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.”
The NPR says the US “would only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its Allies or partners.”
The NPR was released with the 2022 National Defense Strategy that names China as the “most comprehensive and serious challenge” to the US and describes Russia as an “acute threat.” The document, as with the previous 2018 National Defense Strategy, makes clear that the US military is preparing for future conflicts with both China and Russia.
As the head of STRATCOM, Richard had previously warned that the risk of nuclear war with Russia and China is a “real possibility.” He said last year that the US military must “shift its principal assumption from ‘nuclear employment is not possible’ to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility,’ and act to meet and deter that reality.”
The Nuclear Posture Review calls for the modernization of the nuclear triad, which could cost up to $1.5 trillion, and keeping tensions high with Russia and China helps justify the massive price tag. Richard said last week that the US needs to put more resources into competing with China’s military.
Congress is looking to spend big on arming Taiwan, with a plan to give the island $10 billion in military aid included in the Senate’s version of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. While done in the name of deterrence, China’s actions and rhetoric make it clear that more US support for Taiwan will make war in the region more likely.
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The Pentagon is going to get us all killed. What the hell is he talking about, we surround China with 40 military installations, including nuclear weapons.
Yes, and it’s not just another military nut-job; this guy was promoted through the ranks all the way to the top of the Navy (i.e., not the Marines). It’s an unvarnished display of the naked psyche of our ruling class. This is a vision of the end of Capitalism. Hobsbawm was right.
How dare they surround our bases with their country!
F_cking lunatic. Put the restrictive coat on him and throw him in a padded room.
Send Kamala and Nancy in there too.
Harris seems just not that bright and Pelosi appears to be a sociopath. I don’t think either carry the delusions of this general.
I thuroughly enjoy the ‘give and take’ conversations here… Pelosi has been diagnosed with “dingbatism”, which contributes to the sociopathic tendencies… Let me expound even further…. Oops, someone just snatched my microphone….
Well said and if we took a vote right now, I bet EVERYONE would agree on it…
+ the other 534 members of congress. Also, Biden and Trump so we at least don’t have to choose between those two again.
Positively Brilliant Wars! Whenever (and where ever) always avoid redundancy!
full of cobras…
Nope. Off the nearest pier.
That works too.
I completely understood your intent Tim,,, (“Well” is a deep subject…)
…and if the US thought Putin was a wild man, one who was provoked into invading a neighboring country, what about the very, actually quite out-there ruler of North Korea? My memory of the way-before times is that the US was terrified at the prospect of NK being a nuclear threat. But now we’re in the push-prod-poke-the nasty critter mode — will it really react? does it want to be treated in some different way? No, let’s just do exactly what it sees as an immense existential threat. Such a pity Trump was so loathed that Biden immediately re-upped war games with S. Korean aimed at N. Korea. How dumb, dumber, dumbest can you get.
Second question: “which war criminal gave the go ahead?”
Truman who said[try not to be come nauseated]”
The atom bomb was no “great decision.” It was used in the war, and for your information, there were more people killed by fire bombs in Tokyo than dropping of the atomic bombs accounted for. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness. The dropping of the bombs stopped the war, save millions of lives.
Er…I DID become nauseated.
arsenal of righteousness
Sounds like a Skinhead metal band.
the commentor known as deganawida should get credit for that.
or maybe president truman.
Azov brigade skinheads maybe…?????
The fact that American POWs were in harms way did not deter him from giving the OK to nuke Japan. So, hey, what was so bad about nuking them? War is war, right? Truman was a war criminal.
7 American pows… And then children, old women, old men, etc…Its the same wherever we go…
Maybe Putin will want to save lives by the Truman technique..???? I think it was a terrible CRIME…!!! Those cities were full of women & children. The men were not there.
Well, at least they are giving us a sneak preview instead of surprising us all.
Welcome to the real World of Dr Strangelove, where nuclear lunatics really exist. Is there a sane politician who can step up and stop this madness?
It’s not 1960 anymore, mutliple countries with differnet governing bodies and systems of government now have ICBM’s and first strike capabilies. The best defense, is a good offense.
