The Water Cooler – World War III?

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm · 66 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you think there will ever be a World War III?

Talk about it….

RANDOM TASK July 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

one word …….CHINA

RANDOM TASK July 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

with the help of Russia of course

RANDOM TASK July 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

hit us from both sides …….ouch

That's All Folks! July 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Not in my lifetime.

94598 July 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I already had my WW III- divorce of 2007 to 2013!

Have a nice day 🙂

ClayDen July 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

We’re in it now, though it has been going on so long that it should be called WW Zero. Of course it it the war against radical Islam, which is what the U.S. Marines were founded to fight over 200 years ago.

Then there is Cold War II against the thug Putin. Lets hope that it stays as a cold war. Elect wisely in 2016, the country and our way of life depend on it. Vote Conservative or we’re doomed.

Peace through strength!!!!!!!!!!!!

SKS July 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Given time, yes… and the populace will all need to learn how to read and write in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese).

There is like 1.6 billion of them on mainland China alone… Ding hao!

RealityCheck July 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Not likely.
The super powers would almost certainly not declare war on each other, due to mutually assured destruction.
That leaves the smaller less powerful nations, who would likely not be so foolish as to declare war on a superpower.
If there is ever a WWIII, then it would probably be over in hours. No one left standing. Not a nice thought.

bored@work July 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Absolutely! I don’t think it’s too far off either. We are a waring species and some day we will destroy ourselves. Just because God gave us a mind with the ability to reason doesn’t mean we’re smart enough or brave enough to use it, pride always gets in the way. Sad but true…

Gargoyle Socks July 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yes. It will start in a Chuck E. Cheese.

Nostrildumas July 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM

There will be an end of the world… Pink bag explosion

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

well, if the stupidity of the populace keeps resulting in the election of presidents like obama, anything is possible.

Always Right July 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Yes. One day America will elect a weak and unprepared President. Someone who has no interest in or appreciation of emerging world threats like a nuclear Iran, a Caliphate forming in Iraq, or terror threats to America from a lack of border and visa enforcement. Need I also mention China and their friends in North Korea?

Oh wait… That guy already IS President.

What were we thinking electing this poser twice?

Yes July 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

it is imminent.

The Mamba July 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I really don’t think so, it seems like superpowers these days no longer seek confrontation with their equals – they choose smaller, winable skirmishes and take what they want.

Justin July 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

― Albert Einstein

DIM SUM July 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Yes we here in Claycord, opps i mean Northern Mexico. Better worry more about China then the invaders from the South. Either way we look screwed. And dont forget about Ebola, we may all go before the war even starts HAVE A NICE DAY………….

What if? July 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“What if they gave a war and nobody came?”

PhilthyPHRESH July 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

What about World War Z?

SKS July 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM

@13.. “We” didn’t elect Obama… the idiots elected Obama.

PO'd July 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Not likely-mutually assured destruction DOES put a lid on things like global domination. More likely the biggest conflict will be when Iran and Israel face off in a nuclear war-it will be over in half an hour. We’ll probably see numerous regional conflicts with Putin, and/or Islamic Jihadists at the center of it.
Hmmmm.. Does sound like the present, doesn’t it?

Pyrrhus July 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

For the sake of the world I hope World War 3 will never happen. Russia’s involvement in Ukraine is worrying as it could be the spark that sets off World War 3 or at least the Cold War 2. I’m critical of the Obama administration but I’m very glad that we don’t have a cowboy president that has us over in Ukraine fighting another war.

I’m hoping further sanctions will put enough pressure on Putin to stop the aggression. I’d be for even more severe sanctions that would harm Russia’s economy (which could partially harm ours temporarily) if it means Putin being ousted.

What's Wrong Here? July 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Then the obama doctrine will be fulfilled.

Captain Cali July 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

WW3 been going on since 9/11/01 the war on Islam has been world wide for a while now. The US just made it more public and I’m sorry to say it will only get worst they will never stop!

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

all I know is I want more free stuff…and I’ll vote for whoever promises me the most!!

Mr. John July 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

If we do, it will be the last.

KenInConcord July 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Why would any super power need to fight us when we are failing from within….

This is one of my favorite notes:::::::::::::::::::::

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

:::::::::::::::::::::::::Where is our nation today????
—- apathy heading to dependence—-

Ken D

This was written in the year 1787.

By Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinburgh)

Darwin July 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I hope not, but I am more worried about a holy war. Islam is lurking in the shadows. The Islamic terrorists incidents appear to be increasing in frequency on American soil.
I don’t have an answer? I wish we could all get along. In my humble opinion, there is no compramise with Isalm, it is their way or death to the infadels (non-muslims). Could you imaging living under Islamic law?

The Grant July 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I have homes in both Russia and CA, am covered in case one of them goes.

unknown July 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM


ClayDen July 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

@Captain Cali

The war of radical Islam started against non-Muslims centuries ago, the problem is that most people are so uninformed that they don’t realize it.

As I stated above, the U.S. Marine Corp was formed to fight Islam “From the shores of Montezuma, to the halls of Tripoli…” The Barbary Pirates were Muslims (which is where the Tripoli reference comes from). It’s time for America and the rest of the Western World to wake up.

Not all Muslims want to kill us, but there are millions of radical muslims who want to.

Jimi July 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

After World War III, a Merman I shall choose to be.

DD July 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It’ll probably start over an Olive Garden.

Dorothy July 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I think we are past WW III and well in some other, higher, number. This particular one started on 9/11 and has been going on since – just bits and pieces keep getting added on so it is expanding.

It is more or less the same one that started with Cane and Able, expanded over the years, and only had a few times when nobody was fighting someone – that history knows about.

Remember folks, hate and evil are both 4 letter words – one begets the other.

tired of taxes July 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

WW III will start off with US and Russia going at it. Then the zombies come and humanity unites to fight back the scourge of undead.
Oh wait, I think that series is called “Game of Thrones” and airs on HBO.

ClayDen July 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM


A significant part of the population is a little farther along, as they are fully dependent already. Thanks LBJ.

@ ClayDen July 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Speaking of people who know nothing of history. The USMC was formed primarily for fleet protection with a secondary role as seaborne infantry. Marines are responsible for the security of the ship and its crew by conducting offensive and defensive combat during boarding actions and defending the ship’s officers from mutiny; to the latter end, their quarters on ship were often strategically positioned between the officers’ quarters and the rest of the vessel. The Unites States Marines, along with the rest of America’s fighting forces were established to fight King George and the British. Fighting pirates (criminals) was simply a side benefit.

anonanonagain July 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

As evolved as mankind has become and our ability to learn from each war (said with EXTREME sarcasm) there will be another war. Religion has always been a great motivator for war as they ALL believe that their Sky Daddy is the most awesome supreme being and the other guy’s is inferior………

Ancient Mariner July 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

“All wars are fought because of money”. (Aristotle. maybe?)
When a country destroys its economy, first it devalues the money, then it goes to war.
Yes, we’ll have war.

@ClayDen, #31-----I believe your quote is backasswards July 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

“From the shores of Montezuma, to the halls of Tripoli” should read From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli. I guess that shoots down your mistaken impression as to the origin of the Marines.

Anon2you July 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

One can only hope…

Rob July 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I have full faith in humans to start WW III sometime….

Stephen July 30, 2014 at 4:42 PM

WWI was caused by countries honoring treaties. WWII was caused by the winners of WWI putting the screws to the losers and ignoring one the allies on the winner side (Japan). So I do not see anything at present for WWIII to happen. Most of the wars after WWII have been about ideaology or greed.

itsme July 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Unfortunately, yes. With those crazy leaders on the other side of the world having access to nuclear and chemical weapons, I think it will happen sooner than we think.

KJ July 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised. If we deplete our world resources (especially potable water) and continue to increase human population, as we seem intent on doing, a world war seems inevitable. Frankly, I suspect what is going on right now in the Middle East is due, in part, to the scarcity of water. (How is the Jordan River doing these days?)

Broke in Colony Park July 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Yes and it will be with Muslims. Policies of Muslim accommodation always result in war because their religion’s founder and prophet was a warlord. Let’s call out Pakistan, kosovo, Chechnya, southern Philippines, Nigeria, etc. where there is a concentration of Islam, violence follows. Worst is that not even fellow Muslims are safe. Most muslim violence is actually directed at other Muslims.

Smokey July 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Yes. Someday the populace will elect a strong and prepared president who thinks he is the baddest ass on the planet. He’ll start a war he can’t finish.

