It’s Hard to Think About the End of the World

Tony Blinken, the top U.S. diplomat, just made comments about U.S.-supplied long-range missiles that further raise the risks of a direct confrontation between the world’s two nuclear superpowers, writes Caitlin Johnstone. 

Test firing of an Army Tactical Missile System — TACMS — at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, 1990. (U.S. National Archives)

By Caitlin Johnstone

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During an appearance on ABC’s This Week with Jonathan Karl, U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken explicitly said that the U.S. would not oppose Ukraine using U.S.-supplied longer-range missiles to attack deep inside Russian territory, a move that Moscow has previously called a “red line” which would make the United States a direct party to the conflict.

“We understand that the United States is considering sending those long-range missiles that Ukraine has been asking for for a long time,” Karl said in the interview. “These are long-range missiles, 200 miles in range. Are you okay if those missiles allow Ukraine to attack deep into Russian territory?”

“In terms of their targeting decisions, it’s their decision, not ours,” answered Blinken after some bloviation.

“We’ve seen an increasing number of attacks on Russian territory by Ukrainian drones, some in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don just a couple of days ago. Did you bring that up?” asked Karl.

“No,” said Blinken.

“Are you — are you okay with — I mean, obviously, they’re — it’s their decisions, but is this war now escalating into Russia?” asked Karl.

“Jon, we haven’t encouraged and we haven’t enabled any use of weapons outside of Ukraine’s territory,” Blinken said.

“Having said that, let’s take a step back for a second. Virtually every single day the Russians are attacking indiscriminately throughout the entire country of Ukraine. Just during the 48 hours that I was there going in, more missiles were launched at civilian targets, including in Kyiv while I was there; a horrific attack on a marketplace, people just going to buy food, civilians, had nothing to do with this war — killed 17 people. This is the daily life for Ukrainians. This is what they face every single day. So they have to make the basic decisions about how they’re going to defend their territory and how they’re working to take back what’s been seized from them. Our role, the role of dozens of other countries around the world that are supporting them, is to help them do that. And ultimately, what we all want is an end to this Russian aggression and an end to the aggression that, again, is just and is durable. That’s what Ukrainians want more than anyone else. That’s what we’re working toward.”

The interview then concluded without any further follow-up from Karl. By successfully winding down the clock babbling about what Ukraine has a right to do, Blinken avoided discussing the real issue of what the U.S. itself is doing.

Nobody disputes that Ukraine has a right to attack Russian territory; Russia is attacking Ukrainian territory, so of course Ukraine has a right to retaliate. That is not being seriously debated anywhere. What’s being debated is whether the U.S. should be backing those attacks, because doing so could lead to nuclear war.

A year ago when Ukraine first started urging the United States to send it the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) — which has nearly four times the range of the HIMARS [high-mobility artillery rocket system] weapons the U.S. has been supplying — Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova immediately responded with a warning that their use on Russian territory would make the U.S. a direct participant in the conflict, and Russia would respond accordingly.

HIMARS on combat mission in Ukraine, July 2022. (, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

“If Washington decides to supply longer-range missiles to Kyiv, then it will be crossing a red line, and will become a direct party to the conflict,” Zakharova said, adding that Russia “reserves the right to defend its territory.”

As Michael Tracey noted on Twitter, Blinken was saying last year that Ukraine had provided assurances to the U.S. that it would not use the other weapons systems the U.S. has been supplying “against targets on Russian territory.”

Going by Blinken’s current statements and the attacks we’ve been seeing from Ukraine inside the Russian Federation, this agreement appears no longer to be in place. Blinken has already previously voiced support for Ukrainian use of U.S.-supplied weapons in Crimea, and now he’s saying the U.S. is fine with any U.S.-supplied weapons being used on any Russian territory.

Which means there appears to have been yet another massive escalation between nuclear superpowers, which is once again going alarmingly under-reported by the Western press.

In an article published in Antiwar in July, “ATACMS: Be Very Afraid of This Acronym,” West Suburban Peace Coalition President Walt Zlotow wrote that this missile system “has potential to draw the U.S. and NATO into all out war with Russia.” He continued:

“ATACMS are long range U.S. missiles that can strike up to 190 miles. Top U.S. officials, likely including President Biden, are seriously considering giving ATACMS to Ukraine in their battle to take back all Russian gains in Ukraine, including Crimea. They can reach both Crimea and the Russian mainland.

