Thursday, September 08, 2016

America has seen ill health denials (Hillary Clinton) in past presidential politics By Wayne Madsen Report




 America has seen ill health denials in past presidential politics
By Wayne Madsen Report
Hillary Clinton's press spokesman Nick Merrill responded in a Twitter message to an NBC News report about the Democratic presidential nominee's ill health by tweeting, "this ain’t news . . . Get a life." A spate of coughing fits by Clinton has resulted in a re-examination of the health issues that have been dogging her ever since a concussion resulting from a fall in December 2012. Although the press has been under steady fire from the Clinton campaign over Mrs. Clinton's repeated coughing seizures, as well as repeated bed rest, such attacks over presidential health issues are not new in American history.

In 1955, when President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a major heart attack, the president briefly considered not running for a second term in 1956. There was an attempt by the Eisenhower administration to keep the seriousness of the heart attack from the press. Neither Eisenhower nor his closest aides wanted to give Vice President Richard Nixon and his supporters reasons to demand Eisenhower step down for health reasons in favor of his scandal-plagued vice president.

First Lady Nancy Reagan and her closest aides fended off questions from the press about President Ronald Reagan's early stages of Alzheimer's disease during his second term. Mrs. Reagan, while not as hands-on in filling in for her husband as was Galt Wilson, was, nevertheless, involved in a number of important presidential decisions.

The most infamous White House attacks on the press over presidential health came during the second term of President Woodrow Wilson. First Lady Edith Galt Wilson claimed that her husband's disappearance from public view in 1919 was due to "nervous exhaustion" from his participation in the Paris Peace Conference in Versailles, outside of Paris. In fact, Wilson had suffered a second stroke -- his first was in 1914 -- that left him permanently paralyzed on his left side. Efforts by most of the press to get to the bottom of Wilson's health issues proved unsuccessful for all of 1919 and early into 1920.

The New York Times, always prepared to carry the White House's political baggage then and now, wrote that the fact that Wilson managed to speak to Republican Senator Albert Fall during a visit to the White House, a call designed to ascertain Wilson's health, "silenced for good the many wild and often unfriendly rumors of Presidential disability." The term "unfriendly rumors" was the "conspiracy theories" pejorative of the day. In fact, Wilson was unable to walk, speak, or write and he tired easily and his attention span was limited. Wilson suffered from frequent headaches and double vision. Wilson's handshake was described at the time as feeling like "a ten-cent pickled mackerel in brown paper."

The First Lady acted in the president's stead in an effort to prevent Vice President Thomas Marshall from assuming the presidency. Marshall was considered too close to Wilson's chief Republican adversary, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge. Conspiring with chief White House physician Dr. Cary T. Grayson, Mrs. Galt Wilson hid the president's massive stroke from not only the American public and the press but even from the president's chief aide, Joseph Tumulty.


Edith Galt Wilson [right] with President John F. Kennedy in the White House in 1961. She died at the age of 89 on the morning of December 28, 1961, as she was preparing to attend the formal opening ceremony for the cross-Potomac Woodrow Wilson bridge, spanning the river between Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC.

What does Wilson and Galt Wilson have to do with Hillary Clinton? Plenty.

If a President Hillary Clinton's health were to decline, it is a certainty that former President Bill Clinton would emulate Galt and act in his wife's stead as president. Senator Tim Kaine was chosen as Mrs. Clinton's running mate because he, as was Marshall, is a milquetoast politician, would not seek to become acting president of the United States in the event of the incapacitation of the president. Marshall was urged to demand to be sworn in as acting president by Secretary of State Robert Lansing and other Cabinet secretaries but the former governor of Indiana, known as a go-along, get-along humorist who is best remembered for his quip, "What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar," refused.
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First Lady Edith Galt Wilson acted as de facto President following Woodrow Wilson's  stroke [left]. Does Bill Clinton have similar plans? Right: Hillary Clinton departing hospital on January 4, 2013 with Bill and Chelsea Clinton after her fall and concussion 

For Bill Clinton, serving as the de facto president would be an effective third term as president, something barred by the U.S. Constitution.

