Sunday, January 22, 2017



 By Fahim A. Knight-El

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Former President Richard Nixon, in his book titled, Seize The Moment, America's Challenge In a One-Superpower World, stated "had we not intervened, an international outlaw would today control more than fifty per cent of the world's oil. While the United States could survive, if necessary without Persian Gulf oil, Western Europe and Japan could not. What happens to the economics of the other industrial democracies directly affects the health of our economy. We therefore, could not have afforded to allow Iraq to have access to Gulf oil and blackmail the world through its choke hold on our oil lifeline." (Nixon 1992).

This writer thinks that it is sort-of-unfair when you are asked to compare and contrast wars from different eras and from different times in history (because the political, economic and social dynamics are going to drastically differ). This research brought me to an immediate and quick conclusion that as I surveyed and read various recent histories and accounts of America's wars and in particular involvement in the Middle East, it had become evident to me that the United States as a nation had transitioned and moved from Feudalism, to pre-industrialism, industrialism, and the information age, and into the present global trajectory, and we are constantly in motion and stagnation is not an option (no one understands this better than Donald J. Trump). This transitional evolution has brought us at the dawn of a new era and a New World Order and as the Cold War (Warsaw Pact Nations versus NATO Nations) came to an abrupt end in 1989, which was symbolized by the collapsing of the Berlin Wall, it also brought an end to what we have known as conventional war strategy. It has been technology, that has been the ever evolving X factor and dynamic in the development of high tech weaponry and military technology, that with the passing of time, it has also allowed us to surpass previous generations relative to war strategy and how they fought wars in the early 19th and 20th century, which is now almost obsolete and arcaded. The digital age of technology has given international governments, the ability to make strategically and tactical deployments unlike anytime in world history and how the United States Government defends its national security interest will continue to change with the evolvement of time. 

This is truly the dawn of a new day and era in American history, as I have stated above (the so-called peaceful transference of power and the highlight of American Democracy was carried out just few days ago), which has created the potential for a new insights and approaches into the present day global political, economic and social paradigms that will continue to impact humanity, in particular some of these ideals will be evolving along side and simultaneously with a new generation possessing aspirations coming from a different spiritual and historical space than the previous generations.They have not drawn from the divisive artificial barriers that Communism and Western style democracy have imposed on humanity since 1917. They are hoping for the opportunity to live in a peaceful and prosperous world—once again I am not optimistic about this future outlook. The above mentioned phenomenon represents the passing of two worlds, the old and the new. The immediate future of the world and the United States of America and its direction has now been placed in the hands of the 45th United States President of America, Donald J. Trump (but let us not be fooled the Supreme Being has factored into this equation) and for better or for worst, he will be instrumental in shaping the national and international political landscape for the next eight years. Yes although, I speaking into the future the Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission and the Council of Foreign Relations have already selected him as their servant for two terms and this should automatically convey to me and you that there is no such thing as democracy, it is all an illusion and our voted don't mean a damn thing. But Trump's biggest impact is predicted to be on the global community and his quasi nationalistic views and maintaining a global agenda (are destined to co-exist).

So my children who are growing up as part of the global informational age and based on technology, have tremendous access to information, the global superhighway or the infobahn in which the Internet has altered the political, economic and social paradigm by changing the geopolitical landscape of the globe and we now have the opportunity to access information in real time. This age of technology has allowed us to compete on levels that were unimaginable twenty-years ago and the benefits allows us to enter and participate in a new age called the digital age; this is a very exciting time to be on the planet and there is no turning back. The United States Government and its giant military industrial complex are trying to remain relevant and continue its military and economic dominance by constantly looking to expand its influences over international markets by engaging in global business opportunities that were partially created by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and of course North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). China is continually to emerge as perhaps as the number one-world superpower in next ten years (they will stand alone in this position) based on having the largest standing army in the world and its dominance in the arena of technology (for decades now it has been a nuclear power and because of this they were in 1971 invited to be one of the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council). America has no options or international choices/alternatives when it comes to having relations with China; it still remains a politically inspired Communist nation (in the scheme of big business and global security interest these factors and variables do not matter) they vacillate between neo-capitalism by engaging in the so-called free market arena and have become equally or not more competitive than the United States relative creating supply and demand economic dynamics on a large global level.

