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FTR #1162 Farewell America, Part 1

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FTR #1162 This pro­gram was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment.

Intro­duc­tion: In the imme­di­ate after­math of the 2020 elec­tion, there was much beat­ing of the breasts and tear­ing of the hair by main­stream and “alter­na­tive” jour­nal­ists and polit­i­cal forces.

Declar­ing the (pre­dictable) assault by Trump and much of the GOP on the integri­ty and accu­ra­cy of the elec­tion results to be an “attack” that “threat­ened Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy,” they might be seen as clos­ing the barn door after the horse had gone.

In fact, “Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy” had its brains blown all over the back of a lim­ou­sine in Dal­las, Texas on 11/22/1963.

This pro­gram presents aspects of the long-dead Amer­i­can demo­c­ra­t­ic process that have escaped wide­spread exam­i­na­tion.

Key­ing the dis­cus­sion is a quote from Anne Hidal­go, the may­or of Paris. “Wel­come back Amer­i­ca!” she wrote on Twit­ter. . . .

In a 1968, Farewell Amer­i­ca–a book pre­sent­ing an oblique, some­what enig­mat­ic account of the JFK assas­si­na­tion was pub­lished, alleged­ly authored by “James Hep­burn.” In the years since its pub­li­ca­tion, the book has come to be under­stood as some­thing of a response by French intel­li­gence to both the JFK assas­si­na­tion and over­lap­ping attempts by ele­ments of CIA and French fas­cist and revan­chist forces to over­throw and/or assas­si­nate Charles De Gaulle.

An excel­lent account of this impor­tant, but large­ly unrec­og­nized ele­ment of U.S. and world his­to­ry was pre­sent­ed in a remark­able tome titled The Dev­il’s Chess­board by David Tal­bot. We present Tal­bot’s account of the attempts at over­throw­ing De Gaulle and that even­t’s inter­sec­tion with the intrigue that took Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s life.

(With hol­i­day gift-giv­ing sea­son fast approach­ing, we emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mend The Dev­il’s Chess­board for those who tru­ly val­ue demo­c­ra­t­ic process and integri­ty.)

The World War II leader of the Free French forces and the French pres­i­dent for 11 years, De Gaulle had run afoul of pow­er­ful ele­ments of the French mil­i­tary and intel­li­gence forces, as well as Allen Dulles’s CIA. Out­raged at his attempt to grant Alge­ria its inde­pen­dence in order to con­clude a bru­tal gueril­la war, De Gaulle was viewed as an out­right trai­tor by the OAS (L’Or­gan­i­sa­tion de L’Armee Secrete–The Secret Army Orga­ni­za­tion).

Because of De Gaulle’s insis­tence on pur­su­ing con­ven­tion­al mil­i­tary and nuclear inde­pen­dence from both the U.S. and NATO, and the belief that he was “soft on com­mu­nism,” ele­ments of Dulles’s CIA col­lab­o­rat­ed with the OAS forces, act­ing in tan­dem with Rein­hard Gehlen’s BND cadres.

The coup was led by Mau­rice Challe, a dec­o­rat­ed French Air Force gen­er­al, who planned to air­lift elite para­troop­er ele­ments into France, where they would join with oth­er armored and air­borne forces staged out­side Paris.

Alert­ed to the impend­ing coup, De Gaulle ral­lied the French pop­u­lace behind his besieged gov­ern­ment, and the coup lost momen­tum. Challe sur­ren­dered after his fel­low coup plot­ters lost enthu­si­asm for the oper­a­tion.

Ear­ly on in the coup attempt, cred­i­ble polit­i­cal and jour­nal­is­tic indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions set forth the assis­tance to the coup pro­vid­ed by ele­ments of the CIA and Pen­ta­gon, sup­ple­ment­ed by U.S. reac­tionar­ies.

Fol­low­ing the coup’s fail­ure, OAS gun­men ambushed De Gaulle, who escaped with his life due to the skill and loy­al­ty of his secu­ri­ty detach­ment.

Interestingly–and per­haps significantly–an OAS ter­ror­ist named Jean Sou­e­tre was arrest­ed in Dal­las on 11/22/1963 and deport­ed to Mex­i­co. Some ana­lysts believe that a French fas­cist and crim­i­nal ele­ment was involved with the oper­a­tional phase of the JFK assas­si­na­tion in Dal­las.)

In 2002, a book was pub­lished (after the death of its author) which pre­sent­ed De Gaulle’s point­ed analy­sis of the killing JFK, which he felt was alto­geth­er sim­i­lar to the attempts on his life.

