The US opposes a nuclear weapons free zone treaty in Russian satellite countries

Originally published 9/14/06:

This is cool:  “Under the treaty signed Friday, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan committed themselves not to produce, buy, or allow the deployment of nuclear weapons on their soil.”

 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14974.htm

Sounds great right?  so why then is the USA opposed to this seemingly very wise developement?

“The reason that many of us suspect the U.S. is opposed to this is more fundamental,” the independent Arms Control Association’s Daryl G. Kimball told OneWorld. “This is a very strategic region. The U.S. is reticent to give up the option of deploying nuclear weapons in this region in the future.”

In May, the journal Foreign Policy named Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan one of the six most important U.S. military bases in the world. The base was originally established as a hub for multinational operations following the September 11th attacks five years ago.

“In addition to its proximity to Afghanistan,” the Foreign Policy article stated, “Manas is located near the immense energy reserves of the Caspian Basin, as well as the Russian and Chinese frontiers.”

According to Jackie Cabasso, who heads up the Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland, California, “the United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the Untied States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.”

“The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal,” she added. “In fact they’re working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities. So the United States is openly using the threatened use of nuclear weapons around the world.”

David Krieger of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation added that members of the Bush administration “like to talk about expanding the use of nuclear weapons and talk about the ‘preventive use’ of nuclear weapons [but seem] to be negative toward a group of countries trying to create a ban on nuclear weapons within their territory.”

Ahah!  We the nation who decry nuclear weapons proliferation among the people we’d like to have for our enemies and boldly vote against FISSBAN alone in the world (147-1) (FISSBAN was the working toward the ban of fissile nuclear weapons grade material production) are apparently opposed to steps taken toward a decrease in nuclear weapons in the world since it would mean we couldn’t put our own nukes there to threaten Iran and protect our oil interests.

Hyppocrite just doesn’t seem like a strong enough word for what our government does here.  Perhaps the term, “Secret combination” does us better. 

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2 Responses to “The US opposes a nuclear weapons free zone treaty in Russian satellite countries”


  1. 1 Michel Hulsey August 22, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    I can’t wait ’till 2008. I want to see our government do something that makes sense. You know, I was once a Republican; now I’m just tired.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon August 22, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Michel,

    Tired is a good place to be. However, I wouldn’t count on the Democrats to completely reverse everything this administration has done. We’re going to get a lot more tired before this is all over amigo.


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