Review: Postmodern Imperialism – Geopolitics and the Great Games

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Eric Walberg

5.0 out of 5 stars Capstone Work–Light in Places, Super-Deep in Others, June 1, 2012

I read a lot — across 98 categories (access my Amazon reviews via category at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog). WITHOUT HESITATION, this book is easily a solid five. Early in the book I have it as a four, annoyed by the shallowness of some of the pieces and the error on Jonathan Pollard–this treasonous scum-bag went to other countries before he got to Israel, in no way is he a Jewish hero, only a traitor–but by the time I finish the book I am tempted to go with a six (10% of my reading). It is a solid five. Those that think less of this book are missing the knowledge foundation necessary to appreciate what the author has done in 300 pages covering the last hundred years.

Two foundation books for appreciating this work include Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time and The Naked Capitalist. Current books that bracket this one, the first cited by the author, include Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids.

I mention those up front to frame my view of this book as a serious combination of scholarly research and investigative journalism. Had the author included a who's who of key individual players as an appendix, this would have been a six.

By the end of the book I have a really strong appreciation for the manner in which the author has chosen to present his understanding of Great Game I (pre-WWI, UK versus Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, and emergent USA); Great Game II (US vs USSR and emerging new nations in play between them and original Great Game I players); and finally, Great Game III (USA as host to a parasitic Zionist Israel not to be confused with Jews generally or Judaism specifically).

The author focuses on the Middle East and Central Asian regions as a foundation for discussing how each of the “great powers” has sought to exploit the natural resources and geophysical locations of the elements of this region. While the author is brutally critical of the USA, and much in favor of local populations breaking free of the artificial boundaries imposed on them by various colonial powers (a topic covered very able in The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State), the real villain in this group is the global Zionist web comprised of the Israeli government, Jewish banking interests led by the Rothchilds in Europe and Goldman Sachs in the USA.

QUOTE (34): The ideology that shapes each game creates a mind-set that captures the players' thinking processes, making them for the most part willing handmaidens to the game logic, losing their moral compass.

Others have examined how easily entire populations lose their moral compass, I will link to just two here: The Manufacture Of Evil: Ethics, Evolution, and the Industrial System, and The Pathology of Power.

The author discusses how “free trade,” the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization, standing armies, and “exceptionalism” as code for non-accountability, all enable recurring grave atrocities against indigenous peoples.

I am fascinated by the author's discussion of how the CIA supported Saudi Arabian export of the Wahhabist version of Islam, and how Saudi Arabia is funding what is in essence an off the books CIA (also known as the Safari Club) that is completely beyond any form of accountability under the US Constitution or its laws.

The author's discussion of specific Jewish appointments in the US Government, including 5 Cabinet officers and 2 Supreme Court justices under Bill Clinton, and his reference to the Judaization of the Department of State, is quite interesting in the larger context of the book.

There are areas where the author over-reaches, for example in over-stating US influence over UN agencies, but his discussion of how virtually all non-governmental and non-profit organizations have some form of funding from a mix of the CIA and the foundations and the banking families, is worthy of careful review.

I am fascinated by the author's presentation of Global Game IV as a financial game in which banks combine with criminal networks and intelligence agencies facilitating global drug trafficking set out to actually destroy many nation-states.

As the book draws to a close I am impressed by the discussion of the Russia-Iran axis; the discussion of Russia, India, and China; the growing power of non-state actors pressing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS); the rejection by Jesus, Mohammed, and Marx of usury and interest; and the potential importance of what he calls the paleoconservatives (Patrick Buchanan, Ron Paul, and Eric Margolis.

Several appendices at the end of the book add value, my only quibble is that the author missed the past coup in Qatar and does not address the near-term coup very likely to topple the existing Qatar royal network that has been setting up billion dollar exit strategies around the world.

This is one of those books that just does not go far enough or deep enough for the topic it takes on. I give the author very high marks for his insights and research and general presentation, but adding up everything, I put the book down very disappointed that the author was unable to include a “map” of the key organizations and key individuals that represent the “fatal embrace” and parasitic control he profers as existing between Zionist Israel and a very corrupt US Government no longer representing the US public.

With my three remaining links I am hard-pressed to select from among the 1,800 books that support this author's general thrust, so here are three, with the recommendation that those interested in seeing my reviews of all the other books organized into a positive and a negative list of lists of book reviews, search for the two lines following these three:

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism
DVD: Inside Job

See all the books in all the lists organized within the two lines below:

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative)

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