August 23, 2005

Robertson serving the cause of empire

This guy is nuts.

Robertson is seen here praying super hard
to the Prince of Peace for someone else's brutal murder.

Or at least that's what everyone will be saying in the aftermath of Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

But it's really not that extreme a statement, IF you know the way the US "corporatocracy" works.

The corporate elites, aided and abetted by the clandestine and military arms of the U.S. government and international banks, have been on a quest for empire for decades.

Beginning with Kermit Roosevelt's (Theodore's grandson)successful effort to topple the leader of Iran and install the puppet Shah Reza Pahlavi. Of course, gaining access to oil reserves has always been a prime motivation for these efforts.

The standard operating process for essentially taking over a country is as follows:

First, U.S. engineering and construction companies such as Bechtel, which was headed by George Shultz and is loaded with Nixon, Ford, and Bush cronies, and other outfits will go into a country and do "research."

They make assessments of available assets ripe for plunder, such as mining, timber or other natural resources, and determining what it will take to "modernize" a country. This involves construction of dams, power generating facilities, power systems, roads, rail, airports, etc. Everything that the corporations would need to exploit the country.

Much like in our area when developers expect local government to subsidize their investment by building roads and sewers to their projects, the corporations want the people of these victim countries to pay for the massive infrastructure required for them to get at and export their natural resources. It's like buying your mugger a gun and bullets.

This is done of course, in the name of "helping" the country "modernize" and move into the developed world.

They routinely exaggerate the size and scope of projects, then sell this plan to the World Bank or other multi-national banking institutions.

The elite of the countries are always cut in and assured that they will reap millions of dollars from this development. So they're on board for the plan.

The World Bank or other institutions then loans the country billions of dollars, the U.S. companies get contracts for the huge projects and reap equally stunning profits. Many people get incredibly wealthy in the process.

Then, inevitably, the people of the country suffer, their environment deteriorates or is destroyed, and the country eventually defaults on it's loan repayments.

Then the World Bank steps in and essentially takes over the country, dictating exactly how they must run their economy, and who makes the profits, which of course, are U.S. companies and the elite of the country.

Just like the Mafia, the corporatocracy promises great things, puts the country into crippling debt, and then has them exactly where they want them and can dictate exactly how things will be, or simply takes over the countries economy.

But what happens when a country is ripe for exploitation and has resources that corporate elites covet and the country won't go along with this process?

Then it goes to step two. Covert operations.

This is when the CIA jackals come in and topple the government, such as when they assassinated Trujillo in Panama and installed their buddy Noriaga, or several other examples of assassinations which have been carried out in South America alone when any candidate or politician dared to go against the grain and resist the Mafia like tactics of the corporate invaders.

If that fails, step three is to send in the military, as we did in the senseless invasion of Panama and other less overt military actions such as in Columbia and Nicaragua.

Iraq falls into exactly this same category as well. Saddam wasn't going along with the process of giving away his country to the west, and the spooks either couldn't take him out, or the elites wanted more than just his removal, they wanted to occupy and control the country and it's assets, so we invaded instead. All in the interest of corporate and elite dreams of empire.

Enter Pat Robertson and his call for assassination.

Venezuela is the third largest source of U.S. oil.

Chavez is a reformer who has campaigned and taken action to repel the efforts of the World Bank and others to pull their schemes to take control of Venezuela's assets, including putting oil production under a nationalized corporation and refusing to play the U.S.'s game.

Bush and Co. tried to oust the democratically elected Chavez in an illegal and CIA backed coup, earlier in his first term, but Chavez survived to be a pain in their asses. They want what he has, and will stop at nothing.

THIS is why Robertson suggests assassinating Chavez. So that the corporatocracy, banks, and oil companies can then go in and take possession of Venezuelan oil, which is now controlled by the country itself.

Robertson himself has been involved in this sort of dirty business. He's had business interests in diamond mines in Africa and has defended and buddied up to some of the worst most brutal dictators in the world.

So all Robertson was doing was suggesting that, since Chavez has survived several efforts to support his opposition and other means to try to take him out politically, that the U.S. should go to step 2.

This is no big deal to Robertson, who likely regards it as nothing more than a business decision, and he's likely stunned at the reaction his comments have generated.

It's all about the money, and there are a small but incredibly powerful group of elites which are playing this game for keeps. And it included both Bushes, the group that Bush Jr. brought in from the past, including Cheney, Rumsfeld, and many others, as well as foreign elites including Saudi royalty.

It truly is like a game of Risk to these people. And they have no problem with nor will they hesitate to sacrifice billions of your tax dollars or send your children to their deaths in the conquest for empire and control of resources, primarily oil.

For a more cogent and in depth explanation of how this has gone on and is continuing to go on, read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins, which was a NY Times bestseller. Perkins was a top official of one of the engineering and construction firms which make empire building their business and who made millions himself in the game before his conscience got the better of him. He was threatened and bribed to not write about it, but finally found a publisher to tell his story.
It's an eye-opener and rings entirely true.

Once you understand the process of empire, then Robertson's comments, loathsome as they are, are easily understandable.


At 8/23/2005 10:30 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Dope, your intro is way too long.

The key news today is that Pat Robertson's statements violated the new Bush Administration anti-terrorism policy. If the Bush Administration applies their new anti-terrorism policy to Robertson's terrorist statements, he will likely serve a minimum of 15.5 years in federal prison.

I am waiting tonight to hear about the Bush Administration's plans to arrest Robertson for his extremist terrorist statements.

At 8/24/2005 4:29 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Politicalwind, sorry to hear about that attention span problem... but I'm sure you can still lead a productive life. ;-)

Your angle is indeed very interesting, and if I find any authoritative writings on it, I'll gladly post it.

I want to hear the relevant part of the anti-terror legislation which Robertson violated with his oh-so-casual suggestion for what the U.S. government should do to a person who is actually standing up for freedom and soveignty for his people and nation. How DARE Chavez put a speed bump in front of the global corporate elite's lust for empire and global domination?

At 8/24/2005 6:49 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Coincidence how our aggressions center around control of oil yet the average person thinks we are protecting our "flag" or something untangible like that....

When the people "connected the dots" at George Bush's urging, there was no spot of oil on that map anywhere - only fear and loathing which can be very powerful.

At 8/24/2005 7:03 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

inside dope, you are absolutely correct. National leaders who try to serve the interests of their own people rather than their own personal interests, the interests of the international corporations and capitalism are labeled "dictators" and "thugs" even when they are democratically elected and hugely popular within their own countries.
The people of the developing world understand just who benefits and who does not from this global infrastructure of international corporations, the World Bank, the IMF and "world trade". That is why the World Trade Center was chosen as a target rather than, say, the Statue of Liberty. If you read the foreign press you will see that the rest of the world understands this very well. Only the people of the United States are in the dark.

At 8/24/2005 11:37 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Well said Dave!The world trade center was a target before 911. And the thing we need to understand is that the poorest people in the world do not see the US as their salvation.
They see as a overfed and spoiled. they really don't care about America unless they can come here an enjoy some of the oppurtunity themselves.
The Bush administration understood it was a target and was in danger.
They were warned repeatedly!
When Bush was told about it his reaction wasn't one of suprise.
What did he and Karl Rove know and when did they know it?
Interesting the propaganda machine was ready to spring into action.
FOX had all of its war graphics already to go. HMMMMMM!

At 8/24/2005 11:43 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Pat Robertson looks like he needs to go yonder up to NERVICE HOSPITAL!

At 8/24/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger DownLeft said...

My only question is this. If the united state is the new Babylon, which head of the beast is Pat Robertson?

