THE UK & EUROPE: Does Cameron really understand the politics?

leatherWho is Cristine Lagarde really working for?

Over many months during 2011-12, The Slog painstakingly put together a massive body of evidence pointing clearly to the fact that the US weren’t comfortable with Dominique Strauss-Kahn either as head of the IMF, or potential President of France. Equally, I spent many hours talking to those involved, and tracing career progressions, in a bid to establish that Christine Lagarde was being groomed as the head of the IMF to replace DSK once he’d been framed….and that she herself was probably fully aware of this.

She was the perfect choice for the US Fed and State because she looked and sounded French, but was emotionally wedded to America. She was and is (as Tim Geithner remarked in private) “Our gal”.

Unknown to many of those involved, while former lawyer Cristine Lagarde became the Foreign Trade Minister of the government of Dominique de Villepin, a few years previously she’d been defending the interests of US multinationals to the detriment of French companies. She was, in fact, a member of the CSIS – the think tank of the oil lobby in the United States….the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). She co-presided over the Action USA/UE/Poland commission of this think tank along with Zbigniew Brzezinski and was in charge of the USA-Poland Defense Industries working group (1995-2002)

In these various high-powered roles, she represented the US interests to the detriment of those of the EU: as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie  Lagarde worked in favour of the interests of Boeing and Lockheed-Martin – to the detriment of Airbus and Dassault.

In 2003, Christine Lagarde became involved, as part of her CSIS position, of the Commission for the Expansion of the Euro-Atlantic Community along with her friend Brzezinski and others.

Thanks to the contacts established by Christine Lagarde, Bruce P. Jackson, founder of the US Committee to Expand NATO – who represented the interests of the aircraft manufacturing company Lockheed-Martin – signed the contract of the century: the sale, in April 2003, of 48 F-16 Lockheed-Martin jet fighters to Poland for $3.5 billion – completely blocking out EU contractors. (At the time, the European Union was heavily subsidising the Polish government’s agricultural sector).

Cristine Lagarde followed Nicolas Sarkozy into power in 2008 as Finance Minister. As such, she represented the candidate that both he and the White House wanted: Sarkozy is an outsider in French society, an Atlanticist with strong links to Jewish banking, and himself related to Jacqui Onassis-Bouvier. One of his last acts as President before last year’s abortive attempt at re-election was to have a three-hour private meeting with Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Following the demise of Strauss-Kahn in a New York encounter with maid Nafissato Diallo, Lagarde waltzed effortlessly into the IMF post, a feat managed minutely by US influence in South America – see earlier links for evidence relating to this.

Then earlier this week – as The Slog reported – Lagarde stated that, as the head of the IMF, she wouldn’t participate in the Cypriot bailout – insisting that the ESM must bail out the Cypriot Banks directly. Her insistence is, of course, based on the certainty that Berlin will never agree to it. The geopolitics of this are simple: an EU stranglehold on Cyprus is a direct threat to American hegemony in the eastern Mediterranean.

So when she makes supportive statements about the EU (when speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos) two other guests there – David Cameron and George Osborne – should have the discernment to realise that Cristine Lagarde doesn’t have eurozone interests in her heart. Her ambition and wallet are connected to the US.

Let’s hope Cameldung and the Draper do know this. My previous experience of our chaps at the FCO, however, leaves plenty of room for doubt.

Further reading: The unaswered Strauss-Kahn/Lagarde  questions

Yesterday at The Slog: between the lines of Dave’s EU speech

+ slogposts about US/Greece/EU last one this week.

Yes, of course, the European economy faces many challenges, many issues that have to be addressed but destiny comes through the smoke and the fog and I. for one, am optimistic about Europe’s future.”

Chrstine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She was optimistic about the future of Europe as a whole.

22.5.2011 –

34 thoughts on “THE UK & EUROPE: Does Cameron really understand the politics?

  1. Cameron and Osborne do as they are told in relation to all matters EU. I believe this last ‘speech’ he made, to be written by possibly Merkel herself. What we have witnessed is a collusion between Berlin/Brussels to stitch up the British Public like a kipper, throw them some ‘hope’ whilst pushing the project forward, and hopefully dissipating UKIP’s influence along the way. It’s all tosh, pure unadulterated tosh.
    They hope it has given them time. Boy, they have misjudged the public mood.


  2. Kind of underlines that when Barry O’Bama says it is in the UK’s interest to be a strong voice in the EU [something we’ve never been and never will be], that he’s really saying it is in America’s sole interest and may even be detrimental to you, but hey who gives a shit about you anyway?

    We can only hope that someone can get another American to say something like that other clown recently did, but just before the referendum -if there is one.


