Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Nothing could say “democracy” and “humanitarianism” less than big-oil’s Chevron, Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, or international financier criminals like Deutsche Bank, Blackstone, Barclays, Citigroup, or perhaps defense contractors and war profiteers EADS, General Dynamics, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Nazi collaborators IBM. Professional propagandists like News Corporations (Fox News), Bloomberg, and Reuters, as well as public relations firms like Edelman, who make the vast criminal conspiracies of the above mentioned possible, also constitute the antithesis of “democracy promotion.”
Photo Above: Not the first shower of accolades – earlier this year Hague handed Suu Kyi the “Chatham House Prize.” Nothing quite says “democracy promotion” like a prize from anorganization consisting of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BP, Exxon, Chevron, BAE, Boeing, Lockheed, and many more. This, along with Suu Kyi’s more recent trip to the US equates to self-aggrandizing stunts the global elite pull to lend themselves otherwise non-existent legitimacy.
Indeed, the most obscene chapters in modern human history have been written by these corporate-financier interests who span nations, transcend “democratic elections,” trigger wars of aggression for profit and the projection of their own power under the guise of a myriad of lies and propaganda, while accumulating, each in their own right, a mountain of human rights atrocities against people all around the world – from the Niger Delta, to the rain forests of South America, to the ravaged and subjugated people of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the oil fields of Libya and even the Gulf of Mexico in North America.
They literally are the bane of humanity, the crux of all problems, the source of the peoples of the world’s torment, the architects of human misery on the grandest of all imaginable scales, unparalleled throughout all of human history.
So then, one must question the merits of receiving “awards” handed out by organizations sponsored by and representing the collective interests of such corporate-financier interests. Who, in good consciousness, could except such awards? Surely a useful idiot at best, a deceitful, dark emissary of their nefarious agenda at worst.
To fully appreciate the implications involved with the West’s celebrated “democracy champion” Aung San Suu Kyi receiving showers of awards during her recent visit to the United States, we must fully understand those doing the showering.
The National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy, despite the lofty mission statement articulated on its website, is nothing more than a tool for executing American foreign policy. Just as the military is used under the cover of lies regarding WMD’s and “terrorism,” NED is employed under the cover of bringing “democracy” to “oppressed” people. However, a thorough look at NED’s board of directors, as well as the board of trustees of its subsidiary, Freedom House, definitively lays to rest any doubts that may be lingering over the true nature of these organizations and the causes they support.
Upon NED’s board of directors we first find John Bohn who traded petrochemicals, was an international banker for 13 years with Wells Fargo, and is currently serving as a principal for a global advisory and consulting firm, GlobalNet Partners, which assists foreign businesses by making their “entry into the complex China market easy.” Surely Bohn’s ability to manipulate China’s political landscape through NED’s various activities both inside of China and along its peripheries constitutes an alarming conflict of interest. However, it appears “conflict of interest” is a reoccurring theme throughout both NED and Freedom House.
Bohn is joined by Rita DiMartino who worked for Council on Foreign Relations corporate memberAT&T as “Vice President of Congressional Relations” as well as a member of the CFR herself. Also representing the Fortune 500 is Kenneth Duberstein, a board member of the war profiteering Boeing Company, big oil’s ConocoPhillips, and the Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. Duberstein also served as a director of Fannie Mae until 2007. He too is a CFR member as are two of the companies he chairs, Boeing and ConocoPhillips.
Image: A visual representation of the National Endowment for Democracy’s corporate-financier ties found across their Board of Directors. Far from “human rights advocates,” they are instead simply leveraging such issues to disguise what is in reality corporate-financier hegemonic expansion.
We then consider several of the certified warmongers serving upon NED’s board of directors including Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, Will Marshall, and Vin Weber, all signatories of the pro-war, pro-corporate Project for a New American Century. Within the pages of documents produced by this “think tank” are pleas to various US presidents to pursue war against sovereign nations, the increase of troops in nations already occupied by US forces, and what equates to a call for American global hegemony in a Hitlerian 90 page document titled “Rebuilding Americas Defenses.” As we will see, this warmongering think tank serves as a nexus around which fellow disingenuous rights advocate Freedom House also gravitates.
