Hello, this is John Robles, I’m speaking with Bruce Gagnon, he’s the Coordinator for the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
Robles: Very, I think, important, what you mentioned about the first-strike capability of the X37B in the space war games. Can you tell us a little bit more about that and anything related to Russia that you’ve heard about?
Gagnon: The X37B, being hailed, being promoted to the public as a successor to the space shuttle, is indeed much more than that. It was a hidden Pentagon secret black budget program, initially costing more than a billion dollars.
Again, it had three tests, the last test kept the X37B in space for about a whole year. It was able to do many things, including, we’re told: spy on a Chinese satellite.
Many people believe it could also serve as an anti-satellite weapon, while up in space, obviously it would have the ability to take out of commission another country’s satellites. So, prior to a first-strike attack, for example, if you took out another country’s satellite, Russia or China, then you would essentially help to blind them to the incoming attack from the United States.
So, I think this military space plane would play those kinds of roles. But this is coupled with the deployments of U.S. missile-defense systems that are today being used to surround Russia and China, both on ground-based launchers and on ships, and this program has really accelerated under the Obama Administration.
The Patriot, PAC-3 missile defense systems that are going into Poland and Turkey, the SM-3, the Standard Missile 3 interceptors that are onboard, Navy Aegis Destroyers are being now put into the Mediterranean Sea and eventually will be deployed in the Black, the Baltic and the Barents Seas. And these same interceptor missiles are going to be also ground-based in Poland and Romania in the years to come.
So this same encirclement that is now happening around Russia is being deployed around China. The U.S. is deploying the so-called missile defense systems in Taiwan, in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and on these Navy Aegis Destroyers bumping up against the coast of mainland China.
Missile defense systems are key elements in this overall U.S. first-strike attack program. In fact, referring again to the computer war game that I told you about earlier, that in the year 2016, after the initial U.S. attack of China (and China has very small nuclear force of about 20 nuclear missiles that are capable of hitting the West Coast in the U.S.), after that initial first-strike attack by the U.S., China then tries to fire its remaining retaliatory capability. And it is at that time that the missile defense system is used to take out China’s remaining retaliatory capability, giving the U.S. a quote unquote “successful first-strike attack”.
And so, again at the same time, the U.S. is deploying these missile defense systems really misnamed because they’re such key elements in the offensive first-strike attack program. But the U.S. is deploying these to surround Russia and China.
At the same time the Obama Administration has been encouraging Russia and China and other nations to get rid of their nuclear weapons, to reduce their numbers of nuclear weapons something I’m in favor of. I want everyone to get rid of all of their nuclear weapons, but clearly there’s a hidden agenda here, on the part of the United States because clearly the U.S. wants Russia and China to reduce their numbers of nuclear weapons, which makes a first-strike attack more possible, especially it makes it more possible for missile defense system then to pick off a smaller retaliatory capability. So, one has to look at U.S. first-strike planning, both in terms of a nuclear attack and also this so-called missile defense system.
So coupled with satellites, coupled with the first-strike attack programs that are being developed from space this is all, very much, a dangerous, dangerous system that is under way.
Robles: You spoke about the Nazim and he was speaking about WWIII. Do you see all these systems actually being put into use in the near future? I’m talking about U.S. actually launching World War III against Russia and China.
Gagnon: Well, you know, sometimes you don’t have to actually launch, sometimes these things serve as a loaded gun pointed at someone’s head, as a threat, so sometimes you don’t necessarily have to launch, but they still serve essentially the same function.
So I cannot predict whether or not the U.S. will actually launch nuclear weapons. Although I must say that we’re the only country on the planet that has ever used a nuclear weapon against other people.
Gagnon: Like we did in Japan. So, clearly the U.S. is using these systems today, the deployment of these systems, to drive a new arms race. Think of that, as you surround Russia and China, those countries inevitably respond by modernizing their own capability, in China’s case; increasing their capabilities, getting submarines, taking their nuclear weapons off land, where they’re vulnerable to U.S. first-strike attack, putting them in more survivable submarines under the oceans.
So this creates new arms race. And I can promise you that American politicians are running around our country saying, “Oh my god, look what China is doing today! They’re increasing their military. We need more! They’re trying to take over the world.”
And so by the U.S. escalating in the way it has since the end of the, quote unquote, “Cold War”, that, in my mind, has never really ended, by the U.S. constant escalation, and now encirclement of Russia and China, the expansion of NATO to essentially surround Russia; this forces Russia and China to upgrade. And then the U.S. uses that as an excuse to continue its own military operations.
In the United States today out of every discretionary tax dollar 57% of every tax dollar, today in Amerika, goes to the United States military. It’s unrelenting. And they’re hollowing out our economy, they’re destroying social progress, cutting back on education, on health care, on mental health care; every kind of necessary program to run a decent society is under attack as the money is being moved into the military.
So clearly the United States Pentagon has become, there’s no doubt about it, the military arm of corporate globalization, and their primary job is to function as a resource extraction service for corporate globalization, corporate capitalism.
End of Part 2
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