When Will Putin Play His Nuclear Threat Card? What Can We Plan In Response?

By Donald A. Collins | 26 February 2022
Church and State

The threat of nuclear war has rarely been brandished by a world leader in recent times, but Russian President Putin has said he has the weapons available if anyone dares to stop the takeover of Ukraine. It’s an apocalyptic scenario from a previous era. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

As Putin’s brutal, immoral and dangerous invasion of Ukraine moves to usurp what as yet are unknown amounts of its sovereign territory, most of the world’s nations and their citizens are concluding this is not copacetic!

Remember that oft used word copacetic?

What is its origin? Read here.

FOX’s Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump see Putin’s attack as savvy strategy as images on TV show pathetic scenes of innocent civilians in deep distress, and certainly many will die and massive numbers of lives (on both sides) will be disrupted forever.

Now, even against this certain outcome (holocaust?) some GOP partisans want to claim Putin’s behavior is justified by our expansion of NATO after the USSR fell.

Read here what FOX’s main anchor Carlson said.

President Biden has gotten broadly favorable comments from many in both parties about his handling so far of what clearly is the resumption of another major Soviet confrontation as occurred with Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile crisis.

Read here that Wikipedia said about that crisis:

“A confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 over the presence of missile sites in Cuba; one of the “hottest” periods of the cold war. The Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, placed Soviet military missiles in Cuba, which had come under Soviet influence since the success of the Cuban Revolution three years earlier. President John F. Kennedy of the United States set up a naval blockade of Cuba and insisted that Khrushchev remove the missiles. Khrushchev did”

Every credible expert I have heard cautions us that sanctions will likely not stop Putin’s complete attempted takeover of Ukraine, which he will find, exactly as LBJ did in Vietnam, and as I predicted earlier, that this is where his real problems accelerate. Read my predictions here.

Ukraine President Zelensky’s bravery has set an new historic standard. The implications for his potential murder, as he refuses to leave his Kyiv post, and the murder of many others of his associates likely becomes almost certain as the free world stands by apparently helplessly.

In time Putin’s oligarch’s privately sequestered reserve trust funds will run out. Meantime, our and the free world’s constant public disclosures of his brutality will soon be known to all his citizens if not already. His sick economy will get sicker. And his citizens’ antipathy and anger at their personal sacrifices will foment mass demonstrations which will reach beyond police control. I bet even Chinese enthusiasm will wane.

As General Petraeus recently noted on CNN that when he was in command in the Iraq War, he needed more troops to occupy that country than he got. Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.


Putin will discover, as his occupation problems constantly mount, that Ukrainians will continue to react with sabotage strongly and clandestinely against their oppressors. The banner of Zelensky’s probable sacrifice of his life will constantly empower citizen bravery.

In short when Putin becomes a cornered rat, will his implied threat of going nuclear be real? You bet!

Read about his current comments here.

Further he implies, what Trump apparently thought at his initial thought at Putin’s Ukraine invasion was savvy, that if in the West interferes he uses NUKES. Read here.

As I noted above, I have been arguing that conventional warfare in today’s world has become obsolete as a route to any lasting political advantage.

Putin’s hero Joseph Stalin, never balked at killing millions to gain his objectives. Now, if he is out of conventional options, nukes will be on the table.

Will Putin’s oligarchs or his generals or his citizens’ uprisings stop him?

We can be certain our intelligence departments are pondering those very questions now. We can only be thankful that Putin’s pal Trump is no longer President.

My own question is less complex. Do we want Trump or any of his proxies serving in our government? Things are definitely not now copacetic, but I have great faith that the free world will find ways to get through this crisis as Kennedy managed long ago.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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