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It's the War Department
It's the War Department
“Percentage of Americans who say
China ‘can’t be trusted: 68.” (“Harper’s Index” January 2013). Where do you think that fear came from? US
encirclement of China would
not happen without the majority of people first having been persuaded by the
warriors to believe China is
an enemy, just as with Vietnam
and the “Axis of Evil.” Who’s next? --Dick
J. William Fulbright writing in 1964: “It is not impossible that in time our relations with
will change again, if not to friendship then perhaps to’“competitive
coexistence.’ It would therefore be an
extremely useful thing if we could introduce an element of flexibility, or, more
precisely, of the capacity to be flexible, into our relations with Communist
China.” Old Myths and New Realities, p. 39.
Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 at end
Vitchek, Missile Test Site,
and Nuclear Testing, NYT Rev. by Mitgang Marshall Islands
Occupying E. Asia Surrounding
Reed, Ring Around
NYT Editorial, Vandenberg AFB Missile Intercept Failure
Dick, Commentary on NYT Editorial
Vandenberg Protest Case Goes to US Supreme Court
Flowers and Zeese, TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership (see earlier newsletters)
Jones, T-PP and TAFTA
TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, US Economic Empire (also see reports in #7 and before)
US Control of
, Over a Micronesia Million Square
Dick, Sixteen Reports on “The Pivot” from One Number of Space Alert!
Island in the Northern
Marianas: Stop Another
Founding Fathers’ Principles
Compassion? Fox News: Send in the Marines Typhoon, US
Motive? Generosity Competition with US China
Dick: Fulbright’s Reduced Tensions, Natural and Human Typhoons,
China, , Lashes,
Rising Seas: Aiding Threatened
Islands?; US Instead of Empire Help the Drowning Nations
Assange/Wikipedia Reveals TPP Agreement Text
Emissions Common Ground? Leading to? Buckley,
Dick: Fulbright’s Key Words and Principles
Dick: Reduced Tensions:
China, , US Japan
Dick: Kerry Attacks
China Defends Asia:
Who IS John Kerry?
By radio: The US sent an aircraft carrier and promised $ Millions to help the devastated people of the
Hosted by Bill Hemmer & Alisyn Came...
US Marines land in
as official death toll rises Philippines
Published November 12, 2013
U.S. Marines on Monday brought the first shipments of water, generators and other critical supplies to survivors of a monster typhoon that killed an estimated 10,000 or more across a vast swath of the country, and displaced around 660,000 others.
The Philippine government revised the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan up to 1,744 Tuesday, and the final death toll is expected to be even higher.
The country's Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also said Tuesday that 2,487 people had been injured when the storm barreled into the eastern islands of the Philippine archipelago Friday. Officials had estimated over the weekend that the disaster might have killed at least 10,000 people in one province alone and displaced 660,000 others.
On Monday, two U.S. C-130 transport planes filled with relief supplies and a contingent of troops flew from
Manila's Vilamor air base to the city of Tacloban,
on the eastern seaboard, which was heavily damaged in what may prove to be the
deadliest storm in the history of the . Philippines
The members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade were among the first outside help in what is expected to be a major aid mission in coming days and weeks.
"I don't believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house," U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over Tacloban, the largest city in Leyte province. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where the two cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies.
"We saw bodies everywhere," he said. Some were floating in the water, others in a schoolyard.
He said trees were uprooted for miles around, roads were impassable and power lines were down.
"I don't know how else you can describe total devastation," Kennedy said at the Tacloban airport.
The Pentagon said another 90 troops were on their way.
States also said Monday it is providing $20 million in
aid to the ravaged nation, and the USS George Washington, currently in Hong
Kong, was making final preparations to deploy to the . Philippines
The carrier will be joined by other support ships assigned to deliver humanitarian relief aid, including medical supplies, food, water and temporary shelters. The carrier, which holds 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, was expected to arrive in the next 48 to 72 hours.
