Henry Kissinger-linked think tank pressuring Japanese to keep nuclear power (VIDEO)

Published: November 9th, 2012 at 11:51 pm ET
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Title: U.S. needs Japan to remain nuclear, expert says
Source:  Japan Times
Author: TAKASHI KITAZUME
Date: Nov. 3, 2012

A “zero-nuclear” Japan will be a serious concern for the United States as its key ally both from economic and security standpoints, the chief of an influential U.S. think tank said at a recent seminar on Japan-U.S. relations. [...]

[John Hamre, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington]  noted there is “too much of a romantic idea about alternative energy in this country as a substitute for nuclear power.” [...]

Hamre also said the policy poses a security concern from the viewpoint of international control for nonproliferation of nuclear materials. [...]

More from Hamre

  • “Nuclear power from the very beginning was (not only) a source of promise, but (also) a source of great threat because nuclear power electric generation is also the base for making nuclear weapons, and it’s a great risk to the world to have commercial nuclear power plants because there is a possibility of diverting the material and turning it into weapons.”
  • “The countries that have given us the security system are going to diminish, and who’s going to replace them?”
  • “Americans cannot afford from a security standpoint to have Japan abandon nuclear power. It’s too important to us.”
  • “Citizens right now do not believe the government can protect them and they don’t have any confidence the government can provide safe nuclear power”
  • “But if you’re going to stay a rich and prosperous country, and if you’re going to help provide a global system of security, we’ve got to rebuild confidence that the government can indeed protect citizens and it can oversee this industry and make sure that it’s safe and reliable.”
  • “There can’t be any romanticism about alternative energy. If you’re going to be a modern, sophisticated economy, you have to address this question of making nuclear power a legitimate source of energy.”

A recent issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is not in agreement with many of the conclusions asserted by Hamre. See: "Probable Game-Changer": Special issue of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists shows EXIT from nuclear power brings economic and environmental benefits -- 'Startling' findings

CSIS Board of Trustees (Selected Trustees):

  • Richard Armitage — President, Armitage International
  • Zbigniew K. Brzezinski — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
  • William S. Cohen — Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group
  • Henry A. Kissinger — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
  • Brent Scowcroft — President, The Scowcroft Group

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48 comments to Henry Kissinger-linked think tank pressuring Japanese to keep nuclear power (VIDEO)

  • Lion76 Lion76

    It's not "romanticism" of alternative energy, it's "reality" and there WILL be more of it. Get used to it ;) and there is nothing "sophisticated" about using nuclear reactions to boil water.


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  • weeman

    So your mind is made up nuclear is the only way to go and you believe you Are a smart person well read and educated, no you have been corrupted, logic dictates your deception, you are worthless piece of excrement, Henry Kessinger must be a 90 years old he has had a long life f the rest.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Each nuclear reactor on the planet can blow at any time. They blow up and contaminate: people, livestock, crops, soil, water (( all over the globe )). Nuclear accidents happen (( over and over )), and all by different and unique causes. The concept of a government keeping any reactor safe (( is a joke )). Wish all this wasn't 100% fact, but it is (( 100% fact )).


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  • Sickputer

    The arguments are ridiculous. I am surprised the illustrious nucleocrats couldn't come up with a sneakier form of social engineering. This gives me hope that they are really on the ropes. A 16-year old scholar could come up with a better intervention plan than this think tank. Poor little naked apes… Are we messing with your 401Ks and government pensions? ;-)


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  • markww markww

    japan is sinking hollow tubes from volcanoes are tearing the island apart all NPP need o be shut down in case you want to loos the whole planet

    Mark


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  • Mack Mack

    So, the Board of Trustees of this think-tank include:

    Brzezinski, who was National Security Advisor for Carter
    Armitage, who was Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan
    Cohen, who was Secretary of Defense under Clinton
    Kissinger, who was Secretary of State under Ford and Nixon
    Scowcroft, who was National Security Advisor under Ford + Bush Sr.


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  • Mack Mack

    Says Mr. Hamre: "…it’s a great risk to the world to have commercial nuclear power plants because there is a possibility of diverting the material and turning it into weapons."

