now been waged for months by every Jewish community, on every conference, in all labor unions and by every single Jew in the world. There are reasons for the assumption that our share in this fight is of general importance. We shall start a spiritual and material war of the whole world against Germany. Germany is striving to become once again a great nation, and to recover her lost territories as well as her colonies. But our Jewish interests call for the complete destruction of Germany…

    – Jew Vladimir Jabotinsky, in Mascha Rjetsch (January, 1934)

  121. If Obama buys an NBA team for all cash then you will know what happened to Libya’s gold… Hillary is probably hiding her cut under the bed to keep grubby hubby away from it.

  122. @NoseytheDuke

    “Obscuring the real perpetrators of 9/11 is not a minor detail whether done intentionally or by accident. “

    It was done intentionally.

    It is vital to highlight who owns the media because the media played an important role in the function of propagating the official 9/11 script to an extremely dumbed-down and credulous American public. Undeniably, Jews own and control America’s media — both television and print — essentially forming a pervasive media monopoly in the most powerful nation on earth. This explains why the media is so slanted in favor of Jews and Israel, and so brutally biased against the historical and present-day opponents of Jewish supremacism. Through this death-grip on the press and television news industry, Zionist Jews promulgated a series of lies, distortions and falsehoods that were intended to mislead the American people — and the people of the world for that matter — about the true nature of the events of 9/11 and the actual culprits behind them. Within the mainstream media broadcasts on the very day and evening of the September 11 attacks, we find plenty of substantial clues that are strongly suggestive as to who the true authors of this conspiracy really were. The former Pakistani spy chief Hamid Gul eloquently explained that,

    “Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators. It created an instant mindset and put public opinion into a trance, which prevented even intelligent people from thinking for themselves.” (United Press International, Sept. 26, 2001.)

    Masters of Deception: Zionism, 9/11 and the War on Terror Hoax by Zander C. Fuerza, pgs. 29-30

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @Desert Fox
  123. utu says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    “Unfortunately Hudson fails to consider the role of Israel. “ – While his petrodollar analysis may indeed be accurate the fact that he decided to jump in with his explanation right after Soleimani assassination I would consider him being the part of the Jewish disinformation front: Let’s talk about exerting except of Jews and Israel. Hudson provides the 2nd Tier narrative to prevent us from going to the 1st Tier narrative.

    https://www.unz.com/article/les-gilets-jaunes-a-bright-yellow-sign-of-distress/?showcomments#comment-2686086
    The narratives come in three tiers: (1) True cause, (2) Justification for insiders and the curious and (3) Rationalizations for the masses. The tier (3) is for the masses like for example that 2003 Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction and bringing democracy to the Middle East. The tier (2) is for some insiders who need rational reasons and for the curious who do not believe media. In case of the war with Iraq the tier (2) narrative would be about oil and Saddam Hussain switching to euros from dollars. This narrative is for business people and higher military and for the curious who usually stop at this level. Various conspiracy sites let the curious get (2) but they also prevent them going to the tier (1). And the tier (1) is the true cause that may seem totally irrational, outrageous and abhorrent. In the case of the 2003 Iraq war it was to destroy Iraq and turn it into a non functioning state full of chaos where sectarian and political strife is promoted and can be easily manipulated for ever by supporting always the weaker side. This was a part of the Yinon Plan to destroy all semi-secular Arab states in Israel’s vicinity which were Iraq, Syria and Libya. Israel prefers chaos and weak entities rather than functioning state that has industry, educational system and capable military and well defined leadership that has a political doctrine. One mays say that the tier (1) is hidden and protected by layers of tiers (3) and (2) because it is a pure evil.

    • Replies: @niceland
  124. melpol says:

    Most Jews I grew up with were extremely non-violent and were not concerned with US foreign policy. The Korean and Vietnam war changed that mindset when most were drafted. Some became draft dodgers during the Vietnam War and fled to Canada escaping serving in the military.
    The point I am trying to communicate is that my old Jewish pals are all antiwar and are falsely being called liberals. All my pals don’t want to live near blacks, Hispanics, Mestizos, or border jumping indigenous Mexicans. Opening up the Southern border frightens them and they think Trump is the lesser of all evils. My point is that just because you take an antiwar position doesn’t make you a “share the wealth” “and pass out the free goodies” liberal.
    Mel’s thoughts.

  125. @Phil_from_NJ

    No doubt Mossad at least knew more about the planning of 9/11 than is admitted and I don’t discount as improbable evil Mossad actions to get the US fighting Muslims. But do you not keep an open mind when you consider that getting America mired in Afghanistan was a great win for ObL if he was behind it whereas geting America to attack Afghanistan had only remote speculative value for Israel given the possibility that nothing as stupid as the attack on Iraq would result?

  126. @Onebornfree

    You have entorely misread and misunderstood the pount of my post. I won’t waste my time explaining. Just put your brain in gear and try again (and don’t take my implied compliment too seriously).

  127. @ivegotrythm

    You didn’t pay attention. WTC 7 wasn’t pary of the issue.

  128. @FB

    Morgan’s Law (JP Morgan) There are two reasons for everything, a good reason and the real reason.

    It’s not about money or oil (those are good reasons) other than those are the main tools with which to achieve dominance (global dominance is the real reason). Understanding the way these tools are being used is interesting but unlikely to bring about any real change, change you can believe in. 9/11 on the other hand is overreach on steroids because of the impossibility of the narrative and exposing this is the most available means to trigger the level of outrage needed to turn things around, even then it won’t be easy.

    Once global dominance is achieved then killings on a truly massive OT scale will commence, by starvation where possible, by poisonings where possible, by social chaos and also in modern day versions of death camps (quite likely in the US where the 2nd amendment has empowered the populace) hence my “fixation” as you put it. I’m actually concerned about the mental health of those who don’t share that fixation.

