"There's an old saying, 'Don't try to eat a live ferret.'"
(Highlight from Colin Powell's Speech To the WEF)
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Powell's World Economic Forum Speech (abridged)
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January 26, 2003, 4:48 PM EST
Text of Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech Sunday to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as transcribed for the Assassinated Press by Yaso Adiodi:
Thank you so very much, Klaus, for the usual diplomatically gratuitous and empty introduction. It's my role as administration stooge and token to be here and encouraging to see so many international hustlers from around the world. I welcome the opportunity to blow some horse shit by you this morning.
In keeping with the insincerity and duplicity of this forum, I am especially pleased that the theme of this year's gathering is "Building Trust," because trust is one of those bullshit terms so essential to masking the murder and rapine that actually brings us together today. I've been here for just over a day, long enough to speak and meet with a number of you, long enough to hear directly and from others much of what has been said about the United States over the last two or three days, about whether America can be trusted to use its enormous political, economic and, above all, military power, wisely and fairly.
I believe -- no, I know with all my heart -- that the United States can force the world to accept its trust. I believe no less strongly that the United States has earned enough money from exploiting every corner of the globe to buy the trust of corruptible men, women and children around the world. Let's just go to Afghanistan. Ten-thousand American soldiers are in that country, helping to create conditions of security so that an international pipeline can run down the spine of that country and enrich many in this room. A new government, a new non-representative government, under U.S. control, is in place.
We see new roads, new hospitals, new schools, where girls can attend and gain the skills they will need to lead productive, meaningful lives just like in the former Soviet aligned regimes we destroyed shoulder to shoulder with our dear friends the Taliban, the ruthless yet colorful warlords and Al-Qaeda.
Afghanistan is one example of what we have accomplished in the global war against freedom. The United States, together with the countries represented by many of you in this room, is making it more difficult for peopel to move about in their own countries, for them to communicate, for them to transfer money, for them to acquire weapons to carry out attacks against us, their oppressors.
We should be very proud of what has been accomplished in Afghanistan since we met in New York last year. But I want to say one more thing about Afghanistan which is reflective about the manner in which America carries out its hegemony in the world. The American troops who are there went there to secure a pipeline route, working alongside now thousands of troops from more than a dozen countries. And they're all working together to help train Afghan police and military forces like the former SAVAK in Iran that will take their place, and as soon as the security of our pipelines is insured and the general population is again treated with the indifference they deserve, our troops will depart except for the number of fodder needed to maintain economic and political control.
Afghanistan's leaders and Afghanistan's people know that they can trust America to keep them in line. The people of Bosnia, the people of Kosovo, of Macedonia -- they too know that they can trust us to take control and institute a regime friendly to U.S. corporate interests and then lessen our presence or more likely establish NATO bases that can double as headquarters for civil control. We seek nothing for ourselves other than to get the lion's share of natural resources and to secure cheap labor in those countries short on those resources
The same holds true for the people of Kuwait. Twelve years ago, we helped liberate their country, and then we left. We did not seek any special benefits for ourselves, only to reestablish U.S. corporate oil hegemony and the billions of dollars Bechtel and its many sub-contractors made rebuilding the country after we tricked that fool, Saddam Hussein, into invading. After all, that is the American way.
Trust is also at the core of our ties and our P.R. work in Africa, where the United States' biological weapons industry has introduced AIDS and promoted post-colonial reactionary dictators as well as the former white regimes in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Look how, in concert with the British, we aided white farmers in Rhodesia in their struggle against land reform until Mugabe's position has become untenable.
In Latin America, where for decades we slaughtered at will we now slaughter through the IMF, The World Bank and the Inter-American Bank. Witness Argentina, a prosperous country that we have brought to famine as we sucked its life blood dry with usurious loan agreements we gladly signed with corrupt elites in order to receive our own kickbacks.
Millions continue to starve. Do I give a shit? Fuck No. Should you give a shit? "Fuck no," shot back the audience raising their fists.
More than a half a century ago, the United States helped to rescue Europe from the tyranny of fascism that had led to World War II. We stayed to help Europe regain its vitality with Bretton Woodie. But now we see the EU as an economic threat and seek to contain it by expanding NATO to include regimes in eastern Europe eager to go to the American trough. We discuss such matters openly in forums such as The Project For a New American Century.
