Gangster State Hypocrisy
Now how long have we, in this country and the world, been listening to shit like this coming out of the US Empire and its political class goon squad? Like they were some divinely sent state of political saints, given the right to rule the world and preach to its multitudes of lesser peoples, including us? And mete out its archangel punishment.
SYDNEY, Australia — U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday that China's recent anti-satellite weapons test and rapid military buildup were "not consistent" with its stated aim of a peaceful rise as a global power.Here they are, the US Empire, with just about a world monopoly on nuclear weapons and an almost infinite array of weapons of mass destruction, which they have never been shy about using, typically against lesser, backward or poverty stricken people and states, or one's already crushed by them, preaching about peace, freedom and international law like they were the State Pope over the World, without moral contradictions of their own, especially against Iran and North Korea of late as well, about their sudden rush to develop nuclear technology. (Indeed, thus far, the US Empire is the only state in the world to have ever actually used nuclear weapons, not once but twice against mass city "civilian" targets, of a state, Japan, with which it was at war and had already effectively defeated.) Additionally, this is the state that has invaded more countries over the entire post WWII period, down to and continuing into the present day, in nearly ever global hemisphere and region in the world than all other big or small power states of the world combined.
In a speech in Sydney after visiting Japan, Cheney also expressed wariness about North Korea's commitment to a landmark deal on ending its nuclear programs.
Hell folks, given the continuing record of this global gangster state, it's a bloody wonder every other country in the world isn't in the process of developing nuclear weapons,including us, and all other weapons of mass destruction, as a defence against precisely this rogue state, the US Empire. Think about it and connect the dots, let go of the true believer sentimentality, colonial mindset that has victimized us all for too goddamn long, and nowhere more than in this country Canada-, it is this state, the US Empire, not Iran or North Korea even, China or Russia, let alone poor Iraq with its dummy despot Saddam, or Afghanistan, that is the main threat to the peace and well being of the world, including Canada.
From the same article on the Fox News web site:
Cheney praised China for playing an "especially important" role in the negotiations that resulted in the North Korea deal, under which the North is to seal its main nuclear reactor and allow international inspections in exchange for fuel oil.
"Other actions by the Chinese government send a different message," Cheney told the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, a private organization that promotes ties between the two countries.
"Last month's anti-satellite test, China's continued fast-paced military buildup are less constructive and are not consistent with China's stated goal of a peaceful rise," he said.
Well, Lord liftin' bejezzus, it you still ain't convinced of the gangster hypocrisy of this rogue state that is the US Empire, consider this bit of recent news, which I first heard on one of the TV news stations, I can't remember which, and went looking for it, and found the story here. (Though it is in many places on line with a simple Google search.)
photo taken by US Corona Spy Satellite
What is occurring here, according to both anti-war and environmental critiques of this attempt to develop a new generation of "low radiation yield" tactical nuclear weapons is firstly:By Sarah Olson
t r u t h o u t | Report
Friday 01 September 2006
In the face of increased Congressional opposition to US nuclear weapons development, the Bush administration appears to be making an end run around governmental checks and balances. The bizarrely named Divine Strake project is a 700-ton explosive experiment, first scheduled to detonate at the Nevada Test Site in June of this year. Thanks to furious grass-roots opposition to the proposal, Divine Strake has been twice delayed, and is currently projecting a detonation date of no sooner than early 2007.
But as the Department of Defense attempts to justify this explosion, many say the government is simply obfuscating and delaying: the blast, they say, is a simulated nuclear explosion designed to provide important test and calibration data for existing and possibly new nuclear weapons. It will happen at the Nevada Test Site after the elections, and it will kick up a 10,000-foot mushroom cloud potentially full of Cold War-era radioactive dust.
Further, as the UN Security Council deadline for Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program passes, and hostilities throughout the Middle East increase, many find the possible threat of US nuclear weapons development to be an unnecessary exacerbation of hostilities. The Bush administration, they say, is engaging belligerent nuclear swashbuckling, and as a result, it is putting US citizens in danger.
