DefCon One

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Defcon One
-COCKED PISTOL
-Nuclear war is imminent
-Maximum readiness

Ah, I'm probably over-exaggerating, it's probably just me. It just seems to me after reading some of the information regarding Trump's UN speech (I would have to go to the ER if I tried to listen to it) and putting that together with my knowledge of the current state of affairs, we citizens who are aware and care should consider ourselves in the military equivalent of Defcon One.

I know Trump and his merry band of psychos aren't really going to bomb North Korea to smithereens. It's not that I don't think they would do it if they had a chance, but they won't be able to gin up a chance unless Kim decides to launch a nuke at a populated area, which won't happen.

But they would do it if they had a chance. Repeat, THEY WOULD DO IT IF THEY HAD A CHANCE. In the immortal words of the final U.S. president, believe me. And if they would do it if they had a chance, you know what we're dealing with don't you? Class? That's right, psychos, very good class.

If you listen to (or read) that rhetoric from Trump and are somewhat coherent, it should come across as a kind of crossing of the Rubicon type moment, where we've crossed over into some surreal final showdown to ascertain just how fucking insane human beings can become.

We are witnesses. And the only ones who can stop it.

For those of us who can still function, it might be a good time to go to Defcon One. That would mean the whales and trees are going to have to wait, even health care and a higher minimum wage. It's time to take those on the other side out.

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mimi's picture

Listen, a psycho like Trump can happen in any country. It's only that other countries than Germany never used to believe it could happen to them. But as you see, it can.

So, I am training myself to look for a cave on Hawaii, as it would be the most likely target to get hit, I guess.

Ah, wasn't tomorrow the 23rd the supposed end of the world? Ok, I say Good Bye to you, in case it happens and we die, and won't chat again.

I guess see you in hell, right?

Eh, nichts wird so heiß gegessen wie es gekocht wird. Take care.

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"“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” - Ghandi

Big Al's picture

@mimi and I feel fine.

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mimi's picture

@Big Al
if it ends.

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"“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” - Ghandi

Even if no military action takes place (better not) the world needs to know that the people of the US do not agree with the threat of the use of military force at every turn. Big Al is right, if they even thought that they could get away with it they would level the DPRK, again.

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Capitalism has always been the rule of the people by the oligarchs. You only have two choices, eliminate them or restrict their power.

The Aspie Corner's picture

@The Wizard Between the Ctrl-Right Neo Nazi shock troops and the Toxic Identitarian Centrist Enablers for corporate welfare, our voice will be almost certainly drowned out. And that's before the militarized rent-a-cops come and brutalize us and Dipshit Trumpsterfire makes some inane speech about 'all sides' sharing the blame.

There are idiots out there who actually believe that the Democratic Party tried to work with Occupy Wall Street when the truth was the exact opposite. And don't forget how Breitbart and other neocon rags published false stories about rape and violence, the agent provocateurs who tried to turn everyone against each other including the Liberturds led by Peter Schiff...It goes on and on.

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riverlover's picture

and often does. Or will not recall giving that Dog-awful speech. Other than "owning" a building across the street.

I would agree to Dump Trump as long as HRC does not slither in.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

dkmich's picture

@riverlover

he will be his excellent friend, Kim.

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@riverlover

Pence. Advised by Dick Cheney, on whose Vice-Presidency Pence wishes to model his own.

That's what's between the Clown Prance In Office and the Dead-Eyed Granny-Starver further down the Presidential line.

Maybe sealing the DC area off entirely at the most strategic moment - while the Clintons were also in the area - and leaving them all to stew in their own little isolated bubble-world would produce the best chance of global survival?

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@Ellen North @Ellen North

A dose of what Puerto Rico got would serve them all right.

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

eyo's picture

To keep China away from who? WalMart? Amazon? NK is tiny, it is physically attached to China. The Chinese will own all of Korea one day, resistance is futile. Rescind OPCOM now.

Political Transition in the Republic of Korea, Sunshine 2.0, Demilitarization and the Peace Process

good luck

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On a blog.

Big Al's picture

and what it means down pretty well. I'll just drop the link and a quote from "Trump's "Mein Kampf" tirade".

"The threats today, however, are far greater. Trump’s speech has made it unmistakably clear to the world that the government he heads is comprised of criminals. Having drawn multiple lines in the sand, threatening war on virtually every continent, Trump’s own demagogy leads almost inexorably to escalation and military action."

