US Military Coup for Euro Meltdown?
By Finian Cunningham
July 14, 2015 "Information
The capitulation of the Greek government to
Berlin-led finance capital is a daunting watershed moment. It marks
the “disciplining” of the wider European electorate under
corporatist financier rule. What is happening in Greece is a
forerunner for other European Union states.
In that event, widespread social unrest can be expected.
The rapid expansion of American military forces
across Europe over the past year has invoked the pretext of
“defending” NATO allies from alleged Russian aggression. But an
altogether different contingency is that Washington is preparing
for a military coup in Europe – in the wake of economic collapse
stemming from the Greek debt crisis.
Just last week, American army general Ray Odierno
– a member of the US Joint Chiefs of staff – outlined plans for a
new battalion of troops in Germany, along with heavy armour and
other equipment. Odierno told the Wall Street Journal that the new
military installations were to counter “the rising Russian threat”.
Germany is already under de
facto US military occupation, since the end of the Second World War,
with tens of thousands of American troops and a slew of garrisons.
Why the need for more American military, and not in peripheral
European states close to Russia, but right in the heart of Europe –
Similar increasing deployment of American troops,
artillery, armour, warplanes and helicopters has taken place
in other European NATO members over the past year under the guise
of conducting war games.
The result is that US military presence
across Europe has never been greater at any time since the Cold War
ended with the Soviet Union 25 years ago.
General Odierno said the “prepositioning”
of troops and equipment in Germany and neighbouring states,
including Poland and the Baltic countries, would allow for the rapid
scale-up of American military in Europe “in the event of a crisis”.
By “crisis” he was apparently alluding to a possible war
But Washington planners may have another crisis
in mind – the economic and social meltdown of the European Union.
In that event, the American military would be
deployed to shore up fragile, discredited governments
amid widespread social turmoil. These “care taker” governments may
be similar in personnel to the parties already in power in European
capitals. But their administrations will be increasingly autocratic
and imposed without popular mandates, as is being evidenced
in Greece. If a social crisis of full-blown poverty, soaring
unemployment, public protests and industrial disruption were
to culminate, then the American military forces in Europe will be
in place to enforce the rule of these technocratic “governments”.
American political analyst Randy Martin, who
writes at crookedbough.com, reckons that US rulers have anticipated
the current turmoil in Europe over Greece.
“The Greek crisis has been
going on for five years and more,” says Martin. “You can bet that
Washington has already drawn up plans on how to administer Europe
politically and financially if the situation demands that
intervention. And that situation is becoming more and more apparent
almost by the day.”
He added: “Don’t forget that the NATO military
alliance of 28 members is really just American military power
outsourced in various European disguises. NATO formations
across Europe are therefore tantamount to US military occupation
of Europe,” says Martin. “This is exactly what Russian government
figures have perceptively been saying for a long time.”
Since the Ukraine crisis erupted due to the
US-sponsored coup in that country in February 2014, the Western
media has been saturated with American claims of Russian aggression
toward Europe. But, as Randy Martin points out, the narrative of a
Russian threat is becoming increasingly threadbare. There is no
evidence of Russian infiltration in Ukraine, no evidence of Russian
military aggression toward Europe, and, moreover, Moscow has
consistently refuted the allegations as “fantasy”.
Which leads one to conjecture: is the American
militarisation across Europe for another purpose – the containment
of the European Union as it comes under increasing social pressure
from within due to economic collapse?
What is called the “Greek debt crisis” is in reality
a symptom of a systemic breakdown in Western capitalism.
Many other countries across the European Union
also find themselves in similar condition of chronic fiscal arrears
and drowning indebtedness.
Italy, Spain and Portugal come to mind as having
precarious debt loads that outstrip their respective economies.
France, the second biggest economy in Europe, is also submerged
with a total debt exceeding its national economic output.
The austerity measures that EU governments have
been imposing on their populations are felt most acutely in Greece,
manifested in the scenes of mass queues outside banks for a
subsistence daily allowance, or desperate crowds at food stores and
pharmacies searching for dwindling supplies of basic essential
commodities. With the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras showing
itself as a willing instrument of Europe’s banker-oligarchy to apply
more austerity, the atmosphere among many ordinary Greeks is
increasingly volatile and brooding.
But this scenario of economic collapse and social
mayhem seen most vividly in Greece will likely be repeated in other
EU countries because of the systemic nature of the crisis. The EU
institutional creditors, led by Germany, want to teach the rest
of Europe a lesson by disciplining Greece over its national
However, austerity pushed
to extreme will result in social revolt, not just in Greece,
but across Europe.
Washington is alarmed by the potential meltdown
in Europe. Last week, President Barack Obama urged Germany’s
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras to come
up with a solution to the debt crisis. Obama’s Treasury Secretary
Jack Lew echoed the concerns and
What we are witnessing in Europe is the emergence
of autocratic centralised “government” serving the dictate
of finance capital, which imposes austerity on the general
population regardless of democratic mandate. The administrative,
technocratic centre for this rule-by-banker-oligarchy in Europe is
Berlin, which is, in turn, answerable to the technocratic
administration in Washington under the control of Wall Street. What
we have known up to now as sovereign national governments will
henceforth be mere functionaries for the global banker elite.
warned: “There’s a lot of unknowns if this goes to a place that
completely melts down in Greece.”
The control of government by private corporate
interests, with no democratic accountability, attests to the
definition of fascism. As analyst Randy Martin comments: “What is
taking shape in Europe and more so in the United States is the
complete subjugation of government by finance capital. It is not an
exaggeration or empty jargon to say that we in the West are
succumbing to the rule of financial fascism.”
Banker-led technocratic administrations
across Europe will engender rising popular protest and civil unrest.
When American politicians talk about “meltdown” and their army
generals talk about “securing Europe” what they really mean is
securing Europe from its own angry people. Russia is but the
bogeyman to justify American military occupation of Europe and the
imperative of finance capital administered from Berlin.
The irony is that 70 years after the defeat
of fascism in Europe, Europe is coming full circle under the same
phenomenon. This time instead of Nazi jackboots, we have American
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