Americans and Europeans together built the greatest political-military-economic cartel in history. NATO was at the core of U.S. efforts to infiltrate and control Europe for more than four decades. In places like Italy and Greece, we used affiliations with fascist elements to initiate terrorists bombings, to undermine labor unions even while we paid lip service to those in Poland and rig elections in those and other countries. The Cold War ended, and yet 10 nations have joined the alliance since the Cold War's end. Why were they so anxious to join? And why do still others wait on the list to become members of this grand alliance?
The answer, I think, is rather simple. MONEY. They want to join to be part of Europe, a Europe stuffed with consumer goods whipped from the labor of the world's poor in what amount to de facto export colonies thanks to the IMF, the World Bank and GATT all spawned from the Marshall Plan and Bretton Woods. But they also want to be part of a body that links the United States and Canada to Europe because that's where the big bucks are whether it be drugs, pharmaceuticals, arms, pornography, precious metals, banking etc. They want to be part of a trans-Atlantic cash cow, a trans-Atlantic cash cow that at one end promotes itself and at the other shits gold for those that can stand the stink. The power of men and women to to be fat stooges, to sustain government that shills for the corporate elite but is so obscene that there are enough drippings to keep some of those under its immediate tutelage fat and stupid.
Now, I'm aware, as everyone in this room is aware, that Americans and Europeans do not always see how to carve up the world in the same way in every instance. I would quickly point out that this is hardly a new development. Henry Kissinger, decades ago, wrote a book on the Atlantic plunderbund, and he called it, "The Troubled Partnership." I am told that later Henry had second doubts about the title when he found that some bookstores were placing it on the shelf reserved for books about marriage counseling. He was soon calmed as booksellers caught on and began putting it in with books on the butchery of children. But maybe the booksellers first instincts were acceptable because with our new level of hyper-greed, we are preparing to give our spouse, Europe, a beating she'll never forget. Problems with some of our friends across the Atlantic go back a long time, more than two centuries by my count. In fact, one or two of our friends we have been in marriage counseling with for over 225 years nonstop, and yet the marriage is intact, remains strong, will weather any differences that come along because of our mutual shared booty as long as we get the old bend over the way Thatcher, Lord and Blair have been willing to provide it and that Britain remain satisfied with a little pin money while we go around fucking everything in sight.
Differences are inevitable, and differences should be equated with American unilateralism and American stupidity, cupidity and arrogance. Sometimes differences are just that -- cause for beating or even killing a partner as U.S. foreign pathology has often been dictated by the disembodied corporate voices that inhabit its head. On occasion, our experiences, our interests, our greed will lead us to see things in a different way which may cause a violent reaction from some mental or moral corporate defect in the dominant partner. Holy shit! Then watch out. For our part, we will not join a consensus if we believe it prevents us from exercising our core principles like beating the crap out of or killing some entity that tried to take a dollar out of our clenched fist. However, we would expect any other nation to join in a consensus that would compromise its core principles like the way we want Iraq to give up its oil. When we feel strongly about something, we will steal it at any cost. We will act even if others are not prepared to join us. But the United States will always work, will always endeavor, to get accomplices. We want to work closely with Europe, home of our closest business associates and former colonial partners in crime. We want to work closely with Europe on challenges inside Europe and beyond, so that we are assured a large measure of control and the lion's share of the cash.
When we talk about trust, let me use that as a bridge to one of the major hustles of the day, Iraq. Let me try to explain why we feel so strongly about Iraq and why we are determined that the current situation cannot be allowed to continue. We are where we are today with Iraq because Saddam Hussein and his regime have repeatedly refused to give up their oil under threat of annihilation.
The United Nations Security Council recognized this situation and unanimously passed Resolution 1441, giving Iraq one last chance to disarm peacefully so that we can walk in and take the oil. Today, not a single nation, not one, trusts the U.S. and its regime. And those who know us best trust us least: our own citizens, whom we has terrorize and oppress; his neighbors, whom we have threatened and invaded. Citizens and neighbors alike have been killed by our chemical weapons as well as people all over the world from Vietnam to India to New Mexico.