De Gaulle’s analy­sis of the method­olog­i­cal tem­plate of both Kennedy’s mur­der and his own, very near brush with death is poignant­ly accu­rate and telling.

(The JFK assas­si­na­tion has been dis­cussed in many pro­grams over the years, includ­ing The Guns of Novem­berAFA #‘s 11, 12 and 13, 15 and 37, and many For The Record pro­grams, includ­ing FTR #‘s 876, 961, 962, 963, 971, the long series of inter­views with Jim DiEu­ge­nio (#1031 through #1056, except­ing #1039 and 1123.)

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Analy­sis of JFK’s 1957 speech endors­ing Alger­ian inde­pen­dence; Guy Ban­is­ter inves­ti­ga­tor Mau­rice Brooks Gatlin’s claim to have car­ried a large sum of mon­ey from the CIA to French con­spir­a­tors plot­ting the over­throw of De Gaulle; Gatlin’s 1965 death in a fall from a high-rise hotel win­dow in Pana­ma.

1. Key­ing the dis­cus­sion is a quote from Anne Hidal­go, the may­or of Paris. “Wel­come back Amer­i­ca!” she wrote on Twit­ter. . . .

“After Joe Biden’s Win Over Don­ald Trump, Relief Sweeps Through America’s Allies” by Adela Suli­man, Yuliya Tal­mazan, Rachel Elbaum and Sapho­ra Smith; NBC News; 11/7/2020.

 . . . . Paris May­or Anne Hidal­go was less diplo­mat­ic. “Wel­come back Amer­i­ca!” she wrote on Twit­ter. . . .

2. In a 1968, Farewell Amer­i­ca–a book pre­sent­ing an oblique, some­what enig­mat­ic account of the JFK assas­si­na­tion was pub­lished, alleged­ly authored by “James Hep­burn.” In the years since its pub­li­ca­tion, the book has come to be under­stood as some­thing of a response by an ele­ment of French intel­li­gence to both the JFK assas­si­na­tion and over­lap­ping attempts by ele­ments of CIA and French fas­cist and revan­chist ele­ments to over­throw and/or assas­si­nate Charles De Gaulle.

An excel­lent account of this impor­tant but large­ly unrec­og­nized ele­ment of U.S. and world his­to­ry was pre­sent­ed in a remark­able tome titled The Dev­il’s Chess­board by David Tal­bot. We present Tal­bot’s account of the attempts at over­throw­ing De Gaulle and that even­t’s inter­sec­tion with the intrigue that took Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s life.

(With hol­i­day gift-giv­ing sea­son fast approach­ing, we emphat­i­cal­ly rec­om­mend The Dev­il’s Chess­board for those who tru­ly val­ue demo­c­ra­t­ic process and integri­ty.)

The World War II leader of the Free French forces and the French pres­i­dent for 11 years, De Gaulle had run afoul of pow­er­ful ele­ments of the French mil­i­tary and intel­li­gence forces, as well as Allen Dulles’s CIA. Out­raged at his attempt to grant Alge­ria its inde­pen­dence in order to con­clude a bru­tal gueril­la war, De Gaulle was viewed as an out­right trai­tor by the OAS (L’Or­gan­i­sa­tion de L’Armee Secrete–The Secret Army Orga­ni­za­tion).

Because of De Gaulle’s insis­tence on pur­su­ing con­ven­tion­al mil­i­tary and nuclear inde­pen­dence from both the U.S. and NATO, and the belief that he was “soft on com­mu­nism,” ele­ments of Dulles’s CIA col­lab­o­rat­ed with the OAS forces, act­ing in tan­dem with Rein­hard Gehlen’s BND cadres.

The coup was led by Mau­rice Challe, a dec­o­rat­ed French Air Force gen­er­al, who planned to air­lift elite para­troop­er ele­ments into France, where they would join with oth­er armored and air­borne forces staged out­side Paris.

Alert­ed to the impend­ing coup, De Gaulle ral­lied the French pop­u­lace behind his besieged gov­ern­ment, and the coup lost momen­tum. Challe sur­ren­dered after his fel­low coup plot­ters lost enthu­si­asm for the oper­a­tion.

Ear­ly on in the coup attempt, cred­i­ble polit­i­cal and jour­nal­is­tic indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions set forth the assis­tance to the coup pro­vid­ed by ele­ments of the CIA and Pen­ta­gon, sup­ple­ment­ed by U.S. reac­tionar­ies.

