Obama’s Isolationism and Pee You on the EU



Obama’s Isolationism and Pee You on the EU

… by  Michael Shrimpton ,  London


NATO has become more trouble than it is worth
NATO has become more trouble than it is worth

[ Editor’s Note: Here is the latest weekly roundup from brother Shrimpton in London. I hope he is right about the coming end of NATO.

I would like to see a good public investigation first as to what NATO has really done and an open discussion about how the secrecy classifications hide what these kinds of entities do and how they work, which is a complete undermining of all the democracies involved.

We have created a monster that, once a band of criminals got hold of, they could completely hide all of their nefarious activity, which is exactly what has been going on.

When you add in another layer of massive defense outsourcing to contractors who are impossible to monitor, you end up with taxpayer-funded international paramilitary criminal operations. Isn’t that special!

Secrecy has become the enemy of the world. We suffer a lot of torments that would end overnight simply by turning the light on. But we continue to let them con us with the old belief that the massive secrecy is to benefit us.

While some of it certainly does, the main beneficiaries are the world elites who are able to do all the nasties that they do with no public scrutiny. Intel agencies won’t release it, because they are employed by the same elites, ahhhh…a bit of a conflict of interest there… Jim W. Dean ]



Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP
Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP

On Wednesday, I attended the annual Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture in the House of Commons, given by fellow historian, Dr Andrew Roberts. There were a number of retired admirals, generals and marshals in attendance.  My friend, Colonel Bob Stewart DSO MP, was in the chair.

The lecture was organized by the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA), of which I am a founder member.  UKNDA supports the British armed forces and presses for a sensible defense policy, i.e., a new one.

UK armed forces spending has been slashed to historically low levels. The Army is being reduced to just 82,000 troops, disastrously.

One comment in particular in the post-lecture discussion struck me. This was to the effect that one reason for the UK to raise our defense spending is to fill the vacuum left by America’s withdrawal from the world.  Since America has not actually withdrawn from the world and tens of thousands of US servicemen and women are serving outside the United States, the comment was not entirely fair.

Perception however can sometimes be almost as important as reality, even if they are not quite the same thing. Policy-makers often make decisions, usually called errors, based on false perceptions. In this case however, perception does encroach upon reality.

The Obama Administration is undoubtedly isolationist. It is also anti-British, thinking back to that idiotic pronouncement by a senior Administration official in London about British membership of the EU.

The first signs appeared in Iraq.  Obama was elected in part on a policy of bailing out of Iraq and handing it over to Iran, although that’s not quite how it was put. He then started bailing out of Afghanistan. This was followed by a back seat on Libya, neutrality on Syria and impotence over the Ukraine.

USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise

The impression of isolationism was reinforced by the sad decision to decommission USS Enterprise (CVN-65) ahead of time (she was only 52 years old, for heaven’s sake!) and reckless cuts in the US defense budget. Scrapping the manned space program was another sign of surrender of US leadership.

As demonstrated by its irrational belief in man-made global warming, the Obama Administration is scientifically illiterate. Like the Coalition Government in Britain, it does not believe in technological progress.

Sadly, and I say this as a good friend of America, her allies are having to adjust to a world where America is not necessarily going to be around when needed. This may be good news for the American taxpayer, at least in the short term. Isolationism costs more in the long term, because you end up being isolated when you need friends.

Americans have a point when they say that the UK and European allies have been over-dependent on the US and unwilling to pull their weight, although I suggest that is less true of the UK. The days of cheap defense are over. In the UK we need to boost defense spending by at least 250%, to around 5% of GDP.  The current level is a joke.

Washington however may come to regret its isolationist approach. Withdrawal from world affairs means less influence in the world. The disastrous 1945 settlement was largely drawn up in Washington, admittedly by German assets, such as Marshall and Stettinius. As the US steadily withdraws from world affairs, strategic thinkers in the rest of the West are having to grapple with the collapse of the post-war settlement.

NATO is now a dead letter, a Cold War relic doomed to irrelevance once a key European NATO player (Germany) sponsored an armed attack on the United States, i.e. 9/11. The truth about 9/11 has been concealed from the American people, but major players on both sides of the Atlantic know that the operational plan for 9/11 was drawn up by the German DVD.

The EU is on its last legs. It will struggle on for a few more years, but its disintegration may start as early as this summer, if Cameron goes as expected after this week’s European elections. The Electoral Commission in the UK are desperately trying to bail him and the EU out of trouble by drawing off UKIP votes into a pale imitation, slipped in at the top of the ballot paper, but they have been spotted. UKIP should top the poll, despite hysterical smear attacks.

The smears are hypocritical. Nigel Farage is at the same time smeared as a xenophobe and criticised for being married to a German! She is a perfectly charming lady if I may say so. UKIP are saying that we should be divorced from the EU, not banned from marrying Germans. At no stage is anyone in the MSM engaging with UKIP’s arguments, wisely, since there is no answer to them. We need to get the hell out of the EU.

