Trump and Bannon a greater threat that global warming

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On the cover of the Feb. 13 TIME magazine is the sinister face of Donald Trump's friend and Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon. Like Trump, Bannon has a long list of failures in his life. Central to his dark philosophy is his view that cyclical wars are somewhat inevitable, happening about every 40 years throughout the whole history of the United States.

On page 22 of the Feb. 13 issue of TIME is a commentary by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev entitled, "It all looks as if the world is preparing for war."

The magazine notes that "Russia has an estimated 7,000 nuclear weapons while the U.S. has about 6,800." Gorbachev states that one salvo of missiles from a nuclear submarine "is capable of devastating half a continent."

Gorbachev says that nuclear weapons should be outlawed.

It's not going to happen.

In the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s, worldwide destruction was narrowly averted by a last-minute phone conversation between John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev. Many of Kennedy's military advisers didn't want the conversation to happen. The U.S. and Russia were within a millimeter of MAD (Mutually assured destruction).

That's precisely where we are today in February 2017.

In his TIME article, Gorbachev mentions President Franklin Roosevelt.

At the beginning of his presidency, Franklin Roosevelt said soothingly to the American people, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." That is no longer true. What we truly have to fear most is not that global warming will gradually overwhelm our fragile world, but that with the lethal leaders and weapons at our disposal we will wake up some morning and simply find that our rare, beautiful world is no longer there.

— Robert Williams

Bennington



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