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Special Relationship? Why Britain's Affair With the U.S. Is Over


Special Relationship? Why Britain's Affair With the U.S. Is Over
By Catherine Mayer | Information Clearing House

March 29, 2010 "Time" -- If anyone still doubts that George Bush and Tony Blair were the closest of allies, the text of a July 2002 note from the U.K. premier to the U.S. President, revealed in a new book, should dispel any lingering skepticism. "You know, George, whatever you decide to do [about Iraq], I'm with you," Blair assured his friend.

The End of the Party, an account by British political commentator Andrew Rawnsley of how Britain's Labour government came to squander a huge popular mandate to face possible defeat in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, identifies a multiplicity of contributory factors. Blair's unwavering determination to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with a martial U.S. is prominent among them. (See pictures of the Bush-Blair friendship.)

The damage may be permanent. On March 28 an influential cross-party committee of MPs in Britain weighed in on the wider impact of that policy. "The perception that the British Government was a subservient 'poodle' to the U.S. Administration leading up to the period of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath is widespread both among the British public and overseas," states the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. "This perception, whatever its relation to reality, is deeply damaging to the reputation and interests of the U.K."

The committee goes further, with a call to jettison the term "special relationship" as ruthlessly as colonists once dumped tea into Boston Harbor. The expression was coined by no less a person than Winston Churchill in 1946 to describe the intricate skeins of mutual interest, cultural heritage and sometimes gloopy sentiment that bind Washington and London. Globalization and "shifts in geopolitical power" mean that both countries are inevitably forming new and deep alliances with other players, and talk of a "special relationship" is increasingly misleading, says the report. "The overuse of the phrase by some politicians and many in the media serves simultaneously to devalue its meaning and to raise unrealistic expectations about the benefits the relationship can deliver to the U.K." (See the top ten most outrageous MP expense claims.) Read more.

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DOES ANYONE NEED ANY MORE PROOF THAT PHONY SOCIALISTS, SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, PHONY LABOR PARTIES, PHONY DEMOCRATIC PARTY....I.E. CLASS APPEASING LIBERAL/LABOR/SOCIALIST PARTIES WHORE, APPEASE, PARTICIPATE IN CONSERVATIVE,FASCIST, CRIMINAL POLICIES......

WHERE THE DEFORMED LINK, LIKE OBAMA'S CLASS AND IMPERIAL WHORING IS, ARE CORPORATE, CLASS IDEOLOGIES, EMBRACING IMPERIAL AND CRIMINAL WESTERN MILITARY ALLIANCES......

TIME TO SMASH THIS IDEOLOGICAL CRIMINAL MONOLITH....WALK AWAY FROM THESE PHONY OPPOSITION PARTIES AND THEIR CLASS LINKED IDEOLOGIES, PARTIES.

THE WESTERN CORPORATE, IMPERIAL WORLD KNOWS IT IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.......SO IT NO LONGER IS ABOUT TWO NATIONS CORRUPTING INTO CRIMINALITY, IT IS A WHOLE NETWORK, MATRIX OF WESTERN CORPORATE, IMPERIAL AND MILITARY, FASCIST ALLIANCES,LIKE NATO AND AMERICAN FASCIST EMPIRE LINKS APPEASING WALL STREET NAZIS, PLUTOCRACY, AND MILITARY FASCISTS:

New Tally Focuses on Expansive Role of Federal Reserve in Wall Street Bailout
CMD Releases Comprehensive Bailout Tally, $4.6 Trillion Spent on the Bailout to Date

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/01-8

OBAMA IS PROTECTING GEITHNER, BERNANKE, GREENSPAN, SUMMERS AND THE GOLDMAN SACHS CRIMINALS..........WHO CARRIED OUT CRIMINAL WALL STREET POLICIES THROUGH THE FEDERAL RESERVE.....

Out-Republicaning the Republicans
Obama Revives Clinton's Disastrous Triangulation Strategy

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/01-6
EXCERPT:

"Obama ran as a centrist. It would come as little surprise if he were governing as one.

But he's not a moderate president.

Obama is a Republican.

A right-wing Republican. Thanks to triangulation gone wild."

Note, everyone...."Triangulation" is a euphenism, code for corporate and imperial, class whoring, class compromises, that betray the people and democracy for fascist criminal policies.

CRIMINAL BAIL OUTS FOR A CRIMINAL PLUTOCRACY, KLEPTOCRACY, BY LIBERAL CLASS WHORES, DEMOCRATIC CORPORATE WHORES......IS IN THE TRILLIONS...........WE ARE BEING DESTROYED BY BOTH CORPORATE, NAZI PARTIES................

