Selected ShortsPosted: March 24, 2017
FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1948, VOLUME I [Annex]
Report by the Policy Planning Staff
TOP SECRET [WASHINGTON,] February 24, 1948 PPS/23
REVIEW OF CURRENT TRENDS U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
“Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 % of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.”
US Military Forces Deployed in 70% of World’s Nations
According to a spokesman for SOCOM (US Special Operations Command), the Pentagon has deployed its forces in 147 of the 195 recognized countries around the world in 2015
Russia has deployed its forces in exactly one foreign country: Syria.
China has deployed its forces in zero countries. Zero.
Question: Why are the American people squandering trillions of dollars on military operations and adventurism in 147 countries when the money could be better spent here in the United States on healthcare, education, housing, infrastructure, even culture? Inquiring minds want to know.
Submitted by Ron Kenyon
Rigging Elections—American Style
In 1972 President Richard Nixon was up for re-election.
The publishers of the largest newspaper chains in the U.S. wanted the passage of a bill that would limit competition from upstart newspapers in the cities where the large chains owned 74 of the nation’s most powerful newspapers.
The head of the Hearst Newspaper chain sent a letter to Nixon stating that they would endorse him if he supported legislation that would exempt the newspaper chains from anti-monopoly restrictions. Nixon supported the legislation. All of the papers owned by these chains endorsed Nixon for President.
During 1972 campaign, the Watergate scandal began unraveling. Yet more than 90% of those newspapers that endorsed Nixon carried the least amount of pre-election coverage of the Watergate scandal.
(Excerpted from the book, The New Media Monopoly revised 1992. Author Ben Bagdikian)
Rigging Elections (2)
The level of hypocrisy is appalling inasmuch as the United States has intervened in nearly every election since the end of World War II anywhere in the world that might not go the way the empire’s leaders thought it should.
And when that was not enough, it would stage coups in countries with refractory governments. Its agent of choice has been, more often than not, the liberal Democrat’s post-election love interest, the CIA.
There is a remarkable double standard at work as well. Israel interferes in European and American elections with impunity—most recently in Scotland and within the British Conservative Party. And is there any plausible impartial standard according to which Benjamin Netanyahu is not more reprehensible than Vladimir Putin? Yet in U.S. government and media circles, not a bad word is said about Israel or its government, while Putin and Russia cannot be demonized enough.
Jan. 13, 2017 article from Counter Punch Magazine
U.S. Health Care System Ranks 37th in World
According to the World Health Organization, the U.S.–the wealthiest county in world history–has the 37th best health care system. It is also the costliest health care system in the world.
.000000001% = the % of men (8) who are richer than one-half of the world’s population. Ain’t capitalism great?
Isn’t This System Great?
The Federal Food & Drug Agency has approved the very first drug to treat the horrible disease spinal muscular atrophy. This disease kills most infants before they are two years old. The drug is called Spinraza. Biogen, the company which has licensed Spinraza, said in early Jan. that one dose of the drug will cost $125,000. The six doses needed to cover the first year will cost $750,000. After the first year patients will need three doses a year for life. The annual cost per patient will be $375,000. That’s seven and half times the median household income in the US. The Average household size is 2.5 people.
Water for the World
That man, Jeff Bezos, who has profited greatly from the technological infrastructure built up over many years by many people with many of our tax dollars, has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists to avoid the taxes owed by his company.
Making the World Safe for American Interests
Major General Smedley Butler, the only U.S. Marine ever to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, spent more than 33 years in the Corps. In a 1933 speech he said “I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for international banking houses. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.”