Mind of a Monster: the US war machine
The Pentagon put a report about nukes on their website, then quickly pulled it off. It exposes the new rules for using nukes in war. They are worryingly lax.
On the 17th of January 1961, President Eisenhower gave his farewell speech to the nation.
He used part of the speech to warn against his own military;
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
No-one expected this. He was a five-star army general and leader of the allies on D-Day. He was not one to knock his own side.
But Eisenhower had seen something others had missed. He perceived a new force, an unholy alliance between the military and industry. It had a life of its own; it was out of control.
He saw the shape of a Monster.
It all began in the Second World War, in the project to build the first atom bomb.
The project was huge. It involved industry and military teaming up like never before. At one stage the workforce numbered 130,000.
Many of the scientists thought the bomb would never be used on real people. They thought a demonstration in a remote region would be enough to force the enemy to surrender.
They were wrong. The Monster they helped create was never going to be content with mere show.
So in August 1945, the atom bomb was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Countless innocent people were killed, maimed, burnt, poisoned, lacerated, crippled, crushed and tortured.
What else but a Monster could do this?
Since 1945, the Monster has grown enormously. The arms race increased its size. The hydrogen bomb multiplied its power.
From being able to destroy two cities, it can destroy the entire planet, many times over.
Yet most people don’t even know it’s there. For in recent years it has remained in the shadows.
But not anymore. It’s out in the open.
And it’s on the move.
On 11th June 2019, the Pentagon put a report called Nuclear Operations on its website. It lays out new rules for using nukes in war. These include:
- failure in any battle or war;
- loss of control or regime;
- to force the other side to surrender.
In other words, just about any battle or war can use nukes.
Gone are the constraints of the Cold War, where nukes were for deterrence only (and that was bad enough).
Further, the report says;
Their [nukes] use is much more likely to be small and limited than widespread and unconstrained.
Note the phrase ‘small and limited’. That’s code for attacks like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
To me, all this adds up to one awful thing.
The US plans to use Hiroshima-type nukes in conventional warfare.
If true, this is truly terrifying as events so easily escalate. It would embolden other countries to use their nukes. Even small regional conflicts would produce enough soot and dust to damage the earth’s climate and cause mass starvation.
We have glimpsed the mind of a Monster.
And it’s as dark as the grave.