Brinkmanship: "How Did This Ever Get So Out Of Hand?"

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com,

A popular game amongst young ne’er-do-wells in the US in the 1950s was “chicken,” in which two drivers drove their cars at rapid speed toward each other. Whichever one veered away first was deemed the “chicken.”

Of course, any sane, mature individual would regard both drivers as not only potentially suicidal, but also extraordinarily stupid. (As can be imagined, the game sometimes ended disastrously.)

At that same time, Adlai Stevenson, who was twice the democratic candidate for president, created the term “brinkmanship,” a term that was defined by John Foster Dulles as quoted in the above image.

Brinkmanship is essentially “chicken,” except that it’s played by men in suits and is potentially far more disastrous.

There’s a general assumption that people in suits and people “in charge” are somehow more rational and/or more intelligent than teenagers who enter into a motorized spitting contest, but this is not the case. The people in suits merely put a better spin on their idiocy and risk the lives of tens of millions in doing so.

Brinkmanship became the byword for US policy toward Russia and, by extension, Cuba.

In an international shoving match that lasted into the 1960s, the US would give Russia a Dulles-inspired shove. The Russians would shove back and so on, each aware that he could not be the first to back down, or, as Mister Dulles said, he would be lost.

This reached its peak in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The USSR shipped missiles with nuclear warheads to Cuba and the US discovered it. President Kennedy blockaded Cuba and, for twelve days, the world lived on the very brink of nuclear war.

Mister Kennedy, of course, brought in the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Military—the most respected and experienced generals in the US armed forces. Their joint recommendation was for Mister Kennedy to “push the button—now!” They stated that the Russians unquestionably had their finger placed just above their own button and the “winner” would be the one who pressed first.

In spite of their unanimous and vehement recommendation, Mister Kennedy held out hope that armageddon might be avoided. He contacted USSR Premier Khrushchev, whose generals were also reportedly telling him to “push the button—now!”

But, amazingly, the two leaders had cool enough heads to work out an agreement in which each would back off substantially from the situation.

It’s important to emphasize that this was a highly unusual development. Almost never in history do we see two major leaders put their egos aside, act in a calm and responsible manner, and place the well-being of millions above their own desire to be the “winner.”

Clearly, the military leaders of both empires disagreed with the decision. They were eager to play “chicken” and worry about the results at a later date (if there were one).

Surely, Mister Dulles would have agreed with them, had he been consulted.

Another individual who is on record as having agreed with them was Fidel Castro. Although his country would have unquestionably been devastated first in such a conflict, he was furious that he hadn’t been a party to the discussion between the leaders of the two empires. He was far less concerned with the future of the Cuban people (and humanity in general) than he was about being recognized as an important player in the discussion.

Of course, Mister Castro was also a military man and, as history shows, military men have a marked tendency to “shoot first and ask questions later.” Throughout history, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Patton, MacArthur and countless others have demonstrated that they will sacrifice any number of lives in order to come out in the end as the “winner.”

Trouble is, in warfare, the generals on both sides (as evidenced in the Cuban missile crisis) are equally determined to be the winner - a condition which virtually guarantees untold death and destruction. History is full of examples of national leaders who continued to wage war until the death of the last man—then threw women and children in to continue the fight, long after all hope for winning was gone.

There are very few Kennedys and Khrushchevs in history. However, there are countless Napoleons, Pattons, MacArthurs, etc. All were great tacticians; however, all were also guilty of allowing their egos to override their common sense, and each was prone to being recklessly aggressive, sometimes leading to defeat.

It should also be mentioned that, in 1962, the US Secretary of Defense was not a military man, but a business executive. As a businessman, Robert McNamara believed that negotiation was always preferable to blind aggression, and he was instrumental in supporting Mister Kennedy’s desire to work with the Russians toward a solution.

Again, this is an historic rarity. In the present US, that post is held by one General “Mad Dog” Mattis and the National Security Advisor is one John Bolton—as hawkish and obsessive a man as has ever held this post.

Added to this is a president who, in describing his attitude toward Iran said, “I would bomb the shit out of ‘em!” (Not quite the essence of diplomacy.)

