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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Ukraine war - what next?


More than 500,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed during the ill-fated US-UK-NATO proxy war on Russia. Huge numbers of wounded are also frequently left on the battlefield to perish as Kiev does not have the will or the capability to medically treat their own soldiers.

About 10,000 of Kiev’s forces have surrendered in recent weeks, using a special radio channel to contact the Russian military. The soldiers understand that Kiev has lost but the US pushes them onward to certain death.

Recent statements from the UK leadership that they should send 'advisers' and warships directly into Ukraine eerily reminds of Washington stepping deeper into the Vietnam war quagmire.

One must wonder if the western war-mongers are either completely stupid or pathologically suicidal?

Is the Pentagon (Zelensky's army has been thoroughly defeated and replacements are beyond scarce)  now ready to suggest a similar crazy strategy as the Brits and prepare to ramp up US advisers as 'boots on the ground'? 

Will the US reinstate the 'Draft' as a way to fill up its declining military ranks?

A new report by the Rand Corporation (chief Pentagon funded think-tank) reports:


Types of Potential Escalation in Conflict

Type of Escalation Definition Example

One side escalates purposefully to prevent defeat or gain an operational advantage


A state decides to use nuclear weapons to eliminate a conventional capability of its adversary


One side takes an action it does not perceive as escalatory but its opponent interprets it as such

A state undertakes a conventional strike that inadvertently damages its adversary's nuclear command and control systems; the adversary interprets this action as intentional targeting of these systems



Unintended action or mistake

A communications failure in a nuclear missile silo leads to a launch that was not authorized by the state's leadership


Washington's neo-con led government appears to be inching toward a desperate plan that includes sending Kiev long-range missiles from the US and Germany that can strike deep into Russian territory. These terrorist attacks would not change the outcome on the battlefield but would be intended to (according to Rand’s assessment) 'put political pressure on Russian leadership'.

That is the best Washington-London-Brussels can hope for at this point. 

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s response is as follows:

    The number of leadership idiots in NATO countries is growing.

    One newfangled cretin - the British defense minister - has decided to move British training courses for Ukrainian soldiers to the territory of Ukraine itself. That is, to turn their instructors into a legal target for our Armed Forces. Realizing perfectly well that they will be ruthlessly destroyed. And not as mercenaries, but as British NATO specialists.

    Another fool - the head of the Defense Committee of the Federal Republic of Germany with a hard-to-pronounce surname - demands to immediately supply the Khokhobanderites with Taurus missiles, so that the Kiev regime can strike at the territory of Russia to weaken the supply of our army. They say this is in accordance with international law. Well, in that case, strikes on German factories where these missiles are made would also be in full compliance with international law.

    After all, these morons are actively pushing us towards World War III....


Maybe a strike against the UK or Germany is just what the west wants Russia to do. It might very well then give NATO the 'duty' to go full-bore against Russia. It often appears the west is crazy enough to step that far. After all, US-NATO are currently rounding up allies in the Pacific to have a go against China. 

But can the Americans and Europe actually handle war with both Russia and China or is the goal sort of a replay of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan? It's called 'Chaos theory'. Turn them into rubble in another 20-year war that destroys the economies in Russia and China and ultimately forces regime change. Then the west declares victory as they stand depleted inside their own hollowed out economies from boomeranged sanctions and endless war spending.

In order to pull all this off the US-UK-NATO must convince their own populations that sustained spending on war with Russia and China is a priority. Increased propaganda and censorship appears to be the favorite remedy for the western 'democracies' to reign in growing anti-war sentiments. 

Recent polls in the US show that 55% of the public now want to end support for Ukraine. The US is currently paying for more than 50,000 bureaucrats in Kiev and Ukraine's Social Security system. If the American people knew those facts they'd shit a brick.

Inside of the Republican party there is currently a revolt of their Libertarian caucus against more war funding. RFK Jr.'s apparent decision to leave the Democrats and run for president as an Independent further complicates the 2024 national election for the two war-mongering political parties.

So despite the expensive new Rand Corporation study there are few good options available to the west. Rather than admit defeat I believe we can count on the mad-hatters in US-UK-NATO to find dirty ways to keep the war going until the public eventually forces them to quit.

So in the end it is up to us, the great unwashed, to mobilize inside our beleaguered countries in order to build the movements needed to sink this evil war plan before our lovely Mother Earth erupts in a red hot flash. 

Conservative estimates reveal that at least one billion people would die in a nuclear war. Then comes nuclear winter and global starvation. Isn't it time to reject western corporate dominated political leadership?

Keep paddling - now more than ever.



Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Philippines space issues webinar - Oct 6 at 9:45 pm EDT (Maine time)


'Nothing about NATO'



"None of this justifies Russia’s invasion". 

It is however crucial to understand, as NATO head Stoltenberg recently confirmed, that war in Ukraine is indeed taking place on a long historical continuum of controversy over NATO expansion.

The empire of lies in action.... 

Say one thing but do another. 

Monday, October 02, 2023

Slovakia pivots away from Kiev



Former Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico's populist SMER-SSD party has won Slovakia's election, results showed on October 1. 

The preliminary results showed that Slovakia was heading towards a government that could pose a challenge to NATO and EU unity on Ukraine. 

As part of his campaign, Fico has pledged an immediate end to Slovak’s military support for Ukraine. 

Fico previously served as Slovakia’s prime minister for more than a decade, first between 2006 and 2010 and then again from 2012 to 2018. 

Sunday, October 01, 2023

History lesson: Peace Walks past and future




A few weeks after the march left Cleveland, PM Magazine from WJW Channel 8, Cleveland's CBS affiliate, aired this thoughtful report. 

Several marchers are asked they are from and their answers show marchers came from all over the world. The segment closes with a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower.


This is one of the great stories from the late 1980's when the US and former Soviet Union were staring each other down in a nuclear arms race.

The Great Peace March was a wonderful event that drew massive support after another group which tried to organize the walk across America failed before it got out of the starting gate.



After the Great Peace March arrived in Washington DC about 200 of the marchers came to Florida where the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice (which I coordinated at the time) was organizing a peace walk from Kings Bay nuclear submarine base in St. Marys, Georgia to Cape Canaveral in Florida. It began in January of 1987 and concluded with well over 5,000 people protesting the first test launch of the Trident D-5 nuclear weapon that were put on submarines after the testing phase.

Nearly 200 people were arrested for going over the base fence at Cape Canaveral - the last mile of the 'Peace Pilgrimage to Stop the Trident' was led by famous baby doctor and activist Benjamin Spock who was the first person to climb the fence.



Today we see the US refusing to renounced 'first use' of nukes (which Russia and China have done). The US since 2001 has been pulling out of various arms control treaties with Russia (such as the ABM Treaty) in order to gain the fleeting goal of 'full spectrum dominance'.

And now we witness US-NATO's failing proxy war on Russia and war with China next on their hit list.

We need a similar shot of activism and true peace making during these difficult times like we witnessed from the Great Peace March. Without it we will continue to descend as a nation into the vipers pit.

Veterans For Peace (and other sponsors including the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space) are now in the process of organizing a peace walk across America beginning next January in Santa Monica, California. The walk is scheduled to arrive in Washington in time for the early July NATO meeting which will mark the 75th year of that archaic war-mongering organization.


I plan to participate in the coming peace walk in 2024. I have organized 10 peace walks during my career (5 thru Florida and 5 thru Maine) and believe in their power to transform lives of walkers and those who witness the walks. I've already given some input into the planning process and hope to do more as we go along.

Stay tuned for more details. For more info write to Tarak Kauff at


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