Substitute Dr. Oladotun Okunola, Mrs. Clinton's traveling neurologist, who is never far from her side, for Wilson's Dr. Grayson, and we have a similar situation of a doctor engaged in a medical cover-up. Photographic evidence showing Okunola constantly at the side of Mrs. Clinton, even helping her to climb stairs and remain steady while speaking, indicate that the Democratic presidential nominee is partially-incapacitated.

 
Dr. Okunola at Democratic National Convention [left]. Neurology physician was never far from Clinton's side. Okunola with Clinton on stage, helping to steady her

 
Okunola giving Clinton a careful visual examination [left]. Okunola assisting Mrs. Clinton up steps [right]
 
Okunola often travels with Bill Clinton while they are en route to a Hillary Clinton campaign event
 
Okunola closes in on Mrs. Clinton after she becomes confused and has trouble speaking [left]. Okunola at Clinton's side during campaign event [right]

Secret Service agent helps steady Mrs. Clinton [left]. Okunola's business card with his medical specialties listed [right]

Monday, August 29, 2016

Clinton's foreign policy would be fraught with problems By Wayne Madsen Report




Clinton's foreign policy would be fraught with problems
By Wayne Madsen Report
The Clinton campaign is running television ads suggesting that GOP nominee Donald Trump's foreign policy would be a disaster for America. Forgetting the fact that Mrs. Clinton's foreign policy, and by default, that of President Obama, was up for sale to the highest bidder while she was Obama's Secretary of State, there is another major problem facing a Clinton presidency. Mrs. Clinton's close friend and aide Huma Abedin, who has tried to downplay her and her family's ties to radical Wahhabist Sunni Islam, has maintained for some time a Svengali-like influence over Clinton.

While Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton let it be known throughout the Department of State that there would be no tolerance for any rumors about "H&H," meaning "Hillary and Huma." WMR learned from a number of State Department sources that the close relationship between Clinton and Abedin resulted in the belief in some quarters that Abedin unduly influenced Clinton's desire to rid the Middle East of enemies of Wahhabism, namely, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Only Assad survived the decision by Clinton to back massive street revolts, with the financial help of George Soros, against these leaders, with Qaddafi, Mubarak, and Saleh falling while Clinton was Secretary of State and Maliki and Mikati falling after Clinton left office.

Abedin has also weighed heavily on Clinton to support the relocation of mainly Muslim refugees from conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia -- conflicts perpetuated by the Obama-Clinton administration -- to Europe and the United States. Mrs. Clinton favors a 500 percent increase in the admittance of mainly Muslim refugees from Syria, North Africa, Iraq, and South Asia. That equates to some 
65,000 to 100,000 individuals. Clinton also supported German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to permit over a million-and-a-half Muslim migrants entering Germany and other European countries from Turkey and North Africa.

Mrs. Clinton's recent tirade against "right-wing" populist media and causes, which in her conspiratorial view of the world includes Russian President Vladimir Putin and former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and Brexit victor Nigel Farage spells a certain disaster for her ability to get along with such other populists as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, potential French president Marine Le Pen. Other current and possible future leaders in Europe and elsewhere who oppose accommodating jihadists, Wahhabists, and Salafists at the expense of Western civilization and Christian culture could also incur the wrath of Mrs. Clinton and Abedin.

As President, Mrs. Clinton will undoubtedly give a cold shoulder to anti-Muslim political leaders, and, with Abedin as her likely White House chief of staff, a Clinton administration could impose visa bans on individuals such as likely Austrian President Norbert Hofer, who opposes burkas and Muslim migrants; Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his fellow FIDESZ party Member of the European Parliament 
György Schöpflin, who recently recommended placing pigs' heads on the Hungarian border to drive out Muslim border crossers; Slovak President Robert Fico, who vowed to "never bring even a single Muslim" into Slovakia; Czech President Milos Zeman, who said "Islamic culture" should not be allowed in the Czech Republic; Polish MP Krystyna Pawłowic, who proclaimed it her duty to "defend the Cross, not the Crescent"; and 28 French mayors who have decided to defy a French court ruling suspending their bans on Muslim "burkinis" as potential threats too public safety.

