U.S. on Wrong Side of History
By Bruce K. Gagnon
May 18, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - 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'
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
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
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
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.
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....