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US Now Assessing Effectiveness of Dropping Nukes on Russia & China — Seriously

Amid heightening tensions with China and in the wake of accusations Russia somehow interfered in the election, U.S. Congress has instructed intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command to assess the ‘survivability’ of Chinese and Russian leaders in the event of an above- or below-ground nuclear strike.

Under ordinary circumstances, such a review could be considered routine, but — given President Donald Trump’s ratcheting up of hostilities with China and the Democratic establishment’s scapegoating of Russia for its own shortcomings — it seems more an indication the U.S. could be preparing for war.

Interestingly, the plan for this analysis came buried in the 2017 NDAA, which former President Barack Obama signed into law two days before Christmas — timing almost certainly intended to deflect attention from several unsavory measures buried in the law’s pages.

This review, had it garnered attention, surely would have set off further debate on the perilous provocation to war with nuclear capable nations.

According to the NDAA, reviewers will perform “an identification of which facilities various senior political and military leaders of each respective country are expected to operate out of during crisis and wartime” and, additionally, the “location and description of above-ground and underground facilities important to the political and military leadership survivability.”

“Key officials and organizations of each respective country involved in managing and operating such facilities, programs, and activities” will also be identified by analysts.

Bloomberg reports, “Under the little-noticed provision in this year’s defense authorization measure, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Strategic Command — which plans and would execute nuclear strikes — will evaluate the post-attack capabilities of the two nuclear powers. The law mandates a report on Russian and Chinese ‘leadership survivability, command and control and continuity of government programs.’”

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Strategic Command will also evaluate how Chinese and Russian plans relate to the post-nuclear deployment plans of the United States.

“Our experts are drafting an appropriate response,” Strategic Command spokesman Navy Captain Brook DeWalt told Bloomberg in an email, adding, “it’s premature to pass along any details at this point, we can update you further at a later date.”

Written before Trump took office, the planned analysis nevertheless aligns with the president’s statement the U.S. nuclear arsenal should be strengthened — despite his stated goal of rapprochement with Russia.

In December, he told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe, “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” And in a brazen tweet the same month, Trump declared, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

On Friday, Trump ordered Secretary of Defense James Mattis to “initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.”

Ohio Representative Michael Turner, who sits on the House Armed Service Committee’s Strategic Forces panel, told Bloomberg via email the U.S. “must understand how China and Russia intend to fight a war and how their leadership will command and control a potential conflict. This knowledge is pivotal to our ability to deter the threat.”

China and Russia, he continued, “have invested considerable effort and resources into understanding how we fight, including how to interfere with our leadership’s communication capabilities.

“We must not ignore gaps in our understanding of key adversary capabilities.”

While posturing about Russia being responsible for hacking and otherwise manipulating either the election or the U.S. populace has subsided since Trump took office, the president has intensified hostilities with China over trade, as well as maritime territorial issues in the South and East China Seas.

Russia and the U.S. ostensively possess some 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons — but Moscow has reportedly spent a great deal of time and money upgrading and improving its arsenal, where the U.S. has not.

Assessing the plans of world leaders in the event military action turns nuclear indicates the use of these weapons remains a viable option.

“Nuclear leaders in Russia and China ‘plan to direct nuclear forces from inside command bunkers buried deeply beneath the earth or deeply inside mountains,’ said Bruce Blair, a Princeton University research scholar on nuclear security policy and co-founder of Global Zero, a group devoted to eliminating nuclear weapons,” Bloomberg reports.

With a cascade of contentious executive actions coming nearly every day since Trump took the oath of office, vigilance — particularly concerning bellicose exchanges between the U.S. and China or Russia — is an absolute imperative.

  • Mark Skinner

    A bit scary.

    • Bill the eighth

      Not scary, pure BS. Makes me wonder what they are doing behind our backs to post this ridiculous nonsense.

  • Hohum2

    Is every one MAD, or have they forgotten whet MAD means? A Nuke war is a VERY BAD idea. How long do you plan to live in bunkers, because it will probably be in the 1,000s of years before the surface MIGHT be habitable again. Doh!!

    • Seth Tyrssen

      Exactly right. But I don’t expect anything will change, until the idiots in power have blown everything up. Then MAYBE a few survivors will exist, somewhere, that will build something better than a world based on war profits.