While Clinton and her lap dog media paint people like Trump, Farage, and others as "fringe," the popular defiance of people of good faith against Wahhabist Sunni extremism, such as represented by the Abedin family and the sharia-loving and Muslim Brotherhood-connected immigration loophole lawyer Khizr Khan, is the mainstream. Mrs. Clinton; Huma and her professor mother who teaches at a Wahhabist-financed university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the Khans; and the Saudi-funded Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are on the radical fringes. CAIR considers any criticism of Muslim radicalism to be "Islamophobic."


With "H&H" in the Oval Office, the U.S. would see an immediate freeze in relations with four EU nations: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

One has to give the Wahhabists some credit in how they moved an agent-of-influence like Huma Abedin so close to the probable next President of the United States. Abedin married ultra-Zionist former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish. Weiner repeatedly took his sex to electronic levels through smart phone "sexting," acts that cost him his House seat and any chance of being elected mayor of New York. Recently, Weiner, who once used the handle "Carlos Danger," was caught sexting a woman while his five-year old son Jordan was lying in bed next to him. Nothing spells "family values" more than wank-sexting while your young son is next to you in bed. But when it comes to "family values," why would not the Wahhabist wife of a pervert not want to be the chief of staff for the wife of a president, who 18 years before, required the Oval Office carpet to be steam cleaned after his seminal DNA was splattered all over the presidential office and on the blue dress of an intern?

Yes, Trump sounds like a super-wealthy Archie Bunker. But, given the alternative, most Americans can relate to Archie Bunker. They cannot, however, relate to sharia law advocates, Wahhabist fundamentalists, or a potential president who finds a female Muslim apologist for Sunni misogyny and pederasty to be "attractive."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NSA formulating American foreign policy in secret By The Wayne Madsen Report




NSA formulating American foreign policy in secret

By The Wayne Madsen Report

The recent disclosures of classified National Security Agency documents liberated from NSA databases by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the signals intelligence agency has been heavily involved in formulating American foreign policy. Information contained in a series of internal NSA newsletters called "SID Today," SID meaning the Signals Intelligence Directorate, describe a foreign policy bureaucracy, rivaling that of the State Department and Pentagon, existing within the intelligence agency. The degree to which NSA now influences U.S. foreign policy represents a sea change in the role of an agency originally charged with eavesdropping on foreign diplomatic and military traffic and protecting U.S. government communications from surveillance.

Many of the detailed foreign policy decisions by NSA are carried out by SINIOS, or
SIGINT National Intelligence Officers, assigned particular areas of responsibility. For example, there are SINIOs for Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, East Asia, Strategic Programs and Arms Control, Science and Technology issues, and Global and Multilateral Issues, the latter including the operations of the United Nations. The SINIOs meet at regular and ad hoc SINIO Council meetings that assess and prioritize the most critical foreign policy issues facing the United States. The SINIOs operate under the aegis of the NSA's SID Customer Relationships Directorate. This top secret foreign policy apparatus operates with little oversight from the Congress and little, if any, input from the State Department. The proceedings of the SINIO Council and even its very existence would have never been known to the public or the press had it not been for Snowden's disclosures.

A July 17, 2003, SID Today item dealt with ways to eliminate Liberian President Charles Taylor's government in Liberia. The SINIO for Sub-Saharan Africa prepared a top secret report on Taylor and elimination options, titled "Charles Taylor -- West African Pariah;    Down But Is He Out?" 

In October 2003, the SINIO for Global and Multilateral Issues proposed ways to deal with a recalcitrant Germany and France, which opposed a UN Security Council imprimatur on an Iraq reconstruction donors' conference in Madrid. Other disclosed NSA classified documents described how NSA authorized "surge" surveillance of the UN missions of members of the Security Council, including those of Germany and France. The SINIO Council called such opponents of U.S. policy in Iraq, the "Coalition of the Unwilling" in an August 6, 2003 SID Today. The SINIO Council also aped the Bush administration's "Axis of Evil" terminology to describe Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.

Other SINIO Council meetings held in 2003 dealt with deterring Vladimir Putin's Russia, dealing with "political Islam" in the Middle East and South Asia, and how the United States, Japan, and South Korea could best deal with a "rising China."