Fol­low­ing the coup’s fail­ure, OAS gun­men ambushed De Gaulle, who escaped with his life due to the skill and loy­al­ty of his secu­ri­ty detach­ment.

Interestingly–and per­haps significantly–an OAS ter­ror­ist named Jean Sou­e­tre was arrest­ed in Dal­las on 11/22/1963 and deport­ed to Mex­i­co. Some ana­lysts believe that a French fas­cist and crim­i­nal ele­ment was involved with the oper­a­tional phase of the JFK assas­si­na­tion in Dal­las.)

In 2002, a book was pub­lished (after the death of its author) which pre­sent­ed De Gaulle’s point­ed analy­sis of the killing JFK, which he felt was alto­geth­er sim­i­lar to the attempts on his life.

De Gaulle’s analy­sis of the method­olog­i­cal tem­plate of both Kennedy’s mur­der and his own, very near brush with death is accu­rate and telling.

The Dev­il’s Chess­board: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of Amer­i­ca’s Secret Gov­ern­ment by David Tal­bot; Harp­er [HC]; 2015; Copy­right 2015 by The Tal­bot Play­ers LLC; ISBN 978–0‑06–227616‑2; pp. 412–424,; 502, 566–67.

Discussion

3 comments for “FTR #1162 Farewell America, Part 1”

  1. Dave,

    I sin­cere­ly appre­ci­ate your life’s work in dis­sem­i­nat­ing the crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion nec­es­sary to cut through the fog of cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal mis­in­for­ma­tion, dis­in­for­ma­tion, and par­ti­san dri­v­el. I may not always agree with all of your con­clu­sions, but the work you’ve done is invalu­able.

    Thank you.

    Posted by daedalus | December 10, 2020, 7:55 am
  2. I agree with the com­ments and echo them. You have made a tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion to humankind, Dave.

    Posted by Maricata | December 23, 2020, 9:21 am
  3. There’s def­i­nite echoes of Farewell Amer­i­ca here: We’re get­ting reports from the US’s NATO allies about the their inter­pre­ta­tion of the Jan­u­ary 6 pro-Trump DC insur­rec­tion. Three anony­mous offi­cials spoke to Busi­ness Insid­er
    , includ­ing a French police offi­cial respon­si­ble for pub­lic secu­ri­ty in a key sec­tion of cen­tral Paris. And accord­ing to that anony­mous police offi­cial, the avail­able evi­dence strong­ly points toward the Trump admin­is­tra­tion delib­er­ate­ly orches­trat­ing the storm­ing the Capi­tol for the pur­pose of pulling off a coup. The oth­er two anony­mous NATO offi­cials appear to large­ly agree. As one of the offi­cials put it, “Today I am brief­ing my gov­ern­ment that we believe with a rea­son­able lev­el of cer­tain­ty that Don­ald Trump attempt­ed a coup that failed when the sys­tem did not buck­le”:

    Busi­ness Insid­er

    Some among Amer­i­ca’s mil­i­tary allies believe Trump delib­er­ate­ly attempt­ed a coup and may have had help from fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials

    Mitch Protheros
    Jan 7, 2021, 7:58 AM

    * Mul­ti­ple Euro­pean secu­ri­ty offi­cials told Insid­er that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump appeared to have tac­it sup­port among US fed­er­al agen­cies respon­si­ble for secur­ing the Capi­tol com­plex in Wednes­day’s coup attempt.
    * Insid­er is report­ing this infor­ma­tion because it illus­trates the seri­ous reper­cus­sions of Wednes­day’s events: Even if they are mis­tak­en, some among Amer­i­ca’s inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary allies are now will­ing to give cre­dence to the idea that Trump delib­er­ate­ly tried to vio­lent­ly over­turn an elec­tion and had help from some fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agents.
    * “We train along­side the US fed­er­al law enforce­ment to han­dle these very mat­ters, and it’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored,” one source told us.

    The sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who stormed the Capi­tol on Wednes­day to stop the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Biden’s elec­tion vic­to­ry were attempt­ing a vio­lent coup that mul­ti­ple Euro­pean secu­ri­ty offi­cials said appeared to have at least tac­it sup­port from aspects of the US fed­er­al agen­cies respon­si­ble for secur­ing the Capi­tol com­plex.