BBBBBUT we all here should know who has the most up to date and lethal offense, and it aint those who spent most of the last two decades chasing nomads on camels in the deserts and in wastelands. No it was those who developed hypersonic missiles, nuclear weapons, and bombs 1000s of times more blast than the B-25 gravity bombs the U.S. has deployed to the European theater. Two hundred million tons of TNT vs 70 something thousands tons of TNT. Do the math, it’s astounding….!!!!!! & of course, its the one farthest behind talking the toughest! Hey, do you believe that HUBRIS seems to precede a great fall….???? What became of : Walk softly and carry a big stick…..???? Talking tough when weak invites a terrible reckoning..??? What say YOU….????????
I say they dont care what we say and do. I say when china and russia grew their tiny autocratic balls and started building offensive first strike hypersonic nukes we said ok a hole tiny balls idiots. We just moved ours closer. Now stfu
Do you ever listen to yourself? You just admitted, probably unwittingly, that you agree that moving our missles closer to them was our response to their offensive nuclear agression. If you knew a damn thing about nukes, you’d probably know Putin has ghetto missiles. China, now they have something to worry about. But it’s ok, because at some point that meglomaniac idiot dictator Xi Jinpin will figure out that they are all going to die the second he pushes the button.
Most of the lunatics seem to be mostly talk. They live in an alternate reality. WRONG, again and again, but they keep spouting the same garbage. So the U.S. squirms out of Afghanistan, in the dark of night. 30 something trillions in debt. And NOW they want 2 and actually are ready 2 take on Russia over Ukraine China over Taiwan similtaneously against all norms of diplomacy and war. Should I say: What should possibly go right, or What is likely to go wrong….???? Time will tell!!!
How on earth Russians didn’t used yet nuclear weapons beats me!
I think,Putin can see Joe Biden practically mentally unstable man and he expected that others would see the same and let him go. But they don’t.
Who is the sane man here then?
Sounds like a rhetorical question to me…
If that’s what you think,then why you respond it?
What the fuck? How can such irresponsible, insane people be in charge of their own lives let alone that of, in reality, life on earth? Of all the truly reprehensible, sick things I’ve read over the past multiple decades, this takes the cake.
I was just about to post almost the same. Spot on.
The answer to your question is that money was the core of their success!
It’s all about money and jobs and power, until all of a sudden it’s not … one hundred nukes could destroy human civilization on earth to the point the living envy the dead.
But hey, Trump, abortion, identity politics, let’s pay attention to the real news …
Dulce Et Decorum Est III & A Taste of Armageddon
(Or the Empire has no Clothes but a Disposition Matrix)
In due homage
to Horace, Owen & Mikhail
i humbly nod
for how sweet & glorious
it must be to kill or die
for god and country
the old lie
Via pompous duty
within ersatz honor
bubbling babbling fools
patriotic plebian pride
so c’mon kiddies,
any up for good jingo sport?
who’s hungry & poor,
who wants to play
the hubris ‘anything for profit’
As newspapers rah rah
pied piper patriotism
with journalistic integrity
star spangled objectivity ha ha!
as a new battle/fear lies
just around the corner
& armed forces day
just weeks away
rally loyal citizens
to whitewash warm innocuous blood
off disgraced musket & sullied polluted flag
strike up the marching parade
down main street usa hurrah!