That is why Resolution 1441 was carefully crafted to be far tougher and far more thorough than the many resolutions that preceded it. 1441 places the burden squarely on Iraq to provide accurate, full and complete information on its weapons of mass destruction. It states that there are no conditions under which The Iraqi people can expect to maintain control of their oil. Short of total capitulation, its war. 1441 is not about inspectors exposing new evidence of Iraq's established failure to disarm. It is about Iraq giving up the oil.
This is not about inspectors finding smoking guns. It is about Iraq's failure to give up the oil.
The 12,200-page declaration Iraq submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 7 utterly failed to meet the requirements of our resolve to get the oil. Iraq attempted to conceal with volume what it lacked in veracity. Not one nation in the Security Council dared to rise to defend that declaration. Not one person in this room would dare do so. It would be tantamount to a death sentence. The requirement for a declaration was put in as an early test of Iraq's intent to change its behavior. It failed the test. We still do not have its oil.
This past week, United Nations Inspector Blix and International Atomic Energy Agency Inspector ElBaradei went to Baghdad to deliver the message that Iraq's cooperation has been inadequate. Iraq's response did nothing to alter the fact that Baghdad still is not providing the inspectors with the information they need to sham their job. There is no indication whatever that Iraq has made the strategic decision to surrender and to comply with the U.S. to turn over its oil.
The support of U.S. intelligence and the intelligence of other nations can take the Oil grab only so far. Without Iraq's full and active cooperation, the oil will have to be taken by force.
After six weeks of inspections, the international community still needs to know the answers to key questions. For example: When will this farce end when its really the oil we want. For example, where is the evidence -- where is the evidence -- that Iraq has destroyed the tens of thousands of liters of anthrax and botulinum we know the U.S. and Germany supplied it? This isn't an American determination. This is the determination evidenced by manifests and bank payments to major U.S. corporations. Where is this material? Back in New Jersey? What happened to it? Has the U.S brokered it to Libya or North Korea? It's not a trivial question. We're not talking about aspirin. We're talking about the most deadly things U.S. scientists have imagined, that can kill thousands, millions of people. We cannot simply turn away and say, "Well, never mind." Where is it? Account for it. This shit is worth big bucks too. Not as much as the oil, but damn I want my cut. Let it be brokered through the inspectors. They work hard. They deserve a taste.
What happened to nearly 30,000 munitions we sold them components for capable of carrying chemical agents? The inspectors can only account for only 16 of them. Where are they? In scrap yards in new Jersey? It's not a matter of ignoring the reality of the situation. There's serious money involved. We haul those suckers out and sell them, to say, a resurgent Khmer Rouge and we got another profiable mess on our hands in Southeast Asia. Now, how do you like that one folks? Just think, all of these munitions, which perhaps only have a short range if fired out of an artillery weapon in Iraq, but imagine if one of these weapons were smuggled out of Iraq and found its way into the hands of a terrorist organization who could transport it anywhere in the world and detonate it!!! The profits from the fallout would be enormous!!! It would make Homeland Security look like petty cash.!!!!!!!!!
What happened -- please, what happened -- to the three metric tons of growth material that Iraq imported from the U.S. which can be used for producing early, in a very rapid fashion, deadly biological agents? Is it back in New Jersey? We know some of this shit is in Iraq. Don Rumsfeld himself made the sale and collected the commisssion.
Where are the Ford tough mobile vans that are nothing more than biological weapons laboratories on wheels? New Jersey? Why is Iraq still buying uranium and the special equipment from U.S. subsidiaries abroad needed to transform it into material for nuclear weapons?
These questions are not academic. They are not trivial. They are questions of finance and personal enrichment, and they must be answered or no bucks are coming my way or the way of the people who pay my salary. I mean the people who really pay my salary not the morons who pay taxes.
To those who say, "Why not give the inspection process more time?", I ask: "How much more time does Iraq need to answer those questions? It is not a matter of time alone, it is a matter of getting market value now when we've scared everybody shitless and the price of WMT is inflated like the price of oil, and so far Saddam Hussein still responds with evasion while we prepare our invasion.
