A Very Heavy Agenda 2015 - Secret Wars Uncovered TV - Adam Curtis TV -
122,704. Did the warmakers find the War on Terror not useful any more? Did we need a new enemy, but really an old enemy? (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & & Change & US Foreign Relations) A Very Heavy Agenda II: How We Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Neo-Cons, 2015
122,705. The PNAC Neo-Cons were invited on television to plead for more NATO posturing, stronger sanctions, more aggressive rhetoric and essentially all the ingredients for having a confrontation with Russia either by proxy or directly. (Neo-Conservative & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Policy Relations) ibid.
122,719. Why did there seem to be so little dissenting voices from the new Cold War rhetoric in the American media lanscape if we indeed had a free and independent press? (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Policy & Dissent) ibid.
122,720. Only three days after the 9/11 attacks, Congress held a vote for Bill titled The Authorization to Use Military Force. This Bill was designed as retaliation for the 9/11 attacks and allowed the US not only the power to wage war in Afghanistan, but also endless war in the Middle East, essentially what was labelled the War on Terror. (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Relations) A Very Heavy Agenda III: Maintaining the World Order
122,721. The Project for the American Century had been associated with the failures of the Iraq War. (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
122,722. Kagan received [Nicaraguan/Iran] dirty money funnelled inside the US State Department to fund these propaganda campaigns. (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Policy) ibid.
122,735. ‘When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.’ (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Relatioins & Trump & Terror & Isis) ibid. Donald Trump
122,736. ‘I would bomb the shit out of ’em.’ (Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Black Ops & Change & US Foreign Policy & Trump & Terror & Isis) ibid.
138,140. ‘From this day forward it’s going to be only America first. America first.’ (Trump & US Foreign Relations) Trump Takes on the World I, BBC 2021, Trump
138,141. One of the most divisive presidents in history riding roughshod over conventions at home and abroad … He ripped up the rule book and took America to the brink of nuclear war. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,142. Donald Trump’s rise to power was based on a promise to reforge American foreign policy. In the days after his victory his switchboard was buzzing with world leaders anxious to know what America first really meant. The first foreign leader to get a taste of Trump in the White House was the British prime minister. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,143. Trump refused to sign up to the End of Summit statement endorsing the Paris accord. Their first bruising from the president left European leaders shaken to the core. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,144. Five months into his presidency concerns over Russia’s role in Trump’s election were mounting. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,145. Trump called the other Nato members deadbeats who owed their freedom to America. Then he said that if they didn’t pay up, the US would go its own way. (Trump & Nato & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,262. ‘Never ever ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran.’ (Trump & Iran & US Foreign Relations) Trump Takes on the World II, Trump
138,263. Trump brings his own brand of diplomacy to one of the world’s most volatile regions. He takes America to the brink of war. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,264. Trump decide to go ahead with the embassy move. The Palestinian authority severed all communication with his administration. Tens of millions of evangelicals who had helped Trump get elected were ecstatic. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,265. He claimed that the Iran nuclear deal gave the regime billions of dollars to finance terrorism. The Europeans were told they had four months to fix it or the US was out. (Trump & Iran & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
137,696. He takes on China in a battle for global supremacy and tries to strike the deal of the century. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) Trump Takes on the World III
138,330. Away from the cameras Obama delivered a sobering message: China wasn’t the only problem in Asia. (Trump & US Foreign Relations) ibid.
138,331. North Korea: It was an extraordinary U-turn for a president who had just told his secretary of state that diplomacy was a waste of time. (Trump & US Foreign Relations & North Korea) ibid.
134,709. The United States also saw a threat growing in the country from a new socialist political powerhouse: he [Allende] was a doctor, he loved fine wine and expensive suits … Under orders from the White House, the CIA and National Security Council drew up a twin track plan … Track Two of the military plan was a military takeover. (War & Coup & Army & Chile & US Foreign Relations & US Empire) Secret Wars Uncovered s1e9: Coups D’etat, History 2020
134,710. America would support the forces in doing what ever they needed to do to tighten their grip over the country. (War & Coup & Army & Chile & US Foreign Relations & US Empire) ibid.
5,485. The chaos caused by these revolutions also began to destabilise the balance of power in the world. And this would inexorably bring them face to face with America and its global battle against communism. But what this clash was going to lead to was the rise in America of a new militant idea of freedom, and the belief that it was the United States’ duty to spread this freedom around the world by force if necessary. (Freedom & US Foreign Relations & US Empire) Adam Curtis, The Trap III: We Will Force You to be Free
5,486. What was beginning to emerge was the problem of spreading freedom around the world. To do it those leading Project Democracy had turned not just to manipulation and violence but were beginning to undermine the ideals of democracy in America. The very thing they were trying to create abroad. It was the corruption of freedom that Isaiah Berlin had warned of. (Freedom & US Foreign Relations & US Empire & Liberty & Civil Liberties & Corruption) ibid.
100,200. The Americans began to turn to violence and torture to enforce their kind of freedom. (Freedom & Iraq & US Foreign Relations & US Empire & Liberty & Civil Liberties & Corruption) ibid.
5,487. Positive liberty is driven by a vision that freedom is for something. The freedom to do or become something new. Out of which a better world would come. Negative liberty has no such vision. It isn’t for anything. At its heart it has no purpose other than to keep us free from unnecessary constraint or harm. And in using force to create a world based on negative liberty, the democratic revolutionaries have actually led millions people abroad into a world without purpose or meaning. This idea of freedom is still portrayed by many politicians and influential commentators as a universal absolute. They assume it is only a matter of time before it spreads throughout the world. But this may not be true. (Freedom & US Foreign Relations & US Empire & Liberty & Civil Liberties) ibid.
138,544. For 20 years the CIA had been planning assassinations and overthrowing leaders of foreign governments all around the world. (United States of America & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & CIA & US Foreign Relations) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head III: Money Changes Everything, BBCiplayer 2021
138,627. Unlike Britain, America had emerged from the First World War as the most powerful country in the world. Its president Woodrow Wilson had a vision that America should now use that power to spread democracy all around the globe. Behind this was a belief in what was called American Exceptionalism – that the country was special, not like the old corrupt empires of Europe. And it could use the specialness to remake the world. But the Republicans who controlled Congress refused to back this … Instead, the American economy went into a severe depression. In a growing mood of fear there were race riots as whites turned on the black communities in the cities … They even dropped aircraft to drop bombs. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & United States of America & US Foreign Relations) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head V: The Lordly Ones *****
68,021. Ever since the Second World War the American Government had been using the CIA to manipulate and overthrow the governments of many other countries … The CIA rigged elections, destabilised governments through fake information, and organised violence coups in Italy, Greece, Syria, Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, Indonesia and Chile. In all, the United States ran covert operations to overthrow 66 foreign governments. In 26 cases they succeeded. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & United States of America) ibid.
138,628. In 1961 the CIA decided to overthrow a government in the heart of Africa: in the Congo. 200 years before, the Congo had been at the centre of the slave trade. Millions of Africans had been forcibly taken down the river and shipped to America where their forced labour fuelled America’s rise to economic power. Now, the country had been given independence by its old colonial rulers, the Belgiums. And it was completely unprepared and had collapsed into violence. The CIA were frightened that the new prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, was about to turn to help to the Soviet Union … and they helped install a dictator in his place: he was called Colonel Mobutu whose brutal regime the Americans would support for the next 30 years. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Congo) ibid.