Cynthia McKinney Interview: An Objective Look at U.S. Foreign Policy
Cynthia McKinney is an American politician and assistant professor at North SouthUniversity, Bangladesh. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six termsin the United States House of Representatives, as the first African American womanever elected to represent Georgia.She was also the first Member of Congress todemand an investigation of the events of 9/11 and the first to file articles ofimpeachment against George W. Bush. She voted against every war-funding bill putbefore her. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President.
We focus on the realities of the international power struggle unfolding in real time,specifically addressing the role of the U.S. in the tensions and its capacity to reducethem. We are looking for paradigm-shift ideas for improving the prospects forpeace. Her responses below of are exactly as she provided.
Here is what Cynthia had to say.
Q. We hear a lot of terms and acronyms bandied about. ‘Deep State’ ... ‘MIC’ ...‘FIRE sector’ ... ‘ruling elite’ ... ‘oligarchy’ ... ‘neocons’. Who actually defines and sets America’s geopolitical priorities and determines our foreign policy? Not“officially”. Not constitutionally. But de facto.
One clear reading of the COINTELPRO papers and the Frank Church Committee Reports makes it clear that evil [I know of no other way to describe them] people are giving the orders and another set of evil operatives who wield official power are implementing those orders. The political institutions of the U.S. are spent. They and the people who occupy them need to be razed and we should start all over again—with only the Bill of Rights as our guide. I am not afraid to envision another political system for the U.S. I think global kakistocracy and psychopathocracy are the clear results of indirect democracy—what a Republic is. And if a Republic is INdirect democracy, I believe it’s time for us to try DIRECT democracy.
Is the world really that full of aggressors, bad actors, ruthless opponents? Or isthere something in our own policies and attitudes toward other countrieswhich put us at odds with them, thus making war inevitable and peaceimpossible?
A. Correction. We’ve had decades of Western aggression against the non-Western world. Parts of Europe are also decidedly NOT Western. Therefore, to include all of Europe in the sins and transgressions and aggressions of “The West” is incorrect. We are seeing that idea now being concretized in international relations. In fact, I traveled to Russia a few years ago at the invitation of some of the young people there. I met with a wide swath of the Moscow organized and politically active youth and I had only one question for them as they had many for me. My one question was, “How do you view yourself; are youWestern European or are you Russian?” Understanding the centuries-old desire of Russian leaders to emulate the Paris or Vienna of their day, I wanted to understand the identity of the young adults I was meeting. To a person, theytold me that they are Russians; they have no desire to be like The West. This represents a paradigm shift from historic Russia. Because of the political system currently favored by the global “Deep State,” the people really are not the ones who are controlling policy outcomes. [They never have.—Ed] We the People of the U.S. are allowing the bad guys to rule with impunity. We the People of the U.S. need regime change in the image of the Bill of Rights; Putin’s most recent speech tagged Anglo-Saxons. Yes, Anglo Saxons have, indeed, committed their fair share of atrocities on the planet and the people of this world. However, a small but well-connected cabal of Zionists is responsible for orchestrating and organizing and justifying the world’s wars since September 11, 2001. I’ve started a list of perpetrators. It’s larger than one would imagine. Because those who say “Yes” outnumber those who stand up to them and say, “No.” The impunity of these bad actors needs to be ended. The next phase of our activities should involve building the alternative societies that we envision; correcting all of the lies that have been told to us, like, for example, the 100% anthropogenic explanation for “global warming” climate change. But, that is not enough. We must also deny official state power to those who now wield it. Full stop. Period. Everyone there now needs to go and the institutions need to be razed to make way for a new form of governance. That cannot happen with those committed to the corrupted institutions of today, nor can it happen as long as those who have no other vision for governance are able to wield state power over us.
Q. Our leaders relentlessly talk about our “national interests” and our “national security”, warning that both are under constant assault. Yet, we spend more than the next nine countries combined on our military. Why does such colossal spending never seem to be enough?
A. The money is being stolen and even enough is never enough when free money is being helicoptered to one privileged group—and stolen from the unlucky other ones. What’s amazing is that the unlucky other ones demurely allow this to happen almost without even a shrug of their shoulders.
A. Putin spoke of the Anglo Saxons. That’s poignant and purposeful. There are people who realize that the U.S. has veered off track. But, they think they can “take our country back” without forming a coalition with other newer and older “Americans.” As long as the rallies of today’s “patriots” look like Ku KluxKlan meetings, these rally-ers will lose. Maybe the idea of forming a coalition that is truly inclusive with people from different races and differing religions, and even with no religion—is the central Anglo-Saxon problem. For, people who share skin colors don’t necessarily share visions, objectives, purposes. But, these rallies give the impression that they do. The U.S. is in this predicament precisely because the Anglo-Saxons in charge at one time found false friendship with people of the same skin color, but whose values and vision were frighteningly different; yet, at the same time, these same Anglo-Saxons in charge of the U.S. state viewed the Black and Brown people in their midst as alien and foreign and undesirable. After speaking at one of the earlier “unacceptable,” “take our country back” peace rallies, I chanced upon a reporter who was covering the anti-Iraq War rally. I asked him how did you “lose” your country without a shot being fired? His response was honest and revealing: “They [meaning their enemy] were White like us.”
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