Yesterday the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal newspaper ran a front page story about the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) public hearings in Rangeley. I was quoted but there were two important mistakes in the article that also quoted my organizing companion Jason Rawn. So this morning I sent this response to the paper and will hope it gets printed.
Lewiston Sun Journal
I read with great interest your article “Mixed emotions over interceptor base in
Franklin County” (8-14-14). This issue about Maine possibly hosting a “missile
defense” (MD) interceptor base should be given serious public attention as it
would create many environmental, economic and political consequences.
mis-identified in the article as a Vietnam vet. While I was indeed in the Air
Force during the Vietnam War I told your reporter that I was a Vietnam-era vet.
a couple of my key words were mischaracterized and should be corrected. I was
quoted accurately about the fact that Iran has no nuclear weapons and no
missiles capable of reaching the continental US. North Korea does have a few
nukes but no missiles able to reach our shores. Neither are the threat. It is
Russia and China these systems are really aimed at.
the article the reporter says that I believe the US will attack Russia and China
in a first-strike. I didn’t say that. What I actually said was that there are
several versions of “missile defense” which the Pentagon is currently testing
and deploying (at considerable tax payer expense). These MD systems are creating the capability
that “would allow” the US to launch such a first-strike attack against Russia or
fact the aerospace industry magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology has
reported several times about the annual US Space Command computer war game where
they practice such a first-strike attack against Russia and China. MD is the
shield that is used to pick-off any retaliatory strikes after an initial US
attack. They are misnamed as missile
defense, they should be called “missile offense”. The name is really all about public
of just putting “missile defense” interceptor bases here inside the US, the
military is now surrounding Russia and China with ground-based and sea-based
interceptors. That means US MD systems are currently going into Poland,
Romania, Turkey, Black Sea, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Okinawa, Taiwan and more.
Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and that Russia or China were
establishing MD bases in Mexico and Canada and putting interceptors on ships
just off our Atlantic and Pacific coasts. We’d go ballistic. When we do it to
others it is ignored, excused, and anyone who speaks up is taken as a
corporate profits building the new arms race into space are enormous. In fact
the Pentagon has long maintained that space warfare technology (Star Wars) will
be the largest industrial project in the history of Earth. And where will those
funds come from? Some years ago the industry publication called Space News ran
an editorial calling for the defunding of the “entitlement programs” in order to
move those funds over into the space technology budget. The entitlement
programs officially are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what is left of
the welfare program.
what former President Eisenhower told the nation on his last day in office,
“Beware of the power of the military industrial complex.” They lied us into
Vietnam, Iraq and are now trying to scare us with “Iran and North Korea” are
coming. Proceed with caution.
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in
Also a member of Maine Veterans for Peace