And so, once again, the US government has chosen brinkmanship as its national policy and, once again, it’s provoking Russia. In the Cuban missile crisis, China was quick to throw its military weight behind Russia, and we can expect this once again.

The primary difference between 1962 and today is that the world at large sees the US very much as the aggressor—not as a defender of democracy, as the US promotes itself. And today, the US has far fewer cards to play.

So, if the Cuban situation was an historic anomaly, what is the rule, historically?

Well, the US most certainly didn’t invent brinkmanship. It’s common for one nation or empire to push another until the situation explodes. Prior to World War I, all of Europe was spoiling for war and a minor event—an assassination by one man—was enough to light the powder keg.

In 1941, Japan only attacked Pearl Harbour after the US had cut off its supply of oil.

The Spanish-American War was justified by the sinking of a ship in Havana Harbour—and to this day, it’s uncertain whether it was caused by an engine-room accident.

Similarly, the American Revolution was kicked off by a standoff between colonists and British regulars, in which someone on one side or the other, perhaps out of nervousness, squeezed the trigger of his musket too tightly, causing chaos.

The list of such spark points to war is endless. Virtually all wars in the last hundred years have been precipitated by brinkmanship, followed by a relatively minor “trigger” event. In each case, the war was promised to be brief and victorious by those who recommended full-scale retaliation, and invariably, they were manifestly incorrect.

Once again, leaders are playing with brinkmanship. When war breaks out, it may well be the result of a minor event, a false flag event, or a failure of a military commander to restrain himself as ordered. Events will then escalate, as they always do and, in a year or two, the world will be asking, “How did this ever get so out of hand?”

Comments

MoreSun Crazy Or Not Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:52 Permalink

Speaking of brinkmanship: While the synagogue of satan aka so-called israel agitates for more and more wars.

They are also Destroying your rights of FREE SPEECH:

"As is expected in this upside-down world of ours, while Mamma Merkel roams free to wreak havoc and cause more rapes and deaths of Germans at the hands of her sainted and untouchable Turd World "migrants," Ursula (89) and Monika (60's) -- with the gleeful approval of Jews all over the world -- are condemned to waste away a few years in German prisons for their thought-crime of Holocaust Denial" ™. Boy-oh-boy, the "usual suspects" sure do make it difficult for decent people of good will not to "hate" them, don't they?"

Dear God please effect the release of these women: Ursula Haverbeck, Monika Schaefer, Sylvia Stoltz from their jew supremacist terrorist oppressors !

http://tomatobubble.com/haverbeck_schaefer.html

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thisandthat beepbop Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:24 Permalink

Re. Cuban missiles bs:

Everyone and their mother by now knows that Soviet missiles were a response to US missiles in Turkey, and that the crisis ended because Kennedy and his top brass cohort chickened out, but guess for this "international man" arguments are more important than facts — or he's been too busy flying around the world to read the memo.

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Shemp 4 Victory Crazy Or Not Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:31 Permalink

 

One of the main problems in a hierarchic society is the power/ambition gene is strongest in psychopaths and sociopaths.

That's the main problem with Democracy®. It reaches a certain point, from which I don't see any return, where only the most corrupt, extreme, and smooth-talking psychopaths, who are willing to do anything to win, are the only electable candidates.

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Ms No Crazy Or Not Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:50 Permalink

Ambition is an iffy term when they are primarily parasitical though.  I guess they are quite ambitious about their parasitism though.  They also are super high energy and easily bored.  They are only motivated by gain and almost never by consequence.  "I want, I want, I want".  Thus we have Bibi and all of his bloody hubris.  He will be that way until the end.

