Retired Green Beret Warns "We Haven't Been This Close To Nuclear War In A Long Time"

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Jeremiah Johnson (Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via,

As can readily be seen by the current events, the world has not been this close to a nuclear war and World War 3 in a long time.  There are four major flashpoints right now that could easily escalate and ignite a powder keg, transforming from a regional conflict or conflicts into a world war: Syria, the South China Sea, Ukraine, and North and South Korea.  The “reconstruction” of a Cold War-type faceoff, initiated by the U.S. and NATO building up forces in Eastern Europe and facing off against Russia.

A nuclear war will be initiated by an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) detonation over the continental U.S., followed by a nuclear exchange and a war with conventional forces.

As of this writing, the U.S. has “mistakenly” bombed Syrian governmental military forces, causing at least 60 deaths with more than 100 others wounded.  The Russian government is sizzling, especially with the response by (of all people) Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the UN had this to say to the media, as reported by CNN:

“We are investigating the incident.  If we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention. And we of course regret the loss of life.”

True humanitarians, all, and especially she, the wife of Cass Sunstein and a true Marxist disciple of the Weather Underground (along with Cass) regrets the loss of life.  The airstrikes occurred just two days before the U.S. and Russia were supposed to have joint airstrikes against ISIS.  As ISIS is a creation of the U.S. State Department and the administration, it seems the U.S. decided to strike their true intended target…the Assad government forces…as it wants to topple Syria, and escalate things with the Russians.

Meanwhile last week, the U.S. flew two B-1B nuclear bombers along the DMZ to bluster North Korea with a show of force in response to the nuclear bomb test they conducted just a week prior.  South Korea also threatened to reduce Pyongyang to ashes, while North Korea prepares for yet another nuclear test in the near future.  More than 20 missile tests have been conducted by North Korea just this year alone.  This is not counting the satellite launch at the beginning of the year in which they placed their second satellite into orbit…a path of trajectory, mind you, that takes it over the continental U.S. several times per day.

Ukraine cease fire agreements between the populist forces (rebels) in the eastern provinces and the U.S.’s puppet Poroshenko-government has been violated innumerable times as the fighting in Donetsk continues.  In the meantime, the IMF just approved a 2-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine and the U.S. is supplying Poroshenko’s government with “nonlethal” U.S. military equipment.  Russia has been posturing a tremendous number of troops (some DOD estimates range as high as 150,000) on its western border facing Ukraine: they have conducted military exercises, including some within Crimea, which they annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

The United States has been beefing up its presence in the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, as well as in Poland and Moldova, the latter emplacing U.S. missile systems for “defense” that can be converted to offensive, nuclear missiles in hours.  In addition to this, the U.S. is deploying B-61 nuclear bombs to Germany’s Buchel airbase.  Russia has countered with ordering the deployment of the Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost military base in a direct standoff against the U.S. buildup in Germany and Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile things in the South China Sea are heating up as the U.S. has moved naval assets into the area in a show of force in support of Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands face-off between Japan and China.  Last week the Russian navy linked its assets with China’s in the two countries’ joint naval exercises that could turn into a combat operation and a Chinese invasion at the drop of a hat.

There is a slow buildup and preparation of media coverage that is trying to paint Russia in the leading role of the aggressor in all of this.  It isn’t working, except with those who are ill-informed.  The bottom line: with the U.S. election year in complete disarray and civil unrest lurking as a result of social and economic breakdowns, a war would be the perfect thing to justify suspension of the elections and the inculcation of martial law in the “interests of national security.”  The general civilian publics of all of the nations would be the ones to suffer, and it wouldn’t be the first time that it happened.  Politicians – the ones who “regret the loss of life” in a war – are not the ones to lose their own lives or the lives of their children when the balloon goes up.

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Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I've noticed the "number stations" showing up again. I wonder if they'll fire up the Woodpecker again.

PrayingMantis's picture



.... this is yet to be confirmed >>> 30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo >>> 

N0TME's picture

Hmmmmmmm, this is good news. Maybe the tide will turn. 

