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US Gov’t stealing a significant part of its own “aid” to Afghanistan

Grigory Trofimchuk
Despite the statements of the US President D. Trump on the need for an early withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan, the interest of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the industrial complex in maintaining a military presence in this country is obvious. We are talking about the use of American financial aid flows to Afghanistan for selfish purposes.

For almost two decades of the Afghan campaign and the presence of the NATO and US contingent, Washington formally allocated large-scale funds not only for security assistance, but also for the civil reconstruction and development of this country.

Since 2001, approximately $130 billion was sent to Afghanistan. However, not all the money reached the country in need.

A significant part of the “aid” remained in the United States in the form of kickbacks, as evidenced, in particular, by the numerous reports of the US Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, J.Sopko. This is also confirmed by an article about US corruption in Afghanistan on the Turkish “Aydinlik”.

As a result, corruption schemes for appropriating funds allocated to Afghanistan by the Americans themselves only worsened the already difficult economic situation in the country, which is trying to recover from military and political turmoil.

The question arises as to how those involved in the contract manage to retain a significant share of all tranches. The fact is that for the distribution of financial assistance to Afghanistan, there is a multi-level system of contracts, with the participation of American contractors and subcontractors.

To assign financial aid to Afghanistan, first of all, USAID is used, through which corrupt officials take about 50% of financial flows. For example, in the case of the program for the advancement of women in Badakhshan and Khost provinces, the share of appropriated funds reached 90-95%.

As a standard scheme, USAID transfers funds for the project to an Afghan agency that justifies its deliberately inflated cost to the local Ministry of Finance. After the contract is cashed out, half of this amount is given to USAID-related individuals. Grants from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are probably used in the same way, but in smaller amounts due to the greater number of witnesses in international organizations.

The very scale of American financial assistance, the feasibility of which is ambiguously assessed within the United States, also raises questions. In a report to the US Congress in February 2020, the above-mentioned J.Sopko noted that the amount of aid allocated significantly exceeds the capabilities of the Afghan economy.

According to the Inspector General, the amount of funds should be from 15 to 45% of the country’s GDP, while in 2007 and 2010, US grants to Afghanistan amounted to more than 100% of Afghanistan’s GDP. Obviously, such spending is not effective, but creates opportunities for plunder. At the same time, attempts by American politicians to reduce spending on Afghanistan are met with resistance from the military, who are interested in maintaining a significant source of income, as well as contractors involved in this area.

On March 23, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a $1 billion reduction in aid to Kabul due to the inability of two presidential contenders (A. Ghani and A. Abdul) to agree on power-sharing over highly questionable election dates. However, there is no confirmation that Washington is fulfilling the promises of the head of the Department of State. Recently, Democrat Senators even asked US Secretary of Defense M. Esper to report on cost reduction.

However, the report was not provided. Apparently, the Pentagon leaves this issue open, and the military clearly does not want to cut aid by reducing its articles.

The American defense industry has a special interest in the funds allocated to Afghanistan. Purchases and deliveries of goods to US and NATO contingents, as well as to Afghan security forces, are often carried out without regard to economic expediency and at inflated prices that are favorable to American manufacturers.

So, instead of building a factory in Afghanistan that would produce cartridges for M-4 and M-16 rifles at 12 cents apiece, Washington continues to buy cartridges from its suppliers for the needs of the Afghan security forces at the price of 57 cents apiece. In addition, the US military refused Russian kerosene at 94 cents per litre, buying it in Greece at $1.4 per litre. In order to maintain control, the United States provides financial assistance to the Afghan security forces through its own fund, not international structures.

American contractors on civil projects use the same principle with overstating the real cost of goods and services, including those supplied through USAID. For example, recently, not without their participation, the Ministry of Health of Afghanistan sold about 10,000 tests for coronavirus at a price of $48 each when their real cost is no more than $5.

The most “tasty” contracts are the supply of oil products and the supply of the Afghan army and the NATO contingent with weapons, military equipment and uniforms, which are lobbied by American congressmen whose wives get good positions on the boards of directors of the respective companies. At the same time, the real recipients of kickbacks are engaged in dirty work and are not “advertised”.

It is not surprising that American aid to Afghanistan, despite its astronomical size (the amount of aid exceeded the funds allocated under the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of post-war Europe), only allows the American military and contractors involved in its distribution to enrich themselves, while in Afghanistan the result of such assistance is not felt and its effectiveness, in general, is almost zero.

Recently, the media reported on the attempt of the top leadership of Afghanistan to redirect the flow of foreign financial assistance to themselves.

In April 2020, President Ghani bypassed the Parliament and announced the reform of the Ministry of Finance and the re-subordination of a number of its departments responsible for budget issues, state duties, and customs duties to the presidential administration.

