Saturday, March 04, 2006

Some Food for Thought

Regarding India’s Nuclear Programme

…The centrepiece of the Bush visit is a US plan to lift an international ban on sales of civilian nuclear technology to India. It is an extraordinary reward for a country that secretly built nuclear weapons, exploded five of them eight years ago, and still refuses to join the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). Contrast this with the massive pressure on Iran, which has gone nothing like as far down the nuclear road, and claims not to want a nuclear bomb anyway. Sign up to the NPT and you are castigated for not obeying the rules. Refuse to sign it and you are forgiven for whatever you manage to do on your own, including making a bomb. India received a slap on the wrist after its 1998 explosions, as did Pakistan, which followed with its own tests a few months later. The US imposed diplomatic and technology sanctions on both countries. The 9/11 attacks and Islamabad's role as an ally in the war on terror eased them in Pakistan's case. Now the lure of the tinkling cash register is doing the same for India….

If you want to read the full article, here it is:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1716858,00.html


Regarding the powers of King George’s Second in Command

…Indeed, Cheney explained, he has the power to declassify intelligence. "There is an executive order to that effect," he said. On March 25 2003 President Bush signed executive order 13292, a hitherto little-known document that grants the greatest expansion of the power of the vice-president in US history. It gives the vice-president the same ability to classify intelligence as the president. By controlling classification, the vice-president can control intelligence and, through that, foreign policy. Bush operates on the radical notion of the "unitary executive", that the presidency has inherent and limitless powers in his role as commander in chief, above the system of checks and balances. Never before has any president diminished and divided his power….The first US vice-president, John Adams, called his position "the most insignificant office ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived". When Cheney was defence secretary, he reprimanded Vice-President Dan Quayle for asserting power he did not possess by calling a meeting of the National Security Council when the elder President Bush was abroad. Since the coup d'etat of executive order 13292, the vice-presidency has been transformed. Perhaps, for a blinding moment, Cheney imagined he might classify his shooting party as top secret.

If you want to read the full article, here it is:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1716599,00.html


Regarding US Oil Dependency on the Middle East

…The world now burns eight billion tonnes of oil, gas and coal every year, and the greatest of these is oil. Our dependence is absolute. It fuels 90% of all transportation. It is involved in the production of 95% of all the goods in shops, including 95% of all food - produced as it is, these days, mainly by industrialised means, and transported, as is now the custom, halfway round the world and possibly back again before consumption. We get through more than 80 million barrels of oil a day, which is 29 billion barrels a year. The US uses one-quarter of this, most of it in automobiles; and, while the rest of the world has developed cars that do 60 miles to the gallon, the US produced the sports utility vehicle (SUV), which often does as little as 4mpg. In 2003 SUVs were 23% of the US market.

The US imports a quarter of the oil it gets through, mainly from the Middle East, though it could cut that to zero if it raised the efficiency of its cars even roughly in line with the rest of the world. It seems we didn't go to war with Iraq just to protect oil in general. We went to safeguard the SUV in particular. As George Bush senior said in 1992: "The American way of life is not negotiable…

"If you want to read the full article, here it is:

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1711282,00.html

3 Comments:

Blogger iamnasra said...

How sad...I really hate anything to do with politics... However we tend to also to be poltical about things when we want way out...Do I make sense ...I do not understand big countries like USA Russia has the right to have weapon of mass destruction (whatever they call them) then other country fellow their foot steps and the result ????

Does Hirushima ring a bell to any one

10:47 AM  
Blogger Grandpa Eddie said...

There is an old saying that my mother use to say: "What's good for the goose, is good for the gander."
I guess with Bush that doesn't mean anything...although I'm sure he heard it alot when he was young.

Nice post on VP Elmer Fudd.

Thanks for stoppin' by my blog, pal.
Btw...how ya been?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Bjoern... where have ya been hiding? You haven't posted anything in forever and you haven't commented at Fuzzy and Blue in a while. Is everything okay?

BabyGirl had her surgery last Weds (April 5th) and all has gone well so far. We go back in May for a check up and for the doctor to remeasure her vision and to assess if he thinks a 2nd surgery will be needed.
I hope all is well with you.

3:50 AM  

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