Atticus Thraxx July 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Somewhere within our spiral arm lives a race of beings with fold space-time technology who have found their host system now unable to support life. In extremis they’ve sent waves of survey flotillas in all directions. We would have been safe, our little orange sun and us. But in a delicious match of irony and bad timing, one of the flotillas has found the crowning achievements of human interstellar science……Voyager. And Voyager told them exactly where to find us. Could be years, could be months, could be weeks.
That or another merry band of neocon warchickens will steer us into the rocks somewhere hot and sandy over the next 8-10 years.
Smart money is on the warchickens I suppose.

Julio July 30, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Countries to watch, China, who owns us already in case you don’t know it,

North Korea and Russia. Putin would love it! That weasel in No Korea

is sneaky. Yes, we will see a WWIII and I expect it from Obama. But if he

misses it will come.

Have you seen the news lately.... July 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

the entire world is at war with itself……for every group or culture, there’s another that wants to destroy it.

Shirley July 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I forsee a born again Christian wrangle his way into the presidency, and receives a message from God that he’s the one who’s been chosen to start Armeggedon.

Tom July 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I hope not.

Ancient Mariner July 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Want to know who starts the big wars?
It’s the men in the $5,000 suits, the ones in their club, holding a brandy balloon in one hand and a big cigar in the other, gesticulating at a map on the table, figuring out which country should be invaded. First, their minions in the fourth estate have to demonize it, of course, to get the mindless masses on board.

Ancient Mariner July 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

But really, the third world war will be fought with atom bombs.
The fourth world war will be fought with stones, sharp sticks and, for the high-tech, things like swords and spears.

Reality Slap July 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Ancient Mariner #54

You nailed it.

Subterfuge July 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM


Teacher Wannabe July 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

@Always right #13. He’s doing a better job than Reagan and the Bush twins, but your comment belongs on the Politics blog. Not relevant here.

If WW III starts, it’ll last about 30 min.

I'm The Urban Spaceman July 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

those wielding spears will eventually fall to someone with an arms cache…such as the Al Queda’s in N Africa who bury weapons/food/fuel/vehicles in the sand. May the Sky Faeries help us all if certain peoples develop nukes.

Jess July 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Of course there will be another World War. We are a species that loves to fight. Terrorists hijacked a handful of planes and we responded by starting two wars that have been going on for almost 13 years. Imagine what will happen if terrorists get their hands on a nuclear bomb. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. Or WW3 might start when a looney toons ruler like the nut job in North Korea decides to attack. Or Putin miscalculates on how far he can go. Or Israel and Iran decide to wipe each other off the map. The list goes on and on. WW3 is inevitable.

Maynard Krebs July 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

@ 57 – Whoa! Where you buying your smoke baby?

Me July 31, 2014 at 6:54 AM

It is always possible. In 1961 we were a heart beat from WW3, closer than most people know according to a couple who were serving in the military at the time told me. A lot closer. If there is, I just hope it is quick. If it is nuclear war.. I know some are into survivalist, I am more into “hope I am in ground zero, if..”

Anyone who say's no... July 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Is stupid! It only takes one leader to start a WW. With so may leaders out their, I have no doubt that there will be another war. Hell with the way America can’t keep it’s effing nose out of things, we’re probably going to tick off the wrong people.

Joe Arpaio July 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Yes we will. Securing the border would be a good idea.

anon August 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

mr. mayor,
maybe you did this topic already…sharing new ideas on conserving water. we know about the low flow stuff and shutting off water while you’re brushing etc., etc. but i’m sure there are some very creative and simple things people are doing.
a week or so ago there was an article in the paper saying that the water district will come to your house and find if you have any leaks and even repair them for you. i think they weren’t charging for repairs like changing a toilet flapper or adjusting sprinkler heads. i think the article was about a local water district, but it sounds like ours is doing it too. i meant to call and ask.

@ Teacher Wannabe August 1, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Yeah, the polls sure support your position on what a great job he’s doing…

Cynic August 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

It is already on…and ramping up so that even the Libtards will have to acknowledge that the bad guys want to kill us. We patriots have already decided that the Proglodytes are our enemy, so when the lid comes off, they will be scurrying around looking for help, and they will simply be caught in the crossfire between the patriots and the radical Islamist.

Libs negotiating skills and sanctions won’t save them.

@wannabe teacher, I am terrified that a bozo like you may someday be a teacher, but you will be in like company when you get your credential (indoctrination card)…you and your ilk ARE the problem with this country…friggin’ bottom feeder.

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