"There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
- Ludwig von Mises

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

US and Canada Agree on Cross-Border Joint Military Cooperation for Potential Civil Emergencies

Hat tip to Jesse's Cafe for posting the link of the original article on his website.

From Canada.com:
Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies 
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

But first, a little refresher on a prior post of mine, from November 9, 2010: US Military Running War Games Based on Economic/Dollar Collapse Scenario.  In that article, I wrote:
James Rickards is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis Inc. He has also served as a consultant to the various branches of the US Military, focusing on financial threats to national security. In this interview with King World News, he discusses recent US Militrary war games exercises based on global economic collapse and civil disorder, as well as World Bank President Robert Zoellick's recent comments on a gold standard, Fed QE2, the IMF and G20, the ongoing currency war, and recent gold market activity. 
Keep in mind that the US Military always prepares for possible threats. These war games have been named: "Unified Quest 2011." I don't want to be an alarmist, and I don't think we're facing anything like that anytime soon, but it's always best to prepare.
Source of Interview: HERE Source of War Game (Subscription req'd) HERE.

And so, I believe that the two are related to each other.  Operation Unified Quest 2011, and this recent agreement between the US and Canada may be part of the same crisis response scenario, that is, how to handle a potential economic upheaval or dollar collapse scenario that creates civil disorder.

More from the Canada.com article on this new arrangement:
Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal. 
Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.

The U.S. military’s Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency...
...“It’s kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and contentious issues like military integration. We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites,” said Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians. 
Trew said there is potential for the agreement to militarize civilian responses to emergency incidents. He noted that work is also underway for the two nations to put in place a joint plan to protect common infrastructure such as roadways and oil pipelines. 
“Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?” he asked.

Trew also noted the U.S. military does not allow its soldiers to operate under foreign command so there are questions about who controls American forces if they are requested for service in Canada. “We don’t know the answers because the government doesn’t want to even announce the plan,” he said.
But Canada Command spokesman Commander David Scanlon said it will be up to civilian authorities in both countries on whether military assistance is requested or even used. 
He said the agreement is “benign” and simply sets the stage for military-to-military co-operation if the governments approve.

“But there’s no agreement to allow troops to come in,” he said. “It facilitates planning and co-ordination between the two militaries. The ‘allow’ piece is entirely up to the two governments.”
If U.S. forces were to come into Canada they would be under tactical control of the Canadian Forces but still under the command of the U.S. military, Scanlon added.
...On right-wing blogs in the U.S. it is being used as evidence of a plan for a “North American union” where foreign troops, not bound by U.S. laws, could be used by the American federal government to override local authorities. 
“Co-operative militaries on Home Soil!” notes one website. “The next time your town has a ‘national emergency,’ don’t be surprised if Canadian soldiers respond. And remember — Canadian military aren’t bound by posse comitatus.” 
Posse comitatus is a U.S. law that prohibits the use of federal troops from conducting law enforcement duties on domestic soil unless approved by Congress. 
Scanlon said there was no intent to keep the agreement secret on the Canadian side of the border. He noted it will be reported on in the Canadian Forces newspaper next week and that publication will be put on the Internet.

Scanlon said the actual agreement hasn’t been released to the public as that requires approval from both nations. That decision has not yet been taken, he added.

Misthos here.  I want to make my views on this clear.  I know there are a lot of people on the blogosphere that worry about some dark conspiracy of a new world order.  I do not belong to that school of thought.  I think the current global financial crisis is simply the culmination of a monetary system that has reached its usefulness, and the emergence of a new world paradigm that is slowly replacing the Bretton Woods monetary arrangement, and the post WWII US-USSR world paradigm.  It is a process, not necessarily an event that will transpire immediately. The US emerged victorious after the fall of the USSR.  But that didn't mean that the US had not found itself in a debt overhang, or may have reached a point where, as Joseph Tainter says of ancient Rome: eventually the costs of being Rome were not worth it.

If we look at history, this happens all the time.  It can be said that the history of nations reflects the ocean's tide - an ebb and flow of power and wealth.  However, especially in a complex civilization, such changes can result in civil disorder - or at least the possibility exists.  And so, I think it would be irresponsible if a government did not have some sort of crisis control mechanism, or plan, in place to handle such possible situations.

I do believe that this Canadian-US Joint military engagement scenario is the result of the crisis. But in my view, it is a response to it, not some sinister attempt at control.  It is just another symptom of the end of a monetary system.  A monetary system is a complex system and so it should be no surprise that there will be many unimagined consequences that could follow its end or transformation.  The world is rapidly changing.   Due to outdated and faulty economic theories such as the efficient market hypothesis, and banking deregulation, few anticipated the sub-prime meltdown and extreme wealth gap.  Few anticipated the current Middle East meltdown.  And you know what else?  There will be more "black swans" out there as the current unbalanced system of international trade and finance slowly, on it own, seeks to re-balance itself.  Policy makers are trying to control the end result of this - or at least manage it. I think it is too late, and too difficult to organize competing nations into some sort of global cooperation.  There are too many inherent conflicts amongst the nations of the world, and few want to make a sacrifice.  Simply put: the problem is just too damn big.

And so, we'll muddle through as a new world emerges.  Hopefully, it doesn't get so bad that we need such extra-ordinary measures.  I don't rule anything out though.

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