    Insid­er spoke with three offi­cials on Thurs­day morn­ing: a French police offi­cial respon­si­ble for pub­lic secu­ri­ty in a key sec­tion of cen­tral Paris, and two intel­li­gence offi­cials from NATO coun­tries who direct­ly work in coun­tert­er­ror­ism and coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tions involv­ing the US, ter­ror­ism, and Rus­sia.

    They said the cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence avail­able point­ed to what would be open­ly called a coup attempt in any oth­er nation. None were will­ing to speak on the record because of the dire nature of the sub­ject.

    While they did not fur­nish evi­dence that fed­er­al agency offi­cials facil­i­tat­ed the chaos, Insid­er is report­ing this infor­ma­tion because it illus­trates the scale and seri­ous­ness of Wednes­day’s events: Amer­i­ca’s inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary and secu­ri­ty allies are now will­ing to give seri­ous cre­dence to the idea that Trump delib­er­ate­ly tried to vio­lent­ly over­turn an elec­tion and that some fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agents — by omis­sion or oth­er­wise — facil­i­tat­ed the attempt.

    ‘Today I am brief­ing my gov­ern­ment that we believe with a rea­son­able lev­el of cer­tain­ty that Don­ald Trump attempt­ed a coup’

    One NATO source set the stage, using terms more com­mon­ly used to describe unrest in devel­op­ing coun­tries.

    “The defeat­ed pres­i­dent gives a speech to a group of sup­port­ers where he tells them he was robbed of the elec­tion, denounces his own admin­is­tra­tion’s mem­bers and par­ty as trai­tors, and tells his sup­port­ers to storm the build­ing where the vot­ing is being held,” the NATO intel­li­gence offi­cial said.

    “The sup­port­ers, many dressed in mil­i­tary attire and wav­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary-style flags, then storm the build­ing where the fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agen­cies con­trolled by the cur­rent pres­i­dent do not estab­lish a secu­ri­ty cor­don, and the pro­test­ers quick­ly over­whelm the last line of police.

    “The pres­i­dent then makes a pub­lic state­ment to the sup­port­ers attack­ing the Capi­tol that he loves them but does­n’t real­ly tell them to stop,” the offi­cial said. “Today I am brief­ing my gov­ern­ment that we believe with a rea­son­able lev­el of cer­tain­ty that Don­ald Trump attempt­ed a coup that failed when the sys­tem did not buck­le.

    “I can’t believe this hap­pened.”

    A law-enforce­ment offi­cial who trains with US forces believes some­one inter­fered with the prop­er deploy­ment of offi­cers around Con­gress

    The French police offi­cial said they believed that an inves­ti­ga­tion would find that some­one inter­fered with the deploy­ment of addi­tion­al fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials on the perime­ter of the Capi­tol com­plex; the offi­cial has direct knowl­edge of the prop­er pro­ce­dures for secu­ri­ty of the facil­i­ty.

    The secu­ri­ty of Con­gress is entrust­ed to the US Capi­tol Police, a fed­er­al agency that answers to Con­gress.

    It is rou­tine for the Capi­tol Police to coor­di­nate with the fed­er­al Secret Ser­vice and the Park Police and local police in Wash­ing­ton, DC, before large demon­stra­tions. The Nation­al Guard, com­mand­ed by the Depart­ment of Defense, is often on stand­by too.

    On Wednes­day, how­ev­er, that coor­di­na­tion was late or absent.

    ‘It’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored’

    “You can­not tell me I don’t know what they should have done. I can fly to Wash­ing­ton tomor­row and do that job, just as any police offi­cial in Wash­ing­ton can fly to Paris and do mine,” the offi­cial said. The offi­cial directs pub­lic secu­ri­ty in a cen­tral Paris police dis­trict filled with gov­ern­ment build­ings and tourist sites.

    “These are not sub­tle prin­ci­ples” for man­ag­ing demon­stra­tions, “and they trans­fer to every sit­u­a­tion,” the offi­cial said. “This is why we train along­side the US fed­er­al law enforce­ment to han­dle these very mat­ters, and it’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored.”

    The Nation­al Guard, which was deployed heav­i­ly to quell the Black Lives Mat­ter protests in 2020, did not show up to assist the police until two hours after the action start­ed on Wednes­day, accord­ing to The Asso­ci­at­ed Press.

    Video shows police doing noth­ing as riot­ers access the build­ing

    One video appeared to show some police offi­cers open­ing a bar­ri­er to allow a group of pro­test­ers to get clos­er to the Capi­tol dome. Anoth­er video showed a police offi­cer allow­ing a riot­er to take a self­ie with him inside the Capi­tol while pro­test­ers milled around the build­ing unchecked.

