October 14, 2009
What Soros Wanted, Obama DeliversBy Kyle-Anne Shiver
In January 2004, George Soros proclaimed to the world, "I have made rejection of the Bush doctrine the central project of my life." To which he added, "America, under Bush, is a danger to the world. And I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is." Soros then waged a nearly one-wallet war against Bush, put more than $25 million of his own cash into Kerry's election bid and came out of the whole gambit with a tattered I-Voted-for-the-other-guy t-shirt.
In 2006, Soros declared in a depressive-mood pity party at the Council on Foreign Relations: "In the future, I'd very much like to get disengaged from politics. I'm interested in policy and not in politics."
If only he had stayed depressed and kept to his better intention.
But no such luck would come America's way.
Soros supported Barack Obama's candidacy, telling Judy Woodruff in May 2008, "...Obama has the charisma and the vision to radically reorient America in the world." When Woodruff queried Soros on whether it might be a concern that Obama lacked experience to lead in this dangerous time we live in, Soros responded, "...this emphasis on experience is way overdone..."
Experience was actually far underrated in that contest, but we'll have to save that subject for another day.
Now, it would seem that all Soros wanted, Barack Obama is delivering.
On "reorienting America in the world," President Obama started doing that before he even won election with his people-of-the-world speech in Berlin:
These words were surely music to Soros' ears as he has been a lifelong Esperantist in the footsteps of his father. Soros is one of the world's few native Esperanto speakers and was wont to quell his youthful depression in London's famous speaker's corner, proclaiming the virtues of creating the Esperantist version of the tower of Babel in the modern world. For readers who might never have heard of Esperanto, it was the invention of a 19th century Jewish doctor, who dreamed of a world free of nationality. He invented a trans-European language to push the ideology and Soros' father, Tivadar was one of its leading proponents.
No American president thus far has professed more affinity for this absurd goal than Barack Obama. And he even has the preemptively awarded Nobel Peace Prize to prove it. Whether George Soros had anything to do with the award, we might never know, but it seems mighty darned fishy and definitely in keeping with both Soros' international influence and his aim of "reorienting America in the world."
We have gotten some idea what Soros means by "reorienting America" from his book, The Bubble of American Supremacy. According to Soros' written rants, America, under the leadership of George W. Bush, had gotten way too big for her britches. Soros saw our lone superpower status and stubborn fidelity to the principle of national sovereignty as painful thorns in his internationalist side.
Writing in The Bubble of American Supremacy, Soros expounded upon his belief that 9/11 was horribly mishandled by the Bush administration, should have been dealt with by criminal investigations not war, and that Bush's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were merely the results of the President's faulty "supremacist ideology."
Soros took it upon himself in the same screed to define the Bush doctrine, saying it was "built on two pillars":
1) The United States will do everything in its power to maintain its unquestioned military supremacy.
2) The United States arrogates the right to pre-emptive action.
Never mind that Soros' definition of the Bush doctrine is both faulty and ideological at its core (see Krauthammer's essay defining the Bush doctrines). What's important to note here is that since his inaugural, President Barack Obama has defined his own foreign policy in nearly direct antithesis format to the pillars of the Bush doctrine as defined by Soros. What Soros wanted American foreign policy to be, Obama is delivering in spades.
The final word from Soros in The Bubble of American Supremacy is the unabashed statement of his own preference for American foreign policy. It boils down to a beneficent America giving lots and lots of carrots to every country in the world as a means of offering "preventive action of a constructive and affirmative nature." It's the liberal answer to every problem that has ever ailed mankind: throw money at every monster until it gets so fat and happy it no longer wants to cause difficulties or wage war.
And, lo and behold, that's precisely what President Obama has set out to do since day one. Obama, too, sees global poverty as the root cause of all evil in the world, including crime, war and terrorism. His single piece of signature legislation in the Senate was a bill that would authorize an additional $845 billion from American tax payers to eradicate global poverty, and legislate a demand on future presidents to bring America in line with UN mandates on percentage of national GDP given to fight global poverty.
In addition, Obama agreed at the G20 summit in April to give more money to the International Monetary Fund (of which Soros is a huge fan), and then slipped billions of cash and a $100 billion line of credit for the IMF into the emergency war-funding bill passed this spring.
While President Obama continues to dither, American troops die in Afghanistan. But there isn't anything that can be added here on that front. Only time will tell whether our President has as much stomach for protecting our interests in the Middle East as he has for beer summits and throwing our money at every comer.
But it hasn't been just America's military supremacy that put such a bee in Soros' bonnet. It's also been our economic superiority.
Now, George Soros is nearly universally regaled as a wizard at currency speculation and hedge-fund management, skills which one of his sons has said have far more to do with a certain pain he gets in his back telling him when to buy and sell, than with any sage economic formula. But since 1992, when he earned the title of the man who broke the Bank of England by becoming a major player in the downfall of that nation's currency, Soros has been more of a prophet reaping the returns on his self-fulfilled prophecies than he has even been a speculator.
It has taken Soros much longer than he perhaps anticipated to bring down the U.S. dollar. By 2003, Soros was already predicting the downfall of the dollar. In a CNBC interview, amid a slump in the dollar's value against the euro, Soros added fuel to that fire by stating that he was already selling dollars. His statement, in turn, caused a further decline in the international worth of the dollar.
In Davos last year, at the World Economic Forum, Soros even went so far as to say that the current housing "bust" would signal the end of the dollar as the world's default currency. "The current crisis is not only the bust that follows the housing boom," Soros said. "It's basically the end of a 60-year period of continuing credit expansion based on the dollar as the reserve currency," he stated to the press.
One would have to be living under a rock these days not to see that the American dollar has been walloped under the leadership of Barack Obama. Weeding out the truth of which nations are actively working (Some would say, "conspiring.") to ditch the dollar as the preeminent world currency is proving difficult. Reports surface only to be denied a day later.
But this much is certain. Soros has long thought America far too powerful, and has seen the dollar's supremacy as every bit as dangerous to his internationalist schemes as our military strength. So far, President Barack Obama has done nothing whatsoever which would seem at odds with those scheming Soros doctrines.
If all of this does not hint at a shadow presidency with a powerful oligarch pulling the strings on a neophyte president, I honestly don't know what would.
Now, if someone could only burst Soros' self-inflated bubble before he has a chance to burst ours, we just might pull out of this unfolding nightmare.