Paul Craig Roberts on Who Gets to Push the Nuclear Button

ANTI-TRUMP PROPAGANDA.

PCR on how the (((Deep State))) has put President Trump in a bind while promoting war with Russia.

Trump wanted to make friends with Russia, but when he was prevented from doing so, our neocons flipped the script, portraying him as an unstable madman who will kill us all unless removed from the White House.

Excerpt from Paul Craig Roberts

The directors of the CIA and FBI made up a totally false story about a newly elected President and fed the lies to the presstitutes and Congress. The presstitutes never asked for a drop of evidence and enlarged the Brennan/Comey lie with a claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia had interfered. In actual fact, a handful of carefully selected people in three of the agencies had prepared, perhaps under duress, a conditional report that had no evidence behind it.

That it was fake news created to control President Trump was completely obvious, but corrupt security officials, corrupt senators and representatives, a corrupt DNC, and corrupt media used constant repetition to turn a lie into truth.

Here is Binney: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/creator-nsas-global-surveillance-system-calls-b-s-russian-hacking-report.html
See also: https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/11/19/top-nsa-whistleblower-claims-russiagate-fake-increase-war-spending.html

Having shoved Trump into the militarist camp, his enemies have turned on Trump as an unstable, volatile person who might push the button. Senator Bob Corker (R, TN) and Senator Chris Murphy (D,CT) are using the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to portray President Trump as a quixotic person who shouldn’t have his finger on the nuclear button. We have gone full circle, from Trump who wants to defuse nuclear tensions to Trump who might push the button.

If Senators Corker and Murphy were really concerned and not just orchestrating a new way to attack Trump, they would bring out the fact that Russiagate is a hoax that has made nuclear war more likely. As I have pointed out, Washington has convinced Moscow that Washington is planning a surprise nuclear attack on Russia and also collecting Russian DNA for a tailored Russian-specific bio-weapon. I cannot think of anything more likely to trigger nuclear war than the escalated tensions that Russiagate is preventing Trump from reducing. See: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/11/13/will-america-survive-washington-paul-craig-roberts/

For the record, contrary to the erroneous assertions of “nuclear experts,” the president cannot simply order a nuclear attack. The president either has to accept a Joint Chiefs war plan and order a launch when the military is ready or he has to accept the advice of his national security adviser to launch in retaliation for incoming enemy ICBMs. If a president simply ordered a nuclear strike, he would be ignored.

If it is not the president who must make the nuclear decision, who is it to be? The military? We should be thankful that that was not the case when the Joint Chiefs pressured President John F. Kennedy to approve a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.

The question who should have launch authority is an easy one to answer. No one.

If nuclear missiles are incoming, launching does not protect you. You are already going to be destroyed. Why destroy the other side of the world in an act of revenge. It is pointless.

There is no such thing as a preemptive strike that prevents retaliation.

Nuclear war is an act of insanity. Nothing can justify it.

The purpose of diplomacy is to prevent war. However, ever since the Clinton regime attacked Serbia, US diplomacy has been used to cause wars. During the 16-years of George W. Bush and Obama the US destroyed in whole or part seven countries, killing and maiming millions of peoples and producing millions of refugees. Not a single one of these wars was justified. Everyone of these wars was based in lies. The last US government that showed any respect at all for truth was the George H. W. Bush administration.

Before launching each of these acts of unprovoked aggression, Washington demonized the leader of the country. To get rid of one person, Washington did not flinch at murdering large numbers of people and destroying the infrastructure of the country. This tells you that Washington has no morality. None. Zilch. Therefore, Washington is capable of launching a preemptive nuclear strike. Back when nuclear weapons were puny by today’s standards, Washington nuked two Japanese cities while Japan was trying to surrender. That was in 1945, a lifetime ago. Whatever bits of morality that still existed then are long gone.

This may prove to be true or it may prove to be overly optimistic.

Styx: Trump Should Destroy North Korea

I’m surprised that peacemonger Styx is now on board with Trump’s threat to destroy North Korea.

He makes the best case that I’ve heard that the U.S. should take military action against the North.

Throughout the video, Styx points out the UN as a TOTAL WASTE. He also notes that Rocket Man has biological weapons that would spread and kill hundreds of millions in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Japan, India, and so forth.

