Granny Rant
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
 
::: Project For The New American Century :::
::::::::: Preparing For Space Warfare :::::::::


Let Granny say one thing first: Yes, I know this is ... old news ...
The news that a group of Neo-Conservatives are pressing forward
an agenda for American Global Domination. But it is extremely im-
portant. Vital, in fact, that the American public be told, screamed at,
beat over the head with the news, hit with a 2 x 4, or whatever it
takes to get their attention.

If I thought one more person would begin to really take a hard
look at what is happening to America, our civil rights, threats to the
freedom we love, I would post news on PNAC every day.

Guys ... Bush does something nearly every week to further erode our
freedom and undermine our economy, destroy the middle class ~~
while the Bush-hired economists spout total trash about how great
the economic recovery is going. It IS going great ~~ for the RICH.
Krugman in the Nation re the Murder of the American Dream
~~ pretty depressing outlook for Ordinary Fodder Units if you ask me.

PNAC is a cozy little group, including the members listed here. You
might want to take not of how many of these distinguished fellows
are serving in government positions right this very second.

In this huge tome of a document, "Rebuilding America's Defenses,"
their positions and goals are laid right out for all to see. Granted,
it is a huge document and a long, hard slog to read through
it, but it certainly is enlightening. Heck, just skip the boring parts and
jump right down to page 11 of the .pdf version ... aw shucks ... just read
it here:

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iv
ESTABLISH FOUR CORE MISSIONS for U.S. military forces:
***defend the American homeland;

***fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;

***perform the "constabulary" duties associated with shaping the
security environment in critical regions;

***transform U.S. forces to exploit the revolution in military affairs;
To carry out these core missions, we need to provide sufficient
force and budgetary allocations. In particular, the United States
must:

MAINTAIN NUCLEAR STRATEGIC SUPERIORITY, basing the
U.S. nuclear deterrent upon a global, nuclear net assessment that
weighs the full range of current and emerging threats, not merely
the U.S.-Russia balance.

RESTORE THE PERSONNEL STRENGTH of today's force to
roughly the levels anticipated in the "Base Force" outlined by the
Bush Administration, an increase in active-duty strength from 1.4
million to 1.6 million.

REPOSITION U.S. FORCES to respond to 21st century strategic
realities by shifting permanently-based forces to Southeast Europe and
Southeast Asia, and by changing naval deployment patterns to reflect
growing U.S. strategic concerns in East Asia.

Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a
New Century


v

MODERNIZE CURRENT U.S. FORCES SELECTIVELY, proceeding
with the F-22 program while increasing purchases of lift, electronic
support and other aircraft; expanding submarine and surface combatant
fleets; purchasing Comanche helicopters and medium-weight ground
vehicles for the Army, and the V-22 Osprey “tilt-rotor� aircraft for the
Marine Corps.

CANCEL "ROADBLOCK" PROGRAMS such as the Joint Strike
Fighter, CVX aircraft carrier, and Crusader howitzer system that
would absorb exorbitant amounts of Pentagon funding while
providing limited improvements to current capabilities. Savings
from these canceled programs should be used to spur the process
of military transformation.

DEVELOP AND DEPLOY GLOBAL MISSILE DEFENSES to
defend the American homeland and American allies, and to provide
a secure basis for U.S. power projection around the world.

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CONTROL THE NEW "INTERNATIONAL COMMONS" OF SPACE AND
"CYBERSPACE"
and pave the way for the creation of a new
military service "U.S. Space Forces" with the mission of space control.
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EXPLOIT THE "REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS" to insure the
long-term superiority of U.S. conventional forces. Establish a two-stage
transformation process which:

***maximizes the value of current weapons systems through the application
of advanced technologies, and,

***produces more profound improvements in military capabilities,
encourages competition between single services and joint-service
experimentation efforts.

INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING gradually to a minimum
level of 3.5 to 3.8 percent of gross domestic product, adding $15
billion to $20 billion to total defense spending annually. Fulfilling
these requirements is essential if America is to retain its militarily
dominant status for the coming decades. Conversely, the failure
to meet any of these needs must result in some form of strategic
retreat. At current levels of defense spending, the only option is
to try ineffectually to "manage" increasingly large risks: paying
for today's needs by shortchanging tomorrow's; withdrawing
from constabulary missions toretain strength for large-scale
wars; "choosing" between presence in Europe or presence in
Asia; and so on. These are bad choices. They are also false
economies. The "savings" from withdrawing from the Balkans,
for example, will not free up anywhere near the magnitude of
funds needed for military modernization or transformation. But
these are false economies in other, more profound ways as well.
The true cost of not meeting our defense requirements will be a
lessened capacity for American global leadership and, ultimately,
the loss of a global security order that is uniquely friendly to
American principles and prosperity.
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The section above set off with arrows (------->>>>) is part of what
Rumsfeld (our fav Defense Sec) is talking about in the link below to
DoD's announcement to merge Space and Strategic Ops. While we
were busy, men were working quietly behind the scenes to accomplish
more and more of their goals ~~~ and Bloggers take note:
CYBERSPACE is on the agenda too, so .... if we do not
wake up and begin to stand up for our rights and undo some of
the horrifying policies of the Bush Administration ... we deserve
what we get!
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Merger Of U.S. Space and Strategic Commands

