Authored by Henrik Choy via NationalInterest.org, Can common enemies and threats keep Britain and the United States together for decades to come? British prime minister Theresa May’s narrow victory in the 2017 general election has earned her the reputation of a ‘dead woman walking,’ given that her failure to win a Conservative majority in the House of Commons has drastically slimmed her chances of executing her party’s manifesto. Across the Atlantic, President Donald Trump is facing domestic and international problems of his own. Faced with polarization in both their parties and respective countries, Trump and May face uphill battles to achieve their political agendas. Appealing to the more nationalist and populist elements of society, Trump and May have entered uncharted territory by promising to tackle issues in ways that differ from their predecessors. For decades, Britain and the United States have been bound together in a unique relationship through their common vision of a world they wish to create, the external and internal threats they share, and the personal relationships their leaders have developed. Today, the changing mood in both Washington and London is forging an unusual new chapter in this long standing ‘special relationship.’ Trump and May face an uncertain future, but they can still look back to see how their predecessors maintained the Anglo-American special relationship during the tumultuous and transformative years following World War II. 1941: A Grand Vision Coined in 1946 by British prime minister Winston Churchill, the term ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the United States describes a bond born out of common cause in defeating the fascist powers in World War II. Since then, it has endured strain and a cyclical reinvigoration of mutual understanding and commitment. While the origins of this relationship precedes World War II, it was solidified in 1941. That’s when Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt came up with eight principles that were to promote world peace and spread democracy worldwide: the Atlantic Charter. These principles, with a general emphasis on Wilsonian style self-determination and economic liberalization, would act as a foundation for the Anglo-American special relationship well into the twenty-first century. World War II left a power vacuum that the North American superpower quickly raced to fill at the encouragement of the exhausted Brits. Under the guidance of the Atlantic Charter, both Britain and the United States utilized their power and influence to create the United Nations and develop other international organizations based on the liberal Western democratic vision of the world. The Soviet Union and its allies challenged this vision, creating a common threat against which the United States and Britain could consolidate the anti-Communist bloc under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 18, 2017.
History may not repeat itself precisely, but according to Steve Bannon, it sure does rhyme. And the rhyme we are soon to hear, according to the White House chief strategist, will echo epochal crises like the Great Depression, the Civil War, and the American Revolution. As has been reported in several articles and interviews, Bannon is much enamored with the work of amateur historians William Strauss and Neil Howe, who, in their 1991 book Generations and their 1997 book The Fourth Turning, develop an elaborate and finely textured account of how history is structured in 80-100 year cycles. Read Financial Sense interviews Neil Howe on the Fourth Turning Each cycle – or, as they call them, saecula – is divided into four “turnings.” The first turning is a “High” (think the end of World War II through the 1950s), the second an “Awakening” (think the “Consciousness Revolution” starting in the 1960s), the third an “Unraveling” (think of the culture wars, which began in 1984) and the fourth a “Crisis” (think 2008 until “around 2026”). They liken the cycles of history to the seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. According to Strauss and Howe’s predictions in their 1997 book, we’re now deep into a chilly winter from which a new spring may emerge … or not.
By now everyone is thoroughly inundated with information regarding the stances and standoff between President Trump and the U. S., and Kim Jong-Un and North Korea. This is where ‘oversaturation’ can lead to ignoring what is going on, followed up by complacency. Americans in general have low attention spans and become easily bored with or tired of a situation that is ongoing. The Vietnam war is a prime example of this, and that was followed with the second war in Iraq. In both instances, growing public dissension and the time factor were the two biggest ‘death rattles’ for both conflicts being discontinued prior to completion. The point here is that the American people had more ‘patience’ with World War II…a clear and real danger on all fronts by numerous enemy nations. The standoff with North Korea is not anything new: it has been in full gear, now, for about ten years. It was only through the intentional ‘laissaiz-faire’ policy of Obama that North Korea has been able to reach its present state, where it constitutes a real threat: ‘real’ meaning that it can strike the United States with a nuclear attack. In the past three to four years, that capability has increased exponentially, and now their response (if we attack) or their own first strike is viable. There is an important article that was submitted to All News Pipeline on August 12, 2017. As a matter of fact, the article is so important that it truly eclipses all the different pieces previously released. Stefan Stanford and Susan Duclos of All News Pipeline have been tireless and undaunted in their efforts to release as much information as they have over the years concerning North Korea, EMP Strikes against the U. S., and the current march toward a second Cold War. I am printing it here because this time right now is almost a ‘limbo’ period…awaiting the two nations and their leaders’ decisions whether there will be a war or whether it will be avoided. The bottom line: there are people who need this information, and it just may help them to make the decision to prepare or not. Stefan and Susan should receive an award for their timely and accurate reporting on such a subject as this potential war with North Korea. I have also written this before, and I stand by it now:
This post was published at shtfplan on August 15th, 2017.
