The choice of US ambassadors to Central Asia and the Middle East gives one pause for thought, says Eric Walberg. The 711 coalition deaths in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan last year made 2010 the deadliest one for foreign troops since the US invasion in 2001, continuing the upward trend since 2003. 2011 promises to be even more deadly, and already includes the most spectacular event in this gruesome body count, when insurgents shot down a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans.
Civilian deaths – about 5-10 times higher – have followed the same relentless climb, as have purported Taliban deaths which are about 10-20 times higher than the occupiers’ deaths. Deaths of all kinds in Pakistan have sharply increased in the last few years as well, with United States President Barack Obama’s policy of using drones to fight US wars around the world.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman is now touring Central Asia to discuss his “New Silk Road” vision for the South and Central Asian region’s economic future, the US State Department reports … //
… That Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Yemen and Libya have witnessed horrible scenes of death and destruction hardly goes unnoticed. Nor should Grossman take the smiles on his jaunts across Eurasia at face value. Certainly if we are referring to the face of the common people in these countries, as opposed to a paid-for neocolonial elite who are employed by Washington to carry out its orders.
But perhaps these moves in Washington’s games are intended to convey a message to the Arab world. Just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 29 standing ovations during the special joint session of Congress and the Senate in Washington in May are part of a clearly orchestrated scenario. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was not invited to address such an august gathering last month in New York. In fact, his modest bid for observer status at the UN will be vetoed by Obama.
The message can only be that Israel and its supporters in the US thoroughly control US policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, from Morocco to Afghanistan. And, given such corporate-government spinoffs as The Cohen Group, this hegemony extends all the way to China. That despite any apparent Sino-American rivalry, China too will be incorporated into America-Israel Inc, given enough “smart power” wielded by the likes of Grossman in both their government and corporate capacities — wielded baldly at one and the same time in Grossman’s case, as both US special representative and corporate vice chairman.
Whether any of these “diplomats” were present for Netanyahu’s address to Congress and the Senate is a moot point, but we can be sure that they would have joined in the 29 standing ovations. And we can be sure that the policies they are following, including Grossman’s meeting with Pakistan’s ISI head on the eve of 9/11, his subsequent tete-a-tetes with AIPAC spies, and his recent discussions with presidents and/or princes of at least a dozen Silk Road nations, will have Israel’s best interests at heart every bit as much as what they conceive of to be America’s.
Former president Clinton’s counsel Abner Mikvner was not joking when he claimed back in 2008 that “Barack Obama is the first Jewish President.” Obama’s complete surrender to the Israel Lobby as his first term winds up has been attributed to the need to court the Jewish vote as he gears up to campaign for a second term. But maybe it’s just inevitable, given the lobby’s complete control of American politics as witnessed by the 29 standing ovations.
Back when Obama was still a free man, he attended Trinity United Church of Christ where the pastor was Jeremiah Wright. There can be no question that Obama admired and respected Wright; he even adapted Wright’s eloquent “audacity to hope” for the title of his own autobiography. Wright said recently: “President Obama was selected before he was elected, and he is accountable to those who selected him. I’ll never forget one of the most powerful things he said to me in my home in April 2008. He said, ‘You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem.’” (full text).