Who Gets To Push The Nuclear Button?

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

William Binney is the former National Security Agency (NSA) official who created NSA’s mass surveillance program for digital information. He says that if the Russian government had conspired with Trump, hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer, or in any way influenced the outcome of the last US presidential election, the National Security Agency would have the digital evidence. The fact that we have been listening to the unsubstantiated charges that comprise “Russiagate” for more than one year without being presented with a scrap of evidence is complete proof that Russiagate is entirely fake news.

The fake news originated with CIA director John Brennan and FBI director Comey conspiring with the DNC in an effort to discredit and unseat President Trump and at a minimum prevent him from damaging the vast power and profit of the military/security complex by normalizing relations with Russia.

Consider what this means.

The directors of the CIA and FBI made up a totally false story about a newly elected President and fed the lies to the presstitutes and Congress. The presstitutes never asked for a drop of evidence and enlarged the Brennan/Comey lie with a claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia had interfered. In actual fact, a handful of carefully selected people in three of the agencies had prepared, perhaps under duress, a conditional report that had no evidence behind it.

That it was fake news created to control President Trump was completely obvious, but corrupt security officials, corrupt senators and representatives, a corrupt DNC, and corrupt media used constant repetition to turn a lie into truth.

Having shoved Trump into the militarist camp, his enemies have turned on Trump as an unstable, volatile person who might push the button. Senator Bob Corker (R, TN) and Senator Chris Murphy (D,CT) are using the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to portray President Trump as a quixotic person who shouldn’t have his finger on the nuclear button. We have gone full circle, from Trump who wants to defuse nuclear tensions to Trump who might push the button.

If Senators Corker and Murphy were really concerned and not just orchestrating a new way to attack Trump, they would bring out the fact that Russiagate is a hoax that has made nuclear war more likely. As I have pointed out, Washington has convinced Moscow that Washington is planning a surprise nuclear attack on Russia and also collecting Russian DNA for a tailored Russian-specific bio-weapon. I cannot think of anything more likely to trigger nuclear war than the escalated tensions that Russiagate is preventing Trump from reducing.

For the record, contrary to the erroneous assertions of “nuclear experts,” the president cannot simply order a nuclear attack.

The president either has to accept a Joint Chiefs war plan and order a launch when the military is ready, or


...he has to accept the advice of his national security adviser to launch in retaliation for incoming enemy ICBMs.


If a president simply ordered a nuclear strike, he would be ignored.

If it is not the president who must make the nuclear decision, who is it to be? The military? We should be thankful that that was not the case when the Joint Chiefs pressured President John F. Kennedy to approve a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.

The question who should have launch authority is an easy one to answer. No one.

If nuclear missiles are incoming, launching does not protect you. You are already going to be destroyed. Why destroy the other side of the world in an act of revenge. It is pointless.

There is no such thing as a preemptive strike that prevents retaliation.

Nuclear war is an act of insanity. Nothing can justify it.

The purpose of diplomacy is to prevent war. However, ever since the Clinton regime attacked Serbia, US diplomacy has been used to cause wars. During the 16-years of George W. Bush and Obama the US destroyed in whole or part seven countries, killing and maiming millions of peoples and producing millions of refugees. Not a single one of these wars was justified. Everyone of these wars was based in lies. The last US government that showed any respect at all for truth was the George H. W. Bush administration.

Before launching each of these acts of unprovoked aggression, Washington demonized the leader of the country. To get rid of one person, Washington did not flinch at murdering large numbers of people and destroying the infrastructure of the country. This tells you that Washington has no morality. None. Zilch. Therefore, Washington is capable of launching a preemptive nuclear strike. Back when nuclear weapons were puny by today’s standards, Washington nuked two Japanese cities while Japan was trying to surrender. That was in 1945, a lifetime ago. Whatever bits of morality that still existed then are long gone.

Today a CNN editor-at-large named Chris Cillizza, published online an article titled, “There’s a massive moral vacuum in the country right now.” At last, I thought, a presstitute has realized that Washington’s constant nuclear threats against other countries shows a complete disrespect for the life of the planet and indicates a moral vacuum. But no, the presstitute is talking about sexual harassment, especially that of Roy Moore in the 1970s. And it is all Trump’s fault. How can he lead when he harasses women himself?

