US Plans for Global Dominance
Thru Space Control & GN Response
By Bruce Gagnon
Each year the Global Network holds a space organizing conference in a different part of the world. Our goal is to meet others who are struggling with the realities of Star Wars, or missile defense systems, in their countries. We want to learn from each other, to support one another, to inspire each other, to build human relationships that make our work more effective, and to expand the consciousness of our peace movements and the public around these issues. Your hosting this event will help us reach these goals.
In my work as coordinator of the Global Network I have come to understand that current US foreign and military policy is heavily geared toward the Asian-Pacific Region. In May 2000 the Washington Post published an article called “For Pentagon, Asia Moving to Forefront.” The article stated that, “The Pentagon is looking at Asia as the most likely arena for future military conflict, or at least competition.” The article said the US would double it military presence in the region and essentially attempt to manage China.
The same article quoted Princeton University political scientist Aaron Friedberg saying, “I think that, however reluctantly, we are beginning to face up to the fact that we are likely over the next few years to be engaged in an ongoing military competition with China.”
Former US Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey, Morton Abramowitz, told reporters some time ago, “The fact is American clout in Asia is decreasing.” The US ruling class understands this and intends to try to maintain its influence with military power.
In a Pentagon report during the latter years of the Bush administration, called “Transforming the Way the Department of Defense Looks at Energy,” the military revealed its broader imperial goal. Determining that the Pentagon’s favored strategy of global military engagement is incompatible with a world of declining oil output, the study concluded, “Current planning presents a situation in which the aggregate operational capability of the force may be unsustainable in the long term.” Implementation of imperial ambitions requires that “our forces must expand geographically and be more mobile and expeditionary so that they can be engaged in more theaters and prepared for expedient deployment anywhere in the world.” Thus to ensure itself a “reliable” source of oil in perpetuity, the Pentagon says it must increase it efforts to maintain control over foreign sources of supply.
Thus today we see the US occupation for oil in Iraq, a war in Afghanistan that increasingly involves Pakistan in order to secure pipeline routes for Caspian Sea oil and natural gas, and soon the likelihood of resource wars in Africa following the recent creation of Africa Command (AfriCom) by the Pentagon.
Using NATO as a military tool, the US is now surrounding Russia and has dragged the alliance into the Afghanistan war. Many commentators now believe the US intends to turn NATO into a global military alliance, even to be used in the Asian-Pacific region.
Russia of course has the world largest supply of natural gas and significant quantities of oil. Today the US is building new military bases in Romania and Bulgaria. NATO wishes to expand into Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – all bordering Russia.
Proposed US “missile defense” bases in Poland and the Czech Republic were intended to put Russia on notice that they either submit to global capitalist control or face the real possibility of war. But with 70% of the people in the Czech Republic consistently opposed to the deployments, on March 24, their government fell in a no-confidence vote that in large part was due to the radar issue.
Professor Noam Chomsky says US foreign policy is now all about controlling most of the worlds declining resource supply as a “lever of world domination.” One way to keep Europe, China, India and other emerging markets dependent on Washington, and in sync with its policies, is to maintain control of the keys to the world’s economic engine.
We should remember that as the former Soviet Union collapsed, Mikhail Gorbachev made a concession that was astonishing at the time – he agreed to allow a united Germany to join NATO. He agreed on the basis of assurances that NATO would not extend its jurisdiction toward the east, “not one inch” in former Secretary of State Jim Baker’s words.
Bill Clinton, once in office, quickly reneged on that promise and George W. Bush further expanded NATO eastward.
Russia has learned a hard lesson not to trust promises from either the Republicans or the Democrats in Washington.
President Barack Obama has appointed former NATO commander Gen. James Jones as his National Security Adviser. In March 2006 Gen. Jones told the Stars and Stripes newspaper that “Our strategic goal is to expand …to Eastern Europe and Africa.” Months later he told the media that NATO was developing a “special plan” to safeguard oil and gas fields in Africa and was “ready to ensure the security of oil-producing and transporting regions.
Who is the competitor of the US in Africa? The Pentagon maintains that it is China.
In recent days Army Gen. Walter Sharp, the commander of US forces Korea, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that the US-South Korean alliance was “a lynchpin for stability in Northeast Asia.
The current US military transformation underway in South Korea is indeed a key element in this regional offensive strategy to contain China while disguising the military expansion as containment of a “hostile and aggressive” North Korea.
The entire US military empire is now tied together using space technology. With military satellites in space the US can see virtually everything on the Earth, can intercept all communications on the planet, and can target virtually any place on the Earth.
Using new space technologies to coordinate and direct modern warfare also enables the military industrial complex to reap massive profits as they construct the architecture for space directed warfare.
The deployment of Aegis destroyers in the Asian-Pacific region, ostensibly to protect against North Korean missile launches, gives the US greater ability to launch preemptive first-strike attacks on China. For the past several years the US Space Command has been war gaming such an attack on China, set in the year 2016. Using new space technologies during the computer exercise, that are now under development, the US hits China’s relatively small retaliatory nuclear capability in the first-strike attack. The expansion of “missile defense” systems in Japan, South Korea, Australia, and on US military platforms near China cannot do anything but create more regional tension and instability.
