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The commander of the US nuclear arsenal has stated unequivocally that the war in Ukraine is just a warmup exercise for a much larger conflict that’s already in the mail.

Antiwar’s Dave DeCamp reports:

The commander that oversees US nuclear forces delivered an ominous warning at a naval conference last week by calling the war in Ukraine a “warmup” for the “big one” that is to come.


“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” said Navy Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of US Strategic command. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested [in] a long time.”


Richard’s warning came after the US released its new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which reaffirms that the US doctrine allows for the first use of nuclear weapons. The review says that the purpose of the US nuclear arsenal is to “deter strategic attacks, assure allies and partners, and achieve US objectives if deterrence fails.”

Not only does Richard appear to believe that a hot war between major world powers is a foregone conclusion, he has also previously stated that a nuclear war with Russia or China is now “a very real possibility.”

Again, this is not some armchair warrior opining from his desk at a corporate newspaper or DC think tank, this is the head of STRATCOM. Richard would be personally overseeing the very warfare he is talking about.

What I find most striking about remarks like these is how passive they always make it sound. Richard talks about “The Big One” like other people talk about California earthquakes, as though a hot war with China would be some kind of natural disaster that just happened out of nowhere.

This type of rhetoric is becoming more and more common. Describing an Atomic Age world war as something that would happen to the US empire, rather than the direct result of concrete A-or-B decisions made by the empire, is becoming its own genre of foreign policy punditry.

This passive, oopsy-poopsy narrative overlay that’s placed atop the US empire’s militarism is nothing new. Back in 2017’s Adam Johnson documented the way western media are always describing the United States as “stumbling” into wars and getting “sucked in” to military interventions, like a cheating spouse making up bad excuses after getting caught:

This framing serves to flatter two sensibilities: one right and one vaguely left. It satisfies the right-wing nationalist idea that America only goes to war because it’s compelled to by forces outside of its own control; the reluctant warrior, the gentle giant who will only attack when provoked to do so. But it also plays to a nominally liberal, hipster notion that the US military is actually incompetent and boobish, and is generally bad at war-making.


This is expressed most clearly in the idea that the US is “drawn into” war despite its otherwise unwarlike intentions. “Will US Be Drawn Further Into Syrian Civil War?” asked Fox News (4/7/17). “How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran,” disclosed The Atlantic (2/9/17), “What It Would Take to Pull the US Into a War in Asia,” speculated Quartz (4/29/17). “Trump could easily get us sucked into Afghanistan again,” Slate predicted (5/11/17). The US is “stumbling into a wider war” in Syria, the New York Times editorial board (5/2/15) warned. “A Flexing Contest in Syria May Trap the US in an Endless Conflict,” Vice News (6/19/17) added.

So let’s get real clear about this here and now: if there is a hot war between the US and a major power, it will not be because that war was “stumbled into”. It will not be like an earthquake or other natural disaster. It will not be something that happens to or is inflicted upon the US empire while it just passively stands there in Bambi-eyed innocence.

It will be the result of specific choices made by the managers of empire. It will be the result of the US choosing escalation over de-escalation, brinkmanship over detente — not just once but over and over again, while declining off-ramp after off-ramp. It will be the result of real material decisions made by real material people who live in real material houses while collecting real material paychecks to make the choices they are making.

Another thing that strikes me about comments like those made by Charles Richard is how freakish and insane it is that everyone doesn’t respond to them with, “Okay, well, then let’s change all of the things we are doing, because that’s the worst thing that can possibly happen.”

And make no mistake: that absolutely is an option. The option to turn away from the collision course with potentially the most horrific war of all time is available right now, and it will remain available for some time into the future. This isn’t 1939 when war is already upon us; if anything it’s more like the early 20th century precursors to World War I and all the stupid aggressions and entanglements which ultimately gave rise to both world wars.

One of the many ways our cultural fascination with World War II has made us stupid and crazy is that it has caused us to forget that it was the worst single event in human history. Even if a hot war with Russia and/or China didn’t go nuclear, it would still unleash unspeakable horrors upon this Earth which would reverberate throughout our collective consciousness for generations.

That horror should be turned away from. And the time to start turning is now.