    It’s not essential to know what happened on 9/11 to cause it and I don’t claim to know everything but I and a great many others do understand that what is said to have happened is a collection of vile, impossible lies and in this article Hudson adds an additional veneer to add some polish to those lies.

    I’m not alone here in pointing it out. The Saudis likely were involved in providing enough financing to set them up as patsies or scapegoats should the attack have failed or been exposed. Hudson would have us believe that Saudis were the main players. It’s almost laughable!

    • Agree: Herald
  129. joey says:

    Reduce the article to maybe five short paragraphs. plenty enough yet.

    immensity does not mean effective or clarity.

    Obviously a detour diversion.

    Which Comrade Greta could well appreciate..

    • Replies: @Wally
  130. Any truth to what TD at Zero Hedge is claiming what Sulameini was really doing in Baghdad that day?

  131. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:

    The major deficit in the U.S. balance of payments has long been military spending abroad…The problem facing America’s military strategists was how to continue supporting the 800 U.S. military bases around the world and allied troop support without losing America’s financial leverage. The solution turned out to be to replace gold with U.S. Treasury securities (IOUs) as the basis of foreign central bank reserves.

    There is, unless I missed something, a hole in the theory in this article: why does America want to support the massive military, at all?

    We run up a deficit with our military, and then use our military to create conditions in the markets that give us money to keep supporting our military. Makes sense. But why does America throw its military weight around? What is our purpose with this military of ours?

    I think the “world’s policeman” theory bridges this gap. But that leaves the hole: who are we policing? We are policing many people, but I think one country we are protecting with our police is Israel.

    I do not blame Israel for wanting this protection, and I am proud of the USA for giving it. The Jewish people have every right in the world to be terrified of enemies.

    But if this is the case, I do think that the USA should take credit for the sacrifices we make for Israel. The West has been tasked with a great moral debt for the Holocaust, and we must pay it back through such sacrifices as this, in order to regain moral legitimacy to engage in our own nationalisms.

    Consider Jewish views on Christianity. They have been terrible for generations. But in Israel, there are emerging ever-more pro-Christian voices from individuals who have taken note of the support they receive from pro-Israel, Christian politicians and voters, and the tens of thousands of Christians who have sacrificed themselves in Middle Eastern Wars.

    And this might be the rationale of the gentile elites who are pro-Israel.

  132. @nokangaroos

    “…Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi´s “Great Man-Made River” (a 40-year irrigation project)…”

    I was wondering why Hudson didn’t mention that enormous asset!

    Overall, I thought that the article was very good.

  133. anonymous[217] • Disclaimer says:

    The logical ideal, in principle, would be to destroy Saudi power.

    Lol! And, not touch the heart of AmeriKKKan power… it’s military? Not so fast, sir!

    The Saudi regime is clearly acting in conjunction with the avowed pagan/godless enemies of True Monotheism. This makes them apostates in my view.

    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies [those of the Islamophobic kind]. They are [in fact] allies of one another [doesn’t current reality prove this?]. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. Holy Quran 5:51

    Their ability to fund these so-called “jihadis” must be curtailed. If it must take destroying some major oil fields, so be it. Go for it, Iran.

    That said, the Iranians should definitely go after AmeriKKKan military targets (keeping well away from civilian targets). If the situation escalates, it escalates.

    The pagan/godless Great Satan and its minions will not rest until the true monotheist Islamic world is in utter ruin anyway, so…

  134. I have thought about since it appeared yesterday…

    Short form, it’s a hard sell because nothing I have seen suggests that our agencies think is such details or that critically. That’s a lot of bridges that is just to far for government planners. There may be some salience in the load. But all in all, it’s a very tough sell.

    As for the taking of oil, that is not exactly what the executive stated. What he referred to was that we were told by the advocates for war that Iraqi oil would pay for our intervention —- and we should demand that payment or take it. That is not the same thing as oil plundering.

    I would sooner accept a simpler tale, our country is in some manner of free fall from overspending and mismanagement, the financial gap is so vast that 90% of actual economy — not GDP, but terminal sales receipts or so out of the government’s reach, they no choice but to engage in plundering to feed the country and all is just a ruse to cover-up our unbalanced document in which our foreign debtors are demanding a paid in full update.

  135. @FB

    He is carrying water for the liars. I can see not claiming 911 was an inside job or that global warming is fake so as not to lose credibility but this guy is pushing both false narratives.

  136. The major deficit in the U.S. balance of payments has long been military spending abroad. The entire payments deficit, beginning with the Korean War in 1950-51 and extending through the Vietnam War of the 1960s, was responsible for forcing the dollar off gold in 1971. The problem facing America’s military strategists was how to continue supporting the 800 U.S. military bases around the world and allied troop support without losing America’s financial leverage.

    So maintaining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency became a mainstay of U.S. military spending.

    Why do we need this global military? Capitalism! CIA are the enforcers of global capitalism, the banks, the corporations. This is who our mercenaries fight for. Smedley Butler warned you.

    All the Jew baiter dudes should ask themselves why “Isreal” was created and by who. The timing makes it pretty obvious as well.

    http://transmissionsmedia.com/how-britains-biggest-racists-created-zionism/

  137. niceland says:
    @utu

    Hudson provides the 2nd Tier narrative to prevent us from going to the 1st Tier narrative.

    Hudson is acceptable figure in the public sphere, and the educated class can still read his articles without fear of being too politically incorrect.

    Hudson spewing out tier 1 narrative would render him pariah, doomed to get his articles published only on the U.R and similar sites.