Disrupted transportation and communications links have made it difficult to count the dead and distribute relief goods. Destruction from the typhoon, which slammed into the central
was extensive, with debris blocking roads and trapping decomposing
John Ging, John Ging, the operations manager of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said "many places are strewn with dead bodies" that need to be buried quickly to prevent disease outbreaks.
"We're sadly expecting the worst as we get more and more access," Ging told reporters at UN headquarters.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Red Cross said Monday its search and rescue efforts are being hampered by looters, including some who attacked trucks of food and other relief supplies the agency was shipping from a port city.
Rescuers also faced blocked roads and damaged airports on Monday as they raced to deliver desperately needed tents, food and medicines to the eastern
Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead -- not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban.
With other rampant looting being reported, President Benigno Aquino III said Sunday that he was considering declaring a state of emergency or martial law in Tacloban.
Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, which is called Yolanda in the
Philippines but is known
as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia. It's one of the
most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land, with winds gusting up to 175
miles per hour, making it the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane. At least
23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. Ships were tossed inland, cars and
trucks swept out to sea and bridges and ports washed away.
Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday and was told that there may be 10,000 deaths in
province, mostly due drowning and injuries suffered from collapsed buildings.
The governor's figure was based on reports from village officials in areas
where the storm hit.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression, named Zoraida, made landfall Tuesday without damage about 290 miles away from areas hardest hit by Haiyan, The Wall Street Journal reported. Rain from the storm delayed assistance early Tuesday.
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States immediately dispatched relief and
troops to aid the . Though Americans have
prided themselves in helping ... Philippines
Financial Times - 10 hours ago
Huffington Post - 17 hours ago
American soft power and the new battle of Leyte By Rob
Crilly World Last updated: November 17th, 2013
You don't need to be a crotchety old cynic like me to know that the
US aid pouring into the
is not entirely motivated by altruism. Philippines
The country is a crucial part of Washington's Asia Pivot, but so far
has resisted attempts to station more
American forces on its soil. Manila America's
role as the '
former colonial master means many are reluctant to see US troops return in
larger numbers. Philippines
U.S. Forging Closer Military Ties With Philippines By KEITH BRADSHER Published: December 17, 2013 [I read this under title “Bolstering Military Ties, U.S. Gives Philippines Aid,” NYT 12-18, A8. Compare the titles for an interesting analysis of two headline writers. –Dick]
MANILA — Secretary of State John Kerry said here on Tuesday that the United States would give the Philippines $40 million in maritime security assistance and was negotiating with Manila to rotate more American military forces through the country, the latest signs of the Obama administration’s concerns about mounting pressure from China on its neighbors.
Follow@nytimesworldfor international breaking news and headlines.
Both steps have been months in preparation, and Mr. Kerry took pains not to portray them as direct responses to the most recent difficulties in Chinese-American relations. Even so, they signal that the
may not back down quickly as China
becomes increasingly assertive in claiming islands, airspace and large expanses
of ocean in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
strongly opposes the
use of intimidation, coercion or aggression to advance territorial claims,” Mr.
Kerry said. “The United States United States
remains firmly committed to the security of the and the region.” Philippines
Appearing at a joint news conference after an afternoon of discussions, Mr. Kerry and the Philippine foreign secretary, Albert F. del Rosario, strongly criticized
China’s recent unilateral declaration of an air
defense identification zone over the East China Sea, including airspace
previously monitored mainly by Japan
and . South Korea
, in doing this, effectively
is attempting to transform an air zone into its own domestic airspace, and we
think that this could lead to compromising freedom of flight,” Mr. del Rosario
Mr. Kerry reiterated that “the
does not recognize that zone and does not accept it.” United States
“The zone should not be implemented, and
should refrain from taking similar unilateral actions elsewhere in the region,
and particularly over the South China Sea,” he
The latest maritime incident between the
and China in the South China Sea occurred on Dec. 5, but did not become
public until last weekend. An American vessel, the missile-carrying cruiser
Cowpens, nearly collided with a
Chinese ship that was
aircraft carrier, the . Liaoning
The joint news conference by Mr. Kerry and Mr. del Rosario came at the end of the day on Tuesday, after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in
, and there was no immediate reaction
from the Chinese government. Beijing
But Ruan Zongze, a prominent Chinese diplomat who is a vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, a research organization in Beijing financed by the Foreign Ministry, said in a telephone interview that the Chinese government would not be pleased by the prospect of more American forces in the Philippines — even if those forces are classified as rotating through and not permanently based there.
