Sarah Palin Talks Lightly About Nuclear War
September 12, 2008
Sarah Palin is now officially the poster child for the insanity of the neocons. Interviewed by ABC News, the vice presidential candidate said war with Russia is a possibility. “We have to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there,” she averred. “I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally. If another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help…. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller, democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”
Palin is wrong on all counts. First, Georgia is not a member of NATO and is not likely to become so, mostly because the Europeans are more sane than the American neocons, primarily because they live next door to Russia. Second, Russia did not invade Georgia, Russia defended South Ossetia from an attack launched by Georgia. In its defensive action, Russia took out Georgia’s military capacity and that necessitated going into Georgia proper. Third, Georgia is not a democracy as should be apparent when one looks at Saakashvili’s reaction to opposition protesters last year — he responded with tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and a “state of emergency,” that is to say martial law. Of course, in Bushzarro world, a government installed by NED and Soros is considered a democracy — and black is white and up is down.
Cheney trekked to Ukraine last week to tell Yushchenko and his color revolution installed gang that the U.S. will support their effort to get into NATO, never mind this is unpopular in the country. “It is obvious that so far the majority of people in Ukraine is opposed to NATO membership and wants it to remain neutral,” reports Ilya Kramnik for RIA Novosti. “In the complicated domestic situation, forced entry into NATO may split the country and some of its regions may secede. Such an outcome is not likely to please either Kiev or Brussels, so there are no grounds to expect Ukraine’s fast NATO entry.” Naturally, the wishes of the people will not be allowed to stand in the way of the neocons and their brazen and clumsy attempts to provoke Russia.
All this NATO business increases the prospect of war between the United States and Russia, as Palin admitted. “The problem with NATO expansion is simply this: each expansion calls into question NATO’s willingness to go to war. Would the US and Europe and (importantly) Turkey really declare war with Russia over Georgia or one of the Baltic States? Or even the Ukraine?” notes Ian Welsh.
NATO expansion threatens the equilibrium of mutually assured destruction. MAD [Mutually Assured Destruction] requires that both sides have clear and transparent knowledge of what the other side will and won’t escalate over. In the Cold War, both sides knew that an attack on a NATO or Warsaw Pact member by the other side would lead to general war, and understood that that general war could easily escalate to nuclear confrontation, probably started by whoever thought they were losing.
For Palin, or rather her neocon handlers, this is not a big deal. If you think the prospect of a nuclear war will make the neocons back off, think again. It’s not simply hubris or mental illness — the neocons want war, and the bigger the better, because it will make possible the realization of their demented, crypto-fascist philosophy based on the dictatorial musings of the Nazi crown jurist Carl Schmitt. Total war, even nuclear war, will promote their Hobbesian view of the world where an absolute decider-commander demands absolute submission. Of course, a little radiation does not bother the neocons, as they have bunks reserved in the fallout shelter.
As Paul Craig Roberts notes, the neocons are determined to have a war with Russia. “The Committee on the Present Danger regarded the neocons as crazy people who would get America into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The neocons hated President Reagan, because he ended the cold war with diplomacy, when they desired a military victory over the Soviet Union,” writes Roberts.
The Republicans will get us into more wars. Indeed, they live for war. McCain is preaching war for 100 years. For these warmongers, it is like cheering for your home team. Win at all costs. They get a vicarious pleasure out of war. If the US has to tell lies in order to attack countries, what’s wrong with that? “If we don’t kill them over there, they will kill us over here.”
It’s funny, in a perverse sort of way, that the corporate media went around and around about Barack Obama’s lipstick on a pig comment. In fact, the lipstick is on Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology. Our neocon novi homines want their “dictator in perpetuity,” their Julius Caesar, to lead them into battle against Russia and China. McCain is a sorry dictator perpetuo, but it really does not matter who sits atop the throne because the neocons call the shots — and the final shot will come screaming in on a Russian SS-25 with a thermonuclear payload.
Palin may not realize what she is saying when she talks about NATO and confronting Russia. But then she really does not need to because she is little more than a cigar store Indian with talking points in hand composed by a coterie of madmen.
She too has a reserved spot in the bunker.