There are two largely interconnected types of objection to the Divine Strake explosion. The first is that Divine Strake appears to be a test to simulate a nuclear weapons explosion, and as such it puts the United States on a path towards a new generation of nuclear weapons. The second is that if Divine Strake were to be detonated at the Nevada Test Site, the blast is likely to unsettle radioactive dust from the Cold War-era nuclear tests.And this concern extends into the US Congress itself:
Utah Congressman Jim Matheson wrote DTRA's director that he was greatly concerned that Divine Strake was an attempt to build low-yield nuclear devices. The DTRA budget, Matheson writes, "states that the demonstration 'will develop a planning tool that will improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage.' That sounds like preparation for a low-yield nuclear weapon to me."
While DTRA's Irene Smith declined to comment on whether Divine Strake would provide information for nuclear weapons, she did say that it "is part of the Hard Target Defeat program that develops and demonstrates new weapons, delivery concepts and planning capabilities to defeat hard and deeply buried targets. The improved computer model planning tools that are expected from the Divine Strake experiment could eventually help give combatant commanders greater operational flexibility and confidence in their ability to defeat hardened and deeply buried targets."
In general, DTRA has been reticent on whether they were testing for the effects of nuclear weapons, but they officially declined to rule it out. Hans Kristensen, at the Federation of American Scientists, reported that on April 3rd, DTRA acknowledged in written correspondence that Divine Strake was "a low-yield nuclear weapons calibration simulation against an underground target."
This confirmation alarmed peace and environmental activists. "The reason you want to see the effect of the impact of a weapon is to see if the weapon works," says Vanessa Pierce, director of the environmental advocacy group HEAL Utah.Beginning to get the picture. Think US Naval ships at sea, in the Gulf off Iran, and Irans yet, insofar as anybody actually knows, peaceful nuclear enrichment programme. (And if it is not peaceful, how e'er regrettable and unfortunate for us all, can one really blame them in this situation they are in with this gangster US Empire State. I can't.)
And this is done in the face of increased global tension regarding nuclear weapons development programs. "The hypocrisy is incredible. You cannot preach temperance from a barstool. And that's precisely what the Bush administration is doing," says Pierce. "Divine Strake sends a message to other nations. It escalates the value of nuclear weapons in the eyes of those who seek to attack this country."Again, the US Empire speaks to itself and its merry band of true believers out of one side of its mouth, and to the remaining Axis of Evil World that is everyone else who "doesn't believe" out of quite the other side of its mouth. Except the rest of the world is not ignorant of these US nuclear war plans, as Washington seems to think, or more likely, simply doesn't give a shit.
"It's our fucking way, or the highway," one can hear the Whitehouse Neoconazi planners all singing in chorus, eyes cast heavenward.
From Al Jazeera, for example March 7th:
US develops new nuclear warheads
The US is to replace nuclear warheads
more than 20 years old [AP]
The United States has announced that it has selected the design for a new generation of nuclear warheads.
The bombs will be built for the country's sea-based nuclear arsenal and will replace ageing Cold War-era stock, US officials said.
The decision comes as the administration of George Bush, the US president, is seeking to curb attempts by Iran and North Korea to develop their nuclear programmes.
"When the US says we're going to build new nuclear weapons, and we go to Iran and say you cant have nuclear weapons at all, that is just going to be one more reason why the folks in Iran ... are going to dismiss it as US hypocrisy," John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a security information wesbite, told Al Jazeera.
The danger to the peace and well being of the world, including this country, continues to grow. And the main source of that danger is not Iran or North Korea, or even larger and more strategically capable military foes such as Russia and China. Which does not mean that they are saints either. But it is the US Empire.
They speak otherwise to a compliant Western media of course, such as is our own, but it is an increasingly transparent, duplicitous, deceitful and hypocritical ideological manifestation, such as underpins its gangster's Empire view of the world, as it fights for turf and control of a vast economic rackets system on a global scale. (2/3 of the worlds total supply of illegal drugs are consumed in the United States. There are more people imprisoned in the United States, mostly poor and black, than anywhere else in the world.)
Time to wake up and smell the coffee, before it all really does show up home here as well, while we are over there, about holding this gangster's coat, wiping its ass and doing its flunky work, which involves our troops dying. We have need of our own military forces here, making the preparations as may be necessary to defend our own country against this real enemy of the peace and our own national well being.