Sample comments:

Best speech I’ve seen in years by anyone. He told the entire world American has it’s balls back. Obama’s years in a dress are gone. Trump is the big dog in the world and they all know it and it showed on their faces as he spoke. Rocket man…love it!

I love this! Trump is awesome!!,

“Rocket Man” is great persuasion just like “low energy” and “little Marco.” Next time he shoots off a missile people will laugh an say “There goes Rocket Man again. What a jerk”

Sorry Styx….666, I love your analysis normally, but I think you don’t realise the risks of an attack. Just stop those military exercises, and bring your boys back to the U.S. Let these people solve their problems.

Trump saying Rocket Man is on a suicide mission in the UN Speech had me dying in laughter!! It is fucking amazing and glorious to finally have a US president with a good sense of humor and mastered the art of making memes as opposed to Obummer.

Jimmy Carter: “I know what North Korea wants.”

Former American president Jimmy Carter doesn’t have a particularly stellar record in conducting foreign policy. He seems to be unable to break out of his Christian mindset long enough to recognize that there’s evil in the world that has to be dealt with harshly.

Since he’s offering advice about what to do with North Korea, let me briefly summarize my theory. Kim Jong Un is a CIA agent, constantly stirring up trouble in order to justify the huge American military presence in the Far East. I like to think of Kim as an actor playing a role in a Bond movie. If Kim did not exist, we’d have to create him. He’s great for the military-industrial complex budget.

Getting back to Carter, he claims the U.S. is an oligarchy, which there’s plenty of evidence to believe is true. However, Carter won’t name the (((oligarchs.))) As a Christian, he must believe they are God’s chosen people and that lightening would strike him dead if he said something bad about the tribe.

Zerohedge

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an “oligarchy than a democracy,” while also lambasting Trump’s “hopeless” approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea.

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The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that he said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy – run by a small group of rich people – rather than a democracy, repeating an allegation he has vociferously uttered for a few years [5].

“[Money in politics] violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Carter was referring to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said [6] was “the most stupid decision” the court had made.

But then the former President went to town on Trump and North Korea…

Carter said,

“The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.”

“I know what the North Koreans want,” he said.

“What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said,

“But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding:

“If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress,” he said.

This North Korean girl band video was posted in a Zerohedge comment. It doesn’t fit the propaganda we’ve been fed about the Norks.

Claim: Pentagon Sources Reveal that Trump Will Attack North Korean Weapons Site “within the next year”

Here we go again with another Trump story coming from unnamed sources.

Let’s suppose that the president did say he intended to attack North Korea. This is the same president who makes statements for their strategic value and then says the reverse later. For example, during the election campaign he was going to put Hillary Clinton in jail. Then he invited her to the inauguration and called her good people.

One commenter at the Daily Mail, the publisher of this story, calls out Trump for sabre rattling. This time honored tactic is cheap. It doesn’t cost anything to signal future military aggressiveness. Likewise, Trump’s recent Tweet expressing discontent with China also costs the country nothing.

Daily Mail

Donald Trump is poised to order a military strike against North Korea ‘within the next year’ after the communist state said it had successfully fired a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Senior military sources in Washington DC told The Mail on Sunday that Pentagon officials have laid out plans to obliterate a nuclear weapons facility operating deep within a mountain in the rogue state.

The move, which could spark retaliation attacks from dictator Kim Jong-Un, would be a major step towards all-out war to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. It comes after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 6,500 miles on Friday night.

The Pentagon said the missile flew about 2,300 miles almost straight up before plunging into the sea off Japan about 620 miles from its launch site.

Experts in the US said the missile could have hit Chicago or even New York if it had been launched on a flatter trajectory.

Kim Jong-Un claimed the whole of the US could be hit ‘at any place and time’.

America responded with live firing exercises by US troops in South Korea yesterday. President Trump vowed to ‘take all necessary steps’ to ensure the security of the US and its allies.

Just to keep everyone confused, Bloomberg reports that China is betting that Trump will NOT attack the North.

China is betting that U.S. President Donald Trump won’t make good on his threats of a military strike against North Korea, with Beijing continuing to provide a lifeline to Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson singled out China and Russia as “economic enablers” of North Korea after Kim on Friday test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile for the second time in a matter of weeks. While Tillerson said the U.S. wants a peaceful resolution to the tensions, the top American general called his South Korean counterpart after the launch to discuss a potential military response.

