by MICHAEL PECK

A U.S. nuclear bomb exploded off the South Carolina coast after U.S. military leaders refused an order by Pres. Barack Obama to destroy Charleston in a false-flag operation to create chaos in the United States, claims a European newspaper.

According to the European Union Times article, Soviet military intelligence, known as the GRU, notified President Putin and the Soviet Russian General Staff that a U.S. B-61-11 nuclear bomb exploded 620 miles off the coast of Charleston on Oct. 8th, causing a magnitude 4.5 earthquake that Russian intelligence was able to measure through seismic detectors.

Now comes the truly strange part. “In the aftermath of the Obama regime’s failed false flag nuclear attack on Charleston,” said the article, the GRU discovered that Obama fired Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina and Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, and Marine Corps Major Generals Charles Gurganus and Gregg Sturdevant for refusing to execute the diabolical order.

“Adm. Giardina and Gen. Carey were the first to note Obama’s transferring of nuclear weapons to Charleston outside of the normal chain of command, GRU experts say in this report, Generals Gurganus and Sturdevant were tasked with leading U.S. Marine troops from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to begin the implementation of martial law after this false flag attack had taken place,” said the European Union Times.

As the saying goes, war is politics by other means, and South Carolina might as well be in a political state of war with Obama. But the president of the United States resorting to nukes to stop the Tea Party? Crazy as that sounds, Snopes.com had to post a denial.

What is interesting about the story is that it seeks a patina of credibility by linking to real events. Four U.S. commanders were indeed fired this month, but not for mutiny. Giardana and Carey were senior commanders of U.S. nuclear forces that failed recent inspections of missile launch crew readiness, as well as alleged lapses in personal behavior.

Gurganus and Sturdevant were forced to retire because of a Taliban attack against a poorly defended airbase in Afghanistan that killed two Marines and destroyed six Harrier jets.

Also interesting about this story is its source. The European Union Times, which describes itself as an “international newspaper” that is “produced by a dedicated staff from the European Union and by contributors from all around the world,” apparently has a surprising knack for obtaining secret Russian military intelligence reports.

Another recent story alleged that the Russian government may issue a travel advisory to its citizens, advising them to avoid the U.S. because they might get shot by out-of-control American police.

So unless you believe that U.S. presidents resort to nuclear bombs instead of ballots, take this story with a double grain of salt.

Michael Peck is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes the War Games blog at Forbes.com. His Twitter is @Mipeck1.

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