SECDEF MATTIS: WHERE’S THE PROOF? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SECDEF MATTIS: WHERE’S THE PROOF?

I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis. For those few days in 1962, the family dinner table was tense and the air - the attitude - in the country was surreal. People lived and went to work, as before, but hanging over every waking moment was the full conscious realization, of every second of every day during the crisis, of the possibility that civilization could go up in mushroom clouds of radioactivity. Years later, as the full story of the Cuban missile crisis was finally known and told, it became clear that the world had made it through the crisis largely because two men - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and American President John F Kennedy - had stood down their countries' respective "war hawks." The real life scenario had come uncomfortably close to Stanley Kubrick's black comedy, Dr. Strangelove.

I remember those days, and the feeling in the air around our dinner tables, the smiling but tense faces as people tried to pretend everything was normal. And I have not experienced that feeling in all the years since, until last week's latest "Syria crisis" and the irresponsible tweets of Mr. Trump about the missiles flying soon. Funny, I seem to have missed that part about Twitter having been designed as a thermonuclear geopolitics platform.

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