If so used by Ukraine to attack Russia, it may be a missile too far that could ignite Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Further escalation into nuclear confrontation between Russia and the U.S./NATO alliance seeking Russia’s defeat becomes more likely.”

The U.S. and its allies keep providing Ukraine with more and more offensive weapons that they had previously refused to supply for fear of getting drawn into the war and provoking a nuclear conflict.

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Last year then Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov correctly predicted that the U.S. would wind up supplying the tanks, F-16s and ATACMS it had previously deemed too escalatory, because that had already been established as the trend from the beginning of the war.

“When I was in D.C. in November, before the invasion, and asked for Stingers, they told me it was impossible,” Reznikov told The New Yorker last year. “Now it’s possible. When I asked for 155-millimetre guns, the answer was no. HIMARS, no. HARM [high-speed anti-radiation missile], no. Now all of that is a yes.” He added, “Therefore, I’m certain that tomorrow there will be tanks and ATACMS and F-16s.”

As Branko Marcetic explained earlier this year in an article for Responsible Statecraft titled “Mission Creep? How the U.S. role in Ukraine has slowly escalated,” this continual pattern of escalation is actually incentivizing Russia to start taking aggressive action against western powers so that its warnings and red lines will cease being ignored.

“By escalating their support for Ukraine’s military, the U.S. and NATO have created an incentive structure for Moscow to take a drastic, aggressive step to show the seriousness of its own red lines,” Marcetic writes. “This would be dangerous at the best of times, but particularly so when Russian officials are making clear they increasingly view the war as one against NATO as a whole, not merely Ukraine, while threatening nuclear response to the alliance’s escalation in weapons deliveries.”

“Moscow keeps saying escalatory arms transfers are unacceptable and could mean wider war; U.S. officials say since Moscow hasn’t acted on those threats, they can freely escalate. Russia is effectively told it has to escalate to show it’s serious about lines,” Marcetic added on Twitter.

And it’s just so strange how this isn’t the main thing everyone talks about all the time. The fact that we are drawing closer and closer to nuclear conflict should dominate headlines every single day, and the subject of how to avoid planetary disaster should be the constant focus of mainstream political discourse. But it isn’t, because that would interfere with the grand chessboard maneuverings of a globe-dominating empire working to secure unipolar planetary domination by undermining disobedient nations like Russia and China.

It’s hard to think about the end of the world. It’s hard to even wrap your mind around it, much less stand staring into the harsh white light of deep contemplation about what it is and what it would mean. A lot of cognitive dissonance and discomfort comes up, and it’s easier to shift one’s attention to something easier to chew on like the presidential race.

But this is something that urgently needs to be looked at. Because the people steering our world today appear to be driving blind.

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46 comments for “It’s Hard to Think About the End of the World

  1. LeoSun
    September 15, 2023 at 12:27

    “Oh, let’s REWIND the clock,” i.e., “Heads Up, Karl!” ‘The fox is in the hen house,’ ASK him to define “IT,” i.e., “For as long as IT takes.” “Whatever IT takes.” And, in between, the bull-$hit, prepare for the worst.

    “KARL, ‘Kick “IT,’ when you’re ready…. “AFTER The BOMB,” 1) OCTOBER, 2022-the USG buys, $290 MILLION, in supplies of a drug designed to treat blood cells’ injuries following radiological & nuclear emergencies aka long standing efforts to prepare for potential health impacts from threats to national security.” 2) SEPTEMBER, 2023-the USG gifts depleted uranium to Ukrainians.

    3) ZERO (0) Pushback, [“THE INTERVIEW] then concluded without any further follow-up from Karl.”

    Can “we” gat a “Dubyah Tee eFF,” KARL?!?” ‘A BITTER WINDS BLOWS THROUGH THE COUNTRY. A HARD RAIN FALLS ON THE SEA. IF, terror comes w/o a warning!?! Tthere must be something we don’t see. What fire begets this fire? Like torches thrown into the straw. IF, NO One, asks; then NO One answers. That’s how every empire falls.” (John Prine)

    Imo, so rolls the reign of terror, marinated in deception, destruction, death. “Truth can only hide for so long.” Caitlin Johnstone @ “Rabbit Holes and Men Behind the Curtains.” JOHNSTONE’S dialed the flock in!!! A MUST hear. Crank it Up! TY, CAITLIN JOHNSTONE.

