Of course, you should. Because this Christian democratic member of the German Bundestag not only bashes Putin rhetorically, but he is a very important cog in in the transatlantic network of the military industrial complex as well
By Hermann Ploppa
The visit of the Bavarian premier minister and chairman of the party CSU, Horst Seehofer, for talks with the president of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Vladimir Putin, enraged top politicians of the sister party CDU rhetorically. The member of the German Bundestag and member of the CDU, Roderich Kiesewetter, first got het up the newspaper Die Welt: “Seehofer definitely positioned himself in the refugee crisis against the chancellor – I hope he will refrain from his visit.”
Is the Bavarian sovereign a disloyal obstructionist? Is he a new regicide in the footsteps of Franz Josef Strauß?
Kiesewetter took his chance during an interview at the state radio broadcast Deutschlandfunk to retrofit his charges. Seehofer would be willingly taken in by the strategy of Putin. The strategy of Putin would mean to fix the extremists of the right and the right wing populists as well into a propaganda campaign against the Western world. They would be working as a “fifth column” of Putin, whom he would finance through a foreign network and support with bogus information.
These are strong accusations against a democratically elected President of a neighbor country. Because Kiesewetter failed to answer to requests for details and substantiations of his assertions, one can only assume that he has intelligence by the secret services that he doesn’t want to share with the public – or otherwise his claims against Putin are completely untenable.
So, there is one question: why is Roderich Kiesewetter polarizing? Does an unknown backbencher of the Bundestag intend to push himself into the spotlight through rhetorical overstatements?
But in the case of Kiesewetter it’s just the opposite. This man has much more influence as the public is aware of it until now. And Kiesewetter is interested in that many of his networking should be hidden from sight. The member of the parliament started his career as a professional soldier. He studied economics in the U.S. In the German armed forces Bundeswehr he rose up to the rank of a General staff officer and served in the NATO headquarters in Brussels and Mons. He finished his active duty in the Multinational Joint Headquarters in Ulm. From this base soldiers will be sent into conflict regions. But also out of service Kiesewetter is still working in the military area, for example as president of the veteran association, the Reservistenverband. This association is caretaking that veteran soldiers of the Bundeswehr will still be connected organizationally and mentally with the armed forces. The German tax payer spends annually 16 Million Euros for this association. The Reservistenverband with its 115.000 members in over 2.400 reservist basic units in the region takes care for a favorable public opinion for the armed forces.
Much less in the public light stands the Bundesakademie für Sicherheit (Federal Academy for Security). The BAKS – as it is called by insiders – has its domicile at the periphery of Berlin. It can be called a discreet think tank in which representatives of the armaments industry are discussing with people from the media, theologians, scientists and politicians in an informal manner. Kiesewetter sits in the advisory council. The BAKS itself is a creation of the Government of Germany, and, succinctly speaking, of the Federal Security Council. In this not very well known panel are gathering, as needed, the Chancellor, the deputy chancellor, the chief of staff of the chancellery, and the ministers of foreign office, the interior, justice, economy, the minister of economic cooperation. In this secret panel topics are discussed where the public shall not be included. It’s some kind of an immoral niche. As against the National Security Council in the USA, this is not a secret government. In the case of the German Security Council there are lacking the chief executives of the secret services, and the gamut of issues – as far as we common people can see – is covering touchy items like the armaments exports in such countries that actually must not be delivered by a democratic state. In the Federal Security Council have been approved armament exports in countries like Israel, Turkey or Saudi Arabia for example.
The widely unknown Kiesewetter therefore resides in the center of power.
The veteran of the Federal Army had been elected as the first chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee for investigations concerning the spy-activities of the American secret service NSA in Germany. From the beginning he made clear why he was chairman of this committee: “I’m a staunch transatlanticist!”, is said to be one of his core statements. Why this sensitivity about the fact that the American spy-service NSA picked the brains of the population nationwide of a sovereign, into the bargain allied country? Life is no bed of roses! And the newspaper Die Welt, which is not known for any America-sceptic bias, reported this about Kiesewetter as chairman of the NSA-subcommittee: “Provisional results he sometimes succinctly used to put this way: ’Investigation is going very well – not a single hint for mass surveillance without substantiated suspicion until now.’ Kiesewetter – in effect in his role as investigator – not only defended the NSA, but especially their German colleagues from the BND.”
But awkwardly, Kiesewetter had to resign from his seat as chairman of the investigation committee for the NSA early in 2015. The real cause of his retreat is not clear until now. Allegedly he is said to have learned that two of his comrades in the directorate of the Reservistenverband have been spying for the BND. Because of that Kiesewetter had been miffed so strongly that he abdicated his chairmanship. Later the accusations were boosted: in addition one of the two BND-spies has been working as an agent of the Russian secret service too.
