Most folks know oodles of acronyms. FBI, AARP, GOP, ACLU, POTUS, are among dozens used endlessly. But one acronym is little known due to both citizen apathy of US perpetual wars, and intentional governmental silence: ATACMS.
It’s not very catchy and does not sound ominous, but it surely is. It stands for Army Tactical Missile Systems.
ATACMS are just another of thousands of destructive weapons in America’s military toolbox.
But this one has potential to draw the US and NATO into all out war with Russia. Why? ATACMS are long range US missiles that can strike up to 190 miles. Top US officials, likely including President Biden, are seriously considering giving ATACMS to Ukraine in their battle to take back all Russian gains in Ukraine, including Crimea. They can reach both Crimea and the Russian mainland.
If so used by Ukraine to attack Russia, it may be a missile too far that could ignite Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Further escalation into nuclear confrontation between Russia and the US/NATO alliance seeking Russia’s defeat becomes more likely.
The Biden administration, Congress, military and pro war pundit class appear all in for America going all out to possibly destroy Mother Earth over a conflict having nothing to do with American national security interests.
The US has cautioned Ukraine not to use US weapons to attack Russia directly. Ukraine President Zelensky is on record arguing he needs to take the war to Russia. Giving ATACMS to Ukraine is a little like giving firecrackers to a little kid…. then telling him not to shoot them off. What could possibly go wrong?
ATACMS: an acronym to die for.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.