    AND, “Love Your Country. DON’T trust its government.” KEEP IT LIT! Ciao

  2. Francis Lee
    September 15, 2023 at 12:08

    Strange times are these.

    The Atlantic hegemon seems increasingly and willfully oblivious to what is going on in the real world and what the stakes are. These people seemingly inhabit a cloistered bubble where nothing can go wrong and everything will turn out hunky dory in the fullness of time.

    Will Russia and China cave!? Almost certainly not. Those lovely people out there should be advised that in the fairy land of the North Atlantic, things are shaping up and taking on a very different configuration. The stakes could not be higher and the sooner all those lovely people are looking the other way because its seems unpleasant. Oh dear, why can’t everyone be nice! Why indeed!?

    This reminds me of a little song that the British soldiers sang in the trenches in 1914-18 war.

    It went like this

    ”Whoosh here comes a whizbang
    Whoosh here comes a whizbang
    Come on you soldier boys
    Get down to those stairs
    into your dugouts
    and say your prayers

    Whoosh here comes a whizzbang
    And its headed straight for you
    And you’ll see all the wonders
    Of No-Man’s land when that whizzbang hits you.”

  3. lester
    September 14, 2023 at 14:04

    There was no nuclear catastrophe during the First Cold War. Perhaps our political idiots thing that Positive Thinking (magical thinking) will keep us safe this time, too. Probably they are countring Global Warming with Positive Thinking idiocy, too.

    • J Anthony
      September 16, 2023 at 06:40

      I think they subscribe to the Oprah Winfrey-ication of thinking- “I’m happy because I believe I am, and those nasty negative masses are just trying to kill my buzz”

  4. September 14, 2023 at 10:19

    There is little doubt what the United States would do should another country supply weapons used to attack the United States directly. We need only recall the invasion of Afghanistan and the outrage after September 11, 2002. It’s a wonder the Russian Federation has not “facilitated” attacks on the manufacturers of weapons sent by NATO to the Ukraine. The United States obviously would. Relying on Russian adherence to the United States’ and NATO’s double standard is likely to prove a serious folly, perhaps even a terminal one.

  5. Humwawa
    September 14, 2023 at 03:33

    According to his own words, the senile old president at the White House does what he is told to do. The problem is that we don’t know who tells him to do what. These unelected figures acting from the shadow of the Washington Blob have the power to end all human life on this planet. Is that the kind of democracy we are supposed to defend in Ukraine?

    People in Europe go after their daily life as if nothing had happened. Even trying to talk about the Ukraine war brings up a wall of silence. Except for “Putin bad”, there is no effort at reflection. They clearly don’t even want to talk about it. Perhaps they sense that they are living a lie and don’t want to end it. In the 72 years of my life I have never experience anything like it.

    • September 14, 2023 at 10:32

      The American “Merchants of Death” have not had a good War since Vietnam ; now
      Ukraine is earning them Billions. The “Aid” money is being recycled back to Washington DC ,just like they did with Bankman Fried`s “Donations.

    • Frank Lambert
      September 14, 2023 at 11:31

      He gets his orders from the Deep State operatives, or “the invisible government” if you prefer.

      Wars have been profitable for centuries between the military industrial complex and the international bankers, so an “enemy” is always created to justify a massive waste of tax revenue to finance the perpetual and fictitious bogeyman paranoia to keep the people subservient and docile to these powerful interests, lest they be called unpatriotic, for not going along with the program.

      Even WWI flying ace and notorious art thief in WWII, Field Marshal Hermann Goering, said it works in any country, whether it’s a democracy, a fascist or communist state. I agree!

  6. Jerry Markatos
    September 14, 2023 at 00:49

    We have the info we need, to try and break through the “dead letter offices” in Washington, via the hxxps:// and using the internet for not just the DC office number for representatives and senators but also their home state or district offices. News organizations’ comment forms online. Social media have to be used to break people out of the pretense of normalcy.

    It’s just after midnight but my congresspeople’s phones take messages….

