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War Drums Can Be Heard: war is imminent: nuclear war

Updated on December 18, 2016

Listening to the Wardrums of Nuclear War

No one knows what will cause the next World War. We do know that nuclear weapons are readily available to countries that are dealing with some serious issues on the global scene.

We do not know exactly how much grief a country, or its leaders, will suffer before they will “cross the line” and use the nuclear weapons that are available in their military arsenals.

Leaders who have a nuclear arsenal available to them should be very stable people, not too “full of pride,” and surely not short tempered or revengeful kind of people.

We have a sitting president in office, here in the United States of America, who has approximately one month left to go in his 8 years of service as our Commander in Chief. He has been highly successful in his role as President in the sense that he has avoided leading us into our 3rd World War. This has been no easy task given the forces that are at work, globally, that are pushing us in the direction of World War Three.

This last election process, the campaign and all, and all “the mess” that have come along with it, that has managed to keep our Country divided down the middle, has not helped the situation to improve globally. Anytime you have the biggest Gorillas on the playing field (China, Russia and the United States of America) constantly intimidating each other, intentionally, unintentionally, or otherwise, the global community is at risk of a nuclear holocaust in the long run, if not in the immediate or near future. In less than one hour, a nuclear war can be fought and the whole world destroyed. It will take far less than one hour to get the job done. We know that the total destruction of great cites take very little time once the nuclear weapons, in the hands of fools with pride, are actually deployed.

The Russians have these “Satan” missiles that are rather effective nuclear weapons. However, the “Satan 2” missiles which they will be bringing online fairly soon, are “very wicked,” that is, effective, nuclear weapons. Just one of these Satan 2 nuclear missiles, that fly super-fast from “point A to point B” will destroy areas the size of Texas or France in one blow.

I have no idea what China has in their nuclear arsenal. I have not had the time to research China’s weapon systems yet.

The first time I entered the U.S. Navy was in January, 1966. It was during an era when the Vietnam War was preoccupying most people’s attention.

During my first four years of Naval service I worked aboard aircraft carriers. My first aircraft carrier was the USS Essex (CVA-9). The home port for this ship was at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. That was my home for a while. I went to sleep early one morning, standing on the side of the Aircraft Carrier, at the hanger deck level, and fell of the side of the ship. “Man overboard” was called and I was rescued, treated for hypothermia, and allowed adequate time for recovery. That was the primary event in my military life until later that year.

Later that year we were at sea on the USS Essex doing military operations when we inadvertently rammed the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. I was on the mess decks when I felt this “thump” forward of where I was standing.

I ran up to the hanger deck level to see if someone could tell me what was going on. “General Quarters” was called before I could find out what happened, so I had to man my GQ station which was on the “Port Life Boat” deck. That’s when I was able to see the USS Nautilus taking on water, as she was discharging water overboard. I will never forget this scene for as long as I live.

The USS Essex had sustained damage to bow at the level of the transducer. We would have to go to the Boston Naval Shipyards for a time to get our damaged hull and other repairs completed. I don’t know what happened to the USS Nautilus. She did not sink. I suppose she went to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company or another repair facility for repairs. Special people are required to repair nuclear powered ships, especially submarines. This event was my major sea life experience until we later ran the USS Essex “aground” trying to get into port at San Juan, Puerto Rico. By the way, every time we experienced a major event like the two that I have shared with you, the Captain of the ship is relieved. “That’s the way it goes.”

It appears that I have diverted my attention from the subject of the discourse that I am writing about “the probability of World War Three.” But I have not. Not really.

During the 20 years or so of active duty that I racked up in the U.S. Navy I was able to learn some things from the “War Fighters” that I had an opportunity to serve with. I had an opportunity to be around and listen to “Flag Officers” because of a menial job that allowed me to listen in on their conversations. Admirals are fairly bright and gifted people. Some admirals are really, really bright. After serving aboard the USS Essex for 2 years I was transferred to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company to serve with the Pre-commissioning Crew of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67). This assignment allowed me time to be around and listen to some truly bright characters.

None of the people that I crossed paths with at the shipyard at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock company was more gifted or brighter than the Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the masterful Father of the American Nuclear Navy. There were none like Admiral Rickover. I was able to converse with him, on occasion, as he moved about the shipyard. He was there, from time to time, for business that involved the building of nuclear powered “fast-attack” submarines.

I had friends that I had made at the shipyard, “sub-sailors,” who where far brighter that the average sailor serving aboard aircraft carriers. The sub-sailors, they liked me and I liked them. I spent a good amount of my free time in the context of the fast attack submarines being build there at the shipyard because I learned more there. This is how I was able to cross paths with Admiral Rickover and talk to him at times. He liked me “for some odd reasons.”

In my conversations with him I learned that he was not like most of the other Admirals that I had listened to. He was more like a regular person than a military person. I do believe that he did not like the idea of nuclear war based on some of his deep beliefs that he shared with me. I got the impression that he did not like nuclear weapons.

I was 19 or 20 years old and I was not all that smart. Why did a great admiral, the likes of Rickover, take the time to share intellectual conversations with the likes of me. I was “nobody” in the grand scheme of things within the context of this busy shipyard. Truly, this behavior, on behalf of this Giant of a Man, Admiral Rickover, says more about this man than the Admiral bars that he wore on his shoulders.

I wish that we still had men, or women, the likes of Admiral Rickover in charge of the business of helping to ensure the survival of this country.

Admiral Rickover believed that World War Three is a battle that should never fought. There are people who have control of nuclear weapons that do not truly believe that “this war cannot be won.” If the world is destroyed, who is the winner. No one wins in an all out nuclear war. We all lose.


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