When the war comes, Trump and Pence will make a deal with Putin as the beastly monster did with Stalin. These operatives are smarter than Hitler and will not attack Russia. They know that a coalition of the Muslim world and the neo soviets are not beatable without a nuclear winter resulting. They want dominance, not self-destruction. What would be the point? These guys are evil and smart unlike the previous most hideous person on the poor pathetic planet. His minions were too scared and at the same time too indoctrinated to see the certain destruction. After all Berlin was leveled. When he knew defeat was inevitable, he turned his forces to the purpose of destroying unthinkably a people he despised. Our guys would fight on and if loss was unavoidable then and only then would they contemplate the nuclear option. Putin will turn on them, the reverse of Hitler attacking Stalin, a move which ultimately lost his war.
I discussed this with a smart progressive friend. His take was that the world would say the hell with you and stand by while the United States destroyed itself. I disagree.
The nations of the world would not entertain the prospect of annihalation. Before that brink is reached it will be economic devastation that would drive the sane powers to intervene. After all, a GREAT DEPRESSION would bring them down too. It is not possible to isolate yourself from yet the most powerful economy. They need that economy to remain buoyant even with the corrupt money changers.
The Chinese have a powerful economy as well. Their chief trading partner is still the USA. We are joined at the hip and they know it.
Trump hates the Chinese as he does the Muslim world. The Saudis will partner militarily with the new USA as they do with the current American incarnation. We arm them and they provide the western world with oil. The Russians have an abundance of this foul substance and do not need anybody, economically or militarily. However, it is not in their interest to save anybody’s bacon. The have enough of their own.
That is the set - up, what is the answer if any? When history is reviewed, we know there is no love lost between the Chinese and the Russians. George Orwell understood this dynamic when he wrote 1984 at the cusp between the end of the second world war and the onset of the cold war. The three way shifting of alliances defined the cold war. At this time, we see the Chinese partnering with the west because it is their economic benefit to do so. That dynamic will be written in stone if the USA sinks into isolation and tacit neutrality with Putin or his successor. The Chinese will have to ally with the floundering former American friends. These Western nations have bacon to save as well.
No, the Chinese are not responsible for the “myth of global warming.” The destruction of the environment would take them down with the rest of the planet and they are all too aware of that “inconvenient truth.” After all, are they not manufacturing solar panels as if their life depended on this technology? It does and they know it. The Russians would be a poison partner and they know this reality as well. The remaining sane western powers are their only hope and they ours.
Would England, Canada, and Australia along with weaker yet stable well intentioned countries be enough? I doubt it. The West needs the Chinese as the Chinese needs the West. The only hope of standing off the neo America is this coalition. Even then the odds are uncertain.
There are also wild cards such as India and Pakistan who could initiate the dreaded final demise all by themselves. What will they do? Who knows. Also, the Russians will have their hands full when the southern Muslim provinces seize the opportunity for autonomy. Orwell's premise will be thwarted. He did not count on Russian solitary survival strategy. Only if certain American suicide ensues would they be willing to intervene.
Perhaps I am full of cheese. I could be wrong and I hope so. I am paranoid and perhaps somebody has to be. If I am even close to the dreadful premise we will all be dead. I don’t desire that grim outcome and neither, I believe do you. Watch, listen and act. What else is there? Vigilance could be our only way out. We best take 2018 then 2020 seriously before it is too late. The constitution is still here. Jefferson, Roosevelt, Roosevelt, and Kennedy are still here. We are still here. We are still here. We are still here.