Washington Dreamers

According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which provides the public, policymakers, and scientists with the information needed to reduce manmade threats, we presently live in a time of unprecedented danger. The Bulletin’s 2023 Doomsday Clock now stands at only 90 seconds before midnight.

The data from this clock has appeared on almost all mainstream media sources since June 1947, and it is meant to symbolize the possibility of nuclear catastrophe. It was set at 17 minutes in 1991 – the end of the USSR and the Cold War  – and has decreased almost constantly in the decades since.

Things have gotten a lot more dangerous in recent years. The doomsday hand closed to two minutes in 2018-19, and to 100 seconds in 2020 at the height of Russiagate scandal, when the former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Senator Sam Nunn wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine that we are “Sleepwalking Toward the Nuclear Precipice” and that “The World Needs a Wake-Up Call.”  It looks like no one in Washington listened, and as a result the Doomsday Clock has now reached the historical minimum: 90 seconds to extinction.

We must thank President Biden for this gloomy news since according to his own claims, also expressed in the Foreign Affairs almost immediately after moving in the White House, “I will protect the United States’ economic future, and once more have America lead the world.”  This statement and many others in this article and elsewhere, including in his State of the Union address, are full of lies.  But when it comes to the nation’s security, both his lies and actions have brought us to the current sad state of affairs. 

Obama’s Vice President Biden had a Ukrainian portfolio, i.e. the powers that he used to coordinate the February 2014 coup with the help of his adviser Jake Sullivan, as well as Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. There is no doubt that the current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who was the national security adviser to the Vice President at the time, was also involved in this process, but in a telephone conversation between Nuland and Pyatt on February 4, 2014, that is, 18 days before the overthrow of then-President Viktor Yanukovych, Nuland mentions only Biden and Sullivan, with whom she was obliged to discuss the details of the operation. Joe Biden also used this coup to install his son Hunter on the board of one of the most corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, who then, according to Hunter himself, shared the profits with “the Big Guy.” 

Then came the fake “Russiagate” scandal when Biden, Hillary, and a large bipartisan crowd of Trump-haters first tried to prevent his 2016 election, and after failing the first time succeeded on the second try in 2020. They’re ready to make another go at it in 2024.

Ashley Rindsberg of The Spectator has dubbed Russiagate the “media’s Vietnam”: “Over more than four years, Russiagate became more than a cause. It became the media’s raison d’être, so important that it forced some of the most reputed outlets in the country to openly disavow cherished journalistic values, like objectivity and neutrality, in favor of a crusade against one man.”

One of the major factors in Biden’s victory in 2020 was his blaming of Russia for implanting the content of megabytes compromising the whole Biden crime family in Hunter’s “laptop from hell.”  This lie was also supported by many present and former government officials, as well as the media. Good luck to Jim Jordan and the rest of House leadership in cleaning up these mountain-sized piles of dirt.

These and many other actions by Biden and his team shows how they managed to succeed in presenting Russia, which has been trying to be an American friend since the Gorbachev days, into an enemy.   And so, here we are, on the edge of the abyss.

So, where do we go from here?  Is there any hope to avoid the worst-case scenario? Well, hope dies last. The 2024 presidential race has begun and although World War III by proxy is already underway, so far no nuclear weapons have been used, and there still is a glimmer of hope.

Trump is already running. So is former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador Nikki Haley. Several other Republicans are considering, among them Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, and most likely a few others like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo among them.

However, only Trump says that had he won in 2020 there would be no war and if he wins in 2024 he will stop it immediately — that is, if he and the rest of us are still around instead of being deep under radioactive dust.  

Also, even if Trump performs a second miracle and wins it’s hard to see what he can achieve if he fails to assemble the right team, which he obviously was unable to do the last time. His previous appointees – almost totally consisting of Swamp-critters — sabotaged him on foreign policy. Gen. Mike Flynn, about the only top person who was right for his job and who shared Trump’s ideas, was quickly shown the door with the help of Mike Pence and FBI Director James Comey.

Among those who can help Trump and all of us to survive besides Flynn are outliers like former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Rand Paul, Col. Douglas Macgregor, and journalist Tucker Carlson. There are many Trump supporters in Congress and among the foreign policy experts’ community.

As for Ron DeSantis, he could be a great VP candidate who could get White House experience to run for President in 2028. My wife and friends call me a naïve dreamer, but what else can we count on if not on dreams in these turbulent times.