    Perhaps he considers the greater good and wants to reach wider audience, even if he has to stick to pushing the boundaries of tier 2.

    For example:

    The media and public discussion have diverted attention from this strategy by floundering speculation that President Trump did it, except to counter the (non-)threat of impeachment with a wag-the-dog attack, or to back Israeli lebensraum drives, or simply to surrender the White House to neocon hate-Iran syndrome. The actual context for the neocon’s action was the balance of payments, and the role of oil and energy as a long-term lever of American diplomacy.

    If you read between the lines Hudson isn’t denying the existence of Israeli lebensraum drives nor the neocon hate-Iran syndrome. Perhaps the real reason he involves both is to remind his ‘mainstream’ readers it does exist, easing them into the idea that there might be something to tier 1 ideas he really can’t write about without being exiled.

    He is also stretching the limits of tier 2 when he says ISIS and Al-queda are mercenary groups for the U.S. empire.

    Not all articles are written for the average U.R commenter. Those who are, are more or less preaching to the quire and leave no mark on broader audience. And in essence have no influence at all. It’s very easy to understand why Mr Hudson doesn’t want to suffer such faith.

    Of all people narrative experts should understand that.

    • Agree: utu, Mefobills
    • Replies: @Wally
  138. eah says:
    @eah

    Trump is deranged and dangerous.

    • Replies: @eah
  139. eah says:
    @eah

    Suleimani’s daughter: “Trump is the slave of Zionists.” –> link

  140. @Anon

    Wkipedia : “The Holocaust industry ”
    “‘The Holocaust IndustryReflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering’ is a book published in 2000 and written by Professor Norman Finkelstein , in which the author argues [persuasively] that the American Jewish establishment exploits the memory of the Nazi Holocaust for political and financial gain , as well as to further the interests of Israel .”
    “Did Six Million really die ?” heretical.com This publication is now banned by Amazon , PayPal and ebay . ” The wise man wants to hear both sides of every story ”
    “Anne Frank’s novel : the diary is a fraud ” By Simon Sheppard
    “The myth of the six million – was Anne Frank’s diary a hoax?” ihr.org

  141. Kapyong says:
    @JamesinNM

    “Pray for Christ’s return and the destruction of all evil.”

    Oh yes, thoughts and prayers about Christ – that will certainly fix everything !

    Especially considering how successful those prayers have been over the last two thousand years.

    • Replies: @Hillbob
  142. @Sean

    Excellent comment, Sean. But the US with shale oil production is still not a net exporter. Russia and Saudi remain the two largest petroleum exporters at roughly 8 million barrels a day each.

    The US uses 20 mbpd and still imports roughly 6 mbpd, very little from the Mideast.

    The key in my opinion is that China uses 14 mbpd and imports 10 mbpd.

    Most of the world’s exported oil comes from the Sunni nations of the Gulf and goes to China, Japan, SK, Taiwan and Europe.

    All this oil moves or is turned off at the discretion of the US Navy.

    In war, the US can turn off the lights in China. The Chinese know this.

    Conversely, Russia or Iran can turn off the lights in the “free world” by a concentrated strike on Ras Tanura.

    • Replies: @Sean
  143. Sean says:

    He is also stretching the limits of tier 2 when he says ISIS and Al-queda are mercenary groups for the U.S. empire.

    I think the meaning of ‘for’ is what is being stretched in such an assertion. Saying that ISIS and Al-queda are in effect helping the U.S. empire, by giving it an excuse to invade Middle Eastern countries that are a threat to the Saud regime would be more accurate.

    America does not like radical nationalism among Arabs because that is a threat to to the Saud regime in Saudi Arabia, where the real oil reserves are. Iraq had oil, but nothing like Saudi Arabia, which gave 40 billion dollars to Saddam’s Iraq to fight the Iran Iraq war against the Islamic regime in Tehran. The debts Saddam incurred fighting against the Persians gave him a grudge against the family dictatorship oil wealthy countries and that was a major reason he invaded Kuwait. If Iraq has so much oil of its own that America (the fracking giant) thinks it is worth occupying, then why would Saddam have needed to invade a tiny neighbour like Kuwait?

    Osama bin Laden’s main complaint and the cause of domestic unrest in Saudi Arabia was disgust with the Saud regime’s decision to allow the U.S. military into the country in 1990 to deter an attack by Saddam Hussein. To retain Saudi Arabia within the US’s orbit, it was necessary to get the US army out of Saudi Arabia, but that could not be done without overthrowing Saddam. Yes Iraq has oil, but not that much, because the British drew Middle East borders so the oil was separated from the great mass of the Arab population.

    While the United States may have benefited from the Saudis having financed Wahhabi fundamentalism, it was after the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure, in which a ragtag bunch of nuts led by a man who said he was the Mahdi revealed the lower orders of Saudi society having belief in superstition, that the Saudi government began to enforce a single officially endorsed version of Wahhabi orthodoxy. The objective stamp out outre interpretations that were a threat to the so called Custodian Of the Two Holy Mosques.

    There is more than one brilliant author on this site who, like Hudson, writes as if they cannot see the trees for the woods, so to speak. They are all too readily attributing self-conscious intent by elements at all levels within a system. Maybe they think that such an analysis gives their indictments more impact, but quite often it crosses the boggle threshold, and the reader throws out the baby with the bathwater

    For example less than a week after Iran hawk John Bolton was sacked as Trump’s national security adviser, General Qasem Soleimani apparently authorised an attack on Saudi oil facilities that had a non trivial if temporary effect on the world’s oil supply. In view of his last two major decisions, which were disastrous misjudgements (the other was shooting Baghdad Shiite demonstors, which infuriated even Iraqis sympathetic to Iran) one could say that in effect Qasem Soleimani was an agent of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s co author Michael Ledeen.

