Democrats are repudiating FDR’s precedent of détente with Russia

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… from Russia Today, Moscow

“It should also be remembered that the current plan to “modernize” US nuclear weapons by making them smaller, more precise, and thus more “usable” was launched by the Obama administration.” – Cohen

Stephen Cohen

[ Editor’s Note: Stephen Cohen as a good piece below, an excellent review of some of the current geopolitical insanity in which we find ourselves. And to make matters worse, those that know better are keeping their heads down rather than standing up to the bully beast.

For my intro today I wanted to focus on one of his quotes above. It is true information, but leaves out the most important framing and context, just because it is classified. Imagine that.

But since the people’s butts are on the line to suffer from governmental stupidity they have the right do know that a lot of this kind of information is only classified because the gov mavens know the public would scream like hell if they knew about it, because the threshold of starting a nuclear war would be a much smaller, and therefore more dangerous.

So here we go. The US violated the treaty on testing with the Russians, technically, and deviously, but slipped it by the Russians, which is usually hard to do. This was done by putting an exemption on the no testing of new weapons for nuclear triggers which light up a big nukes.

In Yemen a mini nuke was field tested on this underground munitions dump, the white hot core and photons caught in this still frame video. The cameraman will get radiation sickness for capturing this

The reason given was a valid technical one. Deployed nuclear weapons are degraded due to their proximity to the bomb grade material.

As they get older the risk of bomb failure grows, including in the worse case of having a bad accident. So in the past these weapons had to be maintain by replacing old triggers with newer ones of updated design.

What the public does not generally know, is that these triggers are nuclear weapons themselves, what we generically call “mini-nukes”. And whereas they could not flatten all of Manhattan, they certainly can take down a Work Trade Center building like a piece of cake.

Because they are lighter they are perfect for putting on cruise missile that really are very expensive artillery, suitable for very small targets like radar stations and air defense missile positions.

With even a half kilo-ton mini nuke warhead you now have an entirely different animal, one that can take out an entire well defended command center with one strike and no risk of losing an expensive plane and pilot.

Due to the smaller warhead weight the missile now can carry more fuel to extend its range, or if a hyper-sonic newer one, can reach its top speed faster and be more maneuverable without a 1000 lb warhead. So testing newer model mini-nuke warheads has continued by the US, and one could safely assume that others have done the same.

We learned about this in detail from the Sandia National Labs report that mysteriously appeared one day. A whole range of these mini-nuke weapons have been designed for specific targets. For 9-11 the ones where the neutron radiation blasts turns the steel into dust within a certain diameter were used.

This was not VT’s conclusion, but the Lab’s conclusion. It solved the mystery of where all the missing steel into, as the salvage contract was way less that was in the building. It was in the dust plume as the floors collapsed.

Although we got a huge readership on this report, no one of substance ever called wanting to know anything more about it. As Gordon does so love to say, “Welcome to how the world really worksJim W. Dean ]

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This is a frame grab showing the white hot core and the “ball lightning” from the mini-nuke the Israelis used on the command center outside Damascus. Ammo dumps go up like fireworks, and there were none here, but a mini nuke plume instead.

– First published … January 19, 2018

By criminalizing alleged “contacts with the Kremlin” – and by demonizing Russia itself – today’s Democrats are becoming the party of the new and more perilous Cold War.

Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics (at NYU and Princeton), and John Batchelor hold their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.)

In light of recent events, from Washington to the false alerts in Hawaii and Japan, Cohen returns to a theme he has explored previously: the ways in which the still-unproven Russiagate allegations, promoted primarily by the Democratic Party, have become the number-one threat to American national security. Historical context is needed, which returns Cohen briefly to related subjects he has also previously discussed with Batchelor.

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“It should also be remembered that the current plan to “modernize” US nuclear weapons by making them smaller, more precise, and thus more “usable” was launched by the Obama administration.”... Stephen F. Cohen

This year marks the 70th anniversary of what is usually said to have been the full onset of the long Cold War, in 1948. In fact, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of US-Russian cold wars, which began with the Russian Civil War when, for the next 15 years, Washington refused to formally recognize the victorious Soviet government – surely a very cold relationship, though one without an arms race.

The first of several détente policies – attempts to reduce the dangers inherent in cold war by introducing important elements of cooperation – was initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, when he formally extended diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union, then ruled by Stalin. That is, FDR was the father of détente, a circumstance forgotten or disregarded by many Democrats, especially today.

Three major détentes were pursued later in the 20th century, all by Republican presidents: Eisenhower in the 1950s, Nixon in the 1970s, and by Reagan in the second half of the 1980s, which was so fulsome and successful that he and his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, thought they had ended the Cold War altogether.

And yet today, post–Soviet Russia and the United States are in a new and even more dangerous Cold War, one provoked in no small measure by the Democratic Party, from President Clinton’s winner-take-all policies toward Russia in the 1990s to President Obama’s refusal to cooperate significantly with Moscow against international terrorism, particularly in Syria; the role of his administration in the illegal overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych in 2014 (a coup by any other name); and the still-shadowy role of Obama’s intelligence chiefs, not only those at the FBI, in instigating Russiagate allegations against Donald Trump early in 2016.

