Former Treasury Secretary confirms TheBlaze’s Sept. 2013 report that Russia played a role in the 2008 financial crisis

Back in September of 2013, For The Record looked at the possibility that countries hostile to the U.S., like China and Russia, may have artificially driven up the price of oil and intentionally crashed the stocks of some financial institutions, escalating chaos prior to the 2008 economic crisis. Yesterday, a BBC report seemingly confirmed this investigation.

In a September article for TheBlaze.com, TheBlaze’s senior Washington correspondent Sara Carter explained the threat of economic terrorism to the United States.

Carter writes:

China, Russia and even Al Qaeda, among others, all have one thing in common: They believe that unconventional warfare against America’s economy is the best way to destroy our nation without actually ever having to fire a shot.

And our enemies almost made it happen in 2008.

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[F]ormer senior U.S. officials disclose what the Pentagon and Washington establishment had been hoping to bury — that the near economic collapse of the United States in 2008 was not due to widespread failures in government regulations, but a planned attack to destroy our nation perpetrated by both China and Russia.

Read Carter’s entire report HERE.

Watch the initial coverage from September’s For The Record: Unrestricted Warfare below:

Six months after For The Record’s report, it appears others in the media are starting to pick up the story. In a BBC article published yesterday entitled “Russia ‘planned Wall Street bear raid’”, business editor Robert Peston describes the cynical relationship between the United States and Russia as “deep, rooted in history.” Furthermore, the relationship shows that the “triumph of capitalism over communism wasn’t the end of the power game between these two nations.”

The BBC article relies on excerpts from interviews with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson that were conducted for the BBC Two documentary “How China Fooled the World.” These comments didn’t make the film.

In relation to the 2008 financial crisis, particularly Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Paulson explained that the Chinese were the “biggest external investor holding Fannie and Freddie Securities.” As a result, China was “very, very concerned” when Fannie and Freddie began to melt down. At that moment, the Russians allegedly tried to draw up a pact with the Chinese.

“Here I’m not going to name the senior person, but I was meeting with someone… This person told me that the Chinese had received a message from the Russians which was, ‘Hey let’s join together and sell Fannie and Freddie securities on the market,’” Paulson explained. “The Chinese weren’t going to do that but again, it just, it just drove home to me how vulnerable I felt until we had put Fannie and Freddie into conservatorship [the rescue plan for them, that was eventually put in place].”

While Paulson clarified that “this guerrilla skirmish in markets by the Russians and Chinese didn't happen,” Peston believes Paulson’s comments are “pretty jaw-dropping stuff.”

“The Chinese told Hank Paulson that the Russians were suggesting a joint pact with China to drive down the price of the debt of Fannie and Freddie, and maximize the turmoil on Wall Street - presumably with a view to maximizing the cost of the rescue for Washington and further damaging its financial health,” Peston writes.

Read the entire BBC report HERE.

As we watch the Obama Administration flounder on the world stage – especially in relation to crisis in Ukraine – Glenn warned of the consequences on radio this morning.

“Hank Paulson came out and… verified… Russia tried to collapse the United States in 2008… We had [the story], and it was one of those things we were mocked for. For the Record had it in absolute iron-clad spades,” Glenn said. “So we know that Putin has designs on collapsing the United States of America. That's not Glenn Beck. That's Hank Paulson, our [former] treasury secretary.”

As Glenn explained, this report should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with history. The tactics used by the United States collapse the Soviet Union are the same tactics now being by Russia to collapse the U.S.

“We know [Putin] wants to actively engage in collapsing the United States of America, so what do you do? Well, you spend us into oblivion. Stretch us really thin. This is not a new theory. We know this works because we did it to them. We are so stupid. We don't even recognize our own pattern. This is how we collapsed [the Soviet Union],” Glenn explained. “We worked with anyone who would take them apart anywhere in the world. That's how we did it. And then Ronald Reagan went and just schooled their premiers and just made them look like bumbling idiots on the world stage. And that thing closed down.”

Unfortunately, our current President is more concerned about fighting back against the personal attacks he is facing than looking at how dire the situation actually is.

“So what are they doing to us? What's happening to us right now,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “And our President is making this into a personal attack. Our President, instead of being a statesman, decided to make it about seven people who don't even have any assets. John Kerry comes on the world stage, ‘You had better do this. Otherwise, there will be real consequences!’ Real consequences against seven people who don't even have assets outside of their general country?”

“That's right, Glenn,” Pat responded with his best John Kerry impersonation. “Who's laughing now?”

“The world,” Glenn concluded.

Learn more about the economic warfare threats the United States faces by watching For The Record: Unrestricted Warfare. TheBlaze TV subscribers can watch the episode on-demand HERE. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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