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Richard640 Crazy Or Not Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:19 Permalink

JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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HIS RESPONSE="UNLIKE THE GERMANS, WE NEVER HAS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX REGARDING THE JOOS"--GOT THE PICTURE U FILTHY JOO HATER DRAPING YOURSELF IN "FAIR AND EVEN-HANDED CRITICISM" OF THE JOOS...YA FILTH

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U CAN CREDIT THE KRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE 2000 YR TEACHING OF CONTEMPT FOR THE JOOS IN THE DISGUSTING ANTI-JOO SCREED KNOW AS THE NEW TESTAMENT--A PACK OF LIES DEVISED BY THE PROMOTERS OF THE NEW RELIGION TO DIFFERENTIATE THESELVES AND PROMOTE THEIR LIES TO THE GENTILES--THERE A WHOLE FIELD OF STUDY DEVOTED TO THIS PROBLEM===

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Richard640 MoreSun Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:19 Permalink

JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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HIS RESPONSE="UNLIKE THE GERMANS, WE NEVER HAS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX REGARDING THE JOOS"--GOT THE PICTURE U FILTHY JOO HATER DRAPING YOURSELF IN "FAIR AND EVEN-HANDED CRITICISM" OF THE JOOS...YA FILTH

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U CAN CREDIT THE KRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE 2000 YR TEACHING OF CONTEMPT FOR THE JOOS IN THE DISGUSTING ANTI-JOO SCREED KNOW AS THE NEW TESTAMENT--A PACK OF LIES DEVISED BY THE PROMOTERS OF THE NEW RELIGION TO DIFFERENTIATE THESELVES AND PROMOTE THEIR LIES TO THE GENTILES--THERE A WHOLE FIELD OF STUDY DEVOTED TO THIS PROBLEM===

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silver140 Crazy Or Not Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:16 Permalink

Just be ready to be tear gassed, pepper sprayed, water cannoned, have your ear nerves destroyed from HS-16 Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD), if not beat up, put in isolation without a lawyer, tortured, prosecuted, fired from your job, denied your profession, spied on, your phone and computer confiscated, and possibly disappeared, as allowed by the NDAA signed by Obama.

You are now under the power of the parasitoid corporate fascists.

A parasitoid is an organism that lives in close association with its host and at the host's expense, and which sooner or later kills it. Parasitoidism is one of six major evolutionary strategies within parasitism. Parasitoidism is distinguished by the fatal prognosis for the host, which makes the strategy close to predation.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitoid

Fascism's theory of economic corporatism involved management of sectors of the economy by government or privately-controlled organizations (corporations)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism#Fascist_corporatism

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dirty fingernails Disgruntled Goat Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:01 Permalink

When any religion stops inspiring you to be a better, more loving human they become poison. All of them. When they require you to lie to yourself and everyone around you they are posion. When they extort you for money, they are posion. When they tell you that non-believers are evil they are poison. When they incite or excuse violence or deceit against others because of their beliefs they are poison. When they preach treating others as non-human or sub-human they are poison.

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Ms No Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:56 Permalink

I don't think people care if we go to war anymore.  It seems unavoidable and it's worse watching Satan incarnate trampling all over the planet unopposed.  What are we if we can't risk our lilly white asses to oppose that?  Plus Don Lemon and Rosy O'Donnel made life unlivable long ago.

Ms No Mustafa Kemal Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

True but the curtain seems to have been pulled back so maybe they will just keep using terrorists and having troops fight right along side them.  They clearly don't give a shit what we think about it anymore.

When he says IF we go to war, he hints that there is a state of peace.  There is perpetual war, it's just opposed by very few.  Whole nations are being starved to death and millions of innocents have died.  We sit and watch this for decades until it's inevitably our turn one day.  They are already trying to disarm us.

So the way I see it, big war happens when big opposition shows up.  Unfortunately this will likely lead to a huge amount of bloodshed.  Left unopposed the death tolls are limitless though.  We have been made war upon constantly through the food supply and pharma, mass shootings, false flag terror,etc., etc., as well.  So everybody is already targeted it it's just a matter of when the people behind it start spilling blood too.  Shitty situation... 

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Oldwood Ms No Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:32 Permalink

 

What is apparent to me is that everyone feels justified and in our modern world, and that being a member of "the oppressed" is a free pass to hate, oppress others and kill when convenient.

What we do know is that the internet is the greatest source of propaganda and disinformation on the planet, AND our primary source of our "knowledge".