However, the Department of State criticized Ghani’s decision as “corrupt”. It is noteworthy that immediately after such comments, the Afghan President withdrew his initiative. The political dependence of Kabul on Washington plays into the hands of US corruption schemes. The Americans clearly do not want to lose control over external financial flows to Afghanistan and do not allow even their wards to distribute them.

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Roger
Roger
Jul 15, 2020 7:58 PM

US “aid” always was a scam.
Usually, US “aid” can only be spent on US products and services. For example if a country want to spend “aid money” on rice, it has to buy California-grown rice (second most expensive in the world, after Japan’s) and it has to be shipped by US-flagged vessels crewed by members of the Seafarers’ International Union (which despite the name is US/Canada only and affiliated to the AFL, the American Federation of Labor). The shipping costs alone are about twice market rates. This buys union endorsements for the politicians who write that into the law allocating the “aid”. With careful drafting, all the “aid” goes straight back to the US … generating endorsements and campaign donations for politicians.

Peter
Peter
Jul 14, 2020 9:53 AM

It is time to be cruel to be kind.
If things are given [doled out] by Governments and NGO’s, The benefactors a] don’t accept the sacrifices the countries giving this aid make. b] Because it is given, their is no respect to look after this aid. c] Because it is not paid for by the recipients themselves, they cheerfully ignore the rip-offs, “it’s not our money, so why worry, the rich west can always give more.
 
Around the 1860’s in the west, we had poor sanitation, poor living standards, poor education. poor working conditions and not too forget gross inequalities between rich and poor.
 
Through the rise of beneficial administrators, and yes organised labour, not to forget democratically elected MP’s [who in the main still remembered the roots] these poor living standards etc was overcome.
 
Now we have the mass of people forgetting [indeed if they ever knew] how their grand and great grandparents struggled to improve their lot in life.
 
Due to the rise in automation and cheap imports the mass of the people are becoming irrelevant to the system. Also because everything they have as been given to them, without too much of a struggle they no longer value what they have.
 
So the majority in the west are becoming like the developing world, depending on the largess of governments [who indeed take our taxes and in turn give us back what they think we need] The Government, now consist of a separate political class who are totally out of the touch with this majority. Indeed without control of the system and the ability to use the system to dole out grants and subsidies to organisations. Who in turn employ any failed politician. Whilst the majority have been trained to accept these facts as normal.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 13, 2020 9:20 AM

There are documentaries about opium cultivation but for a true perspective you should listen to or read Alfred McCoy, author of The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (1972, 2003)
 
McCoy has been publicizing the close connection between the Heroin Trade and US Military and CIA activity. Here he is talking to Studs Terkel in 1971 https://studsterkel.wfmt.com/programs/alfred-mccoy-discusses-heroin-trafficking-part-1
 
Afghan Overdose: Inside opium trade – RT (2015)

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 13, 2020 10:22 AM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Part 2 of the interview by Studs Terkel of Alfred McCoy about the Politics of Heroin.
https://studsterkel.wfmt.com/programs/alfred-mccoy-discusses-heroin-trafficking-part-2
 
Alfred McCoy brings us up to date almost 50 years later in his 2017 book In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

Brian Eggar
Brian Eggar
Jul 12, 2020 11:57 PM

When they were clearing out Camp David, there was a bottling plant there for water.
 
Was this left behind for the residents of Kabul, certainly not.
 
I believe to get one litre of fuel to Afghanistan takes eleven litres to get it there.
 
Perhaps if the poppy fields were turned over to plants to produce vegetable oil and engines adapted to run on it, two problems would be solved at the same time but the world does not work like that.

Seaweed
Seaweed
Jul 12, 2020 6:33 AM

I’ve seen this quote a few places on the internet and it’s probably been posted on this site before but here it is again anyway
 
ATTENTION TO OUR MILITARY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!!
Smedley Butler on Interventionism
Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.
 

War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

 

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Jul 12, 2020 5:43 AM

HOW THE TREASURY IS PLUNDERED


Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Jul 12, 2020 12:27 AM

RAPE AND PILLAGE
 
Checkout this link https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/ — it’s a live “cost of war meter” indicating second by second what the US spends on 
national security. Every hour taxpayers in the United States are shelling out $32.08 million for the wars started in 2001.
 
 After looking at this meter you’ll realize why the US infrastructure is falling apart; why there’s no money for Medicare-for-All; why Social Security hasn’t increased payments to the elderly in years; and how trillions of working-class tax dollars are transferred to big banks, the arms industry, private contractors and all the usual despicable war profiteers. 
 
