British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said this week that “You can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike”. So the British government has declared that it may attack another country, not now as retaliation, but as a ‘first strike’. The UK has therefore abandoned the doctrine of mutual deterrence for one of unilateral nuclear aggression, the obvious target being Russia. However, Britain’s ailing and unreliable Trident missiles are incapable of preempting a devastating Russian counter-attack. The UK has the highest concentration of nuclear targets in the world. This country would be annihilated in a nuclear exchange with Russia. The United States has also abandoned mutual deterrence (or MAD) in favour of developing a ‘first strike capability’ with ‘defense’ missiles near the Russian border.
So British strategic policy doesn’t make any sense. That is because British strategic policy is in reality merely an adjunct to US strategic policy. The function of the UK is to absorb as many Russian nuclear weapons as possible, so that they don’t reach the United States. The British government never ceases to refer to its nuclear ‘deterrent’ in spite of the fact that it is the exact opposite: Trident is a magnet for nuclear annihilation. If Tridents were a deterrent of any kind, the Doomsday Clock in Chicago would be nowhere near midnight. In fact, it has been a few minutes from midnight for years because of NATO expansion to the Russian border. In the last 50 years, thermonuclear war has been avoided by a hair more than a dozen times.
What makes matters worse is that the unbelievable stupidity of the US and British governments has convinced both the Russian and Chinese governments that they will soon be the victims of devastating nuclear attacks. The international situation is far worse than it ever was in the cold war. The people of Britain will need a lot of luck if they are to survive to the end of 2017.
The combination of Theresa May’s outrageous strategic policy and the doubling of the British national debt by a trillion pounds at a time of austerity are incontrovertible proof that this is by far the worst government in British history.
Paul Craig Roberts was at the top in Washington for 25 years. A former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and Editor of the Wall Street Journal, he is very doubtful that we will survive. He explains very clearly where Donald Trump and Theresa May are taking us. – Gordon Logan
Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China
Paul Craig Roberts
Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.
In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done.
Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington in pursuit of global hegemony is implementing an anti-ballistic missile system that Washington believes can prevent a Russian nuclear response to a US pre-emptive attack. http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/us-forces-preparing-sudden-nuclear.html 
Careful studies have convinced the Russians that Washington is investing in and arranging components that have no other function than to devastate Russia and cripple the country’s retaliatory capability. In short, Washington is preparing to launch a nuclear war. https://www.rt.com/news/386276-us-missile-shield-russia-strike/ 
As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.
Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.
Yes, Washington is sufficiently criminally insane to risk the destruction of life on earth based on the supposition that Washington’s offense will work perfectly and Russia and China’s capabilities will be so degraded that no retaliatory response will occur.
One might hope that the American and Western populations would be outraged that Washington is so power-crazed that Washington is subjecting all life to such risks. But there is no sign of an anti-war movement. The Western leftwing has degenerated into Identity Politics in which the only threat comes from white heterosexual males who are portrayed as misogynists, racists, and homophopes. The Western leftwing is no longer war-conscious. Indeed, the leftwing has become diverted into such silly irrelevancies as transgender rights to toilets of their choice. The impotence of the Western left is so overwhelming that the left might as well not exist.
Where then is the hope? Russia and China cannot simply sit there and await America’s preemptive nuclear strike.
Possibly Washington does not intend a preemptive strike, but only to convince Russia and China that Washington’s preparations give Washington so much predominance in a conflict that Russia and China will submit to Washington’s hegemony. But this interpretation of Washington’s intention implies no less risk. Why would Russia and China wait for Washington to complete its preparations for war, preparations that permit Washington to turn Russia and China into puppet states?
The US military/security complex has clearly prevailed over Trump’s intention to normalize relations between the US and Russia, and anti-Russian venom continues to pour out of NATO and Washington’s European vassal states. The majority of the American people seem to have accepted the propaganda that Russia is the number one threat to the United States. With propaganda controlling the explanation, Washington’s aggressive actions are explained as defense against a threat and not as a policy that will end life on earth.
The chances are high that life on earth is approaching its end. The responsibility lies heavily on the American people, whose success, due to the mistakes of others, made Americans think that they are exceptional and privileged. Unaware of the inhumane threat to all life that is embodied in the neoconservative claim that Americans are exceptional and indispensable, the self-satisfied American public is unaware of the consequences of such hubris. Hubris is leading them, and the entire world, to slaughter in thermo-nuclear war.
The neoconservative claim of American exceptionalism is the identical claim made for Germans by Hitler. If Americans are indispensable, everyone else is dispensable and can be “bombed into the stone age” as one US government official put it, or nuked as Washington intends to do to Russia and China. The claim of American exceptionalism is not accepted by Russia and China. Therefore, the insane, crazed monsters who rule over the West in Washington are bringing life on earth to an end.
And there are no protests. The idiot British, the idiot Germans, the idiot French, Italians, Canadians, Australians, Belgians, Greeks, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, rally behind the insanity that is Washington.
And so apparently do the American people, a population stupid beyond all belief.
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