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Oldwood Ms No Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

And this is new? Arabs were spilling blood before we got involved, and still are. Islam is the religion of peace....once they have killed off all other infidel factions and religions.

War has been the history of this planet, even when it wasn't formally declared. I mean seriously, what are we talking about here? There is NOTHING abnormal or new about ANY of this. Did you forget about Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Spanish American war, Civil war. revolutionary war.....JUST for America...ignoring the massive killing fields of communists in Russia and China and countless other civil wars, wars of aggression, revolutions and MOAR?

I'm not suggesting we should celebrate war or glorify it, but lets not be blind to our planet's history. This sure as hell DID NOT START WITH TRUMP.

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Ms No Oldwood Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

"Arabs were spilling blood before we got involved..."

When was that exactly?  When did we get involved?  What was our involvement in Wahhabism and why are our allies spreading it and then we put them on the payroll as ISIS?

The Communists are us now and Trump is their bitch.  It's just the way it is.  The power that controls the US is not a new power, it has had a very long reign.  The two prior empires had the some of the same characters involved, especially the British Empire. 

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WTFUD Oldwood Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

Like the fake chemical attack in Syria, filmed for Social Media consumption by US Proxy, White Helmets, prior to being airlifted from the scene of the alleged attack by USalCIAd'uh?

Well the Internet has also helped throw cold-water on that false-flag, unfortunately however, not before Vichy DC SWAMP gave the order to fire off 100+ missiles.

Only God knows the amount of SHIT that was handed out to many poor SAPS at the hands of the Western Cabal prior to the Internet.

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Oldwood WTFUD Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

Well, if it's on the internet it has to be true....

They can fake a chemical attack while it is impossible to fake its refutation. Right?

Look, my point is that we just don't know for certain all the answers, and we are compounding our biases with constant internet reinforcement. We simply cannot trust ANY of it. There are some very smart people attempting to influence our thinking. How we can we be sure who is the good guy and who isn't.

The one thing I will reject is the constant call for the destruction of my country, which IS the progressive agenda. Progressives do not like America and are intent on changing every portion of it and see our constitution as the primary challenge to doing that.

Just think about it.

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Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

How did this "get so out of hand" you ask?...

https://medium.com/@mikehydes/the-ruble-is-the-most-gold-backed-currenc…

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-24/russia-buys-300000-ounces-gol…

And what is buyin all that cheap Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium at Bank of England and Federal Reserve prices?...

http://www.thedailyrecords.com/2018-2019-2020-2021/world-famous-top-10-…

Oh... Didn't want to forget this...

https://southfront.org/russias-weapons-export-2017-exceeded-15-billion-…

The American CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune "bitching" Sung to the tune of Jan on the Brady Bunch!

Russia!... Russia!.... Russia!... Russia!...

Normally Aspirated Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:02 Permalink

The US are Israels thugs and are the most danger to the existence to this world. It is up to the American people to get control of their Government or become cindering toast.

So far Russia has been sensible and contrite but they can not be expected to act this way forever.

Anyway, do Americans really want their existence be reliant on how contrite some Russian Politician decides to be?

bowie28 WTFUD Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

OK, so it will be presented in language less offensive to Iran. 

"With both Trump and Iran unwilling to back down, Putin acted as a great statesman and was able to broker an agreement, bringing all parties back from the brink of war."

Leaders on all sides can claim victory and save face with their domestic audience.

 

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navy62802 Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

What happened is the world got complacent after the fall of the USSR, believing that Communism had been defeated. It was not defeated. The ideology persisted throughout the world, in the United States, Russia, Europe, and Asia. Communists have continued the fight for world domination in the intervening decades. Now they are making a move against the United States government.

dirty fingernails navy62802 Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:46 Permalink

No, the economic system that has been perpetuated behind the slogans and propaganda is neo-feudalism. The puppet masters don't really care if the system is a capitalist or a communist. Either way, you are their slave because they make the laws and decide what is "allowed" to be used as money while they are above the mess they create. Seriously, do you see the extremely wealthy behaving like a communist and sharing their excess? No, they behave like a feudal lord, take their tithe from your labor and always want more.

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