Enemy Assets, by Robert Gore

Who’s betrayed their country?

A dictionary definition of asset is: a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality. The word has been much in the news lately. Usually coupled with “Russian,” it’s a favorite smear of establishment stalwarts like Hillary Clinton and establishment media like The New York Times. It’s been directed against President Trump, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and others who question the US’s interventionist foreign and military policies.

By implication, anyone who is an asset of a foreign country places the interests of that foreign country ahead of their own country’s. The term is especially odious when appended to a country commonly considered an enemy. Examining US foreign and military policy the last several decades, an unasked question is: to whom or what has that policy been “useful or valuable”? Establishment attacks on Trump and Gabbard serve to clarify who has actually been assets for unfriendly governments, and it’s not Trump or Gabbard.

At the end of WWII, the US was at the apex of its power and no nation could directly challenge it. After the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, the two countries settled into the Cold War stalemate that lasted until the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991. Actual use of nuclear weapons was considered potentially catastrophic, to be avoided by either side except to counter a nuclear strike—either preemptively or after the fact—by the other side. They were not considered a battlefield weapon, although there were elements of the American military command, and probably the Soviet command as well, that at various times advanced consideration of battlefield use.

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The rest of the world’s nations tried to protect themselves under the American or Soviet nuclear umbrellas. Both countries’ confederated alliances—essentially empires—were based on that ultimate protection, but the very unthinkability of nuclear weapons’ use meant that other calculations entered into governments’ and rulers’ calculations of strategic advantage. Just because a nuclear power wanted something or desired a certain outcome didn’t necessarily mean a nation had to comply, especially if the envelope was not pushed too far. Were you going to drop the bomb on a country that nationalized your oil company?

The fundamental failure of both the American and Soviet leadership was to recognize a simple lesson of history: more resources and energy are required to maintain an empire than the resources and energy that the empire can extract from it. Empires are inevitably victims of their own success. As their geographic boundaries expand arithmetically, the challenges of defending borders and subjugating conquered territories expands exponentially. Loot from the colonies fuels corruption among the rulers, who typically buy off the peasantry with a bread-and-circus welfare state. Taxes rise, the state grows, money is debased, the work ethic and productivity crumble, and decadence and internal rot metastasize. Eventually the empire succumbs to revolution, invasion, or both.

Empires never win the hearts or minds of all of their conquered subjects, and some resist. Nowadays, all but the poorest of the subjugated can avail themselves of inexpensive computing and communications. Expensive offensive weaponry and large numbers of troops can be destroyed or rendered inoperative by cheap rockets and artillery, improvised explosive devices, mines, drones, and other deadly gadgetry. The locals always know the territory and language better than their conquerers and can usually count on the support of the civilian population.

The successful attack on a Saudi oil facility, allegedly by Yemeni Houthis, is unprecedented because drones were used, the target was not military but industrial, and it was on the would-be conqueror’s home territory. In the larger picture, however, it’s merely the most recent manifestation of a trend that has been going on since at least the Vietnam War: the destruction of the expensive with the cheap. The US’s multi-billion dollar power grid, say, could be brought down through a combination of sabotage and computer hacking that would probably take less than twenty dedicated “revolutionaries” and under $100,000. That too would be unprecedented, but not really surprising.

Those who have called the shots for the US since World War II could have grasped the ultimately futility of empire from even a cursory reading of history. They’ve certainly had that lesson borne home to them by their own experience, if not from the Korean War then certainly from the Vietnam War. By now, it’s obvious that empire and US interventionism has been a net loser for the US, which can no longer be said to be at an apex of unchallengeable power. If its policies have been a net loss for the US, does that mean they have been a net gain for those the US defines as its enemies?

In 1953, a coup sponsored by the CIA and Great Britain’s MI6 deposed Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, and replaced him with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, an autocratic and repressive US government puppet. He was deposed in 1979 by Shia fundamentalists, who set up a theocratic regime aligned with neither the US or the Soviet Union, although decidedly hostile to the US.

Without reviewing the tangled history of US-Iranian relations since 1979, it’s fair to say that they’ve remained hostile. It’s been the fondest hope of the US foreign policy establishment and its allies in the Middle East, notably Saudi Arabia and Israel, to unseat the theocratic regime and install another American puppet. With the exception of the Iranian nuclear agreement abrogated by President Trump, there has been little comity between the two countries’ governments. Within the Trump administration there are officials who openly talk of waging war and fomenting regime change. The administration has resorted to harsh, punitive sanctions against both the country and many of its key figures to effectuate their objectives.