They have the spending power and valuable wealth domination to have acquired a diversity of assets around the world including in the United States of America; China serves as the biggest threat to the United States global positioning—their people possesses a drive and determination that undergirds their importance to sovereignty (this drive and motivation is rooted in the communist ideology) in which they have made huge investments in preparing their people in the fields of technology, science, mathematics, aeronautics, etc., (this is done in the name of the State and for the ultimate benefit of the people) and since World War II have become one of the premier world leaders in expanding its development and innovations in technology and science, which they have become second to none (Japan may argue this assertion). China and the Chinese have created sophisticated hacking programs and have allowed them to circumvent United States National Security apparatuses the National Security Agency, Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, etc., and have been stealing United States military and trade secrets for decades, that is equalvent to an act of terrorism under the guise of cyber-terrorism, which is an indication of how flawed the U.S. defense is when it comes to protecting and detecting these international cyber-security breeches, it has become a matter of U.S. national security. The United States Government accused Edward Snowden with exposing (confidential and classified information) how the NSA was illegally spying and eavesdropping on American citizens and was compiling dossiers in which was a clear violation of private U.S. citizens rights to privacy who were not deemed Enemy Combatants and hadn’t violated any U.S. laws, but their constitutional rights and civil liberties were being violated by an agency of the United States Government. Snowden was not protected under the whistleblower laws and rules instead he was charged and treated as a criminal. Russia was kind enough to grant this U.S. patriot political asylum and now has lived in exiled for over three years.

Since President Obama went on a pardon spree, why didn't he pardon Edward Snowden and present him with a presidential accommodation for integrity by having the courage and willingness to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies? (there were criminals inside the NSA violating the law and he dared to expose them—but none of the NSA culprits were charged and convicted and went to prison). President Barack Obama spoke about being concern about his legacy, let me answer from my vanish point, it will be written in blood. He did absolutely nothing for black people, but gave them feel good speeches (church based sermons with high emotional charges and behind the scene he was reactionary to the core) and imposed reactionary foreign policy throughout the world. I as a so-called African American, have always looked beyond this patriot’s skin color and it was easy to detect that he had the exact same agenda and mindset as them white boys. He did not have the intestinal fortitude to pardon our revolutionary sister Assata Shakur who has lived exiled in Cuba for over 30 years and/or he could have pardoned Edward Snowden. He totally understood that these pardons would have been risky pardons, because of the high profile levels associated with these two cases and he did not want to politically risk and create a potential future liability for the next would be Democratic president. His failure to do this was discouraging to me and will be a blemish and stain on his presidency; he had the power and authority to right a wrong and he did nothing. Let met jolt some of my reading audiences memory a little by going back 2001, the last day of his presidency Bill Clinton pardon one of the most notorious and publically unknown criminals in U.S. history at that time named Marc Rich (wanted on the 10 most wanted list). Rich was a vicious white collar criminal who in 1980s were involved with multi-level oil deals coming out of the Persian Gulf (also was running an international dope ring linked to Daniel Ortega and Manuel Noriega that included guns and weapons), which included Iran, he was trading with Iran as a private U.S. citizen in which the United States had imposed embargoes and economic sanctions and it was against U.S. law for a United States citizens to have had any business dealings with the Iranian Islamic Republic.

However, Marc Rich was intentionally evading U S. law and were trading and brokering Iranian oil deals throughout the world. He was indicted for a host of conspiracy charges in violation of U.S. Federal laws and after appearing in New York Federal Court and making bond; Rich absconded by going to the neutral nation of Switzerland and was granted asylum and he understood that Switzerland had no international legal mandate to extradite him back into U. S. custody, he would live in exile for over 15 years in Switzerland. But eventually claimed Jewish ethno-lineage and the Israeli government granted him dual citizenship and he continued to travel around the world on an Israeli passport. Obama did not have the courage to step outside of the box and free two innocent U.S. citizens and allow them to come back home to America. President Donald Trump has a tremendous responsibility and weight on his shoulders and since George H.W. Bush (followed by Clinton, George W. and Obama) the United States has continued to become and isolated nation and it has lost that swag and that so-called moral world leadership, it use to have around the world, because of their war on militant and radical Islam—the imperialist acts of military aggression in the Middle East and Central Asia, it has diminished their reputation.

