As you know, I have been forecasting that “The 1st Great War of the 21st Century” would soon begin. It has begun.
The world is at war. And if the current trend lines continue, a war will soon be coming to a neighborhood near you.
Just take a look around the world … pick a country.
Let’s start with Libya. Perhaps you remember that winter evening when President Obama declared that the United States would join NATO in a “Humanitarian Mission” to depose the “brutal dictator,” Muammar Qaddafi.
Surely you haven’t forgotten that this glorious “Humanitarian Mission” was not really a war, but rather, in the memorable, euphemistic terminology of Press Secretary Jay Carney; “a time-limited, scope-limited, kinetic military action.”
Now, a year later, the same presstitutes that banged the Libyan war drums acknowledge what we predicted in The Trends Journal before that “kinetic military action” even began: We forecast that President Obama’s “Humanitarian Mission” would be a total failure. We said that taking out Qaddafi would leave a vacuum that would be filled with a bloody, protracted civil and tribal war.
And, in my “Trends in The News” broadcasts and my interviews with the media worldwide, I emphatically contradicted Obama’s bold promise to bring “freedom” and “democracy” to the wealthiest nation in North Africa.
Surely you’ll remember the tough war talk from all the President’s women – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice; National Security Council Advisor, Samantha Power – as they howled for Qaddafi’s head and gloated when it was delivered. (Click here)
If you don’t remember those war championettes, surely you’ll recall the screeching of those other chicken-hawks – UK’s Prime Minister Cameron, Italy’s PM Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and all those other national leaders who gave the orders to start the war, launch the missiles and drop the bombs. Those brave stallions who’d never fought a day in their lives, leading the charge from the safety of their Presidential palaces.
It was all those great minds and brilliant policy makers whose grand strategies brought about the death, lawlessness and destruction that now plagues post-Qaddafi Libya and has served to further destabilize the region.
Peace on Earth? How about Afghanistan, the longest war in US history? The one started by President George W. Bush and seconded by President Obama, who declared, “This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.”
You remember, this was the war we were assured would lead to success in the wake of Obama’s 33,000 strong “troop surge” … the “surge” that nevertheless ended in failure in 2012 and that cost some $40 billion in the process – that’s more than one million dollars per troop. Do the math.
And who can possibly forget who commanded that Afghan campaign? That 4-Star General with the “Boy Scout charm” (The New York Times) who repeatedly bragged about the “impressive progress” being made. You know who! General David Petraeus, a loser General then, and a disgraced, loser CIA Chief now.
Keep going around the world. There’s the Syrian civil war (like Libya, another US/NATO/Arab League funded venture) currently spreading into Turkey, Lebanon and possibly even Israel.
Since it just happened a few weeks ago, you’ll remember Hamas rockets flaring over Israel and the Israeli bombs “bursting in air” over Gaza.
You do know about Egypt. As we wrote in the Autumn 2012 Trends Journal, their newly elected President Morsi – a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, which was notably a non-participant in the so-called Arab Spring uprising of 2011 – was in the process of seizing dictatorial powers, an act which has now incited new protests and is in danger of pushing the country into civil war.
Let’s not forget Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Mali, and the dozens of small-scale, dirty, murderous African wars – Somalia, the Central African Republic, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Congo – that barely make it to the back pages of newspapers and almost never onto the broadcast media.
And now trending toward a geopolitical incident of major consequences are the territorial disputes pitting China against Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Laos, Brunei and the Philippines over which country owns which island and who has the rights to fish, drill and/or mine them.
All these are wars, or wars in the making, that should be added to the growing Great War list.
Also to be included among the combatants are the tens of millions from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, and Greece who regularly flood the streets of Europe in protest of the harsh austerity measures imposed upon them. Having lost their homes, jobs and now, with nothing left to lose, they’re losing it.
For them, it’s already a war, a class war. But that’s not what it’s being called and the uprisings are sparsely covered by the mainstream news.
You Can’t Call A Spade A Spade Politicians, presstitutes and pundits resolutely regard most of these wars – civil, regional, territorial, class, ethnic and religious – as “one offs”, independent of each other, or at most, tangentially connected.
We disagree. They are all connected and all are part of “The 1st Great War of the 21st Century.”
Yet no one is calling it that.
Why? Because you can’t call a spade a spade. You have to call it a “time-limited, scope-limited, kinetic military action.”
Speaking only for myself (remember our motto: “Think For Yourself”), I don’t need some policy wonk, “expert,” politician or pundit to tell me what the state of the world is and where the trend is heading.
And if you want to wait for Wolf “Mouse” Blitzer, Piers “Whingy” Morgan,” Rachel “Self-Righteous” Maddow, Chris “Sponge-Ball” Matthews, Bellicose Bill or Raving Rush to do your thinking for you, that’s up to you.
Nor do I have to wait for that Oval Office moment when the Commander-in-Chief solemnly announces that the wars the United States has provoked and continues to provoke have finally come home to roost and America is under attack.
It’s our job to forecast what is going to happen, and, when appropriate, provide Trendposts identifying proactive courses of action, plans and strategies to take, opportunities to seize, dangers to avoid.
Peace on Earth Not only are we asserting that “The 1st Great War of the 21st Century” has begun, we are also providing unique, practical solutions on how to stop the trend in its tracks and help bring about Peace on Earth. And in so doing, to reinvigorate the world economy and advance civilization.
Laughing at me, are you?
Were you laughing at candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign when he promised he “would repair the nation and heal the world?” If you were among the 53 percent of voters who believed he would make good on his promise, you weren’t laughing.
Unlike Obama, I will deliver what I promise. I will succeed where Obama failed. I have a plan. I am starting a campaign to bring Peace on Earth and restore prosperity. It will be presented in detail in the upcoming Winter Trends Journal. But I can’t do it alone. I need your support.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Peace on Earth.