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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Philip Stephens does his mind-reading trick on President Obama

In response to an FT article by Philip Stephens on 27th November 2014, entitled 'The half-hearted threat to the US superpower'

I wonder what President Obama thinks when he reads an article like this. I doubt he sits around all day reading the FT or the NYT, but he must be curious as to what the press are thinking. 

Of course I'll never know so the best I've got is my imagination. I imagine a number of things:

I imagine he'd think: "Mr Stephens hasn't got the foggiest idea of what my adversaries want or how they think"

I imagine he'd think: "If this guy seriously thinks that what we did in Syria "sent a message to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about what he might get away with in Ukraine", then he must imagine that Mr Putin gets his news from the FT. He's obviously got very little idea of history or how the Russian bear looks at the world"

I imagine he'd think: "I wonder if there is anyone in the press who wonders what I might actually be up to rather than imagining that my main interest is golf"

Of course, there is even less chance he'll be reading this comment than the article itself, but in the 100m to 1 chance that he wonders what I think, here's a few things:

- Watch your back with the Pentagon - the place is packed with neocon generals who've got nice little consultancy arrangements lined up with weaponry manufacturers

- Beware the global elitist agenda of the Council on Foreign Relations

- Stop messing about with sanctions on Russia - sod the neocons, let John McCain have his hissy fit and talk to Mr Putin. If Nixon can go to China and Reagan can talk to Gorbachov you can talk to Putin

- Keep an eye on Abe - he is printing the yen into oblivion, and when he does he'll find ways of distracting his population with foreign conflict…that means China

- The US is the only country left who has not met their commitment to the IMF. Cough up, sort it out before the deadline of December 31st, and engage with the BRICs - eternal dollar hegemony is only real in your dreams, wake up before it turns into a nightmare

- The greatest threat to US core interests is the Federal Reserve. They haven't got a clue what they are doing. Close it down and confront the fiscal reality that is facing the US

- And on a lighter note, when the time comes, don't shill for Billary. She's only in it for Billary and you'll never pull it off anyway - you don't like her any more than I do.

Recipe for QE - AKA Mario's Marvellous Mash for Münchau...mmmm

Martin Wolf says Abe should save Mrs Watanabe from her savings