  3. Whilst this is an interesting observation (sop) concerning Mme Lagarde, it always seemed like that to those of us who know her history.
    We are far more occupied in our thoughts as to what Cameron is up to. It seems clear that he is trying to recover ground from the ever capaple Farage, as well as get his backbenchers back on side. He would rather like a second term. To this extent, the EU speech gambit is an empty nut. What interests me far more is this:
    What can and will Mme Merkel do to appease Cameron, and at the same time recover waning support for her party at next autumn’s elections in Germany. She’s a smart cookie and her next moves will be fascinating.


  4. Thanks for that link. I always used to read Mary Ellon Synon when she used to do her euroseptic blog.

    I have been trying to point this very point out to anyone who will stand still for a minute. Re-negotiation is not possible, lots of people know this, CAMERON knows this. So he’s bloody lying then isn’t he? He’s done it again, a promise that means nothing at all because the basis of the promise is a falsehood -or is ME wrong?

    Come on John, do some digging along these lines and one of your specials! Is this true or false? propaganda? If so for which side?


  5. THE UK & EUROPE: Does Cameron really understand the politics?

    There’s a deal being hatched here…….

    You can be sure that Private Healthcare Insurance and Private Pension Schemes will be targeting the NHS and the UK State Pension, together with far more rigid controls by Government in line with EU standard procedures.

    So if the UK wins these rights to save hundreds of billions of pounds in expenditure by the State, thereby reducing the National Debt.
    What does the UK have to GIVE the EU back in return?
    Answer – our Sovereignty.


  6. There appear to be some rather “curious” links between many of the figurants on the world stage …… here’s a fascinating tale from 2008 (translation from French) of the interweaving connections between the major French and American players, in-front and behind-the-scenes – Sarkozy and the CIA, Strauss Kahn and Condoleeza Rice, Lagarde and Brzezinski, Sarkozy’s half-brother nominated director of the Carlyle Group by CIA no.2, it’s difficult to keep up with all the strands.


  7. There is a very large 27 state European poker game now in progress and although Cameron has been making all the noise he is not quite as isolated as Emperor Van Rompuy would have everyone believe.
    There are lots of different cards to play re the necessary further integration needed to prevent the whole project imploding and going bankrupt.
    Many unhappy greedy players are at the table all willing to stab each other in the back, and of course being the EU the deck they are playing with will have been rigged. You absolutely right this is now going to get very interesting.


  8. Yes, it’s fascinating. It’s notable that the French seem to be spitting tacks over the speech but not the Germans. Indeed, the body language between Merkel and Cameron at Davos looked very warm. Perhaps it’s some sinister conspiracy – or perhaps it is merely that Merkel is getting her ducks in a row with Britain in case the eurozone implodes and her country is left with some very angry neighbours.


  9. @ Me again. I for one am sure you are right. I have heard it said on french TV by Hollande & a Euro MEP that there will be no renegotiation because it’s not negotiable. G.Brown(may he burn in eternal hellfire) signed the Lisbon Treaty which effectively made us a vassal state with no ‘renegotiation’ rights. So, yes, he is a cast iron liar. But, then, did we expect anything else?


  10. Interesting that one of the major current crusades in common to UK and Germany concerns encouraging tax collection. This problem will not be going away.
    Many in the Eurozone have increasingly found ways to avoid handing over to wasteful and demanding socialist governments, and most of it learned from US example, with the best still to come.


  11. I suspect that the Europeans are of the same conclusion as John Ward – Lagard is an American plant. The IMF is traditionally seen as the European counterweight to the World Bank which is always under American control.

    What this means is that any developing country isn’t going to get financial help, or investment, unless it toes the American line in the U.N. and elsewhere.

    The cost of IMF help to Britain – which is going to need it, will be the destruction of its publicly owned health and welfare infrastructure by its sale to private investors – who will be funded by American banks – who control the US Government – who put Lagarde in place.


  12. Oh, and Lloyd Blankfein will have been talking to Sarkozy about investment opportunities in France, of the privatisation of public services type, that Goldman Sachs might want to fund.


  13. @Tom
    ‘ Indeed, the body language between Merkel and Cameron at Davos looked very warm. ‘
    That’s the plan.Good cop ,bad cop ,Merkle and Hollande to make Dave
    look good and decisive. Throw him a few crumbs to get a Yes to the stay in vote . Not that he has a chance of getting re-elected of course.


  14. I am surprise the Labour party doesn’t agree with an in/out referendum or did I get it wrong? Hopefully Tom is right and these lot will never get elected again. I was surprise they did after what MT done to this country or was there a fiddle too? His policy is sheer madness. He yell for austerity and yet throws billions to a useless EU and Foreign aid which feather their nests and/or build an army.

