Looking For The “Cloud”

I am not talking about that imaginary location that computer nerds use all the time.

This “Cloud” is the one that so many Americans are fearing….the none that is left by the detonation of a nuke.

There are so many people blogging about the the possibility….it is interesting that most of the ‘posts’ are to add to the fear that Americans are feeling.

When Putin thumped his chest and threaten to use nukes Pres. Biden went on a tear with threats of his own….

This is surrender in multiple directions, or so it seemed to me as I read these words the other day in the New York Times — surrender to the worst (the stupidest) of who we are, on the part not only of the growling superpowers on both sides of the conflict, who are apparently playing games with Armageddon, but also surrender on the part of the mainstream media, which has failed, yet again, to cover war in the context of a larger sanity.

Oops, darn that mushroom cloud!

Maintaining peace through militarism — us vs. them, good guy wins, bad guy loses — has gotten blown up in the age of nukes. But for some reason any grasp of this remains politically marginal. In a world that has sliced itself into international borders, power remains a matter of dominance, or so the world’s leaders (and the media that covers them) continue, apparently, to believe.

Much of Planet Earth is moving beyond this glaringly lethal ignorance, but the most “powerful” nations on the planet remain spiritually underdeveloped. It’s the only way they can hold onto their power.

Nukes, War and Moral Sanity

Is Putin serious?

Well the State Department has made a statement…..

White House national security spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday said that the United States has not seen any indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a decision on whether to use nuclear weapons amid the war in Ukraine, but that recent comments make it “imperative” for the U.S. to monitor the situation.

“We’ve seen no indication, nothing that tells us Mr. Putin has made a decision to use nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction at all inside Ukraine,” he told reporters. “And we’ve seen no indication that the Russian apparatus is moving anything to prepare for that kind of a decision.”

Kirby said that his information is based on the U.S. monitoring Putin’s capabilities, which it has done since the beginning of the conflict. Additionally, he said that the U.S. has not seen anything that would cause it to change its strategic deterrence posture to defend itself or allies and partners.

Kirby: No indication that Putin has decided to use nuclear weapons

Instead of whining and bitching about nukes…..maybe they should do something besides sit on their ass and whimpering…..

Right now, we’re closer to a cataclysmic nuclear war than at any other time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. One assessment after another has said the current situation is even more dangerous.

Yet few members of Congress are advocating for any steps that the U.S. government could take to decrease the dangers of a nuclear conflagration. The silences and muted statements on Capitol Hill are evading the reality of what’s hanging in the balance – the destruction of almost all human life on Earth. “The end of civilization.”

Constituent passivity is helping elected officials to sleepwalk toward unfathomable catastrophe for all of humanity. If senators and representatives are to be roused out of their timid refusal to urgently address – and work to reduce – the present high risks of nuclear war, they need to be confronted. Nonviolently and emphatically.

What could the US government do to lessen the chances of global nuclear annihilation? The Defuse Nuclear War campaign, which is coordinating those picket lines, has identified key needed actions. Such as:

  • Rejoin nuclear-weapons treaties the US has pulled out of.

    President George W. Bush withdrew the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002. Under Donald Trump, the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 2019. Both pacts significantly reduced the chances of nuclear war.

  • Take US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert.

    Four hundred intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are armed and ready for launch from underground silos in five states. Because they’re land-based, those missiles are vulnerable to attack and thus are on hair-trigger alert – allowing only minutes to determine whether indications of an incoming attack are real or a false alarm.

  • End the policy of “first use.”

    Like Russia, the United States has refused to pledge not to be the first to use nuclear weapons.

  • Support congressional action to avert nuclear war.

    In the House, H.Res. 1185 includes a call for the United States to “lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war.”

  • (antiwar.com)

Bitching is the easy part….action takes gonads and determination….a couple of things armchair generals have in short supply.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Looking For The “Cloud”

  1. The latest report from the British Intelligence Services concludes that Putin will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
    Let’s hope they are right.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Nuclear treaties are only as good as the word of those who sign onto them and Russia’s word isn’t worth a damned …Taking our fingers off the hair triggers of alert is totally foolhardy — A global effort to prevent nuclear war is useless because sooner or later some nutcase with a nuke is going to use it regardless of what anyone else has to say about it. I agree with you about the first-use policy. When I was in service, the policy was strictly retaliatory. I don’t know when or why that changed. And I am not getting e-mails notifying me of your new posts ..something went wrong.

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