Awaken & open thine eyes
come & see
xenophobic overseas deeds of nefarious brutality
for this appalling
tax-paid supported violence
exported to hamlets & villages
in lands you couldn’t find on a map
nor correctly pronounce
did you any harm
clans you’ve never heard of
nor care less for
so step on up
one & all
Take a trip
to the overflowing morgues
filled with small smashed bodies
full of laughter & life
the rancid stench
of scorched flesh
to a black bubbly mass
Gaze into doll dead eyes
by shock & awe
via your God blessed terror from above
Crumpled atop a cold gurney
a stiff finger of a tiny hand
amidst a mish-mosh of mangled flesh
bulls-eyed at you war supporters
as grief-stricken father’s
in shattered silence
sifting through ragged debris
for lost sons
ripped wet mangled body parts
strewn out as pieces of a human jig-saw puzzle
the ear, the hand, the foot
to be quietly buried
while 6000 miles away
blue-blooded heroes giggle and snicker
at a video screen
toe-tagging this crime against humanity
to the heart-piercing shrieks
as soul-torn asunder mothers
wail like howling wild animals
as they find their loves buried
broken & bloody
in the rubble
of your glorious works
Then if you can
to the unresponsive moaning
why your armed forces
just murdered his parents
then wave a condolence payment
like juicy enticement in his face
as your special op-forces
silently efficiently & quickly
dig out bullets
from civilian bodies
to cover their tracks
from being at the wrong address
Declare as a national holiday
murdered women at a bridal shower
4 kids are droned to smithereens
while tending sheep
in exported evil exploits
as great american victories
for which your war crimes always are
the PR propaganda spin
from subjective mass media
obey leaders and church bosses
pay your taxes
which finances anglo-terrorism
through illegal & immoral aggressive violence
or listen to a blue rodeo
Raise your filthy faux flag
higher higher ever higher
to hover over the rising pile where the butchered lie
dear good christian citizens
no civic rag
could ever soar over
the sick slaying of the innocent
the accumulating abominations of flag-pledged atrocities
surrounded & caged
as the cowering cringing unarmed civilian inhabitants
are shot, burned & barbequed
like slaughtered sitting ducks
in a ‘free-fire zone’ shooting gallery
upon your sanctimonious attack
at a school in Bajour
where 69 children are massacred by joystick
as you deceive yourself
it did not happen
washing your hands
turning as you walk away
This is Sand Creek
too many other mass-media
contorted & distorted great triumphs
no doubt in my mind
the next war crime called
or a ‘humanitarian bombing’
will be patriotically anointed too
sanctioned of course
by church state and school
the old lie
Nicely done Deganawida, nicely done.
Thank you very much Donna
Don’t see any trolls on this one.
Is there enough sanity left in the system to live through this? Are crazed old men actually going to kill us all?
Let me give your question a shot here… “YES!” (crazed old people going to kill us…) “Sanity” is quite often an illusion and many of our political and military leaders have learned to ‘fake us out’…
This is where they got the strategy wrong: “keeping tensions high with Russia and China”… Russia, China and the US should sit down, roll a joint and get high, altogether and contemplate the meaning of life and with an emphasis on nuclear war…. I have no doubt they will come up with some interesting alternatives… Roll it, light it and pass it around. PEACE OUT!
I’ll supply the weed. Just harvested a strain called “Wedding Cake”. They’ll be contemplating their navels instead of thinking about using nukes after they smoke some of that.
Excellent Wars, profound thinking! I myself have been indulging in a strain of “beggars cannot be choosers” and it really helps the medicine go down…
During his election campaign, Biden claimed that he would change the NPR to saying he’d only use nukes if an enemy used nukes. Of course that was a lie. Instead we have this reckless one.
Meanwhile Biden claims that it’s Russia that threatens nukes. The speech the leftists endlessly refer to, but strangely never quote, is one where Putin refers to threats from Washington, and says that if they attack us, we also have modern weapons to defend ourselves with. He doesn’t even mention using nukes. And his reference is clearly about defending against Washington destroying Russian cities. After that Russia has also noted that their nuclear doctrine hasn’t changed, it remains only a response to foreign countries using nukes against them.
And this the leftist media turn into: “Putin threatens to use nukes against Ukraine!”
Because the midterms are coming. And Biden’s war must be justified.
“The vital interests of the United States or its Allies or partners” is pretty much the same thing as “a provocation against / existential threat to Russia.” That is, the words mean whatever the regime in question wants them to mean.
Are you quoting someone or something here? Wanna share?
Pretending that a general and well-known sentiment enclosed in quotes is a quote that requires a citation was tired by the second time you did it.
Your last sentence belies your objection.
