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How the US ended up in nuclear standoff with DPRK

A look at how North Korea restarted its nuclear weapons program
I just finished Seymour Hersh's book Chain of Command--The road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, and it contains a section on Pakistan which emphasizes the role that Pakistan played in helping other countries develop nuclear capability. In 1997 Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan began assisting North Korea in restarting its nuclear weapons program, which it had abandoned years earlier. Khan was largely responsible for Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, and beginning in the 1990's he oversaw a black market in nuclear proliferation. Hersh cites several sources in the book who claim that Khan couldn't have done this alone--that he most likely was assisted by Pakistan's military.

Khan made numerous trips to Pyongyang, and in exchange for nuclear know-how, Pakistan got sophisticated long-range rockets from North Korea. In his January state of the union speech in 2002, Bush famously accused Iran, Iraq and North Korea of being an Axis of Evil, in regard to those countries support of terrorism and/or proliferation activities. The bad news for the Bush team back then was that by June of that year North Korea's restarted nuclear program was discovered, or they began learning about it, and this was the same time that the push for war with Iraq was going on. By late 2002 a crisis was developing over North Korea's refusal to stop enriching uranium. But it was a crisis that had to be swept aside so that the media and the public would focus on Iraq. The spectre of a mushroom cloud appeared in speeches and commentary by people like Condi Rice and Cheney when they spoke about Iraq in the latter part of 2002.

In February 2004 the Pakistani government put AQ Khan in front of t.v. cameras so he could confess to spreading nuclear weapons designs and material through his nuclear black market. It became known that Libya, Iran and North Korea had had dealings with Khan--had sought help developing a nuclear weapons program. Notably absent from the list of countries that Khan had dealt with was Iraq. At the time that it was invaded, Iraq was the least likeliest of the so-called rogue states to have an active nuclear weapons program.

Khan was pardoned by Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf, and in his book Hersh writes about a strange deal made between the Bush team and the Pakistani government. The deal was that the US wouldn't seek to arrest Khan or even question him about what he'd done, if Pakistan would let US forces conduct a special spring offensive in Pakistan to get Osama bin-Laden. Pakistan agreed to this, apparently, and even conducted its own offensive in the northwest part of Pakistan, against those believed to be al-Qaeda, in advance of the US offensive. Bin Laden of course managed to survive for another seven years.

Meanwhile North Korea was well on its way to having the bomb. By now it has conducted several nuclear tests and is rumored to have several nuclear weapons.

Pakistani nukes, North Korean nukes are part of the USA's Great Game 07.Apr.2013 09:47

The Man Without a Country. Look it up.

Seymour Hersh might be a good guy, but that doesn't mean he can't innocently repeat misinformation or disinformation.

Pakistan and India have been at loggerheads ever since the two nations were created in 1947. The naive view is that India, the world's biggest ally, should be a natural ally of the USA. However, India remained neutral during the Cold War and was friendly with the Soviet Union, so the USA supported, and armed, the Islamic State of Pakistan against India.

During the past two decades, India has abandoned its Socialist domestic and foreign policies, and India has become very chummy with the USA, NATO, and Israel.

The USA provided both Pakistan and India with their "peaceful" nuclear capabilities, and probably with their nuclear weapons capabilities also.

The amnesty given A.Q. Khan after Khan gave nuclear weapons technology to North Korea implies that A.Q. Khan was actually carrying out a covert Pakistani and US policy toward North Korea.

The USA signed the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty, but that does not mean that the USA would not covertly break that Treaty to further the US agenda of international Divide and Conquer, also known as the Strategy of Tension. A nuclear-armed North Korea becomes a "Threat", or a Nemesis, which justifies the US belligerence toward North Korea. Just like the chemical weapons that the USA sold to Iraq in the 1980s.

The "strange deal" made between Pakistan and the USA that Seymour Hersh discussed in his book is but one of myriad "strange deals" made between Pakistan and the USA. What most people don't understand is that the myriad "strange deals" between Pakistan and the USA are mainly for Theatrical purposes.

Here's how the Theater of Pakistani-US Propaganda works. Pakistan poses as a "basket-case" nation, ruled by corrupt leaders, and always teetering on the brink of becoming a chaotic "failed State". To prevent Pakistan from "failing", the USA props up Pakistan with billions of dollars annually in military and commercial assistance, and baksheesh to Pakistani leaders.

The USA has encouraged and funded Pakistan to serve as a refuge and training ground for Islamic Terrorists. The CIA agent David Coleman Headley, who confessed to planning and organizing the murderous 2008 Mumbai Attack, is proof of that.

While the Pakistani leaders benefit from the US baksheesh, the Pakistani people suffer from having a bad Government, and the Pakistani people will likely suffer even more in the future, because Pakistan is on the short list of nations that the USA has scheduled for "regime change". When the Game is ripe, the USA will "take down" Pakistan.

There might be a temporary Occupation of Pakistan by a Coalition of foreign troops to provide "security" during the "regime change".

The inner circles of the Indian Government, Indian Military, and RAW (India's State Intelligence agency) are well aware of the USA's long-term plan for "regime change" in Pakistan. India will have a big role to play in managing the collapse of Pakistan, and in administering the "regime change" that follows the collapse of Pakistan.

Correction 07.Apr.2013 09:51

The Man Without a Country

"The naive view is that India, the world's biggest
ally, should be a natural ally of the USA."

Should read: The naive view is that India, the world's biggest democracy, should be a natural ally of the USA.