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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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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Space Command Propaganda Piece



CNN last night aired a major propaganda piece promoting the US military industrial complex goal of frightening the American people so they will hand over even more $$$$ to pay for this massive space war machine.

As the US routinely does the Pentagon plays 'poor me' claiming that Russia and China are out to get us. They make it sound like the US is under threat and thus we need to pump even more money into our already massively expensive military space program.

The fact is that the US is way out in front of the space warfare arms race.  Russia and China have for more than 20 years been annually going to the United Nations pleading with the US to join them in serious negotiations for a new treaty called Prevention of an Arms Race in Space (PAROS).  Each year the US blocks treaty negotiations claiming there is 'no problem' and thus no need to create a treaty to prevent war in space.

The US-based aerospace industry (led by Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon) has long known that if the US refused to negotiate the treaty, Russia and China would be forced to respond to the US Space Command's Vision for 2020 that states the Pentagon will 'control and dominate' space and will 'deny' other nations 'access to space'.  Thus a new arms race is guaranteed and the profits to be made from such a new round in military conflict would bear unimaginable profits for the aerospace industry.

The history of America is replete with exaggerations of 'enemy' power while the poor old USA is dragging along behind.  This strategy was used to over sell the American Indian 'threat' during the late 1800's, over hype the Russian missile capability during the Cold War, and claim that Iraq had 'weapons of mass destruction' before the US 'shock and awe' attack in 2003.

At the end of the CNN propaganda piece Space Command officials make the outrageous claim that the US has no offensive assets in space while 'our adversaries' have weaponized space.

There should be no doubt that the corporate dominated media today is essentially nothing more than the mouth piece for the US military empire.  The fact that this puff piece on a major news network interviewed not a single critic of the US's claim to be the 'Master of Space' speaks volumes.

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Bruce

5 Comments:

Blogger kevin hall said...

You nailed it once again. Thank you Bruce.

11/30/16, 7:50 AM  
Blogger Alice Slater said...

It's a disgrace! Thanks for letting us all know Bruce! Another unreported fact is that Russia and China have been proposing talks to ban cyber warfare which the US also blocks handing a boon to all the industrialists making phony claims and seeking multi-billions of dollars to beef up our cyber security.

11/30/16, 7:54 AM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

Thx for that important addition Alice

11/30/16, 8:07 AM  
Anonymous denk said...

un resolution to ban militerisaton of space,

178 vs 1 [john bolton]

12/1/16, 12:33 AM  
Anonymous denk said...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/02/03/the-irony-of-bush-s-indignation/

12/1/16, 12:39 AM  

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