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U.S Space Command (Noam Chomsky Redux)

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ZMag has another radio interview with Noam Chomsky by John Campbell. It discusses the 1992 Pentagon draft of the <u>Defense Planning Guide</u> (excerpts of which were published in the NY Times of March 8, 1992 and which I am hard-pressed to find any trace of myself):

<q>The US must hold global power and a monopoly of force. It will then protect the new order while allowing others to pursue their legitimate interests as Washington defines them. The US must account sufficiently for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership, or seeking to overturn The established political order, or even aspiring to a larger regional or Global role.</q>

Chomsky is not too shocked by any of this (he wrote a book about it called <u>Year 501: the conquest continues</u>) and draws parallels between English and German control of the seas in the earlier part of the last century. His bigger concern these days is the U.S. Space Command and the militarization of space (here’s a rather grim, albeit comically drawn, vision of the future. This is a very real program with extensive documentation in the public domain (though the executive summary alone is 69 pages long).

<q>[What the documents] say is that it’s necessary to move forward to militarize space to extend the arms race into space. Except it’s not a race, because the United States is the only country in it. … There is an Outer Space Treaty, from 1967, which everyone signed, including the United States, banning placement of weapons in space. And it’s come up at the United Nations the last couple of years, and has been supported unanimously, except for the United States, which abstains. The UN Disarmament Commission this entire year has been stymied because the U.S. will not permit measures banning militarization of space, and the Space Command says why. They say we have to think of space as the way, say, the British, and later the Germans, thought of the seas a hundred years ago.</q>