Leaked CIA Memo: use Obama as puppet for continued war support
Investors are ignoring the possibility of bad news on the war front. I wrote about that here. First off, I don't wish for troop deaths. Let me remind you that I served in the Marines and it wasn't so long ago that people I served with are not in harm's way. My politics aside, I want good things for our troops. But you know my politics already.
This summer could be very bloody. More relevant to investors, the war could continue to widen, as America is already taking aggresive action in Pakistan and a very hawkish stance against Iran, while aggression in Palestine heats up as usual. That means higher oil prices, higher gold prices, and a shaky market. Of course, it means a lot of other things too.
That brings me to this interesting story. A leaked CIA memo is up on Wikileaks, perhaps the greatest liberty protecting website around. The memo in pdf is here. The memo talks about how the French and German governments rely on popular apathy to continue their support for the Neocon war in Afghanistan. However, since that apathy is slowly turning into resolve, it's imperative to manipulate public opinion. Enter Barack Obama:
"The confidence of the French and German publics in President Obama's ability to handle foreign affairs in general and Afghanistan in particular suggest that they would be receptive to his direct affirmation of the ISAF mission...."
The CIA's plan is appearantley to use Obama as a puppet to maintain support for wars that the European public does not support. Brilliant.
I leave the discussion to you. I've talked about the CIA here, and the neocons here and here (comment #7) but this is a bit too much for an investing website.
But this is an interesting and developing story with investment implications. A flight to oil and gold this summer is not out of the question should things turn for the worse. And I think we all know that a turn for the worse is not out of the question either.
David in Qatar