Here A Nuke, There a Nuke

Since those little shits in North Korea have been testing their nuclear capabilities and also their missile technology, which by the way seems to be a bit off……the conversation in this country has been about the concern for our aging nuclear stockpiles…..

Even our president has said that we need to spend some of our “leftover” cash on a nuclear upgrade… that Russia is flexing some muscle the debate has gotten louder and louder…..

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein the deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence, today argued for the US to advance on a costly proposal to modernize and upgrade their massive arsenal of nuclear weapons, insisting that the “much more aggressive” behavior by Russia justified such a move.

Weinstein, an Air Force general whose puvieww is mostly the US nuclear arsenal, argued that history had shown that keeping huge numbers of nuclear weapons on hand “basically kept the peace” since World War II, and that he sleeps very well at night knowing the US has such a large arsenal.

Weinstein’s argument that the move is “justified” ignores the question of whether it is affordable, as estimates have put the modernization scheme’s overall cost well in excess of a trillion dollars, above and beyond an already massive military budget that continues to grow annually.

But many have pointed out that this upgrade would be expensive… expensive that some other program will have to take a hit to pay for this new upgrade (and we all know what that means, right?)…..some say that this new program would need about a trillion dollars (yes that is trillion with a giant “T”)……

US Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten continues to argue in favor of massive spending on nuclear weapons upgrades, insisting that despite the $1 trillion estimates the cost is “affordable,” and that “deterrence will always be cheaper than war.”

Hyten also faulted the idea of getting an estimate before starting the spending at all, saying getting the estimate first is “just a crazy way to build things,” and that he thinks the US should be able to build this massive arsenal “for an affordable price,” insisting it is “the most critical thing that we do in the military.”

A trillion dollars is a bit much to spend on a weapons upgrade, right?  Next is…..does the USA truly need this expenditure?

Although it has not been specific about its plans, the Trump administration has promised to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.”1 This seems to conflict with the assessment of Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, who has argued that “we don’t need more nuclear weapons, we just need to modernize.”2 Are the two statements consistent? What exactly is nuclear modernization? Where should the United States draw the line as it embarks on a program to replace nearly every bomb, missile, submarine, and warhead in its arsenal?

Source: The Case Against New Nuclear Weapons – Center for American Progress

Does the world really need more nukes?  Does America really need to spend a trillion dollars on more weapons?

Please….let sanity return!

17 thoughts on “Here A Nuke, There a Nuke

  1. What America needs is to sit on Her ass and let the rest of the world get more, bigger, better, more-easily-delivered nuclear weapons so that when some maniac in some third world crap hole decides he is God he can press the button and after the clouds dissipate then the American People can look back out of their smoldering rubble and argue about whether the expenditure to modernize her defense capabilities were justified or not. I am still remembering Pearl harbor.

      1. We need to keep up with whoever the enemy is and we need to surpass their capability whoever they are. If that means more then yes, we need more. If that means upgrading what we have then we need to upgrade. The key is to maintain superiority. Superiority is a deterrent.

      2. Why not just make better delivery systems and work with the 1000’s we already have…keeping up with the Joneses is a fools game

      3. I do not want to “Keep Up” with the Jones’ — I want to be able to deliver a decisive victory over the Jones’ in case the Jones’ decide they want to kill us all. I want to return to the days of assured mutual destruction … and U.S. dominance of the Military Might Game.

    1. Aside from the ludicrously obscene cost for “updating” out of fashion weaponry -God forbid!- that will never (or better never!) be used anyway…..(unlike…say…spending a fraction of the money on Medicare For All that actually will save lives)…..There’s one major problem with that. Nukes are in NO way, shape, or form, “defensive”. State of the art ICBMs, or left over bomber-deployed relics from the 50’s, no nuke can stop other nukes from turning your cities to radioactive ash.

      The closest they can come is to launch a preemptive strike that turns their cities to radioactive ash. But that would make YOU the maniac aggressor. And it would certainly cause “them” to launch whatever they had left and might trigger a multi-nation nuclear war that would ensure America is destroyed.

      Superiority is only a “deterrent” when dealing with a party who would never use these fucking things in the first place. Only a suicidal-homicidal maniac would ever use a nuke and it’s FAR cheaper, safer & more effective to give a maniac a “polonium sandwich”.

  2. I hope I’m not alive to witness the first nuclear war. No one is coming out of that one on top. Perhaps we should send the entire government their own copy of War Games instead and save ourselves $999,999,998,000 🙂

  3. Over here, we have the debate on ‘updating’ our own Trident nuclear missiles. Do such things have a ‘use by’ date? I doubt that. Shells and bombs from WW1 still explode, so I can see no need to ‘upgrade’ anything, and refuse to believe the hype.
    Just more money for the defence industry. Cash for their ‘friends’.
    Regards, Pete.

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