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President Obama Threatens President Putin with Nuclear War

Friday, October 14, 2016 21:48
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Eric Zuesse

“It’ll be at a time of our choosing,” says U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on NBC’’s “Meet the Press,” to be aired on Sunday, October 16th.

Interviewer Chuck Todd had asked him, “Why would he [Obama] send a message out to Putin?” Biden pursed his lips, paused, and said, with a grim look on his face, “We sent him the message.” Of course that didn’t answer Todd’s question, which was “Why?” Biden and Todd both remained silent for another tense moment. Then, Biden picked up again: “We have the capacity to do it, and, uh,” and Todd interrupted him there with “He’ll know it?” Biden replied: “He’ll know it, and it’ll be at a time of our choosing, and under circumstances that have the greatest impact. Uh, the capacity to do, to fundamentally alter the election, is not what people think; and, uh, I tell you what: to the extent that they do [‘do’ presumably meaning: fundamentally alter the election], we will be proportionate in what we do. And, uh,” Todd again interrupted his interviewee, and said, “So, a message is going to be sent. Will the public know?” Biden replied, “Hope not.”

Of course, that “Hope not” could mean many things. It might mean: A blitz nuclear attack in line with our government’s belief that we now enjoy Nuclear Primacy (an idea that was first published by the Council on Foreign Relations in 2006, and which has never yet been renounced by the U.S. government, during the decade since). That would be very much a public response, which Biden would “hope not” to be ’necessary’. In other words: Biden might have meant, there: “I hope it won’t have to be that.” But, clearly, Biden isn’t wanting the public to understand anything, other than that President Obama has threatened President Putin, with something, and that it will be “proportionate,” and the excuse for it will be — if it will happen — that Putin had done something which Obama thinks caused Hillary Clinton to lose the election to Donald Trump.

Standing behind what Biden is saying there, is the belief that Putin does have in his possession some option that might “fundamentally alter the election.” This is clearly a threat that’s meant to deter Putin from doing something that Putin hasn’t yet done. Obama is telling Putin that either the winner will be the person he wants to be his successor, or else — or else what?

In other words: what Biden is saying, is that, if Trump wins this election, then there is going to be some sudden, unannounced, U.S. government response against Putin, and that only after it is over, will the U.S. government explain to the public why it did what it did.

But, of course, that assumes Americans will still be alive, even if Russians are not; and, so, if the “proportionate” response turns out to be a blitz nuclear attack against Russia, then anyone who is still alive will be wondering: what was it ‘proportionate’ to?

The United States is no longer — at least not in Syria — actually fighting the thing that Trump calls “extremist Islamic terrorism”: we are instead arming Al Qaeda in Syria to overthrow and replace Putin’s ally, Bashar al-Assad, there. All of the U.S. government’s talk against “ISIL” (the Sauds’ preferred acronym for “ISIS”) is mere distraction from the tens of thousands of other jihadist fighters from other jihadist groups that have also been imported by the U.S. and Saudi governments into Syria as Obama’s and the Sauds’ “boots on the ground” to overthrow Assad there. The leadership now for all of those jihadist groups (except for ISIS itself) is, in fact, Al Qaeda in Syria, which has gone under the name “al-Nusra.” Nusra is supplying the leadership now to all the jihadist factions that have been sent into Syria; Nusra is the only jihadist group that possesses the long experience and training in jihad and military matters, which is needed in order to be able to overthrow Assad. Al Qaeda is now America’s essential ally, at doing what the U.S. government most wants to do: overthrow and replace Assad. The U.S. is deadly serious about that intention, as can be seen here from the NBC News preview video of their interview with Biden, from which the above quotations are sourced. Looking at Biden’s face there, one can see that this is deadly serious. This isn’t about sexual aggression — either Donald Trump’s or Bill Clinton’s — it’s about the survival of civilization, or else nuclear war.

There have been many reports in the U.S. press saying that Obama has, ever since at least October 6th, been contemplating an all-out U.S. bombing campaign to bring down Assad. But that would mean war with Russia, which has been actively bombing Nusra and all the other jihadists in Syria. 

Hillary Clinton is urging a “no-fly zone” in Syria, so that we can do to Assad what we did to another ally of Moscow, Muammar Gaddafi. However, when that was done to Gaddafi, Putin stood aside and wasn’t supplying military assistance to Gaddafi, which would have enabled Gaddafi to wipe out the fundamentalist Muslims who were trying to overthrow him. Russia is involved actively, this time, to prevent happening in Syria what happened in Libya. A no-fly zone in Syria would thus mean U.S. war against Russia.

These are tense times. Any escalation that the U.S. can do against Russia, can be met by an escalation that Russia can do against the United States.

Consequently, whatever escalation Obama is now threatening against Putin, might be met by an escalation on the other side. Where will it stop, or would it even be able to stop?

Whatever escalation Obama might consider to be ‘proportionate’, could consequently end up ending the world as we know it — and not for the better. Hillary Clinton has threatened Putin with war; now Barack Obama has done likewise.

Whatever Biden’s assignment here actually was from Obama, one thing about it is clear: this President is determined that Hillary Clinton be his successor, and Obama will target anyone who gets in his way if he doesn’t get win his way on this. And Obama wants the American public to know that this is how he feels about the matter.