CORPORATIONS AND MILITARY FASCISM ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF WESTERN TRYANNY THROUGH OUT THE WORLD.

EXCERPT:

"Tally Shows That the Federal Reserve Is The Real Source of Bailout Funds
Today, the Real Economy Project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released an assessment of the total cost to taxpayers of the Wall Street bailout. CMD concludes that multiple federal agencies have disbursed $4.6 trillion dollars in supporting the financial sector since the meltdown in 2007-2008. Of that, $2 trillion is still outstanding.

CMD's assessment demonstrates that while the press has focused its attention on the $700 billion TARP bill passed by Congress, the Federal Reserve has provided by far the bulk of the funding for the bailout in the form of loans amounting to $3.8 trillion.

Little information has been disclosed about what collateral taxpayers have received in return for these loans, sparking the Bloomberg News lawsuit covered earlier. CMD also concludes that the bailout is far from over as the government has active programs authorized to cost up to $2.9 trillion and still has $2 trillion in outstanding investments and loans.

Learn more about the 35 programs included in the CMD tally by visiting our Total Wall Street Bailout Cost Table, which contains links to pages on each bailout program with details including the current balance sheet for each program.

Treasury Dept. Self-Congratulation Premature
While the Treasury Department has been patting itself on the back for recouping some of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and allegedly making money off of its aid to Citigroup, the CMD accounting shows that TARP is only a small fraction of the federal funds that have gone out the door in support of the financial sector. Far more has been done to aid Wall Street through the back door of the Federal Reserve than through the front door of Congressional appropriations.

The tally shows that more scrutiny needs to be given by policymakers and the media to the role of the Federal Reserve especially as the Fed has accounted for the vast majority of the bailout funds, yet provides far less disclosure and is far less directly accountable than the Treasury."

LIKE OUR CRIMINAL MILITARY, WALL STREET DEMANDS ABSOLUTE SECRECY OF THEIR CRIMINAL ROLES. WE MIGHT FIRE THEIR ASSES, AND DISMANTLE THEIR POWER.

It is just as everyone suspected, the EXPERT IDIOTS, WALL STREET CRIMINALS who ran our economy and global economies to the ground used their CLASS HIERARCHIES, in tandem with military secrecy, TO HIDE THEIR CRIMINALITY AS THE PENTAGON AND ITS NAZIS ROUTINELY DO:

Need more proof that deformed class hierarchies have been corrupting, sidetracking, criminalizing policies by displacing social power with class and military power, FIRST THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND NOW NATO FASCISTS, to do an end around of the people, who are opposed to these criminal policies.

THESE NEOCONS, FASCISTS, NEO LIBERAL GLOBAL CORPORATE NAZIS SHARE ONE THING THEIR CLASS DOGMAS, CLASS MYTHS, AND ARE WILLING TO SMASH UP THE WORLD TO DO IT.....

ARREST GEITHNER, ARREST OBAMA, ARREST THESE CRIMINALS, DISMANTLE THESE CLASS HIERARCHIES, THAT FEED THE OLIGARCHIES AND EMPIRE:

The Fed in Hot Water

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/01-7

EXCERPT:

"The Fed has finally came clean. It now admits it bailed out Bear Stearns – taking on tens of billions of dollars of the bank’s bad loans – in order to smooth Bear Stearns’ takeover by JPMorgan Chase. The secret Fed bailout came months before Congress authorized the government to spend up to $700 billion of taxpayer dollars bailing out the banks, even months before Lehman Brothers collapsed. The Fed also took on billions of dollars worth of AIG securities, also before the official government-sanctioned bailout.

The losses from those deals still total tens of billions, and taxpayers are ultimately on the hook. But the public never knew. There was no congressional oversight. It was all done behind closed doors. And the New York Fed – then run by Tim Geithner – was very much in the center of the action.

This raises three issues.

First, only Congress is supposed to risk taxpayer dollars. The Fed is not part of the legislative branch. Its secret deals, announced almost two years after they were done, violate the democratic process, if not the Constitution itself. Thomas Jefferson put a stop to Alexander Hamilton’s idea of a powerful central bank out of fear it would be unaccountable to the public. The Fed has just proven Jefferson’s point.

SIEG HEIL TO THE CORPORATE NAZIS, AND MILITARY NAZIS. THESE ARE THE "NEW RELATIONSHIPS" ENFORCING THE GLOBAL MATRIX OF CORPORATISM, FASCISM..........

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