"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
~ Frederick Douglass
~ Frederick Douglass
In the comments to the previous post, a friend asked if I had heard about the former NATO commander who's been appointed to act as the US special PKK coordinator to the fascist Ankara regime. This friend was thoughtful enough to provide an URL to the State Department website which carries an article on this "special envoy" who is supposed to "coordinat[e] U.S. engagement with the government of Turkey and the government of Iraq to eliminate the terrorist threat of the PKK and other terrorist groups operating in northern Iraq and across the Turkey-Iraq border."
But, if you do a little digging, you come up with some darker dirt on the new American "special envoy." It would appear that retired General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF, is deeply connected to the deep shit of the Deep State, through the person of one Marc Grossman. Grossman was named in Sibel Edmond's allegations as being in connection with the Turkish lobby in the US. At the end of July, I had this to say about Marc Grossman:
Another interesting guy is mentioned in connection with the Turkish lobby and Edmonds' allegations: Mark Grossman. Following the link at the Deep State article, we find the following from Grossman's bio:
In 1994, President Clinton appointed Ambassador Grossman U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. In Turkey, he promoted security cooperation, human rights and democracy and forged a vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relationship. Ambassador Grossman had previously served as the embassy''s Deputy Chief of Mission from 1989 to 1992.
He worked in the US Embassy in Ankara for eight years during the height of the Dirty War against the Kurdish people and he failed in promoting everything except "security cooperation." He left in 1997, the year after Susurluk; the year of the soft coup. Imagine how much Kurdish blood is on his hands? Or on the hands of his friend, Ambassador Joe Wilson, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Baghdad from 1988 to 1991? What did he know about the Anfal operations? Old Joe has also been working for Turkey, at least through 2003, through a consultancy called Corporate and Public Strategy Advisory Group. Check out their "Press Coverage" page. Do any of the names of the newspapers and magazines look familiar?
A little help from our friend, Google, with the search term "Joseph W. Ralston," turned up a connection to Marc Grossman at a webpage on a series of papers by the experts on the future of NATO. Scroll down the page and you'll find Douglas Feith was also a contributor. Douglas Feith is also on the take with the Deep State in America. A google of the search terms "Marc Grossman Joseph Ralston," turns up a much closer connection betweent the two, at The Cohen Group. Take a look at the listing of "Team Members" on the left side of that page and you will see both Grossman and Ralston listed.
What is The Cohen Group? Take a look, from SourceWatch:
The Cohen Group is a Washington D.C. lobbying company headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.
The company which was launched in January 2001 "with the objective of helping multinational clients explore opportunities overseas as well as solve problems that may develop".
On its website The Cohen Group states that it has a "strategic alliance with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, a global law firm specializing in business, real estate and technology, empowers The Cohen Group with the unique ability to provide our clients with truly comprehensive tools for understanding and shaping their business, political, legal, regulatory, and media environments."
Here's an op/ed by Grossman from 2005, and carried on The Cohen Group website:
The last three US administrations have promoted the advantages of Turkish EU membership and that should remain America's goal. Why has the US put such effort into this? There are several reasons.
First, because Turkey has already taken significant steps - such as loosening the government's grip on the political system, improving relations with Greece and freeing its economy - in pursuit of EU membership. Second, because Turkey in an EU embrace is a beacon for others aspiring to democracy and economic success. And third, because the EU's own future success depends on shedding the image of a "Christian club".
The fact is that the Ankara regime has done nothing to loosen "the government's grip on the political system," with the reference to "government" being a euphemism for the pashas and the Deep State they created. The Cohen Group manufactures lies to protect the Deep State's business, a natural conclusion of the fact that The Cohen Group is run by the Deep State's agents in the US.
Then we have The Cohen Group's own mission statement:
“A truly successful America will not only be strong domestically, invest in the best defense and keep allies and make new friends, but will be a nation which successfully competes in the global marketplace. Maintaining our competitiveness in international markets is a broad challenge; it includes improving education, committing to a domestic society of innovation, compassion and success and supporting a business community willing and able to meet the challenges of a globalized world. I formed The Cohen Group, and have chosen the magnificent TCG team, to provide enterprises large and small the help they need to compete and succeed in the global market place.”
Compassion? Hehehe. . . good one! And all of that compassion is just oozing out of the likes of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Ambassador to Turkey Marc Grossman, and former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe--and now US Special Envoy to the Ankara regime for the genocide of the Kurdish people--Joseph W. Ralston.
The Cohen Group was also featured at the opening session of the ATC Conference this past March, even as the Ankara regime was busy murdering Kurdish children in Amed. We all remember who the head of the ATC is, don't we? Brent Scowcroft. Coincidentally, Scowcroft was also a USAF general officer and held positions in the US Joint Chiefs of Staff--just like Joseph Ralston.
What a tight-knit little group. No doubt Ralston will work hand-in-glove with that other Deep Stater, Yasar Buyukanit.
These guys only have one little fly in the ointment--the big, bad PKK. Unfortunately for them, 4GW is not about military action, per se. It's about the crisis of the legitimacy of the state--a crisis that the TC has had since its founding. It is the "political, social and moral revolution" that the TC has never tried to come to grips with. Also, as was explained in the previous post about the three new levels of 4GW, the moral level is decisive. None of the Deep Staters have any footing at all on the moral level, neither do they have any "strategic center of gravity," from the 4GW Draft Manual:
These changes point to another of the dilemmas that typify Fourth Generation war: what succeeds on the tactical level can easily be counter‑productive at the operational and, especially, strategic levels. For example, by using their overwhelming firepower at the tactical level, Marines may in some cases intimidate the local population into fearing them and leaving them alone. But fear and hate are closely related, and if the local population ends up hating us, that works toward our strategic defeat. That is why in Northern Ireland, British troops are not allowed to return fire unless they are actually taking casualties. The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld argues that one reason the British have not lost in Northern Ireland is that they have taken more casualties than they have inflicted.
Fourth Generation war poses an especially difficult problem to operational art: put simply, it is difficult to operationalize. Often, Fourth Generation opponents’ strategic centers of gravity are intangible. They may be things like proving their manhood to their comrades and local women, obeying the commandments of their religion or demonstrating their tribe’s bravery to other tribes. Because operational art is the art of focusing tactical actions on enemy strategic centers of gravity, operational art becomes difficult or even impossible in such situations. This was the essence of the Soviet failure in Afghanistan.
The Soviet Army, which focused on operational art, could not operationalize a conflict where the enemy's strategic center of gravity was God. The Soviets were reduced to fighting at the tactical level only, where their army was not very capable, despite its vast technological superiority over the Afghan Mujaheddin.
The Deep State has two choices. The first is to accept all the steps necessary to begin a bilateral ceasefire, as offered by PKK. The second is to figure out how to get rid of 20 million Kurds, because the only way to destroy the PKK is to genocide 20 million Kurds under Turkish occupation.
Let's all have a round of applause and a hearty, "Sieg Heil" for the new special envoy.