The Economic Integration of NATO

by Jared Rifenbary on September 23, 2014

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“We need this deal (TTIP) to help solidify further the transatlantic alliance, to provide an economic equivalent to NATO and to set the rules of world trade before others do it for us.” – Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the European Union, 7/16/14 (Source)

“[The] nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: The Technetronic Era, 1971

We’re inundated with so much noise on a daily basis that many of us struggle to see the forest for the trees.

Much of the information we’re fed is complete and utter nonsense.  Designed in a way for the talking heads to effectively entertain us and for the headlines to entirely consume us.

Hidden is the truth from those whom do not have a solid foundation in their understanding of what the actual goals and objectives of our “leaders” are.  Without understanding where we are being led, it is practically impossible to debate intelligently, think rationally, and invest productively.  You may think you are, but you’re not.

The world order is evolving, and it is evolving in such a way that many of you may fail at first to actually comprehend.  Your initial reaction may be one of denial and isolation, followed by anger and depression, but once you can come to accept what the reality of our present state is, your life will forever be changed.

Some may believe that ignorance is bliss.  If you’re one of them, God Bless and carry on.

Individuals such as myself on the other hand believe what Jesus said in John 8:32, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Taking the time out of your busy schedule to educate yourself can be difficult, stressful, and thankless.  However, it is entirely necessary in order to not only improve upon your own sense of self, purpose, and financial well-being, but more importantly to advance society on a future path of prosperity and abundance.

It is important I stress that my message is in no way doom and gloom.

Au contraire.

I believe there is such an enormous amount of opportunity knocking on our door that it has inspired me to actually reach out and write to you.  The more of us who understand the macro trends, the more of us there is working together in order to create a world worth inheriting for our children.  In addition, the more of us who are properly positioned financially, the more of us there will be in order to recapitalize and finance the future real growth of our economy and society.  As George S. Clason states in his 1926 classic, “The Richest Man in Babylon”, “our prosperity as a nation depends upon the personal financial prosperity of each of us as individuals.”  He couldn’t be more right.

Part of my mission is to give you the foundation of knowledge required to help see through the propaganda we are bombarded with on a daily basis.  The other part of my mission is to help you prosper financially from knowing the truth.

As a professional speculator, it is my job to take advantage of market distortions created by governments and central banks.  Luckily for us speculators, the current interventions by such sages in Washington and Brussels are presenting us with phenomenal opportunities.  Opportunities that rarely come often.  The massive returns associated with such investments may take some time to develop, but if you have the wherewithal and patience to “stick it out” during this time of volatility and low prices, chances are you will be rewarded handsomely.

With that being said, let us explore what the economic integration of NATO is all about and how that ties in to the quote from our friend Zbigniew.  The implications for we as Westerners are monumental, and as investors/speculators extraordinary.

All Hail the TTIP

“The TTIP is being considered the gold standard of future agreements, and will be used as a blueprint for future deals.” – Josh Kallmer, former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Investment, 9/26/13 (Source)

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, otherwise known as TAFTA (Transatlantic Free Trade Area), has a current timetable for completion in late 2015.  Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland have claimed that the TTIP agreement is vital toward creating a “transatlantic renaissance.”  The TTIP represents not only a free trade agreement, but more importantly it represents the next step in the economic, social, monetary, and political unification of North America and the EU.

Some of you may say that this is impossible.  That there is no way the North Atlantic community can converge and integrate into a unified economic and political entity.  The truth of the matter is that it is happening right now.

The technocratic elite have been planning, designing, and constructing this new order throughout much of the 20th century.  You just didn’t notice.

One needs to look no further than that of the EU.  The official origins of the EU began in 1951 upon the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC).  This supranational organization was formally established by the signing of the Treaty of Paris between Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

The Founding Fathers of the European Community stated in their European Declaration signed April 18, 1951:

By the signature of this Treaty, the participating Parties give proof of their determination to create the first supranational institution and that thus they are laying the true foundation of an organized Europe. This Europe remains open to all nations. We profoundly hope that other nations will join us in our common endeavor.

The ECSC was the first step of many.  Following the ECSC was the signing of the Treaty of Rome which established the European Economic Community (customs union) in 1958.  This was followed by the European Community in 1967 which began the enlargement process.  The Schengen Agreement in 1985 essentially eliminated borders for citizens of the member states by allowing passport free travel.   Finally in 1993 the signing of the Maastricht Treaty established the European Union and initiated the birth of the euro and monetary union we are all so familiar with now.  Since that time we’ve seen the signing of the Amsterdam (1997), Nice (2001), and Lisbon (2007) Treaty which have all amended the Treaty of the European Union (Maastricht) in order to expand the size and authority of the EU.

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Though the technocrats refrain (for the most part) from being open and transparent with what their true intentions are, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what the objective is: the complete subversion of national sovereignty to that of the EU and ECB.   What Caesar, Charlemagne, Napoleon, Hitler, and Stalin failed to do, the EU has accomplished.

