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ESF Exposed: Exchange Stabilization Fund’s Covert Operations Behind Federal Reserve Since 1934

25 Jan

 Alternative News Report Video Series of the Month Award for January 2012:

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Cover of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

To learn more about this urgent breaking report, read “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA” By Tim Weiner

The five video reports below are authored by Eric DeCarbonnel, founder of:

http://marketskeptics.com.

Eric DeCarbonnel’s work is both urgent and important in this election year, and I wanted to share it with readers. The source material for this re-post is located at http://www.marketskeptics.com/2011/06/the-esf-and-its-history.html and contains extensive documentation, financial charts going back to the early 1900s and newspaper/internet corroboration as well. Eric’s reporting is not in dispute and his documentation puts Big Media outlet reporting to shame. This is most likely the most under-reported and / or blacklisted news story in America since 1934. It needed to break over  50 years ago, but better late than never. My thanks and blessings go out to Eric.

The ESF, or Exchange Stabilization Fund, is a little known but behemoth financial “slush fund”, operating in almost total secrecy from within and behind the New York Federal Reserve office.

The ESF has been in existence since 1934. Eric has detailed a track record of the influence, corruption, mass financial deception and covert operations of the ESF since it’s inception.

Eric has stated that what he has uncovered was so disturbing that he was initially afraid to blog about it, choosing instead to eventually publish his research results in a 5 part video series that’s jaw dropping.

The resulting reports are a 5 part video series, which I encourage all readers to download to their own HDs, as these reports may disappear from Youtube once the ESF gets winds that the word is out on their activities behind and within the “Federal Reserve.”

“Since the ESF was put in charge of defending the US dollar’s value [in 1934] , the greenback has been on a one way track to worthlessness.” – Eric DeCarbonnel

This chart plots the steady plunge of the value of the US dollar since the ESF took over the NYC Federal Reserve in 1934.

Eric’s research and documentation is excellent, and I encourage readers to share and re-post this 5 part video series with others.

The ESF: Exchange Stabilization Fund – Part 1 – 5 Video Reports by Eric DeCarbonnel

Recommended Reading:  “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA” By Tim Weiner

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Was The Televised Moon Landing That Americans Watched in 1969 ‘Faked’? What Did Stanley Kubrick Know?

21 Oct
2001's Discovery miniature

A miniature from the making of "2001 Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

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I’ve been fascinated with the films of Stanley Kubrick since I was a child. When I saw 2001 Space Odyssey in the movie theatre as a young teen I was hooked forever on Kubrick’s work.I have followed his career all my life, and was grieved to learn that he had died right after makingEyes Wide Shut [ 1999 ], so I have Googled Kubrick from time to time. What I have located has interested me, so I have followed the trail.

One might wonder what a deceased filmmaker has to do with America’s July 20th 1969 historic moon landing. According to many conspiracy theorists, quite a bit, more than you would ever dream. It’s almost impossible to run a search on Stanley Kubrick on Youtube without running into a deep and intricate vein of videos alleging that Kubrick was approached to assist the US government in creating a “motion picture styled” fake moon landing for Americans and the world to watch, while the 50 billion in designated funds for the US space program went into a whole different top secret NASA space program instead. Could this actually be true?

I’m not making any statements one way or another, and I have not decided what I believe, but I wanted to share with readers what I have gathered to date on this topic. This post / page will be updated as I gather more evidence and material. I’d like to add that I have always had one overwhelming question when looking at old Apollo film footage again and again. Where are all the stars?

Numerous fascinating videos explore this topic from all sides:

Excerpts from “Dark Side of the Moon” By William Karel:

Cited:  “Dark Side of the Moon is a French mockumentary by director William Karel which originally aired on Arte in 2002 with the title Opération Lune. The basic premise for the film is the theory that the television footage from the Apollo 11 Moon landing was faked and actually recorded in a studio by the CIA with help from director Stanley Kubrick. It features some surprising guest appearances, most notably by Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Buzz Aldrin and Stanley Kubrick’s widow, Christiane Kubrick.”

This next video clip was banned in the USA but is still available on certain YT channels:

More interesting videos that I have found:

In this next clip the manner in which this fallen astronaut gets back on his feet literally defies the laws of physics…. unless his hidden wires and pulleys were pulled taut enough from above to lift him up off the ground with very little effort on his part. Something just doesn’t look right about the way he gets up in this clip. [ Oh, and once again … where are all the STARS? ]

Watch how this astronaut gets up after a fall as well. Something just doesn’t look right.