At 8/24/2005 4:02 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I dont know about Chavez. I dont know about foreign heads of state.
I would'nt be opposed to taking out the guy that invented the car alarm that honks the horn when you lock the car! Or who ever decided on radio ads that the announcer has to read the disclaimer at the end. It's so fast that you cant understand it anyway.
Or who ever decided that since you have paid $30 to see a movie 2 tickets,popcorn etc that you should sit and watch commercials for 10 minutes!

At 8/24/2005 9:37 PM, Blogger Dave said...

You know Chavez is a Communist, right?

At 8/24/2005 9:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

dave, you do realize that Chian is run by communists?

Bush just loves them to pieces, and their our "most favored nation" trading partner, even though they're increasingly owning the United States due to Bush's rampant deficit.

Frankly, I don't care if Chavez is a communist or a Rotarian for that matter, and frankly, neither does Bush and his henchmen. As long as they can OWN Chavez, he's ok.
It's just the fact that he can't be corrupted and bought that has them trying to whip folks like you into a hateful state.

Venezuela has a right to elect their own leaders and deal with their own affairs without the U.S. sending jackels into the country to murder their leaders, whip up phony opposition, smear them in the press, and try to get them into an economic straight-jacket.

The U.S. has started more problems by trying to take over the world by whatever means necessary than any other country in history.

It needs to stop, try working WITH leaders and truly benefiting the people of a country without acting like it's their divine right to go in, murder their leaders, install their puppets, rape their countryside and plunder their resources, and leave the country and it's people in ruins.

Until the American public wakes up to what is REALLY going on around the world, we'll be stuck with lemmings like Dave who simply refuse to believe that the U.S. or it's corporate/government elites ever do anything immoral.

I don't know about you, but a communist has never done me any harm, and I sure the hell don't think Hugo Chavez is any threat to me or the American people. He may be an impediment to the international bankers and global elite who want at his oil, but that's not my problem, and certainly not worth spending a dime of US tax money or sending troops to their death.

Face it Dave, people are sick of fighting wars so a handful of uber-wealthy people can become even more wealthy.

At 8/24/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger Dave said...

and you wonder why local pols don't want to be associated with your website. Read up on the dictator.

At 8/24/2005 10:20 PM, Blogger Dave said...

I'm not saying what Rovbertson said was right, in fact I'm saying he was wrong. You seem to have a more favorable view of a Communist dictator thab your own country.
Very moonbatingly left dopey.

At 8/24/2005 10:21 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Chavez on....
Assassination: “If they kill me, there will be a really guilty party on this planet whose name is the President of the United States, George Bush”

Bush’s Administration: “It is a mafia, a true mafia of murderers”

Cuba: “I am the second Fidel Castro of Latin America”

Capitalism: “The Devil’s economic model . . . The capitalist exploitation model has destroyed oceans, entire oceans”

Saddam Hussein: “A brother”

Condoleezza Rice: “I cannot marry Condolencia (condolence), because I am much too busy. I have heard she dreams about me”

Gaddafi’s Libya: “A model of participatory democracy”

At 8/24/2005 10:23 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What? Chavez is automatically worthy of destruction because he's a communist? There's communists in the legislatures of dozens of countries that we've been allied with for centuries.

And again, you conveniently ignore the fact that Bush and his business cronies are all to happy to cozy up to the COMMUNISTS in China.

Think we should "take out" the leadership of China too Dave? Or just the communists who happen to be leaders of countries with oil that the big boys want to control?

And I give most politicians more credit than to be so reactionary as to still believe we're threatened in any way shape or form by any communists anywhere, with the exception of China, and as you well know, we're just as tight as ticks with them. Why?
Because people can make millions there, that's why.

At 8/24/2005 10:24 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Just saw your latest Dave. To which I say, so the hell what?

Do you feel threatened by Venezuela? Does anyone, other than Robertson or other conservative loons?

At 8/24/2005 10:27 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Just saw your latest Dave. To which I say, so the hell what?

Do you feel threatened by Venezuela? Does anyone, other than Robertson or other conservative loons?

If you're not locked in the communist=boogy-man closet, I don't find Chavez's comments to be nearly as outrageous or bizarre as much of the things I hear coming out of Bush, Rumsfeld, or any number of right-wing and/or fundamentalist figures.