 Notice how during the Democratic Primaries no one except Tulsi Gabbard attempted to connect the dots and show how the US public is being ripped off by a government that pursues endless imperialist wars.  It’s unfortunate, that Gabbard went on to endorse warmongering basement-Joe. Be that as it may, the military budget and all the ancillary corruption resulting from a multitude of crooks grabbing a piece of the action also explains why there’s such extreme wealth and income inequality. There’s no money left for social programs because the treasury is being plundered by war profiteers.  
 
“The real story of modern empire – of the corporatocracy that exploits desperate people and is executing history’s most brutal, selfish, and ultimately self-destructive resource-grab … has everything to do with us. And that, of course, explains why we have such difficulty listening to the real story. We prefer to believe the myth that thousands of years of human social evolution has finally perfected the ideal economic system, rather than to face the fact we have merely bought into a false concept and accepted it as gospel. We have convinced ourselves that all economic growth benefits humankind, and that the greater the growth, the more widespread the benefits. Finally, we have persuaded one another that the corollary to this concept is valid and morally just: that people who excel at stoking the fires of economic growth should be exalted and rewarded, while those born at the fringes are available for exploitation.
 
This concept and its corollary are used to justify all manner of piracy -licenses are granted to rape and pillage and murder innocent people in Iran, Panama, Colombia, Iraq, and elsewhere. EHMs, jackals, and armies flourish for as long as their activities can be shown to generate economic growth – and they almost always demonstrate such growth. Thanks to the biased “sciences” of forecasting, econometrics, and statistics, if you bomb a city and then rebuild it, the data shows a huge spike in economic growth.” John Perkins “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”
 

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 12:49 PM

Taking on the ‘corporatocracy’ was why Trump got elected and why the Washington establishment or swamp is so desperate to remove him by any means necessary. Trump is making huge efforts to save American soldiers from dying and pull out of pointless, endless wars, so threatening the US military-industrial complex we all loathe. It’s a key reason warmonger and neo-con John Bolton resigned. And it’s a major reason why many of us see the only ethical place to be as on the Trump train, Charlotte.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Jul 12, 2020 3:52 PM
Reply to  Nick

The Democrats are disgusting militarist creeps. The political duopoly is a diseased sewer not a swamp. Trump needs to do more…..granted he hasn’t started a war, but he hasn’t ended any either…..

Grafter
Grafter
Jul 12, 2020 12:24 AM

So what’s new ?

paul
paul
Jul 11, 2020 11:26 PM

It costs $250 to deliver a gallon of fuel to the forces fighting in Afghanistan.
A lot of the supplies are trucked through the Khyber Pass by Pakistanis who pay off the Taliban for protection. Half the loads end up for sale in the local bazaar.
All the graft follows the old familiar pattern long established in Vietnam and Iraq.
In Iraq, pallets of shrink wrapped $100 notes were flown into the country by the plane load.
None of it was accounted for in any way and it all promptly disappeared.
The oil was siphoned off without even being metered and likewise vanished.
A US company charged $3 million to rebuild a bomb damaged Iraqi factory. It trousered the money and didn’t bother doing the work. A local Iraqi firm eventually did the work for $15,000.
A lot of Afghans and Iraqis couldn’t believe the Americans were that corrupt and thought they were deliberately sabotaging reconstruction work.
But all this is bog standard US practice. US arms companies will charge $100 for a screw or a bolt that costs a few cents. It provides plenty of shekels to pay off all the folks in Congress. There are an awful lot of snouts in the trough. $21 trillion (nearly the level of the national debt) has “gone missing” from the military budget. There is not even the most rudimentary accounting system in place, and there hasn’t been for decades.
The current US military budget is $1,134 billion, not the official figure of $740 billion.

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jul 11, 2020 9:51 PM

The music pubs self distancing, even outside, simply ain’t going to work. We do not want to be served outside by any of the best barmaids in the world, where we live in London outside wearing a mask. If you , Boris or anyone, wants to wear a mask, then fine.

But I am not going.

So I have been testing my electric violin, bass guitar and African Drum, and some of the amps and speakers, and Cables

We might not be here on my wife’s birthday 1st AUGUST..We might be sailing, and we haven’t invited anyone…

Our next door neighbour will have the key.

I was just doing a sound test – guitars violins, drums and digeridoo.

If we ain’t here – just go for it, and be nice to our two old cats.

We really like them.

“The Heavy – How You Like Me Now? (Official Video)”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVzvRsl4rEM

Getting our camping gear ready too.

It is just normal, its what my wife and I do.

We go away in the Summer

She’s had COVID too, but is now completely immune so how was it girl?

“Well they cancelled my Swimming (twice a week) My Yoga Class on Friday Mornings, and my Rock Fit Dance Class on Thursday Evenings.”

If Boris wants either my Wife or Me to wear a Mask to go shopping or going to the pub…then fine..we will not be going shopping, and neither will we be going to the pub.

