by Tony Cartalucci
September 30, 2011 - The US intelligence community, in conjunction with Wall Street corporate-financier interests, have spent an inordinate amount of time positioning themselves for a possible military coup and martial law take over of the United States. This is being done under the guise of the fraudulent "War on Terror" but in preparation for a very real and inevitable economic collapse. In particular, one personality above all others is being groomed by intelligence operatives and policy wonks, while built-up by the corporate media  in the eyes of the public to intercede in America's accelerating political, economic, and even global tactical decline. This man is General David Petraeus who served as former head of US Central Command which included combat operations in Iraq and former commander of US forces in Afghanistan before being sworn in as the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in September 6, 2011.
Image: Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, on his way to seize power in Rome via a military coup and become the republic's first emperor. America is not immune from suffering a similar prolonged, ignoble death to the extreme, parasitic elitism empire breeds.
Posing as a venerable American hero, "leading" American troops through two wars in service to his nation, Petraeus' ties are in fact to Wall Street and London corporate financier oligarchs. His membership  in the corporate-financier Council on Foreign Relations  is perhaps the most significant conflict of interest in America's political landscape today. He has been both commander of America's troops and now director of the CIA, all while privately associating with the unelected policy makers of the CFR, an organization that represents the collective interests of the largest banks, private institutions, and corporations on earth. Whether Petraeus is guilty or not of improprieties amidst this enormous conflict of interest is irrelevant. The fact that he hasn't shown the proper judgment to rectify such a conflict of interest by either resigning from his post, or ending his CFR associations, should be alarming to all Americans.
To add further fears regarding the ambitions and agenda of Petraeus, one must examine those that are gravitating around him and indeed prodding him along.
In 2010, Petraeus gave a speech before the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) , another private institution funded by corporations, working on behalf of corporations, essentially producing their own self-serving policy and using their vast connections and resources to have it rubber stamped by Congress and executed by the US Government at the American people's expense. In his speech, Petraeus would praise Neo-Conservative policy wonk Frederick Kagan who he credited for developing the "surge" strategy in Iraq.
In fact, almost all military strategy comes not from a large mahogany desk with maps strewn across it with a calculating general hovering above, but rather from institutions like AEI and other corporate-funded think-tanks including the Brookings Institution or the RAND Corporation. Frederick Kagan, along with other "resident scholars" at AEI, have also developed the current strategies being employed in Afghanistan and soon in Pakistan . One might say that Petraeus, and many other lack-luster officers in the United States military are nothing more than empty vessels with administrative and operational capabilities merely carrying corporate-funded, crafted, and serving policies onto the battlefield, while equally empty vessels for politicians sell the policies and their tremendous costs back at home to the American people.
AEI's board of trustees represents a wide variety of corporate-financier interests including those of the notorious Carlyle Group, State Farm, American Express, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (also of the CFR). Dick Cheney also acts as a trustee. Joining policy wonk Frederick Kagan as members of AEI’s “research staff” are warmongers Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Richard Perle, John Yoo, and Paul Wolfowitz. AEI's work is done entirely with the concept of "American exceptionalism" in mind, or in other words, American global hegemony. The AEI's own annual report is rife with talk of US strategic preeminence and its assertion over the sovereignty of foreign nations in the form of sanctions, military operations, invasions, and occupations. The AEI, in tandem with the Heritage Foundation, Foreign Policy Initiative, and many others, all with interconnecting memberships and corporate-financier sponsors, are literally the "Project for a New American Century (PNAC)" in motion.
If a general commanding the summation of America's military might and now America's immense, omnipresent intelligence network, being bent to the will of corporate-financier interests who literally write the script from which he acts isn't frightening enough, then maybe is the fact that these same apparently "Neo-Conservative," "right-wing" organizations are also engineering and executing the latest "liberal-humanitarian" war in Libya.
