Obama’s ‘stupid stuff’ legacy

The Empire of Chaos: “Good boy. Now pivot. With yourself. And with no strategy.”

By Pepe ESCOBAR, AsiaTimes

“But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it’s financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria – the devastation that [President Bashar al-]Assad has wrought on his own people; to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise – although we’re trying to see if we can put together a government that actually can function; to ongoing terrorist threats; to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza – part of peoples’ concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a set of different principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people.” –
President Barack Obama

Looks like US President Barack Obama made a royal mess of what his mentor Dr Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski taught him.

Dr Zbig always quotes Sir Halford John Mackinder’s three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy; to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals; to keep tributaries pliant and protected; and to keep the barbarians from coming together.

After dabbling briefly with “leading from behind” – a non-starter – Obama finally went Mackinderesque with his stellar “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine.

Nevertheless, an always alert former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said “Don’t do Stupid Stuff” isn’t a “foreign policy organizing principle”. Yet “Stupid Stuff” is all that the Obama foreign policy team knows how to do.

Starting with Obama treating Russia under President Vladimir Putin the way Hillary’s husband treated Russia under vodka container Boris Yeltsin. Then came the decision – without any public debate – to start bombing Iraq all over again. And soon Syria. Bombs Away in Syraq!

So “protect” Yazidis, yes. Protect Gazans, no. “Protect” Kiev’s bunch of neo-Nazis, fascists and shady oligarchs, yes. Protect Russophones in Eastern Ukraine, no.

It all started with protecting Irbil – already protected by Sumerian goddess Ishtar for millennia. Then protecting Irbil and Baghdad. Then protecting all “strategic” sites in Iraq.

Retired General Carter Ham of AFRICOM/”We came, we saw, he died” fame, was adamant that it will be “very difficult” to pull off so much protecting with only a few fighter jets. So drones will be needed. And troops on the ground.

From protecting ExxonMobil and Chevron to double bombing in Syraq. No wonder the Return of the Living (Neo-Con) Dead are so excited. It’s the Greater Middle East all over again. And guess who will be part of the coalition of the willing to fight the Caliph? Britain, Australia, Turkey, Jordan and Gulf Cooperation Council stalwarts Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Almost the same bunch (five among seven) that enabled the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the first place, from “Assad must go” to “good” and “bad” jihadis, and finally to ISIS (now the Islamic State) configured as the sprawling abode – complete with flush private army – of Caliph Ibrahim.
And no, there’s no strategy. Hee haw!
Bye bye petrodollar

Now let’s see the dividends of “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” as applied to Ukraine.

Back to the Mackinderesque Dr Zbig. Some vassals – the usual NATO/GCC suspects, but not all of them – may still believe they profit from “security dependence”, while others remain nervously pliant and, in theory, feel “protected” by the Empire of Chaos.

But then the Empire of Chaos “encouraged” a de facto coup. And gave the green light for the new Kiev mob to do in Eastern Ukraine roughly what Israel does in Gaza. The idea in Ukraine was to bog down Russia in its western borderlands and cut off the economic/trade link between Russia and Germany. Cut Eurasia in half.

But then Obama launched a Cold War 2.0 that could easily turn hot. He destroyed the relationship with chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany and amplified the strategic embrace between the Bear and the Dragon, with the result that Beijing started paying less attention to the “pivoting to Asia” because now it enjoys even more backing from Moscow. Meanwhile, Moscow further stalls Washington’s advances in Central Asia.

Sanctions on Russia not only reinforce its internal market but also boost its foreign trade – way beyond European shores. Yet still it was not enough to totally sell out to Wall Street and totally wreck US foreign policy. With aides/advisors like National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who needs enemies?

Obama’s sanctions hysteria is leading the way to the progressive end of the US dollar as reserve currency, and the end of the petrodollar.

Witness this – the most important news of these last few months after the Russia-China “gas deal of the century”.

Obama is accelerating the now uncontrolled collapse of the Empire of Chaos. The new axis of the future – Beijing, Moscow, Berlin – is slowly but surely coming together. There’s nothing “barbarian” about them. And the bulk of the Global South supports them.
“The old order isn’t holding” – indeed. “The Caliph is evil.
So I’m applying more sanctions on Russia.” How’s that for Empire management? Good boy. Now pivot. With yourself. And with no strategy.

Pepe ESCOBAR is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

Food stamp recipients panic as federal EBT system crashes; government IT systems rapidly unraveling

By Mike Adams, Natural News

I’ve often said that 72 hours after EBT cards stop working, every U.S. city will collapse into chaos. In case you’re not familiar with the term, EBT cards are “digital food stamps.” Nearly 50 million Americans are right now using EBT cards which are automatically refilled each month with welfare money the government doesn’t have, increasing the national debt.

