[Rushtalk] Now famous REPUBLICAN endorsed by Communists
John A. Quayle
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Wed Feb 6 10:57:04 MST 2013
Hagel endorsed by Communist Party USA
Obama's defense nominee previously earned Iran's blessing
Published: 16 hours ago
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After reportedly receiving support from Iran,
Chuck Hagel, President Obamas defense secretary
nominee, has yet another endorsement to add to
his resume, this one coming from the Communist Party USA.
World, the Communist Party USAs official
magazine, touted Hagel as represent[ing] the
more sober elements who have called in our
national discourse for rejection of the old cold
war tactics, the unilateralism and the continual
push for wars all over the world.
The magazines labor editor, John Wojcik, slammed
the neocon U.S. Senate for trying to force
Hagel to disavow his opposition to what they call
the successful surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A Peoples World blast email further lamented
Hagel is still the subject of controversy due to
some mild criticism he made of the State of Israel.
Wojcik contended it was the U.S. Senate, not
President Obamas nominee, Chuck Hagel, that fell
down on the job at the hearings.
It was allowed to become a place for right-wing
grandstanding and unacceptable efforts to rewrite history, he continued.
Wojcik conceded that Hagel does not have the
kind of record that progressives conclude will
make him a Secretary of Defense who would chart
the entirely new foreign policy direction the times require.
Last week Hagel took heat from Sen. Jim Inhofe,
R-Oka., who asked during the Senate hearings why
Iran supports Hagels nomination as defense secretary.
As a senator, Hagel opposed sanctions on Iran,
instead calling for direct, unconditional
talks. He was one of only 12 senators who
refused to sign a letter asking the European
Union to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
WND reported Hagel went on the Middle East
satellite network Al Jazeera in 2009 to argue
that before dealing with the nuclear arsenals of
rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea, the
U.S. and Russia must first lead the effort by
phasing out their own nuclear weapons.
WND also reported Hagel serves on the board of
the Ploughshares Fund, a George Soros-funded
group that advocates a nuclear-free world.
The Ploughshares Fund has a long history of
anti-war advocacy and is a partner of the
Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies,
which has urged the defunding of the Pentagon and
massive decreases in U.S. defense capabilities,
including slashing the American nuclear arsenal to 292 deployed weapons.
Hagels thesis on minimizing the U.S. nuclear
arsenal was reiterated in a 2012 report he
co-authored titled Global Zero: U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission.
The report called for an 80-percent reduction in
U.S. nuclear weapons to about 900, with only half
of those being deployed. It further called for
the eventual phasing out of short-range nuclear
weapons and the elimination of ICBMs and B-52 bombers.
The report was the initiative of the Global Zero
advocacy group, which works for a nuclear-free world.
Hagel co-authored the commission report with
former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering, who
reportedly previously held clandestine meetings
with Hamas aiming to open U.S. dialogue with the terrorist group.
Iran is arguably the largest state sponsor of terrorism.
Regarding his views on jihad, WND exposed that in
unreported remarks during a 2007 Senate hearing,
Hagel posited that terrorism does not arise from
religious beliefs but instead is a response to despair and a lack of hope.
The Communist Party USA may ideologically support some of Hagels ties.
WND reported Hagel sits on the board of a fund
that serves as the main financial backer of a
group urging the U.S. to join the U.N.s
International Criminal Court, which could
prosecute American citizens and soldiers for war crimes and other offenses.
Opposes U.S. missile defense
Ploughshares, meanwhile, opposes Americas
development of a missile defense system and
contributes to scores of anti-war groups highly
critical of U.S. foreign policy and military expansion.
Ploughshares is directed by Joseph Cirincione,
who served as an adviser on nuclear issues to
Obamas 2008 presidential campaign. Cirincione
also was director of nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress.
Among the groups to which Ploughshares donates
are the anti-Israel Americans for Peace Now, the
Arms Control Association, the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace, the Center for
Constitutional Rights, the Center for Policy
Alternatives, the Soros-funded Center for Public
Integrity, the radical Citizen Action, Citizens
for Environmental Justice, the Coalition for New
Priorities and the radical Institute for Policy Studies.
More grantees include the New America Foundation,
the Nonviolent Peaceforce, the Nuclear Age Peace
Foundation, the Nuclear Freeze Foundation, the
Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Peace Action,
the Peace Studies Association, Physicians for
Human Rights and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Ploughshares has also funded the Soros-financed
Connect US Fund, which urges more U.N. helmets on
U.S. troops, as well as the Center for American
Progress, which has strong influence on White House policy.
Also on the list of Ploughshares grantees is The
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which has long
petitioned for the U.S. to reduce its nuclear
stockpiles. According to Pavel Sudoplatov, a
former major-general in Soviet intelligence, the
work by the magazine editors was for the benefit of the Soviet Union.
Two of the magazines founding sponsors, Leo
Szilard and Robert Oppenheimer, were accused of
passing information from the Manhattan Project to
the Soviets. Both were also key initiators of the Manhattan Project.