The United States Arm Forces use to have the largest budget on Capitol Hill and by far defense spending was the government's number one priority—perhaps by Trump appointing this team of retired generals to his cabinet and having a Republican majority in Congress, it might be an indication that United States Government will once again increase military spending. Trump during the presidential campaign created a sizable amount of excitement about the U.S. military and improving on the United States defense—this message resonated with U.S. Veterans; he spoke their language. His motivation for this was capsulated in the small vision of going after and combating international militant and radical Islam that has been defined by ISIS (he thinks the main problem of the world is radical Islamic terrorism, he will soon find out it is a lot more to the world than so-called militant and radical Islam--there are major threats on five continents), but the complexities of U.S. defense and national security strategy has to extend far beyond these limitations. Trump perceived Obama as being weak and soft militarily during his eight year presidential tenure. I think the American citizens have become a little war weary because after 9/11 the U.S. government has been on the offensive conducting Drone Warfare, serving as instigators in the war in Syria, initiating the assassinations of Heads of States, invaded Afghanistan, worked to destabilized governments in Northern Africa, involved in antagonistic words with North Korea and its leader, invaded Iraq and Saddam Hussein in which the  CIA and former Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2003, lied about Iraq having Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); even after the U.N. weapons inspectors could not substantiate those allegations; the U.S. declared war any way. Trump is verbally advocating the need for a strong military and it is just too early to determine the extent of this course and the type of public policy and legislation that will be proposed and implemented during his presidential tenure. Nevertheless, Trump who sounds like a warmonger and if I were a betting man, I would put my money on President Trump encouraging and mandating that the Defense Department and the U.S. Pentagon who have ordinarily taken top priority in assuring that the  U.S. Congress (they are responsible for officially lobbying the congress) allocates adequate amounts of taxpayers money to meeting the proposed military budget expenditures in order to provide the military with all the necessary resources. These resources have always been  needed to allow the United States militarily to act with preparedness and readiness to internationally defend and secure the U.S. political, economic and military interest around the world.  

Donald Trump repeatedly stated throughout his inauguration speech that it would be America first (his speech on the surface had a nationalistic overtone) and although, as a globalist and a New World Order proponent some of his foreign policy and national policy positions as were stated in that speech, was contradictory at best, in particular wavering a little on the United States prior historical commitments relative to cooperating and exercising the highest levels diplomacy with its European Allies, which has always involved unilateral economic and military assistance to Western Europe that included Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Greece and Spain this cooperating and international governmental alliances has been in existence since World War II and even further back to World War I, which later was structured under NATO, which President Trump believes, it has out lived its time and purpose. These sentiments and other have left a lot of western governments with a sense of uneasiness and un-optimistic since he took office on January 20, 2017. Many around the world are unsure, how will Trump's so-called new international direction impact and affect the western governments trade and economic markets—as it pertains to the European Union and European Common Market and will this type rhetoric create panic and lead to given the international perception that Euro could be headed towards experiencing long term economic and financial weakness and/or collapse that will reflect on both domestic European markets as well as international markets. Thus, by the United Kingdom and the Bank of England relegating back to using the British pound and quasi abandoning the EU was a clear indicator that Europe and the E.U. are in trouble (which like all western currencies have been battling the Chinese Yuan Renminbi and the powerful Central Bank of China,  which is the Central Bank of the People's  Republic of China and the strength of it currency) that could dismantle the E.U. and force these nations to revert back to the concept of nation-states. I am somewhat optimistic that this will not happen.

