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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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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


In previous posts I have written about U.S. efforts to deploy the Patriot (PAC-3) missile defense systems in Japan and South Korea as part of the encirclement of China.

Poland has announced that they intend to allow similar U.S. deployment of PAC-3 interceptor missiles, and a contingent of American troops to operate them, in their country by April. In addition SM-3 interceptors, now only deployed on-board U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers, will also be sent to Poland. They will be stationed just 35 miles from the Russian border. Imagine if Russia was deploying similar systems in Canada or Mexico. Would you not call this a provocation?

The U.S. still claims they are to protect from non-existent nuclear missiles from far-away Iran but the truth is the PAC-3 systems will be aimed at Russian nuclear missiles.

UPI reports, "A revised plan by the current U.S. administration includes the deployment of a new anti-missile system in Poland and the neighboring Czech Republic in 2015. But last month Romania announced that it, too, would be the site of 20 missile interceptors and Bulgaria has expressed interest in hosting a base."

In addition the U.S. is using its NATO military arm to step-up war games aimed at Russia. In the coming weeks NATO warplanes will conduct exercises in the Baltic Sea region over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All three nations border Russia's mainland or its Kaliningrad territory.

What message is the U.S. and NATO sending Russia?

Indian journalist M K Bhadrakumar has written that NATO's post-Cold War drive to the east began in the Balkans and has proceeded inexorably to the Black Sea, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan. It has also turned the Baltic Sea into a U.S. and Alliance lake, with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden within the Western military phalanx - all have troops in Afghanistan under NATO command - and Russia is essentially surrounded.

Russia is being encircled because they have the world's largest supply of natural gas and because they insist on being part of the process that determines how Caspian Sea oil and natural gas are delivered via pipelines in their backyard. The U.S. though has its own agenda, largely written by the American and British oil corporations who ultimately direct U.S. foreign policy decision-making these days.

In response Russia is expanding their offensive military capability. They are also likely to pull back at some level from the nuclear weapons reduction talks with Obama. How could it be in their interest to reduce their retaliatory capability at a time when the U.S. surrounding them with so-called missile defense systems? We know that missile defense is actually an arm of the U.S. first-strike system - the shield to be used after the first-strike sword has been fired.

These aggressive moves by the Obama administration are consistent with the Bush imperial program of U.S. and NATO global military expansion to control the declining resources around the world. Sadly there are still some in the "peace movement" who give Obama a pass for doing the very same things, that just a couple of years ago, they vehemently criticized Bush for doing.


Blogger ObiDanKinobi said...

I think we need to take a more in depth look at this situation....Russian end-games doesn't add up to me although i must say the recent happenings of plane-crash does smell fishy.

Participating countries motives for getting involved in the middle east/deploying troops?

Under the guise of ridding the world of terrorism, it is instead more likely to be;)..

To secure their countries future economic stability, by claiming a stake in dwindling energy reserves.

O.k so that is the motive of independent countries.

So aren't we forgetting something here?

Why haven't we invested in new technologies as of about 30 or 40 years ago when we knew resources were starting to become severely limited? Why are we instead leaving it until now to suddenly scurry about, and have to play all sorts of games/behind the scenes activities?

Who owns the rights more than likely to the future energy techs? Corporations. And so the true beast is perhaps revealed.

Corporations are not tied down to a single countries instead in this global capitalist market they roam the world, going where the money is. Capitalism is the perfect system/breeding ground for the corporation, its flawed ideologies, mean that various safe-guards can be instilled, making it rather like a bad case of cancer, extremely hard to remove. And this cancer has sadly spread throughout the world. It is not differing countries governments that is the threat to this world. It is the system of capitalism that is the threat to this world, and yet the virus has almost spread its shitty little wings over the entire world. Once it does, the corporation will be in an extremely powerful position. Perhaps im taking crazy pills for pointing this out, but then its been in motion for a long time. The 'game' is being played in this world. But the 'game' isn't energy reserves. The 'game' is first instilling a system that allows a small group of people the ability to amass a huge amount of power, at the expense of the people. 2) Bypassing various governments and instilling its own laws (just what do you think lobbying is? ;) 3) Amassing an armed forces. (Look at middle-east at the moment, just who's using who again?) 4) Utilizing guerilla and underhand tactics so as to secure the power that has been amassed. What this scenario logically results in, should we allow it to reach its full fruition, will more than likely essentially be one global corporation that is ruled over by a very small elite of people.

Just a few ideas for you dudes/dudettes to mull over anyways.

P.s I'm with Einstein man ;)

- Obi Dan Kinobi

4/18/10, 12:57 AM  

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