The “Statement of Principles,” signed off by NED chairmen Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Vin Weber, states, “we need to accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” Of course by “international order” they mean meddling beyond the sovereign borders of the United States and is merely used as a euphemism for global imperialism. Other Neo-Con that signed their name to this statement include Freedom House’s Paula Dobriansky, Dan Quayle (formally), andDonald Rumsfeld(formally), along with Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Eliot Cohen, and Elliot Abrams.
A PNAC “Statment on Post-War Iraq” regarding a wholehearted endorsement of nation-building features the signatures of NED chairman Will Marshall, Freedom House’s Frank Carlucci (2002), andJames Woolsey (formally), along with Martin Indyk (Lowy Institute board member, co-author of the conspiring “Which Path to Persia?” report), and William Kristol and Robert Kagan both of the warmongering Foreign Policy Initiative. It should be noted that the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is, for all intents and purposes, PNAC’s latest incarnation and just recently featured an open letter to House Republicans calling on them to disregard the will of the American people and continue pursuing the war in Libya. The FPI letter even suggests that the UN resolution authorizing the war in the first place, was holding America “hostage” and that it should be exceeded in order to do more to “help the Libyan opposition.” Similar letters have been penned in regards to supporting armed terrorists versus Syria.
An untitled PNAC letter addressed to then US President George Bush regarding a general call for global warmongering received the seal of approval from Freedom Houses’ Ellen Bork (2007), Ken Adelman (also former lobbyist for Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra via Edelman), and James Woolsey (formally), along with Neo-Con degenerates Richard Perle, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, and the always disingenuous demagogue Daniel Pipes.
Other notable corporate-fascists populating NED’s board of directors include:
William Galston: Brookings Institution (board of trustees can be found on page 35 here).
Moises Naim: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (corporate funding here).
Robert Miller: corporate lawyer.
Larry Liebenow: US Chamber of Commerce (a chief proponent of SOPA), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).
Anne-Marie Slaughter: US State Department, Council on Foreign Relations (corporate members here), director of Citigroup, McDonald’s Corporation, and Political Strategies Advisory Group.
Richard Gephardt: US Representative, Boeing lobbyist, Goldman Sachs, Visa, Ameren Corp, and Waste Management Inc lobbyist, corporate consultant, consultant & now director of Ford Motor Company, supporter of the military invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson: CEO of Carlson, director of Exxon Mobil.
Stephen Sestanovich: US State Department, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, CFR.
Judy Shelton: director of Hilton Hotels Corporation & Atlantic Coast Airlines.
It is safe to say that neither NED nor Freedom House garners within its ranks characters appropriate for their alleged cause of “supporting freedom around the world.” It is also safe to say that the principles of “democracy,” “freedom,” and “human rights” they allegedly champion for, are merely being leveraged to co-opt well meaning people across the world to carry out their own self-serving agenda. Surely the value of any “award” they bestow upon champions of their “cause” equates to the management of public perception and the obfuscation of their true agenda.
The Atlantic Council
The Atlantic Council claims to be a “preeminent, non partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security.” It is partnered with NATO - representing the collective corporate-financier interests that drive NATO’s current existence, its agenda, and the direction it proceeds into the future with.
The board of directors includes a bi-partisan representation – revealing the truly singular agenda pursued by the corporate-financier elite merely under the guise of various false political paradigms. Board members include, Brent Scowcroft, Henry Kissinger, former US State Department Director of Policy Planning under President Obama Anne-Marie Slaughter, Madeleine Albright, MEK terrorist coddlers US Army General Wesley Clark and USMC General and former National Security Adviser under President Obama, James Jones, Neo-Cons Richard Armitage, Paula Dobriansky, Eric Edelman, James Woolsey, James Baker, Frank Carlucci, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and George Shultz.
Images: The Atlantic Council – bi-partisan corporate-fascism, the ones who benefit as the rest of the world collapses. Its sponsors and board of directors are responsible for writing some of the darkest chapters in modern human history, transcending political parties, presidencies, and premierships. Accepting an award from such an organization is to be knighted by the forces of human oppression, disparity, and exploitation.
If readers are wondering why an alleged “Democrat” president is carrying out the wars and hegemonic foreign policy of his Neo-Conservative predecessor, a corporate-financier driven nexus like the Atlantic Council would be a good place to begin searching for the answers.
