Why we may be closer to Armageddon than "Experts" will admitSubmitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 23:58
NOTE: I am not going to provide links in this OP/EP. All of this information is freely available via a search engine. I will, however, clearly identify facts vs. conjecture. I believe the United States is closer to thermonuclear war that at any time in our history, infinitely closer than the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here is why.
The IMF showdown with the Banks in Cyprus is actually a financial attack on the Russian elites, many of whom are top level military or former KGB. Putin has attacked the IMF's policies in this matter.
The draconian sanctions on Iran and North Korea are attacks on countries that are either clients or suppliers to China and Russia. It is not lost lost on the leaders of North Korea and Iran that "playing ball" with the West and the UN gets you killed, while Israel gets a pass on pretty much everything. This coupled with the embrace of "preemptive war" by Israel and the US provides the perfect excuse for a "Pearl Harbor" attack on the US and Israel.
China and Russia are far better positioned to survive a thermonuclear exchange. China, in particular has been using the dollar to "build infrastructure), which likely includes many underground installations stockpiled with food and water.
North Korea's rapid advances in "mini-nukes" could very well be the due to the help or Chinese or Russian physicists.
Neither North Korea nor Iran needs accurate ICBMs to do major damage to US coastal cities. Both have large fleets of "midget submarines," which could easily carry a nuclear device. Why Iran midget subs could easily reach Israel's coastal cities, North Korean midget submarines could not carry enough fuel, unless some of them have nuclear power plants. This is conjecture; however, again with Russian or Chinese help, this is possible.
While physical damage from such a nuclear detonation might not be extensive, radioactive fallout could make takes permanently uninhabitable.
Presently five US supercarriers are docked at Naval Station, Norfolk. One, the USS Enterprise is undergoing decommissioning. However, the four others make up 40% of the US supercarrier fleet and all five ships probably have full or at least partial complements of carrier-qualified sailors to assist in their servicing.
Russia has already promised thermonuclear retaliation if Iran is attacked. Any massive retaliation against North Korea would cause "collateral damage" in China, giving the Chinese an excuse to use thermonuclear weapons against the US. The US would then be faced with facing off against Russia AND China with nearly half of her supercarriers destroyed, roughly half of her carrier-qualified sailors dead or dying, several of her major coastal cities uninhabitable, her "ally," Israel virtually destroyed and her European allies in financial collapse or accepting the damage or, worse, surrender.
This could well be the reason the leaders of North Korea and Iran are presently behaving so confidently and with such bellicosity. By the way, these midget submarines are nearly impossible to detect using conventional anti-submarine warfare.