“It happens against the backdrop of China-Philippines disputes,” he said. “Any of these measures taken by the
will be taken by the Chinese as support for . This rotation can be sort of
United States closed two large bases and four
small ones in the
in 1991 and 1992, under pressure from Philippine nationalists who objected to
the continued presence of American forces after the Cold War had ended. Steven
Rood of the Asia Foundation, a nonprofit development group based in Philippines San Francisco, said it was important for domestic
political reasons in the
that any added American troops not appear to be permanently stationed in the
While surveys in the Philippines have shown for a decade that the general public would welcome a return of American forces, the country’s decision makers and opinion leaders have begun to come around to that view only in the last couple of years, as rising tensions with China prompted them to reconsider their lingering aversion to an expanded American military footprint.
So the arrangement “needs to be demonstrably a
base that has an American presence, rather than an American base embedded in a
base,” Mr. Rood said. Philippines
The challenge for the United States lies in how to make the Philippines confident that it can stand up to China in territorial disputes, without emboldening Philippine nationalists to pick fights with their much larger neighbor.
As a vibrant but sometimes tumultuous democracy, the
has a wide spectrum of
political views. The Chinese government has sometimes outspokenly condemned the
more assertive comments made by politicians in Manila, even as it pursued a
more confrontational policy of its own, sending vessels to assert ever more
control over islets, coral atolls and even semi-submerged rocks in the South
China Sea that the countries each claim. Philippines
version of this article appears in print on December 18, 2013, on page A8 of
edition with the headline: Bolstering Military
Ties, U.S. Gives Philippines Aid. New York
US AID TO
: WHO’S THE GOOD GUY? PHILIPPINES
20 hours ago -
BEIJING (Reuters) - China may have wasted the chance to build
goodwill in Southeast Asia with its relatively paltry donation to the ... Philippines
WORLD WAR II IN PACIFIC AND THE TYPHOON
Jeff Smith. “Storm Echoes War for Veteran: Death, Ruin in Philippines Are Things He’s Seen Before.”
Democrat-Gazette (Dec. 9, 2013). Comment by Dick Bennett. Arkansas
Smith interviewed John Baran, resident of
AR, who landed in Leyte near Tacloban 69 years
ago, part of the huge Battle of Leyte Gulf, beginning Oct. 20, 1944, “to liberate the from the Japanese in
World War II.” Pictures of the destruction
caused by Typhoon Haiyan, particularly of Tacloban, evoked memories of that
landing. “’When I saw the pictures of
the destruction there in Tacloban, it reminded me so much of what I saw when I
went ashore 69 years ago. There was
destruction and dead bodies everywhere.’”
Prior to the landing, “’before daylight, the naval bombardment
began. It lasted until after daybreak,
and the landings began. . . .We saw the Battleship Tennessee bombard the area
with 14-inch shells, LSTs. . .launching rockets. . . .When his unit finally got
ashore, the carnage of three days of battle was everywhere. There were dead bodies everywhere and body
parts that we had to step over. It was
sickening. There were also a lot of
Filipinos killed, including a family of a husband, wife and their three kids
who were trying to hide in a bamboo thicket.’”
