Saturday, November 22, 2008

US Intelligence: EU will be a ‘hobbled giant’ by 2025

Actually, EU Observer says that Europe will be a ‘hobbled giant’, but it never ceases to amaze Cranmer the extent to which Europe is becoming synonymous with the EU, despite 21 of Europe’s 48 nation states residing without its confines (22 if you include Vatican City, which could never, of course, ‘pool’ its sovereignty with the EU). While the EU may now constitute the majority of European states, 46 per cent have not been absorbed, harmonised or ‘normalised’ (yet).

But the United States National Intelligence Council (NIC), Washington's main intelligence body, forecasts that the EU will be ‘crippled by internal bickering and a eurosceptic citizenry’.

There needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us this.

They further foresee that the EU will be plagued by ‘Eastern European organised crime’.

Gosh, they are perceptive, aren’t they?

And they also predict that the EU will be ‘kowtowing to Moscow after having failed at all attempts to wean itself from Russian energy supplies’. This continued dependence ‘will foster constant attentiveness to Moscow's interests by key countries, including Germany and Italy, who see Russia as a reliable supplier’ and could endanger the Union ‘if Russian firms are unable to full fill contract commitments because of underinvestment in their natural gas fields or if growing corruption and organised criminal involvement in the Eurasian energy sector spill over to infect Western business interests’.

Well, Dr Richard North has been excelling in this intelligence for years, without anywhere near the budget of the US Intelligence Agencies.

The report also envisages Europe's public services and welfare system threatened by the expense of paying for retiring baby-boomers, and foresees the demographic time-bomb of a diminishing population of working-age having to support a burgeoning population of pensioners. They diagnose ‘cutbacks to healthcare and pensions as the only solution’.

They missed crippling rates of personal and corporate taxation.

And they prophesy ‘infighting between member states with competing domestic interests and a European public alienated by a perceived democratic deficit’.

Perhaps ‘US Intelligence’ ought to rename itself ‘US Statements of the Bleeding Obvious’.

And yet they state that by 2025 the vision of the Founding Fathers will have been realised: there will be ‘a cohesive, integrated, and influential global actor’.

No there won’t. And this prediction is somewhat at variance with the others. It appears to Cranmer that US Intelligence is of the Nostradamus school of prophecy, pouring out couplets which may mean all things to all people, with a sentence, a word, a letter for the loyal disciples to cling to in the future as evidence of the impressive accuracy of the crystal-gazer.

They are, however, attuned to the ‘Islam’ question, noting that ‘integrating immigrants, particularly from Muslim backgrounds will become an acute challenge in a difficult economic climate’. By 2025, there will be very sizeable populations of Muslims in the Netherlands and France, with the potential for the non-integrationists among them to agitate for ‘local Shari’a’. Such events will lead to ‘narrow happened in the past’.

As happened in the past?

To what is US Intelligence alluding?

The possibility of the takeover of a member state by nationalist forces with a strong and charismatic leader, which yearns for a return to its age of glory, and struggles to restore its national pride, its independence, its liberty, its sense of identity, risking the possibility of conflict with the EU’s police force or army?

With that distinct possibility, staring into the abyss, Cranmer wholeheartedly concurs. He hopes US Intelligence have made their dossier available to the ‘European’ Commission.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very negative and skeptical of His Grace.

22 November 2008 at 15:41  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Oh don't worry Cranmer NATO have covered there bases. We have already seen what they are going to do to us in --"Europe"-- in former Yugoslavia - defame as "Nazis" the country (Serbia) that is fighting it's personal War Against Terror for "national pride, its independence, its liberty, its sense of identity".

Meanwhile NATO's latest genocidal scheme in the Caucasus has been thwarted. It will take some time for the truth to come out--like in the former Yugoslavia--but it will be clear to all interested observers: NATO uses fascist racists and religious fanatics to advance it's "narrow interests" as it did "in the past" in Afghanistan.

For sheer pernicious evil Russia can't even compete with NATO.