    Obviously Soleimani did what he did to advance the interests of Iran and his own career and Soleimani could not intend any action of his to be literally doing the bidding of ‘Faster Please’ Ledeen. Wikileaks cables show that US diplomats thought Soleimani was behind or at least supplying lethal assistance to hundreds of lethal attacks on US forces in Iraq, but were willing to negotiate with him. What much more recently he was doing to further national Iranian objectives by. going beyond killing and making basket cases out of American troops, with the Sept 2019 attack on Saudi oil facilities is not obvious.

    It was blatant, with none of Soleimani’s previous deniability, and was called by Pompeo an act of war. Hardly something Iran as a whole was going to benefit from. However, being Iran’s greatest hero could have developed a lust for glory in Soleimani. He might acted out of desire for his own personal aggrandisement rather than the interests of his country. Alliances in conflict are made up of countries, groups and institutions within counties and there are individuals within those institutions. All are pursuing their own interests, as they see them, and viewing the outcome as part of a master plan can aid understanding; it can also be a limitation,

    • Troll: Biff
  144. Erebus says:
    @nsa

    The evolutionary purpose of the human animal is to remove the carbon from the earth’s crust and return it to the atmosphere…

    And all along I thought it was to get that replacement part to Titan, so the Tralfamadorian Salo could continue his mission.

    It’s almost poetic…..your houseplant’s genes will outlive yours.

    So it goes.

  145. “Especially considering how successful those prayers have been over the last two thousand years.”

    Laugh.

    More successful than you and I will ever know for now.

    “Pray without ceasing for this is the will of God.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
    https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/how-to-pray-without-ceasing.html

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  146. @EliteCommInc.

    “12 Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.…”

    https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-Corinthians-13-12/

    ————————

    “Obviously Soleimani did what he did to advance the interests of Iran and his own career and Soleimani could not intend any action of his to be literally doing the bidding of ‘Faster Please’ Ledeen. Wikileaks cables show that US diplomats thought Soleimani was behind or at least supplying lethal assistance to hundreds of lethal attacks on US forces in Iraq, but were willing to negotiate with him. What much more recently he was doing to further national Iranian objectives by. going beyond killing and making basket cases out of American troops, with the Sept 2019 attack on Saudi oil facilities is not obvious.”

    A tad generous. It is total speculation without supporting material.

    • Replies: @Sean
  147. Wally says:
    @joey

    said: “Which Comrade Greta could well appreciate.”

    – Indeed, leave it to Marxists to trot out a mentally ill teenager as their representative.

    – Hudson and his Comrades want oil and all energy in the hands of a Marxist government.

    – If the Marxists / Communists control the energy sector, they essentially control everything.

    Hence their fake & ever changing: ‘global cooling’, then ‘global warming, then ‘climate change’, then ‘climate catastrophe’.

  148. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    After these countries quadrupled the price of oil (in retaliation for the United States quadrupling the price of its grain exports, a mainstay of the U.S. trade balance

    Interesting point, but why did you leave out what Kissinger told the OPEC crowd after their defeat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War? Kissinger told them if they want to both punish the US and have the money to buy advanced weapons, raise the price of your oil products, which they did and which America–and the world–has been paying thru the nose for ever since.

  149. Sean says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    The most important part of the comment is not who did not to whom but the beginning and end para, where I try to get across the idea that complex multilevel interaction can be boiled down to an outcome, without the entity that comes out on top being assumed to having following a hidden strategy of the kind Hudson is positing. He does that a bit in his antibanker posts but the tendency ran wild in this one. Highly intelligent people seem to be more prone to assuming a strategy of conscious dissimulation, I think that the most effective way is not necessarily for even the people even at the top to know what they are really doing. An international cabal of bankers are less coherent in their actions than a nation state like the US. I don’t the elite overthink it, that would paralyze them. I think there is as much if not more cognitive dissonance in the elite compared to common folk..

    Generals McCrystal and Flynn were there and saw all the the intel on the killing of US troops and McChrystal has an article on the net saying said he regretted not taking the opportunity he was presented with years ago to kill Soleimani. Within a week of the sacking of Bolton, the Saudi oil facilities were hit. Soleimani had a developed a following so huge he seemed to be determining the destiny of his country by indulging a taste for glory he had acquired.

    The principal–agent problem, in political science and economics (also known as agency dilemma or the agency problem) occurs when one person or entity (the “agent”), is able to make decisions and/or take actions on behalf of, or that impact, another person or entity: the “principal”.

    • Replies: @anon
  150. Pete34r says:
    @Weston Waroda

    Hudson is smart.
    He can’t name the ‘elephant in the china shop’ as he will be maligned by the chosen lot.

  151. Sean says:
    @Johnny Rico

    Just before the bit where I linked to in the middle of the YouTube Q&A with Bethany McLean (where she says the big players and smart money are all certain renewables are the thing and some have already stopped investing in oil at all) she talks about Charlie Munger advocating conservation of oil rather than exporting it.

  152. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump appears to have finally given up on this idea, but until now it hasn’t been revealed that as president he’s raised the concept twice with Iraq’s prime minister and brought it up separately in the Situation Room with his national security team.
    In March last year, at the end of a White House meeting with Iraq’s then-Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Trump brought up the subject of taking oil from Iraq to reimburse the United States for the costs of the war there.
    • “It was a very run-of-the-mill, low-key, meeting in general,” a source who was in the room told Axios. “And then right at the end, Trump says something to the effect of, he gets a little smirk on his face and he says, ‘So what are we going to do about the oil?’”
    Between the lines: On the campaign trail, Trump complained that the U.S. had spent trillions in Iraq and lost thousands of lives but got “nothing” in return. He lamented that usually in war “to the victor belong the spoils” and he repeatedly said the U.S. should have seized Iraq’s oilfields as reimbursement for the steep costs of the war.

    https://www.axios.com/trump-to-iraqi-pm-how-about-that-oil-1a31cbfa-f20c-4767-8d18-d518ed9a6543.html

  153. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Did Iran Kill 600 Americans in Iraq War II? No.
    Scott Horton Posted on January 5, 2020 http://www.antiwar.com

    Due to the current ubiquity of claims that Iran killed 600 Americans in Iraq War II, I figured it might be worth bringing up the fact that that is a complete and damnable lie.