See if this makes sense to you, Thomas:
You used that pseudo-quote to compare stated US policy with Russian policy. The problem is that your pseudo-quote isn’t even remotely like the actual, published policy of the Russian Federation — which policy is clearly quoted repeatedly in comments you moderate.
So . . . Confusion? Senior moment? Deliberate misstatement?
Hmm … where was it that I got the phrase “existential threat” from?
Could it have been someone right here on this forum?
Someone with the initials “Red Douglas,” perhaps?
Your little trick was dumb the first time you pulled it, tired the second time you pulled it, and just boring the nth time you’ve pulled it.
Yeah, you may indeed have picked up that phrase from me, Thomas. I use it, as do others, to describe Russia’s view of US-NATO use of Ukraine as a hostile force on Russia’s border. It is not, however, appropriate or accurate as a description of Russia’s published policy on the use of nuclear weapons. Rather, your use of it in that context constitutes a fundamental misrepresentation of that published policy.
It is difficult, yet again, not to suspect that this is another manifestation of the hostility toward Russia that you claim not to harbor.
“Russia’s published policy on the use of nuclear weapons”
Direct from Russian state media:
“Numerous Russian officials have since insisted that the country was not threatening anybody with atomic weapons and pointed to Russia’s military doctrine, which states that such weapons can only be used if weapons of mass destruction are being deployed against the state, or it is faced with an existential threat from conventional warfare.”
“Russia warns of provocations in Ukraine”
Ukraine planning series of provocations – Russia
Ukraine planning nuclear provocation on Friday – Moscow
Russia urges UN to prevent Ukraine’s ‘terrible provocation’
As far as my “hostility” is concerned, it’s reserved for regimes. All regimes. Russia’s not special in that regard. Outside of the regime, I’m a little bit of a Russia fan, since reading Solzhenitsyn, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky in high school and later taking an interest in the history around the 1917 revolution. My current bedtime “Alexa, read me a book” material at the moment alternates between the collected works of Tolstoy and the collected works of Trotsky. To the extent that I’m interested in Ayn Rand, a lot of that interest lies in her childhood in Tsarist Russia and young adulthood in the Soviet Union and how that affected her philosophy (see Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical; one of the best compliments I ever got on my writing was from Rand biographer/outcast disciple on a piece I wrote contrasting the arrival of Lenin with the departure of Rosenbaum, aka Rand).
I’m not hostile to “Russia.” I’m fascinated by it. I’m hostile to its rulers. Just like I’m hostile to the rulers of Ukraine and the US. And I’m interested in how Vladimir Putin got goaded into a massive f*ckup.
I’m not sure why you think quoting Russian media rather than the published policy supports your argument. It does not.
I think most here, except perhaps for the Western Narrative Parrots™, would agree that your comments seem to single Russia out for especially harsh treatment. But, OK, I won’t accuse you of dishonesty.
OK, I shall. And where is the piece you wrote?
The piece I wrote was published in a defunct web zine in the late 1990s. I don’t remember the name of the site, and I don’t know if it archive.org’s “Wayback Machine” was even operating at the time, or if it was archived if so. That was right before a divorce and move, so I don’t even have the computer/hard drive it would have been stored on before I submitted it anymore. I’ll try to make some time to do some looking around for it. It was about her birth in the same year as the 1905 revolution, and how that revolution eventually vaulted Lenin to power and sent her into permanent exile. I was still something of a “right-libertarian” back then (and recalling the compliment from Branden, I assume I was reasonably laudatory of Rand in the piece). I eventually fell completely out of grace with the Objectivists, especially after going to New York to give a speech to the Junto (a largely Randroid discussion club) opposing the invasion of Iraq, which they largely supported. IMO, whatever was valuable in Rand’s work has mostly been trashed by her heir, Leonard Peikoff, and the followers he kept after she died.
“I think most here, except perhaps for the Western Narrative ParrotsTM, would agree that your comments seem to single Russia out for especially harsh treatment.”
I speak to the issues that are brought up, and most of the commenting here that is interestingly written is “pro-Russian” in tone.