The United States has always had a shared interest in Europe, which has been mutual since World War II that has led to the establishment of strategically placed military bases and military installments throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Central and South America and may be Donald Trump does not fully understand the gravity and the complexities of the world and/or may he does, and is looking to create a new type of conversation that will be different than what it was under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I am quite sure his military cabinet will be educating and informing him, of how the geopolitical necessities work in the grand scheme of things. They will explain to him that if he is serious about defending U.S. National Security interest, it will rest on being prepared for military readiness and having the ability to respond quickly and decisively to international turmoil and conflicts that might arise, which could affect or impact the political, social and economic interest of the United States of America around the world. A powerful navy will remain necessary to quickly shut off international and/or domestic waterways during potential conflicts and actual conflicts during troubling times, which might give the enemy a military advantage and this is why nations like Russia, China, North Korea, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy sees defending the waterways as being vitally important. Most developed and technological advanced nations have always invested heavily into building a strong naval force and the navy of itself has to have the military capacity to fight and command the seas (and in the U.S. the top brass admirals are members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are fully aware of this necessity). Also, the navy and it ships allows for the U.S. Marines, U.S. Army and U.S. National Guard units (ground and infantry squads to be in place when it is necessary to engaged the enemy in combat on the ground, air and water) the ability to transport human resources and heavy military equipment to any hot spot in the world, it is a demonstration of how important and valuable the U.S. Navy military is to them towards maintaining and assisting in so-called providing stability around the world.

In an Internet Blog titled, “Overview: Desert Storm - The Role of the Navy’ After the world's fourth largest army poured across the border into Kuwait on 2 August 1990, the United States deployed a major joint force which served as the foundation for a powerful 33-nation military coalition to stem Iraq's brutal aggression. The United States Navy provided the sea control and maritime superiority which paved the way for the introduction of U.S. and allied air and ground forces, and offered strong leadership for the multinational naval force. At the time of the invasion, the Navy was already on station in the region. The ships of Joint Task Force Middle East, a legacy of U.S. Navy presence in the Arabian Gulf since 1949, were immediately placed on alert. Battle groups led by USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) sped from the Indian Ocean and Eastern Mediterranean to take up positions in the Gulf of Oman and Red Sea, respectively--ready to commence sustained combat operations on arrival.[1]

For example, the United States Government under President George H.W. Bush in 1991, entered into the Gulf War, which was better known as Desert Shield and Desert Storm in which thousands of U.S. Troops were mobilized to the region in order to halt Saddam Hussein so-called ambitions of reuniting Kuwait back to the nation of Iraq (and militarily punishing Kuwait for stealing oil from the border side of Iraq).  Moreover, the United States was very familiar with the middle eastern geographical territories and landscape; Bush and the U.S. Congress approved of the United States Government intervention and swiftly sent warships to the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and directly into the Persian Gulf controlling and influences these vital waterways during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The United States arm forces were sent to the Gulf Region due to the aggression of Saddam Hussein who had invaded Kuwait. The British and other European powers helped the crooked Elitist monarch of Kuwait to succeed from Iraq, they were essentially one people and Hussein understood this geo-history, but there were too much oil money on the table and the Seven Oil Sisters used Western European and the U.S. military to defend their oil interest against Saddam Hussein; Iraq and Saddam Hussein was viewed as potentially threatening the United States chief Middle Eastern Allie of Saudi Arabia (an APEC nation and principle oil exporter to the United States) who has perhaps the largest oil reserves in the world and the United States swiftly moved in with a large naval presences in the Gulf in order to control and limited access into the Gulf region. Thus, U.S. was not going to allow Saddam Hussein to disrupt the international oil trade and affect other international commodities that needed to be transported to markets from around the world. The U.S. Naval forces were there to remind Hussein and his Elite Guards that the U.S. still reined supreme over a 'Third World' arm force. “When President Bush ordered the deployment of troops and equipment to defend Saudi Arabia, long-established maritime superiority facilitated the largest, fastest strategic sealift in history, with more than 240 ships carrying more than 18.3 billion pounds of equipment and supplies to sustain the forces of DESERT SHIELD/STORM. Maritime superiority also allowed allied naval forces to implement and sustain United Nations trade sanctions against Iraq immediately after they were imposed severing Saddam Hussein's economic lifeline”.[2] 

