September 9, 2011
Secretary of State Clinton has said in a speech delivered at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Manhattan’s West Side that the State Department will create yet another government bureaucracy “to help other countries’ counterterrorism efforts,” NY1 News reports.
“We are waging a broad, sustained and relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power against terrorism, and even as we remain tightly focused on the terrorist network that attacked us 10 years ago, we’re also thinking about the next 10 years and beyond,” said Clinton.
She also said the U.S. will work to create “strong and stable democracies” around the world.
Clinton has criticized Syria, Libya and Iran on numerous occasions. In April, it was reported that the State Department secretly funded Syrian opposition groups, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
As author and researcher William Engdahl has documented, the U.S. is funding and promoting coups around the world. “What happened in Georgia with the Rose Revolution and Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2003-2004 was part of a long-term strategy orchestrated by the Pentagon, the State Department and various US-financed NGOs like Freedom House and National Endowment for Democracy,” he writes.
What is going on in the Middle East with the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia that we saw a few days ago, and now in Egypt with Mubarak in his 80s, and obviously a regime that is not exactly the most stable one, we have a food crisis taking place as a backdrop and the IMF coming and telling these countries to eliminate their state food subsidies so you have, of course, the explosive background for popular unrest. Within that you have these NGOs, like Freedom House, training activists and trade unions and various other organizations to demand democracy, demand human rights and so forth.
In 2009, we reported that the Obama administration had sent a green light to USAID to undermine the regime in Iran.
“The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that support Iranian dissidents,” USA Today in June of 2009. “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which reports to the secretary of state, has for the last year been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants to ‘promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran,’ according to documents on the agency’s website.”
Since the 1960s, USAID has maintained “a close working relationship with the CIA, and Agency officers often operated abroad under USAID cover,” writes historian William Blum.
Andrew Natsios, USAID’s former head, stated unequivocally in a widely distributed 2003 speech that even foreign USAID-funded contractors and NGOs “are an arm of the U.S. government.” And the role of the much smaller NED was made clear when Allen Weinstein, one of its founders stated in a 1991 Washington Post article that, “a lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”
Clinton used her speech on the anniversary of 9/11 to announce the U.S. will continue its policy of undermining foreign countries and overthrowing sovereign states.
Faced with the Wikileak revelations about Syria, in August the State Department denied it is actively attempting to overthrow the al-Assad government. “No we are not working to undermine that government,” Mark Toner said in response to a question at a media briefing, adding the U.S. government was working to promote democratic processes in Syria and elsewhere in the world.
Clinton’s announcement arrives at the same time the former British PM Tony Blair has called for the overthrow of the governments in Iran and Syria. “Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region,” Blair told The Times. He demanded the removal of Bashar al-Assad. “He is not going to lead the program of change in Syria now. He has shown he is not capable of reform. His position is untenable. There is no process of change that leaves him intact.”
Blair is international peace envoy for the Middle East, an irony because he stands accused of committing war crimes in Iraq. Allegations of war crimes were contained in a complaint the Athens Bar Association plans to file with the International Criminal Court.
Downing Street has dismissed the allegations.
This article was posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm