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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 07:41pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1274
What do you think of the following:
THE WOLFOWITZ FACTOR
The leading light in Bush’s foreign policy team, Paul Wolfowitz,
heads the Paul Nitze Center for International Studies. He epitomizes
the "neoconservative" wing of the Republican Party. The neocons,
many of them former leftists, are inveterate Cold Warriors in search
of a new enemy. They are latently Russophobic, but currently also
fixated on the supposed threat from China.
Wolfowitz came to national prominence in early 1992 as the author
a secret Pentagon memorandum that was leaked to the New York Times.
That document unreservedly named Yeltsin’s post-communist Russia as
the gravest potential threat to American vital interests. It
advocated an all-out, U.S.-led NATO war against Russia if Moscow
threatened the security of newly-independent Baltic republics.
Wolfowitz called for 24 NATO divisions, 70 fighter squadrons, and
six aircraft carrier battle groups to be prepared to keep the
Russian Navy "bottled up in the eastern Baltic," to bomb supply
lines in Russia, and to use armored formations to expel Russian
forces if they entered Lithuania. He boldly stated that Russia would
be unlikely to respond with nuclear weapons, but he provided no
basis for that assessment.
In addition the Wolfowitz memorandum envisioned provision of
American security guarantees to Eastern Europe and permanent global
involvement in order to deter "potential competitors from even
aspiring to a larger regional or global role."
Instead of being taken to a safe, quiet place where he can do no
harm to himself or to others, Wolfowitz became the neoconservative
hero. His proposals on Eastern Europe were accepted by the Clinton
Administration and resulted in the expansion of NATO in 1997. What
is best for America and the world — his disciples have been telling
us ever since - is that America should remain the only cop in town,
possessed of the sole right to deputize posses, or go it alone to
discipline evil-doers, wherever American "values" or "security
interests" are threatened. The bipartisan hegemonists also accept
Wolfowitz’s key tenet that America should never permit any nation,
and especially Russia or China, to rise to the status of regional
- 07:53pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1275
U.S. Expels Russian 'Spies' - http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,280618-412,00.shtml
Powell Orders Nearly 50 Suspected Spies To Leave Follows
Arrest Of FBI Agent On Charges Of Espionage For Russia Unclear If
Moscow Will Expel Americans In Retaliation ...
Taken in a context with the rest of recent international
developments it seems like US has clearly taken course to the new
- 08:31pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1276
PW links: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/faculty/profiles/wolfowitz.html
Note a newsflash re USA downsizing selected foreign workers.
On how DO countries think. With the USA does their dominance
economically turn them into Empirial thinkers ... where they want to
weaken other who may challenge their wealth. A solution for minnows
and former greats is just to pay attention to building strong
democratic nations with a quality economy.
- 08:56pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1277
Retaliation .... looks as if the USA is suffering Asian 'loss of
face' re 'the tunnel' ... which was world news way back, and yet
'new news' to the USA. Isn't it funny the way diplomacy responses
work ... it's all a sort of 'joke'. (The trouble for the lower
orders is that sometimes they are wasted in war --- as in Korea --
and when the Dips re-start the pow-wow the ordinary former
'enlisted' guys scratch their heads and wonder .. what was that war
all about ?!)
The 'Theory of Diffusion' applies to global distribution from the
stone-age upwards. If there is a product with tangibility in
whatever form that has value, be it material or informational, then
there is a tendancy for the product or knowledge to disperse. Just
like a dye powder shaken into a jug of water and stirred.
Interesting regarding secrets. There are always those who have
sympathy for an opposing side, as was the recent case of the Eighty
Year Old woman in the UK, who 'dispersed' information. That there
are secrets in the first place implies that somewhere down the line
a life or lives can be put at risk.
The strategies of political manoeverings are a total bore to the
majority --- until a quake hits 7+ on the richter scale and their
livelyhoods and security are threatened.
Germany has just put out a statement re violence and insecurity
in male youth ... trying to understand why this happens.
Malcom FRASER, former Oz PM turned Statesman, has given an
address today that is critical of inequality, and looks to an
On America 'the fifth estate' CentIntAg, (the 4th is the media),
seem to be the cowboys of the world, siding intraNationally with the
Right-wing bullies of cultures when the general population try to
move for improved freedoms. Perhaps the fifth estate have
'unofficial' trading links with these rightwingers ... for most
'wars' seem to have an underlying economic basis ... 'madmen'
- 09:03pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1278
Pretty depressing picture...
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