When Will We Ever Learn?

The Tale of Team B, drawing on Adam Curtis's The Power of Nightmares

(Nixon: )"Last Friday, in Moscow, we witnessed the beginning of the end of that era which began in 1945. With this step, we have enhanced the security of both nations. We have begun to reduce the level of fear by reducing the causes of fear, for our two peoples, and for all peoples in the world."

 

But a world without fear was not what the Neo-Conservatives needed to pursue their project. They now set out to destroy Henry Kissinger's vision [ie., of detente].

 

They found willing accomplices in
Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Press conference, 1976 DefSec Rumsfeld

"The Soviet Union has been busy. They've been busy in terms of their effort, they've been busy in terms of the actual weapons they've been producing, they've been busy in terms of expanding production rates, they've been busy in terms of expanding their institutional capability to produce additional weapons at additional rates, they've been busy in terms of expanding their ability to in- increasingly improve the sophistication of those weapons."

Team B began examining all the CIA data on the Soviet Union. But however closely they looked, there was little evidence of the dangerous weapons or defense systems they claimed the Soviets were developing. But rather than accept that this meant the systems didn't exist, Team B made an assumption that the Soviets had developed systems that were so sophisticated they were undetectable. For example, they could find no evidence that the Soviet submarine fleet had an acoustic defense system. What this meant, Team B said, was that the Soviets had actually invented a new non-acoustic system, which was impossible to detect. And this meant that the whole of the American submarine fleet was at risk from an invisible threat that was there, even though there was no evidence for it.

When Will We Ever Learn?

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

We know where they are. They are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad.

In the Office of Special Plans, the NeoCons were again, twenty-five years later, digging thru the trash at the CIA, constructing fantasies out of scraps.

In the wild goose chase of the 80's Team B and the Committee on the Present Danger convinced Reagan to abandon his intentions of "friendly persuasion" and spend A TRILLION DOLLARS OF YOUR MONEY to defend against an enemy that the CIA rightly judged was falling apart on its own. All the money that could have been spent on infrastructure, health care, education, research into great opportunities such as alternative energy, medicine, genomics, nanotechnology, &c., &c., was HANDED OVER TO THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX THAT EISENHOWER WARNED US ABOUT.

Dr. Anne Hessing Cahn, of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, wrote a piece for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists entitled Team B: The trillion-dollar experiment (please take a copy). Her last two paragraphs are:

"For more than a third of a century, perceptions about
U.S. national security were colored by the view that the Soviet Union was on the road to military superiority over the United States. Neither Team B nor the multibillion dollar intelligence agencies could see that the Soviet Union was dissolving from within.
For more than a third of a century, assertions of Soviet superiority created calls for the
United States to "rearm." In the 1980s, the call was heeded so thoroughly that the United States embarked on a trillion-dollar defense buildup. As a result, the country neglected its schools, cities, roads and bridges, and health care system. From the world's greatest creditor nation, the United States became the world's greatest debtor--in order to pay for arms to counter the threat of a nation that was collapsing. "