War Economics

A Look at the Underlying Motives for the Current US Imperial Strategy

From the September 2013 PNL #827

by Seth Rutledge

Editor’s Note: This month the War Update has deviated from its original form to provide an analysis and context for the current violence and unrest in the Middle East.

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As current events show domination of energy resources serves the US imperial agenda on multiple levels. Militarily, control of energy supplies ensures the ability to cripple Russia or China in the case of war. Economically, there is an obvious windfall for the gas companies of the dominant country, but most importantly maintaining control of the energy industry is key to forcing all international oil sales to be denominated in dollars.[1] This makes US dollar ownership a virtual necessity for every economy and allows the US government to continually borrow and spend on military adventures and military aid to governments around the world. The predatory cycle of dominance seeks stability and self-perpetuation.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) objectives extend to Syria. Creating a client state or numerous fractured and weakened states allows for the surrounding of the gas fields in the Levant Basin and the strategic Mediterranean sphere. This would prevent or control an Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline which could provide the EU with gas from the world’s largest reserves, the South Pars field held by Qatar and Iran.[2]

Weakening of Egypt is also a key objective for NATO to oversee oil flowing through the Suez Canal to Europe. Foreign elements may be seeking to provoke a civil war by sniping army and protestors similar to provocateurs acting during the early stages of the Syrian revolt.[3] President Obama is seeking to appoint Robert Ford as ambassador to Egypt, despite his involvement in the formation of death squads in Iraq and Syria to fuel sectarian violence.[4]

Availability of Persian Gulf energy to China is a threat to the pillars of economic and military hegemony. Pakistan has been negotiating with China for a pipeline to transport gas from Iran through Pakistan and into China.[5] The US has been committing double-tap drone strikes to provoke violence[6] while encouraging Balochistan province separatism[7].When combined with the promotion of terrorism in China, it appears that unrest will continue with the development of the pipeline.[8]


[1]      http://ftmdaily.com/preparing-for-the-collapse-of-the-petrodollar-system-part-3/

[2]      http://nsnbc.me/2013/07/12/scramble-for-foreign-political-influence-over...

[3]      http://nsnbc.me/2013/07/12/fomenting-civil-war-in-egypt/

[4]      http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-salvador-option-for-syria-us-nato-spons...

[5]      http://rt.com/op-edge/iran-pakistan-syria-pipeline-843/

[6]      http://www.globalresearch.ca/covert-drone-war-in-pakistan-the-return-of-...

[7]      http://ericdraitser.podbean.com/articles/balochistan-crossroads-of-proxy...

[8]      http://rt.com/op-edge/pakistan-terrorism-separatism-economy-272/

Seth seeks independent and on-the-ground sources each month for the War Update.