Obama’s so-called “reset” of Russia policy was a kind of pseudo-détente and doomed from the outset. It asked of Moscow, and got, far more than the Obama administration offered; was predicated on the assumption that Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, would not return to the presidency; and was terminated by Obama himself when he broke his promise to his reset partner, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, by overthrowing Libyan leader Gaddafi.

It should also be remembered that the current plan to “modernize” US nuclear weapons by making them smaller, more precise, and thus more “usable” was launched by the Obama administration.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of what is usually said to have been the full onset of the long Cold War, in 1948. In fact, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of US-Russian cold wars, which began with the Russian Civil War when, for the next 15 years, Washington refused to formally recognize the victorious Soviet government – surely a very cold relationship, though one without an arms race.

The first of several détente policies – attempts to reduce the dangers inherent in cold war by introducing important elements of cooperation – was initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, when he formally extended diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union, then ruled by Stalin. That is, FDR was the father of détente, a circumstance forgotten or disregarded by many Democrats, especially today.

Three major détentes were pursued later in the 20th century, all by Republican presidents: Eisenhower in the 1950s, Nixon in the 1970s, and by Reagan in the second half of the 1980s, which was so fulsome and successful that he and his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, thought they had ended the Cold War altogether.

And yet today, post–Soviet Russia and the United States are in a new and even more dangerous Cold War, one provoked in no small measure by the Democratic Party, from President Clinton’s winner-take-all policies toward Russia in the 1990s to President Obama’s refusal to cooperate significantly with Moscow against international terrorism, particularly in Syria; the role of his administration in the illegal overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych in 2014 (a coup by any other name); and the still-shadowy role of Obama’s intelligence chiefs, not only those at the FBI, in instigating Russiagate allegations against Donald Trump early in 2016.

Obama’s so-called “reset” of Russia policy was a kind of pseudo-détente and doomed from the outset. It asked of Moscow, and got, far more than the Obama administration offered; was predicated on the assumption that Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, would not return to the presidency; and was terminated by Obama himself when he broke his promise to his reset partner, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, by overthrowing Libyan leader Gaddafi.

It should also be remembered that the current plan to “modernize” US nuclear weapons by making them smaller, more precise, and thus more “usable” was launched by the Obama administration.

Leave aside, Cohen continues, the consequences of another prolonged Cold War for a “progressive agenda” at home. Consider instead the supremely existential and real danger of nuclear war, which as Reagan wisely concluded, “cannot be won and therefore must never be fought.” And consider the false alarms of incoming nuclear missiles recently experienced in Hawaii and Japan.

 

These episodes alone should compel any Democratic Party worthy of the name to support Trump’s pro-détente instincts, however inadequate they may be, and urge him to pursue with Putin agreements that would take all nuclear weapons off high alert, which gives both leaders only a few minutes to decide whether such alarms are authentic or false before launching massive retaliation; adopt a reassuring mutual doctrine of no-first-use of nuclear weapons; and move quickly toward radical reductions of those weapons on both sides.

 

But for that to happen, the Democratic Party would need to give American national security a higher priority than its obsession with Russiagate, which is currently very far from the case.

Some Democratic members of Congress seem to understand this imperative, at least privately, but evidently lack the civic courage to speak out. And, to be ecumenical, so do those Republican members and their media who now allege that Russiagate is somehow a function of “Russian propaganda” having been smuggled into American politics.

 

Hegel liked to say, “The Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk” — that wisdom comes too late. A Hegel-like historical irony may also be unfolding. FDR was the first pro-détente president. Due primarily to today’s Democrats, Trump might be the last.

 

By Stephen F. Cohen

Stephen F. Cohen is a professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University and a contributing editor of The Nation.

This article was originally published by The Nation.  

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “…And consider the false alarms of incoming nuclear missiles recently experienced in Hawaii and Japan.”

    Were they false alarms? Or were they a failed Israeli attempt at a false flag to blame North Korea? Were two missiles shot down and the Israeli sub from which they were launched sunk?

    The official explanation of “fat fingers on a poorly designed user interface” doesn’t pass my smell test.

  2. I’m in the middle of reading “Wall Street and F.D.R.”
    Franklin Roosevelt as an agent of Wall Street financiers by Anthony Sutton. The general public has no idea who he really was. The PBS series on FDR directed by Ken Burns is just another cover up, everything has been in the so called “history” books-
    The Soviet Union was pretty much an economic colony since the well disguised “revolution”.

    I’ve also read Major Ramsey’s Diaries, and what was really going on under Lend-Lease.
    Uncle Scam

  3. I believe it could also be said, that Eleanor Roosevelt set the bar for hardest working First Ladies, and established relations all around the world. She was one amazing Lady.

  4. Obviously willing to serve only one master that in stark high strangeness is not us, they would rather it seems leave a dead cinder of a former beautiful planet for their children’s future. If any. We’ll send some messages out here to those in DC who are stricken by mindlessness, not a lot of other options if they wish to carry on being dishonest zombies of the hush fund.

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