This was the council that guided and promoted the corporatist-military agenda in Libya, which oversaw the arming of vast legions of Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists led by the US State Department(#29), UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf), and UN-listed terror organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), responsible for the death and sectarian bloodshed that ravaged Iraq throughout the US occupation, and most recently, the foreign-sponsored terror campaign ravaging Syria today.
The council’s corporate-financier sponsors have reaped billions upon billions in contracts as the West wages wars of conquest and expansion around the world. Whether these wars are “successful” or not is inconsequential, because no matter how many American soldiers are killed or maimed, and no matter how drained America’s taxpayers become, the corporate-financiers always get their paycheck, their agendas always advanced.
The Atlantic Council and the National Endowment for Democracy are just two of many think-tank/lobbying fronts that represent the collective interests of the Fortune 500 of Wall Street and London. It is clear that if one wanted to go about making the world a better place, they would begin with a serious examination of the sponsorship of the Atlantic Council and NED, their sources of power, and how to undermine, boycott, and replace them entirely. Surely, one would not step foot within the halls of any of these institutions, shake the bloodied hands of any of its many co-conspirators, let alone play part in one of their public relations charades.
However, that is exactly what one supposed “champion” of democracy and human rights has done – inexplicable unless of course this “champion” is nothing of the sort.
Aung San Suu Kyi – Fraud, Fascist, and Fool
Flanked by war criminals, corporate-fascists, and warmongers, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (still called by its British imperial nomenclature “Buma” by the Western press) toured Washington D.C. this month, showered with awards including the “Congressional Gold Medal,” and the Atlantic Council’s “Global Citizen Award.” Suu Kyi would also provide a key address for the Neo-Conservative, corporate-fascist National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 “Democracy Award” ceremony.
Images: The West’s recent “awards blitz” attempts to lend both themselves and Suu Kyi sorely needed legitimacy. Recently, Suu Kyi’s supporters have begun an ugly, genocidal-bigoted campaign to eliminate ethnic Rohingya’s from Myanmar. Suu Kyi has been complicity silent throughout the violence.
The LA Times would report in regard to Suu Kyi’s acceptance of the Congressional Gold Medal:
I stand here strong in the knowledge that I am among friends, Suu Kyi said in the Capitol rotunda as she finally accepted the Congressional Gold Medal, which Congress awarded her in absentia in 2008 when she was still confined in Myanmar.
The charade continued with Senator John McCain, who has most recently conspired with Al Qaeda in the city of Benghazi, Libya and on the Turkish-Syrian border for a series of preplanned violent regime changes, claiming:
I consider myself very fortunate to have lived to see this day and to know the people of Burma, whose dignity and rights Aung San Suu Kyi has sacrificed so much to defend, and will one day be free to live with dignity and justice and hope.
In “Myanmar (Burma) “Pro-Democracy” Movement a Creation of Wall Street & London,” it was documented that Suu Kyi and organizations supporting her, including local propaganda fronts like the New Era Journal, the Irrawaddy, and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) radio, have received millions of dollars a year from the Neo-Conservative chaired National Endowment for Democracy,convicted criminal and Wall Street speculator George Soros’ Open Society Institute, and the US State Department itself, citing Britain’s own “Burma Campaign UK (.pdf).”
Image: The Myitsone Dam, on its way to being the 15th largest in the world until construction was halted in September by a campaign led by Wall Street-puppet Aung San Suu Kyi, a stable of US-funded NGOs, and a terrorist campaign executed by armed groups operating in Kachin State, Myanmar.
And not only does the US State Department in tandem with Western corporate media provide Aung San Suu Kyi extensive political, financial, and rhetorical backing, they provide operational capabilities as well, allowing her opposition movement to achieve Western objectives throughout Myanmar. The latest achievement of this operational capability successfully blocked the development of Myanmar’s infrastructure by halting a joint China-Mynamar dam project that would have provided thousands of jobs, electricity, state-revenue, flood control, and enhanced river navigation for millions. Suu Kyi and her supporting network of NGOs, as well as armed militants in Myanmar’s northern provinces conducted a coordinated campaign exploiting both “environmental” and “human rights” concerns that in reality resulted in Myanmar’s continual economic and social stagnation.
The ultimate goal of course is to effect regime change not only in Myanmar, but to create a united Southeast Asian front against China.
