Nuclear Warrior Replaces John Bolton as Arms Control Chief
The following information is provided by one of my favorite web publications, Right-Web. Including in this posting, along with the info on the nuclear nut-job that will replace John Bolton in his old job of “arms control advocate,” are profiles of other BushCo placements within the body governance. As if we don’t have enough to worry about today under BushCo, here’s a little more to be concerned about: BushCo is stacking the deck with people that believe we not only have the right, but have the ability to “win” a first strike, preemptive nuclear war! It just keeps getting better and better does it not? Chickenhawks, one and all, and they are the one's sending other people's children off to war and who are being contaminated by Depleted Uranium--which is nothing but nuclear warefare!
Nuclear Warrior Replaces John Bolton as Arms Control Chief
By Tom Barry
(Excerpted from Right Web analysis, first published by Inter Press Service and found in its entirety at: http://rightweb.irconline.org/analysis/2005/0506joseph1.php.)
The top U.S. government official in charge of arms control advocates the offensive use of nuclear weapons and has deep roots in the militarist political camp.
Moving into the old job of John Bolton, the administration's hard-core unilateralist nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Robert G. Joseph is the right-wing's advance man for counter-proliferation as the conceptual core of a new U.S. military policy.
Within the administration, he leads a band of counter-proliferationists who--working closely with such militarist policy institutes as the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP) and the Center for Security Policy (CSP)--have placed preemptive attacks and weapons of mass destruction at the center of U.S. national security strategy.
Joseph replaced John Bolton at the State Department as the new undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs.
U.S. security strategy, according to the new arms control chief, should “not include signing up for arms control for the sake of arms control. At best that would be a needless diversion of effort when the real threat requires all of our attention. At worst, as we discovered in the draft BWC (Biological Weapons Convention) Protocol that we inherited, an arms control approach would actually harm our ability to deal with the WMD threat.”
Before the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks, proponents of national missile defense and a more “flexible” nuclear defense strategy focused almost exclusively on the WMD threat from “competitor” states such as Russia and especially China, and from ”rogue” states such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and North Korea.
Joseph and other hard-line strategists advocated large increases in military spending to counter these threats while paying little or no attention to the warnings that the most likely attack on the United States and its armed forces abroad would come from non-state terrorist networks.
Instead of advocating improved intelligence on such terrorist networks like al-Qaeda, which had an established record of attacking the United States, militarist policy institutes such as NIPP and CSP focused almost exclusively on proposals for high-tech, high-priced items such as space weapons, missile defense, and nuclear weapons development.
After 9/11 Joseph and other administration militarists quickly placed the threat from terrorism at the centre of their threat assessments without changing their recommendations for U.S. security strategy.
Joseph points to Iran and North Korea, as well as China, as the leading post-Cold War missile threats to the U.S. homeland. Typical of strategists who identify with the neoconservative political camp, Joseph continually raises the alarm about China, alleging that China is the “country that has been most prone to ballistic missile attacks on the United States.”
Arms control chief Joseph is a new breed of militarist who believes that in a world where weapons of mass destruction may be proliferating, it behooves the United States to bolster its own WMD arsenal and then use it against other proliferators.
Tom Barry is policy director of the International Relations Center (online at http://www.irc-online.org) and directs its Right Web program.
There are hawks, and then there are the crazed hawks--the ones who get so carried away with their war scenarios that nuclear warfare seems like a perfectly reasonable strategic response to perceived threats. Invariably, this type of hawk has never actually fought in any war. A tightly knit circle of these chickenhawks has nested in the Bush administration.
∙ Robert Joseph--the CounterproliferationistArms control chief Joseph is a new breed of militarist who believes that in a world where weapons of mass destruction may be proliferating it behooves the United States to bolster its own WMD arsenal and then use it against other proliferators.
Right Web Profile Robert Joseph
∙ Planning Nuclear War
The Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel was established by the Bush administration to oversee production of the president's Nuclear Posture Review, which is a classified study outlining the country's plans and strategies vis-à-vis its nuclear arsenal. Tapped to chair the panel was Keith Payne, a hawkish nuclear policy analyst who heads the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP).
Right Web Profile Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel
∙ Bunker Busting Brain Linton Brooks and the National Nuclear Security Administration are involved in efforts to develop so-called bunker-busting nuclear bombs, including the proposed Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Weapon--and, according to one respected critic, “coming up with all the crazy ideas” about how the U.S. military can use nuclear weapons.
Right Web Profile Linton Brooks
∙ Nuclear Enthusiast as Top National Security Official J.D. Crouch, a virulent nationalist, enthusiast of nuclear weapons, and Christian-right adherent, has recently become the right-hand man of National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. Before serving as Ambassador to Romania, his previous job [in the Bush administration], he was an assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. In this role, Crouch served as a point person for Pentagon nuclear weapons programs.
Right Web Profile J.D. Crouch II
∙ Nuclear Think Tank Since its creation in 1981, the National Institute on Public Policy (NIPP) has established itself as a key policy institute in the firmament of the right’s ever-expanding constellation of counter-establishment groups. Leaving aside the question of whether it is possible to provide “high-quality” or “cogent” analysis about NIPP’s favorite subjects--strategic use of nuclear weapons and the construction of hypothetical missile shields--this small policy institute in Fairfax, Virginia, has certainly had a significant impact on U.S. policy.
Right Web Profile National Institute for Public Policy