“. . . Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower’s one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the sun strikes that sphere–that sphere that towers over all Berlin—the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed. . . ” ~ President Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987
Last weekend, the Bilderberg Group of powerful elites met secretively in the Austrian Alps to discuss some of the world’s problems and associated implications for nations, industries, bankers and various persons in dealing with the “New World Disorder.”
According to the Washington Times, luminaries reportedly included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; former Obama officials and advisors such as National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon, CIA Director David Petraeus, and campaign manager Jim Messina; Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management Mary Erdoes; former World Bank president and now Goldman Sachs executive Robert Zoellick; former European Union Commission president Jose Barroso, and executives of companies ranging from Google to Shell. No doubt, also included were current senior government officials from the U.S. and other nations around the world, all reportedly to discuss “Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, chemical weapons threats, current economic issues, European strategy, globalization, Greece, Iran, Middle East, NATO, Russia, terrorism, United Kingdom, U.S.A., U.S. elections.”
The New World Disorder.
No doubt, Dr. Kissinger elaborated the most current update of his “World Order,” published last summer and discussed in his accompanying August 29, 2014 Wall Street Journal article titled “Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order.”
Things don’t seem to be “assembling”… especially since then. Au contraire, they have moved much more toward disorder than order, fueled especially by President Obama’s strategy of “leading from behind” in the Middle East and not unrelated failed “reset” with Russia.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is filling the power vacuum the President’s policies have created in the Middle East—and framing a new “Cold War” posture with NATO, especially following his invasion of Ukraine and continuing related hostilities; not so veiled threats to the Baltic nations; related attempted intimidation of our NATO allies; Bear-H bomber flights into U.S. air space and Russian fighter jets buzzing U.S. ships, most recently the USS Ross Destroyer in the Black Sea. He was not invited to the recent G-7 Meeting in Germany, continuing Russia’s suspension from the G-8 after invading Ukraine.
In the Middle East, we just passed the one year anniversary of the advent of Obama’s so-called “JV-Team,” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—or as they short-hand themselves, the Islamic State (IS), with the declared objective of forming a worldwide Caliphate. After a rude awakening that maybe they were “varsity caliber” against forces we presumed to have trained, the President declared the U.S. goal was to “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)—his label for ISIS. Whatever, he just admitted (again) last week that he still has no strategy for reaching his defined goal—and blamed the Defense Department for not providing him with one.
So, he sent an additional 450 “advisors” to help execute his undefined strategy against this brutal enemy. (They have brutally murdered numerous innocents, including Christians and at least a couple of U.S. citizens.) Last week, ISIS was reported to be seeking a nuclear weapon—possibly building a so-called “dirty bomb” to spread lethal radiation poisoning.
ISIS apparently also claims it could obtain a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggle it into the United States as reported by the June 3rd International Business Times in an article entitled “Islamic State Nuclear Weapons: ISIS Claims It Can Smuggle Devices Through Nigeria, Mexico To The United States.” This is a serious concern.
I’m even more concerned that ISIS might launch such a weapon from a vessel off our coasts and set it off a hundred miles or so over the United States—creating an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could shut down the electric power grid, indefinitely in its current unhardened state. Most Americans would die within the following year from starvation, disease and consequences of social unrest.
Furthermore, if/when Iran gets a nuclear weapon they have already demonstrated they could launch it from an off-shore vessel, or on one of their satellites coming over the South Polar region, and set it off over the United States. We are defenseless against these threats.
Monday’s Investor’s Business Daily reported that Iran (Shia) has joined with the Taliban (Sunni) to fight their common enemy ISIS (Sunni), one consequence of which could return Afghanistan to Taliban control as in the pre-9/11 days. As the IBD editorial notes, “President Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. troops before their Afghanistan mission was finished has already enabled smugglers bearing Iranian arms to cross into Afghanistan with ease. The ongoing absence of U.S. forces removes what had been a significant obstacle to the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.”
Monday’s editorial also quoted The Guardian’s Tehran correspondent Farhad Peikar, who observed last month when reporting on a Taliban delegation visiting Iran for talks: “[E]ven archrivals like Iran and the Taliban, which ascribe to opposing radical ideologies, can put aside their sectarian differences for the sake of national and group interests.” Both view ISIS as a competitor—and us as a common enemy.
Meanwhile the clock ticks on toward the end of the current round of P5+1 talks with Iran where U.S. negotiators allege they will conclude an agreement by the end of June to end the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapons, don’t you know . . . As should be well known by now, this “bad deal” (Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s label) only legitimizes Iran’s pathway to nuclear weapons, likely leading to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East—as the traditional enemies of Iran seek nuclear weapons of their own. As noted above, this outcome also poses an existential threat to America.
Then there’s China, deserving of a special report on their steady pace toward dominating their “near abroad” and prompting the Obama administrations so-called “pivot to Asia”—so far, without much elaboration of just what that means. Consider Andrew Brown’s June 12, 2015 Wall Street Journal article, “Can China Be Contained?” for a review of the “big picture” that may be behind much of the “informed” thinking on the current status of things in dealing with a regime that thinks in terms of very long term-strategy, as elaborated by Michael Pillsbury’s The Hundred Year Marathon, recommended reading in my view.