Is this true? How would the American people ever know? It is specifically
stated as one of the goals on the PNAC site. The "goal" of fighting multiple
wars around the world does not seem to be working out all that well,
but, hey, who knows, Rummy might be onto something with this Space
thing. We can just laser enemies from the Moon ... that is where Bush
suggested we go, isn't it?

[...]
As part of the ongoing initiative to transform the U.S. military
into a 21st century fighting force, Secretary of Defense Donald
H. Rumsfeld today announced the intention to merge two unified
commands whose missions include control of America's nuclear
forces, military space operations, computer network operations,
strategic warning and global planning. The intended merger of
U.S. Space Command (SpaceCom) and U.S. Strategic Command
(StratCom) will improve combat effectiveness and speed up
information collection and assessment needed for strategic
decision-making.
[...]

How much longer can the mainstream, bought and paid for/
or else job insecure and terrified MEDIA continue to
ignore the systematic destruction of middle-class America?

Who will tell the people? Not America's free press.

Not the RICH, they will get richer, not the POOR,
they will remain so as the MIDDLE-CLASS slides further
downward to greet them in poverty, disease from lack of health
care, joblessness, lack of hope for the future and the American
Dream. Soon, when there is a top 10-20% of the rich, and former
illegal aliens are working our jobs for peanuts, a gigantic burden
will descend on the government in the form of bankrupt Americans
who could be homeless and all be on government assistance.


Time is of the essence and all that other poetic stuff ... Please
read on:
Crisis Papers (More like PNAC Nightmare)

How did we get here?

[...]
In the early-1990s, there was a group of ideologues and power-politicians on the fringe of the Republican Party's far-right. The members of this group in 1997 would found The Project for the New American Century (PNAC); their aim was to prepare for the day when the Republicans regained control of the White House -- and, it was hoped, the other two branches of government as well -- so that their vision of how the U.S. should move in the world would be in place and ready to go, straight off-the-shelf into official policy.

This PNAC group was led by such heavy hitters as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, James Woolsey, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Bill Kristol, James Bolton, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, William Bennett, Dan Quayle, Jeb Bush, most of whom were movers-and-shakers in previous Administrations, then in power-exile, as it were, while Clinton was in the White House. But even given their reputations and clout, the views of this group were regarded as too extreme to be taken seriously by the mainstream conservatives that controlled the Republican Party.

To prepare the ground for the PNAC-like ideas that were circulating in the HardRight, various wealthy individuals and corporations helped set up far-right think-tanks, and bought up various media outlets -- newspapers, magazines, TV networks, radio talk shows, cable channels, etc. -- in support of that day when all the political tumblers would click into place and the PNAC cabal and their supporters could assume control.
[...]
But, in order to unleash their foreign/military campaigns without taking all sorts of flak from the traditional wing of the conservative GOP -- which was more isolationist, more opposed to expanding the role of the federal government, more opposed to military adventurism abroad -- they needed a context that would permit them free rein. The events of 9/11 rode to their rescue. (In one of their major reports, written in 2000, they noted that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor.")

Here is a sample from the last section of the 2000 Report: Predicting Vindication
[...]
Now that American bombs could soon be falling on Iraq, Kristol admits to feeling "some sense of responsibility" for pushing for a war that will cost human lives. But, he said, he would also feel responsible if "something terrible" happened because of U.S. inaction.

Kristol expressed regret that so many of America's traditional allies oppose military action against Iraq, but said the United States has no choice. "I think what we've learned over the last 10 years is that America has to lead. Other countries won't act. They will follow us, but they won't do it on their own," he said.

Kristol believes the United States will be "vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction and when we liberate the people of Iraq." He predicts that many of the allies who have been reluctant to join the war effort would participate in efforts to rebuild and democratize Iraq.

This report originally aired on Nightline on March 5, 2003.
[...]


To the Moon Dubya!
Who else thinks BabyBush should be on the next rocket
to the Moon?

That will be quite enougn, Granny ~~ The Tinfoil Hat Girl

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