    Says Nuclearcrimes.org:

    —–> "Sixty million people have died or will die from cancer due to exposures to radioactivity released from nuclear weapons production and testing activities since 1945. This is the figure arrived at by the European Commission on Radiation Risk model, which confirms some of the dire predictions made by two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling decades ago regarding the casualties of nuclear testing."

    Source: http://www.nuclearcrimes.org/


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  • ion jean ion jean

    NOTHING LEGITIMATE ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER.

    It's been a lie, a big secret, from the beginning.

    The Nuke Industry is drunk with the reminiscence of Cold War thinking.

    They are in denial about the radioactive contamination of the Northern Hemisphere that already exists.

    Most of them never take time away from their golf games, dinner parties, sucking down lattes and the WSJ every morning to watch their stocks, building their portfolios, to even read a sampling of the FOIA documents from the atomic testing years, so really they are mostly just ignorant.

    And we often forget here at enenews that the rest of the corporate structure, lawyers, judges, journalists, politicians, military leaders, certainly cannot grasp or understand the science of radiation to begin with! They just don't have the level of IQ required. So when a colleague tells them it's not that dangerous, it's an easy sell.


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    • Sickputer

      @ij +311 I couldn't agree more. This has always been the advantage of the Dr. Strangelove cult ("The stupid little naked apes can't grasp the dangers from testube alien dangers…especially when they are invisible").

      We're calling your bluff Nucleocrats. We will wake up enough of the sheep to disturb the entire herd.

      Enenewsers… Good as the best, better than the rest.


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      • ion jean ion jean

        @sp…I like that: waking up enough sheep to disturb the entire herd: that is all it takes, isn't it?

        Then we will either plummet over the cliff together like lemmings, or we will trample those sheep out front who think they're leading the rest of us as we run in panic back to our barns.


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    “we’ve got to rebuild confidence that the government can indeed protect citizens and it can oversee this industry and make sure that it’s safe and reliable” stated Hamre.

    The nuclear industrial complex cannot rebuild confidence because the original confidence was really just an illusion of the “peaceful atom”. There is no Santa Claus, Magicians hide things in their sleeves and nuclear energy is a danger to the world. The word is spreading and people are now understanding what was hidden from them, that nuclear is a danger to all living things. One bad day, one mistake, one natural disaster can easily slip beyond the level of protection that the nuclear industry can provide how many times must this be proven?

    We do not have a choice about alternative energy. If we want to survive as a species it is the path we must take. The Romantics are those that continue to advocate nuclear power. Their industry is done they need to have a good cry and get over it.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    … !!! HO! to the 'newsers!!! Great posts rejecting this trash, this utter Hogwash!

    … Safe Nuclear is the Ultimate Hoax … and we're just beginning to Wake Up the Sheeple!!

    … These hip Dudes must have attended a Seminar led by Sarah Palin!

    … These old farts have no credibility anymore! Send them to Fukushima for hard radiation clean up duty …

    … Remember this: when ten million European men, women and children were sent to their industrial deaths at the hands of murderous thugs, these decisions were taken "on their behalf" by educated white men (very similar to those in the list above) who dressed in fancy clothing, who worked in fancy buildings, who wore long black robes, and who projected equal legitimacy to these American monsters from the 'Repubnofascist' Nuclear (Wrong) Right …

    … These opinion leaders are like quacks of old, selling snake oil. I'm personally disgusted to share their genetic coding …

    … It was always going to come back to the 'Matter of National Security' argument. This is how Adolf Hitler successfully rose to power: under the guise of national security, anything is acceptable and politically possible.

    … I don't know the details, but I believe Hitler rejected an all out commitment to atomic weaponry because of the problematic release of deadly radiation blow back onto the user/victor.

    … If true, the august madmen above are indeed 'worse individuals than Adolf Hitler'.

    … peace, 'Newsers!


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "Hamre also said the policy poses a security concern from the viewpoint of international control for nonproliferation of nuclear materials"

    Black is white. War is peace. Down is up.