Ploughshares funds the International Crisis
Group, a small organization that boasts Soros on
its board and is a key promoter of the
Responsibility to Protect doctrine used to
justify the NATO airstrikes in Libya last year.
Massive defense slashes
Another Ploughshares grantee is the Institute for Policy Studies.
Ploughshares is listed on the institutes website as a partner organization.
The institute works with the Center for American
Progress to release an annual Unified Security
Budget, which reportedly has influenced White
House military policy. Previous recommendations
from the two groups yearly Unified Security
Budgets have been adapted by the Obama administration.
The 2012 budget, reviewed in full by WND, called
on Obama to use the U.S. Armed Forces in part to
combat global warming, fight global poverty,
remedy injustice, bolster the United Nations
and increase peacekeeping forces worldwide.
The budget called for massive, second-term
slashes to the military budget. The savings are
to be used to invest in sustainable energy and
in fighting worldwide climate change.
The report makes clear the stated objective of
transforming the U.S. Armed Forces to stress conflict resolution and diplomacy.
The report takes issue with the use of forces on
the ground in various countries to secure or
influence the longer-term strategic position of other nations.
It recommends scaling back all U.S. ground forces
by 20 percent and reducing the Navys surface
fleet by 20 percent, including two carriers and
carrier combat air wings. It also calls for
reducing the Air Force by two combat air wings
while cutting standing peacetime overseas
deployments in Europe and East Asia by up to 50,000 troops at a time.
The budgets authors strongly argue for the
reduction of the U.S. nuclear arsenal to no more
than 292 deployed nuclear weapons and the
complete elimination of the Trident II nuclear
missile. Its a process Obama already initiated
in April 2010 when he signed a deal with Russia
reducing stocks of weapons-grade plutonium.
The accord with Russia was signed at a nuclear
summit in Washington arranged by Obama at which
leaders of 47 nations committed to reducing the
worlds nuclear stockpiles. One week earlier,
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and Obama
signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or
START, committing both countries to reducing their deployed nuclear arsenals.
Obama had broadly proclaimed his disarmament
intentions during a 2007 campaign speech.
Heres what Ill say as president: America seeks
a world in which there are no nuclear weapons, Obama said.
By 2010, as president, he was arguing: We need
to change our nuclear policy and our posture,
which is still focused on deterring the Soviet
Union a country that doesnt exist.
Obamas declaration came just as Russia signed a
major arms deal with Syria and began to revive
its Cold War-era naval bases in the Middle East,
including in the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia on the Mediterranean.
The joint CAP and IPS report, meanwhile,
recommends the U.S. cease all further development of missile defenses.
The report pushes for all current missile defense
programs to be cut, including Ground-based
Midcourse Defense, Airborne Laser and Kinetic Energy Interceptors.
It is unwise to fund more advanced systems for
missile defense while current ones have yet to be
proven effective against their targeted threats, complains the report.
The militarys vital Research, Development, Test,
and Evaluation program is to be cut by $10 billion across the board.
Next on the chopping block: the complete
cancellation of the second SSN-744 Virginia Class
submarine. While the Unified Security Budget
describes the new model as unnecessary to
address any of the threats facing the United
States today and a weapon looking for an
enemy, the SSN-774 is designed for covert
collection of intelligence, transportation of
special operations teams and launching of
tactical Tomahawk missiles flexible
capabilities tailored to rapid responses required
by the 21st-centurys conflicts with irregular combatants.
Similarly targeted for cancellation are the V-22
Osprey helicopter and the Navy and Marine Corps
versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Combating global warming
The 2012 Unified report sets the tone of its
lofty agenda by demanding immediate reductions in
the militarys already heavily slashed budget.
But there is one exception requiring massive
increases in funding any spending that funds
alternative energy or focuses Defense
Department resources on combating climate change as a security threat.
The report authors recommend investing the
lions share of the few allotted military
increases in addressing the so-called threat of climate change.
The report wants Obama to take billions of
dollars from the U.S. military and instead use them for a green stimulus.
These groups also envision the military as a tool
to fight so-called global warming. In 2011, IPS
released a 40-page CAP-endorsed report titled
The Green Dividend, a term IPS defines as a
major shift of resources from the military budget to sustainable energy.
The IPS research paper identifies the Pentagon as
the largest institutional energy user and
greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, arguing
that if it undertook a crash program to convert
to renewable energy sources and clean vehicles,
it could make a significant impact on global emissions.
IPS calls on the Pentagon to contribute to a
green world by simply getting out of the way, by
handing over unneeded military installations to
be converted into green job incubators.
The report lauds Obamas first-ever U.S. Global
Development Policy, which was issued in September
2010 and declares that the primary purpose of
development aid is to pursue broad-based economic
growth as the means to fight global poverty.
The report goes on to recommend that massive
funds be sent to combat global woes, including an
increase of $3.5 billion to Global Health
investment and $2.14 billion to support United
Nations peacekeeping and ensure that the United
States does not fall behind in U.N. payments.
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