22 November 2008 at 15:47  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr McKenzie,

Sceptical from the Greek skeptikos, and, while in modern philosophy sceptisism has taken many forms, all are concerned with the pursuit of real knowledge in relation to widely accepted ideas.

His Grace therefore thanks you for the compliment.

Regarding the 'negative', alas, the facts sometimes are.

22 November 2008 at 16:18  
Anonymous len said...

"Whereas you saw the feet and toes,partly of potters clay and partly of iron,,the kingdom shall be divided,yet the strength of the iron shall be in it,just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.
"And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay,so the kingdom will be partly strong and partly fragile."As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay,they will mingle with the seed of men,but they will not adhere to one another,just as iron does not mix with clay.
"And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed,and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:41-44

22 November 2008 at 19:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, we'll have Brown the Clown, Saint Blair Minister for Religion, Messiah Obama and the New World Order.

22 November 2008 at 19:43  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

"Don't worry, we'll have Brown the Clown, Saint Blair Minister for Religion, Messiah Obama and the New World Order."

That isn't a joke. You see what I mean? I for one hope the West is severely punished by the financial crisis. It may present an opportunity for spring cleaning.

22 November 2008 at 20:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Constitution that is clear - not like the Lisbon Treaty: Free Europe Constitution.
Vote YES or NO at

22 November 2008 at 20:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope these ideas do indeed become widely accepted before it is too late.

Continue the skeptikos!

22 November 2008 at 21:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know what I think?


22 November 2008 at 21:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that said in a Scottish accent?

22 November 2008 at 22:04  
Anonymous len said...

As it was in the days of Noah!.

22 November 2008 at 22:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of like Mrs Doubtfire would say it!

I have just been gazing up at my repro print of the Last Supper which hangs on the wall opposite my bed. Thoughts about Christmas started to flood in, and how the fact that I am not particularly looking forward to it this year.

I then started thinking about my primary school days, and the excitement about Christmas: all the preparations in school for the Christmas play, and the glueing, painting, and rehearsals.

It was all so simple to consider back then. It was a story about Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and a manger with animals.

I wonder if the shepherds looking up at the star, and the three kings who followed it, could ever have imagined what an absolute entanglement of chaos and theories and dogma and denominational twaddle, would evolve 2000 years later? Ah well.
Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
'Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there


22 November 2008 at 22:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The possibility of the takeover of a member state by nationalist forces with a strong and charismatic leader"
And what did the EU do when Austria democratically included the party of Joerg Haider ( R.I.P. ) in its Government not so long ago ? It imposed sanctions on Austria as I recall.

McKenzie I have reported you to the Diversity Commission for flagrantly imposing your christianist ravings upon the Peoples Winterval.

23 November 2008 at 02:04  
Anonymous anon 2 said...

So Anon -

Any chance we can make this diversity commission see proper stars? Where's it hang its titfer?

I mean, I'd like to sing for them -which usually instills mighty dread into any hearer. A bit like a siren in the blitz, you know?
On my own, I might change the words:
In the deep midwinter,
Frosty wind made moan,
eu stood hard as iron,
brussen like a stone;

Really, though, it'd be better if we could organize the world's biggest carol-singing ever, outside their palazoo:
Glo o oooo ooooo oooo oria
In Excelsis De e o.

(Diocletian's persecutions only lasted from 303-305; I wonder how long before the eu monster hobbles off to perdition?)

23 November 2008 at 11:06  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

Transnational progressivism, the EU dogma:

24 November 2008 at 21:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the EU was already a hobbled giant and a failed super state. The Euro is disintegrating.

THe Lisbon Treaty failed, Ireland said NO, the only one able to vote on it. But the Eurocrats keep saying it has not failed. THe EU COnstitution failed, France and Netherlands said no.
The people of the EU do not want it.

So, it has already hobbled and has already failed.

I don't even understand why we are talking about 2025. We should be talking 2008.

25 November 2008 at 16:35  

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