President Trump intended to normalize relations with the other major nuclear power. He has been prevented from doing so by the military/security complex, the DNC, and the presstitutes.

Cillizza says sexual harassment is a “very big” consequence of Trump’s election. I am left wondering if CNN’s editor-at-large considers nuclear war to be as serious as sexual harassment.


Luc X. Ifer stizazz Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:12 Permalink

Russiagate is a trial of the neocons to push & force America into a new major conflagration not to get rid of Trump. Trump's impeachment would be just a collateral justifying the action & result and not the final purpose. Obviously, with Hitlery as Potus America would have been already advancely engaged directly with Russia by now if not already well behind the nuclear exchange.

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NoDecaf Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:18 Permalink

Whoever it is will probably be wearing a toga and call himself Emperor, or Empress or Uni-press/or
Depending on which side of the left right paradigm they come from.

VWAndy Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:20 Permalink

 All the tools needed to wipe out pretty much all the corruption are at the NSA. That we still have all this corruption is the tell. Basic logic can make some of the most complex problems simple as pie.

Parrotile Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:22 Permalink

Maybe this explains the Fermi Paradox:ALL "Technically capable, intelligent life" eventually manages to self-immolate by some means or other.  No technical intelligence / capability - no contact.Depressing but this would explain the prolonged silence.

Anteater Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:23 Permalink

PCR at this point is an NSA bot. He died peacefully in his sleep last May.His 'Trump the PeaceMaker' schtick tells you everything you need to knowabout this latest piece of tripe. Fire and Fury at wasting another 5 minutes.

Cabreado Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:28 Permalink

Will even just an honorable mention of a thoroughly corrupt and defunct Congress happen before it all falls down, or in hindsight?Or perhaps never... and so goes the republic.

LetThemEatRand Yen Cross Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:12 Permalink

No one is pushing the button.  The MSM is running these stories to foster the idea that Trump is crazy, thus making it newsworthy to investigate who could stop him.  It's like asking "if Yen Cross decided to wear a dress to work instead of just parading around in one at home, would anyone stop him?"  It's only a matter of time before MSM asks if Trump is still beating his wife.

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Ms No Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:36 Permalink

Who gets to decide if Israel is going to launch?  This mad jackal?  Those guys will kill everybody if they think they are going down.  They likely have control of our arsenal as well, in addition to other highly criminal weapons such as bio-warfare.  Not good at all.  They were the worlds greatest victims though so we had to give them the keys to the city.  Now the whole world is paying for it. OT, but I came across something really weird today that suspicious observers found, that I don't believe at face value.  Right about the time that everybody is expecting an earthquake increase do to a cosmic ray increase and grand minimum type sun activity, this theory comes out months before the new year.Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Bilham told the Observer last week.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/18/2018-set-to-be-year-of-bi… RT too: Just came out of nowhere and treated like fact.  This theory also destroys global warming. “The inference is clear,” said Bilham. “Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. We have had it easy this year. So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”https://www.rt.com/news/410354-2018-earthquake-surge-risk/

terrific Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

"Washington nuked two Japanese cities while Japan was trying to surrender."  I know it's your site, Tyler Durden, but I've never, ever heard that claim before.  If you're not just making stuff up, you need to at least make an attempt to justify a statement like that.  Otherwise, nobody will take you seriously.

any_mouse VWAndy Mon, 11/20/2017 - 01:21 Permalink

You could say the Japanese got played as well.

Pushed into a war with USA. Allowed to sink obsolete naval ships. Then not allowed to surrender until the A bombs were dropped.

Manhattan Project was expensive and without its actual application on a city and its population would result in Blue Balls syndrome.

Like the Spanish American war. Remember the Maine.

Building the USA Global Empire.

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RedBaron616 any_mouse Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:39 Permalink

Not allowed to surrender. Obviously, you are clueless about the Japanese fanaticism in WWII. The Emperor was GOD. But make it up as you go along. Make the Japanese nice little soldiers who were ready to surrender. The Germans and the Japanese were two different enemies in every way. The Japanese didn't ratify the Geneva Convention and treated POWs worst than animals. I will NEVER feel sorry for what Japan went through. Stupid, brain-washed, Emperor-worshipping lemmings.  

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