But Kiesewetter is also busy on the European stage. Here he is acting in this democratically uncontrolled space, by no means legitimated by the people, free of any jurisdiction, which is called governance. Governance means: parallel to the traditional institutions of the parliaments and governments there has been established a shadowy structure of powerful and most influential circles. In these elitist circles the framework of future political decisions is negotiated in an informal manner, and is passed to the institutions of the traditional structures of government, i.e. parliaments, governments, bureaucracy and political parties. The European Security Round Table is such an informal junction of armaments industry, security agencies, and business aligned foundations and politicians. The ESRT is funded by armaments corporations like Lockheed Martin, Dassault or Symantec (cyber security). Quite astonishing, one will find as sponsor of the round table also the German federal state Hessen. The citizens of this federal state are thereby funding an institution of whose existence they are not aware. Furthermore the Bertelsmann foundation, the Konrad Adenauer foundation or the very exclusive group Kangaroo are muscling in this European wide active board. The common goal of the fellow campaigners around this Round Table for Security is to start up synchronized armaments industry on a European level.
Starting point is the idea that the European armaments industry makes a third of the size of its American pendant, but concerning efficiency it is dragging far behind. The European armaments industry has to be much more synchronized in the future. That means: production of armaments must be standardized and certified European wide; it follows on the long run also a concentration of organizing of the armaments production under a common shield. One can summarize it in a less gentle manner; the concentration of capital will be politically supported. The German representatives build an overwhelming majority in these shadowy networks. In the area of the so called security industry German corporations could prevail via such European synchronization on the long run.
You will not really be surprised to see Roderich Kiesewetter as a member of the advisory board of this European Security Round Table. But not only that: Kiesewetter is at the same time a regular participant at sessions of the Munich Security Conference since 2007. There he met with the Ukrainian opposition politician and former world champion for boxing Vitali Klitschko in 2014. That Kiesewetter advocated for weapon deliveries to the Ukraine after this meeting, round off the picture.
Against this backdrop one can better understand some of the meaty statements of the former NATO-soldier. For instance, when Kiesewetter announces in the newspaper Tagesspiegel from Berlin concerning the matter of Syria in September of the last year: “We will only gain political effects, when we are speaking in the language of this region, that is, when we deploy military means as a complement to diplomatic initiatives.” And, more succinctly spoken: “We should also consider delivering heavy weapons like armored tracked vehicles for combating IS.” And at last he suggested that the Federal Republic of Germany should participate in the war in Syria by deploying some of their own Tornado RECCE fighter jets.
But the Federal Government did not want to back down to the pressure of a group of members of the Bundestag under the leadership of Kiesewetter. That changed at a stroke after the attacks in Paris in November 13th 2015. Notwithstanding that experienced former generals of the Bundeswehr like Harald Kujat or the former Lieutenant colonel Ulrich Scholz condemned the deployment of Tornado jets as military strategic nonsense: Germany from that point on was captured into the conflict with Syria. The idea to entangle Germany into the war in Syria had been developed on the private Munich Security Conference in spring 2015.
In this context some statements of Roderich Kiesewetter in the German Bundestag sound not mere absurd but the more threatening: Europa has to show “hardness” against Libya. Iran would be capable to destroy Munich and Stuttgart by her missiles. Because of this NATO has to build a missile shield along the Russian border from the Baltics to the Black Sea and thereby has to add itself “some more teeth” – Kiesewetter implicitly admits with that notion that the missile shield is not directed against Iran, but against Russia.
Now it comes to full circle: when the Bavarian minister president Seehofer talks with Putin in a normal manner instead of ignoring and outlawing him, he thwarts plans of Kiesewetter and his comrades in arms. To talk with Putin is forbidden by the logic of Kiesewetter because Putin allegedly is at war with the NATO member states, to be precisely at the propaganda front with his asserted financial backing of the German political right.
The days of détente with Moscow are over now.
We can read this in the official newspaper of the armed forces of the USA, the Stars and Stripes. The Department of Defense aka the Pentagon right now announced that it ordered a quadruplication of the military expenses of the US forces in Europe for the fiscal year 2017. Actually there are expenses of 780 Million Dollars for the engagement in Europe in 2016, but the American taxpayer shall spend 3.4 billion Dollars for fiscal year 2017. There will be 3.000 to 5.000 more soldiers deployed at the Russian border. If the next president of the USA will not be Bernie Sanders, this agenda will be implemented by one hundred percent.
Can it be pure accident that the German minister of defense Ursula von der Leyen ordered a new super budget of 130 billion Euros, extending over the next fifteen years, right now? The program “Streitkräfte und Strategien” of the northern German broadcast NDR smugly noted that the minister of defense announced her demands exactly one day after the parliamentary advocate of the Bundeswehr, the Wehrbeauftragte Hans-Peter Bartels, published his yearly bulletin which was very critical: “It looked like a concerted action”.
Roderich Kiesewetter is a champion for concerted actions.