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The Coming International Crisis: What Do They Know, When Did They Find It Out

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Recently, Sen. Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Colin Powell referenced a serious international crisis that is ahead for the next president - who they believe will be Sen. Barack Obama.  Here are their statements which are not being widely reported or questioned:

On Oct. 19.  Biden - often described as a "gaffe master"- - spoke at a fundraising event in Seattle. Here are excerpts of his speech along with comments, which show context, as published on the Chicago Sun Times website:

"-.. The next four years are going to determine what it looks like 25 years from now because we either get this right internationally or we're in trouble,"- he said, citing the Korean peninsula and Pakistan as potential hot-spots.  He then talked about the Afghanistan-Pakistan border"-..

"Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year old Senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here, if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna have to make some really tough--I don't know what the decision's gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it's gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you, not financially to help him. We're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right"- ...Only thing I'm asking you is, you know, gird your loins. We're gonna win with your help, God willing, we're gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It's like cleaning the Aegean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than - think about it, literally, think about it - this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets, this is a systemic problem we have with this economy"-.. --..Let's not be, for those of a different faith remember St. Peter denied Christ thrice, you know? We don't need anybody denying us, this is gonna be tough. There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go "-whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision."  Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound"-.. I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here."-

Sounds like an Obama administration will be beating the war drums as much as the current administration has only they will be beating in places other than Iraq, to the displeasure, according to Biden, of many now supporting the Democratic ticket.  They, he indicates, will not understand the administration's decisions and may be inclined - according to Biden - to begin criticizing Obama as many have and continue to criticize President George W. Bush for his foreign policy decisions.

Moving on; Powell, who served under G. W. Bush, appeared on Meet the Press earlier the same day, and, in addition to giving his endorsement of Obama, made these comments in response to a question from host Tom Brokaw, as published on MSNBC :

GEN. POWELL:  I would start with talking to the American people and talking to the world, and conveying a new image of American leadership, a new image of America's role in the world.

The problems will always be there, and there's going to be a crisis come along in the 21st or 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now.  And so I think what the president has to do is to start using the power of the Oval Office and the power of his personality to convince the American people and to convince the world that America is solid, America is going to move forward, and we're going to fix our economic problems, we're going to meet our overseas obligations.  But restoring a sense of purpose, a sense of confidence in the American people and, in the international community, in America.


Going further than Biden, Powell put a date on the "crisis"- which he said "we don't even know about right now,"- but if it's unknown, how was he able to put a date on it? And why would he or Biden say these types of things when they have the potential to be, and are being used, against Obama? 

Biden reportedly made similar comments on Oct. 18 at an event in San Francisco and the Obama campaign has since put a "spin"- on the controversy to explain it away, and Biden is attempting to be more careful with what he says at his few remaining speaking events.  But why are few asking,  What is meant by a "generated crisis?"- and why is Biden, as a "student of history,"- guaranteeing that one is going to occur?


  • created by automated actions;
  • produced or created;
  • brought into being;
  • produced by a chemical or physical process

For the most part, it seems that a generated crisis is one which will be manufactured or deliberately made to suit the purposes of whoever did the generating. So, when Biden speaks of such, does that mean he is aware of who these powers are who are bringing this crisis into being and what their purposes are for doing so?  Is Powell also aware, to the point of knowing the exact week that the generators of this crisis plan to present their production to the world?  Why are no mainstream media outlets asking these kinds of questions?  Why did the host of Meet the Press let Powell's comment slide as though it had no importance?

What's really going on?  Is America facing another 9/11-type attack which some critics view as a "generated crisis"- used to manipulate the masses in America to get the country into an unjust war?  It also successfully raised anti-Islamic sentiment to a level never before seen.  Under an Obama presidency, which many have already concluded is around the corner, will the coming generated crisis be used to justify the military actions and attacks he will lead, despite running a campaign which portrayed him as one of the few voices who was against the war in Iraq and in support of bringing the troops home?  After the first six months of Obama's presidency, will people be asking - as they did of the Bush administration after 9/11 - "-what did they know and when did they know it?'


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Adeeba Folami is an award winning freelance journalist from Denver, Colorado. Her articles have appeared in the Denver Weekly News, African American Voice, Afro American Newspapers, Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta Voice, Birmingham Times, Dallas (more...)
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