      • rtb61

        Reality those most capable of surviving the conflict will and that is the most hardened assets of society, the military. What they really fear, is very, very angry members of the military, whose families have been killed will seek revenge on those who did the killing, the military members that actually launched the nukes, the politicians that didn’t stop it and the executives who cheered it on for profit.
        Much of the armies of the world will be left and they will have a global thirst for revenge. Do you know who will not survive the aftermath of world war three, those who had a hand in it, no bunker deep enough, no tax haven far enough away.
        That’s why this stupid research, some idiots still think they can get away with it, stupid, just stupid. Keep in mind whilst they do nuke a bunch, much of the planet will still be live able just not very desirable and a short life span for the people there. Still much longer than those in the underground bunkers who would get dug out and hung as decorations on the still few standing trees, ugly as can be imagined and worse. Someone has to be blamed so the rest can go on in peace, a whole lot of some ones.

    • Jeanne Lofland

      They figure about 7 years. That’s how much supplies they have in most of the bunkers that have been set up for this country’s Elite. If you have a few extra million laying around, you can buy a whole floor or just the space you think you might need. The last I heard about the one bunker, their final concern was how to store enough toilet paper to last them the 7 years.

      • Jim Clark

        Read Revelation 6:15

    • raz-0

      Remember, MAD stands for mutually assured destruction.

      This isn’t preamble to a war, this is due to the fact that China has been building an arsenal and russia has been updating theirs. We have been letting ours sit. Despite all the Trump nuclear fear mongering, even the Obama administration needed to assess if our nuclear capabilities were remaining competitive. Which is how you keep the M in MAD.

      Nukes are a pretty affordable way to keep your border sound with regards to invasion.

  • LadyDonnalands

    The nation of Iran and Korea will be the ones who will light the match of destruction. It is very sad for the world…Here comes the gnashing of teeth, desolations, earthquakes in diver places…Fire…that melts us…is so much like Zechariah 14:12-” And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”

    • elmysterio

      It’s not Iran or Korea that you have to worry about.

      • LadyDonnalands

        I am sure they will be the patsies.

  • Brian King

    “The trump shall sound and the Lord shall descend” Armageddon

  • doucyet

    This has been an ongoing task since 1950, they have maps of the blast zones online. It’s simply renewed rhetoric with this new President at the helm. But you never know! If TPTB say it’s time………….BOOM.

  • lernin

    When is the last time you heard the word “PEACE” uttered out of the mouth a US government official?

  • Tara McFly

    We must not ignore “gaps”? Do you people believe you’re in a Stanley Kubrick movie?
    Get your collective s#!t together and STAND DOWN. Nuclear war is NOT a winnable situation for any country. How long do you plan on living underground after your final war, hmm? What the blue he!! is wrong with you people?

  • AlDossary Ahmad A

    United States is a country of cowards. They dont have the gutts to nuke China. They know what will happen if they do. China is NOT hiroshima, China is United States worst nightmare.

    • Bill the eighth

      You don’t know what you’re talking about, just spewing ridiculous nonsense. This article is pure BS, fear mongering Kabuki theater.

  • permalink

    “Interestingly, the plan for this analysis came buried in the 2017 NDAA, which former President Barack Obama signed into law two days before Christmas”

    I thought Obama could do no wrong?

    Must be getting difficult to find stories to get TFTP regular commenters riled up…

  • Insanity.

    Do these people realize, that even if by some miracle, they “won” a nuclear war, that the entire planet would be irradiated and the sun would be blocked out (nuclear winter) and we would all die?

    We need to do away with all governments, they have proven throughout history that their only purpose is to protect the elite class and send their people to die in wars that they start.

  • Mudpuppy

    I think that’s been going on since the 1940s. Nothing new here. Just more fear-mongering over Trump. It’s smart to evaluate all your options.

  • Gaylen Anderson

    We need to urge any country that plans to nuke us to strike the WH first. That might solve everything.

  • ZoRo

    Foreshadowing, President Obama’s first Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,
    said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by
    that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do
    before.” FDR used this crisis to forever change the very structure of
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  • MrRetloc

    I find it absolutely incredulous that OUR government is concerned about the ‘survivability’ of Chinese and Russian leaders; while the ‘survivability’ of those they are charged to serve and protect can be the subject of another study. Perhaps, Health and Human Services would be assigned this mediocre task. Silly me…they took an oath to protect and defend the constitution: no mention of #WeThePeople!

  • Socrates207

    The US or Russia can not win a nuclear war, to think about it is just nonsense. I know that there must be some generals or ignorant politicians who think they can win a nuclear war if they attack first, however, what they don’t know is that the response will be worst, total destruction of the human race. Both countries have more than 7.000 nuclear heads Do the math.