Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Next Secretary General of NATO will surely be a neocon

Next Secretary General of NATO will surely be a neocon

At a time when NATO's and America's relations with Russia and the Islamic world are frayed, the next Secretary General of NATO is certain to be a new Neo-hegemonic neo-conservative, confirming the fact that no change is to come from Washington, except the dire need to find new strategic allies like Russia and Iran as quickly as possible, in order to shore up its dwindeling empire and its finances fast....

Current Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of the Netherlands is stepping down in May.

The leading candidate to replace Scheffer is Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was George W. Bush's biggest supporter on the invasion of Iraq and hyping the discredited fairy tale about Saddam Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction." Rasmussen's xenophobic policies toward Muslims, including Danish citizens who are Muslims, helped ratchet up violence against Denmark over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons that appeared in the Jyllands Posten newspaper. The cultural editor of the paper, Flemming Rose, defended cartoons depicting Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. Rasmussen actually supported the offensive cartoons as free speech and Rose hopped over to the 2008 Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly, Virginia where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Shalom Bernanke, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, and Timothy Geithner. Rose also met with the Arab- and Muslim-hating Richard Pipe, a leading neocon and Zionist supporter of Israel.

Judging by Rasmussen's friends, a NATO with neocon Dane as Secretary General can be expected to be very pro-Israel (to the degree that he might invite Israel to join NATO) and big on bringing Ukraine and Georgia into NATO to tweak the nose of Russia.

Rasmussen will be lobbying London and Berlin this week for the NATO top job. He may find an ally in Britain's neocon Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who shares many of Rasmussen's views on the Middle East and Russia.

The second leading candidate to emerge for NATO chief is former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy, considered to be George Soros' leading candidate. Passy, a Bulgarian Jew, comes from Moroccan Sephardic stock, founded the Bulgarian Green Party but he is now an ardent champion of NATO and the United States. Passy was instrumental in helping to bring about the Soros-backed "Rose Revolution" in Georgia that saw Mikhael Saakashvili come to power. Passy is a recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s Distinguished statesman award.

Candidate number three is Radoslaw Sikorski, the Polish Foreign Minister and former Defense Minister. A former adviser to Rupert Murdoch, Sikorski was a resident fellow of the neocon American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington from 2002 to 2005. He is married to The Washington Post editor Anne Applebaum, a leading defender of Israel and Russia-baiter and an adjunct fellow of AEI. Applebaum supported Barack Obama for President in 2008, another example of Obama's links to those who contributed to America's demise under George W. Bush. Sikorski helped hammering out the U.S. missile shield system pact with the United States that will see American missiles based on Polish soil that Russia considers a threat to its security...

The fourth candidate for NATO's top job in Brussels is Peter Mackay, the Minister of National Defense in the Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Mackay, who hails from Nova Scotia, is the former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Although Mackay is a top Cabinet member in a neocon government, he may be the least objectionable to those who distrust the heavy neocon connections of Rasmussen, Passy, and Sikorski. Although Mackay has said more forces are needed in Afghanistan, echoing Obama's calls, he has stated they will not come from Canada. And all of Canada's parties, including the Tories, were adamant against sending Canadian troops to Iraq. Mackay's main problem is that as NATO expands eastward, he represents the only NATO country in the extreme west that can offer up a candidate for Secretary General because the United States has traditionally not nominated an American as Secretary General, preferring to keep the American exclusivity clause for the NATO military commander position...Canadian candidate would be the least neocon of the four possibilities.