Hawks in the GOP as well as some of the more pro-war elements in the Democratic Party like to talk about ‘missile defense’ as if it were a solution to the antagonistic relationship between Washington, DC and Moscow, Russia. In reality, Russia is unconcerned about any such project, says former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern. ‘Missile defense’ is just one of many schemes that allow the military-industrial complex to feed at the public trough. It’s just one more way for huge, Federally-connected corporations to use the government to take your money. The following interview with McGovern was recently recorded on Antiwar Radio:
Ray McGovern, member of Veterans For Peace and former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses Russian Gen. Nikolai Makarov’s suggestion that a NATO missile-defense shield in Eastern Europe could be the target of a Russian pre-emptive strike; the laughable justification of the missile shield as protection (for Poland and Romania?) against Iranian nuclear missiles; how President Bush funneled more government money to defense contractors by withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; and how the US is replacing the MAD (mutually assured destruction) nuclear doctrine with a disarming first-strike capability, forcing Russia to institute launch-on-warning and greatly increasing the chance of nuclear war.
MP3 here. (19:31)
Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. His articles appear on Consortium Newsand Antiwar.com.