We do not charge for entry to our house and garden, but if you are wearing a mask, you will not get in.

Bring your own guitar, microphone, stands and amps or just come if you are still alive and can try and sing, dance and have fun.

We will do the beer and cider.

No smoking allowed in the house, but the toilets work are nice and clean, and scented by the local lavender

Tony

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jul 11, 2020 11:55 PM
Reply to  tonyopmoc

Someone is having a Garden Party with Live Music just down the road from where we live. If they can do it live with their friends – so can we with ours..
 
Get out and Sing, and Rattle your Tamborine.
 
Tony

N.R.Liwal
N.R.Liwal
Jul 11, 2020 8:34 PM

Here is a solution from an Afghan perspective and a petition
https://t.co/cdWxHFCuAu?amp=1
To IMF and Afghanistan’s other Donors and Creditors: Stop The Afghanistan Debt And Aid Trap To Save Millions Of Innocent Lives Worldwide 
 
We are asking stop giving Aid/loans or in addition to international organizations and Afghanistan’s government, equally empower Afghan civil society organizations and private sector in the management, disbursement, implementation and monitoring of funds based on open governance to bring peace in Afghanistan and save lives worldwide
 
More here: https://www.noorrahmanliwal.com/nt/?gnh=1766&zbh=en 
 
And many other recommendation in #AfghansRejectIMFLoan #StopTheAfghanistanDebtTrap on twitter.
 

N.R.Liwal
N.R.Liwal
Jul 11, 2020 8:32 PM

Sorry for double posting.

Steve Abbott
Steve Abbott
Jul 11, 2020 6:49 PM

The real issue IMHO, is that democracy can not exist anywhere in the world, let alone in the US itself, when individuals and corporations have more disposable income than entire countries. It is regularly acknowledged in Western politics, that the success of any political campaign is measured by the amount of campaign funding that it can raise. Personal and corporate wealth, not to mention hidden wealth, makes a mockery of grass roots campaigns. “The West” exports “democracy” to any state that denies its elites the right to control more wealth than the countries themselves. We need new language and new philosophies to somehow recognize this new morality.

Peggy
Peggy
Jul 11, 2020 7:30 PM
Reply to  Steve Abbott

Once a state forms its own security apparatus, its democracy is doomed.

Democracies cannot control, a well ordered, all knowing organization over time, that becomes expert at evading democratic scrutiny, and as its democratic controllers come and go, it assumes a caretaker role over its own state.
 
It has happened in the UK where our elected politicians respond cluelessly to the terror plots and false flags of the security services, performed to engineer more power and surveillance equipment over to them.

This situation is further complicated by international global cooperation, with 5 eyes, totally avoiding any supervision and an ability to self-fund operations, which avoids democratic financial scrutiny in each country. We should regard the Iran Contra operation as just the tip of a very large iceberg, and something that has become the norm since.

With these forces at large, growing in confidence and with their own ideological far-right white supremacist belief systems, we are powerless to even talk about them, let along fight their crimes.
 

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:26 PM
Reply to  Peggy

The US establishment is probably as woke and as afraid of a mythical white supremacy as you are, Peggy. Did you see this?
 
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/07/us-army-listed-maga-as-a-white-supremacist-statement-then-retracted/
 
 

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:11 PM
Reply to  Steve Abbott

Sorry, but democracy and economic inequality are not incompatible at all. The ‘real issue’ is making sure that elected governments can implement the policies voters were promised and voted for, rather than advance the undemocratic aims of unelected corporations, billionaire ‘benefactors’, EU and banking elites or the establishment ‘swamps’ which endlessly oppose and undermine independent politicians, black inconvenient policies and frustrate majority rule. The real issue is to ensure we get government controlled by the people, not government which controls people on behalf of elite vested interests both political and financial. In the US, voters chose walls, economic nationalism and MAGA. Corporate and leftist elites did not. All the hate and hysteria since Trump’s election can be understood as an orchestrated revolt of the elite against the voters who reject their control.

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jul 11, 2020 5:18 PM

Maybe I wrote too many words, but it was on topic, and contained only one link. I have remembered the guys name I was talking about now. This is his travel blog.
 
We would love to see him again. He’s a nice bloke.
 
 
http://www.jockandthebeanstalk.com/
 
Tony

polistra
polistra
Jul 11, 2020 4:58 PM

This isn’t news. Foreign aid has always been a profit center for favored contractors. Everyone on both ends understands this, and grabs their piece of the cake. This is the PURPOSE, not an accidental corruption.
 
Come on, Off-Guardian, you can do better!