  7. John Zeigler
    September 13, 2023 at 21:07

    Does anyone remember the Spanish Civil War that Germany used to prop up Franco and use Spain as a testing ground for the weapons it would use in WWII? Spain was a cat’s paw then in a war against its own people, and the Ukraine is a cat’s paw now, and the stakes are infinitely higher. Guernica and even all the bloodshed of WWII pale by comparison to what is about to be unleashed on the world through the West’s blatant disregard for and disrespect of other people and other cultures. Will the last one exiting the planet please turn out any of the lights that have not already been eclipsed?

    • Frank Lambert
      September 14, 2023 at 11:41

      Yes, and during the period of the Spanish Civil War, corporate America admired Mussolini and Hitler as they dealt severely with the left, the communists, socialists, and anarchists who crusaded for a more egalitarian society, rather than the two-class system of rich and poor. That was the reason’ d’ etre for that war. Hey, years later, the U.S. Air Force even had a base in fascist Spain under the murderous Franco regime.

      Even after Guernica, which was the first time in aviation history that civilian targets were bombed, corporate America still did business with the Nazi government. Money talks!

  8. Mikael Andersson
    September 13, 2023 at 20:01

    “this is something that urgently needs to be looked at” ….. nope, this is something we must act upon, not merely look at. This is something that warrants shouting, screaming and tearing down of the people and structures who want us dead. Here in Australia we are the lap-dogs of the people who want nuclear war. Here in Australia our “leftist” government, the Australian Labor Party, has abandoned all semblance of sovereignty. Our politicians are up to their earlobes in the war culture that will lead to disaster. Just look at Penelope Wong, Richard Marles and Anthony Albanese. Anthony Albanese and Anthony Blinken make a pair. Compliant men on the road to disaster.

    • Cal Lash
      September 15, 2023 at 00:16

      Bliken is a dangerous moron.

  9. Duane M
    September 13, 2023 at 19:32

    Step by step, the US-led West is sleep-walking into Armageddon, blithely assuming that each step is insignificant and that the sum will never exceed the limit. And always projecting responsibility onto the receiving party: that if something really bad happens, it will be Russia’s fault. As if that would make the slightest difference once WWIII breaks out.

    • Eddy Schmid
      September 14, 2023 at 04:05

      Quote, “Step by step, the US-led West is sleep-walking into Armageddon, blithely assuming that each step is insignificant and that the sum will never exceed the limit. ” Unquote. The U.S. and the West KNOW exactly what they are doing, there’s no “SLEEP WALKING” occuring at all. eyes are wide open and watching like a Hawk, for the slightest signal the Russians will respond as claimed, then the missiles which are already loaded and primed, ready to go, will be detonated and let loose to their programed targets. Of course, it’ll all be those Russians fault, who failed to heed the warnings given, thus deserved what they got, whilst at the same time, the Americans were running into their deep bunkers in their haste to reserve space for their immediate families, and the rest of the World can burn to a crisp. That’ll teach those Russians. For Non Russians, opps, sorry but you are of no value to us, besides the World needs a cleansing, we’ll spare a though of you all occassionly.

  10. Greg Grant
    September 13, 2023 at 19:31

    It’s so upsetting how everybody I know has bought into this damn war.
    This article was extremely informative, thank you!

    • Frank Lambert
      September 14, 2023 at 11:46

      Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger! I’ve had my share of heated debates about the situation in Ukraine.

  11. September 13, 2023 at 19:06

    The people in the collective west steering things are completely insane totally unhinged.

  12. Mike
    September 13, 2023 at 17:56

    Everyone knows that Vietnam has no better friend than the USA – it goes back a bit. So, with their 2-fold risks of climate destruction and nuclear Armageddon, a couple of days ago, benign Joe Biden stood there and informed the Vietnamese (and the world) that: climate change will do more harm than nuclear war would.
    No one noticed because it was just Joe rambling, just trying to emphasise how serious climate change could be.
    Unfortunately, it demonstrates that the USA leadership sees nuclear war to be a viable way to save the planet. Is this just another chicken and egg dilemma for the powerbrokers?
    Namely, which comes first?

  13. September 13, 2023 at 17:37

    Blinken wouldn’t blink at Ukraine using US supplied nuclear weapons.

    Blinken and the wicked witch of the east (Victoria Nuland), are living proof that Pogo was right when he said “We have met the enemy and his is us”.

    God, what a pair.

    • Robert
      September 14, 2023 at 10:17

      Agree with you that Blinken and Nuland are accurately described as. “God, what a pair”.