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62 responses to “Let’s Be Clear: If WW3 Happens It Will Be The Result Of Choices Made By The US Empire”

  1. How will this struggle for influence in the area of the former Eastern Bloc end? In the Book of Daniel we read: “At the appointed time [the king of the north] will return back [the Russian garrisons will return to where they were previously stationed. It also means military actions and major crisis. Not only the eurozone will break up, but also the European Union and NATO], and come into the south [this will be the beginning of nuclear war], but won’t be as before or as afterwards [these military actions will not lead to a global nuclear war. This war will only begin after the return of the king of the north], then the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the distant West] will come against him, and (he) will break down [mentally], and will go back.” (11:29, 30a) It will be mutual slaughter and the sword of great power will be used. (Revelation 6:4) Jesus characterized it in this way: “A frightening things both and extraordinary (related to unusual phenomena) from sky powerful will be.” For this reason, there will be significant tremors along the length and breadth of the regions [of strategic importance] and famines, and pestilences. Some ancient manuscripts contain the words “and frosts”. The Aramaic Peshitta: “and will be great frosts”. (Luke 21:11) We call this today “nuclear winter”. In Mark 13:8 there are also words of Jesus: “and disorders” (lack of public order). The Aramaic Peshitta: “and confusion” (on the state of public order). This war will begin as a result of ethnic conflict: “For nation will rise against nation”, like as in 2008 in Georgia. (Matthew 24:7) This extremely detailed sign fits only one war. It won’t be Armageddon. “But all these things are a beginning of birth-pains.” (Matthew 24:8, DLNT) “Take you heed therefore; behold I have foretold you all things.” (Mark 13:23, DRA)

  2. Let me preface the foregoing with this. In the 1970’s our citizens at large could not have envisioned the reality of the “internet of things” the existence of a European Galdio Assassination Program(s) sponsored by the CIA and MI6. No one could have imagined the now accepted Chinese social credit system or SCS. Who, back then could have fathomed the now accepted mass surveillance by CCTV cameras stationed everywhere throughout London, UK.

    Admiral Richard could not have launched or defended his brash statements unless they were integral parts of a hidden agenda, a logistical plan to revamp our society’s fundamental architecture. This supported by several tiers of newly gathered scientific information ready for roll out. For example; the first tier is mortality data collected by two recent nuclear disasters, Fukushima and Chernobyl. They were compiled along with older statistics based on long term human and animal “body burden” resulting from ionizing radiation. Do our readers recall those dreadful, what I can only describe as politically gerrymandered and falsified death certificates for COVID mortality? Can government or industry science advisors ever be trusted to publicly reveal stats on perhaps millions who’s lives have been shortened or terminated by these recent nuclear disasters? Rest assure, the Pentagon and their ilk are in possession of hidden facts and as a result, in the throes of shaping our collective futures.

    The second tier must have been based on a twenty plus year summary of this compiled data. It substantially updates the understanding of biological mutation and isotope presence in fish, fish meals and other high protein foods. Again, body burden effects will surely reappear in a post nuclear exchange.

    HINT: Five gets you ten that Malthusian dynamics are in the mix here where medium to high level contaminated foodstuffs are distributed to end users in zones frequently associated with underclasses, e.g, financially or educationally poorer groups found in certain neighborhoods, second and third world countries et-cetera.The almost artful science of misrepresentation (like falsified or nonspecific death certificate entries) will be directed towards mislabeling or not labeling radioactively contaminated “edibles”. This pattern will be accomplished through the same legal beagle chicanery consumers have experienced with Country of Origin or COO food identifiers…the UPC gibberish designed so no one can understand the word -origin. Yes, you all can place your bets that international safety regulations will turn poisoned “salty contorted pretzels” into sweet licorice sticks.

    The third tier, a strategy for distribution of such contaminated edibles, storage facilities, transportation networks all deliberately used as an interregnum time and storage space. A period set aside for various isotope emissions and prompt radiation levels to gradually subside aka half life for ionizing sources (ground shine contamination onto the surface of finished products). Perhaps the recent “experiments” with both food and product transportation interruptions were an ominous portent to this “holding pattern” and in actuality is PART of a wider, future logistical Pentagon in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange….

    The fourth tier for food distribution and end use will be based on reorganizing the “value” of each individual consumer, enshrined in those precepts built into technocracy and meritocracy. Briefly, a society not unlike India’s former? caste system. The privileged will have a “right” to cleaner breathable air i.e., household ultra filtration methods (HEPA) HVAC, consumption of very low level radiation foods, “prebomb” canned foods and some method that adopt a publicly visible status as “nobility” license e.g., special type of clothing, photo badge ID with RFID, or if you wish a return to oligarchical feudalism.

