By Ron Spriestersbach
In The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), directed by William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Devon Gaffney Cross, Bruce P. Jackson, John R. Bolton, and Gary Schmitt, the above argued for the United States as being a superpower which is exceptional and which should assert itself as hegemonic over all the nations on earth ( https://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf ).
Following the course outlined by the Project, the United States and the Defense Department are carrying on perpetual wars. Ashton Carter, the Secretary of Defense, has announced an enemies list of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS/Daesh, in that order. So, why don’t they call it the War Department? The US is not even warring the Defense Secretary’s top four enemies, except Russia to a certain extent (with sanctions, which are a belligerent act of war by economic means enforced by military power), while Russia keeps trying to be on the side of the US in it’s so-called “War on Terror.”
The US State Department seems to move between abetting the Defense Department, and being in mild opposition to it. Why, when the world is fighting global warming, and California is drying up, does the US carry on with all its wars, burning all that oil for moving troops, planes, tanks and ships?
The goal of the Defense Department is to break up every enemy into little ineffective pieces, as it did in the former Yugoslavia, and is doing in Syria, and Libya. The goal is to create chaos, not friendship, chaos not love. Why doesn’t the US have a Peace Department, and why don’t the two, “Defense” (read, War) and Peace, have yearly debates like the presidential debates, and why isn’t there peace at least half of the time?
Why don’t today’s college students have a free education like I did at UCLA during the Korean War?
The Project for the New American Century was written by neo-cons. Why isn’t there a Project for Peace on Earth Forever? Why is everything in the corporate media and the halls of government now on the far right, with everything we say and write recorded? What happened to the Magna Carta? US ships are provocatively stationed off the shores of Russia and China while the US protests the buzzing of those ships. Isn’t that rather one-sided?
Why do we hear how Russia broke the law by invading Crimea when the whole thing started with a CIA coup in the Ukraine organized by a State Department director named Victoria Nuland who is the wife of one of the key neo-cons, Robert Kagan who worked on the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)?
Why don’t we welcome back Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, and treat them and all the other heroes who exposed surveillance, war crimes and abuse of power to a ticker-tape parade in New York City to the music of Orson Welles, Leonard Bernstein, Mark Blitzstein, and Earl Robinson, and the poetry of Bertolt Brecht?