Bolding mine. That's what we're dealing with, psycho criminals.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/trumps-mein-kampf-tirade-at-the-united-nat...

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eyo's picture

@Big Al thanks, I wish it were under siege. I like those words, but to me it looks like they are in full control and not giving one tiny shit for anything but continuing death spirals, for big money.

Trump speaks for a US financial and corporate oligarchy that feels itself under siege. It fears growing popular anger. It has been shaken to the core by the revelation during the 2016 election that a broad social constituency within the working class and among the youth is intensely hostile to the profit system and sympathetic to socialism.

Ultimately, Trump’s belligerent threats of war and nuclear annihilation are the projection onto the world stage of the class policy pursued by the American ruling class at home, and the very advanced state of political and social tensions within the United States itself.

Too bad the voting system is so broken, somehow the socialist box on the ballot keeps getting dropped, or switched, or lost, or stolen, or something always something. But hey the DHS is on the job, right? Investigations galore ... kerplunk! Wow that was fast. sarcastic ramble

good luck

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Lookout's picture

Like you, Al, I couldn't listen to the entire speech - it made me puke. He starts by saying we respect each nation's sovereignty,... but we're going to change the regime of N. Korea, Iran, and Venezuela? What BS hypocrisy!

When he described Iran as being the country spreading terrorism around the world, my thought is he's looking in the mirror describing the US. And to add insult to injury the congress MFers just voted to increase the military budget by $80B. Our military budget comprises 1/3rd of all military spending in the world. So we spend all our borrowed money expanding the empire to the point where it collapses....it can't collapse soon enough for me.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout
The US Empire is on a precipitous downward trajectory, and is structurally incapable of changing its course. The federal government has lost not only some, but most of its credibility, among both the Right and the Left working classes. It is torn by internal contradicions, many of which appear to be irreconcilable. This endemic dysfunctionality is rapidly getting worse, not better. The nation's central nervous system (its MSM) is so disconnected from actuality, that the general public no longer has any idea what is real and what is not. Likewise, virtually all our military-minded rulers, and the network of corporate-funded think-tanks that support and direct them, are living in an unsustainable dream-world, one that bears little resemblance to the actual geostrategic situation we are in. None of this can last for much longer. It is extremely unstable.

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detroitmechworks's picture

But the SECOND they actually threaten a US business interest instead of obediently playing the boogie man for the west...

Right now the MIC doesn't see North Korea as a money making opportunity to invade or nuke. The second that changes, say Japan decides that their Self Defense Forces are more than adequate to defend themselves...

boom.

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You can't expect to wield Supreme Military power, just cause some corporate tosser lobbed a contract at you!

any of the speech, nevermind all of it.

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Sigh

Big Al's picture

@UntimelyRippd I can't stand to see him talk, let alone hear him. But it became that way with Obama for me also. Lies do that.

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Steven D's picture

Air Force General Curtis Lemay, while member of the JCS under JFK advocated for a first strike against the Soviet Union. He was dead serious, and there were many other generals that supported him.

http://prospect.org/article/did-us-military-plan-nuclear-first-strike-1963

But beginning in 1957 the U.S. military did prepare plans for a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S.S.R., based on our growing lead in land-based missiles. And top military and intelligence leaders presented an assessment of those plans to President John F. Kennedy in July of 1961. At that time, some high Air Force and CIA leaders apparently believed that a window of outright ballistic missile superiority, perhaps sufficient for a successful first strike, would be open in late 1963. [...]

Later in 1961, a National Intelligence Estimate came through showing only four Soviet ICBMs in place, all of them on low alert at a test site called Plesetsk. By fall, Defense Undersecretary Roswell Gilpatric would acknowledge in a public speech that U.S. forces (with 185 ICBMs and over 3,400 deliverable nuclear bombs at that time) were vastly superior to those of the Russians. [...]

The Burris Memorandum

The memorandum reproduced here was written for Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who did not attend the [meeting of the National Security Council on July 20, 1961], by Colonel Howard Burris, his military aide. Declassified only in June of 1993, it has not previously received any public attention so far as we have been able to determine.

The first paragraph introduces General Hickey and his group, the Net Evaluation Subcommittee. Although the subcommittee report is described as "annual," this would be the first one given to President Kennedy and his advisors, and it is not clear whether President Eisenhower received such reports in person. General Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, stepped in to explain the "assumption" of the 1961 report: "a surprise attack in late 1963, preceded by a period of heightened tensions." The question arises: A surprise attack by whom on whom?