After fighting through “numerous small firefights in Filipino villages,”
Baran was shot in the hip in the second of two heavy battles and almost died
before being evacuated. Back in the Philippines he
was hospitalized for 15 months and had “five major surgeries.” Since then, “the wound has given Baran
trouble all his life, and today he walks with crutches and leg braces.” US
The generally accepted way of reading this account of US combat and casualties is to admire our brave soldier Baran and to feel exultation over the eventual victory over the Japanese. If any thought is given to the “carnage” of Filipinos killed by the US bombardments and village by village liberations, or to the life-long suffering of Baran, it would probably be the claim that the “Japs” started the war by the “stab-in-the-back” at Pearl Harbor, the sense that “stuff happens” in wars (Dick Cheney), killing innocent people is necessary for the higher goal of victory (Madeleine Albright and the half-million Iraqi children in the 1990s), and our heroes deserve our gratitude and financial support for as long as they live and even after..
Such a conclusion is made complicated and darkened by the considerable evidence that the war was a colonial conflict over resources in the Pacific and E. Asia—particularly for oil and rubber—, that the US sided with white European imperialists against Japanese imperialists, and the racist war was fought without mercy on both sides. Any calculation of the costs of wars must include the property destroyed and the civilians and soldiers displaced, killed, and maimed on both sides.
The following comment by Prof. Sonny San Juan, Jr. of the Philippines Cultural Studies Center, Storrs, CT, helps correct the warped, pro-war, WWII in the Pacific:
indoctrination that continues. “Most historians agree that the
to liberate it, as per order of Gen
Douglas McArthur, produced more carnage and destruction than the entire
period of Japanese occupation (1942-44). It also forced the defending
Japanese soldiers in Manila Manila
to massacre the citizens out of desperation. McArthur wanted to "avenge"
his humiliating defeat in 1941, all this of course for the victory of
democracy!!! My guess is that
MacArthur and later Truman wanted to avenge the 1941 defeat--all
personal--with the political aim of dominating Asia
in the face of strong Soviet challenge. The Cold War began in Asia,
later in divided Berlin.” US leaders hardly at all, and US historians inadequately,
have assessed the full havoc of US wars.
Before the US again
goes to war or threatens war without having been attacked (a war crime
according the UN Charter and Nuremberg
principles), it should be required to make a full report on the projected
slaughter and ruin.
Dower, John. War Without Mercy.
Worth, Roland, Jr. No Choice But War.
INSTEAD OF EMPIRE INCLUDING
SHOULD BE LEADING THE PACIFIC/E. ASIA IN RESETTLING DISPLACED ISLAND
AND COASTAL PEOPLE. http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/publications/files/d7e9c96ba3c.pdf...."Neither the government of
nor the governments of other independent Pacific states have made any
commitments to resettling people displaced by progressively worsening
environmental conditions due to climate change. " Australia
This article mentions some relocations chosen by lottery or who particularly qualify, but it is really very few. Besides these island nations, there is
and other coastal areas. There may be nowhere for these coastal displaced people
to go but inland, under unimaginable conditions (though preferable to total
planning for this global catastrophe?
Are the individual states?
Counties? Cities? (See OMNI’s many newsletters on CO2, warming,
climate change, extreme weather, global chaos.)
For the US a carrier strike group
and some $millions promised. But we are
witnessing the beginnings of the necessity of equivalent expenses of the Apollo
moon exploration, really Apollo plus WWII Manhattan Project. But instead our leaders are shouldering
around the world with its military and economic power, and responding with too
late to save a few and win us some friends against the China “enemy,” while the
Arctic and global glaciers melt, seas rise, droughts and fires too, and
populations flee. --Dick Philippines
BREAKING: Wikileaks Releases Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Text
Excerpt: "In the words of WikiLeaks; Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, 'If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons."
Excerpt: "In the words of WikiLeaks; Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, 'If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons."
Farmers from Miyagi prefecture raise their fists along with other farmers from across
Wikileaks Releases Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Text
13 November 13
oday, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world's GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in
on 19-24 November
2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most
controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines,
publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.
Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and
disagreements between all 12 prospective member states. Salt Lake City, Utah
The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP. Both pacts exclude
Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty's chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy. Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision. It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 'trade advisers' - lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart - are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text.
The TPP negotiations are currently at a critical stage. The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty. Numerous TPP heads of state and senior government figures, including President Obama, have declared their intention to sign and ratify the TPP before the end of 2013.