 “The time for individual nations having its own tax, employment and social policies is definitely over. We must finally bury the erroneous ideas of nations having sovereignty over foreign and defense policies. National sovereignty will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination.” – Gerhard Schröder, chancellor of Germany 1998-2005

 Following two horrific wars, the “peaceful” integration of Europe may seem ideal.  Free trade, open borders, the elimination of foreign exchange, peace, what’s wrong with this?

I love free trade, I enjoy being able to travel freely, I appreciate not having to deal with the hassle of currency conversion, and of course I live for peace with my neighbor.  What I don’t stand for is devious propaganda, theft through taxation, and the centralization of power.

For over fifty years the globalist elite have patiently executed their long-range (EU) plan of centralized economic, monetary, and political authority.  All the while the general populace has remained completely unaware of what has been taking place.

 “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928

 That is not to say that the socialist utopia in which the eurocrats desire is absolutely guaranteed.  Nor is it guaranteed that the EMU (European Monetary Union) and EU will even stay together.  Centralizing power in Brussels and Frankfurt (home of the ECB) is no easy task.  We have recently witnessed a rise in nationalism across Europe, and this May’s past elections exemplified the nationalist sentiment.  Granted, nationalist MEP’s are still a minority in the European Parliament, but their coalition is growing and their message is resonating with voters.  Nevertheless, at least for now, the German led EU is here to stay.  In fact, it’s expanding.

The United States of Europe is the baby of something quite a bit bigger.  The EU is a form of political regionalization that is by far the most advanced in the world, but it is by no means the only regional project underway.  The Gulf Cooperation Council, Union of South American Nations, North American Union, African Union, Eurasian Economic Union would be examples of regional convergence and integration that are in the works.  All of these Unions would fall under the umbrella of the UN, establishing a better organized and more effective world government.  At least that is how it is portrayed.

As was mentioned earlier, the plan is long-term.  To believe that it will be successful is up for debate.  To avoid it, however, is foolish.  The money, power, and energy behind this construct is massive and their track record proves their determination come hell or high water.

The TTIP represents another major milestone for the architects of regional and global governance.  It is by no means a done deal but it is imperative to understand what it actually represents.  As an investor and speculator, understanding what the passing of the TTIP represents is vital toward making the right moves with our money.

Canada, as of this past summer, has already finalized a comprehensive free trade deal with the EU (Source).  The US is next.  The interesting thing to understand about this trade deal is that it is being written not by our elected officials, but rather by representatives from hundreds of multi-national banks and corporations.  Our elected representatives are playing no role whatsoever in the design of this trade agreement.  Though the agreement must be passed by Congress, they may have no ability to alter the agreement if Obama receives Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which creates a situation where Congress can only vote either “yes” or “no” on the deal without having the ability to amend the agreement.  I tell you this to demonstrate where the power truly lies.

If the TTIP were to be passed it would signify the first step in the convergence and integration of the North Atlantic community.  Look up the 28 member nations in NATO and you will see who is a part of this regional construct.

The Colder War

Understanding these dynamics assists us when evaluating the crisis in Ukraine as the EU and NATO have pursued closer ties with “little Russia”.  If you recall last November when former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of an agreement with Russia, it sparked what was to become a full on civil war.  Larger than the civil war, however, is the proxy war between the EU/US and NATO vs. Russia and their Eurasian Union.

In many respects this is a battle between Western energy companies against Putin controlled Gazprom and Rosneft.  As globalist Henry Kissinger once stated “who controls the energy can control whole continents”, and right now we are witnessing the battle for control over Europe’s energy markets.  Western corporate interests are engaged in a battle with Putin and his oligarchs over who will control the supply and distribution of gas heading into Europe.  As Kissinger said, controlling the energy supply and distribution will allow one to basically control an entire continent, in this case the continent being Europe.

This is a major battle with huge implications for not only these powerful interests, but also we as citizens and investors.  There is no one better equipped to provide the insight and guidance to navigate through these turbulent times then Marin Katusa of Casey Research.  Marin’s new book “The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp” is a must-read for anyone who is serious about understanding the geopolitical and economic consequences of what is going on right now between East and West.  The book is due out November 10 and you can pre-order now through Amazon.

The EU is currently at the will of Putin and it is a situation that many in Europe are uncomfortable with.  While the TTIP agreement would accelerate the export of North American LNG to the EU, the infrastructure needed in order to supplant Russian supply is simply not there.  Through his control of Russia’s massive resources, Putin has brought Russia back on to the world stage and is no doubt challenging the hegemonic position of the US.  We are still in the early stages of what promises to be a rather tumultuous period of time and you would be wise to pay attention.

As Henry Kissinger just recently warned in an August 29 essay published in the Wall Street Journal, “A struggle between regions could be even more debilitating than the struggle between nations has been.”

Like I said, you should be paying attention.

In order to follow such a complex story, it is vital that you get the right information.  The amount of nonfactual information that is thrown at us every day can easily mislead us causing us to make bad decisions personally, professionally, and financially.  That is why I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to get your information from the right sources.  There is no one more qualified or on top of the big picture analysis then, Marin Katusa.  If you are a serious investor willing to take matters into your own hands, Marin is the guy you need to be hearing from.

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