S Cooper
S Cooper
Jul 11, 2020 5:42 PM
Reply to  polistra

Here is a question. In the end what percentage of “the aid” finally gets to those that honestly need it: .01%, ,001%, 0001%, 0, -.01%?

Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Jul 11, 2020 6:59 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

Yeah so what ? All govts inc UK govt cheat lie steal and misuse ” foreign aid”.
The Russain govt when it invaded Afganistan for a decade before the usa probably misused funds too.
Snore, anti west meme when the whole worlds been westernized ,war & distract is the hidden MO of this article.
The American people, like the British people do not control the actions of the corrupted govts.

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jul 11, 2020 4:52 PM

What’s going on in Afghanistan, is almost impossible to work out, unless you go there by yourself, without any guns. As strange as it may seem, I know a Scottish bloke, a very large man who did. He used to sell insurance, and quite possibly still does. In 1999, I was standing at the bar, at my local pub, looked down, and saw a £10 note on the floor. I was pretty sure it wasn’t mine, so picked it up, and looked behind, and said to this man – is this yours? So we got chatting and he said he was going to do this, and did, so we watched him on telly for a year..
 
“Castaway 2000 was a reality TV programme broadcast on BBC One throughout 2000. The programme followed a group of thirty-six men, women, and children who were tasked with building a community on the remote Scottish island of Taransay.”
 
About 5 years later, he turns up in the pub again, and my wife and I were delighted to see him.
 
He had just got back from his latest adventure, travelling and taking photographs in Afghanistan. He almost certainly would have been shot dead, except the US Army, thought this extremely large man, must be one of ours. So they picked him up in a helicopter and flew him to Kabul. He protests his innocence, and says no, I am not American. I am not in any military. I just like travelling and taking photographs. So they let him go.
 
He was in the midst of telling my wife and I this story in the pub, and a few people formed round, who were quite clearly very anti-war, as my wife and I am, but they totally verbally attacked him, and gave him a really hard time, because he was a big Scottish bloke who had just come back from Afghanistan. I guess they naturally assumed he was a British Soldier. They were horrible to him, and wouldn’t let him speak. As a result of such strong verbal aggression, he didn’t react, but very soon later said goodbye to us, withdrew and walked home, so I never heard his full story. I later read he was in some other distant land, but can’t remember the details.
 
Meanwhile, I found this very interesting. I don’t know if it is true
 
“I see George Soros lost a Supreme court case that stops Federal funding of his anti-American Groups like Open Society Foundation which gives funds to BLM.
Barack Obama put $170 million into various Soros groups when he was President.”
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ7OMGuT5r8
 
Tony
 
 

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:57 PM
Reply to  tonyopmoc

Dennis Prager often explains how most Germans learnt the wrong lesson from WW2; that war and fighting are evil. The correct lesson is that war and fighting are sometimes necessary to prevent evil. Today’s anti-war fanatics clearly share this German mistake, then compound it by persecuting the very few people still brave enough to defend them and their precious freedoms and way of life. Shame on them.

paul
paul
Jul 12, 2020 10:02 PM
Reply to  Nick

That’s quite right. We should salute the courage and determination of the Syrian forces in protecting their country from the western bankrolled and orchestrated throat slitters and head choppers. And the Lebanese and Palestinian Resistance for protecting their people from the genocidal Zionist Regime.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Jul 11, 2020 4:40 PM

The War Racket Scam needs to go. It needs to go now. It is not good for humanity. It is not good for life on Earth. It never was. It is toxic in every way.
 
Listen to Smedley!
 

 
===
 
“The Corporate Fascists are at it yet again.”
 

wardropper
wardropper
Jul 11, 2020 2:28 PM

You’d think some sort of international condemnation would have been in the news by now. After all, the Great British Empire died the death in due course, when a good number of its colonies decided they’d had enough.
Where is the whole world right now, with its, “Enough!”…?
Washington’s gorillas, goobers and genetically-modified “scientists” in their secluded cloning incubators have nothing further to say to the human race. They are fatally contaminated parasites whose very nature is to destroy. In fact, they might as well be a hostile alien species for all the interest they have in humanity.
We’re right down to good vs. bad / right vs. wrong again, and there’s no sense in trying to pretend that one or another political party could fix it. So why don’t we actually try letting human beings organize our western governments, instead of just money? Or do we no longer know the difference?

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:53 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Given that ordinary people have been under the yoke of empires and tyrannies for 98% of human history, I tried recalling an empire which gave more benefits and freedoms to those it colonised than the British Empire, which uniquely even risked its own ships to fight the slavers and abolish slavery throughout the anglosphere. But I failed.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 11, 2020 2:19 PM

https://twitter.com/SyriaCivilDef/status/1280841595819098112/photo/1
 
Gotta love those White Helmets. Now they’re doing swimming pool rescues – though apparently the victim drowned while he was waiting for them to get their diving gear on.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Jul 11, 2020 1:57 PM

Interventionism as a profit center was institutionalized with the US attack on Korea in 1950. Perpetual War has been declared good for business by most of the worlds tyrannies including England and the US ever since .
 