Yet, “enemy” Iran has clearly been the biggest beneficiary of US policy in the Middle East. Iranian intelligence, military, and political elements have infiltrated and gained influence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, all nations against which the US or its Saudi Arabian or Israelis allies have waged offensive war. A potential “Shia Crescent” from Iran to the Mediterranean, cited as a danger justifying US interventions, is now a reality not in spite of, but because of those interventions. Iran’s standing in the Middle Eastern has not been this high for at least the last several centuries.

US hostility has also driven Iran into the loving arms of Russia and China for weapons, industrial and financial aid, and markets for its oil. This is not the only instance that Russia and China have been the beneficiaries of the US’s maladroit moves in the Middle East, Indeed, their Belt and Road initiative, spanning Asia and the Middle East and now extending to Eastern Europe and Africa, has been ideologically midwifed by the US. Nations have been offered a choice: US bullets, bombs, and bullying, or Chinese and Russian infrastructure funding and expertise.

The Chinese and Russians aren’t acting from altruistic motives, but the recipients realize that and what America offers isn’t altruistic either. Choosing the former is an easy choice with few negative consequences. What will the US do to nations that choose to enter the Russian-Chinese orbit, start dropping nuclear bombs? Take on Russia or China? The case of Syria—in the Russian orbit since the 1940s—is instructive. The US couldn’t foment its desired regime change there, although according to Obama we were fighting the “junior varsity.” Once the varsity—Russia—entered the picture it was all over for the US effort. 

Even if there were no Belt and Road Initiative, the Russians and Chinese, now cast as the US’s great power enemies, have reaped enormous benefits from the US’s interventions in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Having stepped away from conquest, except for potentially the “conquests” which creditors exact from debtors who cannot pay (a favorite US stratagem), Russia and China have been able to devote substantial resources to their own infrastructures and the development of high-tech weaponry that renders any US government impetus for military confrontation with them delusional (see “The Illusion of Control, Part 1“). 

Every yuan and ruble not spent on US-style interventionism, and every drop of blood not spilled, is money and manpower available for pursuits far more rewarding than intrigue, sabotage, skullduggery, corruption, regime change, war, and the infliction of collateral damage on populations who, sensing the would-be conqueror’s indifference to their plight, often become terrorists, refugees or both—”blowback”—raising the butcher’s bill even higher. Let the US and its allies bear those costs.

If US foreign and military policy for many decades has been a detriment to the US and a benefit to those the US government terms our enemies, particularly Russia, China, and Iran, are not the architects and proponents of those policies actually the “assets” of those countries? That such a group includes virtually the entire US establishment doesn’t mean that the question shouldn’t be asked, nor that the answer is not in the affirmative. Keep in mind that it is this group that has lately been throwing around terms like “assets,” “traitors,” and “treason.” In light of the clear benefits they have bestowed on the enemies of their choosing, how can intellectual turnabout in light of the actual results of their policies not be fair play?

It wasn’t Donald Trump or Tulsi Gabbard who authorized the US’s failed wars and regime-change efforts. Unlike most of her critics, Gabbard fought in some of them! That Trump continues such efforts justifiably elicits condemnation, but he’s been in office less than three years and America’s malevolent misadventures have gone on for over six decades. During that time, he’s been one of the few prominent figures to even question them, and he’s been roundly criticized for it.

The trillions of dollars spent and the millions of victims killed and wounded, whose lives have been upended, both from our own military and the nations we’ve devastated or destroyed, demands what we’ll never get—a comprehensive investigation, a thorough accounting, and justice blind to the positions, wealth, and power of the people responsible. It requires a clear-eyed assessment of how much they have benefited our enemies—and themselves—and that will mean, in all justice, calling them what they are: enemy assets, traitors guilty of the darkest treachery to their country.

25 responses to “Enemy Assets, by Robert Gore

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  2. This was an excellent exposition of US foreign policy in all of its flaws. This isn’t news to many people, particularly readers of this blog, but it is news to most Americans and they need to be made to understand. Unfortunately, most people consume the empire’s Fake News.

    There is one question implied by this brief explanation of US foreign policy that plagues me. When there is some horrible event that crashes the US economy and possibly destroys the US empire, will we ever know if it was the result of a US that was weakened by Deep State policies until it was attacked by a disgruntled “enemy” of the US (abetted by the US Deep State), or was it a Deep State false flag operation made to look like an external attack to cover for the economy that was imploded by the greedy short sighted mismanagement of the Deep State, so the US Deep State wouldn’t be blamed for doing this to the US? The Deep State is responsible either way so I suppose it’s a moot point. That we must ask this question is a sign of how bad the situation has become.

    For over a decade, I’ve been saying that we’re living in the time that future historians will refer to as the Fall of the American Empire. I now frequently ask how much weirder it can get. One of the weird aspects is that most people don’t seem to know they’re living in a falling empire. Historically, that myopic normalcy bias is typical, but it still seems very odd.