The UN is almost as irrelevant as NATO. Its absurd Refugee Convention has caused enormous damage and loss of life, and the unnecessary UN-sponsored 1948 Geneva Conventions have aided the terrorist cause in the Global War on Terror. It too is likely to break up, although its disintegration will be slower than the EU’s. The IMF, World Bank and WTO are likely to follow.

Each has been an economic disaster. The IMF and World Bank in particular have gone along with the lack of transparency on damaging offshore MTN trading programs, generating enormous resentment on the Right, as they are the primary cause of inflation.


The Carrier Debate

Fellow readers of Proceedings, the impressive journal of the US Naval Institute, will have noticed more Administration-sourced sniping over the CVN program. For the record the Navy have got it right.  Big carriers are the way to go, and nuclear power is the best method of propulsion.

Having had their arguments over the supposed Chinese ballistic missile threat refuted the anti-carrier brigade have now invented a new threat – multi flechette ballistic missiles. Forget it. A warship at sea is an almost impossible target for any sort of ballistic warhead to hit.

A ballistic warhead is just too predictable in the terminal stages of flight. US carriers, with their quadruple rudders, are actually quite maneuverable. When it comes to damage control and survivability size equates to quality as well as quantity.

I doubt a flechette would knock out a carrier even if it hit it. The fact remains that the last full-size American carrier to be sunk in combat was the USS Hornet, in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. As VT readers will know that was in October 1942.

The last British fleet carrier sunk in combat was the dear old HMS Eagle (she was originally a Chilean battleship, taken over on the stocks – her engine rooms instruments were in Spanish!), on the famous Pedestal convoy to Malta, in August 1942.

The carrier debate is important, and I shall devote a future column to it.


Response to comments

Apologies to Rolf Harris! “Sir Ralph” should have been “Sir Rolf” of course! And yes, I still think he is innocent of the charges brought against him. In saying that, I note the lengthy delays before the women decided that they had been indecently assaulted, the lack of corroboration and the uncertainties in their accounts. It is not even clear, e.g., that Rolf Harris was actually present at one of the alleged incidents, i.e. if it happened at all, it may have been a different man. This a political trial, brought by a highly politicized prosecuting authority, and the charges are crocks.

Responding to JS (and, no, we’re not related, nor have we met or even spoken!) the Germany spy named King I was referring to in the Preface to Spyhunter was none other than Admiral Ernest ‘von’ King. Mackenzie King, the Canadian PM, was also dodgy, however.

I am glad ‘Mydogissick’ appears to be enjoying Spyhunter. Yes, it is good value at £25 plus p&p!!  An e-book version is planned, for later in the year.

I was pleased to see a reference to my former client Tony Farrell, whom I had the privilege of representing last year in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He’s a very nice chap if I may say so, and I am sure he didn’t beat up any suspects! So far as I know he never even served with Thames Valley Police, indeed, since he has a brain, he would have struggled to get in.  As a police intelligence officer his contributions were more cerebral than physical, indeed that was the problem.


Classic Movie Review – Against the Wind (1947), dir. Charles Crichton

Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret

A very old war movie, starring Robert Beatty, Simone Signoret, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson and Jack Warner, this is a cracking yarn about the Special Operations Executive (SOE). James Robertson Justice is the Colonel Buckmaster type figure. Having correctly spotted Jack Warner’s character as a German spy, he sensibly orders him shot. Simone does the shooting.

The plot is entirely credible, unsurprisingly, since it is based on real events, although SOE’s biggest losses due to penetration were in Holland.

The special equipment factory was clearly the inspiration for 007’s Q Branch. Dressing up plastic explosives to look like cow dung was a nice touch. It’s always nice to see a car-load of Gestapo run over some plastique.

If you are looking for hints on how to rescue prisoners from ‘Jerry’ on a train you will find them here, along with one or two good ideas on how to kill Germans. The acting is good, the directing superb and the early post-war scenes of Belgium quite fascinating. It’s well worth watching.

There are some fine in-flight views of a Handley Page Halifax B. Mark III. At least they take off in and drop out of the same type of airplane. The continuity was somewhat better than on an old episode of Quincy ME broadcast in England last week, Holding Pattern (series 3, episode 7).

The hijackers start off in a Convair 880, approach in what looks from its gear like a Fokker Friendship, or possibly an old DC-6 or DC-7 (you can only see the landing gear – I can assure you, it is not from a Convair 880!) and land in a 747. The program deserved better. Quincy ME is still being broadcast after nearly four decades because it is quality TV.

For fans of the 880, there are lots of close-up and interior shots. For those used to flying Southwest, who want to see what a comfortable airline seat looks like, wait for the next re-run! For my money the 880 was the most elegant of the American first generation jetliners. They not only looked good, they flew good! There isn’t a commercial airliner in service today which could hope to keep up with a Convair 880 coast to coast. The plane deserved greater commercial success.

May 19th 2014

Hot off the press - Spyhunter
Hot off the press – Spyhunter

Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, called to the Bar in London 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in what was then the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press on April 14, 2014.


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Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael’s active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib ‘hood’ photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Shrimpton
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