Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations while only 49 are countries.
Most Americans assume that U.S. foreign policy is determined by democratically elected leaders who define and protect the common good of the citizens and the nation they represent. Increasingly, this conventional wisdom falls short of explaining the real climate in Washington. Well organized private-interest groups are capitalizing on Americans' ignorance of world politics to advance their own agendas.
Though it's a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, "National Security and Double Government," he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term "double government": There's the one we elect, and then there's the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.
False Left-Right Paradigm
In America, winning the Presidency has proven to be a question of how much money you're willing to spend. The trend constantly shows that, he who spends the most money on elections usually wins. A new law in 2010 allowed SuperPACs, through which people can indirectly (often secretly) donate unlimited amounts of money to a candidate.
Corporations are people my friend. ... everything corporations own ultimately goes to people.
The levels of ideological diversity among directors and executives within the typical firm, and the naturally conflicting opinions about which policies are best for the country and/or their firm, may make it difficult for management to near a consensus. In giving generously to members of both parties, and by virtue of their reliance on voluntary contributions from a firm's managers and investors, corporate PACs have largely avoided these coordination problems.
Many of the same Fortune 500 companies donated to both Obama and Romney in the 2012 elections. What does that tell you?
...the Netherlands prided itself always during the Cold War of being 'a loyal ally' of the United States... Like other countries in the same league, the Netherlands has always found it difficult to reconcile itself with the fact that its international impact is small, and more particularly, to recognize that this influence has declined over the years, specifically because of the increasing membership of the major international organizations of which it is a member (EU and NATO).
When the question was asked whether 'the Netherlands should support this war militarily,' (table 49) majorities or sizeable pluralities answered no, and no more than one fourth were willing to support Dutch actual participation in the attack. Poland is on the same line with Holland... The major, striking similarity among these different countries is the stability of the public opposition to the war.
George W. Bush with Angela Merkel, Tony Blair and Romano Prodi in 2007
Germany and France are to coordinate their opposition to war in Iraq.
In spite of outspoken French opposition to the Iraq war (normative coding 5), the French government continued to provide overflight rights and logistical support. ... Answering US requests in late 2002, the German government confirmed that it continued to grant overflight and transit rights as well as use of military bases for the planned intervention against Iraq.
US soldier places American flag over Saddam Hussein's statue in 2003.
George W. Bush with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2006.
The entire US-controlled political process this year - the January 30 elections for a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and the referendum on October 15 - has been aimed at giving the veneer of legal legitimacy to the plunder of the country's oil and gas and the formation of a puppet government that will sanction an indefinite US military presence in Iraq.