    A zero-nuke policy poses nuke nonproliferation concerns.

    Woot!


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    “Americans cannot afford from a security standpoint to have Japan abandon nuclear power. It’s too important to us.” [Huh? Just who do we think we are to dictate to another country just what they can and cannot do?]

    “Citizens right now do not believe the government can protect them and they don’t have any confidence the government can provide safe nuclear power” [Because that is true!]

    “But if you’re going to stay a rich and prosperous country,…"
    [who is rich and prosperous? They are. We are not, and will not be, so long as those listed below continue to dictate to America.]

    Richard Armitage — President, Armitage International
    Zbigniew K. Brzezinski — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
    William S. Cohen — Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group
    Henry A. Kissinger — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
    Brent Scowcroft — President, The Scowcroft Group

    My thanks to Mack for a listing of just who these people USED TO BE:

    "So, the Board of Trustees of this think-tank include:

    Brzezinski, who was National Security Advisor for Carter
    Armitage, who was Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan
    Cohen, who was Secretary of Defense under Clinton
    Kissinger, who was Secretary of State under Ford and Nixon
    Scowcroft, who was National Security Advisor under Ford + Bush Sr."

    Were they ever useful to US??? Their history goes all the way back to Ford. Are they useful now? And, if not, why are they still using the revolving door?


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Selling your soul for money, what a way to be remembered! Obama is our biggest yes man for the Nuke lobby! Sold his soul for a piece of silver. A scum ball who allowed "4" Nuclear clouds to fall on all the US, keeps Marines on Honshu, and 50,000 volunteer soldiers in daily Fuku Japan fallout. I still cannot believe he refused to use our New 10-min.(*Call your cell phone) Billion $$ upgraded "Civil Defense Nuclear Fallout Early Warning System" FOUR TIMES! What was this piece of shit thinking, letting fallout worse than any "DIRTY BOMB" strike CA,WA,OR,AK, and more without a warning! I am ashamed to say I voted for the Obamanation in 2008. Ck out the fallout #'s at: http://www.radiationhealthnews.com


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  • I know, too many YouTube movies. But, just for fun, let's consider ….

    Imagine if there were a FREE source of energy – or a combination of energies – that would feed the world many times over, leave no pollution, not make people sick or give them cancer and make our lives cheaper and happier. If that source were available, do you think Hamre, Kissinger and his ilk would allow it?

    "Who controls the food supply controls the people.
    Who controls the energy can control whole continents.
    Who controls the money can control the whole world."
    - Henry Kissinger, 1973

    This is actually an interesting movie – a series of interviews that shows how we might get off nukes:

    (Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s&feature=related

    (includes discussion of free energies and their real and possible existence today [2011] by Dr Brian O'Leary):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_O'Leary


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    • Just watched some of the Brian OLeary [Phd Princeton, astronaut, physicist] movie:

      He explains what happens to people who invent alternative energy technologies, and to those who speak against nuclear power. He also confirms free energy is real and here today, but highly suppressed by the usual crowd [DOE, etc.] using time-old methods (murder, etc.).

      Project Camelot Interviews Brian O'Leary
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3cBOq5-nZw

      Brian's view of the whole ugly [and it is ugly] thing was well expressed in action, rather than words: he moved to Ecuador.


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  • thatmonk thatmonk

    He's right, we don't need any romantic ideas about alternative, clean sources of energy.

    We need solid scientific research and engineering as well as an effective program of incentives to help people/utilities afford the switch.

    If we want to talk about romanticism, nuclear energy as a clean safe resource surly is a romantic as it gets.


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  • lam335 lam335

    "Hamre also said the policy poses a security concern from the viewpoint of international control for nonproliferation of nuclear materials.

    "Nuclear power from the very beginning was (not only) a source of promise, but (also) a source of great threat because nuclear power electric generation is also the base for making nuclear weapons, and it's a great risk to the world to have commercial nuclear power plants because there is a possibility of diverting the material and turning it into weapons.

    "So for the last 40 years the U.S. and Japan, along with Europe, have been leaders in creating an international system to monitor and control the use of commercial nuclear energy so that we know if people were illegitimately going to divert it and turn it into weapons," he said.

