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Sixty Years Since JFK, A New Dangerous Nuclear Game

by Oui Wed Jun 12th, 2024 at 06:12:09 PM EST

... and don't blame the former Soviet State which collapsed in 1989.

1956 Suez Crisis : Causes, Conflict and Global Repercussions

On receipt of the Dulles aide-memoire of February 11, 1957, Ambassador Abba Eban was called to Jerusalem for consultations. On February 18, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion appealed to Secretary Dulles to postpone the discussions in the General Assembly so that a committee composed of representatives of disinterested states should come to Israel to attempt to reach an agreement on the points at issue in Gaza and at Sharm el-Sheikh. On February 20, President Eisenhower broadcast the following address to the American people venting his anger over Israel's failure to withdraw from territories it captured in the 1956 war.

Eisenhower, Decolonization and the Threats from Israel

Daniel Ellsberg Memorial

Hiding Human Toll of America's Wars

The Lasting Legacy of Truth-Teller Daniel Ellsberg | Tom Dispatch |

On a warm evening almost a decade ago, I sat under the stars with Daniel Ellsberg while he talked about nuclear war with alarming intensity. He was most of the way through writing his last and most important book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Somehow, he had set aside the denial so many people rely on to cope with a world that could suddenly end in unimaginable horror. Listening, I felt more and more frightened. Dan knew what he was talking about.

After working inside this country's doomsday machinery, even drafting nuclear war plans for the Pentagon during President John F. Kennedy's administration, Dan Ellsberg had gained intricate perspectives on what greased the bureaucratic wheels, personal ambitions, and political messaging of the warfare state. Deceptions about arranging for the ultimate violence of thermonuclear omnicide were of a piece with routine falsehoods about American war-making. It was easy enough to get away with lying, he told me: "How difficult is it to deceive the public? I would say, as a former insider, one becomes aware: it's not difficult to deceive them. First of all, you're often telling them what they would like to believe -- that we're better than other people, we're superior in our morality and our perceptions of the world."


As Dan pointed out, "It is in the power of Congress to decouple the hair-trigger on our system by defunding and dismantling the current land-based Minuteman missiles and rejecting funding for their proposed replacements. The same holds for lower-yield weapons for first use against Russia, on submarines or in Europe, which are detonators for escalation to nuclear winter."

In essence, Dan was telling members of Congress to do their job, with the fate of the earth and its inhabitants hanging in the balance:

    "This grotesque situation of existential danger has evolved in secret in the almost total absence of congressional oversight, investigations, or hearings. It is time for Congress to remedy this by preparing for first-ever hearings on current nuclear doctrine and `options,' and by demanding objective, authoritative scientific studies of their full consequences including fire, smoke, nuclear winter, and famine. Classified studies of nuclear winter using actual details of existing attack plans, never yet done by the Pentagon but necessarily involving its directed cooperation, could be done by the National Academy of Sciences, requested and funded by Congress."

But Dan's letter was distinctly out of sync with Congress. Few in office then -- or now -- have publicly acknowledged that such a "grotesque situation of existential danger" really exists. And even fewer have been willing to break from the current Cold War mindset that continues to fuel the rush to global annihilation. On matters of foreign policy and nuclear weapons, the Congressional Record is mainly a compendium of arrogance and delusion, in sharp contrast to the treasure trove of Dan's profound insights preserved at Ellsberg.net.

From the diaries ...

Democrats' War on Whistleblowers Extended | 10 Dec 2021 |

June 10th marks 61 years since American President John F. Kennedy delivered a searing critique of the Cold War and its mindset at a commencement address on the campus of American University in Washington, DC.

In it, Kennedy expounded upon his vision of what peace might look like in the nuclear age.

"What kind of peace do we seek?," he asked.

JFK: What kind of peace do we seek?

"Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons
of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am
talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on
earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow
and to hope and to build a better life for their children -- not merely
peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely
peace in our time but peace for all time."

For Kennedy, the specter of nuclear war, to which the United States and the U.S.S.R. came within a hair's breadth the previous October during the Cuban Missile Crisis, made the pursuit of peace with the Soviet adversary an imperative. Yet it was one that put the young president at odds, perhaps fatally so, with this own national security-military-intelligence establishment.

But at AU, Kennedy took his case for a sane, rational and above all ethical Cold War policy directly to the American people.

"I speak of peace," said Kennedy, "as the necessary, rational end of
rational men. I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as
the pursuit of war -- and frequently the words of the pursuer fall
on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task."

And Kennedy had, over the course of his presidency, and to the great consternation of the Pentagon and CIA, found a most unlikely partner in that pursuit, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Over the course of a series of U.S.-Soviet crises (the Bay of Pigs, the Vienna summit, and the Berlin Crisis) Kennedy and Khrushchev had developed a rapport which helped steer us away from apocalypse during the Cuban Missile Crisis. And in the  aftermath of that crisis, the two began working toward a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

"Our interests converge, however, not only in defending
the frontiers of freedom, but in pursuing the paths of peace. It is
our hope-- and the purpose of allied policies--to convince the
Soviet Union that she, too, should let each nation choose its own
future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of
others. The Communist drive to impose their political and economic
system on others is the primary cause of world tension today.
For there can be no doubt that, if all nations could refrain from
interfering in the self-determination of others, the
peace would be much more assured."