On July 22, 2003, the SINIO Council was briefed by an outside entity called the Eurasia Group. The SID Today announcement stated: "Ian Bremmer, head of Eurasia Group, and severa colleagues will be coming to speak at NSA. Eurasia Group is a research and    consulting firm that focuses on global political-risk analysis, as well as country-specific    and industry research for emerging markets. The name is a bit deceiving, as their    country research coverage includes more than 65 countries in Africa, East and Southeast Europe, Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Middle East, and Southeast and East Asia." The focus on the briefing was on oil and natural gas, terrorism, and Iraqi reconstruction. Bremmer is an advocate of the "weaponization of finance," the use of sanctions, trade embargoes, and asset freezes to supplement America's military power. It is easy to see why NSA was enthused about Bremmer's ideas about waging economic warfare since that eventually became a main focus of NSA's and its US Cyber Command's offensive information warfare strategy.

Bremmer was not the only dalliance by NSA, then headed by General Michael Hayden, with war-hungry neoconservatives. A November 2013 seminar at NSA on "China Rising: Implications of Military Modernization" had, as one of its speakers, a representative from Frank Gaffney's extreme neoconservative Center for Security Policy.

NSA's role in formulating U.S. foreign policy can be traced back to 1971, when the agency created its own International Affairs Institute (IAI), a top secret version of the Council on Foreign Relations. The IAI became its own bureaucracy, inviting hundreds of intelligence community and outside speakers to address NSA audiences and publishing a number of foreign policy papers. In August 2003, NSA and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) conducted a joint classified seminar on the instability of the south Caucasus region at the secure FANX facility near the NSA's Fort Meade headquarters. FANX is an acronym for the "Friendship Annex," a reference to Friendship Airport, the old name for Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The seminar discussed ways to pursue America's interests in the region.


Under Michael Hayden, now a major opponent of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, NSA received foreign policy briefings from the ultra-neocon Center for Security Policy.

A December 2003, NSA three-day foreign policy seminar dealt with ways for the U.S. to deal with "populist and left-of-center leaders in Latin America over the past five years." This seminar undoubtedly dealt with the ill-fated April 2002 coup attempt by the U.S. to overthrow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The coup had the support of the CIA and NSA.

The initial goal of the IAI was to promote an interest among NSA employees in international events and affairs. NSA's foreign affairs "interest" has now grown to include foreign policy formulation.

Through NSA's Foreign Affairs Directorate (FAD), the agency even decides on major foreign policy initiatives with its FIVE EYES signals intelligence partners in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand outside of the civilian foreign policy infrastructures of the five nations. These initiatives included the decision in 2003 to jointly target communications in Burma, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia by NSA, the Australian Defense Signals Directorate (DSD), and New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

A June 12, 2003, SINIO Council meeting dealt with Turkey. It is clear that NSA had suspicions, along with the Turkish military's General Staff with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is also highly probable that the recent abortive coup attempt against Erdogan was carried out by U.S.-aligned members of the Turkish General Staff, aided and abetted by certain elements within the U.S. military-intelligence complex, including defense and intelligence contractor companies. WMR has a string reason to believe that these elements hatched the coup plot in February of this year but without a Presidential Finding from Barack Obama or a green light from CIA director John Brennan, both of whom have close ties to fellow travelers of Erdogan's Islamist leanings. The 2003 NSA briefing discussed how the "pro-Islam Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Turkish General Staff (TGS), guardian of Turkey's    secular democracy, view each other with mutual suspicion. The strategic relationship with the U.S. is seriously weakened, so the U.S. is unlikely to champion Turkey's cause in Europe or with the IMF/World Bank as fervently."

The presence of a super-classified U.S. foreign policy apparatus buried deep within the bowels of the NSA is yet another indication that American democracy died a slow death when intelligence bureaucracies like the NSA were given a wide berth to operate. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the last two and current NSA directors are hard core neoconservatives who believe in American global supremacy.    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ukrainian "black ledger" a forgery concocted by Clinton team and its Ukrainian donors By Wayne Madsen Report




Ukrainian "black ledger" a forgery concocted by Clinton team and its Ukrainian donors By Wayne Madsen Report
The Ukrainian government ledgers recently disclosed by the right-wing government in Kiev and which allegedly contain records of under-the-table payments by the former Ukrainian government to Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort are rank forgeries, according to well-placed sources who spoke to WMR on conditions of anonymity.

