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Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war

During the Cold War, the United States kept nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour ready alert in case our conflict with the Soviet Union ever turned hot. Thankfully, that readiness was never put to use, and after the Cold War ended in 1991, the bombers were no longer kept on standby, ready to strike.

Until, perhaps, now. As Defense One reported Sunday evening, the Air Force is preparing to revive that alert status in anticipation of an order to do so from President Trump in connection to North Korea.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told Defense One this is merely “one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” and not a response to “any specific event,” but the implication is clear: The military believes Trump wants to be ready to nuke North Korea (and perhaps other countries, too) at a moment’s notice, ordering the death of tens if not hundreds of thousands of people with the ease of a one-click purchase on Amazon.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is incredibly stupid.

To move back to our Cold War posture would be a dangerous and short-sighted escalation that would make unthinkable devastation of nuclear war more likely. To decrease the barriers to using our nuclear arsenal — to make these incredibly deadly and indiscriminate weapons more accessible in any context, but particularly to a president known for his personal impulsiveness — would be reckless beyond belief.

As Goldfein’s comments seem to acknowledge, this is unlikely to serve as deterrent to nuclear war. Consider this exchange from the Defense One story:

Asked if placing B-52s back on alert — as they were for decades — would help with deterrence, Goldfein said it’s hard to say.

“Really it depends on who, what kind of behavior are we talking about, and whether they’re paying attention to our readiness status,” he said.

That’s hardly a ringing endorsement, and for good reason: To claim that having bombers constantly ready to nuke people is a step away from nuclear war is like disengaging the safety on handgun and claiming the gun will be harder to fire.

Gearing up for nuclear war is not a way to prevent nuclear war. Only in the Orwellian bowels of government could anyone think otherwise.

Earlier this year, in light of the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I wrote at Rare about the nuclear tensions between North Korea and the United States, which are rising significantly because of the bizarre war of words between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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A US government-generated war between the US and North Korea, would instantly put China in the position of having to defend North Korea militarily,and that would be profoundly stupid, on the part of the US government and military.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing that the US government could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

Kim Jung Un, for the moment, is playing it cool, and not waving any missile testing about. Although he may be described by Western outlets as "crazy", his, and his country's drive for a nuclear weapon is completely rational, when viewed purely as a deterrent, so that the US military cannot affect regime change in North Korea.

Kim Jung Un has the horse sense, I believe, to not attempt a first strike on any US targets, because he understands that should he do so, his country will be turned into a sea of molten glass by a US-led Coalition including South Korea, and Japan. North Korean Officials have stated that they will not be ready to negotiate with the US until his missiles have the capabilities to reach the US's east coast.

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.

What concerns me here is that if Kim doesn't give the US government the excuse or justification for going in, guns blazing, one will be created for him. False flags have long been a tool of US statescraft, and that may be the tool chosen here by the US government.