    This is the brave “new” world to come. An old one really, heralded by a bunch of arch Neo-cons, Zionist misfits and the surviving sons of biblical Cain (Pentagon, top MIC CEOS COO’s) Lest we forget to add, top level and worthless public figures groveling in their survivalist bunker enclaves. For example; the ex-CIA retirees have chosen to occupy homes near Denver CO reinforced for nuclear war survival. Yep, so many exposes’ about holes in the ground that keep popping up on you-tube. This rather visible “conspiracy” continues to plague the psyche of John Doe ever since “duck-and-cover” and revelations about cold-war underground installations such as Mount Weather in Virginia, Greenbrier Bunker in West Virginia and Pennsylvania’s Iron Mountain just to name a few…

    These guys really mean it folks! they have been paving the way for a post-war claustrophobic society based on cave dwelling. This has been going on for many a year… DO NOT DISMISS THEIR COLLECTIVE PSYCHOSIS ! Ask the German survivors still living following WW II, ask them to repeat the cry of total madness! Do-You-Want-The Total-War! reference….The Goebbels speech at the Sports Palace in February 1943. Ugh…..some things never change. Not in U.S or Germany for that matter !

  3. All politicians are bought and paid for. Democracy is an illusion. By all means vote if it makes you feel better.

    1. How can there NOT be vote fraud when all those responsible for the 2020 theft are not held responsible? We all saw the pathetic “legal” response to the tons of documented and proven REAL evidence that demonstrated the Democrats theft. Why would these mid-terms be any different with no legal actions taken against the stealers? Not until there are indictments based on documented evidence will this cheating stop. Not until the mainstream media is held accountable for its continuous lying will the cheating stop. Meanwhile, those who votes on the rancid vicious LIES are unknowingly America’s enemies because of their naivete and ignorance!

    2. so what is your alternative?

      1. If you cant drive the boat, try to enjoy the ride the best you can.

  4. HOW DID WE GET TO THIS PRECARIOUS SITUATION WE’RE IN TODAY? Here’s an example of a capitalist that has favored corporate interests over the interests of the working class: JOE BIDEN (he’s not your friend).
    HOUSE OF CARDS ( Murphy):
    Biden supported a baby-step deregulatory effort in the early 1980s, and then, in 1994, he backed a very big one: the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act, which eliminated the remaining barriers to where banks could operate. The law passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was fairly innocuous in some respects, codifying changes that were already happening at the state level. But it opened the floodgates to an era of corporate consolidation. Delaware’s financial institutions got another big boost in 1999, when Biden voted for the Financial Services Modernization Act, which repealed the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law barring banks from owning securities and insurance businesses. By 2016, there were almost 5,000 fewer banks in the United States than there were two decades earlier, and the 10 largest firms controlled half of all banking assets.
    Between 1980 and 1997, the number of Americans filing for personal bankruptcy jumped more than 300 percent, affecting 1.3 million households annually. A growing number of researchers, led by a Harvard Law School professor named Elizabeth Warren, believed the fault lay with the accumulating credit card fees, hospital bills, student loans, and mortgages that were placing the squeeze on middle-class families. Their research found that, for debtors, personal bankruptcy was not an escape hatch; it was a lifeline.
    Biden’s banking votes have stuck with him because their effects have stuck with us. You could draw a reasonably straight line from the bank deregulation votes of the ’90s to “too big to fail,” the housing crisis, and the Great Recession.

    1. All politicians are bought and paid for. Democracy is an illusion. By all means vote if it makes you feel better.

  5. TRUMP DELIVERS FASCISTIC SPEECH amidst THREATS OF VIOLENCE ahead of Election Day (11/8/22-Patrick Martin)

    1. So you are implying what?

  6. I just made $75,000 by merely reading your lying bullshit!

  7. The vast majority of people, when given power, don’t know what to do and are not craving to take responsibility.
    Let’s say there is a committee to make a road. We need roads. But in some sense, when we make a road, the ones who decided are also responsible for every animal and child killed on that road. No one steps up to say, “Let’s build the road, and I will visit the families of the dead children and help them mourn.” People shun real responsibility for their actions.
    So, they seek someone else to make a decision, and perhaps they assent, or put up some token resistance, or “show they have concerns” or else refuse to ever be pinned down, say “I am present,” or whatever other strategy there is to not be the place where any real bucks ever really stop. Mostly they get jazzed about ideologies. Meanwhile things proceed to an inevitable conclusion.
    When almost no one is willing to take this level of responsibility, a tyrant will inevitably arise, in one form or another — and it can be a reasonable sounding tyrant or a populist or a tough guy boss or whatever else fits the bill. Probably someone touting an ideology. But the only reason he isn’t ousted at the end of the day is that people wanted to be told what to do.
    To say it another way, people want hamburgers without facing the dead cows — both literally and as a metaphor for nearly everything.
    Jonathan Pratt

    1. someone conditiones the people.

    2. Watch the latest episode of Avenue 5 on hbo. Sums up American politics nicely.

  8. Let’s Be Clear: If WW3 Happens It Will Be The Result Of Choices Made By Politicians who will cower in bunkers while innocent civilians are incinerated?

