As most of us awoke on the morning of Thursday December 22nd the big news was another wee hours’ tweet from President-elect Donald Trump. It illustrated his ignorance of foreign affairs and history as well as the danger he poses to world peace. Let’s explore.
The tweet said. “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” Foreign policy in 140 characters is dangerous. When it comes from someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about and has no interest in learning it is even more dangerous. When that person is about to control the largest nuclear arsenal in world history it is potentially catastrophic!
The United States currently has over 4,500 active nuclear warheads. There is no way Trump could come up with 4,500 legitimate targets. We already have more nuclear arms than necessary to end life on this planet as we know it.
The last time the United States increased its stockpile of nuclear arms was in 1967. There have been a lot of changes in administrations and control of Congress over those 50 years yet nobody has deemed it prudent let alone necessary to increase the stockpile. In fact it has been decreased. Perhaps the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill said it best: “At a certain point you are just making the rubble bounce higher.”
In typical Trump fashion he neither admitted his ignorance nor his error. On Friday December 23rd he appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show and told co-host Mika Brzezinski, “Let it be an arms race.”
Remember this is the baby boomer (the same generation as me) who in a December 15, 2015 debate clearly illustrated that he didn’t know what the nuclear triad was. What was he paying attention to? What world was he living in? That is like a current young adult being totally ignorant to the existence of ISIS.
Trump further illustrated his ignorance of the power of nuclear arms when he dismissed them during a session during the campaign where he answered a question about their danger by saying, “Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?” Obviously he never heard of the term deterrent. On a micro scale it is scary that Trump claims to occasionally carry a gun. After all, by his “reasoning” why carry a gun unless you are going to use it to shoot people. I’m not too worried about Trump and a pistol; I hear it is difficult to shoot straight as you wet your pants. Trump is many things; brilliant and courage are not two of them!
Note: Due to a change in my personal schedule all of this week’s articles have been written well ahead of publishing.
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