Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Arms Race Deceit! By Erick San Juan

The Arms Race Deceit! By Erick San Juan

There are so many things to watch out for in these exciting times, may it be religious or in the field of geopolitics and political economy – worldwide.

There is no doubt that in this age of high technology, humanity is very much aware of what is happening around him and with this access, one can help prevent the sinister plan of some evil-minded and selfish individuals. But on the other hand, this same technology can be used to annihilate a large part of the world’s population.

The scramble for the latest state-of-the-art weaponry is the trend set in order to sustain the war machine that will support the ailing economy of the owners of this MIC – military industrial complex.  The mere fact that Pentagon has been posting reports of their latest war materiel, of course countries that are not in Uncle Sam’s “circle of friends” will make sure that they can have (at least almost) the same weaponry or maybe better.

In his article ‘U.S. Building “Global First Strike Capacity” Against Russia and China’, Hu Yumin has cited that the “US aims to combine PGS [Prompt Global Strike] with its space and anti-missile technologies to form an integrated defense system, which could render other countries’ strategic weapons, including nuclear arms, almost useless. This could put other countries in a dilemma: they either lose the capability to launch a strategic nuclear counterattack or use nuclear weapons first to avoid devastation.

In fact, the US has allocated more funds for the development of Prompt Global Strike, a system that can deliver a precision non-nuclear weapon strike anywhere in the world within 1 hour. The number of such weapons in the US armory will continue to grow, with the Russian Defense Ministry estimating that Washington will have 1,500 to 1,800 sea- and air-based first-strike cruise missiles by 2015 and 2,500 to 3,000 by 2020.”

Despite the US defense budget cuts known as the 'sequester' went into effect last March 1, the sequester will neither cripple America’s geopolitical strategy nor its ability to project its hard power abroad. (

Actually the Pentagon already assured its various defense contractors last August that missile defense would still remain a priority with funds possibly coming from the so called 'black budget'. We can see this with Obama’s (part two) assurance of the installation of the second X-band radar in Japan last month.

Remember the article I wrote last August 27, 2012 – The Shield that Will Endanger Us (archived @, aside from Japan, our country is also the not so secret recipient of this powerful X-band radar from Uncle Sam. So what else is new?

Like what I kept on saying like a broken record, the country’s leadership has been wittingly adhering to the wishes of a perceived master and putting the whole country in the cross-hairs of Washington’s enemies. And in the process, dragging us all to a war never of our liking.

With North Korea’s nuclear testing since its latest launch and the increase in the defense budget of China for 2013-14, and Russia’s readiness to face Washington’s Prompt Global Strike (PGS), and of course Japan’s planned military upgrades, where does Philippines fit into this scenario?

Our so-called military modernization ended up with buying spree of museum-grade military hardware, and worst they will reach our shores when the country is already wiped out from a nuclear strike. How pathetic!

The arms race is very real and with the so-called high-tech-controlled armaments, we can never tell when and where such nuclear weapon will be launch especially when access to such controls will be hacked by some evil minded person. God forbid.


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