+++ 29. August 2012 +++
Top U.S Foreign Policy Reports Calls for Nuclear War Avoidance Policy together with Russia
A report refuting the Obama Administration's policy of confrontation with Russia, which threatens World War III, was released on Aug. 14 by the independent International Security Advisory Board (ISAB). The principle object of the report, titled Mutual Assured Stability: Essential Components and Near-Term Actions, is how to avoid thermonuclear war with Russia, and establish a regime of long-term war avoidance, largely through actions aimed at what the late Edward Teller called "the common aims of mankind". And then to expand that cooperation with Russia to include all other possible nations, most urgently China.
The ISAB, an independent advisory body to the State Department, is chaired by William Perry, former secretary of State under President Clinton who opposed the Iraq war and now opposes a strike on Iran. It also includes Brent Scowcroft, the National Security Advisor to two presidents known for his opposition to both the 2003 war against Iraq and any attack on Iran, as well as many other leading foreign policy and security and military experts.
The study group which drafted the report was headed by Graham Allison, Professor at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government, and included top expert Joseph Cirincione along with five others. A basic recommendation of the report is that, "Neither side bases decisions on nuclear force structure, posture, or doctrine on an assumption that the other is an adversary or likely to engage in nuclear conflict."
They recommend that "the United States and Russia join together around the values, norms and motives they share, commit to reducing the global nuclear threat, and agree to influence others to share their views." That call to "join together" around common values is repeated again and again throughout the report, and refers to all nations, not only the U.S. and Russia.
"A critical aspect of greater strategic stability requires both the United States and Russia to recognize that the dire consequences of nuclear conflict between them would be disproportionate to the scale of any plausible bilateral disputes they may have with each other. It should be recognized that both U.S. conceptual thinking on mutual assured stability as well as the U.S. dialogue with Russia must create more clarity on these issues."
The authors recommend that "the United States and Russia collaborate on a full range of public health issues of mutual interest: stopping drug trafficking (particularly from Afghanistan to Russia), infectious disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles and decreased drug abuse, affordable health care delivery, and other areas as identified."
Other proposals echo those made by Lyndon LaRouche in 1977 and in subsequent years, in what came to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative. First, to "conduct a joint U.S.-Russia review of the requirements for national and multilateral missile defense in the coming years as missile technology continues to spread, with the goal of achieving a shared understanding of each nation's requirements for effective missile defense." Then, more ambitiously, "Develop agreements on sharing early warning data with Russia and using satellites to jointly monitor ballistic missile launches."
The head of the group Graham Allison has also taken his warnings of a major world war to a broader public. In the Aug. 21 Financial Times, in an article headlined ""Thucydides' Trap has been Sprung in the Pacific,", he brings up the dire danger of a conflict between the United States and China, which has become the second largest economy in the world.
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