    In the case of Petraeus’s surge against Sadrist forces in Sadr City and Najaf in 2007 and 2008, Sadr was the least Iranian-loyal of all the major Shi’ite factions. The U.S.’s favorites from Dawa and SCIRI were also Iran’s favorites. Sadr wanted the U.S. and Iran both out. (At a couple of points the U.S. chased Sadr into Iran, but that was a self-fulfilling blunder, not proof they were right about him.)

    When Petraeus attacked them they responded, not the other way around. (Danny Sjursen was in East Baghdad at that time and confirmed this to me in an interview just a few weeks ago.)

    And when they did respond with copper-core EFP bombs, they were made in Iraq by Iraqis. Despite all of Michael Gordon’s claims in the New York Times back then, and all the claims since, no one has ever demonstrated that these bombs came from Iran at all, much less directly from the Qods force.

    Here are a couple of blogs full of links from back then:

    America Switches Sides in Iraq War

    Is Iran Supplying IEDs to the Sunni Insurgency?

    Washington Post Liars Caught!

    EFPs Are Made in Iraq By Iraqis

    And here are a few more articles:

    Andrew Cockburn in the L.A. Times

    Wired

    Surprising honesty in the lying New York Times for once

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phil Giraldi, another

    And of course, many, many great pieces by the heroic Gareth Porter.

    Okay. So there you have it.

    Update: Former Marine Corps Captain Matthew Hoh writes: “Yes the EFPs were all made in Iraq, in workshops by Iraqis. I was at JIEDDO (joint IED defeat organization) in 2008. … I can confirm the intelligence on all that.”

    • Replies: @Sean
  154. @Anon

    “The Jewish people have every right in the world to be terrified of enemies. “

    Enemies THEY created.

    Jews would have no enemies in the Middle East if they had not brutally stolen Palestine from its indigenous people.

    “Remember, the Jews were waging a guerrilla war against the British prior to 1948, when the British finally gave up and pulled out, letting the Jews slaughter the Palestinians and establish the Jewish state of Israel on Palestinian land. The Jews were kidnapping and murdering British soldiers in Palestine and assassinating diplomats.

    In 1946 the Jews used a terrorist bomb to blow up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which was the British government headquarters. This Jewish forerunner of the Oklahoma City bombing killed a large number of British civilians and military people.”

    –Dr. William L. Pierce

  155. @Anon

    “The West has been tasked with a great moral debt for the Holocaust, and we must pay it back through such sacrifices as this”

    That’s so Jewish! Cut it out!

    When are the Jews going to be “tasked with a great moral debt” for creating the monstrous communist mega-tyranny that murdered/worked/starved to death over 100 million people (the true number will never be known) last century in the “workers paradise” (Talmudic Hell) they created in Russia, other Eastern European countries, then spread that Yiddish cancer to China and other countries in the Far East, Africa, Cuba, etc.??

    When are the Jews going to “pay it back through such sacrifices as this”? Huh???

    “I always have been amazed at how well this swindle works. Of course, it’s easier to swindle a nation when you control what that nation sees on its television screens. But still, I am surprised at the gullibility of my own people, at how easily they are deceived. I am surprised even though the swindlers, as I said a moment ago, have a rare talent for deception. I mean, just look at the facts. The Jews call what the Germans did to them the “most horrible crime in history.” Consider what the Jews did to the Russians, to the Ukrainians, to the Poles, and to the Balts, not to mention what they did to the Germans. A conservative estimate of the number of Russians and Ukrainians killed by Jewish communism between the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and the end of the Second World War is 30 million.

    Now, even if one accepts the canonical figure of six million Jews killed in the so-called “Holocaust,” that alleged “most horrible crime in history” is dwarfed by the slaughter of Slavs and Balts by the Jews. In the Baltic countries before the war, the Communist Party was a kosher enterprise, consisting almost exclusively of Jews. When the Red Army occupied Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in 1940 and installed communist governments, Jewish commissars began arresting and murdering what they called “the class enemy,” but which really was the Gentile enemy. Teachers, professors, writers, policemen, military officers, businessmen, doctors — even lawyers — were rounded up by the secret police and then murdered, sometimes after horrible tortures. The Jews wanted no one left alive who might be looked upon as a leader by the masses. They murdered more than 60,000 members of the leadership elite in tiny Estonia alone, which had a total population of only 1.2 million. They decapitated the Baltic countries.

    They did the same thing in Poland, only they didn’t have a chance to do it on such a huge scale, because the Germans seized the larger part of Poland, including most of the cities, before the Reds did. But in the part of Poland occupied by the Red Army the Jewish commissars rounded up 15,000 Polish leaders, mostly military officers, and murdered them. The Germans later discovered the corpses of more than 4,000 of them in mass graves in a forest near the Russian village of Katyn. The rest have never been found.”

    –Dr. William L. Pierce

    • Replies: @Anon
  156. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Creation of enemies-

    ” Zionists in Pittsburgh Assault Anti-War Protesters for Criticizing Israel.
    A peaceful anti-war protest was interrupted in Pittsburgh on Saturday when Zionists assaulted fellow anti-war protesters for daring to criticize Israel and wealthy American Jews for their role in instigating war with Iran.
    Mike Elk @MikeElk
    A bunch of Nazis just tried to invade anti-war rally and got a classic yinzer anti-fa boot.

