NUKE NIGHTMARE: Biden Says Putin “Not Joking,” Risk of Nuclear War Greatest Since Cuban Missile Crisis

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President Joe Biden aboard Marine One arrives at the Wall Street Landing Zone in New York, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reception. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Joe Biden said Thursday that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, as Russian officials speak of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setbacks in the eight-month invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “a guy I know fairly well” and the Russian leader was “not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.”

Biden added, “We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” He suggested the threat from Putin is real “because his military is — you might say — significantly underperforming.”

U.S. officials for months have warned of the prospect that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine as it has faced a series of strategic setbacks on the battlefield, though Biden’s remarks marked the starkest warnings yet issued by the U.S. government about the nuclear stakes. As recently as this week, though, U.S. officials have said they have seen no change to Russia’s nuclear forces that would require a change in the alert posture of U.S. nuclear forces.

“We have not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture, nor do we have indication that Russia is preparing to imminently use nuclear weapons,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.

The 13-day showdown in 1962 that followed the U.S. discovery of the Soviet Union’s secret deployment of nuclear weapons to Cuba is regarded by experts as the closest the world has ever come to nuclear annihilation. The crisis during President John F. Kennedy’s administration sparked a renewed focus on arms control on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Biden also challenged Russian nuclear doctrine, warning that the use of a lower-yield tactical weapon could quickly spiral out of control into global destruction.

“I don’t think there is any such a thing as the ability to easily use a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon,” Biden said.

Speaking to Democratic donors, Biden said he was still “trying to figure” out Putin’s “off-ramp” in Ukraine.

“Where does he find a way out?” Biden asked. “Where does he find himself in a position that he does not not only lose face but lose significant power within Russia?”

Putin has repeatedly alluded to using his country’s vast nuclear arsenal, including last month when he announced plans to conscript Russian men to serve in Ukraine.

“I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction … and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said Sept. 21, adding with a lingering stare at the camera, “It’s not a bluff.”

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that the U.S. has been “clear” to Russia about what the “consequences” of using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine would be.

“This is something that we are attuned to, taking very seriously, and communicating directly with Russia about, including the kind of decisive responses the United States would have if they went down that dark road,” Sullivan said.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier Thursday that Putin understood that the “world will never forgive” a Russian nuclear strike.

“He understands that after the use of nuclear weapons he would be unable any more to preserve, so to speak, his life, and I’m confident of that,” Zelenskyy said.

(AP)

10 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry Biden, you are the BAD MAN at the post, Hashen took Bibi and Trump from the picture and left a pile and a box of garbage to be cleared….all that is is only Hashem

  2. If his nukes work as well as his other weapons, we have little to fear. The sole danger is that unlike the Soviet Union, which was always governed by a committee (even under Stalin), Russia is sort of a one-man show – however it is in many ways dependent on Chinese support which will serve to restrain him.

    Russia being unable to defeat Ukraine is like the Mets or Yankees losing to the Brooklyn Cyclones, or even more humiliating, the Baltimore Orioles. Putin has a military that tends not to follow orders, runs away from battles, and whose accomplishments have given the Russian military industries a bad reputation. Even shooting off one nuke invites massive retaliation, and the most likely result is that Russia gets leveled, the US is unharmed, and the “nuclear winter” (from Russia burning) allows Biden to claim credit for having finally done something to reduce global warming.

  3. Voting for a demented Alzheimer diseased treasonous Marxist America hating zombie, has tragic consequences.
    If Trump was President, Russia would not have dared to invade Ukraine.
    Next in line is Taiwan being invaded by China.
    The world has lost all the fear and respect they once had for the U.S

  4. Trump’s trying to tie American aid to Ukraine agreeing to help Trump attack his political enemies is probably something that encouraged Putin to invade Ukraine. And Trump’s disrespectful attitude towards our allies (and suggesting the US should quit NATO and Europe) went a long way to encourage Putin. Biden’s unwillingness to give modern weapons to Ukraine, as well as his surrender in Afghanistan, further encouraged Putin. THe US needs a president to bury, once and for all, the doctrine of “America First” (which goes back to the pro-Nazi isolationists of the 1930s), to state clearly the leading the Free World is what makes America Great.

    Where are the neo-cons when we need them?

  5. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan need to be brought into NATO immediately

    (and no there won’t be a need to change the name)

  6. Mekubalim are convinced that the war of GOG UMAGOG will start on Succos, that’s why on Succos we read twice the haftorah describing that war.
    On top of that,CHAZAL tell us that MOSHIACH will be coming on MOTSAI SHAVUOS,the eight year of the SHMITA cycle, which is this year.
    We are living in interesting times.
    By the way if there is one country that deserves to be nuked, it’s none other than Ukraine.
    The atrocities they committed against the Jews during the holocaust, surpassed even the Nazi’s