A day after US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford promised him that the US would exhaust all diplomatic options, including another round of UN sanctions, before resorting to a ‘military solution’ in its simmering conflict with North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Washington during a forceful Tuesday speech that the US would need to seek, and receive, South Korea’s consent before risking another armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, signaling his country will no longer stay quiet as tensions escalate with its northern neighbor. As Bloomberg summarizes, “Moon asserted the right to veto any military action against Kim Jong Un’s regime, saying that decision should be made by ‘ourselves and not by anyone else.’ He vowed to prevent war at any cost – a statement that drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who has warned of ‘fire and fury’ if North Korea continues to threaten the U. S.” Some highlights from his speech: “Without South Korea’s consent no one can determine military actions on the Korean peninsula” South Korea govt will prevent war at any cost; “There will be no war repeated on the Korean peninsula” South Korea will work closely with U. S. to overcome security threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear missiles South Korea govt will “strengthen diplomatic efforts in order not to shake principles for a peaceful resolution” Sanctions and talks should go together; “Sanctions are not to heighten military tensions but to bring North Korea to talks” Moon’s speech coincided with the Korean independence-day holiday on Tuesday, which is celebrated in both the North and the South. The holiday commemorates the defeat of the Japanese during World War II. According to Yonhap news agency, Moon marked the occasion by visiting the graves of independence fighters. Meanwhile, Moon’s counterpart, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, “”celebrated by backing off his threat to launch a nuclear strike against Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean that’s about 2,000 miles away from the Korean Peninsula – well within the range of the North’s missiles. According to KCNA, the North Korean news agency, Kim has received a report from the army about its plans to strike the area around Guam and said, “he will watch the actions of the United States for a while longer before making a decision.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 15, 2017.
Editor’s Note: Back in February of 2014 we published an interview and report from well known preparedness strategist and strategic relocation expert Joel Skousen in which he explained his assessment of how World War III would ‘go down.’ At the time, North Korea was considered by most to be nothing more than a small pest that posed no real threat to the United States. President Barrack Obama, like his predecessors, had maintained America’s policy of ‘strategic patience’ with the rogue state, while its leader, as he does today, often made threats about attacking the United States, Japan and South Korea. What’s different today is that North Korea has proven their capabilities with not only inter-continental ballistic missiles, but nuclear weapons as well. Moreover, they have threatened to launch nuclear attacks against specific U. S. targets and many in the intelligence community have argued that the North may already have the weapons systems in place to strike key population centers that include Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. Unlike 2014, today we have a different kind of President – one who believes strategic patience is a failed policy. Donald Trump has made it clear that North Korea will not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons and has backed his words with the might of Naval carrier strike groups off the Korean Peninsula and strategic bombers stationed in Guam. Trump and his national security team have essentially given Kim Jong Un two options. Either dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program, or war will be declared. On that note, we encourage you to consider the following assessment from Joel Skousen. If war is coming, this may well be how it’s triggered. And when it goes down, it’s going to be thermo-nuclear.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 14th, 2017.
Just over a century ago, in August 1914, the major European nations plunged their peoples into one of the most disastrous conflicts in history. The First World War claimed at least seventeen million lives, destroyed the social and economic fabric of Western Europe, and played a vital role in the expansion of state power around the world. It is therefore difficult to exaggerate its importance. The causes of the war are too many and too complex to discuss in a short article (however, for those interested, the late Ralph Raico provides a fascinating overview here). I will discuss only one general problem that helped fuel the catastrophe: the ideological shift that occurred in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries away from the liberal philosophy of laissez-faire and laissez-passer and toward autarky, protectionism, nationalism, and imperialism. Mises, himself a veteran of the First World War, identified these latter ideologies as joint causes of numerous conflicts. Furthermore, he repeatedly warned that war is a necessary outcome of abandoning economic freedom, which is inextricably tied to the spirit of liberalism and its philosophy of peace: Aggressive nationalism is the necessary derivative of the policies of interventionism and national planning. While laissez faire eliminates the causes of international conflict, government interference with business and socialism create conflicts for which no peaceful solution can be found. While under free trade and freedom of migration no individual is concerned about the territorial size of his country, under the protective measures of economic nationalism nearly every citizen has a substantial interest in these territorial issues. (Mises, 1998 , pp. 819-820)
According to state run propaganda media, North Korea is on standby to launch a missile at the mainland United States. Responding to President Donald Trump’s recent warnings to the rogue regime in this manner has just flung tensions to heights never seen – not even during the Cold War. North Korea took its turn Saturday to raise tensions in the back-and-forth escalation toward war with President Trump and the United States. The state-run newspaper said that North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is ‘capable of fighting any war the U. S. wants.’ The same newspaper also noted that the Paektusan army is now ‘on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.’ Unfortunately, it is possible that we will witness World War 3 and these heightened tensions between the U. S. and North Korea could be the catalyst. The editorial also stated that the United States ‘finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). This is tragi-comedy of its own making. … If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly.’ Pretty big talk for a small country run by a chubby dictator. And unfortunately, it won’t help stop the progression toward war; it was simply yet another provocation.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 13th, 2017.