In fact, as notorious "Neo-Con" Paul Wolfowitz, an AEI "visiting scholar," expounded the merits of "Obama's war" in Libya  and the desirable effect it could have on helping topple regimes in Syria and Iran, one might recall Wolfowitz' aspirations back in 1991 where he spoke with General Wesley Clark about an opportunity to clean up the old Soviet "client regimes" before the next super power rose up and challenged western hegemony . Amongst these "client regimes" were Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Iran. It would appear than one linear agenda serving these corporate-financier interests unfolds regardless of who is in office.
With this in mind, we see that Petraeus is in no shape, form, or way a "political" or "establishment" outsider, or by any means a hero capable of saving America from its decline. He is amongst one of the most entrenched "insiders" there are, with his position in the CIA digging him in even deeper. His, or others like him, potentially entering into the political fray will be nothing more than a dangerous new ploy used to manipulate the American public. As Republican hopefuls flounder in front of an increasingly skeptical and angry public and the path for real political outsiders is being opened, the American people must be ever vigilant against pretenders like Petraeus, or other "military men" who might attempt to cross the proverbial Rubicon and pose as "reformers," or "saviors" here to rescue us from our flawed form of government.
It should be noted, that Republican candidate Rick Perry is also entirely compromised by the special interests described above. Perry, who farcically claimed America "cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership," already has the very men currently engineering Obama's multiple wars behind the scenes, lining up behind him for indeed, four more years of what Perry called "rudderless leadership." Foreign Policy reported  that notorious "Neo-Cons" including Douglas Feith, William Luti, Andrew McCarthy, Charles Stimson, and Daniel Fata, with the help of certified warmonger Donald Rumsfeld, had been introduced to Rick Perry to help him "brush up" on foreign policy. Also meeting with Perry was Dan Blumenthal of the above mentioned AEI, Peter Brookes of the Fortune 500-funded Heritage Foundation (page 35), and Zalmay Khalizad, a PNAC signatory and a member of the extraterritorial meddling National Endowment for Democracy's board of directors, to help Perry define his "hawk internationalist" foreign policy stance.
By "hawk internationalist," Foreign Policy indicates that it means, "embracing American exceptionalism and the unique role we must play in confronting the many threats we face." This of course is the same "American exceptionalism" promoted by the corporate-financier funded AEI along with the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Foreign Policy Initiative and is nothing more than a misleading way to describe modern day imperialism pursued by these organizations' various corporate sponsors.
It should be clear that the establishment is attempting to supply us with a wide variety of political and non-political poseurs and solutions from which we are to choose, before they continue on in earnest with their agenda. Expending energy fighting over these false choices is beyond futile. Instead, the path to restoring the American Republic starts with each and every one of us. The system is only as corrupt as the amount we continue paying into it. We must recognize the corporations lurking behind this system, seen by many as benign or even beneficial to modern America, and realize that they indisputably dominate both America domestically and all that falls under American influence abroad. Boycott these corporations into destitution and replace them with local, decentralized, practical alternatives based on real markets, real competition, real progress, and technological innovation.
Video: The indispensable Dr. Webster Tarpley discusses Libya, the global economy, and the prospect of General Petraeus' potential role in bringing Bonapartism openly to America's shores. Via Tarpley.net.
 The Telegraph, "David Petraeus for President: Run General, run," April 3, 2010
 The Guardian, "Petraeus in profile: the man who could be president," April 27, 2011
 Council on Foreign Relations, Membership Roster, letter 'P' for "Petraeus," as of September 30, 2011
 Council on Foreign Relations, Company Membership, as of September 29, 2011
 AEI Speeches & Testimony, "The Surge of Ideals," May 6, 2010
 The Stanley Foundation, "The Case for Larger Ground Forces," by Frederick Kagan & Michael O'Hanlon, April 2007
 AEI via the Wall Street Journal, "Why Gadhafi's Fall is in America's Interests," by Paul Wolfowitz, June 23, 2011
 FORA.tv Conference Channel, "Wesley Clark: A Time to Lead," October 3, 2007
 Foreign Policy Magazine, "Rick Perry, the "hawk internationalist," August 10, 2011