    If Japan is to give up nuclear energy — and if nuclear power is to wither in the U.S. due to competition with cheap natural gas and in Europe as in the case of Germany — "the countries that have given us the security system are going to diminish, and who's going to replace them?" he said. "Americans cannot afford from a security standpoint to have Japan abandon nuclear power. It's too important to us.""


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    • lam335 lam335

      <<<
      So why exactly does the "international system to monitor and control the use of commercial nuclear energy" depend upon these country's continuing to actually produce the stuff? The causal connection in his reasoning is not made clear. He simply claims that, if the nations that have "given us" this alleged "security system" stop producing nuclear, they will "diminish," and then no countries will be able to replace them.

      Why can't the US and other nations continue to engage in such monitoring even if they begin to phase out nuclear power production domestically? No argument is presented here for WHY phasing out nuclear power necessarily means losing the ability to maintain this monitoring/control system. This sounds like the logical fallacy called the "False dilemma" (or Either-Or fallacy ).


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      • lam335 lam335

        In reality, the likelihood of nuclear proliferation has been greatly increased by the global spread of the nuclear power industry. For every new nuclear plant that is built, more uranium must be mined and refined and more nuclear waste–including more plutonium–gets created in each of these reactors every year.

        So, ironically, even IF this guy's (unproven) claim that an on-going nuclear industry in certain countries is necessary to maintain the international monitoring system were true, the irony is that the problem becomes self-sustaining. By continuing to produce nuclear power (and to export it around the world), we continue to produce more and more of the materials that pose proliferation dangers. But the only solution to controlling those dangers, he claims (without evidence), is to CONTINUE producing more of them by perpetuating those industries.

        So the solution to the problem is MORE of what caused the problem in the first place. That's called circular …

        … though maybe in reality it's really a downward spiral.


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        • lam335 lam335

          There are several videos about the "importance" on nuclear power on their website:

          http://csis.org/program/us-nuclear-energy-project


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        • aigeezer aigeezer

          Yup. It's the ubiquitous government protection racket – they all do it.

          "Only we are big enough to protect you from "them". Only we have the knowledge and resources to define "them" for you. If you try to change what we do then the sky will fall and "they" will get you. We have decided to attack "them" because we have reason to believe "they" were going to attack us – the details are classified. Trust us."

          Have they ever lied to us before? ;-)


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        • nedlifromvermont

          Great commentary Iam335!!!

          … circular logic and unsubstantiated claims are the Hallmark of Nuclear Power proponents … just as you have nicely demonstrated above …

          … normally it's called lying or dissembling … but in Cancerland USA when it supports the industrial criminal elite it's called lobbying or marketing or gerrymandering …

          … don't suspect they like our snarky reflections on reality though, not even sociopaths like being dissed in public …

          ,… so this is our strongest weapon: Honest refutation and rebuke of their cynical and hypocritical Dogma …

          … pro-nukers are intellectual zombies, caught up in self-delusion, whistling the tune of a corrupt and outrageous criminal elite …

          … peace! …


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          • nedlifromvermont

            … vis: State of Vermont vs. Vermont Yankee NPP .. as ruled by Garvin Murtha, US District Judge: … !!!

            … "You, Vermonters, were not allowed under federal law promoting nuclear power, to talk about safety of nuclear power …" In short: Nuclear power is so SAFE you're not allowed to talk about it, much less make rulings affecting nuclear power boosters based on such loose talk!!

            … what is not to love about this circular logic???

            … how is this not a Catholic Church versus Gallilleo moment …

            … as in our Emperor has no clothes ….

            Obama … Brother Barack!!! you won re-election … now cast off those pro-nuclear scales from your eyes …

            … Let your daughters, Sasha and Malia, grow up with less of a threat of congenital malformation programmed into their ovarian DNA from this ever-rising background level of ionizing radiation insult, delivered by outmoded and unneeded nuclear power !!! Hello?? Are you listening???

