Russian President Vladimir Putin warning about NATO missiles in Romania
Reading Paul Craig Roberts latest  , it called to mind something read years ago to the effect, " when it comes to a nuclear confrontation the Russians will always back down,"
That may be the prevailing attitude in neo-con led Washington as it continues to provoke the Russian bear with the recent NATO troop exercises in Poland and the Baltic states while in May placing ABM missiles in Romania and Poland by 2018. Washington maintains the missiles are purely defensive with the ruse of defending against a potential Iranian nuclear threat.
Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin sees through that falsehood warning such ABM missiles can become offensive missiles aimed directly at Russia "done by simply switching the software".  With the American military operating these missile sites the host country wouldn't even know of the switch.
So Putin is fully aware of this capability and at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in June he castigated foreign journalists with "We know year by year what's going to happen, and they know that we know. It's only you that they tell tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger-this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don't know how to get through to you anymore. 
From here though Putin's frustration is clearly evident it would be a mistake to interpret his clear headedness as weakness.
To this septuagenarian this is the most dangerous time since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear a conflagration.
Back then diplomacy worked between President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
But certainly there is no Kennedy in the White House or any close advisors who recognize NATO's actions are seen as clear provocations against Russia that are unacceptable that Putin clearly recognizes as pulling the world in an irreversible direction, nuclear war.
There you have it. The world sits at a precipice of nuclear annihilation though you'd never know it in the US.
There's no discussion, no debate, no protests or demonstrations against the madness being perpetrated by Washington.
Perhaps when most of us are all dead, with just a handful of the terminally ill soon to be dead in the nuclear winter unfolding before them, they'll be the awareness it was all so unnecessary.
 "Armageddon Approaches", by Paul Craig Roberts, "Information Clearing House", July 23, 2016