Although our sources admit that Manafort was paid by his Ukrainian clients for political consulting services, they also point out that Manafort's company at the time was Davis Manafort, Inc., a partnership based in Alexandria, Virginia, between Manafort and John McCain's former presidential campaign manager, Rick Davis. The media, including the pro-Clinton New York Times, made no mention in its reporting on the Manafort-Ukraine relationship of the inclusion of Davis and McCain in the Ukrainian political consulting deal. Later, McCain actively supported the 2014 coup against Davis Manafort's client, then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. Manafort's and Davis's consulting business in Ukraine was under the aegis of the since-dissolved Davis Manafort International.

Manafort's name allegedly appeared in a handwritten ledger of political payoffs by the former ruling Party of Regions of the now-exiled Yanukovych. The ledger was "found" in the abandoned headquarters of the political party, which was overthrown in a 2014 coup financed by the United States and George Soros and his International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) and Open Society Foundation (OSF). Also involved in the coup planning was then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, and Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian steel and uranium magnate who has donated as much as $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and who maintains a close relationship to Hillary and Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky. Also reportedly involved with 2011 to 2012 discussions at the State Department concerning the future the putsch against the democratically-elected Yanukovych government was Melanne Verveer, a Ukrainian-American State Department official under then-Secretary of State, Clinton, and Douglas Schoen, a longtime political consultant to the Clintons. Yanukovych was elected as president of Ukraine in 2010.

According to leaked Soros files, others involved in the 2014 coup against Yanukovych included David Meale (Economic Counselor to Pyatt); Lenny Benardo (OSF); Yevhen Bystrytsky (Executive Director, IRF); Oleksandr Sushko (Board Chair, IRF); Ivan Krastev (Chariman, Centre for Liberal Studies, a Soros-funded operation in Sofia, Bulgaria); Sabine Freizer (OSF); and Deff Barton (Director, U.S. Agency for International Development, Ukraine [USAID is a conduit for the Central Intelligence Agency]). Soros was also present at a post-coup meeting on March 21, 2014 that involved U.S. support for the "New Ukraine." Soros pushed for sanctions against Russia for refusing to recognize the coup government, which included neo-Nazis, and rejected a federalized Ukraine that would grant self-government to the Russian-speaking eastern Donbass region.
The so-called "black ledger" is said to cover the years 2007 to 2012 and consists of 400 pages "removed" by the newly-formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau from Party of Regions bound ledger books. As any forensic specialist is aware, the removal of bound pages from a ledger renders the authenticity of both the ledger and its information highly suspect. The new bureau is rife with operatives of Soros, who, according to files hacked from Soros computers, actually ran Ukraine shortly after Yanukovych was deposed in the themed "Euromaidan" uprising of 2014. Although Manafort was charged with accepting $12.7 million from Yanukovych's party, no records of such payments are found in the pages released by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.


A very poor quality image of a page from the alleged Party of Regions payments ledger. Paul Manafort's name does not appear on the page released by the Ukrainian government. Knowledgeable sources told WMR that the ledger is a forgery concocted by the Ukrainian government of President Petro Poroshenko, Victoria Nuland at the State Department, George Soros, Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, and the Clinton presidential campaign.
Pinchuk's involvement in the Democrats' operation against Manafort, who resigned as Trump's campaign manager after the Ukraine story hit the press, is problematic. In addition to donating millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, Pinchuk's annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) summit held in Yalta on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine has drawn participation from Bill Clinton; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; former NATO military commander, Clinton confidante, and noted anti-Russian polemicist General Wesley Clark; former George W. Bush chief adviser Karl Rove; disgraced and criminally-convicted former CIA director David Petraeus; Bush national security adviser Condoleezza Rice; former President of Georgia and current governor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili; disgraced former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn; former Polish foreign minister and noted neo-conservative Radoslaw Sikorski, who is married to Washington Post neocon columnist Anne Applebaum; Bill Clinton pal and journalist Strobe Talbott; and Wikipedia's dubious and disingenuous co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Rove's connections to Pinchuk are noteworthy, considering the fact that he has been covertly advising the Hillary Clinton campaign. The appearance of Ukrainian forgeries in an attempt to derail the Trump campaign bears all the markings of a typical Rove dirty tricks operation. Rove has also been a longtime political enemy of Manafort and Davis.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Helen Caldecott: “America Still Thinks It Can Win a Nuclear War”


