Nuclear threats and escalation in Ukraine
By Wayne Allensworth
The Washington-Brussels-Davos Blob, as I observed in my last post, likely rejoiced when Vladimir Putin opted (took the bait?) to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. He might now have set more limited goals, but the invasion gave the Blob the opportunity it had hoped for; i.e., to use the Ukrainians as cannon fodder in a war aimed at “regime change” in the Kremlin.
Even as President Biden launched his own version of the Ministry of Truth at home (to combat “disinformation”), at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner recently, he railed against threats to “the liberal world order,” and we know just what (Russia and Middle America) and who (Putin and “the deplorables”) he had in mind. The two “fronts” in the Blob’s global war on traditional moral norms and nations are linked in Sleepy Joe’s fuzzy thinking.
Judging by the tidal wave of cash and weapons flowing to Ukraine, the Blob counts on seriously escalating the war. Meanwhile, its minions have pretended to be shocked, shocked, that Russia’s president has been saber rattling in the middle of a war he considers of existential importance for his country. Putin warned that Russia would use “all the instruments” it has at its disposal in the event of outside intervention in the war. Russia’s response, he said, would be “lightning fast.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated plainly that we face a “serious” threat of a wider war, including the use of nuclear weapons, one that should not be underestimated. It was important, said Lavrov, not to inflate those risks “artificially” by NATO using Ukraine in a proxy war against Russia. Lavrov added that NATO shipments of weapons to Ukraine would be considered legitimate targets for Russian attacks.
Meanwhile, more than 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Blob’s Dr. Strangeloves are apparently contemplating nuclear war. The Yorktown Institute’s Seth Cropsey, for instance, writing in the The Wall Street Journal, noted Russia’s test firing of a “Sarmat” ICBM on April 20, as well as Putin’s warnings about Western intervention in Ukraine. And he is prepared to think what should be unthinkable: “The reality is that unless the U.S. prepares to win a nuclear war,” he wrote, “it risks losing one.” The U.S., opined Cropsey, must “recalibrate” its “strategic logic for a nuclear environment.”
Proposing such a scenario is madness; all sane Americans must condemn it. The Blob’s crusade to get Putin is both ideological and irrationally personal. In the Blob’s crazed imagination, Putin is one personification (Trump and Hungary’s Viktor Orban fit the bill as well) of everything it hates. And that includes us. If the Blob can conceive of using nuclear weapons in a war in which America has no stake, would it stop at anything in attacking us, the American Remnant it viscerally loathes as much as it does Trump, Orban, and Putin?
Wayne Allensworth is the author of The Russian Question: Nationalism, Modernization, and Post-Communist Russia, and a novel, Field of Blood.