Which War in 2018?
MILITARISM, 8 Jan 2018
Bruce K. Gagnon – TRANSCEND Media Service
29 Dec 2017 – I was reading The Saker this morning – one of my daily stops along my milk route as I explore what others are thinking and doing. Saker is a Russian emigre living in Florida. He is an expert on US-Russian military issues and I have learned much from him- especially the Ukraine story.
While trying to grapple with an unstable coming new year, he wrote an article ‘2018 war or no war?’. He is trying to get a handle on what US-NATO-Israel will do in their sick quest to knock down Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and many others. Mr. Big wants it all – the question is how far will he go? Some of the outcome depends on us.
Now let’s sum this all up.
The chances are high that in 2018 the USA will:
- Escalate the war in Afghanistan
- Renege on the nuclear deal with Iran
- Back an Ukronazi attack on Novorussia
It is quite possible that the USA will also
- Shoot down a Russian aircraft over Syria
I find it unlikely that the USA will
- Invade Syria
- Invade Venezuela
I am unable to evaluate whether the USA will:
- Disconnect Russia from SWIFT or seize Russian assets
- Attack the DPRK
Also looking at 2018 the outlet Space News reports on the wrangling in Congress that continues over establishment of an independent service level Space Force.
Lawmakers fault the Air Force for not investing in important technologies that the military needs to ensure access to space. “We got behind, we became dependent on a Russian engine, we kept using a launch vehicle that is massively expensive, we didn’t take advantage of commercial opportunities,” Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said. “There is no question that we have been lagging.”
The responsibility for military space may be too much for the Air Force to handle on top of its other missions, Smith said. “The Air Force is in charge of a lot of things. They’re in charge of nuclear weapons. They’re in charge of air superiority. Being in charge of space is third on that list.”
They’ve all got their hands in this pie – Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and more. Space warfare preparation and ‘defense’ is the biggest industrial project in Earth history. Big enemies are needed to sell this one to a worn out public. Thus Russia and China public whippings – and back to the old days of sweet azaleas on the plantation. They are pushing anything that increases the military space budget – they are the aerospace industry. The makers of dreams and those taking the global war system into the heavens.
Looks like the confederacy is alive and well. My vote – no thanks. I’ll go down swinging. Every now and then you get a hit. Got to run it out….
Bruce K. Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Bruce grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that he became a peace activist. Blogs: Organizing Notes and Peace Protests at Vandenberg Space Command / Air Force Base.
DISCLAIMER: In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Join the discussion!
We welcome debate and dissent, but personal — ad hominem — attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), abuse and defamatory language will not be tolerated. Nor will we tolerate attempts to deliberately disrupt discussions. We aim to maintain an inviting space to focus on intelligent interactions and debates.