Playing With Nuclear Weapons: Will Trump Defy Humanity?

I was cut up short reading a tweet that Trump wrote the other day. (I assume he wrote it but I note that he has said other people have access to his Twitter account and they can tweet for him. This, of course, is another lie but it is an attempt to protect himself from his own words and give him some deniability.”

The tweet that caught me up was: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again! 1:25 PM – 19 May 2019”

Whatever could that mean “the official end of Iran?” How do you end the existence of a country? How would a person even think that could be accomplished? Never mind that, why is a person who is the U.S. president tweeting out such absurdities?

I pondered that thought. Then I remembered Trump’s statement about nuclear weapons. I also remembered Sheldon Adelson’s statement about them in relation to Iran. Knowing of the close connection between Trump and Adelson I dreaded thinking that Trump was actually planning to nuke Iran. I suppose that would in a sense be the official end of Iran since much of the area nuked would not be habitable for many years; along with that, there would be a drastic decrease in the number of Iranians living there.

If that is to be the case, the land no longer inhabited would be, after the radioactive material cleared, open for settlements of people from other countries. They could inhabit the land, change the name of the country, like we have changed the name of the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Gulf, and Trump’s words would ring true.

What did Trump say about nuclear weapons. Here’s a few of his statements: On March 30, 2016, he was told people don’t want to hear an American president talking about using nuclear weapons. He responded. “Why are we making them? Why do we make them?” He also said speaking of nukes: “because, at a minimum, I want them to think maybe we would use it, OK?” Then there’s the statement put out on Morning Joe that Trump when speaking with a “foreign policy expert,” repeatedly asked “why can’t we use nuclear weapons.”

As for his friend Adelson, here’s his approach to Iran: “Adelson then imagined what might happen if an American official were to call up an Iranian official, say “watch this,” and subsequently drop a nuclear bomb in the middle of the Iranian desert. “Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes’,” . . . “So a tremendous demonstration of American strength?”

The person hearing this asked, “So that they would get the message?” Adelson responded: “It’s the only thing they understand.”

I wondered whether Trump is considering Adelson’s suggestion. The Tonkin Gulf incidents that seem to be happening and are being blamed on Iran: 4 ships slightly damaged, a drone hitting Saudi’s pipeline doing hardly any damage, a missile fired into the Green Zone in Iraq a mile away from the U.S. embassy with no injuries, are all reminiscent of actions that got us into the Iraq war and other wars. They hope to gin up the American people who will believe we had no other alternative than to murder innocent Iranians.

One thing we know about Trump is he is unstable. He responds erratically to the slightest insult. He’s now talking about “the official end of Iran.” Those seem to be code words for a nuclear attack.

 

5 thoughts on “Playing With Nuclear Weapons: Will Trump Defy Humanity?

  1. “Adelson then imagined what might happen if an American official were to call up an Iranian official, say “watch this,” and subsequently drop a nuclear bomb in the middle of the Iranian desert.”

    Uh, no. Our previous use of nuclear weapons destroyed portions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sites of military significance that had not yet been destroyed by our bombing campaign. Tokyo was spared because firebombing had already destroyed much of the city. Destroying an insignificant portion of Japan would have only demonstrated our unwillingness to use the weapons effectively or our inability to accurately drop them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

    1. No strategic value to those cities. That is why they were selected. Analysts needed pristine targets to assess efficiency.

  2. About a dozen years ago Israel and Hezbollah had a small war. It ended in a standstill. Jennifer Griffin of Fox, who was basically a spokesperson for the IDF warned Hezbollah that Israel had atomic weapons at their disposal. It was an empty threat. Their use is unlikely unless their enemy resorts to special weapons. Colin Powell during the Iraq war cautioned Saddam Hussein not to use chemical weapons because America had special weapons too (atomic). Didn’t Ike threaten their use in Korea? So the threats are somewhat commonplace but meaningless. But the threats of force against North Korea may have brought them to the negotiating table. 2. Trump may be using the same tactic with Iran that he used with N. Korea hoping to drive them to negotiate. But for the next 18 months Iran holds all the cards. A war would be very unpopular and likely cost Trump re election. Trump promised to get us out of these Middle East wars that the Deep State and Military Industrial complex so love. If he breaks that promise he’s looking at one term. The Iranian FM said if Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan couldn’t destroy Iran neither can America. Keeping the peace is the best policy. Peace and Prosperity win elections.

    1. “A war would be very unpopular and likely cost Trump re election. Trump promised to get us out of these Middle East wars…..”

      With his politics of fear the only thing that is needed is to convince people that the threat of war is real. Then he can claim that he brought us back from it’s brink. And he certainly will resort to that. Like, convince people that a horrible enemy lurks across the border in Mexico and then promise to prevent that virus from getting here by building a wall. If you saw ‘Mad Max, Fury Road’ you heard that wonderful statement, “I am your redeemer!” All fable.

  3. Guys that know how to fight don’t throw threats around. They throw punches.

    Trump’s hands are well tied when it comes to the use of nukes and he knows it. But as long as ‘my dad can beat up your dad’ is in the vernacular of his fertile imagination, he will go on pretending that the scary button is in the Oval Office. What a pathetic statesman.

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