- The United States has had a standing presence in the
skies around the world since the Cold War began. The division of the Air
Force that has that responsibility was Strategic Air Command that
was the case until the Berlin Wall went down. Since that time it is unclear
who is in charge of this vast nuclear fleet of global bombers that always
kept a full third of their forces in the air, around the world, at all
times prior to the end of the Cold War. (1)
- Those B-52's were armed with nuclear weapons, because
they were part of our forward defense shield to deter the communist regime
of the USSR from a pre-emptive attack upon the USA or on any of our military
bases scattered all over the planet. We also had Trident submarines that
also encircled the seas and they too carried nuclear weapons, theirs
were in the form of ICBM's. What remains unclear today is who now controls
our nuclear bomber fleet and what will happen to them on September
14, when the US Air Force grounds all its planes because of this "incident.'
- Today there are 190 nations in the world and we have
130 military bases on this planet in other nations*: If we do not
have a WAR department, why do we need so many bases? We call the military-the
Department of Defense-yet how can this be considered a Defensive department
- when so many of our bases are still located in 130 other countries?
- During the Cold War we needed these satellite bases to
rearm and refuel the bombers and the submarines but after the collapse
of the USSR that 'continuing treat' was largely neutralized-until
of course we conveniently acquired the "new" War on Terra.
- All of this has cost the taxpayers one hell of a lot
of money-just to maintain those bases; never-mind what it costs to provide
armaments for the planes, the ships and the troops that are stationed there.
All of this is in addition to what we're currently spending in Iraq and
Afghanistan ($3 billion a week).
- This does explain why this government has chosen to fail
to fund so many social programs here at home. They need the money to feed
the US Military's world-wide budget: a fixture that is strangling every
other need that Americans might encounter, from Hurricanes to Health-care
the needs of the American Military obviously trump all other concerns.
- The Congress is the branch of government that has absolute
control over the power of the purse-and yet this colossal waste has only
continued to expand: apparently with no oversight at all.
- "Anyone who spends 10 minutes to Google and read
Articles 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution cannot mistake where the real
power lies in the federal government. In the system the Founders designed
for us, Congress not the President is the real power. Congress makes all
laws, raises and designs all taxes, funds or refuses to fund all and any
actions of government, and their decision to fund anything that government
does, or not, is final.
- Congress declares war, not the President; and they can
undeclare it or terminate it or limit its scope at will by declaration.
The President has no say in the matter. He is the Commander in Chief only
of our operational military, not of the entire country, and he commands
operational military forces only within the sphere allowed to him by Congress
and the Constitution.
- With respect to the rest of the government, the President
merely presides, i.e. he is a figurehead with some but not much influence
over the process of day to day governance; and he labors even then under
the Constitutional mandate to "Take care that" the laws are complied
- With respect to the public, The President has of course
a good deal of persuasive power--what Teddy Roosevelt once described as
the "Bully Pulpit". And our modern timid Congresses generally
fear this power of persuasion; but Congress through its leaders could no
doubt match or exceed him even in public persuasiveness if they chose to
- All modern Congresses have been bought and kept, however,
by various corporate, foreign and financial entities; and so they choose
to represent those entities rather than us. They refuse to exercise OUR
power on OUR behalf, choosing instead to encourage the President to Act
in support of these other entities, while Congress pretends to be involved
and pretends sometimes to object."
- Dennis Morrisseau email@example.com
- The last time that the U.S. Air Force was absent from
the front lines in defense of the United States, was on the morning of
September 11, 2001.
- The world all saw what happened on that day, and if the
Air Force had not remained on the ground, or away from their targets
then everyone and almost everything after that first tower was hit, could
easily have been saved: because that was all part of why the North American
Air Defense System (NORAD) had been created. (3)
- The question now is "What will happen on September
14, 2007 when no US Military aircraft will be allowed to fly on that
- 1) Strategic Air Command
- 2) Air Force Investigates Mistaken Transport of Nuclear
- 3) 911 Was Not an Attack it was Murder
- 4) The Kennebunkport Warning
- * CORRECTION:
- "... the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas
bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the United
States and its territories. ... If there were an honest count, the actual
size of our military empire would probably top 1,000 different bases in
other people's countries, but no one possibly not even the Pentagon
knows the exact number for sure..."
- Chalmers Johnson, 2004