  9. Apparently Adm Richard is unaware of Russia’s offensive capabilities ( or he is suicidal.
    Come late afternoon today (Tuesday, 8 Nov) it should be fairly clear that Loco Joe Biden and the Neoconservative Democrats will have no real power base or influence going forward to justify their trying to run this country, let alone orchestrating the end of the world at the hands of the US military.
    They should be immediately told that they will no longer be allowed to remain in office, as the remaining two years of Biden’s presidency would merely be used to destroy everything the fools tried to control but clearly cannot have. Their re-election would be impossible and their ideas already both failed and repudiated. Offer Biden and all his line of succession the opportunity to resign, however, if necessary, call it a coup enacted to prevent national suicide. The alternative would have been economic collapse and/or civil war in any case. (The current administration is so desperate, it has troops in Haiti to steal that shithole country’s diesel fuel. The Biden Crime Family has already de facto collapsed.)
    The Republicans should not fill the office of president themselves but should appoint a non-political peace activist with two charges to be completed before the presidential campaign of 2024: to act as caretaker chief executive and to negotiate a realistic long-term peace pact with both Russia and China. He would not buck the congress on domestic policies and they would not impede his crafting a genuine peace deal, which would resemble most of what Russian diplomats presented to the US and the UN in the Fall of 2021. Plebicites would be held in all ethnic Russian oblasts and they would formally secede from Ukraine and annex with the Russian Federation (as they already have in the Donbas).
    American presidential elections in 2024 would be open to all existing and potential new parties with business “as usual” though hopefully based more in reality and reason. Getting past this impasse with the warmongering neocons in control of everything is singularly critical to the survival of this country and the entire world. With them gone (they can potentially be banned through legislation like Nazis are in most of Europe–except for that outrageous aberration known as Ukraine), implausible and fanatical support of an extreme nationalist and downright tyrannical Ukrainian state should dissipate within the United States, propped as it was by mere fallacious propaganda.
    Giving up all pretensions to propping up Ukrainian tyranny come hell or high water and overthrowing the current Russian leadership should be not only possible but actually palatable to the Republicans because they never made a promise, as the Democrats did, to die on that hill. It should be a relief to the whole country to leave behind the entire Democratic and Clintonian ruse about Republican and Trumpian collusion with Russia in any way, shape or form. Remember what the stakes are: nuclear war (and guaranteed annihilation) or peace (both internationally and domestically). Some diehard assholes will persist but most will be ignored. There is still much other business to attend to before the predicted collapse of all modern civilisation circa 2050.

    1. Update as of Wed, 9 Nov.
      Apparently the American voters are still in love with Dopey Joe Biden, Arch Warmonger, as they elected basically the same proportion of his party’s bloodthirsty maniacs as currently occupy seats in the House and Senate, plus sundry state governorships. He will keep a majority in the senate and may well in the House when all final vote counts are in.
      This is at major variance with everything the voters told to pollsters for the past year or more, and with American voting patterns that go back generations. This is not just an amazing result, but quite a stupifying one, especially with the country on the verge of World War III all due to Bidenian choices in foreign policy. Apparently, we Yanks are champing at the bit to go to war, baby! We love the inflation, the racial turmoil, the covid fiasco and every one of the many other ways that Loco Joe has totally bollixed up the governance of this madhouse. So why not keep his party in power, eh? To jerk on Putin’s chain if nothing else, right?
      So, did the voters lie to the pollsters and secretly embrace the maniacs for all this time, or did someone manage to game the system once again? Have we corroborated that Demento Joe’s record breaking victory was no fabrication–because he and his malefactions remain greatly loved–or that every American federal election is, always has been, and always will be a scam, world without end, Amen.

      1. david outa bolelwang Avatar
        david outa bolelwang

        Everything about the USA is totally baffling. The election of a mentally-challenged man in PA, the tight race between the Republican and Democratic Parties which doesn’t make sense in the face of the many failures by the ruling party and the President. The list goes on..

    2. What happened to my update for the 9 Nov aftermath?

      1. Hackers are playing games again, I would surmise.

  10. david outa bolelwang Avatar
    david outa bolelwang

    It won’t happen. This isn’t the first time the US has engaged in fearmongering sabre-rattling but I concede this time around, it is being amplified far more.The empire is in a corner like never before and it has to act up for show. If the nuclear first strike by the US and allies was fact,the DPKR would have been nuked a long time ago.Unless the US mainland gets attacked by a foreign enemy like in the case of Pearl Harbor, the Yanks won’t be united around unleashing nuclear warheads against anyone. The US and Allies by all means are no longer the only ones who can hit hard and they know this far more better than all of us. For them to start something that would annihilate them as well, it is unthinkable for them too unless a bunch of some crazy senior military officers like the one that’s being mentioned, decide to commit suicide and take us all to hell with them. What the world has to cometo terms with, is the fact that the empire is not going to sink alone without tensions across the globe and the attempt to drag us all down and that’s wher the danger lies but still a nuclear war, the empire knows too well that ther won’t be winners on the other end of it all.

