HINTERGRUND, Heft 02-09 - Krieg, Kriegsrecht und das Finanzrettungspaket

Eine Prognose künftiger US-amerikanischer Politik



[1] WCAX, Burlington, Vermont – December 22, 2008,

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=9567271 . Cf. CNBC , October 30, 2008,

http://www.cnbc.com/id/27423117 : “`You can get paid $30 million under this program,’ says

Michael Kesner, who heads Deloitte Consulting’s executive compensation practice. `There’s

no limit on what you can get paid.’”

[2] John Dunbar, AP, October 25, 2007,


[3] David Hirst, “Fox joins battle cry for details of US bail-out,” BusinessDay, December 24,

2008, http://www.businessday.com.au/business/fox-joins-battle-cry-for-details-of-us-bailout-


[8] Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America (Berkeley

and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007), 183-87; cf. James Mann, The Rise of

the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (New York: Viking, 2004), 138-45,

[9] Scott, The Road to 9/11, 183-87.

[10] Ritt Goldstein , “Foundations are in place for martial law in the US,” Sydney Morning

Herald, July 27 2002, http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/27/1027497418339.html .

[11] Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11, 240-41.

[12] Scott, The Road to 9/11, 60-61.

[13] Robert Parry, “Henry Kissinger, Eminence Noire,” ConsortiumNews, December 28, 2008,

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/122808.html : “Kissinger, … – while serving as a

peace-talk adviser to the Johnson administration – made obstruction of the peace talks

possible by secretly contacting people working for Nixon, according to Seymour Hersh’s

1983 book, The Price of Power [p. 21].

[14] Hersh, Price of Power, 18. Cf. Jim Hougan, Spooks: The Haunting of America (New

York: William Morrow, 1978), 435: “Kissinger, married to a former Rockefeller aide, owner

of a Georgetown mansion whose purchase was enabled only by Rockefeller gifts and loans,

was always the protégé of his patron, Nelson R[ockefeller], even when he wasn’t directly

employed by him.”

[15] Scott, The Road to 9/11, 93-118.

[16] Scott, The Road to 9/11, 82-87, 91, 104-05.

[29] Project for the New American Century, Rebuilding America’s Defenses,

http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf ; Scott, The Road to

9/11, 23-24, 191-93.

[30] Rebuilding America’s Defenses, 51, 75.

[31] “War in Iraq,” BarackObama.com, http://www.barackobama.com/issues/iraq/ .

[32] See e.g. Andrew Bacevich, Newsweek, December 8, 2008,

http://www.newsweek.com/id/171254 : “In Afghanistan today, the United States and its allies

are using the wrong means to pursue the wrong mission. Sending more troops to the region, as

incoming president Barack Obama and others have suggested we should, will only turn

Operation Enduring Freedom into Operation Enduring Obligation. Afghanistan will be a

sinkhole, consuming resources neither the U.S. military nor the U.S. government can afford to

waste.” Cf. PBS, Frontline, “The War Briefing,” October 28, 2008,

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warbriefing/view/ .

[33] For the role of the Rhodes-promoted Jameson Raid in instigating the Boer War, see

Elizabeth Longford, Jameson’s Raid: The Prelude to the Boer War (London: Weidenfeld and

Nicolson, 1982).

[34] Gordon M. Goldstein, Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in

Vietnam (New York: Times Books/Henry Holt, 2008).

[35] John Newman, JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power (New

York: Warner Books, 1992), 375-77, 434-35, 447; Peter Dale Scott, The War Conspiracy:

JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War (Ipswich, MA: Mary Ferrell Foundation Press, 2008),

25-26, 28.

[36] Ofira Seliktar, Failing the Crystal Ball Test: The Carter Administration and the

Fundamentalist Revolution in Iran (Westport, CN: Praeger, 2000), 52.

[37] Brzezinski later boasted that his “secret operation was an excellent idea. It drew the

Russians into the Afghan trap” (“Les Révélations d’un ancien conseiller de Carter,” interview with

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur, January 15–21, 1998, quoted at length in Peter Dale Scott,

Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (Lanham,

MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), 35). For my negative assessment of what some have

described as the CIA’s most successful covert operation, see The Road to 9/11, 114-37.

[38] George Santayana, Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense (New York: Scribner’s,

1905), 284.

[40] Kevin Phillips, Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich (New

York: Broadway Books, 2002), 422; quoted in Scott, The Road to 9/11, 3.

[41] Wolff, “The Wealth Divide.”

[42] For McKinley’s mercantilist “large policy” as a response to depression, see Philip Sheldon

Foner, The Spanish-Cuban-American War and the Birth of American Imperialism, 1895-1902

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 1972).

[45] Cf. Zia Sarhadi, “America’s "good war" turns into quicksand,” MediaMonitors, January 5,

2009, http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/58114 : “Obama’s announcement to send

20,000 additional troops to the `good war’ in Afghanistan has been greeted by the Taliban

with glee. They regard it as an opportunity to attack a `bigger army, bigger target and more

shiny new weapons to take from the toy soldiers.’ American generals have talked in terms of

40,000 to 100,000 additional troops, levels that are simply not available. America’s killing of

hundreds of Afghan civilians in indiscriminate aerial attacks has been the most effective

recruiting tool for the Taliban. Even those Afghans not keen on seeing the Taliban back in

power are appalled by the level of brutality inflicted on civilians.”