Saturday, August 17, 2013

The World This Week - 17 AUG

Ex Border Patrol Agent Alludes To Massive Govt Complicity With Mexican Cartels:

US involvement in the so-called "War On Drugs" has been one long saga of ineptitude and outright corruption of the worst kind.  Instead of acknowledging the painfully obvious threats to national security and sovereignty that the current situation on our southern border presents, Washington continually insists on twisting the issue into an immigration/labor/law enforcement platform.  Myriads of pseudo-law enforcement agencies (with Federal executive authority) have been created and billions of tax dollars have been spent to resolve the border issue, and yet, the cartels are more powerful than ever, cartel violence is at disturbingly record highs in the border regions, drug bosses rake in Fortune 500-level annual profits, and - in the greatest display of irony - the flow of narcotics into America has only steadily increased.  To make matters worse, US territorial sovereignty is routinely violated by heavily armed paramilitary cartel forces and even rogue Mexican Army units - something we once went to war over.  However, most of this doesn't even make into the morning news in the US.  One has to admit that the silence is extremely suspect.  The allegations made by this former Border Patrol agent are logically of little surprise, but profoundly disturbing in their implications.  Since the War on Drugs began, there has always been spotty evidence that the US Govt's role may have been far more duplicitous than what was presented.  With the ever-increasing success of the Mexican cartels and a death toll several times greater than US combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, Washington's apparent disinterest in this grave matter of national security is looking extremely suspect.  Whatever the truth is behind these allegations, Capitol Hill owes us an answer - now.

US Mishandling of Egypt Crisis Forcing Cairo To Find Friends Elsewhere:

The Egyptian Crisis taking place as we speak will probably go down as the most important geopolitical event in the Middle East of 2013 - and we are botching it horribly.  Since the days of Sadat, Egypt was one of our most key partners in the region - even receiving the most US foreign aid second only to Israel.  Economically and politically stable, decidedly secular, and harshly opposed to Islamic fundamentalism, the Mubarak regime was a key strategic partner that was committed to maintaining a peaceful status quo in the Levant and in the Middle East as a whole.  All that went down the drain during the State Department-sponsored "Arab Spring" movement of the past year.  Predictably, the fringe radicals of the Muslim Brotherhood seized power (much to the dismay of the vast majority of Egyptians) and even appeared to receive tacit US support.  Finally, the army leadership refused to continue to play along and, in a bold move, forced Morsi and his fellow radicals out of power with the apparent goal of restoring Egypt to its former secular stability.  However, the damage was done last year and radical elements have streamed into Egyptian cities, setting the stage for the bloody clashes we are witnessing today.  All of this could have easily been avoided had the US never gotten involved with the Arab Spring in the first place.  Now, multiple Islamic countries that were once stable and secure have been devoured by the power vacuum created by the meddling of our current Administration.  One almost wonders if that was indeed the intent.  Whatever Washington's motives, our duplicitous involvement and current lack of stance is driving the Egyptian leadership to desperately seek new friends - and there are several only too willing to oblige.  The most obvious is Moscow.  Should the interim Egyptian leadership solidify a Russian partnership, it would be perhaps the greatest US geopolitical defeat of the decade.  Russia will then return to a situation reminiscent of the Nasser years and would have a new front from which to project influence into the Middle East along with their longtime Syrian allies.  A Moscow-Cairo partnership could possibly see the granting of permanent Russian military presence (to include an additional naval port in the Mediterranean with proximity to the vital Suez Canal) and a much larger, less contested base of operations for expanding their proxy war with us over control of the greater Middle East.  In short, our mishandling of Egyptian relations will carry grave repercussions for US foreign policy, repercussions Washington seems to be oblivious to.

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