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If You Like Covid-19, You’ll Love Nuclear War

Might this unsteady and unseemly American president soon become subject to still more serious forms of personal dissemblance and/or psychological debility? Leaving aside Trump’s largely unprecedented and breathtaking venality,[5] his open indifference to history and above all his continuing malfeasance and shameless dishonesty, should he still be allowed to decide whether we Americans should live or die?
If You Like Covid-19, You’ll Love Nuclear War  Prof. Louis René Beres, Modern Diplomacy  May 11, 2020    Even now, after some many staggering and irreversible leadership mistakes on Corona virus – grievous errors that could eventually cost the lives of very many Americans – President Donald J. Trump continues to hold undiminished US nuclear weapons authority.
Though a great many American voices will respond angrily to any conjunction of these two discrete threats as manipulative or unfair, such responses would still ignore a core commonality. Incontestable and irremediable, this stubbornly shared connection on disease and war concerns Mr. Trump’s indifference to approaching complex problems analytically.

It also reveals his incapacity to feel even a scintilla of human empathy for other human beings.

What does all this really mean? In what specific policy directions should we Americans now be propelled? For the United States, at a bare minimum, it signifies that there will be a painfully heavy price to pay for Donald Trump’s multiple and compounding debilities. More precisely, looking ahead to certain more-or-less inevitable US nuclear crises with North Korea, China, and/or Russia, these bitter presidential limitations could portend fully existential harms to the United States. It follows that all citizens now ought to think more self-consciously about various key national problems of survival.

They will need to do this with decipherable logic, abundant clarity and more robust presidential commitments to science.

Just because we Americans are presently under an unprecedented pandemic disease assault does not mean that we are immunized from the more routinely catastrophic  hazards of ordinary geopolitics. At the very same moment that President Trump should be building cooperative bridges with other countries more thoughtfully and conspicuously, he opts instead for relentlessly crude reassertions of belligerent nationalism.

Though it makes absolutely no intellectual or ethical sense, Donald Trump reserves his self-praising applause for the self-immolating embers of “America First.”

This can’t end well. …….

On creating peaceful relations with North Korea, it was never about reaching any substantive understandings, but rather “falling in love.” How could such a caricatural diplomatic stance ever have been taken seriously by anyone in the US Congress or executive branch of government?

Ever?……

taken together with an American president who has shown no willful regard for US Constitutional separations of authority (not even a tiny shred of such an indispensable regard),  this past reveals a singularly ominous formula for upcoming synergy. What this means, in greater detail, is a unique and prospectively lethal intersection.

It means the simultaneous occurrence of worldwide disease pandemic with atomic war.[3]

After recalling so much pain that we Americans have already witnessed and suffered under President Donald Trump, this newest expectation ought not to be dismissed too casually or gratuitously, as if it were merely some sort of unfounded or partisan citizen apprehension. Rather, it must finally be recognized that an inappropriate or irrational nuclear command decision by US President Donald Trump is entirely conceivable and perhaps even plausible. Though nothing conclusive can ever be said about the true mathematical probability of any such fearful scenario,[4] there is still ample reason for concern.

To begin, we must promptly inquire: Might this unsteady and unseemly American president soon become subject to still more serious forms of personal dissemblance and/or psychological debility? Leaving aside Trump’s largely unprecedented and breathtaking venality,[5] his open indifference to history and above all his continuing malfeasance and shameless dishonesty, should he still be allowed to decide whether we Americans should live or die? This is not a silly, exaggerated or contrived query by any means.

In essence, today, at this nadir of widespread governmental indifference to law, a deeply flawed American president now serves with wholly insufficient nuclear command constraints.

There is more. This bold assertion is by no means controversial. Any presidential order to use nuclear weapons carries an inherent expectation to be followed. Certain identifiable figures along the operational chain of command could sometime choose to disobey such an order, but – at least initially – any such disobedience could be deemed unlawful prima facie………

Whether we like it or not, and at one time or another, nuclear strategy is a challenging “game” that US President Donald Trump will, despite intrinsic intellectual deficits, have to play. ……..

The country must take heed. If we Americans continue to abide such a blatantly law-violating[16] and science-averse president, we would be risking nothing less than a viable national future……..  https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/05/11/if-you-like-covid-19-youll-love-nuclear-war/

 

May 12, 2020 - Posted by | politics, Trump - personality, USA

1 Comment »

  1. About a hundred billionaires, including the Koch’s, the Mercers, and the Israel supporters want Trump to win. The millionairs and billionaires like bloomberg that rigged the democratic primary for biden, know that Biden will lose, according to a recent Newsweek article.
    They could care less.
    Israel actually wants the USA to use tactical nukes on Iran. That is the reason the pentagon has a first strike policy. That is the reason trump has abrogated all nuclear treaties. Never before have there been tactical nuclear weapons on submarines. intermediate missile treaties gone.
    The billionaires and neoconservatives like the Koch’s, and the Mercers , Art Robinson , neoconservatives like pompeo actually think a nuclear war is survivable and winnable because they are lunatics. Art Robinson believes that nuclear waste should be sprinkled over cities and in municipal drinking water to ” Inoculate people to the effects of radiation.”
    Trumps followers are actually fomenting for a civil war. a civil war, that would certainly mean massive nuclear reactor catastrophe in the USA. The BOOGALOO
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/what-boogaloo-how-online-calls-violent-uprising-are-getting-organized-n1138461
    Trump has systematically deregulated nuclear reactor supervision to the point of
    Certain accident soon post Fukushima. his supporters are tormenting for civil war. He will run on a cold war the men to nuke China and blame them for covid after he botched it so terribly.
    There is 30/percent unemployment in america and the bubble for the stock market, which is divorced from the real economy, was poised to burst before covid.
    Hi level nuclear waste is parked all over the country enmasse and completely deregulated . Ready to crash and burn. hilevel waste is now denoted low level waste and scheduled to be dangerously buried in drums in so-called low level nuke waste pits around the.USA by cities and.even dumped in landfills. America has gone completely crazy

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    Comment by Tammy Sutton | May 12, 2020 | Reply


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