    Wild scene.

    ..
    https://russia-insider.com/en/watch-zionists-pittsburgh-assault-anti-war-protesters-criticizing-israel/ri28129

  157. “Generals McCrystal and Flynn were there and saw all the the intel on the killing of US troops and McChrystal has an article on the net saying said he regretted not taking the opportunity he was presented with years ago to kill Soleimani. ”

    My view is simple make a case that makes some sense of reality. i don;t but the arguments without them. And despite my respect for the gentleman in question — my standard remains the same. The secret intel, to be released gains no ground with me. Provide a rationale why the Iranians would attack the US knowing that we would retaliate and remain in region and much more the country.

    It is entirely possible to gave a rationale that reflects the players but which has little evidence. But the current accusations make no sense, in my view. The Iranians have not demonstrated themselves to be reckless. Even if they applauded the actions involved, that does make them culpable.

    In my view the more hoola joops the less likely, minus evidence.

    ———————————

    Plenty of reasons to distrust Iran, however, no evidence for a case for war.

  158. Sean says:
    @anon

    We are on an economics expert’s article, so let’s stick with the points he made.

    Iran was threatening this dollarization strategy and its buttress in U.S. oil diplomacy.

    What war for oil? Iran has not been invaded, and in fact hardly any Iranians have been killed by the US in the last 30 years.

    I am dubious Iraq and Iran have scarce resources that are oh so valuable. Saddam invaded oil rich Kuwait remember. The relative pauperisation of a previously prosperous middle class is hardly evidence of any great oil wealth (or acumen) in Iran. Having humiliated America over the Embassy hostage crisis, did they expect a pat on the back?

    Perhaps I am being stupid, but surely America getting in on the ground floor of the world’s last untapped market would be better that having an army camped over oil in the ground. In 1978 the United States exported $3.7 billion worth of goods to Iran and imported $2.9 billion worth of goods from Iran. Is it only oil corporations that lobby politicians?

    • Replies: @anon
  159. Wally says:
    @niceland

    How silly. Hudson plays the same game in all of his articles.

  160. Wally says:
    @Anon

    said:

    “The Jewish people have every right in the world to be terrified of enemies.”

    So, what makes you say such a ridiculous thing?

    • Replies: @Anon
  161. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Phil_from_NJ

    The problem with the Bolshevism thing is that there were so many non-Jewish people in the communist movements, that it is not an exclusively Jewish-on-non-Jewish crime. I’d also need to see if there were Jewish victims, as well.

    You can kick and scream all you want, but the hellish moral standing of ours (white people’s) is going to remain the same. We cannot justify our past. It will probably get worse, the more you fight. And it is our moral debt that is the reason we cannot assert our nations and cultures against globalists and people of other nations who demand free entry into our countries.

    And, at the end of the day, there are millions of innocent Jewish people in our world now, who live in fear of the next Holocaust, and who need to control territory to eliminate that fear in their life. Someplace has to give. Palestine is the best option. These Palestinian Muslims and Christians can easily just move somewhere else; there are plenty of options in this big world for them.

    It is a no-brainer.

    Nations need countries. So does the nation of Jews.

  162. Anon[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wally

    There have been many mass murders and expulsions of Jews in the past. Very recently, there was the Holocaust.

    Please do not deny the Holocaust. Most Jewish people alive today can pull out family records showing relatives who died in WWII. It obviously happened.

    Many nations have been murdered en masse by enemies, and most just forget it. Most nations accept the conflict of human life. Jewish people seem to carry grudges more easily. However, after the Holocaust, we cannot blame them.

  163. anon[145] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Yes,let’s stick to it and don’t raise McCrystal Flynn and killings by Iran?

    Can you?
    Whats your attention span ? Can you repeat backward 1 , 2?

  164. Arioch says:

    I like BBC headlines

    Is expecting Iran to de-escalate realistic?
    Iran has a number of possible retaliation options following the US killing of an Iranian commander.

    1h ago

    Oh, well, whad’ya think…. In just an hour after this BBC masterpiece shit hit the fan.

    ————–

    NBC Ali Arouzi claims Iran demands USA not to retaliate, quoting Haifa and Dubai for “3rd wave”.
    Delicious if true. “Sand niggas” returning the “sole hyperpower” the favour. Didn’t Pompeo or someone demanded “not to retaliate” just a day or two ago.
    But i am not sure we can trust NBC or any other western propaganda office about what Iran did and dis not say.

    Intel would not like loosing Haifa, they already loosing market to AMD last year….

    ———

    Trump got himself his Pearl Harbor 2.0 and “wartime president” status. Maybe will make him re-elected.

    But also IRGC “pulled the hook”. Due to American hubris they now just can not evacuate USArmy Iraqi garrisons to, say, Kuwait. And would have to infringe upon Iraq sovereignty and to be sitting ducks there. Wagging the dog.

    ——–

    I still wonder about nukes.
    I hope Russia and China would prohibit long-range and medium-range vehicles, citing M.A.D. concerns and protocols, so USA would be limited to short-range nuclear-wielding weapons. Which they shouls have much less.

    I also hope Trump would get his re-election and stop short of using tactical nukes, but see no rational reasons for such a restrain for today USA.

    ——–

    There was no news yet, however, about US Navy fleeing away from Iran ASMs range. So hopefully Pentagon does not see real threat of real war, not yet. And maybe it will still be contained as one more run of the mill American warlette. Hopefully…

  165. denk says:

    Breaking…
    Mysterious virus are spreading from mainland China to HK to Singapore.
    Rings a bell ….. SARS, 2003 ?

