Obama Opens Door to Nuclear Nightmare
By Chris Floyd
June 01, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - As all the world knows, the United
States government is fervently dedicated to advancing the cause of peace
throughout the world. Tirelessly, selflessly — and thanklessly — America pursues
this noble mission in every corner of the globe: standing shoulder to shoulder
with Saudi extremists in slaughtering civilians in Yemen, with al Qaeda and ISIS
beheading their way across Syria, with fascist militias in Ukraine. But
recently, America’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president went far beyond these
localized acts of loving kindness and made a beneficent decision that
potentially could effect every single person drawing breath on our blue planet.
Late last month, the Peace Prize Prez (PPPOTUS) “blocked a
global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons,”
the Washington Post reports. Obama’s peace-loving action means that “the
entire blueprint for global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation” has been
killed dead in its tracks. It will now be five years until the next UN review of
the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
You might think this is odd behaviour from a president who has
spent years tightening a stranglehold on Iran with an endless series of
aggressive, bellicose acts just short of outright war, in order (ostensibly) to
prevent that ‘rogue nation’ from developing nuclear weapons. Very late in the
day, he has recently decided to try to craft a non-proliferation deal with Iran
that is very similar to the deal that Iran offered the United States more than
12 years ago — the kind of deal that has been on the table from Iran for his
entire presidency. It’s likely that the main spur to his belated attempt at
deal-making stems from his realization that he desperately needs Iran’s help to
quell the ungodly maelstrom of murder, ruin and extremism he and his predecessor
(and their Saudi allies) have unleashed in the Middle East.
In any case, he has long insisted that the proliferation of
nuclear weapons must be opposed and thwarted at all costs. Why then has he
stepped in to stop the global framework for, er, thwarting nuclear
proliferation? To protect a ‘rogue’ nuclear state which has illegally developed
a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons — and which adamantly refuses to sign the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Unlike Iran, which has for years accepted an
international inspection regimen far more rigorous than the Treaty calls for.)
The nuclear renegade is, of course, Israel. And the treaty
review that Obama just killed would have called for a conference in 2016 on
eliminating all nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Of course, only one nation
in the Middle East actually has nuclear weapons. But Israel is concerned that
such a conference would force it to acknowledge the existence of the large
nuclear arsenal that everyone in the world already knows it has.
So the United States — with the slavish support of its London
lapdog and Ottawa underling — moved to kill the negotiations for the conference.
The decision “has alarmed countries without nuclear weapons, who are
increasingly frustrated by what they see as the slow pace of nuclear-armed
countries to disarm,” the Post reports. “Amid a growing movement that stresses
the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Austria announced that 107 states
have now signed a pledge calling for legal measures to ban and eliminate them.”
Of course, Obama’s action was not merely a benevolent service
for Israel. For not only does the United States want to keep Israel as its
nuclear-armed crusader fortress in the Middle East — it also has no intention
whatsoever of eliminating its own nuclear arsenal. This will never happen, no
matter which faction of militarist courtiers happens to wrap their candidate in
the imperial purple for a time in 2016 or 2020 or 2024, etc. So any undermining
of genuine efforts toward nuclear disarmament also serves America’s bipartisan
agenda of unipolar domination of world affairs.
This is far more important than ridding the world of nuclear
weapons — or even trying to control their proliferation. Now there are five
years of open field ahead for more nations to jump into the nuclear club —
including America’s Saudi buddies, who say they might get some nukes for their
own selves if Obama cuts a deal with Iran … which, as every Western intelligence
agency has avowed, is not actually trying to build a nuclear weapon.
To speak plainly and with no addition: America’s bipartisan
elite would rather put the entire world into more nuclear peril than surrender a
single iota for their lust for loot and power.
Chris Floyd is an award-winning American journalist, and
author of the book, Empire
Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Regime. For more than 11
years he wrote the featured political column, Global Eye, for The Moscow Times
and the St. Petersburg Times in Russia. He also served as UK correspondent for
Truthout.org, and was an editorial writer for three years for The Bergen Record.