            …peace …

            oh yeah: Advise to Iranian Mullah Khamenei …: Call Obama's Bluff … Say: "You Cancer Empire, Give Up On Nuclear Power and We (Iran) won't build 'de Bomb!!!!

            Try that out on corporate criminal thugs at Exelon, Entergy or General Electric !!!!

            … peace, out …


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  • arclight arclight

    Estimated costs for fixing inoperable new security system at Los Alamos nuclear double
    Article by: JERI CLAUSING , Associated Press
    Updated: November 9, 2012

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The estimate for fixing a new but inoperable $213 million security system at the nation’s nuclear bomb lab has doubled, officials with Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Friday.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/10/estimated-costs-for-fixing-inoperable-new-security-system-at-los-alamos-nuclear-double/

    Rokkasho: Japan’s nuclear reprocessing plant – to keep nuclear industry alive
    Rokkasho has grown dependent on the reprocessing complex for nearly all its jobs and income.

    “Without Rokkasho, we would not get approval to restart the other reactors—not ever,” says a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/09/rokkasho-japans-nuclear-reprocessing-plant-to-keep-nuclear-industry-alive/


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  • arclight arclight

    THINK TANK THIS, KISSINGER AND KREW!!

    Air Force ships Calif. radioactive waste to Idaho landfill

    In letters to the health department, the Air Force contended that the McClellan soil was

    “technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials,”

    a term the federal EPA normally uses for residues from energy production and mining with trace radioactive elements – all of which fit Buttonwillow’s permit.

    California regulators, however, accused the Air Force of "massaging the truth."

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/10/air-force-ships-calif-radioactive-waste-to-idaho-landfill/


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  • arclight arclight

    american pressure on korea?? undone by a whistleblower.. wonder if kissenger and think tank are covering this too?

    Korean nuclear worries take southward turn -Caught out by nuclear industry whistleblower
    Nevertheless, public anxiety and criticism has spread rapidly, and is understandable. The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan is a scary recent memory. Additionally, the violations came to light only as a result of an inside tip, not through official inspections and protocols.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/10/korean-nuclear-worries-take-southward-turn-caught-out-by-nuclear-industry-whistleblower/

    Henry Kissinger The Pseudo Intellectual & War Criminal – Christopher Hitchens

    I can never quite square Hitchen's subsequent support for the NeoCons bombing of Iraq. I sometimes wonder if the intelligence spooks had something on him and press ganged his support. He wouldn't be the first. I also think Tariq Ali's inability to call out 911 as an inside job is suspect. However it's worth listening to Hitch take the gloves off on a war criminal who still flies the globe while people like Julian Assange are seeking asylum.

    http://charlesfrith.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/henry-kissinger-pseudo-intellectual-war.html
    :)
    kissenger is NO whistleblower lover methinks


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  • IN case anyone is not sure that this is a Kissinger linked cartel of economic hit man, here is the proof

    http://csis.org/expert/henry-kissinger


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Go enenewsers !!! outing the Truth !!!

    peace …


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  • Mack Mack

    ** Do you know that there are still weekly, mass anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo?

    ** Do you know how incredible this is considering the PRESSURE being put on the Japanese people (from inside and outside Japan) to continue with nuclear energy?

    I didn't know how bad the PRESSURE was until I read this short, important article!

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/09/one-day-in-fukushima/

    A few examples:

    – IAEA, TEPCO, CSIS, the U.S. are pressuring for re-starts

    – The Japanese Liberal Democrats, the ruling Democratic Party and even the "Kohmei-tou" “Clean Party” supports nuclear power

    – Their big union RENGO supports nuclear power

    – Pro-nuclear education and propaganda is rampant; even using pro-nuclear coloring books

    – Government doctors are pressuring mothers "to downplay potential health signs"

    – Residents are pressured to move back to their contaminated towns

    – AND this:

    "On March 22, 2012, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program even had a panel in Japan with pro-nuke advocate NRC Commissioner William Magwood…"

    Why is the NRC involved in Japan's business?

    READ the rest here! (it's a short article–worth reading)

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/09/one-day-in-fukushima/


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