Friday, January 19, 2007

Explain It To Me, Please!

The White House issued a statement through the National Security Council with regard to China testing an antisatellite weapon last week. The statement said, “Development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area.” “Only two nations — the Soviet Union and the United States — have previously destroyed spacecraft in antisatellite tests, most recently the United States in the mid-1980s,” the New York Times said this morning. I don’t understand. Why does the United States think it has the right and power to tell China what it can do with regard to what is being called “the escalation in the weaponization of space”? Why does the United States think it can arm itself to the teeth, escalate its nuclear weapons programs, while at the same tell all other nations of the world that they cannot and must not arm themselves or weaponize space because to do so would be (gasp!) against the wishes of the United States. In addition to which, the United States believes it is unethical, immoral and ungodly for the nations of the world to defend themselves against America’s plan to rule the Middle East and eventually, the World. I don’t understand. Who the fuck does the United States of America think it is? A force of nature? A super superpower against which the nations of the world must remain defenseless? Get real! China and Japan own the United States. And we don’t even have a military to defend ourselves at home, let alone around the world. The NYT said, “White House officials said the United States and other nations, which they did not identify, had “expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese.” Who are we to presume to tell China jack shit? China is the second-largest owner of US Treasuries. At the end of October, 2006 China was holding $344.9-billion of US debt. (At the end of August, Japan held $644.2 billion in US Treasuries.) If either of those countries decided not to buy Treasuries or to sell off the US Treasuries they now hold, the US dollar would spiral down into worthlessness. And yet, here we are posturing and strutting and issuing pronouncements about what China and the other nations of the world should and should not do to defend themselves. The only reason George W. Bush (and the rest of us) can get up in the morning and act like assholes for the rest of the day is because China and Japan allow it. I detest the expression “sending a message” with regard to shifts in the power structure of the world, or come to that, with regard to anything. China and Iran are not sending messages. They are simply acting in their best interests. And the fact is that thanks to the spending priorities of the Republican Party, the United States is a second-class nation with nuclear capabilities it can no longer use as a threat. China has gone into space with its weapon capability and the US can only bluster and fume about the fact that we didn’t have the foresight to make a space-weapons treaty with China. And little by little for the last 25 years, China has been buying our Treasuries so that China now owns our sorry ass. Explain to me the part about how sending 20,000 ill-trained and tired troops to Iraq will keep us safe.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

Not to mention that probably the government of China understands that the PNAC Global Co-prosperity Sphere would involve a massive array of Diamonds are Forever weapons.

China, it turns out, is cautious about Co-prosperity Spheres.