  3. It will be the false flag operation. Guar-an-teed.


    • You are right. I find that FUSA has participated in almost every False Flag since 1900. Most led to some form of conflict, ie WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc. Our economy depends on wars. Ike warned us about the MIC, there is no slowing down for them, trillions are at stake.
      If they) Deep State) can’t impeach and convict some of them will go to jail. I expect an assassination attempt these people are really crazy. They belong in a mental institution, not walking our streets


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  6. The U.S. “State Department,” global oil corporations, the House of Saud, Israel, and compliant political Congressional stooges=”GUILTY as charged.”

    Q: “When will sentencing be passed?”


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  8. “, , , the millions of victims killed and wounded , , , demand(s) what we’ll never get—a comprehensive investigation, a thorough accounting, and justice blind to the positions, wealth, and power of the people responsible.”

    Maybe such eludes here, sir, but i submit that the day is coming when they will face justice for what they have done:

    “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” Job 4:8

    “Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” Hosea 10:13

    I am not a Bible-banger, per se, but I fear for those whom the Bible will bang,

    . . . Uncola did not send me (ha ha), but God bless you anyway 🙂


  9. Is a falling of Empires a chastisement?


  10. “Go back Jack do it again” and again and again, “Wheel spinning round and round” Steely Dan

    Sheesh! Do we ever get off the merry go round???


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  20. Yeah, good one Robert! Really enjoyed this one.
    Got me thinking about the politiks of plausible deniability and surviving political illegitimacy and how they tend to correlate with that effect of dynamics of diminishing return.
    Like a grinding wheel, the further it is worn down the faster it wears down trying to do the same work till it gets near it’s smallest useful diameter then it wears out so quickly if your not watching it’s down to zero before you know it.
    The deep state and all the other impostors and their ilk are facing their collapse of trying to survive their illegitimacy. In fact they are toast, but they haven’t figured that out yet. Or they can’t believe, accept maybe, it’s real. All thats left of them and their power is the dirty nasty brutal shit that all tyrants and tin pot banana republic dicktators run into once withdrawal of consent and total resistance happens against them.
    They double down, then double down on the double down, then get really spooked and become truly desperate cowards and fools, and they use their dangerous cunning to attempt the most desperate of things, throwing everything at their demise hoping something sticks, which includes mass lethal violence or even genocide against their perceived existential enemy.
    It is the act of a drowning victim, thrashing and grasping for something that will save them. Desperate false potentates do desperate things. It’s time to be very careful and prepared for the worst they can throw at us in their rage and fear.
    The deep state and whatever all this unmitigated disaster of civilization they have created and own is toast. Kaput! Their old institutional order is collapsing. They thought, took it totally for granted, she could never lose. Man where they off by a deplorable country mile. They are still in denial they got their arses handed to them politely on a silver plate platter by the fundamentally transformed bitter clinging Tea Bagger’s they thought where put in the grave in rusty ol’ flyover nation.

    Their collapse will take some more time to gain momentum, but at first as we watch every day, they are keeping a strangle hold on the levers of power, but they got a trait they all share thankfully in common, once one fails to hold on to the lever, they all begin to fold, when one rats out the rest it’s on like Donkey Kong and every rat for itself down the anchor chain seeking out the flotsam of debris of their precious globohomo State thats coming unglued, and when that stage is reached what happens will gain such an increasing rapidity that if your not looking right at it you will miss how fast the collapse that takes place.
    It is the nature of such power and politiks. Nobody knew the old inner Soviet and it’s Nomenklatura was folding, not even a hint. That leviathan of genocide greed and organized crime crashed and burnt in a day from a standing start. All that terrible totalitarian power evaporated like a fart in a mitten in a class 5 tornado. Poof. Gone.
    Withdrawal of peoples consent is corrosive to the The State. Eats away at the foundations of power. It is softly existential, so subtle and gentle it is hardly recognized for what it is. But there it is.
    Now it’s the amerikan globohomo/neo-con’s turn.
    Sure they are busting with the hubris of tyrants, but hubris always before the fall. The law of unintended consequences is a real nasty bitch, sneaks up on you in the form of little black swans, like Epstein didn’t kill himself. Who woulda’ thought?
    64 million Deplorable’s ain’t wrong.
    Surprize Bitchez.

    One thing I’ve learned from you Robert is thats what happens when your nothing really but a gang of thieves and you try to strip mine an entire civilization of it’s intrinsic tangible wealth and sources of that wealth creation.
    You never create anything. Just steal. After a certain point you all get so greedy there never is enough to be stolen, and the slices of the robber’s pie are sliced thinner as more thieves jump on the theft wagon expecting their divine entitlement of other peoples wealth.
    It’s never enough. Absolute Power. Absolute Greed. They are relatives.


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