"This will require a new effort to achieve world law--a new context for
world discussions. It will require increased understanding between the
Soviets and ourselves. And increased understanding will require increased
contact and communication. One step in this direction is the, proposed
arrangement for a direct line between Moscow and Washington to avoid
on each side the dangerous delays, misunderstandings, and misreadings
of the other's actions which might occur at a time of crisis.

Kennedy realized that progress was contingent upon seeing the other as we might wish we to be seen, in other words, upon empathy.

"No government or social system is so evil," said Kennedy, "that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue."

"So, let us not be blind to our differences but let us also direct
attention to our common interests and to the means by which those
differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our
differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For,
in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit
this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our
children's future. And we are all mortal."

Such a way of thinking about the current Russian adversary is now notably absent in the corridors of power of Joe Biden's Washington.

Indeed, in our view, Kennedy's speech now stands as an important indictment of how far in the wrong direction recent Democratic administrations have traveled in the decades since Kennedy's speech. While we are both on record condemning Putin's invasion, we are mindful of the administration's failure to pursue diplomatic avenues to both prevent and end the war.

Today we stand perilously close to nuclear escalation as the administration ignores the red lines it set and succumbs to assorted hawks by agreeing to send F-16s to Ukraine. One can only hope President Kennedy's message, delivered six decades ago this Saturday, somehow and in some way is understood by a new generation inside and outside Washington D.C., and has an impact on the course of war -- and peace.

June 10, 1963 | JFK "Peace Speech" at American University


Russia announces nuclear weapon drills after 'provocative' Western threats

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:21:41 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:22:55 PM EST
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A former British citizen as Soviet Russia agitator for American forces.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:51:48 PM EST
Russia Launches New Nuclear Weapon Drill Phase:
Warning After Pro-Ukraine Leaders Lose In EU Polls?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:52:32 PM EST
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Russian warships including nuclear sub arrive in Cuba | CNN |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:54:35 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:55:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 09:58:48 PM EST
It is not NATO's war ... let President Zelensky and Ukraine decide ... don't say proxy war and "puppet" of Washington.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:08:59 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:09:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:10:29 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:11:29 PM EST
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eda.ch. Summit on Peace in Ukraine: Joint Communiqué on a 3-Point Peace Framework, 16.06.24

List of 82 countries, nations, and eNTItIEs who support the joint communiqué: European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Council of Europe, all 32 NATO nations, 14 European-ish countries (north of °38) inc. Kosovo* Georgia Ukraine, 32 "others" (south of °38) and Israel.

Of 160 UN members selcted from 193 who recall "resolutions A/RES/ES-11/1 (2022/141-5-35)  and A/RES/ES-11/6 (2023/94-14-73) adopted at the UN General Assembly", 78 (excluding eNTItIEs) signatures approvaling this Swiss-Ukraine formula for world justice appears to anticipate UNGA "engagement" with matters of imperial import by year end. Every pretense of democratic values, international "norms", and model governance is laid to rest in Bürgenstock—precisely without the interference of designated arch-rivals for UN Charter warfare dispensations.

Hoisted with their own petard

Neither financial inducement, secondary punitive trade sanctions, nor military buttresses will forestall mistrust of old world prosperity and "clout". Step by step the anciens régimes will pare their client lists until none but themselves remain to decide, before sanctioning any more illegitimate referenda sanctioning "special" military operations and tribunals, to reward Ukraine with $100B "security assistance" and $468B "war reparations." As occupied Palestine evaluates the one and only drafted 42-day "peace proposal", adopted by the UNSC and guaranteed by $14B of genocide "aid" and sympathy for Israel, prisoners the world over commit themselves to self-defense from First World tyranny.

by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 08:25:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:13:41 PM EST
runs on the hour, every hour. Yesterday live stream Putin (dub translation). Today looping through 5-minute clips. I switch it on and off, depending on the rest of the day's programming schedule—some half-hour interview and documentary segments are informative, some are predictably louche.)

This "news cycle" is quite amusing, vindicating Eric Li's timeless joke.

NATO press is presenting the same old raggedy script about RUSSIA'S BRUTAL WAR OF AGGRESSION to NATO.mil contractors and Ukraine's "interest representation", while the NATENYAHU gang blows up Palestine.

RU media is banned across EU and US cable networks. So Putin's speaking to rest of world, the POWs. He explains past negotiated proposals with sonorous, historical detail (as is his custom) and why NATO will blow off this one, too.

And just like that, the producers lede the dailies with their favorite 0:15 clip of Kamala?! reciting Sullivan's script from a Ukraine Summit podium.  (shudder)

Let us also agree, a practical benefit of the work of this peace summit is to increase global food and energy security. Let nothing about the end of this war be decided without Ukraine. By contrast, however, yesterday Putin put forward a proposal. We must speak truth: He is not calling for negotiations, he is calling for surrender.

America stands with Ukraine not out of charity but because it is in our strategic interest.

by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 02:01:46 AM EST
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of critical minerals"
by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 03:25:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 10:15:17 PM EST
I can't decide whether I'm more offended by this cartographic disaster or ISW diction crimes. So I won't. I'm satisfied that I can't see the rest of this.
by Cat on Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 08:40:19 PM EST
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h/t b @MofA

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 18th, 2024 at 09:28:34 PM EST

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