I was a professional photographer and ad agency art director for more than 30 years before I retired. I was also a Photoshop expert technician for more than 15 years. What is revealed by this British documentary author in the video below, is just inexcusable stupidity, fakery, forgery and sloppiness, Either NASA is, in fact, now mocking the world in their glossy full color publications, or they have the most brain dead art directors on the planet at the helm, supervising the publication of lunar photography. This is REALLY hard to explain away. Have a look:

The gravity on the lunar surface is only 1/6th of that on earth. Any object tossed with vigor should, therefore, fly six times as far, even more so in that it would be unencumbered by air drag due to the vaccum on the lunar surface. However, in this clip below, the small objects being tossed by these astronauts behave just exactly as they would if they were tossed in the gravity and atmospheric drag on earth. Why?

Read also: Stanley Kubrick Exposed Illuminati Secrets Before He Died

If readers would like to see more of this research posted, sound off in comments and let me know. I have much more video that I can post.

NWO Pre-Planned Annunaki Disclosure Agenda Becoming Evident

7 Sep

Re-posted with permission:  Copyright 2011-3011 Chase Kyla Hunter & Alternative News Report, All Rights Reserved. All re-posts must leave content, author, blog name, URL & copyright intact. Love this news blog? Shop here & support it! Help keep robust citizen journalism alive on the internet.

Read also http://alternativenewsreport.net/alien-invaders-real-or-haarp/

September 5th 2011:

I present these videos below as I find them. My posting of these is neither an endorsement, nor a rebuttal of their contents. As long term readers know, I have followed the topics discussed on these videos below for some number of years. I also present more startling evidence of extra-terrestrial vehicles and entities on my other alternative news blogs. See Photonic Portal 2037.

Because of the unique position in history in which this world finds itself in these last days, I do not believe that any off-world extra-terrestrial creatures that might be visiting, observing, interacting [ and possibly even genetically altering our species]  to be truly benevolent toward humankind in the long run, although they may very successfully feign such benevolence in a convincing manner.

Rather, I tend toward the assessment that these off-world species have controlling and malevolent intentions toward our younger, immature, scientifically backward, and more vulnerable human species, and that once our trust has been gained by them that they will proceed to exploit us in harmful and possibly ruinous ways.  Their telepathic powers alone, combined with their use of superior high technology, could be used as a human mass mind influence and mind control mechanism which would render all mortal defenses against it useless. Considering how effective TV programs have been in generationally socially conditioning and engineering mass human behavior, our species is now in a state of absolutely malleable and submissive readiness to be “imprinted” with whatever indoctrinating material and message they might desire to utilize to achieve their own ends.

I also see these off-world species of creatures as tied to an ancient and far-reaching system-wide spiritual conspiracy to govern this world outside of the ordained laws of God. [ I refer to the Lucifer Rebellion:  see The Urantia Book and the KJV Holy Bible ] God’s eternity based and long established Divine laws are of origin in the Paradise Trinity, and have been operative since “before the foundations of the earth.” These Divine Laws of God are time tested in Eternity.

Breaching these laws carries a severe and damning penalty and is not to be taken lightly. One of these laws is the ordinance which forbids the ungodly mixing of unlike kind and unlike seed. It forbids genetic tampering which mixes human and alien DNA. Yet look around you and everywhere, even in the American music industry, and you will see entertainment and music forms which laud and encourage just that, the ungodly mixing and mingling of human and animal, and human and alien DNA. This dark art is part of the rise of Anti-Christianity and the worship of dark technologies. It is a sign of the coming rise of the strong delusion which was predicted in scripture and it is an indication that the horrendous times of the final Son of Perdition are near.

I personally believe that the current trending worldwide media deluge of UFO, alien, and annunaki related topics, only a tiny part of which you see here, to be a pre-calculated and pre-planned NWO ruse, a colossal hoax on a worldwide scale, to enlist any and all forms of hidden NWO / alien joint high technology to convince the world population that some sort of alien invasion and /or alien disclosure is soon to take place, when, in fact, what will soon be taking place is a massive false flag event on a scale the likes of which humanity has never been subjected to before.

I am asking my readers to step back and connect the dots between what Big Media outlets, the Vatican, and other outlets are all now doing and saying, and then consider the long term goals of the NWO in regard to what you see taking place in the media. Do you see an equation emerging?

These media events are not as they seem. There is an underlying NWO motive and purpose here, and it is not in the best interests of the portions of the human race that love and worship God the Father, and revere and worship His Son, who has promised the worldwide Body of Christ that He will return.

