Sunday, December 31, 2017

William J. Astore - Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine: The Madness of America’s Nuclear Weapons

We all know here what is going on with the US military, and surely the MSM journalists must know too, so why are they not concerned? Perhaps they are but are just hoping for the best. If they write the truth their editors will just throw it out, and if they keep writing the truth they will lose their jobs. I have sent to the editor of the Guardian and many of its journalists articles written by Paul Craig Roberts warning about Armageddon. I have sent lots of stuff off to George Monbiot but I have never had a reply. 

I just finished Daniel Ellsberg’s new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Talk about hair-raising! Ellsberg, of course, is famous for leaking the Pentagon papers, which helped to end the Vietnam war and the presidency of Richard Nixon as well. But before Ellsberg worked as a senior adviser on the Vietnam war, he helped to formulate U.S. nuclear policy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His book is a shattering portrayal of the genocidal nature of US nuclear planning during the Cold War – and that threat of worldwide genocide (or omnicide, a word Ellsberg uses to describe the death of nearly everything from a nuclear exchange that would generate disastrous cooling due to nuclear winter) persists to this day.

4) When the atomic bomb was first tested in 1945, there were fears among the scientists involved that the atmosphere could be ignited, ending all life on earth. The chance was considered remote (perhaps 3 in a million), so the scientists pressed ahead.

  1. Most Americans still don’t understand that even a smallish nuclear exchange involving a few hydrogen bombs could very well lead to nuclear winter and the deaths of billions of people on the earth (due to the widespread death of crops and resulting famine and disease).

  2. Despite the genocidal threat of nuclear weapons, the US is persisting in plans to modernize its arsenal over the next 30 years at a cost of $1 trillion.
Ellsberg sees this all as a form of collective madness, and it’s hard to disagree. He quotes Nietzsche to the effect that madness in individuals is rare, but that it’s common among bureaucracies and nations. The tremendous overkill inherent to US nuclear weapons – its threat of worldwide destruction – is truly a form of madness. For how do you protect a nation or uphold its ideals by launching a nuclear war that would kill nearly everyone on earth? How does that make any sense? How is that not mad?

1 comment:

Andrew Anderson said...

or uphold its ideals Kaivey

What ideals? That people should be enslaved to government-privileged usury cartels? In order to promote progress? Progress toward what? Gross economic injustice? Wars? Environmental destruction?