Since at least August there has been a fairly open schism in the elites who run American foreign policy. Recent reports of near hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz between the US Navy and Iran reflects a desperate attempt by one elite camp to precipitate war. That camp, whose leading faces are Cheney and Bush, have fought rear-guard actions since the B-52 flight from Minot the Louisiana was exposed. The NIE report marks another milestone. This camp favors China's ascendancy.
Candidates for this group in descending order of preference are: Guiliani, Clinton, Bloomberg, McCain, Thompson,
The other elite camp wants war and chaos on the periphery of Eurasia, to check Russia and China, and to enrich financial and military-industrial interests during this struggle, without completely exhausting the patience or ability of the American
people to accept continuous war. Their champion, Z. Brzenski, had held to this goal for over 30 years, going back to his days in the Carter Administration.
Candidates for this group in descending order are: Obama, Edwards, Romney
Hucklebee, Ron Paul