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.

US general says he would resist ‘illegal’ Trump nuclear strike order

GENERAL JOHN HYTEN. WOULD DISOBEY THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. TRAITOR OR PATRIOT?

A top U.S. general launched a psy op against American president Donald Trump on Saturday.

He stated that if President Trump ordered an illegal use of nuclear weapons, then he would “resist,” that is enter into a debate with the president.

This officer and gentleman clearly seems to be inferring that Trump is so unstable that he needs to be put on notice by General John Hyten that Hyten would not obey.

The funny thing is that the generals have been obeying unlawful orders issued by Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama.

As the swamp is drained, this general needs to go down the drain.

The Guardian

The top US nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons.

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), told an audience at the Halifax international security forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order.

“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?“

Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

As head of Stratcom “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” he said in his remarks, retransmitted in a video posted on the forum’s Facebook page.

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ’Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ’What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hyten’s remarks.

They came after questions by US senators, including Democrats and Trump’s fellow Republicans, about Trump’s authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end international agreements, amid concern tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities.

Trump has traded insults and threats with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and threatened in his first United Nations address to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people if it threatened the US.

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the US president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president’s authority to launch a nuclear strike.

Arguing about whether Trump’s orders are illegal as one of Kim Jong Un’s missiles is about to hit the U.S. is treason.

Trump surprise trip to DMZ thwarted by fog

With American President Donald Trump you have a good cop and a bad cop all wrapped up in the same guy.

Some people say that Trump is crazy.

He is. Crazy like a fox.

It’s too bad his DMZ visit had to end with his chopper turning back because of fog. There would have been some good sound bites that we’ll never get to hear now.

MSN

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Softening his aggressive rhetoric, at least for the moment, President Donald Trump stood on South Korean soil Tuesday and urged North Korea to come to the negotiating table. But plans for a surprise visit by Trump to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone on Wednesday were thwarted by fog.

Trump had been scheduled to make the unannounced morning trip to the DMZ amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. His helicopter was forced to turn back to Seoul due to bad weather near the border.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was disappointed he couldn’t make the trip — and “pretty frustrated.” A White House official had earlier ruled out the trip, claiming Trump didn’t have time on his schedule and that DMZ visits have become “a little bit of a cliché.”

Visiting the border that has separated the North and South for 64 years has become something of a ritual for U.S. presidents trying to demonstrate their resolve against North Korea’s ever-escalating aggression. Every American president since Ronald Reagan, save for George H.W. Bush, has made the trip, peering across the barren north through binoculars, hearing broadcast propaganda, and reaffirming their commitment to standing with the South.

The attempted visit was scheduled for a day after Trump made a striking shift in tone for a president, who for months has issued increasingly dire threats to answer any hostile North Korean action with “fire and fury.” In a recent speech at the United Nations, Trump said he would “totally destroy” the nation, if necessary, and has derided Kim as “little Rocket Man.”

But on Tuesday, his first day on the Korean Peninsula as president, Trump said he’d seen “a lot of progress” in dealing with Pyongyang, though he stopped short of saying whether he wanted direct diplomatic talks.

“It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,” Trump said at a news conference with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. “I do see certain movement.” He also sounded an optimistic note on disagreements with the North, saying confidently, if vaguely: “Ultimately, it’ll all work out.”

Ever the showman, Trump had teased that he had a surprise in store, saying at a Tuesday evening banquet that he had an “exciting day” planned — “for many reasons that people will find out.” He did not elaborate on what turned out to be the aborted trip to the DMZ.

By now, you should know the routine.

Trump is not an Obama or a Bush. Actually, those two were rather similar in their policies and personalities, sometimes referred to as Bushbama.

The reporter who inserted the word “showman” into this story got it right. And with Little Rocket Man also being a showman, there’s every possibility that both Trump and Kim could grab headlines by becoming best pals.

Trump Rejects Diplomacy to Rein in North Korea, Says “only one thing will work”

When presidents seek to improve their standing in the polls, they go to war. All of them do it. Now, unless he’s bluffing in a high stakes game of poker where the loser is annihilated, President Trump has hinted that he’s going to war.

Trump ran for office on a peace platform. He should try harder to live up to the promises he made to the voters.

France 24

WASHINGTON (AFP) –
US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.”

Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.

It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country.

The mercurial American president also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State group that this “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.

Last week, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.

The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between US and North Korean officials.

Ron Paul concisely describes how to end the “crisis”:

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis: pull all US troops out of South Korea; end all military exercises on the North Korean border; encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

Twitter is responding to the escalating crisis.

Trump Tells Tillerson to Stop Wasting His Time Trying to Negotiate with Little Rocket Man

Donald Trump sent a message to Little Rocket Man, not really aimed at his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

That message has liberals riled up, as usual.

Being nice to dictators is the liberal way, not the Trump way.