Helen Caldecott: “America Still Thinks It Can Win a Nuclear War”


I just attended the 31st annual national Veterans for Peace convention here in Berkeley and was truly inspired by the hundreds of vets who attended it, and by their organization’s heroic stand for peace.  As one vet put it, “Been there, done that — war doesn’t work.”
And while wandering around the grounds of the convention center before the festivities began, I ran into Helen Caldecott, an Australian doctor who has bravely spoken out against the use of nuclear weapons ever since the terrible days of America’s Cold War.  I’m not sure what I was expecting that she would look like — perhaps Super Girl in a cape?  But she was just an ordinary-looking person, like someone you would meet on the street.  Until she started speaking to an audience of 300-plus veterans.  And then her eyes flashed, her voice rang out like a warning bell and her passion came alive.
“I am a pediatrician,” she told us, “and if you love this planet, if you love the next generation of babies, you will change the priority of your lives — because right now, America’s top priority seems to be for us to come as close to nuclear war as we possibly can.”
“A baby is a baby is a baby — born with that beautiful purity of soul.  We have to tap into that.  But instead our political representatives have become corporate prostitutes.  Americans hold the golden key to the future.  But instead, Americans are holding the world for ransom with their guns and their bombs.”  And according to Caldecott, what a lot of bombs we do have!
And as if all those mega-stockpiles of bombs we have now aren’t enough, “the government is currently planning to spend one trillion dollars more on replacing every single bomb, tank and missile we own.”
And if that’s not scary enough for ya, America still thinks it can fight and win a nuclear war.  No no no and no!  The powers that be think that dropping 100 nuclear bombs on 100 cities will win the current war-de-jour for us.  “But all that will do is end life on earth.”
And the most scary part of all is that, “It could happen tonight.  It could happen right now.  We are closer now to nuclear annihilation than ever, even closer than we were during the Cold War.  North Korea and Iran cannot end the world.  But the sociopaths in charge of our nuclear weapons can.  For instance, Clinton has never seen a war that she doesn’t like.”
And Americans don’t clearly understand what a nuclear war will be like either.  “Everything throughout the world will be vaporized and burned.”  If we understood this, we would all be taking to the streets in protest right now.  Perhaps we think that American exceptionalism will save us?  “What exactly are Americans exceptional at?  Nothing.  They don’t even have kangaroos.”
Every single city in America is targeted by the Russians right now.  “Twelve H-bombs are targeted on New York City alone.  Every city in America is targeted with at least one nuclear missile.  And Russian cities are targeted the same way by America.  And all this insanity is at the mercy of human fallibility too.”
And fighting with Russia is crazy.  Continuing to stock Europe with nuclear weapons pointed at Russia is like waving a red flag at a bull.  It would be as if Russia was arming Canada with nuclear missiles aimed straight at Washington DC.  Not cool at all.  “The Russians will fight to the last person to defend themselves, just like they did against Hitler.  Putin is being set up as the evil one in this scenario, but it is the USA that is the evil one,” by even thinking that they can actually win a nuclear war.
Caldecott spoke passionately about her motivation for trying to stop nuclear war — motivated by her love of our babies who will grow up to be our next generation.  And we can only hope that these babies will grow up to be wiser than us.  Or at least that they will even get achance to grow up!
Next up to speak at the convention?  Andrew Bracevich, Oliver Stone, Roy Scranton, Rhodessa Jones, Ann Jones, Antonia Juhasz, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Patrick McCann, Gerry Condon, Col. Ann Wright, David Cobb, Brian Willson, Kathy Kelly, Zahra Billoo, Jonathan Hutto and Daniel Ellsberg — among others.  Dr. Caldecott is a hard act to follow but let’s see what they have to say.