These young soldiers (many were African Americans and Latinos) are use as extensions of U.S. Foreign policy commissioned to fight in order to make the world more safer for the Rothschilds and the Seven Oil Sister to continue steal and horde the world's wealth (this much will not change under Donald Trump). Yet, they take an oath to defend and protect the United States Constitution against all foreign and domestic enemies—they are not in the decision making capacity, but when the U.S. arm forces are called upon to deploy in the hot spots around the world, it is a question of duty and uncompromising obligation at least in these young vulnerable soldiers minds (and after serving some are allowed to become enlightened and wake up and after learning the truth about the U.S. military goals and objectives of the super-Elite they feel betrayed by their government). The naval forces along with other military branches have always demonstrated a high level of preparedness to deploy and equipped to defend the United States national interest around the world. I am quite sure Desert Shield/Desert Storm brass such as Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopt, Lt. Gen. Calvin Waller, Maj. Gen. Robert B. Johnson, Lt. General John J. Yeosock, Lt. Gen. Walter Boomer, Vice Adm. Stanley Arthur, Lt. Gen. Charles Horner. etc., who led the various military companies, taught and trained U.S. soldiers to take their military oath serious—valor and I am quite sure this is taught at West Point and at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

William J. Bennett (who was the former Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan) and former Drug Czar who authored a book titled, Why we must Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism, Bennett is a conservative and his analysis and assessments reflect those who represent the Republican right, but I think, most politicians and ordinary citizens will agree that America's national security, is of vital importance (some may argue about how the military budget is costing the taxpayers to much money and some have argued about downsizing the U.S. standing army and merging military bases). But other still expect the U.S. naval forces to command the international waterways and continue to having a military presence around world—to be well trained as U.S. Marines and as U.S. Army ground troops and with a prepared air force to command the airways at a drop of a dime.  Yet, it is strategically impossible for the United States to attempt serve as the international police of the world.

President Bill Clinton in his book titled, Between Hope and History: Meeting America’s Challenges For the 21st Century, he stated: “Today, America has the best-trained fighting force on Earth—and that, more than any other single fact, is the key to our enduring security. We will prefer diplomacy to force, but will always be ready to use military force when necessary to defend our national interests. As we have throughout this century, we will lead with the power of our example, but be prepared, to make an example of our power. . . As a result, our military and intelligence forces are more mobile, agile, precise, flexible, smart and ready than ever before. They are also more coordinated and function more smoothly not only among themselves, but with other allies as well. Today the mere threat of our force can deter would-be aggressors, as we saw recently when we mobilized in the Persian Gulf to counter Saddam Hussein’s abortive attempt to mass forces once again at the Kuwaiti border.” [3]       

Lastly, this writer believes war at times is inevitable, but I equally believe that we have a moral duty and responsibility to purse peace over war. For, example, the invasion of Somali (1992-1994), Desert Storm/Desert Storm (1990-1991) the Afghanistan War (2001-   ), the Iraq War (2003-2011) and America’s ongoing war on terrorism, which has made the American people war weary. The passing of the United States Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, Military Commission Act, Anti- Terrorism Bill, Enemy Combatant laws, etc., as well as ongoing disputes with Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, China, Russia, Yemen and other hot spots will eventually stretch the U.S. military thin. I cited these recent wars and conflicts, as an indication of how the pendulum may swing back and forth relative to the question of patriotism and their are some who are willing to offer a critical analysis or at least a balance analysis on where the U.S. stand in the world as a global force (the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center entered us into a new paradigm). The scholar Noam Chomsky in his book titled, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance in which Chomsky’s political analysis illustrates the ambivalent and contradictory relationship that U.S. Government had with Saddam Hussein and with other past and present less than credible leaders (he writes with the passion of both a political scientist and historian).This writer thinks that, perhaps Chomsky understands or may be he doesn’t, but as much as I extol his research for being critically objective and he does a good job of presenting the facts and is more than willing to present points that are unbiased and honestly raises some tough questions relative to America’s quest for global dominance.

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-El can be reached at


[2] Ibid., Naval History and Heritage Command.

[3] Bill Clinton, Between Hope and History: Meeting America’s Challenges For the 21st Century. (Harrisonburg, Virginia: Tiimes Books, 1996) 148-149.

[4] Samuel Eliot Morison, The Oxford History of the American People. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1965) 802.

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