There will rise a worldwide spiritual usurper soon, a counterfeit Christ who will fulfill the biblical prophecies concerning the bringing about of a “strong delusion” in the last days. This entire topic of aliens, the Nephilim, the Annunaki, UFOs, genetic tampering, and the worship of alien procured high technology, rather than the reverence and worship of God as the Creator of all life in all universes, is tied to the rise of this final Son of Perdition. This is my opinion, and I am aware many will dispute it.

We must carefully examine what is happening RE: Annunaki disclosure in relation to where we are globally in relation to Bible prophecy. The Utopian alien high technology dream come true which is being promised to humankind by alien disclosure is not what it’s being portrayed to be. It will be something else entirely several years into the misleading false peace period to come.

Pray about what you are reading here, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you need to see. The Heavenly Father does not Will that His own should be spiritually deluded along with those tares among the wheat, who are the seed of chaff who will follow and embrace the strong delusion.

This page will be updated frequently.

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Has WordPress Betrayed It’s Bloggers? Too Many “WTF” Censorship Moments

13 Jul

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter and Photonic Portal 2037, All Rights Reserved. Re-posting of this essay is disallowed. Link-backs only.

Author’s Notes:

The post began as a routine report. I had heard a local conservative radio host comment that nearly 20% of Americans are now on food stamps. The number seemed absurd so I looked it up when I got home. I just happened to catch a chart in a YT video which showed the escalating numbers of food stamp recipients. I intended to post it. I checked other fact sheets and articles and saw that 20% of America, not 14% is actually currently on food stamps. This fact flies in the face of Big Media spin which is telling us about the “economic recovery.” I intended to post that as well. But the story suddenly took a bizarre turn when I tried to do a very routine thing on WordPress – to set up a new post category. It’s something I do dozens of times a week. Very routine.

As I was typing the phrase “2011 Food Stamp Statistics” into the text pane for new parent categories, something happened which IS NOT supposed to be possible on WordPress, especially when you own the domain you are posting to. A red box appeared with the phrase: “You do not have permission to do that.”

I actually thought it was some sort of joke, like a belated April Fool’s spoof, going on on WordPress. I tried to type but nothing would enter the pane. I refreshed the page – twice. When the red text box refused to disappear I grabbed a screen shot of it and this very routine post, suddenly became all about censorship, much more than it was about how many people are now living on food stamps.

I finished the post, told what happened, inserted the screen shot and posted it. It immediately disappeared after I posted it, although six altered versions had been held in draft form. They all disappeared. I began re-creating the post from scratch. I posted the re-creation and it held. I placed it on the front page. Later that same evening I put another front page up. When I logged on this am, the page version of what I had done had disappeared from my list of pages. I re-created the page version again, re-told the expanding story, and now it will remain on my main blog’s front page, along with this front page, until further notice. What’s taking place is dreadful.

There are only two options here:

1) The good men and women behind WordPress have no control of when the NSA goons seize control of their platform and do what they will with it,

Or

2) WordPress has on their staff, employees in freelance, who, unknown to WordPress, are working for the FED in some capacity to try to intimidate people like me on WP, and there are thousands of us.

I had planned on eventually spending thousands of dollars to support WordPress and keep all my news blogs hosted on their platform. That won’t happen now. I do not think that WP will ever admit what is, or what has happened, but this blogging platform is being surveilled. The minute someone somewhere tried to tell me “You do not have permission to do that” on my own news blog, the truth telling and the entire story changed.

At some point soon I will be vacating this platform, but not before I expose each and every incident where my own free speech as a reporter is suppressed [ or attempted to be suppressed ] from behind the scenes. So this page will also now remain up until further notice as the front page for Photonic Portal 20137. I know it’s not “photonic” in nature, but it IS pertinent. Here’s the story that inspired the goofy red box text, with a screen shot of the actual censosrhip effort. Can we say “epic fail?”

Chase Kyla Hunter 7.13.2011

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Copyright 2011-3011 Chase Kyla Hunter & Alternative News Report, All Rights Reserved. Re-posts are permitted leaving all essay content, author’s name, original link location and copyright stamp intact only.