I didn’t mention North Korea or Pakistan, nations that became nuclear capable thanks to the long-standing cacophony of proliferation fueled by Russia and China—and the beat goes on . . .
I could go on, but I think I’ve spent enough space on the nature of our current problems that need major changes. More for another day.
We Again Need “The Vision Thing!”
Last Friday, June 12th, I thought back 28 years to 1987, when President Ronald Reagan made his historic speech at the Berlin Wall’s Brandenburg Gate. Click here to listen to these memorable words—and read them all, which included, for me, his most memorable segment—which I understand he insisted upon to the objection of the State Department:
“. . . now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control.
“Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the West, or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it? We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
A little later he referred to the negotiations in which, as his Ambassador, I sought to do his will regarding the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)—to assure the negotiations could reduce strategic offensive arms without limiting our ability to explore the possibilities of building truly effective defenses to protect all free people against attack with ballistic missiles. But here are Reagan’s words:
“While we pursue these arms reductions, I pledge to you that we will maintain the capacity to deter Soviet aggression at any level at which it might occur. And in cooperation with many of our allies, the United States is pursuing the Strategic Defense Initiative—research to base deterrence not on the threat of offensive retaliation, but on defenses that truly defend; on systems, in short, that will not target populations, but shield them. By these means we seek to increase the safety of Europe and all the world. But we must remember a crucial fact: East and West do not mistrust each other because we are armed; we are armed because we mistrust each other. And our differences are not about weapons but about liberty. When President Kennedy spoke at the City Hall those 24 years ago, freedom was encircled, Berlin was under siege. And today, despite all the pressures upon this city, Berlin stands secure in its liberty. And freedom itself is transforming the globe.”
President Reagan’s concluding thoughts were also a reflection of his faith, which still speaks to me:
“ . . . Perhaps this gets to the root of the matter, to the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront. Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower’s one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the sun strikes that sphere–that sphere that towers over all Berlin—the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed.
“As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: ‘This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.’ Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom. . . “
This speech, a few months after President Reagan walked out of the Reykjavik Summit because Gorbachev demanded that testing of space-based defenses, the most effective defenses promised by SDI, be limited to the laboratory. Many, including Soviet leaders at the time, believe that event was a major turning point that led to the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union. Reagan’s Brandenburg set the stage for possible cooperation with Russia—and Gorbachev responded favorably, as History shows.
And so the wall came down on November 11, 1989—appropriately on Veterans Day. Germany reunified and prospered. Hosted the G-7 last week—excluding Russia because of its President Vladimir Putin’s regression, perhaps to a new Cold War status.
Reagan’s faith, persistence, “Peace through Strength” agenda and Strategic Defense Initiative led to such major changes that some, including his successor, President George H.W. Bush, thought in 1990 that a “New World Order” was in the offing. Since his administration, successive presidents have lost Reagan’s vision . . . and with it any possibility of a New World Order anytime soon.
They have dismantled or worn out the systems resulting from Reagan’s strategic modernization program and restoration of the “Hollow Army” of the Carter years—with few or no replacements in sight. According to some, our military arms are now at their weakest status since before World War I.
They have built ballistic missile defense systems that are a pale shadow of the possibilities of his Strategic Defense Initiative—still ridiculed by many who are ill-informed about what was achieved during the SDI years . . . and what could still be achieved if we had leadership with “the vision thing” referred to by the first President Bush.
As I have explained several times, most recently last March 24th, the Clinton Administration and its congressional associates accomplished what the Soviets could not do in scuttling SDI—and no one has since revived any semblance of Reagan’s vision and the possibilities of 20-year old technology—let alone that of today.
May God bless America again with a leader like Ronald Reagan. That would be a real “Reset” worth having.
Near Term High Frontier Plans.
We will continue working with South Carolina folks to build a coalition to engage constructively with private citizens and their local and state representatives and other authorities to work with the SC National Guard in understanding and responding to the existential threats to the electric power grid. We are expanding this effort to neighboring and other states. We expect support from Cong. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) whose district includes my SC farm. He is a member of the Congressional EMP Caucus seeking legislation to counter the EMP threat.
Of great importance is my future efforts with South Carolina’s Adjutant General, Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr. and the state’s National Guard to understand and deal with the threats to the electric grid. In future plans with him and others in the state, I will be emphasizing efforts to assure a viable role of the nuclear power reactors that produce 60-percent of South Carolina’s electricity.
Our message is getting the attention of a number of folks around the nation, who share our concerns about the lack of action on many fronts in Washington and the need for local folks to get engaged. Hopefully, the increasing opportunities for me to share High Frontier’s message will bear fruit that manifests itself in action—both in Washington and locally. Both are needed for America to “be all it can be” to borrow a phrase from the U.S. Army.
We will be working with members of the EMP Coalition and others who are seeking to take our message across the country—especially with Bob Newman, a former Adjutant General of Virginia to help us link our SC plans more broadly and especially into the National Capital region. In July, I will be traveling to New Hampshire to take part in a National Security Conference, like those in South Carolina and Iowa.
What can you do?
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