Apparently it’s not only the Bible that sees no meaningful American influence and leadership during the last days; but a place called the National Intelligence Council as well. They prepared a report for the new President Elect called Global Trends 2025 that sees the USA going down the toilet at record speed. It’s not just Wall Street and the Economy that’s falling apart, which is not to undermine their importance to the loss of American prestige and leadership, it’s the competition by nations like India and especially China. Apparently the National Intelligence Council works for the Director of National Intelligence and it commissions various papers and studies on the issues of the day, and the trends of tomorrow, and some of its work is not classified such as Global Trends 2025. Here is how Reuters talked about it today:
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.
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.
“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
A reordering of the world financial system was happening faster than the report’s authors envisioned, Fingar said. Last weekend’s Group of 20 summit of advanced and major developing countries in Washington showed work had begun, he said.
A shift away from an oil-based energy system will be underway or complete by 2025. Better renewable technologies such as solar and wind power offer the best opportunity for a quick and low-cost transition, the report said.
Here’s the web site of the National Intelligence Council if you would like to peruse the report for yourself: http://www.dni.gov/nic/NIC_home.html
Here also is the first page on the website and I doubt if Hal Lindsey could have written it better except that, from a biblical prospective, the Europeans will rise as well as the “kings of the east” and Russia will end up with a dictator whom the Bible refers to as “Gog”.
“Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” is the fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the future. It offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events. Our report is not meant to be an exercise in prediction or crystal ball-gazing. Mindful that there are many possible “futures,” we offer a range of possibilities and potential discontinuities, as a way of opening our minds to developments we might otherwise miss.
Some of our preliminary assessments are highlighted below:
- The whole international system—as constructed following WWII—will be revolutionized. Not only will new players—Brazil, Russia, India and China— have a seat at the international high table, they will bring new stakes and rules of the game.
- The unprecedented transfer of wealth roughly from West to East now under way will continue for the foreseeable future.
- Unprecedented economic growth, coupled with 1.5 billion more people, will put pressure on resources—particularly energy, food, and water—raising the specter of scarcities emerging as demand outstrips supply.
- The potential for conflict will increase owing partly to political turbulence in parts of the greater Middle East.
We can all feel that we’ve lost our way here in America but how odd to be reading a think tank report on it that confirms our fears and some measure of the biblical account of the geopolitics of the end times. I suspect that documents like this will abound in coming days. We may not be able to get America back, especially with a socialist president and congress as well as the “activists” judges but we don’t have to be blind to what’s happening. Tomorrow, next week, next month, we can all feel the approaching storms so we need, to paraphrase our President Elect, to cling to our God and each other as the America we knew morphs into heaven knows what. We need to keep the best of what we were, Christianity and traditional values alive because we have a long way to fall if this report is correct.
The main criticism I have of the report is that its not going to take 15 years; not by a long shot. Things go much faster in our times than the think tank academics have comprehended and I have the feeling that a better time frame for this report is 5 years, not 15. Five years at best would be my guess.