    ——————————————————————

    Not OT, definitely non trivial. !

    Trump is implementing the last leg of PNAC.
    https://www.wanttoknow.info/020907pnacprojectnewamericancentury

    .Iraq, Libya, Afghan, Syria, Iran, China have all been ticked.

    But there’s one item seldom discussed…
    The development of ethnic specific bioweapon !

    Was Mike Ruppert suicided ?
    https://www.copvcia.com/free/ww3/02_14_02_microbio.html
    Were all those microbiologists bumped off cuz they knew too much of
    that hideous programme , the way Frank Olsen was suicided cuz he knew too much about the MKultra mind control proj ??

  166. FB says: • Website
    @CanSpeccy

    No, it is a purely financial thing…something about inverted yield curves or some such indicator of financial Armageddon…which requires massive money influx to try to stanch…

    As for the space force…that’s actually pretty funny…the US is going to need to buy a whole lot more Russian rocket engines, since that is the engine they rely on for national security payloads…

    Also maybe you missed the latest airball from the privatized US space ‘industry’…just a few days ago, the maiden launch of Boeing’s crew capsule failed miserably and didn’t achieve orbit to rendezvous with the ISS…[there was no crew on board, it was a dry run…]

    The SpaceX dry run did hook up with the space station…but later we learned that NASA approved the flight, even though there was an issue with one of the pressurization tanks…the official risk assessment was that it could have blown up the entire space station…think about that…CRAZY…

    The US privatized space program is a disaster…except for oligarchs like Musk and King Bezos…they need to learn how to crawl before they can run…

  167. denk says:

    What did Eisenhower warn you about the MIC ?

    Every time there’s threat of war, cui bono ?

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/military-contractors-stock-prices-soar-amid-iran-crisis/263958/

    • Replies: @Sean
  168. Sean says:
    @denk

    Eisenhower was opposed to a gift to US arms manufacturers from the Americans being taxed to defend Western Europe , which meant Germany. That is why he floated the idea of the Germans having nukes through the Multilateral Force as a cheap way of countering the Soviet conventional preponderance. It failed because of a growing feeling that the threat of an incredible action is not a credible deterrent. And despite repeated attempts by presidents since, Americans are still paying to defend freeloading oh-so-ethical Germany, which claims to be scared of Russia but is doing all sorts of deals with them.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/27/german-arms-exports-hit-record-high-2019-despite-domestic-calls/

    • Replies: @denk
  169. @FB

    Talking of the Space Station I believe that they had to lower its orbit due to radiation from THREE sources nap.edu “Scoping the problem , radiation in space and the International Space Station “. Have they figured out a way yet to get through the Van Allen belts so astronauts can get to the Moon , for the first time, without getting “fried ” ?

  170. The Project for a New American Century has nothing to do with oil. It is about destroying nation states, tribes, cultures and creating swarms of immigrants to also destroy the western nations. The immigrants will be given great help by fake ‘Human Rights’ organizations to carry out the Cudenhove Karlergi plan. Oil will be removed from western society so as everyone is plugged into the 5G surveillance grid and their ‘carbon footprint can be monitered 24hrs a day ans your social credit status will be based on this. The David Rockefeller and The Club of Rome will be able to micro manage the whole worl’s lives under their technocracy based on the Great Global Warming Swindle. Global Warming is their vehicle to manufacture consent for their Technocratic Police State. They wrote a book called ‘The First Global Revolution’ which outlines how Global Warming will be the invented cause to unite humanity under a one world government. The geo-engineering is creating the freak weather to impress upon you your guilt and and entice you into total surrender. This is known as ‘Green-washing’.

    Oil is an abiotic that comes from the earth’s mantle, by the way. Another big scam utilizing the artificial scarcity method.

    • Replies: @james charles
  171. Russian mercenaries attempted to take back the Syrian oil fields and the Pentagon reacted savagely. Add Russians to the list of those who’ve been killed by the US over control of oil.

    The petro-dollar is being propped up with bloody conquest, and the world resents this arrogance. The completion of Nordstream 2 is sweet revenge against the mad, flailing deep state.

  172. denk says:
    @Sean

    Moron,

    Gen Eisenhower warned YOU not to become work slaves supporting a WAR ECONOMY, feeding that insatiable MIC beast.

  173. Facts can’t lay. This is the most comprehensive article of US foreign policy that summarize the last 50 years of “democratic” war and interventions of this beautiful country. Unfortunately, 99,9% of the citizens live in the indoctrination of capitalism, and are not even capable to understand the imitations of the lack of action…

  174. sarz says:
    @Mefobills

    What do you think his important career would look like if he named the Jew?

    Hudson is actually Trotsky’s godson. He has grown up with too great a variety of Jews up close to make the sort of generalisation tequired to thematise the Tribe. He can’t see the wood for the trees.

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  175. sarz says:

    It would be great if Hudson were aware of the Jewish Problem as the prime source of the world’s sorrows. He’s not, as one might expect of Trotsky’s godson. But if he were, he might also pick up that the Jew establishment split sometime in the first decade of this century. Between the lords of private finance and the hyper-Zionists.

    Trump, like his father, is a Jew pretending in the interest of Jews to be a Christian. He has been close to the top layers of machers and has thrown in his lot with the hyper-Zionists. His candidacy broke the rules that the Rothschilds set for Republicans, complementary to those for Democrats, by challenging the immigration policy but more importantly by taking up the destruction of Iran for Israel. All the war games of this century show America losing a conventional war to Iran. With Putin quietly blocking even Trump’s “usable” nukes against Iran, Iran can unstoppably raise the price of oil to the point that quadrillions in derivatives implode, destroying the foundations of Jew power. Through the Economist the Rothschilds warned Trump again and again about scuttling the nuclear pact. To no avail. So through the Democrats and intelligence bureaucracies the Rothschilds have been bringing Trump down.