Preface: This page was first posted on 7.12.2011. It disappeared right after I first posted it on 7.12.2011 and it disappeared again on 7.13.2011. So I just re-posted it for a second time. Someone somewhere is attempting to censor free speech in America that dissents from any official information coming from the White House. This fact should be noted as one of the Top Ten Signs of Emerging Fascism. I want to thank readers for being here, and for caring enough to tell others about my work and for sharing the information they find on this blog. Please help me to continue to remain online. I need to vacate the heavily surveilled WP blogging platform asap. I need your financial support to do that. Browse the store or make a donation. Each time this post is removed I will re-post it. It will remain on the front page of this blog through Labor Day. I intend to make my point. Trying to silence factual dissenting speech in America will only make that speech grow louder.  I intend to keep researching, writing and speaking the truth to Americans, who are my friends, my family, my beloved countrymen, my neighbors. Thank you again for taking the time to read and share what you find on Alternative News Report.


Chase Kyla Hunter

Cited:

“Today SNAP released the most recent food stamp numbers. Not surprisingly, we just saw another all time high 44.2 million poverty-level Americans relying on government funding for day to day sustenance. Granted the number appears to be plateauing, so all those who bought the change if not the ‘hype’, can rejoice as it may start declining next month: a development that is sure to be herald for Obama a 4th Putin-esque term.”

See http://www.zerohedge.com/article/food-stamp-recipients-hit-new-record-400-americans-account-10-capital-gains

On 7.12.2011 I wrote:

There are approximately 300 million people in America in 2011. Between 44.2 and 47 million of them are now on food stamps. Did you know this? My first post on this topic from 15 minutes ago, disappeared into thin air when I tried to post it online.

I need to correct the erroneous percentages I see being bantered around in the media. It is NOT 14% of Americans who are now on food stamps. It is 20%.

Here is the bizarre little note that popped up in the WP dashboard when I tried to add the category “2011 Food Stamp Statistics” to my list of post categories:

WordPress is now being actively surveilled / monitored.  Someone somewhere [ I suspect the NSA ]  is trying to censor what is being posted if it’s deemed detrimental to the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. This is my second try. Here goes:

More on this topic, and what just happened, later. Please help me out and see to it that this post flies around the world. It’s not that the statistics are that dire. Americans who have eyes and a pulse know that what we are living through is NOT just a recession. It’s a depression. It’s the issue of being censored for trying to publish an article about it. That’s one of the top ten signs of emerging fascism: media and free speech censorship. Make sure that this post, with the screen shot I just grabbed, showing the telltale surveillance, and the attempt to intimidate me into NOT posting, gets into every email inbox in America. We are losing our free internet. And we are going to have to fight like hell to keep it.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Tags: 2011 food stamp statistics, internet free speech, top ten signs of fascism, web surveillance, NSA, WordPress blogging platform surveilled by FED

Bombshell: “The Sting” Citizen Journalists Pose as Muslim Extremists, Offer NPR $5 Million Check, NPR Executive Reveals His True Colors, for Money

10 Mar

Copyright 2011-3011 By CK Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

I waited for a day or so before I reported on this astounding breaking story. I wanted to see the actual hidden camera video which the “Sting” operators took at their luncheon with NPR executives at a downdown Washington D.C. cafe. Here it is, procured from the news reporting website The Israeli Insider.

Long story short: Two citizen journalists posed as Muslim extremists willing to hand over a $5 million dollar check to NPR in return for news stories favorable to Muslim radicals who want to establish Sharia Law in the USA. The link is at the end of this post. Watch the entire video, and you can follow the conversation in narrative text to the right.

You can’t make this stuff up folks. The good executives from NPR called Americans who are Tea Party patriots every ugly name in the book, from gun toting fundamentalist Christians to all out racists. There is ABSOLUTELY no way that NPR could ever be construed as an actual unbiased and impartial news outlet, based on what their executives said to these two men who they assumed to be radical Muslims.

Under no circumstances should NPR EVER get one more red cent of federal money to finance their pro-Islamic, pro-Sharia Law, anti-American extreme left wing agenda. If you ever had any doubts about what an extreme left wing propaganda organization is, how it speaks, what it promotes, have a look. The video does not lie. What NPR is doing in meeting with these two men to take their money in exchange for slanted reporting that bends the story the Muslim way could not be construed as impartial journalistic news reporting by any stretch.

As you listen to the NPR executive’s opening comments to his lunch guests about the Muslim Brotherhood, keep in mind the Wahabbi Saud family and Nazi SS roots of the Muslim Brotherhood which I wrote about two weeks ago. The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and largest radical Islamic organization in the world, and is the philosophical fountainhead for advocacy of global Jihad against the West and the advocacy for the destruction of Israel. Either organizations like NPR are literally attempting to rewrite the history of World War II, the Muslim Jihad movement and the Muslim Brotherhood via overt political and propaganda white-washing, or they are the most ill informed and naive, dangerously foolish people in the news business in America today. Either option is intolerable if we care about a free and politically neutral, independent press in the United States.

