on August 14 of an agreement between the governments of the United States and
Poland to deploy on Polish soil US �interceptor missiles� is the most dangerous
move towards nuclear war the world has seen since the 1962 Cuba Missile crisis.
Far from a
defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack,
as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a
total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The
Russian government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first
unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to
come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush administration, in the wake of a
humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the government of Poland to
finally sign the pact. The consequences could be unthinkable for Europe and the
The preliminary deal to place elements of the US global
missile defense shield was signed by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej
Kremer and US chief negotiator John Rood on August 14. Under the terms,
Washington plans to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland coupled with a
radar system in the Czech Republic, which it ludicrously claims are intended to
counter possible attacks from what it calls �rogue states,� including Iran.
To get the agreement Washington agreed to reinforce Poland�s
air defenses. The deal is still to be approved by the two countries�
governments and Poland�s parliament. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in
televised remarks that �the events in the Caucasus show clearly that such
security guarantees are indispensable.� The US-Polish missile talks had been
dragging for months before recent hostilities in Georgia.
The Bush White House Press spoksperson, Dona Perino, stated,
officially, �We believe that missile defense is a substantial contribution to
NATO�s collective security.� Officials say the interceptor base in Poland will
be opened by 2012. The Czech Republic signed a deal to host a US radar facility
on July 8.
The signing now insures an escalation of tensions between
Russia and NATO and a new Cold War arms race in full force. It is important for
readers to understand, as I detail painstakingly in my book, to be released
this autumn, Full Spectrum Dominance: The National Security State and the
Spread of Democracy, the ability
of one of two opposing sides to put anti-missile missiles to within 90 miles of
the territory of the other in even a primitive first-generation anti-missile
missile array gives that side virtual victory in a nuclear balance of power and
forces the other to consider unconditional surrender or to preemptively react
by launching its nuclear strike before 2012. Senior Russian lawmakers said on
Friday the agreement would damage security in Europe, and reiterated that
Russia would now have to take steps to ensure its security.
Andrei Klimov, deputy head of the Russian State Duma�s
international affairs committee, said the deal was designed to demonstrate
Warsaw�s �loyalty to the US and receive material benefits. For the Americans,
it is an opportunity to expand its military presence across the world,
including closer to Russia. For NATO, this is an additional risk . . . many
NATO countries are unhappy with this, including the Germans and the French.�
Klimov called the agreement �a step back� toward the Cold
The US plans to deploy a radar facility in the Czech
Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in northern Poland as part of a
US-controlled missile shield for Europe and North America, have been officially
sold under the ludicrous argument that it is against possible attacks from �rogue
states,� including Iran. Last Spring, then Russian President Vladimir Putin
exposed the shallowness of the US propaganda line by offering a startled
President Bush the use of Russian leased radar facilities in Azerbaijan on the
Iran border to far better monitor Iran missile launches. The Bush administration
simply ignored the offer, exposing that their real target is Russia not �rogue
states like Iran.� Russia rightly views deployment of the US missile shield as
a threat to its national security.
The latest Polish agreement advances a Russian response.
Russian officials earlier said Moscow could deploy its
Iskander tactical missiles and strategic bombers in Belarus and Russia�s
westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad if Washington succeeded in its missile
shield plans in Europe. Moscow also warned it could target its missiles on
Russia is also discussing putting in place an orbital
ballistic missile system in response to US missile defense plans for Central
Europe, according to a senior Russian military expert.
�A program could be implemented to create orbital ballistic
missiles capable of reaching US territory via the South Pole, skirting US air
defense bases,� said Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, former chief of staff of the
Russian Strategic Missile Forces, now vice president of the Academy of
Security, Defense and Law Enforcement Studies.
Previously as part of the post Cold War agreements with the
US, agreements which have been �significantly ignored by Washington as it
pushed the borders of NATO ever closer to Moscow�s doorstep, the Soviet Union
had abandoned such missiles in accordance with the START I Treaty.
Obama backs missile defense too
The deal would further divide European countries into what
Barack Obama�s foreign policy adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski openly calls, US �vassals�
and those pursuing more independent policies.
that a Democratic Obama Presidency would mean a rollback of such provocative
NATO and US military moves of recent years should be dismissed as dangerous
wishful thinking. Obama�s foreign policy team in addition to father Zbigniew
Brzezinski, includes Brzezinski�s son, Ian Brzezinski, current US Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. Ian Brzezinski is
a devout backer of US missile defense policy, as well as Kosovo independence
and NATO expansion into Ukraine and Georgia.
F. William Engdahl is
author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
(Pluto Press), and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic
Manipulation (www.globalresearch.ca). This essay is adapted from a book he has just
completed, titled Full Spectrum Dominance: The Geopolitical Agenda Behind
Washington�s Global Military Buildup (release date estimated Autumn 2008). He
may be contacted through his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.