America Last pushed the Doomsday Clock to 90 Seconds to Midnight

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By Dr. Derek Ellerman

You and me in a small toy store
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we have
Release them at daybreak
‘Til they were gone one by one*

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which many readers will remember from the heady days of the Cold War, has announced that the Doomsday Clock is now at 90 seconds to midnight.

For as long as I can remember, “5 Minutes to Midnight” has been a euphemism for how close the world was to being destroyed by a nuclear winter. That was three and a half minutes ago.

The Bulletin’s update is due to the war over Ukraine, where the prospect of direct conflict between Russia and NATO is increasingly realistic than a Tom Clancy novel. 90 seconds is the closest the world has ever been to midnight.

Think about that. Closer than all the years of the Cold War, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

America Last and neoconservatism have pushed us to the edge.

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America Last

The insistence that America should protect Ukraine’s borders on the other side of the world (while ours are completely, totally, utterly neglected) by the same people who brought us the war in Iraq and 20 years in Afghanistan has left us at the brought to the cutting edge.

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Back to basic software bugs
Flash the message, “There’s something there!”
Floating in the summer sky
Ninety-nine red balloons pass*

What is America’s interest in risking global thermonuclear war over what was described as the most corrupt nation on Earth until February 2022?

From the less experienced, you get a repeat of the same “Domino Theory” that killed 58,000 American children and millions of Vietnamese. You see, if Ukraine falls, Putin will just continue marching through Poland and eventually straight to Manhattan.

This kind of chauvinism stems from a lack of understanding of Russia’s motives – which are at least partly a reaction to Ukrainian bombings in Russian-populated Donbas and largely a reaction to NATO’s relentless march to Russia boundaries. (Yes, you actually doing must understand your enemy’s desires and motivations. You are no smarter than Sun Tzu or Clausewitz.)

While it’s completely needless to say, it’s necessary to repeat because America Last either doesn’t get it, or is angry that it’s true: if the Warsaw Pact covered South America for the last 50 years and was about to destroy Mexico adding, you can bet your ass that Uncle Sam would be ready to fight.

From the more advanced, you get all sorts of — maybe even worse — gibberish about “international order” and “rules-based order” and other talk that tries to portray the US government as some kind of impartial, justice-oriented international judge.

Yes, the same government that invaded Vietnam for no reason, invaded Iraq for no reason, toppled the democratically elected government of Iran, toppled the government of Libya for no reason, and is currently engaged in an illegal war in Syria.

Reserve. Me.

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Just stop already

The truth is that America has no national security interest in who controls Donbas or Crimea. And even if we did, it wouldn’t be worth the end of all life on the planet.

(Seriously, do these people even know how willing Russia is to take a last stand? They’ve created a real, lifelike Doomsday Machine straight out of Dr. Strangelove.)

Worst of all, a minority of otherwise sane, rational, and well-meaning Republicans sound even more imprecise and licentious than RussiaGate Democrats when someone tells them that Odessa isn’t worth dying out.

Wow! What, are you some kind of RUSSIA lover? How many RUBLES does POOTIN pay you!?

Spare me, baby. Go exchange “You love Russia” talking points with Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney.

Better yet, here is the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion. Actions rather than words.

This country has real, concrete problems to deal with. Look no further than the ongoing mass layoffs, unprecedented invasion on the southern border, $31 trillion in debt, decades of high inflation, etc.

Seriously, man, in the last three months Border Patrol has thankfully caught 38 – 38! – known terrorists on the open border. How many got away? And you’re worried about a land 6,000 miles away?

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Like the great Dr. Paul pointed out, the days of neoconservatism must be over. If not because it is such an obviously poor and destructive nonsense ideology, then because we just can’t even afford it.

America can avoid the fate of Rome. But that’s part of growing up. It means paying our debts, taking care of our own country and elevating our own people.

It doesn’t mean bombing Third World countries to dust or pretending the world depends on a piece of land that most Americans can’t even pinpoint on a map.

Or so-called “experts” for that matter:

Does this person know where the Caspian Sea is? Anyway…

Congratulations. You have elected leaders who have pushed us back to the brink of the Cold War, 32 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Now I fully realize that some reading this may disagree with me. Some even violent. But fear not: almost each The American politician, most European politicians and almost all Ukrainian flag waving Democrats agree with you.

Hardly anyone agrees with me. None of any consequence or power, anyway.

Ninety nine red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, it’s red alert
There’s something here from somewhere else

The war machine comes to life
Opens an eager eye
Focus on the sky
Where ninety-nine red balloons pass*

*Lyrics from 99 Luftballons by Nena

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