TRNN Interview with William Engdahl: Full Spectrum Dominance

William Engdahl on his book Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order.

Washington DC, DC, July 08, 2009 --( William Engdahl speaks to TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay about his new book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order.

Engdahl explains that the book's title is "Pentagon-ese" for "the basic military doctrine of the post-Cold War era." He states that "full spectrum dominance" describes the ambitious reach of American military expectations. "The United States military power projection will control the oceans, control the land areas of this planet, will control space, outer space, and cyberspace. In other words, control everything on the face of the earth."

He explains "totalitarian democracy" as the extension of the Pentagon's influence abroad in foreign governments by installing "pseudo-democratic revolutions," giving the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the Rose Revolution in Georgia as examples.

"[Totalitarian democracy] is the Pentagon template for creating pseudo-democratic revolutions, quote unquote democratic in the sense that the Greek oligarchs used the word democracy as a mob rule against their opponents, inciting the mobs to topple their rivals," Engdahl says.

The goal behind most of American military projects, Engdahl says, is the idea that for "the Pentagon, for the Washington military industry complex, the Cold War never ended."

Engdahl quotes Zbigniew Brizineski from The Grand Chessboard, stating that "the objective of the United States power projection is to prevent a cohesion of economic powers throughout Eurasia, that is Russia, that is China, the Central Asian countries, the Middle Eastern oil-producing countries, that would have enough raw material resources, enough population, enough scientific know-how to be independent of the United States, and that would essentially mean the end of the American hegemony of the post-1945 era."

Engdahl notes the declining influence of this American power projection as groups like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, comprising of Eurasian countries like China and Russia, gains more eminence in the world. He states that the high debt the US owes to countries in the Shanghai group, and the precarious economic situation in America, are being buffered by other relationships and trade agreements that China and Russia are building to protect their economies.

To Jay's question of how a country like China could help the US in its current economic state, Engdahl responds, "There's nothing China could do, short of committing national economic suicide, along with other countries of the European Union, to save that dollar-indebted system. The US is in a debt trap of its own making."

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