Winston Churchill – icon for President George W.
Bush and the neo-crazies – is revered for declaring
"I did not become Her Majesty's First Minister so that I might oversee the
liquidation of the British Empire!" Churchill is – understandably – much less
revered for proceeding to do just that.
With just a year to go in his Presidency, it increasing appears that
Bush-43’s chief legacy may be the liquidation of our empire, accumulated during
the so-called American Century.
To get a sense of the State of the American Hegemony under the stewardship
thus far of Bush-43, take a look at the Antiwar.com homepage.
There are separate sections, there, largely devoted to consequences of
Bush-43 interventions – actual, intended or threatened – into the internal
affairs of Russia, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon/Syria, Afghanistan,
India, the Koreas, Pakistan, Somalia, the Congo, Algeria, Peru, the Middle East,
Europe, Asia and the American Homeland, itself.
Of course, we – and the whole world – were given fair warning that there
would be such interventions. In his very
first State of the Union Address, Bush-43, the self-proclaimed
Commander-in-Chief of the Global War on Terror, declared that;
"Our nation will continue to be steadfast and patient and persistent in the
pursuit of two great objectives.
"First, we will shut down terrorist camps, disrupt terrorist plans, and bring
terrorists to justice.
"And, second, we must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical,
biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the
"Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of
business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist
underworld -- including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad,
Jaish-i-Mohammed -- operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the
centers of large cities.
"Our soldiers, working with the Bosnian government, seized terrorists who
were plotting to bomb our embassy.
"Our Navy is patrolling the coast of Africa to block the shipment of weapons
and the establishment of terrorist camps in Somalia.
"Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening
America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction.
"North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass
destruction, while starving its citizens.
"Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an
unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.
"Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil,
arming to threaten the peace of the world.
"We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state
sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of
mass destruction. We will develop and deploy effective missile defenses to
protect America and our allies from sudden attack.
"And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to
ensure our nation's security.
"We'll be deliberate, yet time is not on our side. I will not wait on
events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer
Bush’s 2002 National
Security Statement, formalizing those policies to be implemented during
prosecution of the GWOT under the American Hegemony, focused on "rogue states,"
rather than the terrorists themselves.
The 2006 update to the
2002 NSS further states that;
"The best way to block aspiring nuclear states or nuclear terrorists is to
deny them access to the essential ingredient of fissile material.
"Therefore, our strategy focuses on controlling fissile material with two
"First, to keep states from acquiring the capability to produce fissile
material suitable for making nuclear weapons; and second, to deter, interdict,
or prevent any transfer of that material from states that have this capability
to rogue states or to terrorists.
"The first objective requires closing a loophole in the Non-Proliferation
Treaty that permits regimes to produce fissile material that can be used to make
nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear power program."
Of course, the internationally agreed-upon strategy to prevent
nuclear-weapons proliferation has always focused on controlling the
fissile materials absolutely essential to their production.
But, in return for a signatory’s subjecting all nuclear-energy related
activities to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards – for the exclusive
purpose of the IAEA’s being able to verify that certain proscribed materials are
never used to produce nuclear weapons – the NPT affirms a signatory’s
inalienable right to produce and use such materials for peaceful
Far from constituting a "loop hole," that guarantee is one of the "three
pillars" of the NPT.
Another NPT pillar is the commitment – reaffirmed by President Clinton at the
2000 NPT Review Conference – to get rid of all our nukes.
Then, there’s the NPT prohibition – as well as prohibitions in US law –
against Bush’s assisting India [not a NPT-signatory] with its nuclear programs.
Finally, there’s the implied NPT prohibition – and the explicit prohibition
in the UN Charter – against Bush’s imposition of sanctions on Russia and China
for facilitating Iran’s enjoyment – without discrimination – of the peaceful
uses of nuclear energy.
Hence, implementing Bush’s 2006 National Security Strategy – designed to
secure the American Hegemony – requires nothing less than the deliberate
destruction of the existing international nuclear-weapons
But, hold on.
Even though Bush-43 recently warned Russia and China that World War III could
result unless they joined him in imposing crushing economic sanctions on Iran –
in violation of the UN Charter – and in denying Iran its inalienable rights
under the NPT, Russian President Putin defied Bush by attending a summit meeting in
Tehran of the oil-rich Caspian Sea littoral states, pointedly declaring
afterward in a joint Iran-Russia press conference that "Iran is an important
regional and global power".
Furthermore, China has just defied Bush-43 by concluding a deal
with Iran that obliges it "to make all necessary investments to develop the
Yadavaran Oil Field in Southwestern Iran."
So, maybe Russia and China won’t allow Bush to emasculate the IAEA-NPT-NSG
nuke proliferation-prevention regime – which is solidly athwart his American
Then what will be George W. Bush’s chief legacy? World War III, or – like
Churchill – liquidiation of an empire?