China on Saturday condemned the latest test while calling for restraint from all parties, a muted reaction to Pyongyang’s progress on an ICBM capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Despite Kim’s provocations, analysts said Beijing still sees the collapse of his regime as a more immediate strategic threat, and doubts Trump would pull the trigger given the risk of a war with North Korea that could kill millions.

“The military option the Americans are threatening won’t likely happen because the stakes will be too high,” said Liu Ming, director of the Korean Peninsula Research Center at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. “It’s a pretext and an excuse to pile up pressure on China. It’s more like blackmail than a realistic option.”

Relations between the world’s biggest economies have soured after an initial honeymoon between Trump and President Xi Jinping. The U.S. last month sanctioned a regional Chinese bank, a shipping company and two Chinese citizens over dealings with North Korea, which could be a precursor to greater economic and financial pressure on Beijing to rein in its errant neighbor.

North Korea Has Threatened to NUKE the USA Today

There’s probably no political leader more mocked and ridiculed than Kim Jong Un.

The only problem as I see it is that North Korea has no Rothschild central bank. That makes the country and its leader a target for Western propaganda.

It’s true that Kim is a blowhard, full of hot air and empty threats, but since the West covets North Korea, what’s a man to do other than act tough.

Excerpt from the Daily Mail

US officials are concerned that a North Korean missile test launch will take place today.

Government sources in South Korea told the Yonhap News Agency that transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongan province have been moved by North Korea.

Speaking anonymously, a US defense official said if a test was to go ahead it would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, and would take place ‘probably’ today as North Korea celebrates Victory Day – the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Experts assessed it could have put Alaska in range, bringing Pyongyang’s long-held dream of a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States within reach.

A South Korean government source told Yonhap: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongan.

‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’

A second US defense official confirmed the fears, adding: ‘They’re setting up for something.’

If the launch goes ahead, it would be the second time Pyongyang has tested an ICBM after its July 4 rocket launch.

State-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a threat to strike the US on Tuesday in response to comments CIA Director Mike Pompeo made last week.

He said Trump’s administration needs to find a way to separate the country’s Supreme Leader from their nuclear weapons, CNN reported.

Pompeo said: ‘As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.

‘The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.’

Though he did not say that the administration was actually working on that, KCNA said the comments are ‘over the line’.

‘It has now become clear that the ultimate aim of the Trump Administration… is the regime change,’ the agency added.

According to KCNA, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: ‘The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.

‘Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.’

The propaganda we read in the Western press says that Kim is a madman. Maybe. But maybe he’s just a crafty survivor who prefers not meet the fate that America meted out to its onetime ally, Saddam Hussein.

U.S. Urges All Americans in North Korea to “depart immediately”

Cleansing North Korea of all Americans sends a message to Kim Jung Un: “We’re going to bomb the **** out of you.”

Or does it?

It could as easily be a bluff. In any case, it denies the Norks the American dollars that tourists would otherwise be spending there.

If there is a war in Korea, then let’s dedicate it to John McCain. We could call it a “going away present” for McCain, who will surely end up somewhere very hot as his brain cancer rips his head apart and sends the old pilot on his final flight.

Zerohedge

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would “give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work”. Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: “It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it’s just a straight up ban on Americans going.” Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.

Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.

For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea.

As the BBC adds, there has been movement towards a ban for a while in the US, which increased with the Warmbier death.

In May, two congressmen introduced the North Korea Travel Control bill to cut off the foreign currency the country earns from American tourists. The House foreign affairs subcommittee is scheduled to take up the draft legislation on 27 July but it would still have to go to the Senate. So there could be an executive order. Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.” Apart from the treatment of Americans in North Korea, tension has been increasing over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Some are suggesting the US is using the date the ban is set to be announced – 27 July – to cloud North Korea’s Victory Day on the same day. It was not clear if the urge to clear out US citizens from North Korea is a precursor to more “aggressive” (or kinetic) action by the US government.

There’s a freedom issue here that everyone is going to overlook. A free people would have the right to travel to North Korea, so long as the Norks are willing to have them. Government has no business banning its people from leaving their country to travel to any country.

Map: Where the World’s 14,923 Nuclear Weapons Are

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Source: Business Insider