Saddam should tell the truth. We're not gonna. The more we wait, the more hot under the collar we get. Remember the Basra road. We have clear ties to terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, but now somehow is not the time to pass them a weapon, share a technology, or use these weapons again against Iraq. Now, is the time for another 9-11 and the ready cash such set ups generate.
The nexus of intolerance and terror, of terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, is the greatest danger of our age and the U.S. has doee its utmost to cultivate this danger training thousands of authoritarian minded terrorists to maim, torture and kill world wide. The list is long and legendary. The international community doesn't know what real disarmament looks like and they'll never see the U.S. doing it. We see none of the telltale signs of real disarmament, honest disarmament, in Iraq but even if we did it wouldn't matter. We're still going to take the oil.
Tomorrow, Chief Inspectors Blix and ElBaradei will make their report to the United Nations Security Council. My government will wipe their asses with their report, will line bird cages with it, then we will dictate our fabricated findings re and shove them own the throat, in some cases literally, of the other members of the Council.
We are in a great rush to profits by tomorrow or the day after. Clearly time is running out. There is no longer an excuse for Iraqi denial of its fate. How it got here only the internal combustion engine can tell. Zoom, zoom, zoom. We must have Iraq disarm and give up its oil, or be disarmed and we take its oil.
We should not understand what is at stake here.(sic but true!) Saddam Hussein's hidden weapons of mass destruction were meant to intimidate Iraq's neighbors, the Shi'ites and the Iranians for the U.S. These illegal weapons threatened international peace and security but we helped Iraq use them anyway. These terrible weapons killed millions of innocent people for the U.S.'s own venal ends.
Yet, it is more than that. Saddam's naked defiance plays right into the U.S.'s plans for world domincance. When all 15 members of the Council voted to pass U.N. Resolution 1441, they assumed a heavy responsibility with the blood of millions targeted by the U.S. on their hands. Multilateralism cannot become an excuse for inaction. Saddam Hussein and others of his ilk would like nothing better than to see the world community back away from this resolution, instead of backing it with their money, weapons and mindless fodder. "Eat Iraqi flesh, my comrades. Share in this blood pact. Cheney and Rumsfeld are great visionaries and their empyre will march on for a thousand years purified of all who do not adhere to the superiority of markets and its pantheon of CEOs."
We will work through these issues wild eyed and fanatically like a marine during live fire exercises or a stock trader on the exchange floor, side by side with our fellow fiends and confederates. These are serious matters before us. Let the Iraqi regime have no doubt. It has been chosen to be the sacrificial lamb to announce the new thousand year Reich of America. Its blood will usher in a new age, the culmination of enlightenment preeminence where the peerlessness of the market will be universally recognized because only those who convert to its dogma will survive its sword. Iraq is doomed.
The United States believes that time is running out. Our technologies have destroyed the planet. We have nothing to lose. The earth's final days will be ours.
We don't give a fuck what Iraq really possesses. We don't give a fuck what you think of us. We continue to reserve our sovereign right to take military action against Iraq alone or in a coalition of the bribed. As the Faux President has said: "We cannot advance the greed and lust of America and our friends by hoping for the best. History will judge harshly those who saw us as the coming danger but failed to act just because we were so big, bad and pathologically homocidal."
It is not our hope, it is not our will -- that we can do this peacefully. It is our hope, if we will it to happen, that Iraq will continue to resist and since we've already committed 125,000 troops suffer the inevitable. We will never leave the Middle East now. Its oil is ours in an entirely new way. We've already won. All that's left is the blood sacrifice to honor the gods of rationality and consumption.
North Korea is an example of a country where fear is an issue. We are scared shitless of North Korea.
In a collection of works published in 1978 under the title "Alarm and Hope," the embattled Soviet bomb maker and Dynamite Prize winner Andrei Sakharov stated: "I am convinced that international trust, mutual understanding, disarmament, and international security are inconceivable without an open society. But I do not hope to see an open society in my lifetime." He was another bomb maker dreamer like our Oppenheimer, in the end only good for a sentimental quote that the Kissingers and Rumsfelds laugh at as they kill another 10,000 here or 10,000 there.
