Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mostly-Invisible Wars


Today's new war is in Venezuela, though the CIA has been carrying out war in Venezuela since at least 2000, including the 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez. This is class war. The people living in Venezuela, in a war zone, don't see American bombers in the sky, but they feel the privations of war, and they see the actions of their government against the war, which seem harsh and irrational. And why is there no food or toilet paper? It's time for the coup in Venezuela to be fully launched, "succeed" or fail, and for Venezuelans to suffer more. Eleni sent this and the next 3 stories. Whew!

David Stockman, parts 1 & 2 of this look at Trump disrupting the warfare sate, currently John McCain's War.
So that’s McCain’s War. Eleven million refugees, a destroyed country, 400,000 civilians dead and a decimated army of a nation that poses a zero threat to the American homeland. And all for the purpose of hazing the rulers of Tehran who never did have a program to get a nuke, according to Washington’s own 17-agency NIEs (national intelligence estimates); and gave it up anyway with ironclad mechanisms for international enforcement.

Robert Fisk looks at a few humans in Syria, living and dead, at the moment. Of 18 million citizens of the ancient civilization, 11 million have been killed or made refugees by Mr McCain's war. These are human beings. McCain's war is "our" war.

"A point worth making again is that you can’t judge Trump by traditional metrics. He’s a once in a century political force who will be judged more on what he destroys than on what he creates. He is the destroyer of worlds, because the world of Washington needs destroying."

Paul Craig Roberts frantically points out that the Doomsday Clock is two and a half minutes from midnight.

The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has warned that the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear war is closer than since 1953. (Why is that man smiling?)

Kim Jong Un, hereditary ruler of bombed-out North Korea, proudly proclaims that North Korean ICBM can reacl all of the US, which is at least 80% true. The presumed value of this is the ability to send off one big counterpunch if the US starts bombing again. US bombing killed one of five North Koreans last time. Deep trauma.

The US flies two B-2 bombers from Guam over South Korea, towards North Korea. They dawdle in the sky for awhile. 
This is one bomber more than is needed to kill everybody in North Korea, and it is a threat to China, as well. 
This is PTSD freak-out for North Koreans.

Does Israel have 200 nuclear warheads, as Colin Powell said in a confidential email, or just 80, the official-public US estimate? An argument given here for the number "80" is "Why would they want more; what possible use?" 
Duh, Samson Option! Israeli policy is to destroy every nation it can reach, if Israel is at the point of destruction. 
Can you say "Israel has nuclear-capable subs from Germany"? 
This is vastly greater threat to the US and the world than shell-shocked North Korea.

Dying Asleep

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