… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor … featuring Press TV
The GAO is one of the most consistently loyal American government institutions which Israeli espionage has not been able to penetrate, hence the steady stream of accurate reporting to the American people without ‘special interest’ interference. The Lobby has felt historically that they could take care of things at the Congressional or White house level, plus…there is no one really to buy or blackmail at the GAO.
The position that a missile defense shield is needed to protect Europe from an attack by Iran is totally ridiculous and no military or government entity has ever made even an attempt at a reasonable case for it.
They just trot out the usual blather about Iran is a threat to us all, expecting that we will be either too stupid or lazy to demand they present a solid case.
On the contrary, this has become the standard way of presenting threats. They are just presented as threats and that is the end of the story, other than the usual request for huge military expenditures far out into the future to defend against the manufactured threats. Welcome to that world.
To give them a fig leaf of cover I can think of one scenario, and that is where they do not want Iran to be able to retaliate from a pre-emptive strike from the US-NATO-Israel trilogy.
The forward deployment is an obvious Cold War re-stimulation against the Russians, an offensive move under the guise of a defensive one. One could say the Israeli-NeoCon method has been bootstrapped onto the American defense , or offense policy.
This begins a new arms race…of sorts, which is the bottom line of why you see it being pushed. If you look at all the supporters, the people, entities and contractors involved, it does not take a genius to see another financial raping of the taxpayers here.
Also, missing from the ‘defense’ equation are the advancements in missile technology which the Russians already have which can destroy this entire missile defense/offensive system in fifteen minutes with their new missiles.
The Russians already have an ongoing joint venture with the Indians with the Brahmos missile program. It is now being upgraded to a Mach 7 speed class, with 300 km range plus a submarine version. But you can bet your behind that the Russians already have their own domestic versions with similar high speed capabilities and Iran is working 24/7 to have theirs. We will know when they start testing them, sooner than many experts think.
So why would they not share? Simple. These conventional payload versions are just for show, and lower grade targets. The classified versions will use mini-nukes. I will not tell you how small and light weight they are as it will make you cry. The weight saved can be shifted into longer range capacity…or…higher speed which makes them less vulnerable to counter measures.
The lowered cost of mass production allows them to be fired in salvos, even waves of salvos for which there is no effective defense. The mini nukes will guarantee the destruction of an deep underground command/ordinance bunkers with one hit.
And as for spotting and tracking them….good luck. The mini nuke ones can be made much smaller, to where you could put 4-packs of them into fleets of UPS or FedEx type trucks.
And to make this nightmare even worse than it is, the pre-emptive strike doctrine that the Neo-Con crazies pushed into our defense policy actually did just the opposite. It has made us less safe.
Why? Because it gives other countries the right to pre-emptively strike us, or I should say our forward deployed assets if they believe an attack is ‘imminent’… or even less.
I call this the “I am worried about what you might do someday” offensive strike justification. American actually unleashed this onto the world, similar to how our own Yankee Army unleashed the total war concept during our own War of Southern Independence
As Robert McNamara was quoted in The Fog of War, referring to Air Force General Curtis LeMay wanting a nuclear war with the Soviets so we could go ahead and get it over with while we ‘still had the edge on them’, an early preemptive strike man.
‘I remember reading that General Sherman in the Civil War …the mayor of Atlanta pleaded with him to save the city. And Sherman essentially said to the mayor just before he torched it and burned it down: “War is cruel. War is cruelty.” That was the way LeMay felt.’
Add in a litte computer hacking by the Israelis to feed the right misinformation in about a bogus threat at just the right time and the bad boys can trigger a war when they feel it is needed for a whole variety of reasons, including…oh yes…”that business has been a little slow lately”.
That we are being pitched that this massive forward deployment and hair trigger shooting policy actually enhances our national security is complete hogwash. When the hammer falls, no one involved will accept any responsibility for the disaster.
On the contrary, they would just whine ‘we should have done it sooner, like General Lemay advised.” And as we know from 9-11, there would not even be a real investigation as to what went wrong and why, nor a trial of those guilty.
So here is my bottom line advice to you all out there. The ‘investigation’ has to be done now. It has to be fixed now, or you can forget doing anything later. And the big hurdle getting that done is their pulling a Wizard of Oz deal where they won’t let us peek behind the curtain to see what they are hiding…from us, the enemy (in their minds).
Reports like this GAO one are likely to be as close as we will get. When they are making them to our elected representatives there is still a lot to fear as public trust of them is in the tank, and they don’t care. Most of them get reelected anyway. Their attitude is similar to that of an occupying force, so your homework assignment for the weekend is “why on earth would they think like that?”.
Pentagon study questions efficiency of US missile system in Europe
…by Press TV …February 8th, 2013
Secret Pentagon studies have cast serious doubt on the effectiveness of the US-planned multi-billion-dollar missile system in Europe, congressional investigators say.
The classified studies by the Missile Defense Agency were summarized in a briefing for lawmakers by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a congressional nonpartisan investigative body.
The GAO investigators said the briefing cast serious doubt on whether the system is capable of protecting Europe and the US interests against potential missile attacks.
So far, the US has signed agreements for launching the missile system in Poland, Romania and Turkey.
The GAO briefing concluded that Romania was a poor location for an interceptor to protect the US interests.
The studies also expressed other concerns about the missile system, including production glitches, cost overruns as well as problems with radars and sensors that cannot distinguish between warheads and other objects.
Although military officials say the problems of the system can be overcome with difficulty, the governmental and scientific reports have expressed doubt on whether the system would ever work as planned.
While Pentagon has embarked on giant budget cuts, the study is expected to prompt the Congress to reconsider the continuation of the multi-billion-dollar plan.
Republican lawmaker Michael Turner, who requested the GAO study, said the missile system might be useless, adding, “This report really confirms what I have said all along: that this was a hurried proposal by the president.”
The US plan for a missile system in Europe has been a bone of contention since former President George W. Bush’s tenure.
One the one hand, American critics said the plan was rushed and based on unproven technology. Russia, on the other hand, expressed concern that the plan sought to counter Russian missiles and undermine its nuclear deterrent power.
In his latest article on non-proliferation, the Executive Director of the US Arms Control Association Daryl Kimball urged the White House to delay plans for developing its missile interceptors in Europe as they merely prompt Russia to resist further cuts in its nuclear stockpile.
Editing: Jim W. Dean