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Aug 2, 2012

Nuclear drumbeat grows as US eyes Australia

Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard. That's if US Republicans get their way.

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Australian policymakers could not be getting a clearer picture of what our US ally expects of us. Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard — and we’ll be expected to pay for the privilege.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report making headlines over a proposal to establish a US base in Perth to host nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and manned and unmanned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) drones is but the first report commissioned by this Congress. The second — as revealed by Crikey in May — will focus on positioning nuclear force in the Pacific.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s denials overnight were revealed as word trickery by the comments of the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans Robert Scher in Congressional hearings early this morning, who pointed out that “no US bases” really means they expect Australia and other allies to share the costs of hosting large numbers of American troops at these so-called “shared facilities”:

“We are now engaged in discussions with Australians about what that would look like, what kinds of facilities would we be using within Australia. To be clear, we are not looking to establish a US base in Australia or anywhere outside US territory. We are looking to share facilities as we have in Australia for a number years under the overall approach of shared knowledge and concurrence.

“We do not know the full extent of our requirements or what Australia has to offer for what we are looking to do. So it’s premature to talk about cost sharing, because we honestly do not know the measure of cost. We are very close, we expect to have developments between now and the AUSMIN consultative talks in November. We would have a better idea of costs then and we would obviously be cost sharing with Australia.”

This is not a new idea, although it is perhaps unsettling given the historical context. The US has extracted ongoing payment from the losing nations in World War II for the privilege of hosting US military bases. In April it was announced Japan would pay US$3.1 billion in cash to have most of the US marines stationed in Okinawa removed to Marine Air-Ground Task Forces in Guam and Darwin. In an earlier era we may even have called it colonisation.

It is also important to note that none of these negotiations have been shared with the Australian public. Indeed, any substantive negotiations have been largely denied when raised directly by Australian journalists during ministerial visits to Washington.

The report’s authors don’t anticipate any resistance in Australia, citing Lowy Institute polling, aside from “non-mainstream anti-Americanism prevalent among some elite circles”. But CSIS senior advisor Dr Michael Green had one note of caution when testifying before Congress this morning:

“We have to be careful not to ask for access or commitments where the answer will be no. Because if the answer is no, we lose influence and the ability to shape the environment.”

If the idea of several populated “floating city” aircraft carriers and the word “base” scared the horses in Perth, then both the US and Australian governments should start preparing now for the reaction when next year’s report to Congress proposes nuclear weapons on the soil of a near neighbour, if not on our own.

The Obama administration has opposed any redeployment of nuclear weapons to the Asia Pacific, but the idea has found solid support with the Republican majority in Congress. Since taking control of the House, the GOP has dropped most of the previous grudges like the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell gay ban or Afghanistan troop numbers in favour of a substantial rethink of US military positioning and deterrents against ideological enemies.

The Tea Party ascendancy in the party hasn’t diminished the influence of the Defense Hawks either; indeed they’re often one and the same, like Republican Allen West, who makes Senator John McCain appear almost dove-ish. Or Republican Trent Franks, who argued the nuclear-arming proposal would be welcomed:

“It just asks if our alliances would be strengthened with the use of nuclear weapons in the region. If China is concerned about our presence in the region it is very simple, they can stop supporting North Korea and get tough on the Kim Jong-un administration.”

Congressional Republicans upon taking control of the House even named their military policy newsletter “The Drumbeat”.

The Republican House has commissioned several studies effectively showing they have the backing of much of the Military-Industrial complex and are ready to implement this new approach when they next win the White House. It may not matter who the Republican candidate is when that happens.

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  1. geomac62

    What better way to create a ” situation ” than by having a naval base to counter the threat that the initial permit of a base started . Why not Indonesia or Thailand which must be closer to the perceived threat that isn,t actually articulated . SB can have a blank avatar signifying the white flag of surrender . The softening up process has begun , first Darwin and now feelers for public reaction regarding Perth . Aussie aussie aussie woot woot woot with the arm punching the air like those yank tv shows . Apparently the 6 billion a year we lose with our free trade agreement with the yanks doesn,t pay for our protection so we need to cough up more than bodies and funds in Afghanistan . Maybe we should contact Israel and ask how they manage to get 5 billion a year or more out of cash strapped USA ? They have been getting it since 48 and I,d hardly call Israel a third world country . They even have their own nukes , hundreds of them . Maybe thats where we went wrong , being allies in all the wars . We may as well have been a defeated nation because thats what victors do to the vanquished , station bases on their soil to let them know who rules the roost . They don,t even have to face the law of the land that house their bases . Can,t have those pesky foreigners putting US troops in their courts . Better to let the US look after its own , like Mai Lai . Calley gets 2 years or so for mass slaughter , so what ? Some marines get a few years for raping an Okinawa schoolgirl . Hey ! she was nearly 13 you know , give me a break . Raise the white flag , poor fellow my country .