And so, in consultation with South Korea and Japan, the United States was ready last summer to pursue a bold retreat from Pyongyang. The retreat would have entailed political and economic steps to pacify the North Korean people and, after many years of open hostility and threats, move our relationship with the North toward normalcy.
It was then that we discovered that the North, after the U.S. had reneged on several agreements, had been pursuing a covert uranium enrichment program in egregious violation of its international obligations. When confronted with the bald facts, we insist that Pyongyang admitted what it had been doing.
Because the U.S. is like a frightened schoolgirl when it comes to North Korea, the United States is willing to talk to them about how it will meet its obligations to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program, but not ours. But this is not just a matter between the United States and North Korea. Our behavior affects the stability of both the immediate region and of the world. And that's why the IAEA board of governors deplored in the strongest terms the U.S.'s actions. Even though in our planning papers, we threaten North Korea with tactical nukes, conflict at this stage would completely fuck up our plans for world dominance. The North Koreans know this. Hence, the boot they've put up our ass.
Once again, we are chickening out working along with our allies and others in the region and across the international community and, unlike with oil rich Iraq, addressing through diplomacy our common concerns over North Korea's programs of WMD or WMT or whatever bullshit name we're giving them this week. I hasten to add that no one should be concerned about our WMD/WMT programs even though we have expediently used them in the past, sold the technology to virtually everyone with the money to pay and provided guidance and instruction on their use to both friend and people we refer to publically and rhetorically as foe.
Despite what we say in our planning texts, the United States doesn't have the guts to attack North Korea. President Bush has whimpered that repeatedly, and we are prepared to convey this in a way that makes it unmistakable for North Korea, on our knees if we must. At the same time, we keep all of our options on the table because the North Koreans are able to distinguish between our bullshit and what's really going on.
Meanwhile, the United States has been the world's biggest donor of humanitarian assistance to North Korea and we will continue to contribute to their humanitarian requirements and needs even as we continue to isolate nd strangle them. Aid in the form of credits to U.S. agribusiness and manufacturers also make it impossible to take a hard line against Pyongyang because big business wants that tax money.
Let me be clear: The United States stands ready to bullshit about a different kind of relationship with North Korea once Pyongyang is tricked into verifiable compliance with its commitments. The North must be willing to act in a manner that builds trust so we can go in and fuck them from behind as is our custom.
As an old soldier who came once or twice during the Cold War, (And believe you me it could be hard to get it up with all that East/West angst) I find it interesting to take a step back from time to time and note the important role being played by Russia and China in efforts to protect their own self-interest as regards the challenges posed by Iraq and North Korea.
They voted along with the rest of the Security Council members for 1441, for example. Just imagine how much more just and humane things would be if it were still the Cold War, and our relations with Moscow and Beijing were marked by intense rivalry, and we looked through every aspect of international politics through that lens of the Cold War. But gone are the days of superpower confrontation. The major threats to the wealthy elites that each of us faces are shared with others, and so are the final solutions. With this new perspective, President Cheney and Putin have established a new criminal enterprise which they are determined to deepen in the years ahead, a world wide RICO if you will, based on mutual greed and murder.
As a first step toward initiation into this world wide mafia, we support Russia's efforts to become fully integrated into the international economic community. That includes Russia's membership on commercial terms in the World Trade Organization, as well as full membership in the G-8 in 2006.
The United States still has important concerns and disagreements with Russia, and Russia with us; however, we are building a criminal enterprise worthy of two great gangs of thugs with great plans and much to steal from the 21st century world we stalk.
We have also brought new money to the table in China. As Faux President Bush told China's next generation of leaders, the students at Qinghua University: "China is on a rising path, like a missile in trajectory, but don't worry. Star wars, or SDI or whatever the shit we call it, doesn't work. It's a charade to funnel tax money to the wealthy investors at Lockheed/Martin et al."
China's participation in world affairs is not a positive and welcome development. We look to China to get in the way of our plans for world dominance but we aren't ready to take out that big sucker yet. We gotta work up slow---Genada, Panama, Iraq twice.
