“Want and opinion are the two agents which make all men act. The British covert war in Syria has been going on since 2011, with almost no discussion by elected MPs. In some ways, Britain resembles more a private club than a country. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of, Even the war in Yemen has been little scrutinized; there is criticism of U.K. arms exports, but little if any mention of the air force, The U.K.’s support of Egypt’s Abel Fattah el-Sisi regime appears to be mainly about, The extensive revolving door of personnel between government and corporations plays a key role in ensuring that elite interests are aligned. The Brexit debacle shows how irrelevant this Country of England has become on the World scene? lies the vast realm of ugly truths that are the real England. In response to the increasingly tense situation in the Middle East, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a proposal to Congress that calls for a new and more proactive U.S. policy in … British soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) have reportedly been secretly deployed and operate "dressed in Arab clothing". Who shamelessly traded in their multi-starred uniforms for six- and seven-figure gigs on the boards of corporations that feed the unquenchable appetite of the military-industrial beast. The welfare of the many has never been, except when expedient for the ruling elites (during the Great Depression for instance; FDR consciously set out to save capitalism with his programs to ameliorate the effects of that economic earthquake on poorer Americans, though not all: Southern Dems had to be kept happy), a consideration. Member of Women in Black, a global movement against militarism, Jan. 31, 2018, Central London. http://www.tomdispatch.com. Away from Yemen, special forces are operating on the ground in Syria, despite parliament only having approved air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group. Copyright © 2020 Consortiumnews. submission/ (Matt Crypto via Wikimedia Commons), Even when asked parliamentary questions on overt foreign policy, ministerial responses tend to be minimalist, and are often misleading or deceitful. What the Army helped me become is someone whom, in the end, I don’t mind gazing at in the mirror each morning. Even when asked parliamentary questions on overt foreign policy, ministerial responses tend to be minimalist, and are often misleading or deceitful. A further question would be: Why is the MSM not all over this complete lack of ethics – not to say morals – this corruption? Yes, sadly “democracy” is nothing but a pantomime for the little peoples’ distraction. These truths are well known among our principal men, who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. What might be possible is stop individuals and corporations from bribing politicians to take actions for purely profit motive, versus national good. David Omand, the former GCHQ director, went on to work for the arms corporation Babcock; General David Richards, the former army chief of staff, was tapped to chair the UK advisory board of the US arms corporation DynCorp; and John Sawers, the former director of MI6, was appointed a non-executive director of BP, among other examples. I see it in the UK (as you have mentioned), Australia, France and of course the USA. And no matter how much I tell myself I was different, the truth is I was complicit in it all. Authors. britain's short-lived middle east empire was a product of economic interests and strategic imperatives.. British involvement in the region long antedated World War I, but Britain's "moment" in the Middle East, as it has been called — the period in which it was the dominant power in much of the area — lasted from 1914 to 1956. The “permanent government” in Whitehall is deeply entrenched. Oil, Imperialism and the Middle East in British Foreign Policy, 1900-1940, London, Frank Cass, 1993; Uriel Dann (ed. In order for a democracy to be “government by sociopaths” as you claim, a majority of voters actually voting would have to be sociopaths. Once the dust settles, Britain will have to accept responsibility for all this gobshite (yet again, sorry) going on in the world right now. The commandos were injured in gun fights as part of a top-secret campaign, and other reports have claimed British troops have been killed in such battles. Sorry if that seems off-topic but there is a bit in there about the origins of the Semitic peoples, read that then read Shlomo Sand, the invention of the Jewish people, that is some perspective. It’s tempting to say the reasons are simply geopolitics, oil and other commercial interests. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of U.K. support for Israel or the Sisi regime in Egypt. There are perilously few articles reporting the extent of UK support for Israel or the Sisi regime in Egypt. The papers of Sir Mark Sykes, 1879-1919 : the Sykes-Picot Agreement & the Middle East British Online Archives Chatham House . Maybe they could play China off the US. Make no mistake, I wanted out. Here’s a 1924 quote from a powerful banker describing a continuing operation… British Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Diplomatic relatio… Foreign Secretary discusses British foreign policy and the Middle East Foreign Secretary answers questions on Al Jazeera . To this day, American and British public schools continue to paint Imperial Germany as the aggressor. And this true in almost all countries around the globe. Thank you for that very interesting information. There is a real need for a transformation away from centralised, unaccountable governance to a system that is much more participatory, and where citizens are informed and empowered, something that would change both domestic and foreign policies. A great President he was not, mind you there’s a long line-up of those, but that’s what happens when you have an oligarchy. It is a republic not altogether different than the one Plato proposed in “The Republic.” As a Canadian friend of mine puts it in very simple terms: US/UK – asses of evil. I can’t list all of them now. Radomes at Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, 2005. Working definition of democracy: government by sociopaths. AS RELATES A TO PRIOR POST … Who or What Is ‘The Council on Foreign Relations … ? Yet real power rests in the hands of an elite few who control policy-making institutions and the dominant ideas in society. But it is not clear that even Corbyn intends to challenge British oligarchy. British foreign policy-making is so centralised that it is akin to an authoritarian regime. http://www.flat-living.co.uk/lifestyle/438-who-owns-london-the-great-estates, https://whoownsengland.org/2017/10/28/who-owns-central-london/, A Film Than LIFE/LIBERTY and Responding to Labour's questions Mark Field, a minister in the UK's foreign office, said that he would seek to get to the bottom of these "very serious and well sourced" allegations. The British Foreign Policy Group is an independent, non-partisan think tank based in London. The commandos were injured in gun fights as part of a top-secret campaign, and other reports have claimed British troops have been killed in such battles. Some analyses have argued that Britain’s inconsistency demonstrates that Britain’s policies toward the Middle East in the wake of the uprisings in 2011 was hypocritical. Goodbye to the devotees of American exceptionalism who filled the Army’s ranks, and to the hypercapitalism and Ayn Randian conservatism among officers in what is the nation’s most socialist institution. Hugh Wilford’s recent book, America’s Great Game: the CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, demonstrates how a new breed of Arabists attempted to resurrect many of the schemes that Lawrence had toyed with. https://www.google.com/searchclient=safari&channel=mac_bm&source=hp&ei=fW6iXNfUG92S0PEPhN2m6Ao&q=What+or+Who+is+the++Council+on+Foreign+Relations+%3F&btnK=Google+Search&oq=What+or+Who+is+the++Council+on+Foreign+Relations+%3F&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30l7.4943.33739..35993…0.0..0.129.1870.21j4……0….1j2..gws-wiz…..0..0i131j0j33i10.iQ-j5qOvXBo, [ are these inquires too audacious (or discourteous) for the gatekeepers of consortium … ? He is the author of “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” Twitter: @SkepticalVet. WINNER OF THE 2017 MARTHA GELLHORN PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM. (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr). Johnson Administration: 1963–1968 . Member of Women in Black, a global movement against militarism, Jan. 31, 2018, Central London. Keep in mind that Britain covered a quarter of the Earth’s surface and Germany was a relatively young country whose colonial presence in Africa, if I’m not mistaken, was minuscule. The Middle East Peace Process Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of our top foreign policy priorities. In response to the increasingly tense situation in the Middle East, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a proposal to Congress that calls for a new and more proactive U.S. policy in … I entered West Point in July 2001, a bygone era of relative peace, the moment, you might say, before the 9/11 storm broke. I am not sorry to leave behind the absurdity I witnessed. I hope more serving officers and troops gather the courage to speak their minds and tell Americans the score about our brutal, hopeless adventurism. Even the suggestion of ethical impropriety, even a hint of personal (in this case through her husband) gain attaching to the decision to sell arms, military materiel to Saudia and the UAE, let alone sending British armed forces to support this pillage, plunder and rape of Yemen (or Syria, or as in the past, Libya, Iraq and on and on), should require the PM (and her relatives/spouse) to either step down or divest themselves of all interest in such companies (not simply shift departments within the same profiteering company). Some people claim that the US is a democracy because Americans, is their capacity as state citizens, can make and unmake laws by initiative or referendum. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the wake of its active involvement in the 2003 Iraq war, Britains traditional policy of acting as a bridge between the US and the EU in relation to Middle Eastern strategic affairs has been severely criticized by those who would like to see Britain adopting a more wholehearted European orientation.