By Jerry Kroth
May 15, 2023:
Clearing House --A few months
before war broke out, Putin held a press conference. A BBC reporter asked if he
was going to invade the sovereign county of the Ukraine or would he be giving
them some sort of security guarantees? Frustrated, Putin said “Security
guarantees!” We are the one who need security guarantees! The US built missile
bases and “attack systems” in Poland and Romania. What would you do if we built
missile bases in Canada or Mexico?
That got me wondering, but then the war started, and all the sanctions and
condemnations flowed, and I kind of forgot about that press conference.
But now that we are over 400 days into this war, I still wonder if Putin was as
crazy as he is described in the media, or whether there was any basis for his
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I wrote to a number of professors of
international relations, but then decided,
“Hey why not ask Chat Gpt?”
So I did. My first question was this:
The US has missile bases in Poland and
Romania. It says the bases are purely
defensive. Russia argues they could easily
be converted to offensive “attack systems.”
Question: “Does Russia have a right to
inspect the Polish and Romanian missile
systems to verify that they are purely
defensive in character?”
And Chat GPT said “No!”
My next question was whether there were any
nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe.
Chat GPT said “No!”
Well that is reassuring. “What makes Putin
so uptight?” I thought to myself.
Then I asked “Are there any treaties
prohibiting placing nuclear weapons in
Chat GPT said “No!”
Hmmm! “Well maybe he does have a right to
Then I asked “Are there Pershing II missiles
in Europe which can carry nuclear weapons? “
Chat GPT said “ Yes, and they were stationed
in Germany “but then it said there were none
in Europe, so I didn’t get a straight
Chat GPT kind of disappointed.
Then I asked if there were any hypersonic
nuclear missiles in Europe today?
Chat Gpt said the following:
“I’m not sure about hypersonic nuclear
missiles in Europe today, but according to
an article on globalresearch.ca, the United
States will soon deploy hypersonic missiles,
armed with “a variety of payloads” (that is,
nuclear and conventional warheads), in
Europe (there are rumors of a probable first
base in Poland or Romania). However, I
couldn’t find any information on whether
these missiles have been deployed yet.
And then I said to myself, “Jesus!”
I then asked how fast a hypersonic nuclear
tipped missile can fly
It answered, 6200 km/hour.
I started putting two and two together. If
Ukraine joined NATO and US/NATO built
military bases there, a hypersonic nuclear
tipped cruise missile could hit the Kremlin,
which is 390 miles away, in about 6 minutes!
So, basically, this amounts to a Cuban
Missile Crisis in reverse, happening before
our eyes. When Putin says NATO presents an
existential threat, he’s talking straight
If NATO wins this war, the Kremlin could be
hit in 6 minutes with a hypersonic nuclear
missile based in Ukraine, and there are no
treaties prohibiting that eventuality.
If we negotiated a strategic arms treaty,
today, it could specify that only defensive
weapons in Poland and Romania could be
deployed, no NATO bases in Ukraine, no
hypersonic nuclear tipped missiles at all in
Europe, no nuclear weapons in Eastern
Europe, and Russia would get to inspect and
verify. Simple enough. Imagine that!
There would have been no war at all. And all
those lives lost could have been saved.
Why we couldn’t —or can’t—agree to that
boggles my mind?
Jerry Kroth, Ph.D. is an Associate
Professor Emeritus from Santa Clara
University in California and may be
contacted through his website