Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
“Let it be an arms race…”
“We will out match them…”
“We will out last them…”
“We need to expand our nuclear arsenal.”
These are just a few of things that President Elect Donald Trump, the T-Rump, tweeted this week.”
T-Rump’s spokespeople tried to walk back the comments; they tried to re-contextualize, wanting to put out the message that T-Rump only wants to protect us…make us stronger…defend us from rogue regimes. T-Rump was not having it, “let it be an arms race.”
The United States of America has the largest most advanced nuclear arsenal in the world. We have enough nuclear arms to obliterate the entire planet, ending civilization as we know, rendering the world virtually uninhabitable for decades, or centuries, virtually guaranteeing that whatever strand of human beings survived would no longer be homo sapient sapient. Those possible future descendants of ours would not be human; they would be mutated, changed.
The United States of America has that destructive power.
The United States of America is the only nuclear power to have ever used a nuclear weapon, not once but twice, when we bombed Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, in Japan, to force an end to World War II.
The United States of America has the largest and most technologically sophisticated military in the world. The nearest contender to that claim, Russia, has one, count it one aircraft carrier in its fleet, a fifty year old diesel burning ship that requires a tug boat to pull it around.
Military power cannot solve conflicts. Resolving conflicts requires diplomacy. Diplomacy is different that deal making in the financial sector. Even the most powerful military in the history of the world does not have the power to invade and occupy a nation, force its people into submission, and impose law and order, if the a small percentage of the people are determined to resist. Military power, such as we have in the United States, has one purpose and one purpose only, to serve the diplomatic ends of the people.
Expanding our nuclear arsenal, engaging in an arms race, that puts the people of the united states in more danger not less. Our own nuclear arsenal presents a constant danger to the people and communities within which those arms are stored.
Constructing more nuclear arms only increases the amount of nuclear materials exposed to the risk of being sold on the black market, potentially falling into the hands of “non-state” actors, who would use those weapons against us, or our allies, even against their own people if they had them.
If the United States begins to construct more weapons, we lose the moral authority to tell other nations not to build more of their own, or seek the technology to build more of their own.
Donald Trump is a threat to the Republic.