News Release

Clinton’s “Incredibly Dangerous” Nuclear Brinkmanship


While many have argued that Donald Trump is unstable and therefore unsuitable to be responsible for making decisions about nuclear war, analysts point to a series of Hillary Clinton policies that risk all out nuclear war.

COLEEN ROWLEY, rowleyclan[at], @ColeenRowley
Rowley, a former FBI special agent and division counsel whose May 2002 memo to the FBI Director exposed some of the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures was named one of TIME magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. She said today: “Clinton is engaging in incredibly dangerous brinkmanship with a nuclear superpower but at the same time, trying to lull the public into complacency about the danger she intends to place them in. Last night, she again pledged she would, after being elected, institute a ‘no-fly zone’ and ‘safe zones’ over Syria but she evaded answering the debate moderator’s direct question as to whether she would give the order to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syria. Her evasive response was directly at odds with the recent assessment of General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in testimony to Congress (as well as earlier assessments from former Chief Martin Dempsey and other top generals) that establishing a ‘no-fly zone’ would almost certainly mean war with Syria (and Russia).

“In addition, Clinton mischaracterized what the intelligence agencies are saying about the emails to/from her campaign chief of staff, John Podesta, that are being put out by WikiLeaks. She claimed they have come from ‘the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly, from Putin himself, in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.’

“In fact, a carefully crafted statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper) was far less definitive, stating: ‘The recent disclosures … are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.’ It’s also worth noting that this was not the conclusion of a National Intelligence Estimate, merely a statement from the ODNI and Department of Homeland Security.” [Note: Because of an editing error by IPA staff, this news release originally quoted the line from the ODNI statement: “However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.” But that sentence was referring to “scanning and probing of … election-related systems” — not to the recent WikiLeaks disclosures. IPA regrets the error.]

ELIZABETH MURRAY, emurray404[at], @elizabethmurra
Murray served as deputy national intelligence officer for the Near East in the National Intelligence Council before retiring after a 27-year career in the U.S. government, where she specialized in Middle Eastern political and media analysis. See her page at Consortium News, including “How U.S. Propaganda Fuels New Cold War” and “Seeking a Debate on ‘Regime Change’ Wars.”

She said today: “With the news that China will be joining Russia’s air strike campaign in Syria to defend the Syrian government against ISIS and U.S.-trained terrorist proxies, the next U.S. president will be playing a deadly game if he or she continues the present dangerous trajectory toward military confrontation with Russia. Hillary Clinton is calling for a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria — which basically gives the U.S. carte blanche to shoot down any aircraft over Syrian airspace. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that ‘Right now … for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia,” See video.

“In other words, [Hillary Clinton] … will drag the United States into a war with Russia over Syria (and which now could possibly involve China) — and with 2,000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert, the conflict could easily escalate into nuclear war. Russia is already test-firing nuclear-capable cruise missiles and conducting civil defense drills as the warlike posturing heats up on both sides.

“What is needed is a de-escalation of the current crisis through diplomacy and a standown of the U.S. presence in Syria. Instead of a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria, what is needed is a ‘no-die zone’ — the killing must stop. For that to happen, the U.S. must immediately halt the flow of arms into the country. The U.S. should rein in its allies in the region including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Israel which have fed the conflict through a constant stream of military, financial and logistical aid to terrorist militias and proxies. …

“If Hillary Clinton is elected president we can expect a replay of the then-Secretary of State’s chilling reaction to the violent overthrow and murder of President Mu’ammar Qadhafi: ‘We came, we saw, he died‘.”