Institutions and Competition

The ISIS Crisis and the faiblesse of global governance

September 11, 2014

An American and two Russians have landed safely in Kazakhstan after 5 ½ months in space… and to think there is no cooperation toward a more peaceful world between the United States and Russia.


Meanwhile, private citizens of Qatar, and other friends of the United States, have been financing Hamas and ISIS. Now, as Washington prepares to launch a new campaign to destroy global terror networks an American website with ties to the J Street lobby claims that the RUNET (Russian Internet) is hosting servers for ISIS?


Having already spent upwards of $3 trillion to “democratize” the Middle East, Washington is spending again, and president Barack Obama has just made a rather lackluster speech to build popular support for an unpopular war that is trending toward becoming popular,  which means congressional support for more defense spending.  


Nobody can even agree on the name of the group the United States coalition is fighting. Obama calls it “ISIL”. The New York Times and USA Today call it “ISIS.” Others just call it “IS.”


Is’s all part of what an essay by Brookings, who work in Qatar among the private citizens who fund ISIS, calls the the “new Middle East Cold War”


ISIS, ISIL, IS has nothing to do with the Cold War.  Use of the construct by the Brookings expert reflects a defensive position and the concern for fear of losing search engine optimization, and content marketing value associated with the “Cold War” brand.   


The view from Tehran

The view from Tehran says that “ISIS” is a US-led attempt to destabilize the Islamic Republic of Iran.


But the question that analysts aren’t discussing publicly is whether Iran, through proxy organizations has been supportive of the “IS” brand. What major power has not, indirectly, had contact with some ISIS-linked group, via proxies, would be the better question. Everyone created this monster.


Iran is showing the world it has mastered the use of social media as a hard and soft power weapon. This recently “semi-live blog of prostate surgery performed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni (via Al Monitor) is an example.


For Kissinger Iran is the threat

Henry Kissinger, who commended RIAC members during discussions a few months ago, recently posited that Iran is a bigger threat than ISIS because, as a political and religious institution, it has been around longer, and has long held the goal of removing Saudi Arabia as the center of world Islam.


Days before that statement, in a Wall Street Journal teaser article promoting his new book, Kissinger warned that the current world order is collapsing. He used the word “governance” several times in the article in reference to the mode of social organization that will guide a restructured world set-up.


But “global governance” as we know it is not government. It requires politically correct presidents and prime ministers who are weak and concede space to global interests. Can you see Republican icon Abraham Lincon, who emancipated the slaves saying “governance by the people, of the people and for the people?” ;)


An example of a weak global governance leader is Francois Hollande, the socialist president of France with a 13 percent popularity rating. To boost his home front popularity he recently cancelled the big Mistral assault ship deal with Moscow (ostensibly linked to Obama’s Ukraine sanctions)  and has made France a more active part of the U.S.-led alliance to rein in ISIS.


President Vladimir Putin, regardless of his policies, is a nationalist and a strong leader. The global governance movement does not like that kind of leadership. Draw your own conclusions.


Defense dollars spent on ISIS will not end the ongoing economic crisis

The most relevant part of Obama’s speech was his acknowledgement that the economic crisis that was incubated during the George Bush administration which Team Obama inherited, has been the worst economic setback to the world economic order since the Great Depression. What he forgot to tell the world in his speech is that it’s not over.


German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has voiced major concerns over the future of the Euro. Open season for George Soros and his hedge fund and arbitrage friends.


A three front war. Ukraine. ISIS-Middle East. Africa.

Beyond the focus of the Obama speech, the entire continent of Africa remains a region of escalating conflict. The World Bank estimates that there are 3 million refugees displaced by wars.


The United Nations has just authorized a shoot to kill force of 800 all-Chinese casques bleus to defend China’s substantial oil investments in South Sudan, where there is ISIS-linked activity.   


Add to that the 3 million people the United States, NGOs and the UN say are refugees due to the Middle East-ISIS situation.


When money is being spent on weapons it is difficult to find more to spend on improving lives of refugees at camps whose conditions incubate social explosions and provide more bodies, some of whom are child soldiers between the ages of 9 and 14, to throw at the conflict. Efforts by UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougi are largely overlooked as a result.


Ukraine and the sanctions gambit is the third front among these undeclared wars. They are not “small wars” or “asymmetrical wars” or “low intensity conflicts”.  They are wars that have gained momentum due to the faiblesse and lack of leadership inherent in the global governance model that Kissinger says is the key to the future of the new world order.


Hours before the Obama speech former Bush-era Pentagon strongman Dick Cheney spoke to the American Enterprise Institute and said he hoped that the U.S. leader would call for more defense spending. In Moscow, Russian president Vladimir Putin has been saying that for a long time. Asking the American people to spend more to roll back ISIS, Barack Obama, whose leadership predictives have been tagged as meek for some time, showed the world he knows how to act as if he is a leader.


How will Russia and Syria, hardly in alignment with the global governance crowd, respond?.



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