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Acknowledging the new world order
Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
March 6, 2006
Although tempted to join the millions advocating for the impeachment of George W. Bush, I realize doing so would matter little in the grand scheme of things. George W. is only a temporary problem. His numbers are in the toilet, Americans are finding out Americans don't own the ports, Hurricane season is less than 3 months way, and Iraq is on the brink of civil war. Dubya is done. We might as well stick a fork in him, and start preparing for the second Clinton administration.
Even if we could impeach George W. Bush for waging war on Iraq under false pretenses, his administration's distain for the Geneva convention ban on torture, and employment of an unconstitutional domestic spying program, the result would be a Dick Cheney presidency.
Not even Dick Cheney wants Dick Chaney to be President.
Any talk of a lame duck presidency is just smokescreen, impeaching the Dubya would do nothing. Business, war, and the business of war, dictate American foreign policy, and have since the beginning of the nuclear age. Corporate media, knowing this, perpetuate the smokescreen, complicit in the undermining of the democratic process.
To be angry with Bush for doing what Bush, and his father have done, and are doing, is the intellectual equivalent of being angry at a snake for being a snake. The 2000 Coup d'état, should have been clue enough, but denial being denial has a way of the most obvious of truths. Everything that has transpired since Dubya was appointed by a U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision, demonstrates the low regard Team Bush holds for the democratic process.
When I say Team Bush, I really mean the Neocorporatist cabal associated with the Project For The New American Century, The Carlyle Group, and the World Trade Organization. Halliburton also comes to mind.
I'll use the Dubai port debacle to illustrate the insidious nature of the neo corporatists.
Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush (41) and George W. Bush (43) have long been associated with the Carlyle Group as major shareholders and team members. The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C. based global private equity investment firm had a significant stake in Pacific and Oriental Steamship Navigation Company (P&O)" the UK firm that Dubai Ports World purchased in December of 2005.
It seems the Bush Administration considers the advancement of United Arab Emirates interests vital to homeland security. The Dubai government owns DP World. Dubai is the monarchy of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Shikh Mohammed is currently the Prime Minister and Vice President of United Arab Emirates.
In January 2006, George W. Bush nominated Dave Sanborn, a senior executive of D.P. World, to serve as Maritime Administrator, a key transportation appointment reporting directly to Norman Minieta the Secretary of Transportation. Sanborn previously held the position of Director of Operations for Europe and Latin America.
Following the money trail, Dave Sanborn led me to back to the Carlyle Group and the Dubai monarchy. Sheikh Mohammed invests heavily with the Carlyle group. After the Carlyle Group purchased CSX lines, former employer of Dave Sanborn, Treasury Secretary Norman Minieta, and Treasure secretary John Snow, CSX shipping lines were sold to Dubai Ports World, and John Snow was appointed by George W. Bush to his Cabinet.
Once it was clear, Dubai would be prohibited from controlling interest in US ports DP World agreed to "transfer fully the U.S. operations of P&O North America, Inc. to an United States entity." Not clear however, is what that actually means. Deciphering such vague languaging is never easy. Perhaps Halliburton will be "the United States entity" taking control of the six U.S container ports, denied Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
My money is on the Carlyle Group. Both Bush administrations have been a front for oil and extraction industries. The sole purpose of which is to protect corporate interests in the Persian Gulf, Saudi peninsula, and Caspian basin. When the deal is done, I expect CSX to be in the mix.
Under the stewardship of Neo Corporatists, the federal government is nothing more than an international swap meet. The Dubai Port deal has opened a Pandora's box of implication. If American ports are for sale to foreign governments, what guarantees American sovereignty isn't?
Call it jaded resolve, apathy, shock, awe, or despair, or Bush fatigue, somehow I've stumbled on a sense of clarity. Global corporatists have taken control of the U.S. government.
It is time we came to terms with this new reality.
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