    1. With all due respect, calling Pearl Harbor, 2,560 miles into the Pacific Ocean, “US mainland” is a bit of a stretch :o)

    2. If you think Russia will allow bombs to drop on Russia outside Ukraine without bombing the US you are dreaming. The first time Russia is bombed by even conventional missles, they will drop like munitions on all Nato members. The US thinks it will be contained to Europe but are sadly mistaken.

    3. i don’t think the empire is that many people and ‘united yanks’ are not necessary to unleash warheads.

    That happened yesterday when retired admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, urged President Biden to begin negotiations to end America’s newest endless war.
    MULLEN DIDN’T MINCE WORDS, TELLING BIDEN TO “BACK OFF” SCAREMONGERING words of nuclear Armageddon and quickly bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table. He called Biden’s remarks as being “at the top of the language scale” and he wasn’t being complementary. MULLEN WAS CHANNELING THOSE OF US IN THE PEACE COMMUNITY WHEN HE SAID “AS IS TYPICAL IN ANY WAR, IT’S GOTTA END AND USUALLY THERE ARE NEGOTIATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. THE SOONER THE BETTER, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED.”
    Biden’s war conduct has been worse than simply poo-pooing negotiations. He directly undermined a potential 15-point peace agreement in March brokered by Turkey that could have ended the war in its first month.

    1. david outa bolelwang Avatar
      david outa bolelwang

      ..but for once we need to be realistic. A person who is in a position of the highest authority in the land, who is facing possible multiple crimina lcharges, plunging their country into chaos and having the prisons burn down, would benefit them to a large extent because they can now act as the saviour of the situation who deserve respect or pardoning should the proverbial push come to shove. It is human nature basically. American need to wake up and see who they’ve got as President and not rely wholly on the electoral system which cannot gurantee anything.

  12. One may wonder why 52 countries, in support of Ukraine, just voted against a UN resolution introduced by Russia to condemn nazism since there are, according to these countries, no nazis in Ukraine…
    The US, which is one of them, argued that Russia’s “pretextual use of fighting neo-Nazism undermines genuine attempts to combat neo-Nazism.” The Blinken touch obviously… He probably also thinks that pretextual attempts by activists to free Julian Assange undermine genuine attempts to free Julian Assange as the US would like to.
    Yet Israel voted in favour of the UN resolution condemning nazism, which shows there’s a limit to extravagance but makes geopolitics increasingly difficult to follow.

    1. david outa bolelwang Avatar
      david outa bolelwang

      As a matter of fact, the cult of Nazism as we know it, developed also in the US and other Western states during the 30’s and it is on record that leading undustrialists like H. Ford and one king of England were fans. It just that AH, as a result of German hardships after WWI, took it a step further and too much out of context in relation to what the collective West would have wanted. The current crop of US leaders are the fruits that have not fallen far from the tree from which they came so far as the death cult is concerned. Those of Jewish leneage it is argued, they can’t subscribe to Nazism but history and facts show clearly, that where it suits them, they collaborate with groups that seem not to fit their mode of perspective.

  13. I don’t think rational and intelligent people doubt for a split second that if WWIII breaks out it will be directly because of US actions – and NOT because of Russian or Chinese actions.
    How can people miss or ignore the belligerent, deranged and dangerous escalation that the US regime is mounting against Russia, and, increasingly, China?
    One of the many tragedies of this situation is how many supposedly sane and rational people, particular in western governments, are not just going along with it, but actively encouraging it.