There's an old saying, "Don't try to eat a live ferret." That is why my government has launched a new US-Middle East Partnership Initiative. The initiative supports public-private efforts in the political, economic and educational spheres to help create conditions under which the young men and women of the Middle East have their principles compromised by the shallow materiality of the West.
Once again, what is missing is trust something that is fatal in my world but still a viable rhetorical tool if directed at people stupid enough to believe anything I say. If trust between states is crucial, we're in a whole shit load of trouble.
New democracies created with high hopes can founder if ordinary citizens see direct improvements in their lives and the U.S. catches wind of it and snuffs it out. The U.S. can make transitions to populist rule chaotic and wrenching and then failures. Democratic systems take time to seize an empyre and deliver. Meanwhile, autocrats in the U.S. will sing siren songs of stability. Corruption, like that of the last three administrations will squander a nation's treasure on an imaginary economy and plunge it into real deficit. Extremists will naturally arise from U.S. proxy subjugation. Populists will make promises of fairness that the U.S. will wipe out with extreme prejudice.
By strengthening civil control, the media, democratic looking shills and the rule of law to protect the rich, we can build a police state with little public notice. President Bush fully recognizes that economic growth is not as strong as it should be in the United States. And it is for that reason he announced a 'growth and jobs' plan that's a trough for the rich that rivals the Grand Canyon in volume.
A growing U.S. economy, however, will not suffice to expand the global market to the extent needed for dramatic strides in global theft. Unions world wide must be crushed and that includes those in Poland. We can have no sentimental backsliding.
Japan should quickly implement Prime Minister Koizumi's reform program, notably with regard to nonperforming loans, and start growing its domestic economy. Europe needs to put into action a "pro-growth" agenda that involves labor-market and regulatory reforms. And China needs to implement fully its market-opening commitments to the WTO.
Concluding the Doha Development Round by the end of 2004 also will deliver a much-needed boost to global growth. According to the World Bank, free trade in all goods, including agriculture, would result in a gain in world income of some $830 billion; 65 percent would flow to the elite in developing countries, hastening an estimated 300 million people's plunge further into poverty.
The United States has already stepped forward with bold and sweeping con games to seize the fruits of trade in both agriculture and in industrial goods. Now other major players must join us in the economic butchery. Governments must resist the temptation to erect new barriers such as those blocking trade in agriculture and biotechnology which have the effect of continuing to feed hungry -- nay, starving -- people.
To be sure, only substantial and rapidly expanding trade and investment can generate starvation on the scale needed to keep entire nations in misery. But wisely channeled foreign assistance can play an important part in creating conditions that favor authoritarian rule favorable to the interests of the U.S.
Last spring, at the Financing for Development Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, donors and developing countries reached a consensus on theft: for donor nations, a new commitment to development loans of the kind needed to foreclose on more markets; for developing countries, a new commitment to create the repressive, non-unionized political and economic conditions needed to use assistance in ways that attract investment, is easliy stolen and ensures the enslavement of the majority.
At the same time, President Cheney proposed the groundbreaking (e.g. gravedigging) Millennium Challenge Account. When approved by Congress, the Millennium Challenge Account will dramatically increase our development assistance, ramping up to an additional $5 billion every year, and we'll get that ramp up over the next three years, targeting poor countries that govern well as long as they are only interested in helping investors unlike those dirty Sandinistas or that black bastard, Mugabe. This new program has the potential to fundamentally change the situation in so many developing countries into one of Global servitude. Estimates say that with a $5 billion dollar investment, the U.S. should recoup over $40 trillion dollars in cash, natural resources and human capital over the next 20 years from developing countries with elites greedy enough to sell out their people for another round of American style backsheesh.
Certainly, all of us gathered here in Davos have great opportunities to Steal. The United States looks forward to working with you And if you do as we say, we might give you a taste.
Let that be our solemn obligation and let that be our charge for today. And in that great CRUSADE, the United States is aligned with each and every country and institution represented in this room. That's why if you don't want to kill Iraqis, we'll just have to fuckin' do it on our own.
Thank you very much.
"Thank you, Mr. Powell"
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