  2. geomac62

    What better way to create a ” situation ” than by having a naval base to counter the threat that the initial permit of a base started . Why not Indonesia or Thailand which must be closer to the perceived threat that isn,t actually articulated . SB can have a blank avatar signifying the white flag of surrender . The softening up process has begun , first Darwin and now feelers for public reaction regarding Perth . Aussie aussie aussie woot woot woot with the arm punching the air like those yank tv shows . Apparently the 6 billion a year we lose with our free trade agreement with the yanks doesn,t pay for our protection so we need to cough up more than bodies and funds in Afghanistan . Maybe we should contact Israel and ask how they manage to get 5 billion a year or more out of cash strapped USA ? They have been getting it since 48 and I,d hardly call Israel a third world country . They even have their own nukes , hundreds of them . Maybe thats where we went wrong , being alli es in all the wars . We may as well have been a defeated nation because thats what victors do to the vanquished , station bases on their soil to let them know who rules the roost . They don,t even have to face the law of the land that house their bases . Can,t have those pesky foreigners putting US troops in their courts . Better to let the US look after its own , like Mai Lai . Calley gets 2 years or so for mass slaughter , so what ? Some marines get a few years for raping an Okinawa schoolgirl . Hey ! she was nearly 13 you know , give me a break . Raise the white flag , poor fellow my country .

  3. williams kenny

    Forget the medals Juliar…Bring our kids home… . Why should our young men and women be risking their lives in Afghanistan protecting the wealth of greedy mining barons. The richest people on earth, V The poorest people on earth. Terrorism in any form is wrong but we should be asking ourselves, Who ARE the real terrorists. Trillions of dollars in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan The ore deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into the most important mining center in the world,.. PLUS, Rare volcanic rocks in the rugged, dangerous desert of southern Afghanistan has world-class concentrations of rare earth elements, the prized group of raw materials that are essential in the manufacture of many modern technologies, . http://www.trilogy-am.com/files/china_grip_rare_earth_metals.pdf

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    12 Jul 2011 – Rare Earth 101 Five elements more valuable than gold. Free rare earth investor rpt. EnergyandCapital.com/Rare_Earth. Rare Earth Stocks …

    A lot of people don’t seem to have any idea why we’re fighting a war in Afghanistan. The answer is very simple—Resources: Afghanistan is an absolute ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of mineral resources. spending $100-500+ billion to secure resources worth untold $ trillions, makes extremely good economic sense. It’s obvious why the US and UK Governments are prepared to invest all this money and soldier’s lives in the war. If the conflict with the Taliban can ever be stabilised, then the Afghans/We, can start to exploit their country’s vast resources, . THE AUSTRALIAN Parliament and justice system is now completely controlled (or soon will be) by the media and mining barons and democracy is dead in this country…Rare earth; 101 elements more valuable than gold… China’s Grip Tightens on Rare Earth Metals

  4. Owen Gary

    Greg,

    For some reason unknown to me, they seem to be following the timelines of either the Mayans or the Bible or both. Either way it’s the objective thats important.

    Hamis,

    Those at the top may not necessarily be clever but rather psychopaths as aptly describes the Neo-Right, However with that kind of wealth buys well organised think-tanks, it was these think-tanks that gave rise to the Corporate’s and in particularly “Corporate Law” post WW2. From that time on they have almost full control of the worlds finances & IMF. Governments strings in all countries are pulled by this cabal.

    The other part to this equation is food control & its legislations (i.e.) S510 in America, the C-36 in Canada and the 160-2 recently passed in NZ of all places. These all come under the protocol of “Codex Alimentarius” & this is one reason we eat “such healthful foods” via Monsanto’s round up ready GM crops or better known as “Frankenfoods” like soy which is an endocrine disruptor. Check all your foods breads or anything processed and see how many products you can find without this toxic GM bean in it’s many forms.

    This is a bit leftfield but there are those who propose that they are connected with aliens & want to bring the global population down to bellow billion. I don’t know but I wouldn’t discount anything and keep an open mind given the organisation & the events that have come to pass in the last 3 decades. Is it a coincidence that the cancer rate is now 50% since the release of GM??
    There are other contributing factors like the environment etc but recently the big Pharmas used their muscle to put the herbal industry out of business in Europe last year.

    Things have been well organised in the last 30 years including 2 Major political parties in all countries that reflect the will of corporate enterprise and it’s draconian measures. You really need to read through “Codex Alimentarius” and it’s implications. All of the globalisation agenda through so called free trade etc.