This video is a live hidden camera streaming record of the luncheon and the conversation that took place. I could not locate a section where it looked edited.

Chase

Cited: http://israelinsider.net/video/npr-muslim-brotherhood-sting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd9OYJMX9t4&feature=player_embedded#at=182

Citizen Journalist Social Commentary: Video of the Month, March 2011

9 Mar

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Tags: social commentary, political satire, American politics, fascism in the democratic party, signs of political fascism, the Obama nation, the Obama media presidency, mass media social engineering American society, mind control via mass media, how the media elected barack obama

WANTED: A New Presidency for America

15 Feb
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Sing...

Walking the Red Carpet with Mubarak in Days Gone By

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

You know it’s bad when the new world order “White House” directed mass media agencies begin to tell the truth about the cluelessness, insulated narcissism and inept  foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Imagine: everything that tea party blogs and truth researchers have been screaming on the internet for five years now about this man, this calculatedly aloof and inept President, who pretended he was America’s new political Messiah four years ago, is finally, four years too late, being discussed in “official” American media outlets. I could just shake the men and women at Newsweek, clanking their heads together.

Where was all this truthful reporting with “eyes wide open” when we needed it four years ago? I personally hope Newsweek goes out of business in karmic retribution for their absolute and purposed failing to vet and investigate this man four years ago when he came out of far left field, [where he lives], to run for national office, three years after admitting to reporters he did not have the experience to do so.

The mass media numbskulls who elected this man now have the sad and silly karmic duty of reporting on his collapsing presidency to the nation, as if we didn’t already know. We were all three to four years ahead of you, Newsweek. You are so fired.

Chase Kyla Hunter

Cited:

Wanted: A Grand Strategy for America [ Formerly Titled: “Egypt: How Obama Blew It”

NEWSWEEK’s new columnist on Obama’s Egypt debacle and the vacuum it exposes.

President Barack Obama in front of the Sphinx during a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza following his landmark speech to the Muslim World on June 4, 2009. Barack Obama Strikes A Pose in Egypt: He Would Have made A Better Gucci Model Than A President. Photo courtesy of Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images

President Barack Obama in front of the Sphinx during a tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza following his landmark speech to the Muslim World on June 4, 2009.

“The statesman can only wait and listen until he hears the footsteps of God resounding through events; then he must jump up and grasp the hem of His coat, that is all.” Thus Otto von Bismarck, the great Prussian statesman who united Germany and thereby reshaped Europe’s balance of power nearly a century and a half ago.

Last week, for the second time in his presidency, Barack Obama heard those footsteps, jumped up to grasp a historic opportunity … and missed it completely.

In Bismarck’s case it was not so much God’s coattails he caught as the revolutionary wave of mid-19th-century German nationalism. And he did more than catch it; he managed to surf it in a direction of his own choosing. The wave Obama just missed—again—is the revolutionary wave of Middle Eastern democracy. It has surged through the region twice since he was elected: once in Iran in the summer of 2009, the second time right across North Africa, from Tunisia all the way down the Red Sea to Yemen. But the swell has been biggest in Egypt, the Middle East’s most populous country.

In each case, the president faced stark alternatives. He could try to catch the wave, Bismarck style, by lending his support to the youthful revolutionaries and trying to ride it in a direction advantageous to American interests. Or he could do nothing and let the forces of reaction prevail. In the case of Iran, he did nothing, and the thugs of the Islamic Republic ruthlessly crushed the demonstrations. This time around, in Egypt, it was worse. He did both—some days exhorting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, other days drawing back and recommending an “orderly transition.”

The result has been a foreign-policy debacle. The president has alienated everybody: not only Mubarak’s cronies in the military, but also the youthful crowds in the streets of Cairo. Whoever ultimately wins, Obama loses. And the alienation doesn’t end there. America’s two closest friends in the region—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are both disgusted. The Saudis, who dread all manifestations of revolution, are appalled at Washington’s failure to resolutely prop up Mubarak. The Israelis, meanwhile, are dismayed by the administration’s apparent cluelessness.

Last week, while other commentators ran around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hyperventilating about what they saw as an Arab 1989, I flew to Tel Aviv for the annual Herzliya security conference. The consensus among the assembled experts on the Middle East? A colossal failure of American foreign policy.

