Sifting Through Reports On War In Ukraine And Nuclear Weapons

Maybe the reason I get called a “mouthpiece for Putin” a lot these days is that I’ve been writing commentary like this for years:

Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russia Security Council: “The American state is just a shell for a conglomerate of huge corporations that rule the country and try to dominate the world. For transnational corporations, even US presidents are just extras who can be shut up, like Trump. All four assassinations of American leaders are connected to the corporate trail. It is no coincidence that a growing number of Americans are saying that Republicans and Democrats are just two actors in one play that has nothing to do with democracy. The American authorities, merged with big business, serve the interests of transnational corporations, including the military-industrial complex. The assertive foreign policy of the White House, the unbridled aggressiveness of NATO, the emergence of the military bloc AUKUS and others are also a consequence of corporate influence. The draft American budget for 2023 is the best evidence of Washington’s plans to unleash new wars to the detriment of the well-being of its own citizens.”

The unprecedented information control around what is developing into WW3 with the U.S. and its (sometimes reluctant) NATO partners threatening Russia, China, and Iran makes it hard for people in my country to know what’s going on.

Original collage by James Fangboner (left image), modified by me (see “Hating On ____ Is What Gives Life Meaning“)

Orange man bad equals Putin bad equals Zelensky good is the analysis they’re being fed by a media conglomerate that runs on the fuel of false dichotomy.

It used to be that I wasn’t allowed to dissent on the wisdom of dumping $100 billion into arming and propping up Ukraine because I was doing Putin’s work for him.

Then I was told I sounded like Tucker Carlson which liberals think is enough to silence anyone with a brain. (Never mind that Carlson has left-leaning intelligentsia like Aaron Mate and Glenn Greenwald on his show regularly.)

Currently the crime of people who oppose the war on Russia in Ukraine is that we sound like some of the most disparaged Republican members of Congress. Knowing that you might share the stated beliefs of someone like Marjorie Taylor Green is supposed to send you scurrying back to the safe haven of the Democrats.

The fact that both parties receive millions in donations from the very corporations who profit from the constant warmongering of the U.S. and NATO is not obscure, but mainstream propaganda never brings it up.

So forgive me if I say I don’t give a fuck who I sound like, this war is 1) morally wrong; 2) gobbling up resources better spent making sure children in the U.S. don’t sleep on the pavement and go hungry; and 3) uniquely dangerous as it staggers toward the use of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear forces are being moved into place in Europe and the Pacific region as you read this.

Photo : Twitter / @US_EUCOM

From the Instagram account of Russian media outfit Sputnik shared under the ominous headline:

US ‘Doomsday Plane’ Capable of Ordering World-Ending Nuclear Strikes Spotted in Europe

Is Sputnik biased? Of course. Is their information useful? It might very well be. They seem to share my concern that an all out nuclear war would destroy the cities where children in the U.S. sleep on the pavement.

Here’s another ominous piece of news I found this week at the website zerohedge:

Air Force Relieves Six Leaders At Nuclear Base Over “Loss Of Confidence”

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TUESDAY, FEB 28, 2023 – 12:45 PM

Six leaders, including two commanders and four of their subordinates, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, were abruptly relieved of their duties “due to a loss of confidence,” the US Air Force wrote in a press release Monday.  

Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Gebara, commander of the 8th Air Force, relieved Col. Gregory Mayer of the 5th Mission Support Group and Maj. Jonathan Welch of the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron from their leadership positions at Minot AFB “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to complete their assigned duties.” 

“These personnel actions were necessary to maintain the very high standards we demand of those units entrusted with supporting our Nation’s nuclear mission,” said Gebara.

Also, four subordinate leaders assigned to Minot AFB were relieved of their duties. 

“Eighth Force continues to safeguard global combat power and conduct around-the-clock strategic deterrence operations in a safe, secure and effective manner.

“Our mission is foundational to our Nation’s defense, and we remain committed to the success of that no-fail mission,” Gebara said.

Minot AFB is home to the 5th Bomb Wing, which falls under the 8th Air Force. The wing flies nuclear-capable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers. The air base also has a missile wing that operates intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

Gebara did not explain what caused the loss in confidence among Minot AFB commanders entrusted with the nation’s nuclear bombers and ICBMs. 

I found this item because it was shared on Twitter via the account of someone I follow on the basis of his bio (“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.” -Anatole French).

ahf (Tony) speculated: they didn’t want to shoot balloons? or nuke Russia?

Several times in history nuclear war has been averted because individual military men refused to follow orders.

And don’t think the Pentagon doesn’t know that, even if they don’t want you to know it.

Meanwhile, if you’re not a U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons commander — or even if you are — all out on March 18 to say NO to war!

Information You Aren’t Likely To Read/Hear In Western Media: Pivot To Asia Edition

Source: India and Geopolitics

If imitation is a sincere form of flattery, here is my one-time attempt to imitate my friend JK’s terrifically useful mini-digest on Ukraine. Sent via email a few times a week, containing “information you are not likely to read/hear in the Western/U.S. media,” its author has identified the need for someone to do something similar for news on the war on China the U.S. is planning aka the Obama-Biden pivot to Asia.

I’m unqualified to take on this project because I don’t read Chinese or Japanese beyond the kindergarten level or any other East Asian languages. But, in the spirit of JK’s heroic communication efforts around the U.S. war on Russia, here goes.

Item # 1

Follow the Puck — Trends in Geopolitics by SL Kanthan, Indian blogger on “India’s role in a multipolar world”  January 31, 2023

(Note from LS: MUST READ! Examines why people in the U.S. believe so many things about China that are demonstrably false.)

Item # 2

CSIS advises US to prepare for possible redeployment of tactical nukes to S. Korea by Lee Bon-young, Washington correspondent for Hankyore  January 20, 2023

Source: CGTN

Item # 3

The US-Australia Military Alliance Serves Washington’s Interests, Not Ours by Paul Gregoire, Sydney Criminal Lawyers  January 27, 2023

Item # 4

War in the Taiwan Strait May Mean War For North, South Korea by Cheong Wook-Sik, Hankoreh Peace Institute  January 31, 2023

Item # 5

How CNN & BBC trick you about China: Selina Wang and her failed exposé [Length: 11:42] by Andy Boreham, Reports on China  January 30, 2023

Item # 6

Okinawa Against US-JAPAN Alliance [Length: 12:15] by Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space  February 1, 2023

(Note from LS: MUST WATCH! Discusses how the U.S. with full Japanese cooperation has turned Okinawa into a war base and an obvious target during any conflict with China.)

Item # 7

Why is Victoria Nuland coming to Sri Lanka? by Shenali D. Waduge, Lankaweb   January 31, 2023

Item # 8

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development

February 4, 2022

(Note from LS: MUST READ. It’s a year old and long, but well worth your time to understand reality behind headlines like “China, Russia partner up against West at Olympics summit” by Reuters or “Russia and China unveil a pact against the West” in the New Yorker.)