Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-Delving into the Real John Kerry

Ryan Dawson Presents Professor Ira Chernus

GPProfessor Ira Chernus from the University of Colorado at Boulder joins us today to discuss John Kerry's shocking admission that Foreign Policy is Economic policy. What is the motivational relationship between war and select economic interests and how do political mythologies play a role dressing up corporatism-with-a-gun in deceptive altruistic sounding public pretexts?

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  1. Castillonis says:

    I agree with Ira Chernus that Kerry’s statement that “foreign policy is economic policy” was intended to support the administrations strategy for improving financial conditions. I also have observed that underneath the stories sold to the public, that foreign policy is financial policy. Here is a recent Jan 10th 2013 article in Businessweek that illustrates former Secretary of State Clinton’s business legacy at the State Department.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-10/hillary-clintons-business-legacy-at-the-state-department

    I also agree with Ira Chernus about the complexity of policy due to many groups lobbying for their interests to be met. Most often, the majority of people in the US and other countries are not well served by these policy decisions. Chomsky has mentioned this a few times in his writing. Often, I hear people naively state that a one group or party

    If you want to pursue mythology ideology of neocons, you should definitely read James Mann’s “Rise of the Vulcan’s” book and Suskind’s book “the Price of Loyalty”.

    You can learn so much about the relations of the neocons by reading James Mann’s 2004 book “Rise of The Vulcans” It mentions on pages 79-83 that Wolfowitz stayed on during the Carter administration as a mid level staffer at the Defense Department studying the threat to Saudi oil from things such as the Soviets and the growing Iraqi army. (There is more about Wolfowitz and Team B) It discusses Richard Perl, Armitage, etc. I need to find time to reread this book.

    In Suskind’s book you will observe that regime change in Iraq is of the highest priority in the beginning days of Bush the II’s administration from an almost insider O’niell. You will find that the NSC council is actually outside of the inner circle. Maybe this is further consolidation than Nixon’s administraton. This was discussed by Ellseberg in his book Secrets.

    Ryan mentioned organizations such as the IMF and the Weapons industry. did not mention the World Bank, but I am sure that he includes this organization as well. You can find evidence of this in

    Joseph Stiglitz book Globalization and Its Discontents
    Dr Vandana Shiva web site http://www.vandanashiva.org/
    I would mention Perkins, but he has no references and he seems to be unscathed after making his revelations.

    Another book that discusses taking advantage of crisis
    Naomi Klein’s book “The Schock Doctrine” (taking advantage of crisis)

  2. Certainly the World Bank as well. Next week will be Bill Still and we are going to go much deeper into the banking side of things. I’ve been kinda of working my way down to the core starting with war and profiteering, then to war’s effects on world trade and resource control, to neocolonialism and debt, next will be the root of it – the central banking cartels and our desperate need for monetary reform. So stay tuned.

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