Face this fact: The so called "developing countries" and undeveloped nations are in constant threat from the U.S. corporate/govenment interests. The fact that those who choose to reject it stand together shouldn't be all that suprising.

At 8/24/2005 10:33 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And did you catch "man-o-God" Roberson lying his ass off about his comments?
His very words were something like "I don't know about assasination, but if Chavez is afraid we're trying to assasinate him, I think maybe we ought to do it.", and the next day he has the nerve to say, "I never used the word assisination" and said he'd only called for "taking him out", and that there are other ways to "take out" a leader, such as kidnapping.

What a tool. Why does ANYONE follow this lying fool? And he represents one of the major Christian groups in America!

At 8/24/2005 10:49 PM, Blogger Dave said...

just read up on the man and ......goooooood luck with the
communist thing... can't see a resonable back and forth on this one

At 8/24/2005 10:49 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Chavez may not run the most democratic society in his region, but Pat Robertson has no right to call for his assassination and the real issue is this: will this administration have the balls to implement the relevant sections (sec. 3-III-C subsection 44) of the new anti-terrorism law against Pat Robertson. Clearly, Robertson's comments are terrorist in nature.

Will this administration call a spade a spade or just wink and nod because Robertson has been a political supporter.

Stay tuned.

At 8/25/2005 3:26 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well Dave, I guess I can't see a reasonable debate either, as long as you continue to insist on distorting what I say and putting words in my mouth. But that's SOP for right wingers. You're incapable of drawing fine distinctions and insist on using the logical fallacy of "If A says B, and B is even remotely related to C, then A must really mean C."

You try to make the crazy leap that since I don't believe the US has a right to go around assassinating leaders because they won't knuckle under to capitalist designs on their country, then I must be a communist, and communist equals evil, though I think the days of needing to be brainwashed into blind hatred of communism is long past. (unless of course you have a corporation that really, really, would love to get a country right where you want them so you can then go in and tear up their mountains, wreck their rivers, destroy isolated cultures, polute their air, water, and land, exacerbate the already enormous divide between rich and poor in those countries, and then after you've gotten what you want or it becomes unprofitable, you simply walk away and leave them to deal with the mess.

If you believe that capitalism is somehow God-like and akin to a religion, and that capitalism is never wrong, no matter how it is implemented. Or believe that U.S. capitalists, with billions of government money to help them, have a right to go literally anywhere on the planet and take what they want, and if a country or people opposed the looting of their country, then they must be evil murderers or terrorists, then I suppose that's a stopper right there. Sorry.

I happen to believe in freedom, not just the Bush brand where you flap your gums about it while taking freedom away from people around the globe. (Like the freedom to continue breathing and living for thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, as well as many other areas of the world.)

I don't think slapping a dumb magnet on my vehicle makes me believe in freedom. I have this goofy idea that if you believe in freedom, then you ought to support people trying to defend their freedom. It doesn't matter who is trying to deny it to them. The US is not some god-like infalable country, believe it or not.

This entire collective willingness by people such as yourself to stick your head up your collective posteriors while chanting "USA! USA!" is frankly, disturbing.

Love your country, sure. Love the people of the country, that's even easier. But nowhere is it written that you must love your government or what they engage in.

People such as yourself that are so willing to blindly believe anything the government tells you are frightening.

What makes Chavez so much more "bad" than any of the many leaders we actively support?

And again, you ignore the fact that if being communist is automatically reason to want to kill someone or topple their government, why aren't we invading China?

I think you just represent most people, including those on the left or Democrats who are still too damn scared, too cowed, and too brainwashed to open their eyes and realize that it's OK to call a spade a spade.

Hey, the whole countries going to come around sooner or later. Why not get on the bandwagon early?

At 8/25/2005 6:59 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope you found something Dave cares about again. Now, where did I put my nifty yellow earpiece "bullshit detector"??


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