When the Ukrainian regime comes up and gets defended, I point out that regime’s refusal to let the Donbas republics peaceably go their way, Zelenskyy’s conscription, outlawing of political opposition, seizure of media, unreasonable grandstanding about taking back Crimea, etc.
When US/NATO regime involvement comes up, I oppose it 100%.
I have consistently portrayed Vladimir Putin as sane and rational, and likely to get the Donbas republics and a land corridor to Crimea. Sane and rational people do make miscalculations. I believe he made one, and that he is under pressure by key figures in the regime to keep backing that play, but that he’s looking for a way out that lets him declare a reasonable measure of victory. I hardly ever comment on the Russian regime being fully as authoritarian as the Ukrainian regime. If anything, I think I’ve been fairer to the Russian regime than to many others. I just don’t buy the Orthodox Holy Anti-Satanist Crusade stuff, or the “they are PARTICULARLY careful to never, ever, ever commit war crimes or injure civilians” stuff, any more than I bought the US regime’s guff about Saddam being the next Hitler, or US troops being saintly flower children, etc. (I’m a former war criminal myself, and although mine was exceedingly minor by the standards usually applied, I’d plead guilty if charged).
Oh I know it, and why in the heck did JFK risk a nuclear war when the Soviets just wanted to put nukes in Cuba.
The words are as clear a demonstration of cluelessness and stupidity one could ever expect. That’s what they are. I would fire the SOB on the spot, but then I’m not suffering from dementia.
It was Russia/Kremlin officials who started the Nuke talks/ Nuke threats. No need to provide sources. I’ve been pointing this out since March. You can google it. Take for instance Medvedev and Peskov.
And you haven’t provided sources since March.
What an Ahole this jerk is. I give up on my native country. It has become home to everything repugnant to any sane person.
So you hate America?
“Richard said last week that the US needs to put more resources into competing with China’s military.”
2022 military budgets:
US: $778 billion
China: $252 billion
I wonder if the size of our military budget, reflects the size of our egos?…
It reflects the size, or rather lack thereof, of something …
I think it represents the imagined or hoped-for size of something.
If by ego you meant global military posture and force projection, the answer is yes.
The only real enemy of China is US. The growth of China $252 billions military spending is only the reflection of US spending…!
I would like to see more realism and restraint put into our dealings with CHINA….
It doesn’t mean the US needs to increase the budget to compete with China. It means that allocations that go into competing with China need to increase. For example, rearranging the allocations that go into the various Combatant Commands where Indo Pacific Command can get more funds and resources. You can do that without increasing the military budget. And now that Russia has been exposed as a paper tiger with Nukes, the US/West can devote more of their instruments of power budget to counter China.
It doesn’t mean it won’t. I’m betting it will. And I didn’t know Russia had withdrawn their forces from Ukraine. I wonder what that $50 billion in the works is for.
“The big one is coming. … but don’t worry citizens, because all of us important people will be safely protected in our underground bunkers””
…. uncle sam
That is terrifying, but as the only nation to actually nuke another country credible. The problem is our “interests” should probably be limited to baseball and the Kardashians we really don’t need to pick sides in every Bolivian bar fight.
The US always built in first use of nuclear weapons, as its intended response to the huge Soviet Army rolling over Germany all the way to the Atlantic.
That was originally the Truman Eisenhower doctrine. Eisenhower said of tactical nuclear weapons that “on strictly military targets and for strictly military purposes, I see no reason why they shouldn’t be used just exactly as you would use a bullet or anything else”.
That was followed by Flexible Response, but the flex always had an upper bound the same as Eisenhower’s.
The Soviets always opposed first use, because as the world was laid out, it would be used against them. With over 300 division of armor, they had no need of it.
First use to “defend” the “vital interests” of the US or its “partners”.
Well, that could cover everything and anything that can be imagined.
Hgopefully Russia and China’s nuclear response plan includes peppering New Zealand with couple dozen warheads; that’s where the gloperialists responsible for the exchange will be hiding out https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-19/-we-needed-to-go-rich-americans-activate-pandemic-escape-plans
Hiding out in New Zealand will provide the same benefits as Australia provided the characters in On the Beach. High on the list will be plenty of time to think it over.
