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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

U.S. on Wrong Side of History

This is what it has all come down to.... the US and the corrupt, dictatorial Gulf monarchies meeting at Camp David Thursday and agreeing on a plan to flood the Middle East with 'missile defense' (MD) systems.

These Gulf monarchies are the essential allies of the US in the world now (in addition to a few other fascist-leaning nations).  Together they are destabilizing and creating chaos in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and beyond.  This meeting is evidence of the desperation and the moral decay of the USA.

Obama announced that that he would streamline weapon sales and increase joint military exercises with Bahrain (home to US Navy Central Command and the Fifth Fleet), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as part of an “iron-clad commitment” that the United States will help protect them against their neighbor and rival Iran.  The Gulf states claim they fear Iran's nuclear weapons even after recent successful negotiations to ensure they don't build any.

In fact Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program several years ago - the CIA has even reported as much as has the IAEA.  But truth and reality don't matter much anymore.

What this new deal with the Gulf states really means is unrestrained US and Arab extremism throughout the Middle East.  The plan is to build a region-wide MD system including Patriot and THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) along with MD radars.  It's also likely that Aegis ship or land-based MD systems will be added to sweeten the pot as well.  

The US weapons production corporations will make lots of money.  It's important to remember that weapons are the #1 industrial export product of our country.  When weapons are your #1 export product, what is the global marketing strategy for that product line?  Endless war.  What does that say about the soul of the USA?

All of these MD systems will be "interoperable" with the Pentagon's existing programs.  It will all be run through the US military space satellite network.  That means the Gulf states will pay for the US to build a region-wide MD system that is aimed at Iran, Syria, and Russia and fully controlled by Washington.

MD is a key element in US first-strike attack planning - its the shield that is used after a Pentagon sword is thrust into the heart of another nation's military forces.  When the attacked nation attempts to fire a retaliatory strike it is then that the MD systems are used to pick off the remaining military capability thus giving the Pentagon a "successful" first-strike. The whole system works best if you can get real close to the 'offending nation' and hit their missiles soon after launch rather than waiting for them to reach deep space - or hit them on descent from space as they approach their targets.

In the US Space Command's Vision for 2020 planning document they say that with space forces the Pentagon will "control and dominate" space and the Earth below on behalf of corporate globalization.  On their headquarters building at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs their logo reads "Master of Space".  

This new Gulf states agreement is dangerous, provocative, destabilizing and very expensive.  The US has once again betrayed its revolutionary roots against British monarchy as it snuggles up with the Arab right-wing feudal monarchies. Nothing good can come from this new agreement.
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