On Thursday, December 22 President Elect Donald Trump tweeted the following. “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” 11:50 AM – 22 Dec 2016 In other words, “Go crazy until the world stops being crazy.”
No sane leader has ever suggested an increase in nuclear arms since the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (START) began in 1982 between the then Soviet Union (and later Russia) and the United States. Those talks were aimed at reducing the Number of nuclear warheads and the missiles and bombers capable of carrying them.
Since the talks started the U.S. and Russia have reduced stockpiles from 31, 255 warheads to the current stockpile of about 10,000 between the two countries. This number does not
include existing warheads that are slated for deactivation. Now that’s a lot of nukes, enough to wipe out the entire planet several times over. You could make the argument that our stockpiles and delivery systems are aging, but no one has suggested they won’t work. To the contrary, the experts are very certain they will work. So, you might make a case for updating the weapons and the delivery systems, but there is no case to be made for more nuclear weapons.
Why Donald Trump wants to “Strengthen and expand” our nuclear force is a mystery. Only
Russia is the only country that is any kind of a match for us, no one else even comes close not the Chinese, the North Koreans or anyone else. Our nuclear triad (land, sea and air-based weapons) is more than capable of meeting any threat. Trump wants to increase the power of the triad now and just a few months ago he didn’t know what it was.
Can anyone think of any good reason to increase the number of nukes? You can be sure that if we do that, so will the Russians. And…in so far as the North Koreans are concerned we could wipe them out ten times over and still; have over 4,450 warheads left with our present supply. Will adding a hundred or even a thousand more warheads make North Korea any more peaceful? No, of course not. you cannot intimidate a lunatic.
Increasing the number of warheads in the U.S. arsenal has but one effect, it will re-ignite a nuclear arms race not only with Russia but every other upstart dictatorship will seek
nuclear weapons. Trump’s tweet could easily cause a world crisis.
But…let’s put this issue in perspective. The United States as mentioned earlier has about 4,500 nuclear weapons. Russia has roughly an equal number. Together the two nations have 95 percent of the nuclear weapons on earth. So, the question that begs to be asked is, how many do you need?
Well, the correct answer is probably none. Who really needs nukes? But, if there is a war that escalates into a nuclear exchange it would take very few nuclear detonations to totally disable the United States.
A 2014 report published in the Journal of Earth’s Future, found that even 100 nuclear detonations would produce enough black soot to rise into the stratosphere and block the sun. This would produce a sudden drop in global temperatures that could last longer than 25 years and temporarily destroy much of the Earth’s protective ozone layer. This could also cause as much as an 80% increase in UV radiation on Earth’s surface and destroy both land and sea based ecosystems, potentially leading to global famine. You can read the report here. http://www.globalzero.org/blog/how-many-nukes-would-it-take-render-earth-uninhabitable
Ok, let’s say the experts are wrong, really wrong and it would take 1000 nukes to end the world and they were all ours. We’d still have 3500 more ready to go.
When I started researching this blog, I wanted to be fair so I searched for reasons to expand our nuclear arsenal and I found none that made any sense. I also found that only Vladimir Putin and Donald trump want more of them. Whoops, I forgot about that twerp in North Korea.
The evidence I found and provided here leads one to the inescapable conclusion that we
have too many nukes and need to get rid of more of them. We don’t need to add more to the arsenal. And – I’m not really sure Trump wants more nukes. I think that several nights a week Melania must roll over and accidentally kick him or jab him with a sharp elbow which awakens him. He can’t go back to sleep so he goes out to sit in his favorite chair where he leaves his phone every night. Perhaps he turns on the TV and there’s a show about North Korea developing nuclear Weapons. Trump sees that and thinks, “We need more nukes.” He grabs his phone and tweets, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” 11:50 AM – 22 Dec 2016. Then Melania calls out that he should return to bed (I really don’t want to picture Trump in his boxers, hair amess and scratching his backside) but it is inescapable) which he does and forgets about it. By the time he gets up again the “More Nukes,” headline is in every paper in the country.
The secret to peace and harmony for the next four years is simple. Someone has to cancel his twitter account and never let him on again. In the meantime, let’s hope he doesn’t send a tweet to a submarine captain in the North Atlantic that says, “Launch.”