Only in a “free democracy” like ours does this guy get to decide who our enemy is, where our next war will be, and how we all die. Here’s another stupid question, are we all dying for “freedom” or “democracy?” (sarcasm)
Is Democracy Free?….
It’s on sale at Walmart, buy one, get one free!
Thanks for making me laugh out loud!
“US Nuclear Forces Chief Says ‘the Big One Is Coming’ The head of US Strategic Command called the war in Ukraine a ‘warmup’ for what is to come”
Another warmonger who should be fired immediately. Perhaps Navy Adm. Charles Richard spent to much time under the sea on submarines with his head up his a$$ to realize that he is talking about the end of humans on earth.
When beta male Blinken and his Department of State act like a cheering squad for the NEOCONs instead of a diplomacy arm of the US government neanderthals like Richard are emboldened.
Air drop the SOB into Ukraine and let him fight it out in an honest contest with Russian soldiers.
I wonder if there are better ways to spend 1,5 Trillion Bucks? (the question was rhetorical…)
Do the children of Earth get a vote on whether they want to volunteer to become radioactive cannon fodder for these foaming at the mouth idiots?
“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. Strangelove.
Our political offices are already full of hawks. We know. But Jesus, just how far have the hawks infiltrated our military? Nuclear war would end our planet. These people are absolutely insane.
How far? Very far, for a long time now.
We’ve been tossing around Dr. Strangelove references. General Jack D. Ripper was based, more or less, on the real General Curtis LeMay, a real piece of work.
And, of course, Douglas Macarthur wanted to nuke China.
It always seemed to me that LeMay was just pissed that World War 2 ended before he could work his way to the top of the military food chain, after which he always wanted something as big as that one and was bitter over not getting it.
Agree. And, if he had his way, he might well have triggered the end of civilization.
Our political offices are already full of hawks. We know. But Jesus, just how far have the hawks infiltrated our military? Nuclear war would end our planet. These people are absolutely insane.
They leave it vague because it’s always been the 2nd phase after creating viruses/cures and planned social unrest. — If only more died in the first phase, they say, then we wouldn’t have to resort to extreme measures.
The height of cynicism…
I’m a tired realist..
These nut jobs should be placed in padded cells where they can’t do harm to themselves. Oh, never mind. Honestly they should be placed in any cell that keeps them from harming others.
And then he said, “I can no longer sit back and allow Russian infiltration, Russian indoctrination, Russian subversion, and the international Russian conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.”
You can sleep safely tonight. Admiral Richard will be awake.
While we’re on the subject, this from RT yesterday:
And from Stanley Kubrick, in 1964:
Totally Classic. Kubrick was a genius.
I’m old enough to remeber the threat of nuclear war living with us everyday. The drills, the moements where we came so close. A lot of this generation have never lived with it. They don’t truly understand that there are insane psychopaths in power who would actually act on nuclear. It’s an unspoken belief that humans are somehow not stupid enough to do it… sad thing is… nuclear threat is not about stupidity (that is reserved for the people who believe the war propaganda) … it’s about power.
So it appears that the aforementioned modernization is still in process or has in any case not been completed. I guess this means that the nuclear weapons the U.S. has to deploy are the same ones they had in the 80s & 90s, but some may have the “new” updated “fuse” which supposedly brings up the kill rate of strikes on hardened and semi hardened inplacements like the missile silos in the Western United States. I suspect the new “fuse” is another boondoggle that looks to get 100s of billions for the BIG BOY contractors doing this “modernization”. probably like General Electric and Westinghouse. You remember them./. They were the billions dollsr corporations, or at least one of them, paying ZERO DOLLARS in income tax. Less than the person cleaning their toilets.
US Nuclear Forces Chief Says ‘the Big Fart Is Coming’
The Russians have the tech to blow anything anywhere headed their way within sec’s.
I look forward to it with all my heart.
The World’s only https://williamblum.org/books/rogue-state/ has been asking for it for far too long.
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