Editor’s Notes

No matter who wins in November, the Americans
will continue to lead in playing ‘The Great Game’

Hillary Clinton has always hedged on bringing home the troops from Iraq. As she was pushed harder and harder during the past few months, especially by John Edwards, she reluctantly declared herself more and more in favour, but never all the way.

Hillary, and husband Bill, in the final analysis, are the human faces of the military-industrial complex about which General and President Eisenhower warned Americans to beware. With soft warm smiles they have and are convincing millions of their fellow citizens that they have hearts of peace and tranquility. But, as bizarre as this may seem to read, their patriotism lies with that section of corporate America aligned with the arms industry.

When Wily Willy was president he opted to use air power to hammer the bejayzus out of what was left of Yugoslavia. His attack on the benighted Serbia was timely. The munitions industry was saturated with cruise missiles, for example, that were rusting out.  That little war gave the military industrial complex the shot in the arm it needed.

George W. Bush and his gang told 935 documented lies to con the Americans and that pathetic coalition of the willing into the invasion of Iraq.

About six months ago, when Hillary was waxing a little about bringing the troops home, George W. Bush sent her a private letter. The letter caused Hillary to back away from the bring-the-troops home bandwagon.

George W. wrote, in effect, look you may not like me, and you may not like the way I got American boots on the ground in Iraq. But the fact is that we are there and we would be stupid to pull out. It is the third largest oil pool in the world. We need that oil now and we will need that oil more and more desperately as the years pass.

The Clintons could hardly argue with that. So Hillary’s game now is to talk of bringing the troops home when she is president. And she’ll be as good as her word. But what she’s not talking about is that she will leave the air force behind to blast the whole country to sand if need be to strengthen America’s grip on the oil.

And so the world will continue to see, and increasingly resent, America as the world bully more and more out of control. We have the power to destroy so let’s use it.

Meanwhile, China, increasingly desperate for oil, is brilliantly using diplomatic and economic means to achieve the same ends, in Europe, Central Asia, and even in South America, in the U.S. backyard. China is making friends and influencing people while the U.S., grossly overestimating it’s power to win, will continue, even with Hillary Clinton as president, on down the road of blind greed.

I’m not a pacifist. But I know that careful use of intelligence and imagination will carry one a lot further, and in a better state of health, than a policy of brute force. God Bless America, It sure needs it.

There are several pieces in this issue that bear directly on what has been called The Great Game — past and present. Take time to read them. They’ll be most useful in understanding what’s happening and what’s at stake.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

Meanwhile, please find below a sixth repeat of Shaking the Money Tree.

Editor’s Notes

In case you missed it we repeat here …

Shaking the Money Tree

A long-time girl friend used to say on greeting, “Hey! What’s shakin’?”

I haven’t seen her for a few years but if she were to ask me today I’d say, “The Money Tree!”

And that would be the True North Readers Money Tree. Today marks edition 119 since we began publishing in December 2006. From a naturally slow start we grew from about 14 hits that month to more than 10,000 hits a month by October 2007.

While mostly from Canada and the United States readers are tuning in to True North in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, China, and the Seychelles on the Indian Ocean. Google is one of the vehicles that bring readers to True North. A substantial number of hits are from academic institutions in the U.S.

Our previous issue was December 21 when he took time off to shovel the snow. We’re back now with a publication that will prove to be even more interesting and sophisticated. Because of our working holiday it’s as if we’re into it from a standing start so it’ll be another issue or two before we hit our usual stride.

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to those who have made financial donations to True North — all of them, with one exception because of a misunderstanding, without urging from here. The fact is, however, that True North is being run at a serious deficit. This considerably cripples what we can do.

Just one example: a story crossed my desktop about ruthless exploitation of the weak and the sick by American drug companies. I fantasized about what it would be like if I could turn to a freelancer and say, “Let’s get a Canadian angle on this.” Of course we couldn’t afford this luxury so the story sits in my In File.

There is much about True North that could be improved if we had a few bucks, including the length of stories. Some of them deserve to be long; others could be edited. But editing takes time and time is money. So we do what we can.

This then is about gently shaking money out of our readers. It’s something for which I don’t really have any talent. I don’t know how to do it. I don’t know when to do it. So I’m simply asking for it here and now.  Don’t be shy about the amount — seriously, anything from a penny up will be welcomed.

Thee are several ways you can throw us a lifeline and it’s all protected. Just click here.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward,

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective.