Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Finale.

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From the Mark Steyn Internet web site as extracted and thanks to the tip from Nick.

"The War That Made the World We Live In"

One Hundred Years Ago - - November 11, 2018

We agree to stop fighting. But in a few hours. Give us a spell!

For some, it was the last few hours.

"The belligerents had agreed the terms of the peace at 5am that November morning, and the news was relayed to the commanders in the field shortly thereafter that hostilities would cease at eleven o'clock. And then they all went back to firing at each other for a final six hours. On that last day, British imperial forces lost some 2,400 men, the French 1,170, the Germans 4,120, the Americans about 3,000. The dead in those last hours of the Great War outnumbered the toll of D Day twenty-six years later"

No more I think to be added! Finale YES! The Great War but not great as in the modern context the word great understood!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Peace.

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Consider this video a MUST see! Outstanding and thanks to the tip from the Internet web site isegoria.net.

A cartoon but much more than a cartoon. Dated 1939 but the relevancy eternal!

Without further ado:


In the aftermath of an apocalyptic war with the extinction of the human species only squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and other assorted rodentia will inhabit the earth. This is perhaps not such a bad thing so will some think?

Also in the aftermath of an even worse global thermonuclear war only insects will be the remaining life form. That too will not be such a bad thing? WITHOUT INTELLIGENCE THERE CAN BE NO STUPIDITY!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

11 November.

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As was reported by the headline page of the Chicago Tribune [it was called the Chicago Daily/Tribune at the time] one-hundred years ago today:

"GREAT WAR ENDS"

"WASHINGTON, 11, NOV. 11, 3 a.m. (BY Associated Press.) - - Armistice terms have been signed by Germany, the State department announced at 2:45 o'clock this morning."

"The world war will end this morning at 6 o'clock, Washington time, 11 o'clock Paris time. The armistice signed by the German representatives at midnight."

* "USE WIRELESS TO GIVE WORD TO SIGN TRUCE"

* "OUTLINE OF THE TERMS"

* "Chicago Gets Out of Bed: Bedlam Reigns in Loop"

* "REPUBLIC SET UP IN BERLIN BY SOCIALISTS"

* "KAISER FLEES WITH STAFF TO HOLLAND"

* "RED FLAG FLIES OVER ALL BIG GERMAN CITIES"

And in finality as commented on today by Charles J. Johnson of the Tribune staff:

 "No Tribune reader in the fall of 1918 could have predicted the political rise of an unassuming (many thought dimwitted) German corporal named Adolf Hitler, who was at that moment lying in a hospital bed recovering from a gas attack. Across the world, Nov. 11, 191`8, was a cause for celebration. But 100 years later, the front page of the paper on that historic day feels both joyful and eerily prescient."

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Rant III.



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Conclusion!

Rant yet further and final.

Draw your saber partner!

For clarification sake those intermediate-range ballistic [IRBM] missiles as were part and parcel of the controversy as existing originally almost forty years ago and essential to an understanding of the INF treaty [Intermediate-range nuclear forces]. Details of the missile as most germane to current events also described.

From Forty years ago:

1. SS-20 “Saber” (RSD-10).

"The SS-20 Saber was a Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that entered service in 1976. Its wide-scale deployment was a key driver behind NATO’s 1979 decision to station U.S. Pershing II IRBMs in Europe. The Soviet Union retired the SS-20 from service following the ratification of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987."

2. Pershing II.


3. BGM-109G GLCM.

SS-20 [NATO code name Saber] five-hundred missiles deployed by Soviet ground forces [developed and fielded totally in secret] with a range at least twice of the American counter-part IRBM. Each SS-20 carrying three thermonuclear warheads of 250 kilotons each.

American Pershing II and GLCM [ground-launched cruise missile] missiles range and numbers both only about half that of a Soviet SS-20. Each American Pershing or GLCM equipped with a single atomic warhead the explosive force of which considerably less significant than those devices as mounted on a SS-20. 

And as it is now:

4. 9M729 - SSC-8. Ground-launched. Russian.

"Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, complicating Trump's approach to Russia. ... the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile .. Each missile battalion is believed to have four mobile launchers and a larger supply of missiles."

The SSC-8 is a ground-launched cruise missile. A naval version of this cruise missile exists and apparently is in the inventory of the Russian navy and has been for some time.

The naval version as ship-mounted not covered by the INF Treaty. SS-8 a threat that now cannot be ignored.

SSC-8 apparently also developed, tested and now fielded totally in SECRET! As it was with the SS-20 so it is now with the SSC-8?

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rant II.

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Rant continued!

More headlines the hysterical response to the announcement that the USA will withdraw from the INF Treaty. In these cases the sources not Russian media.

1. "INF treaty: Russia 'will respond' to new US missiles in Europe"

"Russia denies building missiles that violate the deal"

"President Vladimir Putin has warned Russia will respond 'in kind' if new US nuclear missiles are placed in Europe."