      I believe that both are 2nd generation Deep Staters and they are not ever going away. They drift throughout Washington D.C. and depending on which political party is in the White House they have high level political appointments or numerous board positions on NGO’s or the (gotta love this name) Think Tanks.

      And like Biden, I’m sure that both of them have siblings, aunts, uncles and children already somewhere in the Deep State moving up the ranks and ready to carry on the Family Tradition. (per Hank Williams Jr.) Boy, oh Boy, we do have a BIG problem on our hands.

  14. September 13, 2023 at 16:58

    ““Jon, we haven’t encouraged and we haven’t enabled any use of weapons outside of Ukraine’s territory,” Blinken said.”

    Giving them the weapons doesn’t enable them??? Give me a break!

    • LouieMarie
      September 13, 2023 at 17:43

      You are so right. Blinken is lying full time. Hard to listen to all these lies. Hell would be a good place for him.

      • anaisanesse
        September 14, 2023 at 00:44

        What really hurts are the constant lies that Russia targets civilians when the opposite is the case. Blinken brings up Bucha, maternity, kindergarten, markets, residential buildings, when ALL of these had no investigations but were immediately claimed by Uke sources to be Russian evil. Russia in the SMO attacks military targets and scrupulously avoids civilians, but Blinken drones on with lies in every speech. The Nuland /Maidan/Minsk saga is forgotten , and the “invasion” of Ukraine after 8 years of patient efforts of peaceful agreement by Putin are avoided. All the Western media sing in unison.

        • Eddy Schmid
          September 14, 2023 at 04:09

          The problem with this is, everyone lets him get away with his claims. I have never yet, heard any interviewer inform him that the Ukrainians who broke away were being targeted like this every day since 2014, yet no one is held accountable for their pain and deaths.

          • Frank Lambert
            September 14, 2023 at 12:02

            Eddy, you won’t hear anybody question him in mainstream media about the 14,000 Russian speaking Ukrainians in the Donbas region who were killed since 2014, by the Russian hating Ukrainian Nazis that war-mongering Zionists like Nuland and Blinken supported, because if they did, they would be fired!

            Case in point. The honest journalist, Phil Donahue, had a daily program on MSNBC which brought in the most revenue from advertisers for the network but had his show canceled because he questioned the reason for bombing and invading Iraq, which did us no harm. Donahue eloquently questioned the ulterior motive for this “crime of aggression” and the Deep State made sure his program went off the air, asap. Welcome to the Imperial States of Orwellian Amerika!

    • Robert
      September 14, 2023 at 10:21

      Blinken is a Democrat in Washington D.C. He doesn’t have to be good at lying.

  15. Bob McDonald
    September 13, 2023 at 15:40

    It’s hard NOT to think about the end of the world. Idiots should not be in a position to decide, regardless how many votes they got. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that technology has made the world too dangerous for democracy.

  16. susan
    September 13, 2023 at 15:32

    At least Putin has kept a level head so far. As for our so called “leadership” – what the hell is wrong with all of them? Is their goal to end the human population altogether? Sure seems like it to me…

    • WillD
      September 14, 2023 at 00:51

      Yes, he has – and it’s good that he has – but it may be bad as well. Bad because the US/NATO don’t actually believe that he will retaliate with nuclear weapons and so they keep pushing the ‘red lines’ further and further expecting him to capitulate. The neocons just don’t have a reverse gear!

      A lethal game of poker, if you like. Whose bluff will be called first?

      To compound this problem, there are those in Washington who now believe that a nuclear war is winnable, and that they don’t have to worry about mutually assured destruction (MAD) anymore.

      The question in my mind is what will Putin do when/if it gets to the point where Russia feels it has to retaliate in order to survive. When the last red line is crossed, and Putin and the Kremlin feel that they have to use nukes, either pre-emptively against a likely US nuclear attack, or to prevent a major conventional attack on Russia itself.

      Personally, I think he will do it, even though he knows he will be blamed for it regardless of which side launches first.

    • Frank Lambert
      September 14, 2023 at 12:12

      They’ve built luxurious underground enclaves or villages (?) fully equipped with the necessities of life, and figure they’ll stay down and hibernate enjoying the amenities and each other’s company – the super-rich, of course, until the radiation is rendered safe, then they’ll resurface. Unbelievable, science fiction for real!