As is often the case, most people wait until the last minute to prepare for the worst. As reported by CBS Detroit, one Army Surplus store owner reports that preparedness equipment is flying off the shelves: ‘We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,’ Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. ‘It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs – the military meals.’ And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of – a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide. … ‘It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,’ said Orr. … Another popular request: gas masks. But most people looking for those will be out of luck. ‘Gas masks are a big thing too, but we only sell them as novelty,’ said Orr. Ed Thomas, a spokesperson for TopTierGearUSA.com, which distributes high-end protective equipment for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical emergencies, says that their web site has seen a 1200% spike in orders in the last week.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 11th, 2017.
Now that the possibility of a war between the US and North Korea seems just one harshly worded tweet away, and the window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution, as well as for the US stopping Kim Jong-Un from obtaining a nuclear-armed ICBM closing fast, analysts have started to analyze President Trump’s military options, what a war between the US and North Korea would look like, and what the global economic consequences would be. Needless to say, this is a challenging exercise due to the countless possible scenario, event permutations and outcomes, not least because China and Russia may also be sucked in, leading to a true world war. ‘Realistically, war has to be avoided,’ said John Delury, an assistant professor of international studies at Yonsei University in South Korea. ‘When you run any analysis, it’s insanity.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2017.
Last Wednesday, U. S. President Donald Trump signed new sanctions into law against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation was supported so overwhelmingly in Congress that President Trump’s ability to veto the legislation was rendered completely ineffective. Even anti-interventionist Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted in favor of the bill, once again proving that Republicans and Democrats always find common ground when it comes to beating the drums of war against sovereign nations who have taken very little unwarranted hostile action – if any – towards the United States. But these are just sanctions, not acts of war, right? There’s nothing wrong with economically bullying other countries into submission over non-compliance with the current global order, right? Not quite.
As deep cracks have emerged in the formerly pristine diplomatic relations between Poland and the EU over the past few months, some burried ghosts from Europe’s past are making an unexpected come back. Eight years after the fall of the Nazi regime, Poland decided to forego further reparations from Germany. But now there are renewed calls for those reparations to be paid. More than 72 years after the end of the Second World War, Polish politicians are demanding that Germany pay their country reparations. A research office of Poland’s lower house of parliament, the Sejm, is reviewing whether this would be possible according to TheLocal. The analysis should be complete by August 11th, Sejm representative Arkadiusz Mularczyk of the leading Law and Justice party (PiS) told news agency PAP last week. The review comes after comments made by the powerful head of the PiS, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who last week accused Germany of “rejecting” its Second World War responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 8, 2017.
In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century. The Church of Santa Rita used to stand in the fifteenth arrondissement of Paris. A few weeks after Father Hamel was murdered by Islamic terrorists, the French police cleared the church. It is now a parking lot. Police dragged the priests out by their legs as a Mass was being celebrated. In France there are laws protecting old trees. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches. The vacuums created in the French landscape are already being filled by the booming mosques. Cowardly French authorities would never treat Islam as they are now treating Christianity. “France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. Two years ago, the French journalist Denis Tillinac promoted this appeal, signed by dozens of French personalities, after some French imams requested the conversion of abandoned churches into mosques. A year later, terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State assaulted the Catholic parishioners in the church of Saint-tienne-du-Rouvray, murdering an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, at the foot of the altar. An outpouring of great emotion followed the most serious attack on a Christian symbol in Europe since the Second World War.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2017.
While Machiavellian disciples argue that for a leader it’s better to be feared than loved, the United States often sees itself as a benign hegemon, holding its shielding hand over the world, ever since she won the Second World War. In fact, as Statista’s Dyfed Loesche notes, many people around the world today fear that the United States isn’t always a force for good in international politics. According to Pew Research Center, the United States’ standing in the world has gone down overall.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 4, 2017.
