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REAL REPUBLICANS FOR REAL CHANGE

THE SAME PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT YOU IRAQI INTELLIGENCE

Posted by zeakster on November 21, 2008

By Randall Mikkelsen 

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – U.S. economic and political clout will decline over the next two decades and the world will be more dangerous, with food and water scarce and advanced weapons plentiful, U.S. spy agencies projected on Thursday. 

The National Intelligence Council analysis “Global Trends 2025” also said the current financial crisis on Wall Street is just the first phase of a global economic reordering. 

The U.S. dollar’s role as the world’s major currency would weaken to become a “first among equals,” the report said. 

The outlook is intended to inform U.S. President-elect Barack Obama of factors that will influence global events. It is based on a year-long global survey of experts and trends by U.S. intelligence analysts. 

“The next 20 years of transition to a new system are fraught with risks,” said the report, which was more pessimistic about U.S. influence and the potential for conflict than the last outlook for 2020. 

Thomas Fingar, chairman of the intelligence council and deputy national director of intelligence for analysis, said harmful outcomes were not inevitable. 

“It is not beyond the mind of human beings, or political systems, (or) in some cases (the) working of market mechanisms to address and alleviate if not solve these problems,” Fingar told reporters. “We could have a better world in 2025.” 

China and India, following a “state capitalism” economic model, were likely to join the United States atop a multipolar world and compete for influence, the report said. 

Russia’s potential was less certain, depending on its energy wealth and internal investment. But Iran, Turkey and Indonesia were also seen gaining power. 

POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICT 

A world with multiple power centers has been less stable than one with a single or two rival superpowers, and there was a growing potential for conflict, the report said. 

Global warming will be felt, and water, food and energy constraints may fuel conflict over resources. 

“Strategic rivalries are most likely to revolve around trade, investments and technological innovation and acquisition, but we cannot rule out a 19th century-like scenario of arms races, territorial expansion and military rivalries,” the report said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/usDollarRpt/idUSN2041155720081120

DO I EVEN HAVE TO SAY IT ?  Who trusts these guys anymore?

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