The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War

As our ex bankster PM mumbles on about explosive devices put together in camps in Afghanistan let’s not forget what wars are really all about. Money, Money  and more Money. For the rich pricks, (Wanna bet that John Key has a lot of shares in Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed and other Military industrial complex corps) for their rich prick friends and for their corporate plunderer friends. For everybody else it’s murder mayhem and suicide.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” Dwight David Eisenhower, “Military-Industrial Complex Speech,” 1961, [1]

“Soldiers Are Just Dumb, Stupid Animals to be used” as pawns of foreign policy. Henry Kissinger

The Myth of the Grand Chessboard: Geopolitics and Imperial Folie de Grandeur

In the Road to 9/11 I summarized the dialectic of open societies: how from their energy they expand, leading to a higher level of more secretive corporations and agencies, which eventually weaken the home country through needless and crushing wars.[4] I am not alone in seeing America in the final stages of this process, which since the Renaissance has brought down Spain, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.

Much of what I wrote summarized the thoughts of writers before me like Paul Kennedy and Kevin Phillips. But there is one aspect of the curse of expansion that I underemphasized: how dominance creates megalomanic illusions of insuperable control, and how this illusion in turn is crystallized into a prevailing ideology of dominance. I am surprised that so few, heretofore, have pointed out that from a public point of view these ideologies are delusional, indeed perhaps insane. In this essay I will argue however that what looks demented from a public viewpoint makes sense from the narrower perspective of those profiting from the provision of private entrepreneurial violence and intelligence.

The ideology of dominance was expressed for British rulers by Sir Halford Mackinder in 1919: “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; Who rules the heartland commands the World Island; Who rules the World Island commands the World.”[5] This sentence, though expressed after the power of Britain had already begun to decline, accurately articulated the anxieties of imperial planners who saw themselves playing “the Great Game,” and who thus in 1809 sacrificed an entire British army of twelve thousand men in the wilderness of Afghanistan.

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2 thoughts on “The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War

  1. Let’s take a close look at Scott’s work here:

    “In March 2001 the biggest oil majors (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Conoco, and Shell) had their opportunity to design the incoming administration’s energy strategies, including Middle East policy, by participating secretly in Vice-President Cheney’s Energy Task Force.[17]”

    In fact all presidents convene task forces and the ‘secrecy’ of this particular one has NOT been established as unusual. This hasn’t stopped innumerable commenters from reading whatever they wish into the secret proceedings.

    “The Task Force, we learned later, developed a map of Iraq’s oil fields, with the southwest divided into nine “Exploration Blocks.” One month earlier a Bush National Security Council document had noted that Cheney’s Task force would consider “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.”[18]

    This tiny snippet coupled with the presence of maps really provides no indication of the intent or direction of the meeting, any number of answers could apply.

    “Earlier the oil companies had participated in a non-governmental task force calling for “an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/diplomatic assessments.”[19]

    And here we arrive at the proof that the ‘evidence’ is being misrepresented. Big Oil had been lobbying for a ‘review’ of policy because THEY WANTED BUSH TO TERMINATE THE SANCTIONS, not because they wanted an invasion! Their opposition to the sanctions regime is widely published and unlike Scott’s conjectures is not based on snippets and filling in the blanks.

    “Of course, oil companies were not alone in pushing for military action against Iraq.”

    In the classic style of a propagandist, Scott suggests that he has established his proof, even though he has only offered a few misleading tidbits of information that fail to make his case and that don’t stand up to critical analysis. I note also that references 18 and 19 are both from Scott himself, he cites his own work as the substantive proof of his contention.

    Quite a disappointment, but typical of the redirection disinformation one would expect from someone that has blamed the Kennedy assassination on drug trade intrigue rather than political power struggle.

    • How interesting. Is the Rand in your e-mail address connected to the Rand corporation I wonder.
      Pray why would you attack Peter Dale Scott so viciously on such an unimportant little blog?

      How much do they pay you to debunk such a well thought of intelligent icon of the 9/11 truth movement and professor specialised in deep politics?
      They must be getting scared me thinks to go to such extremes.

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