As reported in June, 2011′s “Collapsing China,” as far back as 1997 there was talk about developing an effective containment strategy coupled with the baited hook of luring China into its place amongst the “international order.” Just as in these 1997 talking-points where author and notorious Neo-Con policy maker Robert Kagan described the necessity of using America’s Asian “allies” as part of this containment strategy, Clinton goes through a list of regional relationships the US is trying to cultivate to maintain “American leadership” in Asia.
Image: (Top) The “Lilliputians” though small in stature were collectively able to tie down the larger Gulliver from the literary classic “Gulliver’s Travels.” In the same manner, the US wants to use smaller Southeast Asian nations to “tie down” the larger China. (Bottom) From SSI’s 2006 “String of Pearls” report detailing a strategy of containment for China. While “democracy,” “freedom,” and “human rights” will mask the ascension of Aung San Suu Kyi and others into power, it is part of a region-wide campaign to overthrow nationalist elements and install client regimes in order to encircle and contain China.
Then certainly it makes sense to see Senator John McCain glowingly praise Aung San Suu Kyi and her “sacrifices,” when McCain’s agenda itself aims ultimately at encircling and destroying China, as well as Russia. It was US Senator John McCain, chairman of the International Republican Institutewhich played a pivotal role in organizing the so-called “spontaneous” “Arab Spring,” who said in 2011of the unrest his IRI had helped fund in Egypt, “I would be a little less cocky in the Kremlin with my KGB cronies today if I were Vladimir Putin. I would be a little less secure in the seaside resort [of] President Hu and a few men who govern and decide the fate of 1.3 billion people.”
Suu Kyi, like so many before her, is either a willful accomplice, or drunk on the admiration and accolades ceaselessly bestowed upon her and is merely an expendable stepping stone for the West toward corporate-financier global hegemony, divorced entirely from any of the public rhetoric concerning “democracy” and “human rights.” Suu Kyi will be jettisoned if and when it is convenient for her sponsors to do so, and as history has shown, it is generally done in a very ungracious, often brutal manner.
Image: Hands up for recolonization and genocide. One of the US State Department’s favorite “activism 2.0″ gags is having activists write on their hands and photographing it to show solidarity for a cause across social media. Aung San Suu Kyi (photo courtesy of Soros.org) herself promotedthe recolonization of Myanmar by Western interests in this way. Ironically, her supporters who had used the tactic to support Suu Kyi and others in her movement, are now writing pro-genocide slogans on their hands.
Suu Kyi’s saintly persona has been recently betrayed by the rank and file of her movement, who have been revealed as genocidal, sectarian bigots now carrying out a nationwide campaign against ethnic Rohingya. Suu Kyi’s supporters, like other Western proxies in Libya, Syria, and beyond, are indeed not the “pro-democratic,” “enlightened” forces they are portrayed as, and as their movement betrays decades of carefully crafted Western propaganda, Suu Kyi and her followers are quickly becoming liabilities rather than the celebrated assets they have long been. This may in fact be why Suu Kyi has been slated for this public relations stunt in the first place – an attempt to salvage a faltering public image.
Suu Kyi is either a fool for believing the superficial rhetoric a demonstrably self-serving corporate-fascist agenda is selling her, or foolish to believe she can betray her people as an agent of foreign corporate-financier interests without consequence. Regardless of her intentions, she is helping not only in the exploitation and oppression of her own people by foreign neo-imperial interests, but contributing to supranational meddling throughout Southeast Asia and the encirclement and destabilization of China. She is a facilitator against, not a champion for, human progress and world peace.
Whether her eyes can detect the blood covering the accolades she lines her shelves with or not, the blood is still there. If Aung San Suu Kyi cannot in good conscience end her associations with the bane of humanity, we, as humanity, cannot in good conscience support her or her agenda. Her rhetoric is no different than that of Senator John McCain’s, spoken with nefarious interests just below the superficially appealing surface. Unlike McCain, she has managed to defraud millions of people both within Myanmar and around the world - thanks to the help of the BBC and Hollywood.
Suu Kyi is just one of many frauds facilitating the ambitions of the corporate-financier elite – but her example is perhaps the most transparent and illustrative in regards to how the corporate-financier elite operate, how they deceive and manipulate the masses with appealing narratives and charismatic personalities, and how they use the reputations and legitimacy of their institutions they themselves have created to sell their agenda of global domination as its very antithesis – as “freedom,” “democracy,” and “human rights.”