Friday, October 07, 2022

Today's News: Starting the nuclear conversation

Back in the spring when there was a bunch of chatter about how the US and NATO should save Ukraine by declaring a no-fly zone, Biden categorically refused to consider it, saying that Americans had not elected him to start a nuclear war.
But now that Ukraine is winning the war, I think Putin is going crazy and trying to take everyone else with him. He's been talking about using nuclear weapons to win, which means the world is facing a nuclear war anyway, regardless of what the US or NATO does.
So Biden now must prepare Americans for this possibility -- tonight, he started his conversation with the US public:
Biden's words have been reported around the world -- except for his comment about how much damage Trump did to American foreign policy. But we already knew that, didn't we.
Anyway, here is analysis tonight from  CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson:
...Biden appeared to be making an argument, which Putin will now be sure to hear about, that the idea that the use of a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine could be contained and not lead to a wider conflagration is wrong.
The entire strategic logic between maintaining nuclear weapons for self-defense is that they are too terrible to be used, and any nation that did would be writing their own death warrant.
The President has now sent a clear signal to the Russian leader that crossing the nuclear threshold in any way could cause an escalation that would lead to a disastrous full-on nuclear war.
“I don’t think there’s any such thing as the ability to easily (use) a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon,” Biden said at the fundraiser.
His comments underscore the most important mission of his presidency – shepherding the world through the most dangerous nuclear brinkmanship in 60 years.
People are also figuring out what might happen if nukes were used in Ukraine: And this is a brutal truth, isn't it: Dark Brandon is rising again: And then today, Biden made this great announcement: Clymer's thread on this is hilarious Also hilarious: Biden's initiative gives Democrats around the country something very positive to talk about for the next month: On a funny note: In other news, this happened today: And this, too: Here is today's best tweet thread: A beautiful sports moment:

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