 

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Jul 11, 2020 4:33 PM
Reply to  Jim McDonagh

You may be surprised to learn that England, unlike Scotland, does not have its own Parliament. There are English representatives in a UK Parliament, but matters solely to do with England are debated by the Scots, the Welsh and the Northern Irish, even though those three smaller nations have devolved Parliaments/Assemblies which take such decisions for themselves.
 
So yes, England may indeed by a tyranny, but it is not a recognised sovereign nation by the UN. It is one of four constituent parts of the recognised sovereign nation ‘Her Britannic Majesty’s United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Jul 11, 2020 5:25 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Is it not about time that the people of England get off their tucheses and get rid of THE ROYAL MAFIA CRIME FAMILY? Those pernicious criminal parasites have been perpetrating grand theft and inflicting mass murder upon the World for far too long. They need to go. They need to go now.
 
https://twitter.com/AVDCAreScum/status/1143627206868054016

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:35 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

Get rid of socialists first. They and their political system can only exist after ordinary people build the economic system called capitalism, on which we all depend but which socialists always seek to control, then ruin. That’s the freedom and wealth of millions of ordinary working people I’m talking about. Unwitting socialists are supremacist parasites but also elitists who preach equality to all those non-socialists they look down yet need as their moral and intellectual inferiors. Socialists need to go now. Give me the Royal Family any day.

paul
paul
Jul 12, 2020 10:05 PM
Reply to  Nick

You cant have them. They’re too busy trying to cover up the paedo antics of Randy Andy.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Jul 11, 2020 5:42 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

While the English Parliament has a diverse make-up , all serve English elites interests/issues while some posing and faux dissent is allowed. To be drawing a cheque from both England and the EU as Ms Sturgeon and others do is treason by definition.
 

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 11, 2020 5:53 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

It stuns me that the British put up with this public castration. In my grandmother’s day there was no question of country and nationality. In her case: Welsh, British. In other words, country of birth, Wales, nationality, passport and place of residence (she lived in England) the British Isles.
 
This formula even made sense to our French cousins: there was nothing inherently chest-beating about Great Britain. It just sat across the sea from Petite Bretagne or Brittany, land of the Bretons.
 
After all, every country is a united kingdom.. Germany, France, Spain.. there is nothing unique about uniting principalities into a nation. Yet for years now they’ve pushed “nationality UK”. What is that?
 
The only people in the world who cannot tell people who they are… I’m an Ukie… an Ukanian… Uk, there goes my full English breakfast.
 
Not only does the unresolved tension between the British and the Ukanians lead to an internal schizophrenia it also an acknowledgement that there’s no real way to get around the division of Ireland.
 
In exasperation as much as relief, many Britons were happy to junk the lot and call themselves Europeans but even that was a “lesser of two evils” approach.. that makes as much sense as lesser of two ‘alves that make an ‘ole… … which one’s the elf and which one’s Elvis?
 
Britons are perfectly comfortable calling themselves such. It is the state that takes like a duck to water to the bureaucratic doublethink of Ukaine.
 
They let us think that it does away with all that nasty nationalism while really it lets the Corporate Crown get on the the business of making money from it’s hodge-podge of assets called the UK, which is all that counts really.
 

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 11, 2020 6:31 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

And another thing!
 
The fact that there is no collective noun shows the residents of the UK don’t count. They are servants with no stake in the ownership.
 
That is significant; it is not an oversight but a message. You are employed at “Her Majesty’s pleasure”.
 
Theresa May went further and argued that citizenship is a privilege to be granted or withdrawn by the state.
 

“For Carl Schmitt, the legal theorist of fascism and political theologian of the Third Reich, those in power must judge who does and who does not belong to a given civic community. Citizenship became a function limited to his (or its) trenchant decree.” — Gaspar Miklos Tamas

Over at UK Column they have talked a lot about the Corporate Crown bypassing parliament and running the nation as if the Privy Council were the corporate board. So have constitutionalists in Australia who allege that the constitution is being bypassed by servants of the Corporate Crown.
 
Right or wrong, Britons had a stake in the nation for which they served in every corner of the globe, often never returning home, living in conditions only marginally better than those whom they supervised. Even that smidgeon of self respect is gone.
 
UK Inc. is a corporation and “you lot” work for it.

Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Jul 11, 2020 11:51 AM

The situation is way worse than that. Toilet seats at over $100 a piece. Drinking mugs at $50. US contractors were also responsible for supplying duff equipment such as water purification units and guns which jam when one would need it most.
 