Excerpt from CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday again mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should not bother trying to negotiate with him in an effort to stop the country’s development of nuclear weapons.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…” Trump said on Twitter.

He continued, “…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

CNN refers to Trump’s Tweets as “undermining” Tillerson. That’s a ridiculous characterization of the Tweets. Trump and Tillerson have been playing good cop/bad cop since Tillerson took office.

Trump’s tweets undermining his secretary of state follow his attacks Saturday on San Juan’s mayor over the Puerto Rico hurricane crisis and come a day after Tillerson said the US had direct lines of communication with North Korea and that he was trying to “calm things down” following months of escalating rhetoric over Pyongyang’s continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

Tillerson, speaking at a press conference in Beijing, said the US made it clear through its direct channels to North Korea that it was seeking peace through talks.

“We’ve made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks,” Tillerson said.

“I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down,” Tillerson added. “They’re a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first.”

Asked about Trump’s own rhetoric, Tillerson said the entire situation was “overheated.”

Trump’s tweets on Sunday seem to directly counter Tillerson’s stated goal to use direct communication to lower tension between the two hostile nations. The US and North Korea have ramped up their rhetoric about one another as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons program.

Asked if the President’s tweets indicate he has decided to abandon the diplomatic track on North Korea, a senior administration official told CNN: “We are still committed to a diplomatic approach.”

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted about the US channels to the North Korean government shortly after Trump’s tweets Sunday.

“#DPRK will not obtain a nuclear capability,” Nauert tweeted. “Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime @StateDept.”

The most significant thing that Trump Tweeted is that Clinton, Bush, and Obama failed. Trump may fail too, if the goal is to disarm Rocket Man. Unless Trump has a surprise up his sleeve and not just Tweets.

Trump: Rocket Man Kim won’t be around much longer

The back and forth war of words heats up. The first guy to blink, loses.

Sky News

Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a “mentally deranged megalomaniac”.

The US President warned Pyongyang’s foreign minister that if he if “he echoes thoughts” of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un they both “won’t be around much longer”.

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” made an “irreversible mistake” by calling Mr Kim “rocket man”.

Describing Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania,” Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now “only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state’s nuclear force”.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

Shortly before Mr Ri was scheduled to speak at the assembly, the Pentagon announced a fleet of US bombers and fighter jets had flown off North Korea’s coast, in what it called a “clear message” to Pyongyang.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said it underlined the range of military options available to the US.

On Thursday, Mr Trump announced new sanctions to any companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

Mr Ri did not comment on the military show of force, but added there is no “chance that North Korea would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces”.

He added Pyongyang does not have “any intentions to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against countries that do not join the US in military actions”.

On Friday, the US President publicly branded Mr Kim a “rocket man” and said American “really had no choice” but to confront the authoritarian regime.

Mr Kim branded the speech the “most ferocious declaration of war in history” and said he would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure” in response.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have increased in the past few weeks and intensified when the North conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on 3 September. It has also threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the nuclear test.

Kim Jong Un: ‘Deranged’ Trump to ‘pay dearly’

KIM GIVING HIS PERSONAL WARNING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP.

If we assume that the threats spoken by President Trump and North Korea’s Kim are not theater scripted in Tel Aviv, then let’s suppose that both parties are rational people, nor madmen.

After eight years of Obama leading the U.S. by hitting a golf ball as often as he could while leaving the tough issues to his successor, the American people decided by a narrow margin they wanted a tough guy president rather than a woman sociopath.

The North Koreans, whose country was destroyed during the Korean War, likewise have a tough guy whose goal is to preserve his regime.

Kim has noted that Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein ended up dead because they had no credible threat to use against the American Empire.

Like all rational people, Kim wants to live, so he’s building missiles and nukes that can hit the U.S. From a rational perspective, these weapons are a deterrent against American aggression. So are his alleged chemical weapons.

So where are we today? In a war of words. Once you have weapons, the threat is enough.

Sky News

Donald Trump is “deranged” and will “pay dearly” for his threats, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a rare statement reported by the country’s official news agency, Mr Kim said the North would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure in history” against the US.

Mr Kim’s words follow the US President’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, comments described by the North Korean dictator as “the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”.

He said that Mr Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday had only convinced him that Pyongyang’s nuclear programme must continue.

“His remarks… have convinced me – rather than frightening or stopping me – that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.

“As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honour of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

He added: “After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world.

“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump had used his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly to describe Mr Kim as being a “rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime”.

Mr Trump had said: “The United States is ready, willing and able (to act), but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

The President also called on member states to work together to isolate Mr Kim until he stops his “hostile” actions, a reference to a series of recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang.

Mr Kim has promised to complete his nuclear programme in the face of strengthening sanctions, saying his state is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US.

Kim knows that he’s dead if he uses his weapons against the U.S. or an ally. He doesn’t seem suicidal to me. He seems more like a crafty gook, playing gook hardball, accustomed to dealing with weaklings like Obama.