Thinking the Unthinkable: Are we Looking at Nuclear Treason?
Nuclear treason is nothing new. It happened in the 1940s when U.S. Communist Party members smuggled Manhattan Project secrets to Stalin’s Soviet Union, allowing him to explode his first bomb in 1949, just four years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It happened again when Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, working at a Dutch nuclear facility, passed on the bomb secrets to Pakistan. Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile is now reported to be vulnerable to a jihadist attack.
Since Harry Truman most American presidents have done their damndest to stop nuclear proliferation, especially to unstable rogues. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963, the most dangerous moment in the nuclear age (so far), was all about Russia’s attempt to plant nuclear-capable missiles in Cuba. Just this week Obama dismissed the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis by saying that “I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born… The Cold War’s been over for a long time.”
It seems that history only started with the Birth of the One. A more direct confession of delusional narcissism is hard to find.
Putin hasn’t forgotten the Cold War, as Ukraine and Crimea are finding out the hard way. Nobody has forgotten history except the Leader of the Free World.
Bottom line: Bill Clinton surrendered to North Korean nukes, and Barack Obama surrendered to Iranian nukes. Those facts are utterly damning. If ever one of those weapons is exploded in anger, you can bet that historians will publish those facts to an outraged world.
Instead of actually stopping nuclear threats, both Clinton and Obama staged “Peace in Our Time” kabuki plays -- in collusion with our corrupt know-nothing media -- to make voters think they were doing something. Both Bill and Barry put their personal egos ahead of stopping weapons of mass destruction.
Historian Victor Davis Hanson wondered this week if Obama’s understanding of the world is a sort of “romantic” adolescent fantasy.
“The president has an adolescent, romantic view of professed revolutionary societies and anti-Western poseurs -- and of his own ability uniquely to reach out and win them over.”
That’s a nice way of saying it. Professor Hanson will remember that two of the major proponents of European Romanticism were Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Richard Wagner. Rousseau pioneered the leftist delusional world that all your liberal friends still secretly believe in, and inspired its first bloody explosion in the Revolutionary Terror in France followed by the Napoleonic Wars.
As for Richard Wagner, in his racial theorizing and hatred for Jews, and in his celebration of the Nordic gods, Wagner was in a direct line of development to Adolf Hitler, who was also a “romantic.” All those people were deeply delusional, and yes, they had a kind of otherworldly enthusiasm for a perfect world of Noble Savages and racial purity. Romanticism as a cultural movement is not the same as romance and love. Romanticism is Europe’s mass lunacy that led to the radical Left and the Nazis. All the hero-worshipping images of the Nazis and the Soviets come from European Romanticism.
The bottom line for any politician with great power is: Is he delusional or not? Stalin was diagnosed as paranoid by Russian psychologist Vladimir Bekhterev, who was promptly poisoned after saying so. Hitler was a delusional narcissist who was ultimately defeated by his own overconfidence in his prophetic powers. The Kim dynasty in North Korea constantly kills or starves hundreds of thousands of people to stay in power. Mentally disturbed leaders are not rare. They’re a dime a dozen.
So I come back to my first question, whether we are looking at nuclear treason today. Remember, nuclear treason is nothing new. It’s happened twice that we know about, and probably more often since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The people who smuggled Manhattan Project secrets to Josef Stalin were also romantics, believing in their own good intentions.
We now have a leader who takes his responsibility to protect the world from inconceivable danger very lightly indeed. If the Cuban Missile Crisis happened before 1963 it’s ancient history. Obama believes his own inner voice with superhuman certainty, much more than he believes our most senior military and political leaders.
No one can change Obama’s mind once’s it’s made up.
No doubt millions of liberals think Obama is very “romantic.”
The rest of us wonder how delusional he really is.