    Kim Dine, who was the chief of the Capi­tol Police from 2012 to 2016, told The Wash­ing­ton Post that he was sur­prised that the Capi­tol Police allowed demon­stra­tors on the steps of the Capi­tol. He said he was also mys­ti­fied that few riot­ers were arrest­ed on the spot.

    Lar­ry Schae­fer, who worked for the Capi­tol Police for more than 30 years, told ProP­ub­li­ca some­thing sim­i­lar: “We have a planned, known demon­stra­tion that has a propen­si­ty for vio­lence in the past and threats to car­ry weapons — why would you not pre­pare your­self as we have done in the past?”

    ...

    Sys­tem­at­ic fail­ures

    The French police offi­cial detailed mul­ti­ple laps­es they believe were sys­tem­at­ic:

    1. Large crowds of pro­test­ers need­ed to be man­aged far ear­li­er by the police, who instead con­trolled a scene at the first demon­stra­tion Trump addressed, then ignored the crowd as it streamed toward the Capi­tol.
    2. “It should have been sur­round­ed, man­aged, and direct­ed imme­di­ate­ly, and that pres­sure nev­er released.”
    3. Because the crowd was not man­aged and direct­ed, the offi­cial said, the pro­test­ers were able to con­gre­gate unim­ped­ed around the Capi­tol, where the next major fail­ure took place.
    4. “It is unthink­able there was not a strong police cor­don on the out­skirts of the com­plex. Fences and bar­ri­cades are use­less with­out strong police enforce­ment. This is when you start mak­ing arrests, tar­get­ing key peo­ple that appear vio­lent, any­one who attacks an offi­cer, any­one who breach­es the bar­ri­cade. You have to show that cross­ing the line will fail and end in arrest.”
    5. “I can­not believe the fail­ure to estab­lish a prop­er cor­don was a mis­take. These are very skilled police offi­cials, but they are fed­er­al, and that means they ulti­mate­ly report to the pres­i­dent. This needs to be inves­ti­gat­ed.”
    6. “When the crowd reached the steps of the build­ing, the sit­u­a­tion was over. The police are there to pro­tect the build­ing from ter­ror­ist attacks and crime, not a bat­tal­ion of infantry. That had to be man­aged from hun­dreds of meters away unless the police were will­ing to com­plete­ly open fire, and I can respect why they were not.”

    ‘Thank God it did­n’t work, because I can’t imag­ine how hard it would be to sanc­tion the US finan­cial sys­tem’

    The third offi­cial, who works in coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence for a NATO mem­ber, agreed that the sit­u­a­tion could only be seen as a coup attempt, no mat­ter how poor­ly con­sid­ered and like­ly to fail, and said its impli­ca­tions might be too huge to imme­di­ate­ly fath­om.

    “Thank God it did­n’t work, because I can’t imag­ine how hard it would be to sanc­tion the US finan­cial sys­tem,” the offi­cial said. By sanc­tions, he means the impo­si­tion of the diplo­mat­ic, mil­i­tary, and trade block­ages that demo­c­ra­t­ic nations usu­al­ly reserve for dic­ta­tor­ships.

    “The broad­er dam­age around the world will be exten­sive in terms of rep­u­ta­tion, and that’s why Putin does­n’t mind at all that Trump lost. He’s got to be hap­py to take his chips and count his win­nings, which from the Trump era will be a shock­ing­ly quick decline in Amer­i­can pres­tige and moral high ground.

    “Every moment the Amer­i­cans spend on their own self-inflict­ed chaos helps Chi­na, it helps Putin, and, to a less­er extent, it helps the mini-dic­ta­tors like [Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Recep Tayyip] Erdo­gan and [Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor] Orban, who breathe cyn­i­cism about pol­i­tics, human rights, and democ­ra­cy as their air,” the offi­cial said. “They won’t miss Trump; they’ll be glad to see his dra­ma leave so they can enjoy the poi­soned polit­i­cal cli­mate.”

    ————

    “Some among Amer­i­ca’s mil­i­tary allies believe Trump delib­er­ate­ly attempt­ed a coup and may have had help from fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials” by Mitch Prothero; Busi­ness Insid­er; 01/07/2021

    “They said the cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence avail­able point­ed to what would be open­ly called a coup attempt in any oth­er nation. None were will­ing to speak on the record because of the dire nature of the sub­ject.”