By the way, love praying mantises. Coolest insect on the earth.

oops's picture
oops (not verified) N0TME Sep 22, 2016 9:23 PM

The truth about the conflict with Russia NO ONE dares to reveal.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Russia and China pose absolutely no existential threat to us worthy of using nuclear weapons. If we end up in a nuclear war then blaming Russia or China for it is essentially an admission that We The People of the West have NO INFLUENCE OVER OUR OWN LEADERS.

Lore's picture

Where does the writer get the idea that SHTF will begin with a heartland EMP detonation?  More importantly, whose strategic interests would be served most fortuitously, and why then should attention not be focused more closely on those parties (and numerous proxies thereof) that stand to gain?

No more manipulative, false flaggy bullshit.  Enough is enough. 

johngaltfla's picture

I was wondering if any CIA officers were there also. FWIW, Scotland got buzzed by two Russian bombers today and this exercise was a wowser:

Russia Launches Massive Nuclear Strategic Exercise today with 1,700 Items of Hardware
johngaltfla's picture

The OTR has been active, but not nearly as much as the numbers stations. I'm going to freak out if Woody appears on multiple bands at the same time as that is usually an indicator of the balloon going up moment.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Remember when the hams were ganging up and jamming the woodpecker to make it get off their frequency?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

SW radio can be broadcast via modern electronics (EMP-fryable), and via tube technology (EMP resistant).

So, either protect your SW against EMP (Faraday cage or room), have a spare one tucked away, or go "totally tubular". Dude.

johngaltfla's picture

You should see my two cages. And beleive it or not, your dishwasher is a viable alternative also.

HockeyFool's picture

An old dishwasher might be a viable alternative, but not the one we use. When do I put my valuable electronics in there? When they announce the EMP is on the way? Or do I just leave them in there all the time, in waterproof containers? Or tell my wife to take them out when she runs it and hope the EMP doesn't strike then? Come on, think stuff through befor you post.


Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Do some research. Perppers use old microwaves, dishwashers, and refrigerators to store electronic devices.

They do not use them while they are still in service (except refrigerators, occasionally). And I'm really resisting a pubescent "Duh" here mainly because you insulted someone who was offering useful information.

They put them in their garages or basements when they are no longer being used as appliances and use them specifically to protect electronics against EMP.

johngaltfla's picture

Thank you. I forgot that common sense is not an inherited trait when I read some of the posts. This is a no-brainer and your post was excellent. I didn't realize that much detail was required for some here, then again, look who is President again....

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I collect tube radios and NOS tubes. My pride and joy is an Atwater Kent regenerative set in a beautiful cabinet. I'm ready for EMP in that way but it's all for naught if the East Coast gets nuked since I'm right between Philly and Baltimore. 

Zip_the_Zap's picture

Yea, it is all Russia's fault. We are just the good ol US of A spreading love and joy around the world.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture


I wonder why this is immediately perceived as a "warning to Finland".

First, Finland has no quarrel with Russia, it even critisizes the West for exagerating their belligerence toward Russia (and receives frequent flack from the West in return).

Second, could Russia's motives for stationing S-400s in Saint-Petersburg (former Leningrad) have anything to do with the fact that it is Russia's second biggest city (after Moscow) and the US's provocative incursions in the Baltic Sea? According to the principle of Ockham's Razor, that sounds to me like a far more simple and logical explanation.

Russia is just protecting itself against any eventuallity from an agressive and unpredictable US on the brink of loosing its world hegemony. Finland is an irrelevant pawn on the chess board, not worth bothering about with "warnings".

johngaltfla's picture

There is a group of pro-EU leaders in Finland now openly entertaining joining NATO and basing NATO plus US forces inside Finland near the Russian border. That region has been de-militarized since the fall of the USSR but the Russians warned them against such an action and promised to put ground troops back in the border region should they join NATO.