USadmin’s use the front of USAID to control, bribe and pilfer. The ‘aid’ is stolen before it can leave the country, whereupon the admin then barks of billions in aid given away freely and with no strings attached. This has been a good ruse over the decades but now it’s becoming common knowledge that this aid is but a form of leverage.
 
Falsely blaming Afghanistan for a US/isreali atrocity, reducing the country to abject poverty, and then withholding aid whilst their puppets duke it out to be top puppet, means some american’s running US foreign policy never developed beyond their plantation owner mindset.
 
And then there’s the heroin and the lithium. No duff equipment supplied for the extraction of these items.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 11, 2020 12:26 PM
Reply to  Peter Jennings

The coffee mug was a bit more than fifty bucks 😉
Battle over Air Force’s $1,300 coffee cups heats up

Arsebiscuits
Arsebiscuits
Jul 11, 2020 11:35 AM

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/entertainment/eminem-kid-cudi-trnd/index.html

Half of us walking around like a zombie apocalypse

Other half are just pissed off and

Don’t wanna wear a mask and they’re just scoffing

And that’s how you end up catching the s— off ’em

I just used the same basket as you shopping

Now I’m in a f—— casket from you coughin’

How hateable can you get?

To think he was so anti establishment when all he was doing was corrupting kids with his madess and now as all his groomed kids are all adults now will take his orders.

Such a bitch !

right
right
Jul 11, 2020 11:45 AM
Reply to  Arsebiscuits

I believe the french deep-state actors murdered a bus driver this week, in order to demonize the people who attacked him, who refused to wear face muzzles. I have no doubt that they believe it was an operation done in the national interests.

Arsebiscuits
Arsebiscuits
Jul 11, 2020 5:29 PM
Reply to  right

I bet there was no real issue on the masks. The guys who killed this guy were 22 and 23 and known to the local police so obviously should have been in jail already for other crimes

Seaweed
Seaweed
Jul 11, 2020 1:25 PM
Reply to  Arsebiscuits

I can’t believe I actually followed this link but I did and managed to get to the end of the song which was painful, he has either sold out as you say or is role-playing with his words and expressing the views of muzzle-lovers. Either way its all publicity to get people listening to his song.
Incidentally youtube threw up this video in it’s list of recommendations

and I actually made it to the end of that video too! The commentator is an arrogant so and so who needs taking down a peg or two and the psychologist gave me the creeps.
 
Just keep debilitating pharmaceutical drugs away from children and give them a paint brush instead!
 

Arsebiscuits
Arsebiscuits
Jul 11, 2020 3:50 PM
Reply to  Seaweed

I lasted 1min and 8 seconds.
I commend your fortitude.

Seaweed
Seaweed
Jul 11, 2020 6:58 PM
Reply to  Arsebiscuits

Why thankyou. To sum the video up for everyone else who can only cope with about the first 3 mins, its about whether intelligent, creative children who may learn things in a different way from other children and are maybe unconventional, need to be given drugs as they are different and don’t ‘fit in’ and because as the psychologist says, they’re narcissists and too introverted and the pharmaceuticals therefore will normalise them so they’ll go out into the world and work (and pay taxes and not be troublesome or question things and all that…)

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jul 11, 2020 6:24 PM
Reply to  Seaweed

I watched the intro to this till 3:08, and I ain’t knockin’ it, though suspect the aura was, well not faked, but not recordable by electronic means. I also hate labels…However, I will make a couple of points about children of friends I know, near where we live. My observation is not from being a part of their family, and actually living with them..but just being friends with their parents…

He was 10 years old, about 20 years ago, and my wife and I got invited to his parents garden party – we cycled there – our kids didn’t come with us…

His parents, had got him classified as special needs.

At the garden party, he takes my hand, and insists, that I come with him. I am 50, and he is 10…He takes me up to his bedroom, and shows me what he is doing on his computer, and wants to meet my son (slightly older) – only lives a mile away, and he had already met him on the internet, and he too was setting up his own internet business, largely based on computer games and chatting to kids his same age.

I thought he was by far the cleverest and nicest of his family. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with him except he was exceedingly clever, and his parents couldn’t quite cope with his intelligence.

Shy??????You should see his girlfriend.

Whilst his parents split up.

Feeding drugs to kids is completely obscene.

Tony

Jillian
Jillian
Jul 11, 2020 10:37 AM

The problem with exposing corruption in our establishment is that we also discredit the institutions propping up what remains of our democracy, which are the only bodies standing between us and the jack boot of our budding oppressors.
 
For the tyrannical fascist, relentless criticism of corruption and abuse, even their own, (in the security services and military) is a win win, because it is the military and security services who will eventually stage the coup against our ‘discredited’ democracy, on the back of popular anger and frustration targeted against our hapless politicians.
 
