lasting legacy of Ronald Wilson Reagan will be Star Wars and a bloated
imperialist U.S. military budget. At the beginning of the recent war
against Iraq, nearly two dozen years after Reagan first took office,
his impact was plainly clear: the mainstream media pointed out that
the U.S. military was estimated to be stronger than Rome at the height
of her imperialism and stronger than Nazi Germany in 1940.
Reagan, starring in “The Return of the Cold War,” doubled President
Carter’s military budget, increasing it from $145 billion to $290
billion in his first year. The Reagan-Bush Administration spent $1.5
trillion in their first five years, the largest military build-up
during peacetime ever recorded. Star Wars was funded to the tune of
tens of billions of dollars with the stated goal of nuclearizing space.
But we were promised if the Soviet Union caved in there would be the
mythical “peace dividend.” Americans would benefit from a much smaller
Then Bush the Elder assumed the Presidency and ushered in the first
Gulf War, and the military budget remained at Cold War levels. With
the fall of the Soviet Union and the election of Bill Clinton, a modest
decrease in the defense budget placed it in the $270 billion range.
Both Bush the Elder and Clinton allowed the Star Wars funding to lag.
Now Bush the Younger has resurrected the dream of U.S. dominance of
the Earth via the militarization of space.
to Jane’s Defense Weekly
, when the U.S. recently attacked Iraq,
the Iraqi defense spending was $1 billion. The “axis of evil,” defined
in President Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union address to include
North Korea and Iran in addition to Iraq, had an estimated defense
spending totaling $7 billion at the time. While the official rhetoric
of the Bush administration still attempts in the most cynical fashion
to portray the U.S. military as a force for good in the world, this
old school propaganda is crashing beneath the weight of a $400 billion
defense budget, soon to be half a trillion dollars. Moreover, public
records, government websites and popular magazines tell the world
that our real objective is “full spectrum dominance” of the planet.
The June issue of Popular Science
spells out the future of
the U.S. military in a cover story entitled, “Is This What War Will
Come To?” (www.popsci.com
) Not surprisingly,
the cover includes the words “Defense 2020: The Pentagon’s Weapons
of the Future.” This is a reference to the U.S. military’s directed
energy program under the U.S. Space Command, known as “Joint Vision
This is where you’ll find the stated policy of the U.S. military --
“full spectrum dominance” of our planet.
“The projectile leaves the barrel at hypersonic velocity – Mach 7-plus
– exits the Earth’s atmosphere, re-enters under satellite guidance
and lands on the building less than six minutes later; its incredible
velocity vaporizes the target with kinetic energy alone.”
Or, if you prefer, your tax dollars are building “a laser cannon that
blasts from the air.” There’s also the phallic “Rods from Gods.” These
are “space-launched darts that strike like meteors.” Paling in comparison
is, “A gun that fires a million rounds a minute.” The casual and open
nature of the reporting in Popular Science
stands in sharp
contrast to the network news that insists on parroting and giving
credibility to the Bush propaganda that the U.S. is promoting peace.
We’ve gone from Reagan’s slogan of “Peace through Strength” to the
less subtle “America Uber Alles.”
Central Ohio, as usual, is involved in this military madness. Lieutenant
Colonel JoAnn Erno, head of the power division at the Air Force Resource
Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is quoted on the development
of “tactical lasers.”
But the Popular Science
article is merely a part of a much
greater military plan, which includes “using ‘weather as a force multiplier’”
and controlling the weather for military purposes by the year 2025.
In April 1997, President Clinton’s Defense Secretary William Cohen
remarked at a terrorist conference at the University of Georgia, “Others
are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter
the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use
of electromagnetic waves.”
How does Cohen know this, and why hasn’t the mainstream media seized
upon the abundance of information in the public record regarding this
Cohen knew it to be true because the so-called terrorists are emulating
our own military tactics, they’re just doing it on the cheap a la
‘dirty bombs.” To expose these new unimaginably powerful weapons of
mass destruction would indict the United States as a ruthless high-tech
At the crux of the U.S. directed energy program is the High-frequency
Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) operating in Gakona, Alaska.
This ionosphere agitator is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.
While the government officially denies its military application, Dr.
Arnold Barnes of Phillips Lab lectured on the military applications
of HAARP at the United States Army’s Developmental Test Command Symposium
in 1997, where the good doctor also outlined the history of the U.S.
military’s involvement in “weather modification.” (www.dtc.army.mil/tts/1997/proceed/abarnes/
But these Star Wars weapons of mass destruction will not make us safer.
Just as in Iraq, people will develop the means for “irregular warfare”
against an arrogant and superior military power, just as our founders
did against the British. And if you don’t believe me, you might want
to consult the September 2001 issue of Popular Mechanics
tells us how anti-U.S. terrorists can build “electromagnetic bombs”
that “could throw civilization back 200 years.” The cost: “terrorists
can build them for $400.” (www.popularmechanics.com/science/military/2001/9/e-bomb/
The illusion that the U.S. is anything other than new Roman imperialism,
a demented high-tech Christian crusade, or a budding Fourth Reich
with better PR cannot be hidden from the reality of the massive U.S.
military budget and its born-again Star Wars program.
Bob Fitrakis is the Editor of the Free Press (freepress.org), a political science professor, attorney
and co-author with Harvey Wasserman of George W. Bush vs. the Superpower