President Joe Biden was at a Democratic fundraiser in New York on Thursday when he told the audience that the risk of nuclear Armageddon is at its highest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The West has been trying to portray Russian President Vladimir Putin as a desperate madman who could approve tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine at any time. There have been several major attacks that seemed to up the ante in the conflict that included the apparent sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines and the apparent bombing of the road and rail bridge that connects Crimea to the Russian mainland.
Biden was introduced by James Murdoch, the son of Rupert, and said he cannot imagine Russia using a tactile nuclear weapon without leading the nuclear Armageddon. He said Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, “is not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons.”
“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, according to a pool reporter.
He said his administration is trying to figure out: What is Putin’s off ramp?
“Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself where he does not only lose face but significant power?” he said.
Biden’s comments came shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the West to take “preventive action” to stop Moscow from using tactical nukes.
The Trends Journal has made it clear that we are completely opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the fact remains that Moscow has a far superior military to that of Kyiv, and with each day that passes, a major escalation can happen.
TRENDPOST: Dave DeCamp wrote in AntiWar.com that John F. Kennedy, the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis, managed to cut a deal with Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader, to remove the U.S. Jupiter nuclear-armed missiles from Turkey and vowing that the U.S. would not invade Cuba. He said there is no indication that the U.S. is engaging Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
We have noted that there are times that Biden appears to make comments that are out of step with the White House policy. Biden has said the U.S. will defend Taiwan four times this past year only to have his administration clarify its policy of strategic ambiguity. (See “PRODUCING ENEMIES FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER,” 9 Aug 2022.)
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, danced questions about Biden’s comment about nuclear Armageddon, and said, “If the Cuban missile crisis has taught us anything, it is the value of reducing nuclear risk and not brandishing it.”
A senior administration official told the Associated Press that Biden has been trying to warn Americans about the dangerous possibility of Putin using tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the news outlet that there is concern in Washington that Moscow believes it can use these weapons in a way that will result in only a limited reaction from the U.S.
Jean-Pierre assured reporters that Washington has “not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture nor do we have indications that Russia is preparing to imminently use nuclear weapons,” the AP reported.
No Evidence of Change in Nuclear Posture By Russia: U.S.
Despite Biden’s comment, U.S. intelligence told news outlets that there is no new information that would suggest Putin is any closer to using nuclear weapons since the beginning of the war.
Russia is believed to have about 2,000 tactical weapons that are kept in about 34 bunkers across the country. These delivery systems would be sent to bases, and Western officials said there has been no movement of these weapons, The Guardian reported.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, told ABC’s This Week that Biden’s comments were not based on any kind of new intelligence and said, “Quite frankly, we don’t have any indication that he has made that kind of decision.”
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council and the former Russian president, has been critical of NATO’s nearly unlimited support for Ukraine’s war effort. He said it is inevitable that the “military campaign” in Ukraine will move to another level if the support continues.
He said the West is intent on weakening Russia by proxy and won’t be able to sit it out.
“Everything will catch fire around them as well,” Ukrayinska Pravda translated. “Their people will be devastated. Their earth will literally burn, and concrete will melt. We too will suffer a lot. It will be very bad for everyone. After all, it is said: ‘By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulphur coming out of their mouths’ (Rev. 9:18).”
TRENDPOST: Ever since our 22 February issue, The Trends Journal has said the world is going to go from the COVID War, to the Ukraine War, to WWIII. Totally absent is any discussion of a peaceful settlement, and shortsighted politicians in the U.S. are pushing for more conflict with the hopes of damaging Russia so it is no longer a threat. (See “EU HEADS PROMISE TO KEEP UKRAINE WAR GOING” 21 Jun 2022, “RUSSIA WINNING UKRAINE WAR, STILL NO TALK OF PEACE FROM ZELENSKY” 9 Aug 2022 and “LAVROV: U.S. IS ‘ON BRINK’ OF BEING INVOLVED IN UKRAINE CONFLICT” 27 Sep 2022.)
We have noted that the longer the war in Ukraine drags on the more people will die, the more infrastructure will be badly damaged, and the closer the world inches to fighting WWIII.
Ukraine’s position has been that they will make no concessions and they will take back every inch of ground taken over by Russian forces. Any mention of concessions has been swiftly rebuffed by Kyiv.