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Full Spectrum Dominance

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


William Engdahl speaks to TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay about his new
book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World

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

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."

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

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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