President Obama delivers a speech on nuclear security at Hankuk University in Seoul, South Korea, and the world is treated to watching the Rockefeller choice for a token minority face to represent the American empire in superb form - a boyishly young black American carrying a big stick and saying he will have no problem using it, talking down to the colonially exploited non-white majority of mankind like no white American president ever dared.
Obama Warns Iran, North Korea, [video and text from Politico.com]
President Obama double talks the way all US presidents of the US security state have double talked since it was organized under Truman, but Obama, for not being white, gets away with it much easier. Of course he is authorized by his handlers to throw humanity the usual bone, "We have more nuclear weapons than we need" indicating that he can get rid of a few (outdated ones, we are sure).
Those readers who are asleep to
the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of those ruling the US
corporatist empire might best read To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon's
Secret War Plans , co-authored by eminent Professor of
Theoretical Physics Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking's closest confident, who in 1987, chronicled the twelve times the US had practiced nuclear terrorism in
threatening nuclear attack upon various countries since it dropped the atom
bombs to terrorize Japan into unconditional surrender by obliterating
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
By 2012, that number twelve would have to be revised upward, if for nothing else, by counting in the times President Obama has threatened Iran with nuclear attack.
Library review, 1987
The two authors, Kaku and Daniel Axelrod, both university physicists, maintain that U.S. nuclear
policy for the past 40 years has not been one of deterrence as publicly
stated, but rather has been one of threatening the use of nuclear
weapons. This policy has been documented in such books as the New
England Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee's The
Deadly Connection ( LJ 4/15/86) and Barry M. Blechman and Stephen S.
Kaplan's Force Without War: U.S. armed forces as a political instrument (
LJ 3/1/79). Nonetheless, the authors' thorough analysis of recently
released Pentagon documents provides the basis for a description of the
nuclear war fighting strategy of the Reagan administration. The authors
also outline the attitudes and biases of U.S. nuclear strategists and
policymakers. Recommended for public and university libraries. [Dennis
Felbel, Univ. of Manitoba Lib., Winnipeg]
(Paperback edition, used, from Barnes and Noble available as low as $3, hardcover $13.) kaku/1002301837?ean=9780921689065&itm=22&usri=michio+kakuAs of October 2008, China, India and North Korea, have publicly declared their commitment to no first use of nuclear weapons. China was the first to propose and pledge NFU policy when it first gained nuclear capabilities in 1964, stating "not to be the first to use nuclear weapons at any time or under any circumstances" . NATO has repeatedly rejected calls for adopting NFU policy, arguing that preemptive nuclear strike is a key option. The US is a member of NATO. [ First Strike Nuclear, Wikipedia ]
From the 1950s' Pentagon to today's Obama administration, the United States has repeatedly pondered, planned and threatened use of nuclear weapons against North Korea, according to declassified and other U.S. government documents released in this 60th-anniversary year of the Korean War.
Air Force bombers flew nuclear rehearsal runs over North Korea's capital during the war. The U.S. military services later vied for the lead role in any "atomic delivery" over North Korea. In the late 1960s, nuclear-armed U.S. warplanes stood by in South Korea on 15-minute alert to strike the north.
Just this past April, issuing a U.S. Nuclear Posture Review,Defense Secretary Robert Gates said "all options are on the table" for dealing with Pyongyang -- meaning U.S. nuclear strikes were not ruled out.
The stream of new revelations about U.S. nuclear planning further fills in a picture of what North Korea calls "the increasing nuclear threat of the U.S.," which it cites as the reason it developed its own atom-bomb program -- as a deterrent.
"This is the lesson we have drawn," North Korea's vice foreign minister, Pak Kil Yon, told the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 29.
Even without nuclear weapons, three years of U.S. conventional bombing had devastated North Korea, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. The nuclear planning didn't stop with the fighting. On Aug. 20, 1953, declassified documents show, the Strategic Air Command sent Air Force headquarters a plan for "an air atomic offensive against China, Manchuria and North Korea" if the communists resumed hostilities. "OpPlan 8-53 -- called for use of "large numbers of atomic weapons."
The new information is contained in Korean War documents released by the CIA to mark this June's anniversary of the start of the conflict; another declassified package obtained by Washington's private National Security Archive research group under the Freedom of Information Act; and additional documents, also once top-secret and found at the U.S. National Archives, provided to The Associated Press by intelligence historian and author Matthew Aid.
[US repeatedly threatened to use nukes on N. Korea: declassified documents, Associated Press, 10/9/2012]
The reader can draw his or her own conclusions as to where lies the threat to Mankind from nuclear weapons. Korea? Iran? Or from nations like the US which stores thousands, and whose president pretends that his country is reliable.