  17. Regis
    September 13, 2023 at 15:15

    Let’s stop playing word games and call everything like it is. This is and has been a direct war by the USA against Russia on the territory of Ukraine. American money, weapons, trainers, commanders, satellite imagery and direct participation on the theater of war is nothing but direct participation. Blinken, Nuland, Biden, Austin, Miley, Sullivan et al are nothing but managers for the puppet masters above them. Those people or forces are evil and bent on destroying all of humanity. They are doing it with vaccines, austerity policies, starvation, wars, and now they have humanity on the brink of nuclear annihilation. Who could they be? Find the answer to that and say your prayers.

    • LouieMarie
      September 13, 2023 at 17:46

      Right on. Everything you said is the reality.

    • firstpersoninfinite
      September 14, 2023 at 00:42

      I agree with most of what you said. But don’t worry. We have 46 biolabs in Ukraine. We don’t have to drop any nuclear bombs. We’ll just unleash a chemical weapon and call it a day. If that wasn’t our plan, why else would we be escalating the war? No one can drop bombs without risking the perfidy of the entire world. We’ll call it an inconvenient virus and say we are sorry it happened. Perhaps an expensive virus will suddenly become available. Isn’t that what happened with the Nord Stream pipeline bombing? We denied doing it, and then we admitted that someone we support might have done it. When the truth no longer pertains, all avenues are open. Isn’t that what Dostoevsky pointed out a long time ago? We are playing a game born of Exceptionalism. If we act, it’s unquestionable in both its premises and its outcomes. If you suffer, it’s because you weren’t born to be us. It’s impossible to imagine that the end game is less clear and less obvious to those pulling the strings. And strings are all they have left. They’ve given up on meaning to the detriment of all of us.

  18. Frank Lambert
    September 13, 2023 at 14:00

    The commencement of World War Three is getting closer by the week. The U.S. has been on a killing spree ever since the end of WWII, supporting more dictatorships than the so-called “bad guys” of the former U.S.S R. ever did.

    My father and uncles who FDR sent in harm’s way to defeat the superman and the samurai would be turning in their graves, to use that cliche, if they knew our country would turn out to be just as bloodthirsty and power-mad as Germany and Japan during that era.

    Remember the term “black sites” that was used during the former Coward-in-Chief’s regime? Plus the known ones. Meanwhile, more people in America are becoming impoverished, homeless, mentally disturbed, and definitely under educated (deliberately) plus their own willful ignorance on history and current events when more information is available now than ever before.
    England and much of Europe is in bad shape now, and the Anglo-American-Zionist Empire is so far, hesitant to “pull the trigger” unsure of the consequences if and when the Russian Federation launches their hardware in a MAD exchange.

    • Valerie
      September 13, 2023 at 14:36

      “England and much of Europe is in bad shape now, ”

      As someone living in southern europe and currently visiting another european country, i can attest to that. Plus conversations i’ve had with other europeans (especially the germans) agree with these observations. So yes Frank, the west is a wounded animal and wounded animals are very unpredictable.

      • Frank Lambert
        September 13, 2023 at 19:53

        Thank you Valerie. Yes, I agree, ” a wounded animal and wounded animals are very unpredictable.” But even scarier is a human’s lust for power, money, and possession of another person’s assets, and will bully those who are weaker and incapable of defending themselves against the stronger person. When nation states engage in this tactic, we call it war and the aggressor nation rationalizes they are the “good guys”, and doing the right thing.

  19. James White
    September 13, 2023 at 13:59

    Blinken is the worst possible choice for State Department head. He exudes insecurity. Every word he says is mumbled sheepishly as he knows that he is lying in your face to promote the latest neocon Psy-Op. He lacks any diplomatic charm, finesse or intellect. Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland are likewise entirely out of their depth. These 3 stooges provide a U.S. foreign policy that makes the U.S. the dumbest country on the face of the earth. Historically, we could once afford to be the dumbest country. But that was before Pelosi spent us into deep debt. With absolutely nothing to show for it but a scorched earth at home and abroad. Pelosi and Biden are pure evil. Millions of deaths are the result of their destructive spending and war mongering. Our worst enemies abroad could not have done greater damage to our country than these two ancient, corrupt swamp creatures have caused form the inside. How anyone can be fooled into thinking that either of them have any redeeming value is beyond me. They are treacherous criminals and should both be locked up for life.