    1 question rings out in my mind, are all of these events and measures a coincidence in a certain passage of time???

    Whats your thoughts?

  5. Sailor

    As Charlie Brown said, “Good Grief!”

    I don’t subscribe to Crikey to read buffoon crap like the comments on this story. At first, I thought it was irony, then I realised these people were serious. Cases for treatment, I mean. Not ironic, another word beginning with “i”.

    I could read the Murdoch papers for that drebbige, if I were simple-minded.

    What bloody “New World Order”?

    “Codex Alimentarius” is a problem?
    I worked as a food technologist for half of my 40 year career, & IMHO the only problem with the Codex is that it is very slow to incorporate new knowledge. That’s stuff that actually has evidence behind it, a concept which seems foreign to many of the posters on this comments section.

    Evidence about some dramatic “NWO”? None presented.

    Insanity of the posters? Quite probable. Last time I read that sort of drivel it was in the Daily Terrograph, when they tried to indict Mohammed Haneef’s colleague as a confirmed terrorist with the “Enemy Within?” front page headline. As far as I know, there was never any apology for that lie. Plus the never-to-be-eclipsed story about how you’re doing it tough if you’re pulling in $150,000.

    As one of the self-funded retired, I said at the time that I wish I could score that sort of money after the gougers took half of my life-time’s savings during 2008.

    But I don’t reckon the “financial advisers” are part of any conspiracy. They’re just totally greedy and probably terminally stupid – like me, as one of their clients. I’ve learned better, & got a better adviser. I reckon the posters rabbiting on about “New World Order” should get some advice too. From a qualified professional.

  6. Owen Gary

    @Sailor,

    If you spent 20 years as a food technologist, which for a start is an incorrect term, you would know that the nutritional value of GM produce is pretty minimal compared with organic. You would also know that they use the ecoli organism as the implanted gene which changes all normal properties of the plant. If you understand “Codex Alimentarius” you would also know people in the U.S. are locked up & intimidated for selling raw milk products & other organically grown food to other citizens. Also that Monsanto has bought up most of the worlds seed companies & put other farmers not using their products out of business with the help of government sanctions & tariffs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNaYGI1IhR4&feature=relmfu

    That should give you some insight to the kinds of tactics employed.

    Of course Financial advisors are not part of any conspiracy just merely con-men, if you want that you need to progress much further up the food chain.

    As pointed out by Hamis the true value of money is an illusion because it has no tangiable value but rather our indoctrinated perception of it, if the crap hit the fan tomorrow what would it’s value be if food was in short supply?
    Money is simply a tool for control which it does quite well.

    If you don’t know what the NWO is by now your brain has truly been in hibernation for a long time & I wouldn’t even bother explaining it to you. but suffice to say I once also viewed the world in black & white, but these days I have come to understand how big the grey area actually is.

    Good luck with you financial ventures!

  7. JG Downs

    Gary, Greg and others.

    “…For some reason unknown to me, they seem to be following the timelines of either the Mayans or the Bible or both. Either way it’s the objective thats important…”

    The Mayan Calender is interesting, but I am convinced it is being used as a decoy. The Illumanites know the Biblical time-line better than we do, not only that, but they know the scriptures better than the most studied Theologist. They have to, the forces of the Sitra Achra, represented here on earth by the Illumanites feature very prominently in the Bible and they believe every word of it…can it be any more ironic?

    The trouble with Biblical time-lines is that you need a calendar.. and the trouble with that is how can you trust them to be accurate? When the Roman emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion early in the 4th Century, we went from using the deadly accurate Solar/Lunar Hebrew calender, to a error-prone single solar one still in use today. I think it’s called the Julian calender.

    ” He will change the seasons and the times ”

    Much like christianity, even with all it’s faults, Judaism has kept a reasonable track of time and fairly accurate position of where we are in the time scale. They are still using the Hebrew method going back to ancient times and is honest and reliable in this regard.

    In many Rabbinical circles, there is a stoic belief that we entered 7K year, 7,000 year in 1997. I admit it has been a hot-bed of debate, but many serious scholars I am familiar with are believing it.

    What lends support to this theory is the increased Illumanite activity around that period and onwards. They know it.

    The significance of this is that the Illumanites know their time is short, time is running out. The Cosmos is sucking itself back in, it’s winding and curling itself back-up…like a BLack Hole sucking everything in within a 10 billion mile radius.

    Life moves in cycles of 6’s and 7’s. Work for 6 days, rest on the 7th, work the land for 6 years and rest it on the 7th. The Jubilee = 7×7, ..6,000 years of creation…and so on.