That is the dilemma we face; you may think we are fighting the good fight for justice and freedom by exposing corruption, but in fact we are just aiding the fascist and the tyranny in further weakening our frail democracy, and serving those who would oppress us further and snuff out the power of the only institutions that can protect us from them.
 
Without our courts, parliament, free press and what remains of our democratic accountability, we are just naked, it’s just us verses deranged generals, with the collective emotional maturity of a 10 year old, and their clueless solders with guns.

Dr NG Maroudas
Dr NG Maroudas
Jul 11, 2020 3:22 PM
Reply to  Jillian

Jillian, if I get your drift you are asking the same question: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Or in English, Who will bell the cat? Who will charge Lord Chief Justice Hunt for exculpating TB.Liar? Who will arraign the High Court for silencing a truthsayer? Who will bring the Bush regime to trial for Con-911? Who will dismiss the British Medical Association for complaisance with Con-19?
 
Juvenal never found the answer to his question. This snippet of advice from an old Readers Digest might help: to protect yourself from a Con artist, brace your conscience. Judging from the number of Cons sweeping through “affluent Western” countries in this young century, from Con-911 thru Con-Viagra to Con-Sarin to Con-Novichok to Con-19 to Con-Vaccine, I guess our social conscience is not sufficiently braced.
 
Aux armes, Citoyens!
 
 

Nick
Nick
Jul 12, 2020 1:47 PM
Reply to  Jillian

Those fascists you mention are wokesters, right? I just didn’t see many deranged generals wrecking British cities and heritage on behalf of George Floyd, preventing UK democracy on behalf of the Brussels elite, or denying the industrial scale mass rape of underage white working class girls over the last 40 years on behalf of racist pedophile gangs. However, I did see retired generals in medals and wheelchairs being abused and spat at for their opinions by peaceful, enlightened, empathic leftist protestors.

Moneycircus
Moneycircus
Jul 11, 2020 7:16 AM

This leads back to the missing $21 trillion of undocumented budget adjustments identified by Catherine Austin Fitts and Dr Mark Skidmore, a professor of economics at Michigan State University and an expert in public finance. https://missingmoney.solari.com/
 
Dr Skidmore has now tracked Treasury rollovers that suggest the total sum of missing money may be closer to $90 trillion.
 


Dr NG Maroudas
Dr NG Maroudas
Jul 11, 2020 7:28 AM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Surely the greater criminality lies not so much in the misappropriation of the fiat money from the debt, as in the existence of the Treasury Debt itself. Why is the U$ Treasury paying interest to private banks for debt in fiat money. The system is corrupt at source.

Jillian
Jillian
Jul 11, 2020 9:58 AM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Most of it is funding the security state. All CIA operations across the world are vast.

Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Jul 11, 2020 7:09 PM
Reply to  Jillian

Yeah.But saying the oligarchy global intel is just the “CIA” is naive as it is the five eyes into one big googly eye.
Esp the new costs of all the alt right blogs spinning narrative within msms bounds =controlled opposition.
Forget little ideas of blaming one nationality as the banking cabal =puppet masters are global .

Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Jul 11, 2020 7:12 PM
Reply to  Jillian

I think you missed Dr NG’s point Jillian.
Govts are all controlled by a banking cabal they use taxpayers as debt slaves and borrow money with interest from private banks which is ridiculous.
The Banksters( Rockefeller, Rothschild Morgans etc then run and own the govts.

paul
paul
Jul 12, 2020 10:57 PM
Reply to  Moneycircus

Have they looked down the back of the sofa?

Antonym
Antonym
Jul 11, 2020 6:16 AM

<i>Since 2001, approximately $130 billion was sent to Afghanistan. However, not all the money reached the country in need. A significant part of the “aid” remained in the United States in the form of kickbacks </i>
 
What is missing here is the regional South Asian middle man between the US and Afghanistan: Pakistan, in particular its ISI and its army.
If US wheelers cut out xx%, Pakistani dealers are into double digits too.
 
The ISI has used a lot of that money to fund armed local extreme religious groups as proxies against neighboring countries like India and Afghanistan. The US has closed its eyes to this for 40 years mainly because of Sunni Arab (oil) pressure, Pakistan’s “strategic location” plus a supposingly Russian communist threat.
Times have changed and now Chinese president Xi and his PLA are plucking the rewards for that location close to the mouth of the Persian Gulf. By staring at the Bear the Dragon’s growth was totally neglected.

paul
paul
Jul 11, 2020 11:37 PM
Reply to  Antonym

The Pakistanis and Arabs referred to are just bought and paid for quisling stooges serving Zionist interests.