    • Selina Sweet
      September 13, 2023 at 15:43

      Until I read your comment James White, I was planning to say – can anyone find one sterling quality Blinken has? A quality relating to his position as a supposed statesman? By what lights did he get to where he is? Who promoted him? And what is it about him that gives him staying power? I cannot fathom it. Unless it’s that system where you are promoted to your level of incompetence.The Peter principle. What a profound relief it would be were Nuland, Sullivan and Blinken all ousted or at least demoted to overseeing Rhode Island. The same kind of relief in the wake of Agent Chaos’s departure from governance.

      • James White
        September 13, 2023 at 21:35

        Ms. Sweet, Blinken failed his way to the top. Does not everything about him suggest a mentality of ‘fake it ’til you make it?’ Blinken comes across in every setting as an employment candidate who is failing the job interview. All of these Harvard people in the White House are likewise suspect. No doubt that each of these mediocrities received all manner of special privileges in life, long before they joined the club at Harvard. After a lifetime of ‘affirmative action,’ Harvard still admits and endlessly promotes a truckload of pompous losers and posers like Blinken, Ron Klain, Jennifer Granholm Samantha Power and Merrick Garland. The most egregious of all is the newest Supreme Court justice, a lifetime appointment, who is incapable of defining what constitutes a female human, as opposed to a male human. The others will fail in and out of ‘think tanks’ after failing out of their White House sinecures. No matter. Each day is a gay life of cocktail parties and international intrigue for this pampered class of incompetents.

      • Richard Coleman
        September 14, 2023 at 11:50

        What do you have against Rhode Island ?

      • TS
        September 14, 2023 at 14:21

        Why do you hate the people of Rhode Island so, to wish that misfortune on them?

    • firstpersoninfinite
      September 14, 2023 at 00:28

      Pelosi spent us into deep debt? WTF are you talking about? Trump’s tax cuts for the rich sent us into a debt spiral that was greater than all the total debt by all presidents in US history. Don’t get me wrong. Pelosi is as corrupt as they come. But making money off stock market trading where you control the committee that decides what industries will be supported isn’t increasing the debt to the rate of Bush jr., and Trump. The numbers have to make sense or you have no argument. Neither party is susceptible to reason.

      • J Anthony
        September 14, 2023 at 06:59

        The debt is a symptom of our anti-constitutional monetary-system, the fractional-reserve method/debt-currency created and controlled by the Fed. Our treasury and congress abrogated it’s authority to create and regulate the money-supply long ago. Thus we borrow our own currency when we don’t have to, which on it’s face is ludicrous. That’s the root of the problem. This is why the debt skyrockets with each successive administration. And this massive fraud has bipartisan blessing.

      • Frank Lambert
        September 14, 2023 at 11:16

        Good correction, firstpersoninfinite! They’re all corrupt in the two-party duopoly because if they don’t succumb to the dictates of their corporate and financial backers, more than likely they wont be re-elected by the few people who do vote and they love those high paying jobs in Congress where they work about three and a half days a week according to Ralph Nader.

        • James White
          September 15, 2023 at 12:44

          You can argue that both parties added to the U.S. national debt. But this article is more focused on WW3. It was the same below-average crew of Blinken, Sullivan and Nuland under then VP Joe Biden who staged a CIA supported coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014. That led to the deaths of more than 10,000 ethnic Russians in Ukraine at the hands of their own government. Ukraine and Russia had a deal for peace in place when Biden sent Boris Johnson to tell Zelensky to abort the deal. That catastrophic decision has led to the deaths of another half million Ukrainians. Zelensky interpreted those NATO assurances as a promise to bring Ukraine into NATO and the Western countries into WW3 with Russia. But Biden and the European vassal states were not willing to go that far. Thus, half a million dead and counting. Ukraine was sold a bill of goods by a circle of people who are supposed to be our best and brightest. They have proven to be entirely incompetent. Zelensky is already planning his next guilt trip to the U.N. and D.C. next week. Will any member of Congress recall the threats that Zelensky has recently made to the people of the U.S. and Europe? The next President can end the war immediately by halting the supply of arms and cash to Zelensky and his corrupt regime. As Biden is compromised by his family’s corruption in Ukraine, he can’t back down now. So another half million will likely die because Biden can’t admit that he failed again.

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