One Little Nuclear Weapon Can Ruin Your Day

Tactical nukes?  No thank you.


  1. Madness

  2. Patriot Games?

    Forgetting Poseidon? US Sent B-52s for Practice
    Nuclear First Strikes on Both Russia and Iran

    The US Air Force has recently increased the activity of its
    strategic bombers near the borders of Russia and Iran.

    ‘ On March 11, the US strategic bomber B-52H Stratofortress, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, worked out a missile launch on the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The aircraft with the board sign NOBLE61 approached the island of Gotland, which is about 200 km from the Russian northern capital. It took off from Poland, not reaching the borders with the Russian Federation, made a detour in the Gulf of Finland and flew in the southern direction.

    On March 12, a similar US aircraft with the board sign NOBLE71 capable of carrying nuclear missiles simulated another strike on Iran. It approached the Iranian southern bo[rder] and was spotted over the territory of Saudi Arabia. According to the local reports, the board “entered the course of combat use of cruise missiles with a nuclear warhead, after which it turned back.” High activity of US reconnaissance aircraft was also noticed in the region. Most likely, they monitored the possible work of Iran’s air defense and recorded the “success” of a virtual strike on Tehran.

    The flights of the US strategic bombers were clear acts of intimidation amid the ongoing rapprochement between Moscow and Tehran, including in the military field.

    The US manoeuvre in the Middle East took place during the visit of Belorussian President Lukashenko came in an official visit to Tehran.

    As for Russia, the US operation on its border took place after a series of nuclear manoeuvres by the both sides.

    At the end of January, Russia sent a group of submarines to New York, as part of regular training maneuvers. The submarines were equipped with hypersonic ballistic missiles Zircon with nuclear warheads. The Pentagon claimed that their number exceeded that which usually takes part in such training patrols.

    In mid-February, Russian nuclear bombers were intercepted twice by the US Air Force near Alaska. Washington called the appearance of planes at its borders “a warning from the Kremlin to the West.” The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said it had “detected, tracked, accurately identified and intercepted four Russian aircraft,” including two strategic bombers.

    On February 24, the US Air Force Command in Europe announced that a group of four B-52 Stratofortresses had arrived at Moron Air Base in Spain. Three days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of Moscow’s participation in the New START Treaty, which limits the number of nuclear warheads on both sides.

    Earlier, aircraft of the US Air Force worked out similar nuclear attacks on the Russian territories in Crimea, Kaliningrad and the Rostov region. Reconnaissance aircraft of the US and other NATO countries also continue their regular patrols in the Black Sea and the Middle East. ‘

    Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat
    [Whom God would destroy, he first makes mad]

  3. Here is one of the most succinct, well-organized, well-delivered, and intelligent speeches from a politician I’ve heard in a long time, speaking on the subject of the proposed adoption of a resolution by the Maine Legislature concerning the war in Ukraine:

  4. Sometimes, it’s inevitable. The reaction to the Russian downing of the spy drone near Crimea indicates to me that direct conflict is inevitable. I doubt it will go nuclear, but that is always a risk.

    The neos in the US simply have to know for sure who is top dog. I think the armed services already know better but the politicians don’t. Much like the Ukrainian army, they are going to get a harsh education.

    • Nate Trost says

      I’m not seeing any real escalatory action as a result of the drone incident. A formal public tut-tut, yes. And release of the video from the MQ-9 gave the aviator community a good laugh at the expense of the inept Flanker pilot. That was not a planned collision and the Russians are lucky they didn’t lose a jet.

      People don’t want to hear this but the main threat to nuclear escalation comes from just how badly Russia would get humiliated if the US threw down. That is far from the only reason why you aren’t going to see a modern day rerun of Desert Storm, but it is right up at the top of the list.

  5. Oh, I don’t think this one incident will do it. But the animus in America against Russia across the political spectrum and the fact that the Dems have at least 2 more years at the helm suggest to me that there will be a direct conflict. The good news for China is that after getting a full dose of Russia, the US will not likely be looking for a conflict over Taiwan.

  6. George Michalopulos says

    Unfortunately, this story is behind a paywall but the headline says it all:

    It’s unnecessary. The United States Navy has been the guarantor of the freedom of the seas for two generations. No country has objected to this arrangement. Nor do the Russians or the Chinese (despite feverish neocon fantasies to the contrary). It didn’t have to be this way but the US did something incredibly stupid in goading the Ukraine into impaling its army onto Russian spears.

    In addition, it destroyed the “rules based economic order” when it confiscated all foreign-held Russian assets last year. This was a cold splash of ice water on the rest of the world’s entreperneurs: if the US can freeze the legal assets of one country on a whim then they can freeze their assets as well.

    This created a vacuum which the Chinese is exploiting, as is Russia. Hence the headlong rush of many countries to join BRICS.

    In any event, I predict that the Chinese Navy will step into this breech. Russia’s Baltic fleet is subject to being bottled up because of winter freezing while the Black Sea fleet can be bottled up by the Turks. The Chinese have free and access to the Pacific Ocean. I

    • The confiscation of Russian assets was very foolish. But so is the entire Western anti-Russian project. If you recall the film Wag the Dog, DeNiro’s character convinces the CIA that unless they have enemies, they are superfluous. I suspect that that is really what is at the heart of this all. That and an intolerance for traditional culture in the age of feminism and LGBT.

      I would prefer they just focus on the Muslims. But that effort seems to have burned itself out after the slaughter in Iraq and the surrender in Afghanistan.

      They seem foolishly hell bent on creating another bipolar Cold War (US vs Eurasia) to ensure the viability of the US MIC for generations. The problem is that they have grossly miscalculated the correlation of forces and the breadth of their alliances. Even Mexico is joining BRICS and if the US had the resources to repel the Russians in the Ukraine they would have done so long ago.

      Time is on the Russian side and they are making the US look very bad on the world stage, though it still holds sway of propaganda in the West. China, India, Iran, Mexico and many, many others are de facto siding with Russia against the “Western colonial powers”.

      That’s a winning narrative if ever there were one. It will even turn the socialist left here in America in due time. Imagine MAGA taking over the American right and opposing conflict with Russia at the same time as the “democratic socialist” left finally reflexively turns against the Western colonial powers. Liberalism will then be isolated in the world and in the West as well.

      And that is a delicious prospect.

  7. This is priceless. A systematic rundown of the information wars from 9/11 to date, naming names and fixing blame where it is due. And the guy’s no fan of Trump either.