Debating the Decision to Drop Nuclear Weapons

75 years ago President Truman’s decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan is largely seen as avoiding an estimated 500,000 to a million American casualties in a Japan invasion.

Truman made the “the least bad [decision] of the alternatives” says Henry I. Miller, at Human Events. The U.S. had recently suffered 18,000 dead and 78,000 wounded between February and June 1945 at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

John V. Denson at Mises Insitute contends the saving-lives reason to drop the bombs was a myth created when opposition over the decision grew.

General Dwight Eisenhower, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral William Leahy and Admiral William Halsey all opposed the bombing.

Truman wanted the display of power as a warning to the Soviet Union. Secondarily he could show the bombs’ effectiveness at ending the war when explaining to Congress the secret appropriations to the Manhattan Project, says Denson.

“The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.”

Admiral William Leahy

Quotes from American commanders at Global Research.

Infographic via The National Post

Trump Pulls 12,000 Troops From Germany

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the movement of 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany (6,400 to home, 5,600 repositioned in Europe.) President Trump had previously cited Germany’s lack of meeting its financial obligations to NATO.

Vivid Maps has created graphics on military expenditures by country for 2020 (above). They also took at look at spending per capita, which shows interesting changes. (below).

HIGHEST
BUDGETS
($ billions)

(Map above)
PER
CAPITA
($)

(Map below)
1. U.S.649 1. UAE2,363
2. China204 2. Saudi Arabia2,005
3. Saudi Arabia68 3. U.S.1,986
4. India67 4. Singapore1,923
5. France64 5. Israel1,795
6. Russia62 6. Kuwait1,764
7. U.K.50 7. Oman1,389
8. Germany49 8. Norway1,330
9. Japan47 9. Australia1,069
10. South Korea43 10. France953
20. Germany597

Army Gets Woke Training

The Army’s Operation Inclusion included “must read” handouts, with a pyramid listing behaviors considered to be overt and covert white supremacy such as “Make America Great Again,” celebrating Columbus Day, and saying “all lives matter,” or “there’s only one human race.”

The triangle of racism, complete with typos, seems to be a redone version of an earlier viral Instagram version from May 2020.

The Army should instead hire Bevelyn Beatty.

Supreme Court Reestablishes Oklahoma Region as Creek Indian Reservation

In the Treaty of 1856, Congress promised that “no portion” of the Creek Reservation “shall ever be embraced or included within, or annexed to, any Territory or State.”

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in the case McGIRT v. OKLAHOMA that the Creek Nation within Oklahoma is reestablished as an Indian reservation.

The Court also ruled the state of Oklahoma does not have jurisdiction over Native American Jimcy McGirt’s case on Indian land, which will most likely be retried in federal court. Other cases could also be repealed. Read more on complicated Tribal law at FBI.gov.

The dissent

Justice John Roberts wrote that Congress’ cumulative body of legislation sufficiently disestablished the CREEK nation, and it is NOT necessary for Congress to specifically declare it disestablished.

However, in ruling against the Trump Administration in the DACA case, Roberts said the administration did not follow exact proper procedures. Interesting.

Indian Slave Owners

The Five Tribes of Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Seminoles whose members collectively held at least 8,000 slaves, signed treaties of alliance with the Confederacy and fought against the North.

After the Confederate loss new treaties were made stating the Tribes had “ignored their allegiance to the United States” and were “liable to forfeit” all “benefits and advantages enjoyed by them.” These western lands became the Oklahoma Territory.

Read more historical background in the Supreme Court ruling.

Not-So-Secret Military Bases: South China Sea Heats Up

The U.S. Navy conducted the largest exercises in years in the South China Sea last weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz launched hundreds of jet sorties simulating attacks on enemy bases.

China’s propoganda newspaper, the Global Times, said the U.S. drills coincided with Chinese military drills occurring in the same time frame, touting their “aircraft carrier killer” missiles.

The South China Morning Post reported Chinese army military drills in Hong Kong, following the passage of the city’s new national security law.

Infographic above at Reservations.com, has more information on each base.

China-India Border Dispute Heats Up

Since 1962, China and India have disputed control of the Ladakh region in the Himalayas. The first fatalities in 45 years occurred on June 17 as soldiers from the two nuclear-armed nations fought with sticks and nail-spiked clubs.

20 Indian soldiers reportedly died according to Indian officials. China has not released its fatalities.

India claims China is moving heavy equipment into the area. China is angered over India building a road connecting a forward air base.

Geopolitical Futures released an infographic explaining the conflict’s history.

China is also dealing with territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

Chinese Influence on the Democrat Party

The University of Pennsylvania has seen a huge increase in gifts and contracts from China since Joe Biden opened the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Read more at The Washington Free Beacon.

The blueprint for worldwide communism seems to involve nonprofit foundations, unscrupulous accounting and law firms mixed with former and future political aides.

Flashback: Bill Clinton gave China missile technology (Capital Research article)

U.S. Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer Launches

The first of four new next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyers launched after seven years of construction. The USS Zumwalt experienced propulsion problems in 2016 and required $4 billion more in upgrades. Read more at NavalToday.com

See more ship details and an animated version of the infographic from the talented artists at Animagraffs.com

South China Sea Heats Up

Communist China claims it expelled a U.S. destroyer from the South China Sea, which Naval officials have denied. (NationalInterest.org)

Putin’s Propoganda Graphic of a Tsunami-Creating Nuclear Underwater Drone

Russian President Vladimir Putin has boasted of a 50-100 megaton nuclear bomb delivered via a massive Poseidon underwater drone, capable of creating a tsunami against an enemy coastline. Russia “leaked” a video infographic to show off the weapon that hopefully does not exist yet.

This year the Russians launched a submarine called The Belgorod designed to potentially deliver a Poseidon missile. Read more at Nationalinterest.org.

RELATED: New Russian submarine test fires intercontinental missile for first time (Oct. 30, 2019, Reuters)