2."Poll: Americans oppose Trump’s withdrawal from a US-Russia arms control deal"

"By a margin of 18 percentage points, most Americans would rather stay in the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, according to a poll taken after news broke that the Trump administration is abandoning the accord"

3. "Trump’s latest blunder: Withdrawal from the US-Russian INF Treaty"

"It appears that President Donald Trump’s hard-line security advisor, John Bolton, has persuaded him to renounce the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987."

4. "Bolton: U.S. position 'is that Russia is in violation' of INF treaty"

"National Security adviser John Bolton spoke Oct. 23 in Moscow about the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia."

This all reminds me so much of the media frenzy and stir from almost forty years ago now. American Pershing II and ground-launched cruise missiles as deployed to Europe seen as threatening war. European based American intermediate-range missiles nuclear capable only as a response to the secret testing and deployment in great numbers of the Soviet era SS-20 missile.

I can also see where this is all going. Trump is mentally unstable and possibly even deranged. Trump is a warmonger. Trump cannot be trusted with his finger on the nuclear trigger. This is an escalation of hostilities and unwanted ill-will vis-a-vis the Russians. Etc.

All this because the Russian has secretly tested and deployed a ground-based missile of intermediate-range in violation of the existing INF treaty? Place blame where blame is due?

Again, cooler heads will prevail?

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Rant I.

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Normally I greatly fear and hesitate to rant. But here goes.

"rant - - verb 1. speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way. synonyms: fulminate, go on, hold forth, vociferate, sound off, spout, pontificate, bluster, declaim"

Within context to the previous blog entries here and here.

As proclaimed by the Russian media outlets [controlled?] with alarmist headlines to a degree even displaying a hysteria!

1. "US Exit From INF Treaty Threatens to Trigger Arms Race - ScholarsCC0 / Pixabay"

"MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US proposed withdrawal from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, signed in 1987 with the Soviet Union, threatens to unleash a new arms race globally and take the world away from disarmament goals by weakening other arms control regimes, experts told Sputnik."

2. "US sticking to INF Treaty withdrawal, to be filed in due course – Bolton after Moscow visit"

"Washington is determined to withdraw from the INF arms control treaty no matter what, but has not done so yet, US national security adviser John Bolton said after meetings with the Russian leadership in Moscow."

3. "Without the INF Treaty the World Is a Far More Dangerous Place, Here Is Why"

"To understand why dumping the INF Treaty is so dangerous, it’s important to understand why the treaty was signed in the first place"

THE INF TREATY AND AMERICAN WITHDRAWAL

Intermediate-range nuclear forces. Missiles not having a range of more than three-thousand miles [five-thousand kilometers]. Forbidden under the treaty between the USA to test or deploy ground-based weapons of this variety.

American withdrawal from the INF Treaty understand full well a response to secret Russian testing and now deployment of a cruise missile with intermediate-range. SECRET!

DO NOT BLAME THE AMERICAN SIDE FROM ABANDONING THE TREATY. BLAME THE RUSSIAN FOR VIOLATING THE TREATY! YET THE RUSSIANS ARE AFRAID?

Perhaps cooler heads with prevail. I hope so.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kay Bailey II.

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Take them out!

Conclusion!

The intermediate-range Russia missiles as possessed and as also alleged a violation of the INF treaty. [Intermediate-range Nuclear force]

As extracted from the NATO press briefing of Ambassador Hutchison and for your perusal:

"October 2, 2018: Press Briefing by Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison"

"Question: [Inaudible] in Norway. Ma’am, can you be more specific what kind of new information that you are bringing to the table regarding the breach of the INF Treaty? And more explicitly also, what kind of countermeasures that you are considering."

"Ambassador Hutchison: The countermeasures would be to take out the missiles that are in development by Russia in violation of the treaty. So that would be the countermeasure eventually. We have documented on numerous occasions that Russia is violating. We have shown Russia that evidence. Some of our allies have seen that evidence. All of our allies have seen some of that evidence."

. . . .

"Question: Thanks, Ambassador. Lorne [Inaudible], Associated Press. Just to clarify a little bit when you said to take out the missiles that are in development, we are a little excited here. Do you mean to get those withdrawn? You don’t mean to actually take them out in a more [inaudible]?"

"Ambassador Hutchison: Well, withdrawing, yes. Getting them to withdraw would be our choice, of course. But I think the question was what would you do if this continues to a point where we know that they are capable of delivering. And at that point we would then be looking at a capability to take out a missile that could his any of our countries in Europe and hit America in Alaska."

AMBASSADOR HUTCHISON IT CAN BE REASONABLY INFERRED IS SUGGESTING AN AMERICAN PREEMPTIVE MILITARY STRIKE ON THE RUSSIAN MISSILES THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF CONTROVERSY BETWEEN THE USA AND RUSSIA??

AN ATTACK OF WHICH SURELY WOULD LEAD TO WORLD WAR THREE AND GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR CONFLICT, THE APOCALYPSE SO GREATLY FEARED!

You the devoted reader to the blog read and decide this all for yourself. It should be noted the  pronouncements of the Ambassador have been very quickly clarified as to mean no preemptive military action contemplated!! But the damage done?

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