Admiral Carroll: U.S. Seeks Dominion

     The central figure in the Center for Defense Information in Washington and a proudly self-proclaimed research supporter of Dr. Helen Caldicott, Rear Admiral Eugene J. Carroll, Jr., (USN Ret.) addressed the AfD convention in Gettysburg on "Confrontation or Cooperation." 

      Carroll graduated from the Navy and Army War Colleges and holds degrees in international relations from George Washington University.  Named a Rear Admiral in 1972, he served as commander of the carrier striking force of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and on General Alexander Haig's staff in Europe, was the first Naval officer to be the director of all U.S. forces in Europe and the Middle East, and was Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations, in which capacity he engaged in U.S. naval planning for nuclear and conventional war. 

     Dressed in a light grey suit and a tie, Admiral Carroll condemned both Presidents Clinton, who he said was "unwilling to take on the military forces in the United States," and George W. Bush, who Carroll charged is lying when Bush says we will consult with our allies, for "their ghastly failure" since the end of the Cold War.  This failure, Carroll said, was their deciding that the U.S. would be "the only superpower" instead of a pursuing a course of international cooperation.  "We didn't seek common purpose with other nations, we sought dominion, and we continue with that today," he said.

         Confrontation "never works in the long term," he contended, reviewing the rise  and fall of the empires of the Assyrians, Alexander, the Romans, the Austro-Hungarians, the British.  "The lessons of history are, you cannot remain king of the hill by using your force to maintain your dominion."

        "In 2002 we will spend more than $400 billion" on the military, he said.  "I have no idea how much money that is.  It's a sum that staggers the imagination.  Believe me there's a lot of profit in this.  There's a lot of profit in it for them to see that this is spent in this way."  The Bush Administration has "jumped the cost" of spending on weapons more than eightfold, and these weapons "have nothing to do with the security of the U.S., nothing to do with terrorists."  By spending $67 billion on nuclear subs, he said sardonically, "If they get to sea in rowboats, we can defeat the terrorists."  More than half of all discretionary funding appropriated by Congress will go to the military, and "this means cuts in education, housing, transportation, medical care, justice."

         Further, we are "alienating our allies," he said.  Spending more money on the military than the next highest-spending 20 or so nations, he said, "we are in an arms race with ourselves because nobody else is in competition," and our allies see "that we are intending to exercise global dominion because of our power and wealth.  I've heard President Bush say we're gonna consult.  Well, that's a lie.  We go and tell them what we're gonna do."

        There is "tremendous pressure" in Washington now, he continued, "to take out Saddam Hussein, to go to Baghdad."  In a war with Iraq, he said, "even if you win you lose.  We would own Iraq.  There's nobody there to run the country, maintain its orders.  Who's going to do it?  You are, with your tax money."

        The missile defense program, Carroll charged, is "a scandal.  It's unneeded.  There's no threat.  We'll spend hundreds of billions in the process.  We are ending arms control that we have been building ever since the Nuclear Freeze….We want a national missile defense program to hide behind in case our control around the world brings down an attack upon us."

         Beyond that, he said, these preparations are for "space warfare….It gives us a military fighting system in space….So for the first time in the history of mankind there will be warfare weapons in space."

        In the stead of "this aggressive, confrontational, military-first policy," Admiral Carroll told the Alliance, "above all the United States has to recognize the world community" by supporting the UN ("we created it, it's a U.S. decision") and the new International Criminal Court (which the Bush Administration is fighting ferociously).

The U.S. led the writing of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, governing more than 70% of the earth's surface, but won't ratify it, Carroll said; 130 nations ratified the treaty against anti-personnel weapons, "but not us"; we wrote the UN convention on the rights of the child, but "we won't join," the one nation in the world that will not [along with Somalia--Ed.]; the U.S. "hasn't even ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty."

        With the U.S. planning to produce nuclear weapons through 2020 and no nuclear institution or country living up to promises made under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, Carroll said, Japan and Germany will get nuclear weapons-"that day is inevitable as long as we maintain ours."  From his experience planning for nuclear war, he is most concerned that U.S. nuclear weapons are still maintained in a status of "launch on warning."  That is, he said, "thousands of nuclear weapons" are "on alert, ready to fire in a matter of five minutes….We can throw several thousand nuclear weapons in the air irreversibly and then find out" that we have done so in error. 

         Concerning the President's sole ability to decide whether to use nuclear weapons, Carroll, responding to a question, declared:  "Under present law there is no check on him.  He doesn't have to notify anybody.  He simply is wakened, concludes they will be used, launches them, and they are gone."

        The military-industrial complex is powerful, but it can't elect anybody, Admiral Carroll argued.  "You gotta vote," he said.  "When they understand $400 billion in one year for the military is unacceptable and 'you'll lose,' they'll listen.  We must make the democratic process work.  If we don't what's the fight about?  We might as well let any fascist run the country."

     In Gettysburg where they were gathered, Carroll recalled, Lincoln spoke the words "of the people, by the people, for the people," but "it's amazing, we're getting so far away from this now because of the power of the people at the top of the heap.  It depends on people like you, informed and concerned citizens.  Gather the information, and organize, and act.  My personal time to achieve change is running out.  I do have grandchildren, and I want them to live in a safe and peaceful place.  I'll go on trying to help as long as I can."