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Much as pundits don’t want to say America is currently fighting its second Civil War, it is in fact the pundits of the left that are inciting this war.
The days of classic liberals and progressives like Hubert Humphrey, who loved America are gone! They have been replaced by advocates of socialism at the least extreme and Antifa and those that seek a violent overthrow of the country at the greater extreme.
The far left does not seem to have an end state—just throw all of the bastards out and some utopia will follow. This movement seeks to silence all those who would oppose them or expose them for what they really are.
The open borders movement seeks to accomplish the overthrow and movement to socialism by changing the demographic electorate to win the civil war at the ballot box. In the process they will force a movement towards socialism as the uneducated and unemployable immigrants require large degrees of government support in terms of the basics of life: This will become the model for the rest of society. This will be paid for by the ever increasing taxes on the capital producers.
The capital producers, such as the Koch Brothers and their fellow economic barons, favor open borders so that they can have low labor costs. At first glance this would seem to be an anachronism. However, as the creators of capital their expectation is that they will always be needed to make the system work. The same might be said of liberal politicians, movie stars, sports athletes and others who feel that their skills make them irreplaceable. But they don’t create capital. They create personal wealth and may in fact find themselves as early targets of those who find governmental largess insufficient.
Many rail against President Trump for seeking to close the borders and for challenging the world elites over trade and other issues. Could it be that he is increasing the isolation of the US to reduce the influence of the partners of the left in Europe and elsewhere? A common battlefield technique is to isolate your enemy.
The Chinese and the Russians see this as an opportunity and appear to be stirring up both sides to increase the internal pressure in America. In doing this they support any side that is seeking to destroy the Judo-Christian values that this country was founded on. Claims of racism, sexual domination by one sex or the other and such are dsigned to divide, though their excuse is equality. The lack of the teaching of history or studying the masters like Bach and Shakespeare are other examples of the tearing down of traditional values. Colin Kapenack is made to be a hero because he opposes the national anthem and the American flag by use of the plea for some form of social justice. He replaces the warriors who have given up their lives to keep us free.
The question one must ask in the opening days of this civil war is how long will it take until there is truly a coordinated effort to defeat the antifas of the country? President Trump’s election was the first volley in this counterattack, but it may not be enough. If it is not enough the country will see much more blood and loss of life before one side emerges and truly subjugates the other. The subjugation will not be pretty. The liberal wealthy might want to study what is happening in South Africa where the white property owners are having their land stolen from them by the majority. They may be actually caught in the middle—the left if it wins will take their wealth and the right if it wins will isolate and punish them for their positions.
The socialists might want to look at Venezuela where everyone is about to go hungry.
In short it may be that nobody wins in this civil war—not even the instigators.
The media, amid rising nuclear tensions with North Korea and concern over the potential for war, has captured some unfortunate discussion by the Strategic Command (STRATCOM) commander. He reportedly said that he would resist President Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. What an illegal launch of nuclear weapons is was never clarified.
STRATCOM is the command that controls the strategic weapons commands of primarily the Navy (submarines and carrier based aircraft) and the Air Force (bombers and silo based missiles). It is STRATCOM that would issue the orders to the selected commands to employ selected weapons system against selected targets. These targets and systems are each accounted for in the Strategic Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP).
Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), reportedly told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had thought a lot about what to say if he received such an order.
“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten reportedly said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”
There are two issues about this story that are worrying:
- The media attempt to characterize the president as unstable and reckless has only the folk image that it is trying to create as a basis for such a portrayal. Such characterization when it involves nuclear weapons would be truly damning.
- Both the question and the answer do not do justice to the way that nuclear weapons would be employed.
As mentioned above, nuclear weapons are targeted based on the Strategic Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP). The SIOP is a master list of targets and these are allocated weapons and delivery systems for multiple different scenarios/contingencies/situations. A president cannot just tell the Secretary of Defense or a field commander to “nuc” a desired target. That is just not how the system works.
The SIOP has matured and changed since the beginning of the nuclear era in 1945. There are numerous personnel from each of the services involved in building and refining the SIOP on almost a continuous basis. Targets change, weapons system availability changes, and contingencies change making the process extremely dynamic and closely controlled and tightly held. When the president would order the execution of some part of the SIOP it would be based upon a situation and the best advice that he could get from both the intelligence and operational communities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other agencies. It is not a unilateral decision done in the “dark’ as the question and answer would imply.
Unfortunately for the STRATCOM commander the details of the process of using nuclear weapons is highly classified and could not be part of his answer. If he was thinking he probably would have said something to the effect of implying reckless behavior on the part of the president is not something that it is useful to discuss. At this time if I was the Secretary of Defense or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff I would have a “chat” with General Hyten.
It is deplorable that the effort to demean President Trump has reached this level of reporting—the creating of false implications and news.