    The God of the Illumanites is the God of this earth. They are freedom-fighters for the forces of the Sitra Achra who want to maintain the Cosmic system as it is…because in this system they are kings, but there is no place for them in the coming kingdom.

    I understand that the majority of people reading this are more than likely Athiest and evolutionists and I do not mean to offend. I only ask that you accept me in the same way I have accepted you. Agree to disagree and leave it at that.

  8. Owen Gary

    Hamis,

    George Bush’s grandpappy Prescott along with all the usual suspects Rocker-feller Car-negie etc etc funded Hit-lers military build up on the proviso that he expel the socialist party from his regime. The 30’s (i.e.) the greatest depression ever known gave rise to a movement that identified those in control & who lived live’s impervious to any hardship. It was at this stage the communist party started to grow its roots in many western countries hence ww2 was realised & all this died out post ww2 when it was demonised by the ruling elite, hence the cold war & the rise of the corporate institution.

    At the battle of Waterloo a dispatch rider was sent back to london with the message Napolean was winning the war, consequently the stock markets crashed & Rothschild along with the rest of his financial cartel bought Britain lock stock & barrel for pennies in the pound.

    You are indeed correct, history only portrays the messages the victors see as beneficial to their control.

    Is it so hard to imagine that these financial elite would not conspire against the rest of humanity given their unlimited resources & the fact money means nothing more to them than control, when even as school children we would conspire against eachother in the schoolyard. Nah they wouldn’t do that would they??

    The crazy financial system we live under is not only destroying the planet & causing de-ath & destruction but is also holding back the evolution of mankind.

  9. Hamis Hill

    OWEN GARY, certain religious fundamentalists of the excessively paranoid variety have vast problems with ‘”human evolution”.
    In this they are Anti-Ch–t insofar as that person preached against the extinction that followed for those societies which didn’t get it “right”. The ruins of their lost cities littered the region at that time as mute evidence of that failure.
    The fundamentalists are insensed by any suggestion that when this great teacher stated that he was not of this world he was referrring to the desertified wasteland that had once, at the end of the Ice Age, been an “actual” garden of Eden, containing the evidence in its sediments the flora and fauna of the confluence of the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa.
    C– st alluded to the threat that those, who had “evolved” to survive in these cities, contained the seed of their own destruction and lest they repent they were doomed.
    Recent genetic studies have indeed indicated a difference between the long term populations of “Cities” and those whose immediate ancestors are “hunter gatherers”.
    Humans have adapted their environment, making it artificia,l and there is no guarantee for escaping extinction for those who have evolved to survive in this artificial environment oft heir own creation.
    The promise of everlasting life is perhaps more about escaping extinction than personally escaping death. Is that what you meant by “Human Evolution”?

  10. Owen Gary

    Hamis

    Currently the system is controlled by a financial elite who acquired their wealth a long time ago, they are not your Bill Gates & Gina Retards who are not even players (you already knew this). The true wealth came from Rothschild, Rockefeller etc & their forebears who were always merchant bankers. (borderless financial cartel, as we still have today)
    The Reserve bank of say the U.S, UK & Australia are really controlled by private interests but have a few token gov representatives thrown in so as seen to be keeping the interests of the public represented. Two thirds of the capital in the reserve bank of the U.S is private capital, it was JFK who attempted to do away with third party bankers controlling & issuing money so the their country as a sovereign nation would be in charge of this role & set foreign policy accordingly. subsequently JFK was shot for his efforts.
    There are still some of the old film footage of him out there declaring this policy, this would have set the pieces in place to break their stranglehold on the country & all government domestic & foreign financial policy

    The evolutionary step I was referring to can only come about once this hegemony is broken & a worlwide program designed to care & lift all human beings out of fear & poverty into a new paradigm. I think we both would probably agree that a massive world wide space program would have to be instituted to find suitable planets & get people off this rock as we were over a sustainable limit 20 yrs ago. If this was the focus for all who reside on this litttle rock proper sustainable instituitons & solutions would encompass the worlds population.

    Those who pull the strings behind the scenes will constantly keep us in a cycle of war & rebuild just to keep their position of lord & masters over us. There will be a lot of blood spilled attempting to remove them as they continue their divide & conquer routine. One has to ask the question do the top tier of these PEOPLE?? live beyond what you would consider a normal human lifespan?

    The biggest evolutionary step will be one that is a mindset that teaches us the true value of money is nothing & that the cooperation of all is the way to the future.

    (Funny as I type this I am listening to: Watchin the wheels by John Lennon on the radio) a lot of clues in that song, would have been interesting if he was still around today. As you already know he was shot during a time of generational change.

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