N0TME's picture

Well, this is depressing. : (

major major major major's picture

there are only two things that scare me, and one of them is nuclear war.

CRM114's picture

..and the other is, your mother-in-law?

johngaltfla's picture

Waking up naked beside a naked Hillary Clinton.

tarabel's picture



Then you run screaming into the next room, where you hear the cage door slam shut behind you and the sinister figure lurking in the darkness in the corner of the room turns out to be a grinning Anthony Weiner.

N0TME's picture

That's more depressing than nuclear war as at least in a nuclear war you are gone within seconds. Lying next to Killery could last minutes or hours. Just painted a gross picture, now I want to throw up.

Space Ghost's picture

no, its your mucus filled vagina 

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scsherman (not verified) CRM114 Sep 22, 2016 10:14 PM

The other is people that don't get movie references...

gezley's picture

Many ancient Catholic prophecies mention a 3-day period of darkness marking the lowest point of mankind's greatest-ever tribulation. That excludes nuclear winter. An engineer friend of mine suggested a more likely explanation - a comet or asteroid sufficiently big to pull earth from its orbit while passing. These prophecies also mention that the earth will be almost completely renewed after this event, which could be down to the fiery tail of the comet depositing its ores and minerals in the churned earth as it passes. I honestly don't expect all-out nuclear war, though it's possible we will see a limited nuclear exchange in our lifetime. I grew up in the 60s and 70s terrified of the USSR launching nuclear strikes. My goodness how things have changed. Little did I ever realise that even then the aggressors were on the other side.

bloofer's picture

Some of these prophecies are eerily resonant these days. The Fatima prophecies foretold WWII and foretold that, later, "Russia will be converted."

Back in the 70s, some of your more hard-core Catholics attended First Saturday Devotions and tried to fulfill the requests of Our Lady of Famtima to bring about the conversion of Russia.

There are also quite a few prophecies that foretell an "anti-Pope" promoting evil doctrines. Which seems to be what we have in Francis.

I'm not exactly a "believer" in any traditional sense, but I have a soft spot for Marian apparitions.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

JJ Again...

Eat shit and die you motherfucker for making us inherit what you've sown for us in your prior career without "stopping"!!!

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Agreed. This guy surely wasn't complaining when that gubmint chedda was filling up his bank account, fully unaware that he was causing all the problems he now curses. What a joke. Paul Craig Roberts is proud.

OverTheHedge's picture

As someone here pointed out recently, there is a reason for there being an upper age limit on recruitment to armed forces, and its not about fitness.

It takes time to discover everything is a lie. How quickly did YOU catch on?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

It takes time to discover everything is a lie. How quickly did YOU catch on?

Oh I don't know OTH... let us count the ways and the guys and gals in uniform that served through the Gulf War (and the blockade of that Country they blew the shit out of) that followed...  The dismemberment of the Balkans with "little yellow houses"... And then of course 9/11 and everything in it's wake...

You tell me?... How long would it take the guys in uniform not to hear a few stories about that day 15 years ago that included a "stand down" of our entire National Guard units which were the excuse for Vigilant Guardian and Able Danger that "caught us off guard"!!!

Hmm?... And you wonder why as many as 2 dozen vets take there own life in this Country every day?!!!

Yeah... Our armed forces are ready to start WWIII???!!!!


Anyone can be a whore for money. But the really smart ones know where to draw the line and when to look for other "occupations"!

Lost in translation's picture

Jeremiah or Captain America or whatever this douche calls himself, these poorly-written, histrionic scribblings of his really belong on a fantasy site for teenage boys, not Zero Hedge.

Such garbage.

djsmps's picture

Wow! This is almost like an Inconvenient Truth. A flash of the blindingly obvious.

RawPawg's picture

Old story with updated inserts
you ain't fooling anybody,Sir

CRM114's picture

EMP use, especially by Iran /NK, is a certainty, if they acquire the technology.

Do you honestly think a Nobel Peace winner who has clock-boy round to dinner is going to authorize a mega-death counterstrike against a nation launching an EMP nuke that (directly) kills no one?