    None were will­ing to speak on the record because of the dire nature of the sub­ject. What tran­spired was so unthink­able it’s unspeak­able. And yet it hap­pened with plen­ty of warn­ings before­hand that some­thing big was in the works. That’s why the French police offi­cial is pre­dict­ing that an inves­ti­ga­tion would reveal some­one inter­fered with the deploy­ment of addi­tion­al fed­er­al law enforce­ment on the Capi­tol. A sen­ti­ment shared by none oth­er than Kim Dine, the chief of the Capi­tol Police from 2012 to 2016:

    ...
    The French police offi­cial said they believed that an inves­ti­ga­tion would find that some­one inter­fered with the deploy­ment of addi­tion­al fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials on the perime­ter of the Capi­tol com­plex; the offi­cial has direct knowl­edge of the prop­er pro­ce­dures for secu­ri­ty of the facil­i­ty.

    ...

    Kim Dine, who was the chief of the Capi­tol Police from 2012 to 2016, told The Wash­ing­ton Post that he was sur­prised that the Capi­tol Police allowed demon­stra­tors on the steps of the Capi­tol. He said he was also mys­ti­fied that few riot­ers were arrest­ed on the spot.
    ...

    And note one of the mas­sive pos­si­ble areas of fall­out for the US had Trump actu­al­ly pulled the coup off, even if only for a cou­ple of days: Once the US becomes a dic­ta­tor­ship, its finan­cial sys­tem is sub­ject to sanc­tion. Some­thing that would effec­tive crip­ple the con­tem­po­rary glob­al finan­cial sys­tem:

    ...
    The third offi­cial, who works in coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence for a NATO mem­ber, agreed that the sit­u­a­tion could only be seen as a coup attempt, no mat­ter how poor­ly con­sid­ered and like­ly to fail, and said its impli­ca­tions might be too huge to imme­di­ate­ly fath­om.

    “Thank God it did­n’t work, because I can’t imag­ine how hard it would be to sanc­tion the US finan­cial sys­tem,” the offi­cial said. By sanc­tions, he means the impo­si­tion of the diplo­mat­ic, mil­i­tary, and trade block­ages that demo­c­ra­t­ic nations usu­al­ly reserve for dic­ta­tor­ships.
    ...

    Yes, if Trump pulled this coup off, prompt­ing the sanc­tion­ing of the US finan­cial sys­tem, we real­ly could be look­ing at a mas­sive glob­al eco­nom­ic cri­sis. An eco­nom­ic cri­sis root­ed in the col­lapse of the dol­lar as a glob­al safe haven that could upend the glob­al eco­nom­ic order. Have fun try­ing to fath­om that. The longer the coup last­ed, the worse the dam­age, but even a short-lived coup could be dam­ag­ing enough to prompt a mas­sive reshuf­fling of the glob­al eco­nom­ic order as the dol­lar los­es its safe-haven sta­tus. It’s an exam­ple of the glob­al nature of threat posed by the Jan 6 coup attempt. And an exam­ple of just how much mon­ey fore­knowl­edge of events could be worth. Imag­ine what how prof­itable it could have been to groups who just hap­pened to be well posi­tioned in high­ly spec­u­la­tive bets that ben­e­fit­ed from an event that desta­bi­lized the dol­lar.

    Also keep in mind that this report is just the ini­tial response of for­eign offi­cials to the events of that day. Amer­i­ca’s allies are pre­sum­ably con­tin­u­ing to study what hap­pened as more infor­ma­tion comes out. The diplo­mat­ic fall­out is an evolv­ing sit­u­a­tion. It rais­es a ques­tion about one of the long-term con­se­quences of those events: what are Amer­i­ca’s allies going to assume about the like­ly sta­bil­i­ty of the Unit­ed States the next time a Repub­li­can wins the White House? After all, it was­n’t just a coup attempt. It was a pop­u­lar coup attempt, at least pop­u­lar with Trump’s core base which remains the core base of the Repub­li­can Par­ty. So one of Amer­i­ca’s two major par­ty’s is basi­cal­ly pro-coup at this point, some­thing gov­ern­ments around the world have no doubt noticed. So, again, how will world han­dle future Repub­li­can admin­is­tra­tions? We see, but they’re pre­sum­ably going to be putting a lot more thought into how the world might go about sud­den­ly decou­pling itself from the US finan­cial sys­tem going for­ward. A per­ma­nent threat of a finan­cial emer­gency root­ed in a bad rep­u­ta­tion. It would be a fit­ting Trumpian farewell to Amer­i­ca.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 10, 2021, 5:29 pm

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