When President Trump won the election, there was hope that he would be able to finally help the US government make peace with the Russians, and stave off the possibility of another world war. He has undoubtedly made some progress in that regard, by ending the CIA’s program to arm the rebels in Syria. And it’s safe to assume that if Hillary had won the election, that there would be absolutely no chance for our nations could reconcile with each other. Overall however, the Trump administration hasn’t made much progress with the Russians. With every step taken towards peace we’ve fallen two steps back, as our government’s relationship with Russia continues to crumble. The deterioration of this relationship reached a new low recently when congress approved legislation that issues new sanctions against Russia, and prevents Trump from easing those sanctions. Trump signed the bill anyway, knowing that it passed with so many votes that if he had vetoed it, Congress could have immediately overridden his decision.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 3rd, 2017.
When you consider the possibility of war with North Korea, you’ll find that there isn’t any way that kind of conflict wouldn’t end without widespread mayhem. The worst case scenario would include a protracted ground war on the densely populated Korean peninsula, involving millions of combatants and the addition of chemical and nuclear weapons. The absolute best case scenario, would probably involve the swift decapitation of the North Korean regime. But that could still result in millions of refugees fleeing from North Korea, and into the South and China. It could also cause a power vacuum, where opportunistic elements in the North Korean government could vie for control of the country, leading to a bloody civil war. And in any scenario there is the possibility that China will come to the aid of its neighbor, which could be the first step towards another World War. There simply isn’t any way to remove the North Korean regime by force that doesn’t create a mess of mind boggling proportions, and result in massive casualties. That’s why it’s not a big surprise that the Kim family has maintained control of their country for so long.
This post was published at shtfplan on August 2nd, 2017.
The risk of war with truly a madman at the head of North Korea continues to escalate. North Korea fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile last week in an attempt to demonstrate its long range capabilities proving it can now reach the continental United States, not just Alaska as previously thought. Despite strong international condemnation, the United States and its allies are being pushed into a response to North Korea’s game changing provocation. Congress has not helped by imposing absurd sanctions on Russia at a time when we should be building stronger ties with Russia instead of demonizing them and fueling yet another confrontation all because Hillary lost the election.
The murdered cannot forgive. Their blood won’t be washed. *** There is something eerily fascinating about cold-blooded murderers – a staple of Hollywood thrillers and crime dramas – killing without emotion or remorse. Ordinary humans, afflicted with guilt for minor, not even criminal transgressions, can’t conceive of pulling the trigger and then sitting down for dinner. In real life, the number of people who can is glancingly small. Even for those few, actions have consequences. The blood never washes away. ‘Live and let live,’ is, in American mythology, a benevolent and almost uniquely American attitude. We destroyed Japan and Germany in World War II and then helped rebuild them. Live and let live goes down well with the living, the winners. However, it’s often nothing more than balm for an uneasy conscience, hand sanitizer for bloodstained hands. A century and a half later, many Southerners lack this ‘unique’ American attitude towards their conquerers in the War of Northern Aggression.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 31, 2017.
We are just inches away from the outbreak of World War III, and yet most Americans seem completely oblivious to what is happening. On Friday, North Korea conducted a missile test which proved that it now has the capability of hitting major U. S. cities in the western half of the country. Every diplomatic effort to end North Korea’s nuclear program has completely failed, the Chinese have shown that they do not intend to do much of anything to intervene in this crisis, and the United Nations is a dead end. Given enough time, the North Koreans will build hundreds of ICBMs capable of delivering nukes to cities all over America, and the Trump administration has already indicated that they will never accept this. If no other way can be found to derail North Korea’s nuclear program, President Trump will almost certainly order a military strike, and that could set off a war in which millions could die. Personally, I am stunned that North Korea’s missile test on Friday didn’t receive more attention from the mainstream media, because the truth is that this was the biggest step toward war on the Korean peninsula since 1953… After North Korea’s missile launch on Friday, the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists shared its fears that the country’s latest weapon had the capacity to reach major US cities. When it launched the missile on Friday, North Korea aimed it on a high trajectory which allowed the weapon to crash in to the Sea of Japan. The ground range of the test was 6,500 miles, according to multiple agencies, and it had a flight time of around 47 minutes.
The Russian sanctions being pushed by Congress demonstrate the most unprofessional comprehension of how to manage an economy I have ever seen. These sanctions are effectively economic war and will find that Europe will be forced to side with Russia.