If it's one thing presidents care about, it's the future history books.


And a retaliatory EMP strike against NK will make practically f-all difference to a country that's technologically stuck in the 1950s. It won't screw up their iPhones, internet and automobiles because nobody's got them.

Youri Carma's picture
Will Russia Surrender? — Paul Craig Roberts

So what options do the Russians and the Chinese, for that matter, have now it became clear that the U.S. is run by psychopaths and satanists?

I begin to think that I’ve got to think more militarily now and study that area much more since we know how it will play out economically.

If the U.S. will step up it’s provocations, which is to be expected, in the Ukraine by directly putting in NATO forces, Russia might decide on a Blitzkrieg to take the Western side back.

The U.S. together with the European NATO puppets will use that to mobilize Europe further in which case Russia might expand it’s Blitzkrieg to the rest of Europe also to create a shield, knowing that the U.S. won’t back down. Same Stalin and Hitler did with Poland.

From that point on I am still in the dark what would happen after that. This is still with the presumption that in this stage it pretty much will be a conventional war because at any point the U.S. decides to use their big nukes all conventional strategies are off the table also when the U.S. makes this decision in an earlier stage as previously described.

Rare Video of T-14 Armata Tank in ACTION

Rubicon727's picture

Some/many Zhers and a few million geo-politically ignorant Americans should watch Dr. Paul Craig Roberts discuss the ramped-up conflicts as a result of what the US military purposely did with the convoy. (See Youri Carma's reference.)

ALL of these threats emanate from the D.C. military complex and Washington's foreign policy actors. Many of them are fanatic neo-cons whose insane goal is US world hegemony. Read the Wolfowitz Document written back in the late 90s. These folks, like Samantha Powers, Ashton Carter, and all the other neo-cons hanging around the Clinton's were basically brought on board when Clinton became president.

All previous US presidents squashed these fanatics such as Reagan and Bush I

In their fanaticism, it's these fanatics who would just as likely have the button pushed.

The rest of the world is sick to death of the American death squads that have killed millions around the world in the last 50 years.

Perhaps the only standing power left will have a say about these vile, diseased neo-cons: the corporate/banking elites. 

Cross our fingers.


Chauncey Gardener's picture

Especially if Soros has Hillary "elected."

o r c k's picture

Israeli News Live is reporting that WW3 has begun after a Russian missile strike killed dozens of US, Israeli, Turkish,Saudi,etc. "Officers" in terrorist coodination headquarters located in caves outside Aleppo. Wonder if it's true?

o r c k's picture

Seems a number of fake stories are appearing tonite.

N0TME's picture

"Israeli News Live is reporting that WW3 has begun"


Embellishing are we????

risk.averse's picture

fake stories are appearing tonite.

stories true or untrue?? This is indeed the question of our age. With people like Samantha Powers' hubby, Prof Cass Sunstein, advising Obama and writing books where he justifies government propaganda and infiltration of anti-government websites (hey, maybe even good ole ZH ...oh no!) can we really be confident of anything we "see" or read?

We're fast getting to a stage where only Lewis Carroll would be able to make sense of this world.

Maxter's picture

Don't trust to much the Isreali news. Debka is reporting about WW3 starting every month or so.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Good for them. They had NO business being there.

It's a war zone, inside Syria, and none of those countries were invited. Nor were they communicating with the Syrian Government in their alleged attempts to fight ISIS.

Thus, they have no legal or moral basis to object. RIP, MFers.

Parrotile's picture

> Russia has been posturing a tremendous number of troops (some DOD estimates range as high as 150,000) on its western border facing Ukraine: they have conducted military exercises, including some within Crimea, which they annexed from Ukraine in 2014. <


Last time I checked, the people of Crimea CHOSE (via referendum, and by a VERY substantial margin) to rejoin Russia  . . . . . .


Stopped reading after that. If we can't be bothered to get the basic facts right, then how credible is everything else?