Yesterday, U.S. President Joe Biden delivered a rambling Q and A news conference, and more than once he stopped full-track in front of two weird microphones that only allowed for his directional words to be properly picked-up when he was standing right in front of them.
Meanwhile, in the press room, non-directional stereo microphones picked up all questions very clearly. But several times Joe Biden seem to stop; go quiet in mid-sentence; sometimes close his eyes, or look up at the ceiling as if a voice from somewhere was telling Joe to "shut up" - to the effect that "you can't say that".
But he did say something in keeping with what we published yesterday, and except for one non-redacted account on a BBC site today, an explosive combination of words = "nuclear" and "war" seem to have been removed.
It is not his references to NATO and "strategic" weapons and even "nuclear weapons" that seem to have vanished, but the reference to "nuclear war" tied to the escalation of a war that begins small and then drags in other European nations and results in "nuclear war" that seem to alarm the secret censors of redacted texts.
It was the escalation of a small incident at the start of the 'Great War' that turned it into World War One. The same thing happened in World War Two .... but now
A Nuclear World War Three?
This is what President Joe Biden said yesterday on CNN and other news outlets for the world's listeners to hear for themselves and see his lips moving as he said them in response to a reporter's question (as reported in text by the BBC on their web site):
Asked how concerned he was about the possibility of a conflict in Ukraine sucking in neighbouring NATO states, he said:
"The only war that is worse than one that's intended is when it's unintended and what I'm concerned about is that this could get out of hand.
I am hoping that Vladimir Putin understands that he is, short of a full-blown nuclear war, he is not in a very good position to dominate the world. And so I don't think he thinks that, but it is a concern."
(Source for quotation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60061300)