by Eric Zuesse
from Strategic-Culture Website
These things have been done to,
...and some other
Some of them are countries that were listed above, but others (many others) are not, and are selected instead largely because they are already in misery, and also because America, that is,
...wants to control the given target country in order to extract its natural resources or simply in order to place some of U.S. military bases there so as to be better able to invade other countries.
This relatively new category of America's targeted enemies was invented, mainly, in 2003 and 2004, by Thomas P.M. Barnett, a Professor at the U.S. Naval College and columnist and writer for various popular magazines, as well as of best-selling books.
His 2004 book The Pentagon's New Map, presents that map, to show the areas, mainly around the Equator and including,
...all countries of which are supposedly not connected to globalization - i.e., they are Third World instead of First World - and he says that they are unstable and therefore need to be policed by the world's policeman, which is the U.S. Government, to serve there as the judge, jury, and executioner, of anyone who lives there and who resists that judge, jury, and executioner.
His key statement is on page 227,
Here is the map,
As can be seen there, the following countries are not to be policed by the U.S. Government:
He calls those the "Globalized Functioning Core."
All others are "the Non-Integrated Gap" countries, America's virtual free-fire zones, to control so as to 'prevent terrorism'.
Instead of international law being what the United Nations says it is, this "new map" theory says that international law in the "Non-Integrated Gap" countries should be what the U.S. Government says it is.
According to Barnett's theory, as he expressed it in its original version in an Esquire magazine article titled "Why the Pentagon Changes its Maps - And why we'll keep going to war," he listed these countries as "THE GAP" or third-world countries,
So, if you live in any of those countries, then Barnett, and the many U.S. generals who respect his theory, and the U.S. billionaires, who want the resources in those countries or else just want military bases there, view you as an enemy, not as a citizen of a sovereign foreign country.
His Esquire article says,
He assumes that you need a "policeman" from America because what your own country provides is too primitive.
On 22 August 2017, Thierry Meyssan at VoltaireNet headlined "The US Military Project for the World" and gave his progressive critical interpretation of Barnett's theory by placing it into the long-term evolution of U.S. geostrategy.
On 26 September 2004, Razib Khan gave his admiring racist-fascist or ideologically nazi interpretation of it, under the headline "IQ and the Non-Integrating Gap".
He assumed there that lower-income countries are "lower IQ" and therefore need to be directed according to the master's whip, not as sovereign countries.
The book's publisher places online an informative excerpt from the work. under the headline "An Operating Theory of the World" and Barnett says there:
The strategy remains in force, though there now is a return to focusing on the main enemies being Russia, China, and Iran.
The "gap" countries are currently viewed not only according to the "gap" but also according to their relationships to Russia, China, and Iran...