  14. Soldiers would rather not talk about their war experience; they don’t want to relive those times. Here’s one man that did:
    18. I watched a good man die
    “I am a Vietnam veteran. The scariest: A man’s guts
    Back when I was in Vietnam, I knew this guy name Jedidiah. He was a mechanic, didn’t have any combat roles but we saw him every day as he was good handyman.
    Jedidiah was kind of stupid, but he was relatively street smart, but he was honestly the kindest man you’d ever meet. He always was helping someone. He told us because he didn’t fight, he would make us (the fighters) job easier. He cooked good food for us, fixed things for us, stole things for us. Everybody loved Jedidiah.
    Well one day, our camp was hit by mortar fire and when it was all over Dwight (Jedidiah’s mechanic partner) screamed ‘JEDIDIAHS HIT!’ We all rush over to him, and he’s got a massive gash in his liver area. We all pick him up and rush him to a tent where our medic Matt begins to work on him.
    We have to hold Jedidiah’s guts in because there just pouring out. He is screaming, ‘I want my momma! Momma where are you! Please momma help me!’
    At this point I know he is done; his wound is too great, but I keep holding praying for a miracle. Finally, he grunts, his guts start really forcing themselves out and he begins screaming, ‘Please God don’t take me, I’m not ready to die! I’ve still got so much left to do! I wanna see my momma again! I’m not ready!’ He then grunts and starts convulsing, blood starts pouring out of his mouth, and after a few seconds, he goes limp.
    Even though he passed we all stand there holding him. I think I was still holding down some of his liver. After a few moments, Matt lets go, and so do the rest of us. And we all looked at his mangled corpse, guts practically hanging out of his stomach. That was pretty scary.
    I had been in Vietnam for about a year, so I had seen plenty of mangled bodies but seeing such a pure, innocent, genuinely good person like Jedidiah dying in agony really hurt. It hurt even more as Jedidiah was black, so he died for a country that didn’t even love him. I’ve teared up just thinking about it.
    Three other people died in the attack, but Jedidiah’s was the only one that really choked everyone up. I don’t know where I’m going with this, but you asked for scary and I think good people dying like that is pretty scary.” — Hillbilly_Heaven

  15. The real hard part here is that it’s all polluted with controlled opposition including A real shit sandwich honestly. Hard to trust what anyone says…

    1. you think antiwar is lying about what adm. richard said?

      1. I have no reason to believe so. Just meant from prior experiences.

    2. … including APIARIAN.

      1. There is a special place in hell for your types. Going back to taking care of my child. Good luck with everything and hope you wake up:)

        1. Ps I think I misunderstood you. I most definitely was not talking crap about Caitlin. I apologize for my comment. Was in between shitty diapers, potential nuclear war and just life in general at the moment think I read you wrong: apologies.

          1. The lesson in this is that one should never write comments between shitty diapers and potential nuclear war :o)

    3. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” We had better pay attention as the men behind the curtains are more than willing to sacrifice us all—as they have previously demonstrated.
      Excerpt: For years, the U.S.- run NATO has moved military forces and bases into countries encircling Russia. This includes weapons that can very quickly be converted to nuclear use. This, as I’ve pointed out before, is tantamount to Russia doing the same in Mexico and Canada, and let’s add Cuba as well. We know what the U.S. response would be, but when President Putin and his government objected and said this is a betrayal of previous agreements, he was dismissed as if he were a child making things up.

    4. Does ‘no accountability’ ring a bell? This is the same method (no accountability) used by our demagogues, establishment politicians, appointed judges, and the representatives for the wealthy ruling class. I should also mention: no consequences for malfeasance. In war, civilian deaths generally outnumber the deaths of combatants. Here’s an article about US’ war perpetration and civilian neglect: LOST INNOCENTS
      Excerpt: The most common pattern in U.S. air strikes is how rarely anyone is held responsible for civilian deaths. Repeated internal investigations have resulted in little punishment, perhaps in part because units are investigating themselves. If military personnel and civilian officials knew they might lose their jobs on account of mistakes that led to civilian deaths, they would take greater care to avoid future mistakes. The U.S. military should also reform its justice system to ensure its independence from the chain of command—and criminal liability should be on the table for those who intentionally kill civilians. These and other consequences should be brought to bear in the military coverup of some 70 civilian casualties recently uncovered by a New York Times investigation of a 2019 air strike in Baghuz, Syria, carried out by the classified special operations unit, known as Task Force 9. The Pentagon is conducting an internal investigation of this incident, but it’s magical thinking to expect any accountability.

      1. david outa bolelwang Avatar
        david outa bolelwang is like having a Mafia-connected Judge to do the job in a case that involves a colleague.

  16. It feels like the old iron dice theory, that once enough angry speeches have been made and enough weapons moved around it is too late for a war to be prevented. It’s lazy thinking, often by people with little to lose, like the dying geriatrics in charge of America who get to decide whether the rest of us are going to be in a war.

  17. Like I commented on the Antiwar site- “The big one is coming” … nuclear combat toe to toe with the Russkies! When he starts talking about precious bodily fluids they need to cut the mic.

    It’s like we’re actually in Dr. Stangelove.

    And Google confirms we have in fact just witnessed the coining of “oopsy-poopsy narrative”. Hopefully there will be future historians to note this.

    1. indeed, it used to be the 7.8+ expected on the san andreas fault.

