Friday, March 6, 2009

America's purported plan to bomb Russia

Michael Kuznetsov sent the following in regard to "Britain as Superpower":


I offer here a few quotes from William Engdahl, and some of my thoughts, for your possible interest:

"While still ostensible allies, during the World War II the United States started to prepare for war with the Soviet Union. In the summer of 1945, at the time of the Conference in Potsdam, the United States had secretly adopted a policy of 'striking the first blow' in a nuclear war against the Soviet Union. To that effect a secret document JCS 1496 was drafted on July 19, 1945. The first plan for nuclear attack was drafted soon afterwards by General Dwight Eisenhower at the order of President Truman.

The plan, called TOTALITY (JIC 329/1), envisioned a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union with 20 to 30 Atomic-bombs. It earmarked 20 Soviet cities for obliteration in a first strike: Moscow, Gorki, Kuibyshev, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk , Omsk, Saratov, Kazan, Leningrad , Baku, Tashkent, Chelyabinsk, Nizhni Tagil, Magnitogorsk, Molotov, Tbilisi, Stalinsk, Grozny, Irkutsk, and Jaroslavl. Detailed in Michio Kaku and Daniel Axelrod, To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon's Secret War Plans, Boston, South End Press, 1987, pp. 30-31. The secret Pentagon strategy since the end of the Cold War to use modernization of its nuclear strike force and deployment of missile defense technology is but a modern update of a policy established in 1945 — Full Spectrum Dominance of the world, via the destruction of the only power capable of resisting that dominance — Russia."

"The pressures of an increasingly desperate US foreign policy are forcing an unlikely 'coalition of the unwilling' across Eurasia. The potentials of such Eurasian cooperation between China, Kazakhstan, Iran are real enough and obvious. The missing link, however, is the military security that could make it invulnerable or nearly, to the sabre-rattling from Washington and NATO. Only one power on the face of the earth has the nuclear and military base and know-how able to provide that — Vladimir Putin's Russia. The Russian Bear sharpens its nuclear teeth . . ."

End of quotation.

Which is why I call my country Russia a Superpower.

As to the numbers of soldiers . . . I am convinced that what matters is not the QUANTITY but QUALITY.

For example, Israel has been successfully pitting against the innumerable Arab enemies surrounding it with the ratio 1 to 40. Imagine: ONE to FORTY! Nevertheless, the Arabs can never defeat the Jews. This is because of the Israeli soldiers' very high QUALITY. They are made of "different stuff" than their Arab adversaries.

The Russian soldier is the best in the world. We are made of different stuff than that of our potential adversaries. By my calculations we can gather an army of 30 million Russian MEN. Not women, of course! It is sheer misogyny to send women overseas to kill and be killed!

As long ago as in October 2007, as you may remember, our President said: "Why worsen the situation and bring it to a dead end by threatening sanctions or military action?" Putin asked. "Running around like a madman with a razor blade, waving it around, is not the best way to resolve the situation."

We Russians do absolutely agree with our President. To stop the madman who is approaching our throat with a razor blade we need a very good, big and reliable nuclear club.

So, I regret to say that soon all of us, the Russians and the Westerners are most likely to see with our own eyes "who is made of what stuff", including each nation's resilience and the capability to arise from the ashes after the all-out thermonuclear devastation.

We believe that with the Lord God's help we Russians shall arise again as it happened always in our long history.
We the Russian people are like a stone, like a single monolith, like one colossal organism. At the same time the West is made of individuals separated like grains of sand. Moreover, we Russians trust in God and rely upon His Divine mercy towards us, while the Westerners have sunk in their godless sins and abominations like sodomy, etc., etc., etc.

God seeth everything. We fear no one on earth but only the Lord God in heaven. Which is why Holy Russia is invincible.

Lawrence responds:

I had never heard of Engdahl, but when I read him, I discovered he uses some common anti-American terms. And what does "Totalitarian Democracy" mean? Since the words mean opposite things, I am not tempted to read Engdahl further to see what he has in mind. Also, this "smoking gun" of his, this secret TOTALITY (JIC 329/1) plan for the bombing of Russia. Why can't I find it on the internet? Where is it? If he has it and it says what he says it says, why doesn't he reference it? I have spent a lot of money buying the best historians on such matters as these. How come none of these historians knew about plans to bomb Russia. They know that General Navarre wanted to bomb the Vietnamese at Dien Bien Phu. They know that MacArthur wanted to bomb China during the Korean war. Why didn't they know that Truman and Eisenhower wanted to bomb Russia? Heck, Engdahl knew it. Why didn't the historians who get paid for being historians know it?

I question Engdahl's understanding of history. He doesn't seem familiar with the most reputable historians. He doesn't seem aware of the real grand strategy created by George Kennan and Acheson during the Truman administration. What went on back then has been scrupulously documented, and it isn't what Engdahl says it was. What he imagines as America's motives is bizarre in the extreme. Think of what America was as late as 1941, a nation opposed to getting involved in European wars. It was "isolationist," something I have written about on several occasions. It didn't think it needed to be involved in European wars. As I wrote, it took Churchill to talk American into helping Britain out. And Davies views this as of critical importance as I believe it was. Using common sense, try to imagine how this anti-war, isolationist nation could in the space of 4 years be turned into a diabolical Machiavellian demon-possessed war-machine champing at the bit to bomb Russia as soon as possible. I know Chomsky can imagine that and apparently so can Engdahl but I can't, and no reputable historian of this period could either.

Some of the rest of what you say doesn't make sense to me – it sounds as though you are trying to work yourself into a frenzy so you can go to war with the west. Not only does it make no sense, but Russia wouldn't do well in an aggressive attack against the West, unless it used nuclear weapons, but if it did that then it wouldn't do well with capital letters.

Do I believe Stalin was unjustly maligned? How can I when reputable historians examine the Russian archives and agree with the statements coming out of Russia that Stalin was indeed as bad as knowledgeable authorities have said he was. I am only interested in evidence in regard to this matter. I am willing to buy and read the best authorities available, but this is not a partisan matter. He either did the things he is accused of or he didn't. So what does the evidence say? I just started a book entitle Stalin, the First in Depth Biography based on explosive new documents from Russia's secret archives.

Oh, one more thing. Any military worth its salt has "plans" for every possible scenario. These plans are "war game." – battle mockups to test officers skills and to figure out the best possible approach to any possible scenario. They are not "plans" in the sense of plans that represent foreign or diplomatic policy. I hope Engdahl isn't referring to war-game plans. If so then he adds ignorance of military procedures to his other ignorance.


Alec said...

"this secret TOTALITY (JIC 329/1) plan for the bombing of Russia. Why can't I find it on the internet? Where is it?"
Lawrence, I haven't found the full text of the document, but CIA site refers to it at

Lawrence Helm said...

Thanks, Alec.

Engdahl twisted the information in a little different manner than I guessed. JIC 329 isn't even a "plan." It is an intelligence evaluation. The people who prepared this intelligence believed Stalin had aggressive plans and history bears them out. So it wasn't the aggressive "plans" of the US that caused the JIC people to offer this option, it was the fear of Stalinist aggression. Also, this intelligence was one step away from an actual war-game plan. Whether the US war-gamed this JIC estimate isn't indicated.