[Swiftwater Gazette] Understanding George Soros and Barack Obama

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Sat Apr 8 07:37:34 EDT 2017

     On Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:36 AM, Ed kroposki <kroposki at att.net> wrote:

 The following 'long' article is about George Soros and his minion, Barack Obama
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April 7, 2017The Soros‐Obama Axis of ChaosBy William F. Marshallhttp://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/the_sorosobama_axis_of_chaos.html  Ronald Reagan must be grimacing in heaven as he witnesses America fund the very forces in Europe he labored to defeat. InMacedonia, a beacon of conservatism in a heavily liberal Europe,U.S. taxpayer dollars are bankrolling a multitude of George Soros’ chaos­creating leftist organizations to oppose andultimately defeat the pro­American, center­right government there,known by the acronym VMRO­DPMNE (pronounced “VOOM­row”).  We have Barack Obama and his ambassadorial minion, Jess Baily, tothank for this turn of events. We should pay careful attention to Soros’sactivities in Macedonia, for they serve as a useful case study in the methodshe uses to sow discord throughout the world, including in the United States.Through a U.S. Agency for International Development programcalled the Civil Society Project, the U.S.government funnelednearly $5 million to Soros­backed groups in Macedonia between 2012and 2016. Just prior to the U.S. presidential election in 2016, the CSPprogram in Macedonia was extended from 2017 to 2021 and its funding increasedto $9.5 million.  A little recent history on Macedonia reveals how remarkable isthe shift in direction that has occurred in the diminutive countryduring the Obama years. Macedonia had been part of the formerlyCommunist Yugoslavia. Following the eagan­promoteddissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, its ally, Yugoslavia, completely unraveled. In its wake, Macedonia, Yugoslavia’ssouthernmost republic, achieved peaceful independence.About a quarter of Macedonia’s population consists of AlbanianMuslims. Two­thirds of its people are ethnic Macedonians, mostly of OrthodoxChristian Slavic background, and about 10 percent are of smaller communities.Although not impacted by the Balkan conflict of the early 1990s, Macedonia wasaffected by the Kosovo War of 1999, with over 350,000 Albanian Muslims seeking refugein Macedonia. With the urging of Albanians in Albania and Kosovo, the Albanian Muslim community in Macedonia launched an armed insurgency in 2001, attackingthe Macedonian police and army, thus enflaming ethnic strife in the country.  During the conflict, many Macedonian churches were destroyed ordamaged by the Albanian insurgents. NATO intervened,however, and brought a peaceful resolution to the conflict,convincing the Albanians to disarm and cease their efforts to break away.  Under its conservative government, since gaining independence Macedonia has done remarkably well in throwing off the yoke ofsocialism, pursuing market­oriented reforms, and creating a modern,pluralistic democracy. The World Bank ranks Macedonia 10th in theworld for doing business. Individual and corporate taxes in Macedonia are aflat 10 percent. Total public debt runs 38.6 percent of GDP. Compare that tothe United States, with total public debt running 105.8 percent of GDP, individual tax rates as high as 39.6 percent and a corporate rate of 35percent. Macedonia has also enjoyed a steady, relatively strong GDP growth rateaveraging 3.26 percent between 2004­2016.  Macedonia’s government has also been closely aligned with traditional U.S. interests. It is a close friend of Israel. Unlike most othercountries of Old Europe, it recognized the dangers of unfettered MiddleEast/North African immigration during the 2016 refugee surge, and built a fencealong its southern border. It sent troops to serve alongside U.S. forces inIraq and Afghanistan.  Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, even has a street named afterRonaldReagan and airs pro­life public service television ads.Macedonia accomplished much of its steady growth and transformation into a free­market, business­friendly, pro­Western country throughnonideological U.S. assistance channeled through USAID, which sent Macedoniaanywhere between $11 million to $63 million per year since 2001, according to USAID data.  That is, it was nonideological until George Soros and Barack Obama enteredthe picture. Beginning in 2012, that financial support turned veryideological. The Obama administration began funneling U.S. aid that year tonumerous George Soros created Macedonian entities whose mothership wassomething called Foundation Open Society ­­ Macedonia. The FOSM­affiliated subentitiesreceiving U.S. tax dollars through USAID’s Civil Society Project are alsoclosely tied to the main opposition political party in Macedonia, the country’sformer Communists, now called SDSM. They have innocuous­sounding names, likeYouth Educational Forum, Center for Civic Communication, and Reactor­Researchin Action.  Yet beginning in 2015, these organizations’ methods of operation were anything but innocuous: protests by masked youths, rockthrowing at policeofficers, smashing windows of buildings, burning down government offices andother destruction of public property. Protesters proudly wear“Soros Army” t­shirts. They have translated Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicalsinto Macedonian.  The leader of this so­called “Colorful Revolution,” PavleBogoevski, a prominent LGBT activist, is a member of the NGO Forum, which is funded by both Soros and USAID. He was elected a memberof parliament on the SDSM party ticket, illustrating the ties between theleftist opposition party and the Soros/USAID­backed groups.  If the tactics of protest and mayhem above sound familiar, theyshould. Following the massive destruction inflicted on Baltimore by Black LivesMatter in 2015 associated with the death of Freddy Gray, Soros’s organization,Open Society Institute, donated $650,000 to BLM. And Soros’s organizing massdemonstrations to oppose a conservative government is also something we’ve seenclose to home. According to no less an authority than the New York Times, Sorosfunded 50 “partner” organizations to protest the election of Donald Trump inthe “Women’s March on Washington.” Other countries in which Soros isfunding massive, often violent, leftist turmoil against right­leaninggovernments include Albania, Israel, and Hungary.  Soros’s organizations in Macedonia, numbering perhaps as high as61, are working now to align the forces of leftist mayhem with the historicallyvolatile Albanian Muslim community of Macedonia, to wage a combined frontal assault on the conservative government.   According to an American Spectator report, whose author consulted U.S. and Macedonian­based conservative analysts, “Our [American]foreign policy has destabilized the country and promoted Islamic extremism.”  In a conversation with me, senior Macedonian officials advised thatthe entire contingent of personnel at the U.S. mission inSkopje, from the ambassador on down, are hardcore leftists in themold of Obama/Soros and are hell­bent on bringing down Macedonia’s conservative government.  To their credit, various outstanding members of Congress are investigating the U.S. aid going to these organizations. As thecongressmen detail in a letter to the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Mission to Macedonia “has actively intervened inthe party politics of Macedonia.” Such partisan activities byU.S. officials violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations(1961), which imposes on U.S. diplomats “a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs” of foreign countries.  Judicial Watch has also launched an intensive investigation into the matter. In the meantime, the Trump administration should recall AmbassadorBaily. It should institute a wholesale house cleaning of the U.S. mission inSkopje and stop funding the organizations of the proud, admitted former Nazicollaborator, George Soros. Let’s return the smile to Ronald Reagan’s face andhelp Macedonia continue its recovery from its Communist nightmare.  William F. Marshall has been an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private and non­profit sectors for over 30years. Presently he is a Senior Investigator for Judicial Watch, Inc. (Theviews expressed are the author’s alone, and not necessarily those of JudicialWatch.)

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