China maintains, correctly, that deployment of “missile defense” systems in the region by the US and its allies is a threat to hopes for nuclear disarmament. “The imbalance in world security will force some actors in the international community to seek nuclear weapons to protect themselves,” says the Deputy General-Secretary of China’s Arms Control and Disarmament Association.
Some hope that President Obama will bring change to this region and the whole world. They hope that Obama will relax tensions with China, will enter direct negotiations with North Korea, will end the occupation of Iraq, will not allow an attack on Iran, and will bring peace to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So far Mr. Obama has been slow to reveal his ultimate foreign policy strategies. But there are some early signs that do not give much hope for any major changes. In an August 2007 article in Foreign Affairs, Obama wrote, “After thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars spent, many Americans may be tempted to turn inward and cede our leadership in world affairs. But this is a mistake we must not make.”
He continues: “To renew American leadership in the world, we must immediately begin working to revitalize our military…and prepare it for the missions of the future…We should expand our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the army and 27,000 marines.”
Obama wrote, “I will not hesitate to use force, unilaterally if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests….We must also consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability.”
In mid-March the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) held a conference in Washington where they acknowledged that the testing program for the Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense program – or GMD – was not going well. In addition the MDA admitted that the Airborne Laser program was four years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. These two programs, and other facing similar problems, are likely to see some level of cutbacks in funding.
In a speech to the MDA conference Sen. Carl Levin (Democrat from Michigan) stated, “Missile defense is an important element of our nation’s defense. For example, it is a high priority to field effective defenses for our forward-deployed forces against the many hundreds of existing short- and medium-range missiles. Patriot and the Aegis BMD system are already providing such protection, and THAAD is expected to begin fielding soon. We will need more of these capabilities.” Sen. Levin was acknowledging that these programs are having much greater success in their testing phase and thus will continue to receive funding and priority deployment consideration.
In recent weeks Obama has announced a 4% increase in military spending for 2010 in the amount of $663 billion – more than the entire world spends combined on the military.
While it is clear that Obama will have to make some cuts in military spending due to our current economic crisis, there is no evidence that he intends to do anything to harm US ability to maintain its vast forward deployed military empire. Adjustments will be made, yes that is certain, but there will be no dismantling of the US terrestrial and space war machine under an Obama administration.
A few years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then a US Senator from New York, has just toured Iraq and Afghanistan and was on a Sunday morning political TV news program. She told the American people that we need to be patient about our troops in Iraq….”We’re going to be in Iraq a long time…the American people need to relax, we’ve been in Korea for 50 years.”
These words indicate to me that Democratic Party leaders like Clinton and Obama see themselves very much in line with decisions made by both parties since World War II. Both political parties agree with empire. Bush was a bad cowboy, Obama will be a good cowboy, but both are still cowboys. The cowboy mentality guarantees a new cold war with Russia and a new arms race with China.
Already in Northeast Asia, the largest militaries in the world confront each other. The US, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea spend about $1 trillion a year on the military. We must back away from this deadly confrontation that is now underway or sooner or later there will be a tragic outcome.
Obviously “missile defense” and Star Wars technology are key systems that could help trigger a war. Our friends around the world are now working hard to stop their nations from becoming a part of this rush to a new arms race.
During this conference you will be hearing from activists in England where the Space Command has two important Star Wars bases. In Sweden the US, largely through NATO, is now helping to encircle Russia’s western border with space warfare facilities. Our friend Rao from India is working to alert people across his country about the dangers of joining the US space weapons game. The US views India as a partner in the containment of China. Japanese and Australian activists are strongly resisting their countries participation in the space weapons program. In Hawaii, the Pentagon tests “missile defense” systems from native lands and the people stand in resistance. Our friends in the mid-western American state of Nebraska are calling on the people of the world to pay attention to Offutt Air Force Base where the Strategic Command (StratCom) is located – this command now directs virtually the entire US offensive military machine, including all “space assets” as they are called.
And from the Philippines we will hear about the important global call of “No US Bases” that urges all nations to expel from their midst the military bases of empire. Well over 800 US bases today are located around our tiny planet, costing more than $140 billion per year to keep their deadly missions going. Many of these bases are obviously space technology facilities.
We need each other. None of us can shut down this global war machine alone. None of us can successfully reject this dangerous military arm of corporate globalization without the assistance of our friends on the other side of our Mother Earth.
We can no longer live alongside endless war and massive expenditures for a new arms race in space. We cannot effectively deal with the coming ravages of climate change and at the same time put weapons into space. We cannot provide health care to the people of our planet and build “missile defense” systems. We cannot have quality education systems and spend our national treasuries on expensive new generations of military satellites.
We are tired of the fighting, the killing, the environmental contamination, and the fear that flows from militarism. We do not want corporate globalization to become the 21st century version of feudalism.
We’ve recently seen Russia and China once again go to the United Nations asking the US to join them in negotiating a new treaty called the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS). We’ve seen the people of the world say over and over again that we want peace, real economic security, and a sustainable environment.
Our meeting here is another step in the direction of global peace. We must push aside our corrupt governments and have the people join hands in declaring that war is a thing of the past. Just as people throughout human history have insisted on the end of slavery, an economic institution that once tore my own country apart, we now say that we reject absolutely the economic institution of militarism.
It is an honor to be here with all of you for these few days. The Global Network is grateful to each of you for helping to bring the powerful voices from your part of the world to this important conference. Together we must stop this madness. There can be no more important task for our lives.