WikiLeaks' Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange stated: "The
administration is aggressively pushing the TPP through the legislative process on the
sly." The advanced draft of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter,
published by WikiLeaks on 13 November 2013, provides the public with the fullest
opportunity so far to familiarise themselves with the details and implications
of the TPP. US
The 95-page, 30,000-word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal and enforcement regime, modifying or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter's subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic) and industrial design.
The longest section of the Chapter - 'Enforcement' - is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons. Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties.
The consolidated text obtained by WikiLeaks after the 26-30 August 2013 TPP meeting in Brunei - unlike any other TPP-related documents previously released to the public - contains annotations detailing each country's positions on the issues under negotiation. Julian Assange emphasises that a "cringingly obsequious"
is the nation most likely to support the hardline position of US negotiators
against other countries, while states including Vietnam,
Chile and are more likely to be in
opposition. Numerous key Pacific Rim and nearby nations - including Argentina,
Ecuador, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and, most
significantly, Russia and China - have not been involved in the drafting of the
In the words of WikiLeaks' Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, "If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs."
Current TPP negotiation member states are the
Mexico, Canada, Australia,
Malaysia, Chile, Singapore,
Peru, Vietnam, New
Zealand and . Brunei
(from David D)
MUTUAL CURRENT MEANS COOPERATION? IS COUNTER WESTWARD CURRENT? WHAT DO THESE NEWSLETTERS SUGGEST?
Global Warming News
Compiled: November 22, 2013 04:56:01 AM
By DAVID JOLLY and CHRIS BUCKLEY
FULBRIGHT’S KEY WORDS AND CONCEPTS FOR WORLD PEACE
J. William Fulbright in 1964: “It seems possible…that an atmosphere of reduced tensions in the Far East might make it possible to strengthen world peace by drawing mainland
BASH, LASH, ACCUSE, REDUCED TENSIONS? WHO IS CAUSING THE TENSIONS?
(Source not identified). “China Bashes Japan’s Defense Plans.” ADG (Dec. 22, 2013). “
Democrat-Gazette Staff, “Kerry Blasts
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, “
Next stop for Kerry after
Kerry said “the added assistance was not a ‘quickly conceived reaction to any events in the region’ but rather a ‘gradual and deliberate expansion’ of U.S. support as part of the broader decision by president Barack Obama’s administration to refocus attention on the Asia-Pacific” (i.e., find another enemy, find somewhere to send the futile troops in Iraq and Afghanistan). Now here he told the truth, but he meant to say: as continuation of decisions by a succession of presidents to suppress the Philippine resistance to US occupation, to steal Hawaii, to gobble up other Pacific island bases westward (Midway, Guam) preceding WWII, arm S. Korea, Japan (especially Okinawa with its dozen US bases), and now the Pivot expanding to Darwin, Australia.and Jeju Island, S. Korea.
And recently, Dec. 5, US and Chinese naval vessels “almost collided in the
Will my readers please send my newsletters to President Obama and to this wolf in lambs’ language the Kerry State Department aided crudely by the staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette?
COME AND JOIN THE DANCE. YOU SAY DEFENSE, I SAY WAR; I SAY DEFENSE, YOU SAY WAR. CONGRESSMAN KUCINICH WE NEED YOU AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PEACE YOU TRIED TO PASS THROUGH CONGRESS. SENATOR FULBRIGHT WE NEED YOUR BOOKS TO TEACH HISTORY, REASONING, MODERATION, DIPLOMACY, NEGOTIATION. TO REDUCE TENSIONS CAUSED BY BELLICOSE GOVERNMENTS.
and Pequots to Across the Pacific Plymouth
Abandoning Pacifism Japan
Southeast Asian Bases:
Gerson: Peace Movement and Pivot
Beifus: Transpacific Partnership (TPP)
Glazebrook: Empire? Westward Meets Eastward:
END WESTWARD, PACIFIC,
ASIA IMPERIALISM #9