This failure was not the result of bad luck. It was the predictable consequence of the Obama administration’s lack of any kind of coherent grand strategy, a deficit about which more than a few veterans of U.S. foreign policy making have long worried. The president himself is not wholly to blame. Although cosmopolitan by both birth and upbringing, Obama was an unusually parochial politician prior to his election, judging by his scant public pronouncements on foreign-policy issues.

Yet no president can be expected to be omniscient. That is what advisers are for. The real responsibility for the current strategic vacuum lies not with Obama himself, but with the National Security Council, and in particular with the man who ran it until last October: retired Gen. James L. Jones. I suspected at the time of his appointment that General Jones was a poor choice. A big, bluff Marine, he once astonished me by recommending that Turkish troops might lend the United States support in Iraq. He seemed mildly surprised when I suggested the Iraqis might resent such a reminder of centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule.

The best national-security advisers have combined deep knowledge of international relations with an ability to play the Machiavellian Beltway game, which means competing for the president’s ear against the other would-be players in the policymaking process: not only the defense secretary but also the secretary of state and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. No one has ever done this better than Henry Kissinger. But the crucial thing about Kissinger as national-security adviser was not the speed with which he learned the dark arts of interdepartmental turf warfare. It was the skill with which he, in partnership with Richard Nixon, forged a grand strategy for the United States at a time of alarming geopolitical instability.

The essence of that strategy was, first, to prioritize (for example, détente with the Soviets before human-rights issues within the U.S.S.R.) and then to exert pressure by deliberately linking key issues. In their hardest task—salvaging peace with honor in Indochina by preserving the independence of South Vietnam—Nixon and Kissinger ultimately could not succeed. But in the Middle East they were able to eject the Soviets from a position of influence and turn Egypt from a threat into a malleable ally. And their overtures to China exploited the divisions within the Communist bloc, helping to set Beijing on an epoch-making new course of economic openness.

The contrast between the foreign policy of the Nixon-Ford years and that of President Jimmy Carter is a stark reminder of how easily foreign policy can founder when there is a failure of strategic thinking. The Iranian Revolution of 1979, which took the Carter administration wholly by surprise, was a catastrophe far greater than the loss of South Vietnam.

Remind you of anything? “This is what happens when you get caught by surprise,” an anonymous American official told The New York Times last week. “We’ve had endless strategy sessions for the past two years on Mideast peace, on containing Iran. And how many of them factored in the possibility that Egypt moves from stability to turmoil? None.”

I can think of no more damning indictment of the administration’s strategic thinking than this: it never once considered a scenario in which Mubarak faced a popular revolt. Yet the very essence of rigorous strategic thinking is to devise such a scenario and to think through the best responses to them, preferably two or three moves ahead of actual or potential adversaries. It is only by doing these things—ranking priorities and gaming scenarios—that a coherent foreign policy can be made. The Israelis have been hard at work doing this. All the president and his NSC team seem to have done is to draft touchy-feely speeches like the one he delivered in Cairo early in his presidency.

These were his words back in June 2009:

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Those lines will come back to haunt Obama if, as cannot be ruled out, the ultimate beneficiary of his bungling in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, which remains by far the best organized opposition force in the country—and wholly committed to the restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia. Would such an outcome advance “tolerance and the dignity of all human beings” in Egypt? Somehow, I don’t think so.

Grand strategy is all about the necessity of choice. Today, it means choosing between a daunting list of objectives: to resist the spread of radical Islam, to limit Iran’s ambition to become dominant in the Middle East, to contain the rise of China as an economic rival, to guard against a Russian “reconquista” of Eastern Europe—and so on. The defining characteristic of Obama’s foreign policy has been not just a failure to prioritize, but also a failure to recognize the need to do so. A succession of speeches saying, in essence, “I am not George W. Bush” is no substitute for a strategy.

Bismarck knew how to choose. He understood that riding the nationalist wave would enable Prussia to become the dominant force in Germany, but that thereafter the No. 1 objective must be to keep France and Russia from uniting against his new Reich. When asked for his opinion about colonizing Africa, Bismarck famously replied: “My map of Africa lies in Europe. Here lies Russia and here lies France, and we are in the middle. That is my map of Africa.”

Tragically, no one knows where Barack Obama’s map of the Middle East is. At best, it is in the heartland states of America, where the fate of his presidency will be decided next year, just as Jimmy Carter’s was back in 1980.

At worst, he has no map at all.

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