    Trump’s primary loyalty is to hyper-Zionism. His pretend loyalty is to heritage Christian Americans. His core identity is what Saker calls national Zionism, and for its sake he has gladly thrown whatever sops are necessary to the lords of private finance—without however managing to win them over.

    To get into election mode Trump wanted to move out of Syria—until after the election, as Netanyahu helpfully informed us. But the financiers too wanted Trump staying on in Syria, and they said just a small number of troops would do. Going against both the Judaic factions was more than Trump could do in the name of the deplorables. So he decided to stay on and steal oil.

    Saudi reserves are crucial to the petro-‘dollar’. But so is Golan oil, controlled by the Rothschilds, the thickest seam of petroleum ever seen, said by some industry sources to be bigger than Saudi reserves. Golan was not just Trump’s gift to the hyper-Zionists but even more to the lords of private finance. So he had to stay on in Syria.

    But then it turned out that Soleimani was setting up some sort of Sunni-Shia rapprochement involving Saudis, Iran and Iraq. That’s why he had to be blown up so urgently. But that was dumb.

    Iraq will now go. So Syria will go. So Golan will go. And then the Saudi petro-‘dollar’. It’s all unravelling. Mashallah! Hasan Nasrallah sees the Jews finally leaving Palestine on their own steam.

    A freely tradeable blockchain-based gold depository receipt is available as the new settlement currency any time China and Russia want.

  176. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @FB

    The US privatized space program is a disaster…except for oligarchs like Musk and King Bezos…they need to learn how to crawl before they can run…

    Yeah, that’s why they need to spend trillions on it. With monkeys like Boeing’s new CEO in charge, even $trillions will be insufficient to produce the desired result.

  177. Herald says:
    @Jake

    Yes the Saudis were involved in 9/11, but does anyone seriously believe that it was actually a Saudi inspired event, other than the usual trolling suspects, that is?

  178. Some of this is true. But we are not waging war for oil. We are not in league with ISIS or Al Qaeda. We did not steal Libya’s gold. We do not have a hatred of Iran that goes back to 1953. This is really sophomoric stuff.

  179. Mefobills says:
    @sarz

    Trotskyite that exposes their usury mechanism. If you think Hudson is a Trotskyite you are not paying attention.

    Don’t blame a son for the sins of his father.

  180. @CanSpeccy

    ‘The economy’ is being ‘juiced’?

    “In November M3 in the United States of America jumped by another 1.0%. In the last three months M3 rose at an annualised rate of 12.5% and in the year to November it was up by 8.5%. (We use the M3 estimates prepared by the advisory firm, Shadow Government Statistics.) These rates of money growth are a clear departure from the pattern (of annual money growth between 3% and 5%) which prevailed for eight years until spring 2019. If the Institute’s emphasis on the relationships between broad money and nominal GDP, and between real broad money and real aggregate demand, proves correct, early 2020 should see above-trend growth demand growth in the world’s largest economy. Given that the American economy is operating with low unemployment, above-trend demand growth implies capacity strains later in the year and risks of higher inflation in 2021. (The explanation for the upturn in US money growth is that to a significant extent the Federal deficit of $1,000b. is being financed from the banks, i.e., it is being monetised.)

    Elsewhere the message is closer to ‘steady as she goes’. The Eurozone also has enjoyed rather strong money growth in recent months, but this feature has not been as marked as in the USA. In China and India money growth in 2019 has been steady at high rates appropriate in these economies with strong underlying trend growth in output. (But India suffers from serious ethnic and religious tensions at present, which may have economic consequences.) Japan’s money growth is stable at a very low rate, while the UK has a money growth recovery in conjunction with a clarification of the Brexit process. The overall conclusion is that during 2020 the world economy will see at least trend growth of demand and output, after a lacklustre 2019. “

    https://mv-pt.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Monthly-e-mail-1912-Global-money-round-up.pdf

  181. @David Keith (Harvard Uni)

    “For climate change, there are many scientific organizations that study the climate. These alphabet soup of organizations include NASA, NOAA, JMA, WMO, NSIDC, IPCC, UK Met Office, and others. Click on the names for links to their climate-related sites. There are also climate research organizations associated with universities. These are all legitimate scientific sources.

    If you have to dismiss all of these scientific organizations to reach your opinion, then you are by definition denying the science. If you have to believe that all of these organizations, and all of the climate scientists around the world, and all of the hundred thousand published research papers, and physics, are all somehow part of a global, multigenerational conspiracy to defraud the people, then you are, again, a denier by definition. 

    So if you deny all the above scientific organizations there are a lot of un-scientific web sites out there that pretend to be science. Many of these are run by lobbyists (e.g.., Climate Depot, run by a libertarian political lobbyist, CFACT), or supported by lobbyists (e.g., JoannaNova, WUWT, both of whom have received funding and otherwise substantial support by lobbying organizations like the Heartland Institute), or are actually paid by lobbyists to write Op-Eds and other blog posts that intentionally misrepresent the science.”
    https://thedakepage.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/how-to-assess-climate-change.html

  182. @NoseytheDuke

    You need to work on your reading comprehension skills. He explained that the Saudi Royal Family is nothing but an agent of the Military-Industrial Complex.
    Did the Saudis fund the patsies involved in the apparent plane hijackings? Yes!
    Did the highjacked planes hit the towers and the Pentagon? Probably not.
    Did the planes bring down the towers? Absolutely not!

    Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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