  18. “Still, it is true, lamb,” said Satan. “Look at you in war — what mutton you are, and how ridiculous!”
    “In war? How?”
    “There has never been a just one, never an honorable one — on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful — as usual — will shout for the war. The pulpit will — warily and cautiously — object — at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, “It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.” Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers — as earlier — but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation — pulpit and all — will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
    Mark Twain

  19. The American dogs of war are barking at Russia.

    The question is: Are the dogs going to continue dragging the (weak) master into war? or will the master find the courage and strength to bring the dogs to heel?

  20. Apparently, Americans haven’t had enough of war. When enough American’ sons and daughters return in caskets, maybe they will become enlightened? Do you think you should speak out before Washington’s planned WWIII really gets underway? Ukraine is just the preview of coming attractions (or revulsions?)!
    Brainwashed for War With Russia ( McGovern):
    Excerpt: Most Americans are oblivious to the reality that Western media are owned and operated by the same corporations that make massive profits by helping to stoke small wars and then peddling the necessary weapons. Corporate leaders, and Ivy-mantled elites, educated to believe in U.S. “exceptionalism,” find the lucre and the luster too lucrative to be able to think straight. They deceive themselves into thinking that (a) the US cannot lose a war; (b) escalation can be calibrated and wider war can be limited to Europe; and (c) China can be expected to just sit on the sidelines. The attitude, consciously or unconsciously, “Not to worry. And, in any case, the lucre and luster are worth the risk.”

  21. I’m afraid there is indeed something more horrible than WWIII. It is having Trump back in the White House. Why? Because he is the embodiment of America, its incarnation, and most people, who have a bad enough time fighting the Trump inside themselves like Alec Baldwin, Keith Olbermann or Robert de Niro, couldn’t put up with this mirror in the box for another four years.

    Better blow up the whole shebang instead!

    Imagine Trump saying that all the people on the other side of the aisle are monsters and terrorists instead of Biden. Who could bear that divisive fascism?

    Imagine Trump saying he doesn’t want to forgive student loans or give Medicare to all because he needs that money to prop up Nazis in Ukraine – which he would do like he said after Khashoggi’s murder that we had to be forgiving toward MBS because Saudi Arabia was about to sign a $4 billion arms deal. Can’t have that!

    Imagine Trump saying “As long as we provide them with weapons, the Ukrainians will fight to the last person” instead of Lindsey Graham. Horrorshow!

    And Trump doesn’t look good like Obama for instance. When you have Obama’s look and natural charm, you can go on 5th Avenue and shoot someone without consequences, not when you look like Trump, contrary to what he once believed. You get raided on a whim of the deep state instead!

    Trump is a bombastic oaf, that’s his problem. He’s obese, ugly, dies and blow dries his hair. Can’t have that! Anybody in most of the world will tell you that this is typically American – especially Bedouins and Eskimos. Even though he doesn’t wear the tartan trousers outside the golf course. But he’s got the cap and can only breathe within ten yards of a Stars and Stripes. Can’t make America more great again than that!

    He says powerful men can grab girls by the pussy. Imagine Biden saying that to Tara Reade! Unthinkable!

    Imagine Trump built a wall at the southern border that Bush started and Obama and Biden continued! Can’t have that!

    Imagine Trump pulling out of Afghanistan while stealing $8 billion belonging to them, drone-killing a whole family of collaborators, including seven children, on the last day and saying it was not the result of criminal negligence because all procedures had been respected, just bad luck. Shame and scandal in the family!

    Imagine Trump stole oil in Syria. What? He’s done that already? Oh yeah and it was horrible! “We’ve got the oil. The oil is secure!” Where’s the vomitorium please?

    But when Biden does it day after day, not a whisper because we know he does it for the good of humanity, like he’s keeping his son out of jail and giving a few coins at the midnight mass collection if somebody’s watching.

    Imagine Trump didn’t get us into WWIII! Who wants to have the suicide of Navy Admiral Charles Richard on their conscience?

  22. Everything you said is applicable to WW2 as well.

  23. The City of London Corporation are very involved too, look how Boris Johnson was sent to trash the Russia-Ukraine Peace Agreement, because it would spell the end of NATOs’ warmongering and the MIC gleeful handrubbing at all the profit they would make.UK was apparently involved in blowing up NS2 and the attempted attack on the Turkish Pipeline.These are Warmongers Supreme, long in the planning to attack both Russia and China when they had finished attacked seven Muslim countries.All neatly planned years ago.

  24. WW III was predicted by Jewish prophets a long time ago. This coming event would seem to be inevitable, but it is not. Caitlin is right when she says that this catastrophe will be the result of decisions made by the leaders of the USA which we all seem to go along with.