Under Obama, food stamp enrollees have exploded. The annual usage statistics for food stamps are found here, but you can’t see them because under the Obama administration’s contrived “shutdown theater,” the USDA.gov website has been taken offline. Note, of course, that the food stamp program itself is still online (most of the time), thereby proving there really isn’t a “government shutdown” as claimed by Obama.

If you really want to see the data, you have to go to a private website like this one that shows the annual food stamp enrollment from 1975 to 2012:

There, you can clearly see the explosion of food stamps under Obama, who has more than doubled the number of Americans on the program. That’s considered “economic growth” by democrats, by the way: the more people who subsist on government, the better the economy.

EBT system craters across 17 states

Today, the EBT system crashed hard, causing food stamp beneficiaries across 17 states to be unable to buy their cupcakes, donuts, diet sodas and other junk foods that keep them diseased and obese. (Yes, food stamp money is primarily used buy processed junk food.)

“While the system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits,” stated a food stamp official in an AP story. The story goes on to say, “Typically when the cards aren’t working retailers can call a backup phone number to find out how much money a customer has available in their account. But that information also was unavailable because of the outage, so customers weren’t able to use their cards.”

The feds said this was due to a “system update,” but this is of course a lie. Then again, every computer system in government that crashes — including the Healthcare.gov website — is now said to be “fully functioning” as if everybody in government is tripped out on acid.

The IT backbone of the U.S. federal empire is unraveling

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CHAOS – COLD – DESPERATION In Wake of Hurricane Sandy

A sign warning looters is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at Mantoloking Road going into Bay Head, New Jersey November 4, 2012. (Reuters)

By Jim Hoft, Gatewaypundit

Drudge reported:
Tons of trash pile up on NY streets…
Marathon canceled, but generators and supplies still sit unused in park…
A week after Sandy, Marines land in Staten Island…
Now Quake Rattles NJ Towns!
Devastated residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit…
‘I feel like a victim of Hurricane Katrina’…
1.9 million still dark…
Mayor says up to 40,000 may need relocation…
Panic at the pump continues as gas-rationing plan fails…

Residents dig through the debris left by Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island Borough of New York, November 3, 2012. (Reuters)


Syrie: “l’Occident provoque le chaos” (Poutine)

Vladimir Poutine

Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a critiqué jeudi les démarches des pays occidentaux à l’encontre de la Syrie, secouée par une guerre civile.

“Nos partenaires [occidentaux] n’arrivent pas à s’arrêter. Après avoir semé le chaos dans de nombreuses régions, ils poursuivent la même politique dans d’autres pays, notamment en Syrie”, a déclaré le chef de l’Etat.

En visite dans la région de Riazan (200 km au sud-est de Moscou), M. Poutine a été prié de faire connaître sa position sur les événements au Proche-Orient, y compris en Syrie.

“Notre position consiste à encourager les changements pour le mieux dans tous les pays. Il ne s’agit pas d’imposer – surtout par la force – ce que nous croyons juste, mais de stimuler le développement de l’intérieur”, a indiqué le président.

“Nous avons prévenu qu’il fallait agir avec circonspection, sans rien imposer par la force pour ne pas provoquer le chaos. Et qu’est-ce que nous voyons aujourd’hui? Nous voyons une situation proche du chaos”, a conclu le chef de l’Etat russe.

Source: Ria Novosti




Aleppo rebels encircled, bombarded

The Syrian army reports inflicting heavy losses on armed rebels holed up in several residential neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo. It says the rebels have been besieged and heavily shelled.

The latest offensive started on Sunday afternoon after unknown terrorists detonated a powerful bomb in western Aleppo. The explosion left 29 local people dead and 65 injured. It also destroyed a hospital and two schools and badly damaged several apartment blocks.

Source: the Voice of Russia

Ex-directeur de la DST : Sarkozy est responsable du chaos en Libye et au Mali

L’ancien directeur de la Direction de la surveillance du territoire (DST), un service de renseignements du ministère de l’Intérieur, Yves Bonnet, a accusé  le président Nicolas Sarkozy d’être responsable «  du chaos en Libye, au Mali », soulignant que ” le manque de confiance entre l’Algérie et la France a aggravé la situation dans la région de la côte de l’Afrique “.

Dans  une interview accordée au quotidien  algérien alAkhbar, Bonnet a jugé que “l’Afrique fait l’objet de perturbations sécuritaires de plus en plus dangereuses en raison du chaos provoqué en Libye, et dont  les parties responsables sont bien connues à savoir  l’OTAN et la France. Or, ces derniers n’ont pas tenu compte de quelque chose de grave, celui de  réfléchir sur les résultats d’une intervention dans les affaires d’un Etat quel que soit la nature de son régime”.

Il a souligné qu’ “en politique, il est impératif de s’assurer que le règlement que nous cherchons dans une quelconque situation sera de loin meilleur que la situation elle-même, autrement dit  dans le cas de la Libye, je pense que la situation d’avant était bien meilleure que celle d’aujourd’hui.” Continue reading