This Biden-interview is really intended, in that sense, to be a threat aimed at America’s voters, telling them, telling each one of us: Vote for Hillary Clinton, or else! He’s not telling us what that “or else!” is going to be — and maybe he himself has no accurate idea of how far it will ultimately cycle and go. Ultimately, whatever he thinks it would be, might not turn out to be the last step in this cycle of escalation — unless it’s going to go directly to a blitz attack against Russia.

Obama is thus coercing us, before he coerces Putin. He’s telling us: If we vote against Hillary Clinton — if she loses this election — then President Obama has something in mind that we won’t like — and he won’t wait until the next President is inaugurated on 20 January 2016 to do it, whatever ‘it’ might be. Obama here is threatenting not only Vladimir Putin, but the American people. Even if Obama truly believes that he alone possesses all the power, he does not, unless he possesses the power to terrorize America’s voters to elect Hillary Clinton, even if we otherwise would not.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • wayno

    The sooner PUTIN vapourizes OBAMA and HITLERY, you Yanks can get on with your lives, Hopefully,PEACEFULLY
    just sayin!! :!: :!: :!:

    • Eggzactly

      yanks? the uk is on alert as well. you are closer than we are.

    • 2QIK4U

      So true. Are you another Aussie Wayno? Related to Deano maybe? Lol

  • Boo

    If comments like this are aired on NBC this Sunday, then I can only surmise the water supply in Washington DC like that of Flint Michigan has been similarly compromised. Lead poisoning, possibly mercury poisoning … could be a combination of both or a cocktail of elements no one has screened for yet. These are comments from a seriously mentally compromised group of people. I would have a toxicology test on done on these people ASAP!

  • Mark

    Born in Alaska would love to return to be part of Russia again … it seems that only you do not know that … yes they are hoping that this finally happen. :cool:

  • Mark

    Sorry… wrong post… :sad:

  • Eggzactly

    just call him obama, he is no president.

    • 2QIK4U

      Barry Soetero . Or I find President OSAMA spot on

  • 2QIK4U

    Another Secret Hitlary has been hiding is if elected the terrorists are promised entry to America as reward along with TEN MILLION MUSLIM’S INSTANTLY BROUGHT INT AMERICA TO LIVE! THE HOUSES THEY ARE PROMISED WILL PROBABLY BE YOUR HOUSE!

  • The Watcher

    Putin, the LEADER OF THE EARTH, is laughing at this! Obama is his shoe shine boy! He will MAKE SURE that we have PRESIDENT TRUMP! Then Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Hubbell, and a whole lot more will all go to prison for the rest of their lives!

  • jknbt

    15 October 2016

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, D.C. 20500

    Attn. Barack Obama, President

    Mr. Obama:

    I am alarmed about the situation in Syria. Only one mistake by an overly zealous major or lt. colonel could easily start WW3. Your agenda seems to be that you want to go down in the history books for a diplomatic success like Kennedy had in 1962.

    You need to come to terms with these realities:

    1. It is not 1962. It is 2016. The world has changed since 1962.

    2. Syria is not Cuba, which is only 90 miles off our border.

    3. You are not John Kennedy, or anything close to his standard.

    4. The Russians are simply not going to back down from their stand in Syria. Period. Do you understand this? Why can’t you grasp this fact?

    5. If you keep pressuring the Russians like you have been, the situation could easily turn into WW3. If that happens, your daughters will grow up in a nuclear wasteland. Do you really want this? The Russians really can be pushed too far.

    6. The Republic’s best interests do not lie in forcing Assad from power. Who cares who governs Syria? Let him alone. He is the democratically elected president of a sovereign country. You cannot issue one of your “out of bounds” executive orders to sweep him from power. This is so typical of hypocritical democratic mentality and thinking: you espouse democracy, but only as it applies to leaders that meet your approval.

    7. Word is out that the war in Syria is to secure a clear route for a petroleum products pipeline from eastern Arabia and Qatar to Europe. An alternative route is that they can run their pipeline from Arabia to Port Said, Egypt. The products can be shipped over the Mediterranean without having to go through Syria. Did the Bilderbergers and Super-Rich order this war? Whom are you working for, anyway?

    You need to back down, Mr. Obama. Don’t do anything to burn this country in a nuclear conflagration for any reason. You are only the president for 97 more days. Don’t abuse your power in what time is left.

    Yours, JKNBT

  • kletus_ledbetter

    Neither country will be as it was before if they get in a nuke war. Kiss Washington DC, New York, Moscow and Leningrad good buy along with other key cities of both countries. There would be mass civilian casualties on both sides and lingering radioactivity that would kill for many years in the future. It would take an absolute mad man to start a war like this. Someone who has no regard for the lives of his countryman. Both countries would be economically devastated for years to come. Is obama willing to do this to keep his ass out of the fire? The massive amount of incoming warheads would overwhelm the missile defense system and many would strike their targets.

  • nobody

    Oh, Putin is shaking in his boots now! /sarc
    For the record, Obozo only thinks he rules over anyone… not legally elected, it matters not wtf he’s says about anything.

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