How is it that I am just now finding out about this? From the Washington Times:
The unclassified 2009 report "Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses" by financial analyst Kevin D. Freeman, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, states that "a three-phased attack was planned and is in the process against the United States economy."
Elements within the governments of Russia, Venezuela, and Iran, the Chinese military, and terrorist organizations like al Qaeda are suspected to be responsible for the economic collapse of 2008.
We already know a significant factor in the economic collapse was the government ignoring the clear and present danger signs with Fannie and Freddie and other banks' horrible and reckless lending. Money was pissed away as if the Dollar would remain the world's reserve currency forever. Could foreign agents have coerced the market as well, providing the extra nudge to drive the economy off a cliff?
Freeman outlines a three step process for destroying the US economy permanently:
1. A speculative run-up in oil prices that generated as much as $2 trillion of excess wealth for oil-producing nations, filling the coffers of Sovereign Wealth Funds, especially those that follow Shariah Compliant Finance.
2. A series of bear raids targeting U.S. financial services firms that appeared to be systematically significant (Bear Stearns, JP Morgan Chace, Lehman Brothers, etc.)
3. A potential direct economic attack on the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. dollar, such as has been discussed by China, Russia, Iran, and other nations. This will likely involve dumping Treasury bonds.
The first two have already happened. What is the likelihood of the third happening, and who, if anyone, is behind this attack, if an attack is even taking place? Well, the Pentagon, intelligence agencies, and Treasury don't care. They're not going to investigate. The US economy could be permanently destroyed and the government agencies whose ostensible job is to protect us are sitting on their asses not caring! Even if there is no threat, even if there is only a small probability that this is real, there are catastrophic consequences if it is real. If something has catastrophic consequences it doesn't matter if the possibility of it happening is small, you still prepare. During the Cold War the US had developed a strategy in case Canada invaded! I think this is a little more realistic than getting invaded by Canada.
The report (PDF linked above, and Here) is 100 pages (plus 1 cover and 10 pages of references). I've only read a few pages, but you should download it and read it, as I will.
If you haven't been scared yet you are either:
*Fully realized in non-dual awareness
*A Gurkha (as the British said, back when they colonized India: "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.")
Just in case, this is from Reuters. I am not alone in saying that "madness is contagious" (well, Steven Pressfield said it first).
With the Middle East in turmoil, other authoritarian states jumpy and post-crisis economic pain prompting protest in western Europe and elsewhere, some suspect a systemic rise in worldwide unrest might just be beginning.
Instability in the already volatile oil-producing Middle East could produce a feedback loop where unrest pushes up energy prices, fuelling inflation and deepening discontent both in the region and around the world.
I came up with this as a fictional story and now it's happening! I do not like it when my apocalyptic fiction becomes reality.
Afghanistan is landlocked. The only way to get there is through Pakistan, which has seen endemic political/military troubles. If anything happens to Pakistan US forces in Afghanistan are stranded.
Israel is surrounded. The Muslim Brotherhood, who looks like a shoe-in for control of Egypt in the future, wants to arm everyone and send them on a jihad to destroy Israel. Syria, one of Israel's long-time enemies, is recieving help from Iranian warships. If anything happens to Jordan or Saudi Arabia we won't be able to help them.
Iraq still has thousands of US troops. Iraq is surrounded by Iran and Syria, enemies of the United States. Bahrain, home of the US Fifth Fleet, is falling apart, and they won't let us launch attacks against other Arab nations from their bases. Iraq looks to be surrounded too. If anything happens to Saudi Arabia, again, we're fucked.
In one month half the world caught on fire! And, it's the oil producing half, and oil makes the world go round. Oil prices are already going up, and Qadaffy (the spelling of whose name no one can agree on) hasn't even been ousted yet (he will be gone before mid-March).
I don't know what the future holds. I can only look at the facts and interpret them within my own framework of understanding. I ask that you do the same and draw your own conclusions. I pray peace prevails. I advise that you do the same.