    So by this report which is more than an eye opener Europe still dances to the tune of America. This is stupid. Surely Europe or European countries can stand on their own feet. Wait when China starts throwing its weight about and then what?



    The above link from the world economic forum sums it up, forget the Politicians, their masters are about to show their hand.

    World Becoming “Ungovernable”, Says Peres

    Adrian Monck, Managing Director, Head of Communications:

    Global corporations are replacing the role of governments
    Corporations are answering the younger generations’ call for individuality
    The theme of the 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is Resilient Dynamism. For more information, visit
    Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2013 – Speaking this afternoon at the 43rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Shimon Peres, President of Israel, said the world is becoming ungovernable. “Governments have found themselves unemployed because the economy has become global while governments remain national,” he said.

    Peres described his view that global companies are replacing the role of governments. “Forty global companies have more fortune than all the governments in the world,” he pointed out, going on to say that global corporations are answering the expectation of individuality which defines the younger generations. “Young people are not satisfied by the attempt to be equal,” he said. “They are satisfied by the attempt to be different.”


  16. My reminiscing of 2011 says that the IMF had made similar pronouncements re the bailing out of Greece (in Lagarde’s time). The Germans or the EU were leaking that the IMF did not have enough liquidity or capital for a Greek bailout, and Lagarde had said “no, the IMF has adequate funds” which I interpreted as the IMF not providing funds to bail us (Greeks) out. It looked more as if they were politely debating as to who would not provide the money. (I do wonder where the money came from, I suspect some underground press, but that is another matter). Such disagreement had also surfaced in DSK’s time, when the Germans (I believe it was frau M) had insisted on the IMF’s commitment, for “Europe” to participate. Geopolitics aside for a moment, there had been a difference on opinion until the monumental intervention in the markets, end of November 2011. Interestingly enough ex PM Simtis (a.k.a von Simtis) had mentioned the possible need of IMF assistance as early as 2008. And G. Papandreou was playing more pro-“Europe” than Barroso (until that fraction of a second that he tried to say the forbidden word that starts with a R and ends with eferendum. He was gone minutes later).

    Cyprus is a …biased matter for me to address. But if I had a choice between the European Commission and the Great Blue Yonder… I would be hard pressed.


  17. Whenever the Black Dude interferes, ask him this….
    “Would you be happy for 80% of the USA’s laws and most of its basic regulations for taxation, trade and finance to be established by a cabal of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, based somewhere in the middle of South America ?”
    His answer would be, “Of course not”.
    So why the f*ck should ours be ?


  18. A condensed version of the link below that was put on a comment thread at PI about Cameroons speech – even some prominent Austrian elements are in agreement with him.

    ‘Strache also no longer excludes an Austrian withdrawal from the EU: “If the EU develops itelf into a centralised superstate, only withdrawal from the EU would remain as the last consequence for Austria. Then I would prefer an alliance with Switzerland.”

    Strache now calls for a referendum on a euro-exit in AUSTRIA: “It would be sensible to have a referendum on an exit from the euro.”

    A couple of days ago the Dutch PM – Rutte? – offered support for Dave in his ploy, the Finns are also getting fidgety, as for the Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, Slowaks and Slovenes, I’m sure they will be taking a very keen interest in how it progresses.

    As for IM Erika, the CDU is on a losing streak at the state election level (they lost Niedersachsen on Sunday), while the result of the federal elections for this autumn is still anyone’s guess.

    And it could be that the deutsche Michel is slowly waking up and taking notice – some parts of the MSM in Germany is starting to publish articles that would have been unthinkable (for their honesty and clear text) just a year ago!


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  20. I think John was saying not long ago that he thought Germany might be first out of the eurozone. Being more palsy with Dave might well be a demonstration that she fed to the teeth of handing out the dosh to some of other feckless wastrels that populate the eurozone?

    Austrian politics are quite interesting at the moment too. Lots of eurosceptics and a big oppostion eurosceptic party.


  21. Like all these gurus, you have no idea who’s pulling the strings behind them. I think it is fair to say that the default position behind anything the Americans say at the moment has to be deep suspicion, bordering on paranoia.

    They are a complex amalgam of simplistic ideals and convoluted manipulations with a 98% count on the self interest button.


  22. @Me again

    She has taken to blogging on her Eurosceptic blog again after her stopping last year….. in case you wanted to go back to reading it :)


  23. Not surprising, If as I read somewhere, (wish I had the link) that their prisons, whilst once, not so long ago, completely adequate for dealing with Austrian criminals, are now (like ours) overflowing. Mainly with their newly generated populations from their friends in the East :)


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