Base Closures: Disarming America

By Charlotte Iserbyt

May 27, 2005

Nowhere in the extensive press coverage of the military base closings, and their expected negative impact on the economies of the states affected, has there been information related to the history behind base closings. Citizens are being lead to believe that the primary reason for base closings is economic, the saving of taxpayers' hard-earned money. Such reasoning is hard to swallow, considering the $300 billion plus dollars spent on the unconstitutional war in Iraq which has little to do with protecting the national security of the United States; and the presence of the U.S. military in over 100 foreign countries, defending international, not national interests. If we really wanted to save money and were concerned regarding national security, wouldn't we be bringing our military back to defend our borders and to protect us from possible attacks from abroad?

A major reason for the base closures, which our elected officials have carefully avoided discussing, requires a look into history, going back to the Kennedy Administration and the 1961 Arms Control and Disarmament Agreement, P.L. 87-297, 87th Congress, H.R. 9118, September 26, 1961; State Dept. Publication "Freedom From War: The U.S. Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World", also known as "State Department Publication No. 7277"; P.L. 101-216, a more recent vote to support its parent document, P.L. 87-297 dated October 12, 1989; and H.R. 4481, "AN ACT To provide for the closing and realigning of certain military installations during a certain period, which passed the U.S. Senate, July 14, 1988, also known as the 'Defense Savings Act of 1988'."

Here are just a few key quotes from those documents. I have emphasized words relating to base closures.

(1) "'The Arms Control and Disarmament Act', Sept. 26, 1961:

"Purpose, Sec. 2. An ultimate goal of the United States is a world which is free from the scourge of war and the dangers and burdens of armaments...It is the purpose of this Act to provide impetus toward this goal by creating a new agency of peace to deal with the problem of reduction and control of armaments looking toward ultimate world disarmament.

"Definitions, Sec. 3. (a) The terms 'arms control' and 'disarmament' mean the identification, verification, inspection, limitation, control, reduction, or elimination, of armed forces and armaments of all kinds under international agreement including the necessary steps taken under such an agreement to establish an effective system of international control, or to create and strengthen international organizations for the maintenance of peace." Please note reference to "armaments of all kinds" which translated into simple English means your private fire arms.

(2) "Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World, also known as State Department Publication #7277"

This policy book explains Public Law 87-297 and calls for;

"(1) the disbanding of all national armed forces and the prohibition of their reestablishment in any form whatsoever, other than those required to preserve internal order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace Force."

(3) "H.R. 4481 AN ACT To provide for the closing and realigning of certain military installations during a certain period", passed the U.S. Senate, July 14, 1988. "This Act may be cited as the "Defense Savings Act of 1988". This legislation is a direct result of PL 87-297 as explained in State Department Publication #7277 above which calls for:

"STAGE II, B. To Further Reduce Armed Forces and Armaments;

"(a) Levels of forces for the U.S., USSR and other militarily significant states shall be further reduced by substantial amounts to agreed levels in equitable and balanced steps;

"(d) Agreed military bases and facilities wherever they are located shall be dismantled or converted to peaceful uses.

"STAGE II, E. To Keep the Peace: (a) The U.N. Peace Force shall be established and progressively strengthened.

"In Stage III progressive controlled disarmament and continuously developing principles and procedures of international law would proceed to a point where no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force and all international disputes would be settled according to the agreed principles of international conduct."

As things presently stand, American taxpayers are funding costly military excursions abroad, including the Iraqi invasion initiated as a result of UN Resolution No.1441, November 2002, UN Security Council unanimous 14-0 vote, which gave the invasion legal status. The U.S. military is in effect serving as the "progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force" mentioned above.

And Secretary Rumsfeld has the nerve to tell us that the reason for the base closings is economic; that they will save us a measly $5 billion dollars a year for ten years when he has no problem accepting the cost of the Iraqi war, in terms of hundreds of billions of dollars and over 1600 dead Americans?

Thank you so much, Mr. Secretary, for what? These base closures are an insult to our intelligence. They have little to do with saving money; they have a great deal to do with the United Nations plan to reorganize the world by regions (international socialism) so that nations will no longer be sovereign and in control of their military. (Former President of the Soviet Union Gorbachev refers to the European Union as the New European Soviet!) This reorganization forces nations to depend solely on the United Nations Peace Force to protect their borders, whether they wish them protected or not.

Doesall of the above not remind one of George Orwell's classic "1984" where "war is peace and freedom is slavery"? Why are so few Americans questioning the fact that this UN Peace Force, made up of primarily U.S. military forces and equipment, seems increasingly to be involved in the cleaning up of the UN's own dirty work, resulting in the waging of war? UN "peace keepers" are presently moving back into the Republic of Zaire (former Belgian Congo) to try to restore equilibrium to that chaos-ridden nation, the forty-three year chaos resulting from UN policies in the early sixties when Belgium was forced to give the Congo its independence. In what appears to be a replay of 1961 when UN forces raped nuns in Elisabethville, UN peace keepers are now reported to be sexually abusing young girls.

Did you, American voter, give the Congress permission to change our military's constitutional responsibility from protection of the United States and its citizens to protector of the world in the service of the United Nations? Are you aware that all wars in which the United States has been engaged since 1945 have been "peace actions" called for by the United Nations Security Council (known as the World Police Force)? Did you know that between 1945 and 1986 each and every United Nations Under Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs in charge of these "peace actions" has been a Russian Communist?

At a closed-to-the-public 1992 meeting of the Bilderberger Group (internationalist/elitist movers and shakers who determine the global agenda being implemented as I write), the Group discussed the possibility of "conditioning the public to accept the idea of a UN army that could, by force, impose its will on the internal affairs of any nation." Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who attended the meeting, said: "Today, Americans would be outraged if UN forces entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow, they will be grateful." Have we arrived at "tomorrow??

If our elected officials truly want to save the taxpayers money, they should:

Vote to get the United States out of the totally unconstitutional United Nations, thereby allowing all our servicemen and women to return from Iraq and around the world to perform their constitutional duty of protecting the United States of America. Such withdrawal of our country from the UN should also result in the cancellation of all UN Treaties, including the Arms Control and Disarmament Treaty, the UNFAIR Trade Agreements which are reducing our nation to third world status, and the numerous treaties affecting American education (forcing us into the disastrous No Child Left Behind legislation!) through our membership in UNESCO, the OECD and other international agencies.

The savings brought about by the enactment of the above recommendation would permit the slashing of federal income taxes, allowing the private sector (not the elitist corporate fascist internationalist sector) to create jobs within the United States, income from which will fill the tax coffers, thereby allowing adequate funding of programs for those Americans who for one reason or another are temporarily or permanently unable to care for themselves and their families. And how about putting some of that money to use repairing our states' incredibly delapitated infrastructures? Would that be too much to ask of our honorable elected officials in Washington?

Our elected officials are not coming clean on this issue. They should be forced to admit that the base closures have little to do with saving money but all to do with disarming the United States (which includes your private firearms)... at the same time transferring our military, which used to defend us citizens, to the United Nations Peace Force, to be used against us and other nations when and if we step out of line.


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