The following paragraphs answer the question. The second paragraph reports that after hearing the presentations, President Kennedy asked the presenters "if there had ever been made an assessment of damage results to the U.S.S.R. which would be incurred by a preemptive attack." Kennedy also asked for an effectiveness trend since "these studies have been made since 1957." Lemnitzer responded that he would later answer both of the President's questions in private.

Paragraph three records Kennedy asking a hypothetical question: what would happen if we launched a strike in the winter of 1962? Allen Dulles of the CIA responded that "the attack would be much less effective since there would be considerably fewer missiles involved." Lemnitzer then cautioned against putting too much faith in the findings since the assumptions might be faulty. The discussion thus provides a time-frame. December of 1962 was too early for an attack because the U.S. would have too few missiles; by December of 1963 there would likely be sufficient numbers.

They also wanted to use tactical nukes against Cuba in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

After low-level surveillance flights photographed nuclear-capable short-range rockets in Cuba (known as FROGs in the West and as Luna to the Soviets), military commanders in charge of invasion planning requested authorization to plan for the use of tactical nuclear weapons. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara denied that request.

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"You can't just leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution."---Tyree Scott

Steven D's picture

@Steven D

Down the Road: 1962 and 1963

The U.S. was far ahead in the arms race. Yet the military continued to press for a rapid build-up of strategic missiles. Curtis LeMay had asked for at least 2400 Minutemen; Thomas Powers of the Strategic Air Command had asked for 10,000. All were to be unleashed in a single paroxysm of mass annihilation, know as SIOP, the Single Integrated Operating Plan.

SIOP was a recipe for blowing up the world, whether in a first or a second strike. [...]

During that summer of 1961, the Defense Secretary ordered an overhaul of SIOP carried out by RAND analysts (including Daniel Ellsberg) and quickly approved by the JCS. Kennedy and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara eventually imposed a limit of 1,000 Minuteman missiles, angering the Chiefs. Kennedy also launched efforts to gain operational control of the nuclear force, then far from being securely concentrated in the President's hands.

The Burris memorandum may help to explain both the military's drive for a vast U.S. nuclear build-up, despite the fact that America was already far ahead, and the resistance from JFK and McNamara. The Net Evaluation Subcommittee had offered the Pentagon, the CIA, and President Kennedy a glimpse of the opportunity that lay ahead in the winter of 1963: U.S. nuclear superiority so complete that a first strike might be successful. But it also alerted Kennedy to a danger. American nuclear superiority might then be so complete, that rogue elements from the military and intelligence forces, seeking to precipitate an American first strike, might not feel deterred by fear of Soviet retaliation. What was the dispute over the numbers of land-based ICBMs really about? To be sure, at some level it involved the sufficiency of deterrence. But there may also have been an even graver concern: the offensive capabilities of the nuclear force, at a time when the President could not be sure of his control over the nuclear button.

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Big Al's picture

@Steven D The U.S. is the only country on earth with an official preemptive first strike nuclear policy. So now it's official and hardly anyone blinks an eye.

And it's not new under Trump relative to North Korea either.

"The Bush Administration has quietly put into place contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons in pre-emptive attacks on at least two countries—Iran and North Korea. Confirmation of the new "global strike" plan appeared in the Washington Post on Sunday, May 15, in a column by William Arkin, a former Army Intelligence analyst. EIR has interviewed several senior U.S. intelligence officials, who have confirmed the essential features of Arkin's report. They link the accelerated drive to prepare for offensive nuclear strikes against Iran and North Korea to the failure of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the dismal results of the use of "shock and awe" massive conventional bombings against Afghanistan and Iraq."

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2005/3221conplan_8022.html

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Big Al's picture

@Steven D There are certainly those with the power who would do it if they go the chance, always have been and always will be unless we can somehow end the military madness.

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Song of the lark's picture

I thought Nibiru was going to get us. Heh!

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Do you mean "kill them" ?

Is that it? Please don't spare my feelings.
If you really mean that, say it.

If you mean something else, please clarify.
There might be someone out there who takes your exhortations seriously.

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Big Al's picture

@irishking If I meant that I'd surely be a bigger idiot than I already am. No, I meant remove them from power, stop them from their criminal activities, end their cruel games. I'm at my revolution thing again, don't mind me.

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@Big Al

sigh of relief.

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@irishking ammunition in the world to take every single one of them out the violent way. But as fantasy? Some days that's what I hold onto.

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@lizzyh7 qualms at all about "taking us out."

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@lizzyh7

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