|This article appears in the February 9, 2007 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Bio-Cons Fool With Ethanol:
Just Another Word for War
by Creighton C. Jones, LaRouche Youth Movement
Perhaps, in a moment of attributed prescience, regarding those who would wish to induce our people to plunge into vats of corn alcohol, Russia's famed academician Vladimir Vernadsky, pondering the character of a space devoid of both cognition and life, wrote that "the equivalence of right-handedness and left-handedness may be considered to be a geometrical property of three-dimensional Euclidean space." So, just as the "flat Earth" construct of the sophist Euclid, is devoid of life and cognition, and where left and right exist in equilibrium, so also is the world of what Lyndon LaRouche has aptly called, the "bio-fools." A Laputian-type world, where one puts his food in his gas tank, and the unleashing of an atomic weapons-laced world war is a strategy for saving the environment: This is the world of the "bio-fools."
Speaking of fools: That George Bush featured the promotion of biofuel/(ethanol), and other aspects of what is popularly misunderstood as a "leftist-greenie agenda" in his State of the Union address, comes as no surprise to those who know the truth about who and what is behind the bio-foolery scam.
A `Left-Right' Tragic-Comedy
Most of the players in this left-is-right, right-is-left tragic-comedy, are, in one way or another, orbiting around the biofuel-promoting Set America Free Coalition (SAFC). In the words of one of its leaders, former CIA director James Woolsey, of Committee on the Present Danger fame, it is "a coalition of tree huggers, do-gooders, sod-busters, cheap hawks, and evangelicals." But this, as one may intuit, is pure sophistry.
As the cast of characters and institutions to be mentioned should make obvious, the truth of SAFC's agenda, is to create the conditions, either real, or simply in popular perception, in which there will be no blowback to the U.S. economy, upon unleashing the Cheney Plan (i.e., full-scale carnage throughout Southwest Asia, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Iran). Beyond this, the higher aim, or, given where Dick Cheney plans on spending eternity, we might better say lower aim, is to deny sovereign nation-states the right to exist, the United States not excluded, and the right to develop advanced technologies, particularly nuclear power.
Among the listed, leading contributors to SAFC, are people who, along with Dick Cheney, share membership in the William Kristol-chaired think tank, Policy for a New American Century (PNAC), namely, Gary Bauer (also, president of American Values, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist group), and Frank Gaffney. It was PNAC that issued the open letter to President Clinton in 1998, calling for preemptive war and "regime change" in Iraq. It is those same signers who continue to call for war with Iran today.
Also included in the left-meets-right Set America Free Coalition, are radical neo-cons Daniel Pipes, of the Iran war-promoting Middle East Forum, and former operative of the Middle East Research and Information Project of Sharonist Israeli military intelligence officer Col. Yigal Carmon; and Meyrav Wurmser, whose husband, David Wurmser, currently works out of the office of Dick Cheney, and is the former director of the Middle East project at the American Enterprise Institute, and co-author of the 1996 "Clean Break" strategy, issued by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies in Jerusalem.
Institutional supporters listed on the Set America Free Coalition website are: the ostensibly environmentalist Apollo Alliance, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, both heavily funded and directed by the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Financial Services. Then there are the slew of hawks' nests: National Defense Council Foundation, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Center for Security Policy, Institute for Analysis of Global Security, Middle East Forum, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and the Hudson Institute, which itself houses such war hawks as Laurent Murawiec, Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, and the previously mentioned Meyrav Wurmser. Another red flag is the support of the American Jewish Committee, which at one time was housed in the Kuhn Loeb investment bank, at precisely the time that said bank was engaged in lucrative dealings with the Nazi Party of Germany.
Typical of the SAFC corps, and what some might consider the more traditional environmentalist left side, is leading member Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars, a non-profit organization, promoting the move to "green" technology, which features on its website, a paper issued by the Committee on the Present Danger, titled "Oil and Security," authored by George Shultz and James Woolsey. Kramer is also a former advisor to Hypercar, a for-profit spin-off of the Rocky Mountain Institute, both of which were founded by Amory Lovins, the Pentagon-connected corporate "environmentalist" whose current book, Winning the Oil Endgame, has a forward by none other than George Shultz,
To capture the full flavor of this bio-con operation, emphasis must be placed on the central roles of Clifford May and James Woolsey in the SAFC. Both these men are International Patrons of the Henry Jackson Society, a recently constituted London-centered think tank, which takes its name from the late war-hawk Senator, Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D-Wash.), and is a conglomerate of British financial elitea and pseudo-intellectuals, who promote a policy of global military interventionism, in the service of "democracy." The Henry Jackson Society, in turn, weaves itself into the fabric of the London-centered Euston Manifesto crowd, a group of "liberal" professors and intellectuals who defend the policy of going to war in the Middle East, often in the name of stopping "anti-Semitic totalitarian Islamic regimes."
Now, one may think, this is just a fringe, ideologically driven cadre, whose actual influence on policies, particularly environmental policy, doesn't extend beyond the walls of their bunker. If this were only so. It is precisely out of this hornets' nest that all major legislation and policy related to biofuels has been spawned. Directly drawn from the SAFC are the leading House and Senate bills on biofuel and "green" technology promotion. These include Senate Bill (S. 2025), "Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act," co-sponsored by Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.); and House Bill (H.R. 4490), "Fuel Choices for American Security Act of 2005," co-sponsored by Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
Stopping Nuclear Power, National Sovereignty
Much of what's found in the aforementioned legislation, and in the SAFC literature, became part of the White House/Department of Energy's Energy Policy Act of 2005. Also included in the EPA '05, is the countergang nuclear policy of the neo-cons, known as the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). The crux of the EPA '05 is that it directs the bulk of the nuclear-related funding into GNEP, which is a policy initiative of globalization of nuclear energy, where nations are appointed as either "users," or "processors," and others, as "storages" of nuclear materials. It calls for black-box export of technologies and materials, meaning the knowledge of the principles involved are hidden, with no nation having the sovereign control over its own mining, processing, burning, and storing of fissionable material. Also, it moves away from the third-generation high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, which have a broader base of usable materials (such as thorium) for the fission process, and rather emphasizes those reactors that burn uranium, which the British-centered financial interests largely have control over.
The GNEP policy is very much the one laid out by George Shultz et al. in a Wall Street Journal article of Jan. 4, 2007, titled "World Free of Nuclear Weapons," in which they make a veiled attack on Lyndon LaRouche's Strategic Defense Initiative, and call for "Getting control of the uranium enrichment process, combined with the guarantee that uranium for nuclear power reactors could be obtained at a reasonable price, first from the Nuclear Suppliers Group and then from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or other controlled international reserves. It will also be necessary to deal with proliferation issues presented by spent fuel from reactors producing electricity." This is a classic policy of empire, placing the control and use of life-providing resources and technologies solely in the hands of one supranational cartel.
Note also, the role of Felix Rohatyn collaborator C. Boyden Gray, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, who at a seminar of the American Council on Germany, urged the Germans to open up their markets to ethanol imported from Brazil. Brazil is a place where George Shultz has invested heavily in ethanol production, and where there has been an ongoing fight over Brazil's sovereign right to enrich uranium for its nuclear program.
Ignorance is never an excuse for being a "bio-fool."