By Bruce Gagnon
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
This map tells the whole story. Each star represents a U.S. military
base. In the middle, in blue, is Iran. Iran has no military bases
outside its borders. Just north of Iran is Georgia that has
essentially become a U.S./NATO base. Turkey belongs to NATO. Iran has
been checkmated. North of Georgia is Russia. Can there be any wonder
why Russia is so alarmed about an attack on Iran?
Imagine if we saw a map of the U.S. with Russian or Chinese military
bases throughout Canada and Mexico along with their warships just off
the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The American people would be going
ballistic. But when we do it to others, no one even blinks an eye.
Following the recent spy drone fiasco over Iran the U.S. has been
working hard to justify these flights. In an Associated Press story
yesterday it was reported that the covert operations in play are “much
bigger than people appreciate,” said Stephen Hadley, former national
security adviser under George W. Bush. “But the U.S. needs to be using
everything it can.” Hadley said that if Iran continues to defy U.N.
resolutions and doesn’t curb its nuclear ambitions, the quiet conflict
“will only get nastier.”
Hadley’s statement “But the U.S. needs to be using everything it can”
has the sound of immanent danger, of desperation. But after looking at
this map where does the danger really lie? Iran is actually no danger
to anyone. The real danger is that the U.S./NATO/Israel have their
itchy fingers on the war trigger and could attack at any time.
One last thing is Mr. Hadley himself. Unknown to the public at large,
Stephen Hadley carried on a quiet career in the shadow of Brent
Scowcroft and Condoleeza Rice. A business lawyer convicted of fraud,
he became the counselor for the largest arms manufacturer in the
world, Lockheed Martin. He advised the candidate George W. Bush,
helped write the U.S.’s new aggressive nuclear doctrine, helped create
the Department of Homeland Security, supervised new entries into NATO,
and helped sell the invasion of Iraq. Ever faithful, he protected Bush
the father from the Irangate scandal and Bush the son from the lies of
the Iraq war. He found himself rewarded by becoming George W. Bush’s
National Security Advisor.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Mr. Steven Hadley ran an insurance
fraud of close to $1.1 million. He was discovered, found guilty by a
court in Iowa, and forced to reimburse the money. To erase any trace
to his crime, he changed his name to Stephen John Hadley.
When Ronald Reagan took the White House, Mr. Hadley stayed in the
private sector. However, in 1986, the Irangate scandal broke.
President Reagan appointed a commission of three wise men to
“investigate”. It was composed of the Texan Senator John Tower, Edmund
Muskie, and Brent Scowcroft who called Stephen J. Hadley to his side.
In spite of the evidence, the commission concluded that President
Reagan and Vice-President Bush were innocent. They found that the
financing of the Contras in Nicaragua through the trafficking of drugs
and illegal weapons sales to Iran was a secret initiative of
over-zealous members of the National Security Council, put into place
without the knowledge of their superiors. No big heads rolled.
As lawyer for Lockheed Martin, Hadley worked with the directors of the
firm, including Lyne Cheney (wife of Dick). He became close with Bruce
P. Jackson, the vice-president of the firm in charge of creating new
markets. Together they initiated the U.S. Committee to Expand NATO
into which they brought Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz. The
Committee engineered the entry of the Czech Republic, Hungary and
Poland into NATO in 1999. Then that of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latonia,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Each time, the leaders of
the new member states were solicited to bring their armies up to the
scale (interoperability) with NATO, in other words, to purchase new
military hardware from Lockheed Martin.
Global Network board member Karl Grossman reported 10 years ago that
Hadley was also instrumental in helping Donald Rumsfeld write his
report calling for U.S. control and domination of space. “Space is
going to be important. It has a great future in the military,” Hadley
told the Air Force Association Convention in a 2001 speech. Introduced
as an “adviser to Governor George W. Bush,” Hadley said that Bush’s
“concern has been that the [Clinton] Administration…doesn’t reflect
a real commitment to missile defense.” In 1998 Rumsfeld’s commission
reversed a 1995 finding by the nation’s intelligence agencies that the
country was not in imminent danger from ballistic missiles acquired by
new powers, declaring that “rogue states” did pose such a threat. The
answer? Missile defense.
It is obvious that Hadley has been at this game a very long time. His
connections to Lockheed Martin, and even the Bush administration, have
been long forgotten. So when he is quoted in a current news story few
see the irony of him defending CIA spy drone flights over Iran. It is
good that we take a moment though and remember the real “his-story”
otherwise we are likely to repeat the terror and carnage of past U.S.
snake oil invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America’s declining empire. Also see his blog at http://space4peace.blogspot.com/