  25. Caitlin, when I was just a freshman in college, forty years ago, I had a writing assignment. I found in the library a book called, “Missile Envy”. reading that I came to the conclusion that one day they would do it. They would just have to, just to see what it was like. The raw display of power. That is what Humans love most.
    How do we stop the madness, really stop it. There is so much division and hate and apathy and concentration of power, how do we overcome? How do we put the brakes on? What if we took away their target? To fire a nuclear weapon you first have to have a target, right?.
    If the world was transitioned to a ‘Collective Intelligence” That would mean we HUMANITY had a platform anyone could log into from anywhere at any time, anonymously. What the platform wanted was your perspective, your thoughts. The moderator was also we HUMANITY applying our logic, reason, perspective whatever you want to call it. We were all just collectively doing what we would do as individuals only without the WANTS AND NEEDS of the INDIVIDUAL. So theoretically anyone from anywhere could be contributing. The PRODUCT of this endeavor were conclusion, statements, guidance, thoughts that were SUPERIOR to anything an individual would most likely come up with. This PLATFORM was now the AUTHORITY or a t least a greatly valued resource. . SO WHERE DO THEY AIM THE MISSILES ??

  26. peter mcloughlin Avatar
    peter mcloughlin

    A salutary warning from history: every empire eventually gets the war it is desperate to avoid – its own destruction.

  27. subcommandante Felix Avatar
    subcommandante Felix

    Hey, the Empire can always blame WWIII on Germany!

  28. I know you are a Socialist. The problem with Socialism is that It is still just a facet of a world dominated by, ‘Individual Intelligence’. What that means is that there will always be a reliance on ‘Individuals’ in some aspect to the extent that their ‘Individual’ THINKING affects us all within society. Individuals are never perfect, never reliable, That is why we say Kings, and Popes and Great leaders were chose by GOD. Because that lends credence to the THOUGHTS they have that are obviously flawed.
    Socialism is striving for what? for POWER to be distributed evenly. What is the greatest power on Earth? It is the Human mind. It is our Thoughts. That is how we got here.
    Please see that if what you want is for power to be distributed evenly for all within society to reap its benefits then a ‘Collective Intelligence’ that is accessible, transparent, anonymous and moderated by Human logic, rational or whatever you want to call it. Is the only thing that will achieve this. A Collective Intelligence will do for you what ‘Socialism’ never could.

  29. Caitlin, as always where would we be without you. You say the things I believe many would if they could separate their minds from their busy lives and the societal pressures they exist within. That is the problem though, so very very many are getting up going to work, doing things for and with their kids or family (normal) things that they have a sense of normalcy that gives them support for the aspects of their lives that are not and never were perfect. Going outside this bubble to explore a crazy unknown with no reward other than the collapse of the societal acceptance of others. Yes these Military types and Gov. types are psychotic, delusional., It is still society that allows them to do and say what they do.
    You, the people that read and comment are of a different type. Maybe we are a little braver, smarter, angrier, who knows. It doesn’t matter. What matters is we force those living within the bubble of comfort found nestled within societal consciousness (your favorite word) to stand up. How?
    Here is how I see it,. There are three parties, Us, those making up society and the ‘Authorities’ the (Leaders). The problem is those within society chose those leaders, they own them, they are one and the same. We people like you and I are the outsiders. How do we get society to listen to us? My solution, we take over the mantle of Authority. How? what do leaders posses? Intellect supposedly. They are supposed to ‘think’ and make wise and knowledgeable decisions. In reality they never live up to our ideals. So what is it they were supposed to be doing, oh “thinking”. So that is what we do then for them, what we take away from them and do better. We make them look bad, We shoe the world just how inept they really are. They are yesterdays transportation and our Collective ‘thinking’ makes their necessity obsolete. No more Generals, Admirals with the world in their hands. We, the people no longer need them. This must be an new track an evolutionary track. Here is a link. We must transition from a world dominated by ‘Individual’ Intelligence to a world dominated by a ‘Collective Intelligence’.

  30. Richard Simpson Avatar
    Richard Simpson

    Collin Powell correctly identified the neo-cons pushing for endless wars as “craizies” and indeed they are.

      A team of researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that as many as 80 percent of tweets about the 2022 Russia-Ukraine invasion in its early weeks were part of a COVERT PROPAGANDA campaign originating from automated fake “bot” accounts.
      An anti-Russia propaganda campaign originating from a “BOT ARMY” OF PHONY AUTOMATED TWITTER ACCOUNTS flooded the internet at the start of the war.

    2. Why the hell can’ this bitch bot be banned from here? Paying any attention to this crap from “Gloria” and the other fraudsters clogging up your comments? Get rid of these douchebags.

      1. Gloria is a hard working bot just trying to earn a few bitcoins so she can feed her baby bots. Everyone is just trying to survive, even Gloria.

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