Ok, let’s talk about Trump’s cavalier, dangerous, and uniformed comments (the ones he made today) threatening to intensify the nuclear arms race.

A THREAD.

(also, FFS, I have grading to do, can we chill out a bit?).

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amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/10/22…
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First off:

United States has about 45% of the nuclear weapons in the world.

Russia has about 45%. The other 9 countries with nukes have about 10%.

In what world does US increasing its # of nukes (& BMD deployments) encourage China to decrease its arsenal?

NONE.
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Second Off:

Trump is talking about crucifying the American public, indeed the world, on a cross of plutonium.

The $$$ is not endless. The genius and labor of our people is not infinite.

And the Summer of Global Warming is no longer coming. It has begun to arrive.
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US nuclear weapons complex is already stretched to limit according to former NNSA head Frank Klotz

Attempted build up in weapons would require immense capital outlay, years to a decade+, & would seriously risk a major fuck up with current LEPs & stockpile stewardship:
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Trump’s impulsive out of his ass comments about nuclear build ups are dangerous.

They contribute to corroding norms & the valorization of nukes; destabilizing arms control & strategic stability; and they encourage other states to proliferate horizontally and vertically.
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A large scale US nuclear weapon build up would almost certainly result in extreme pressure to resume explosive nuclear testing.

Which is an awful fucking idea b/c if US explosively tests then so will Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, & probably France.
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Trump’s impulsive & uninformed threats to intensify nuke arms race especially worrisome:

Trump has virtually unrestricted authority to order use of nukes & US has 800ish ready to go 24/7/365 & he obviously STILL doesn’t grasp seriousness of issue:

blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2017/04/10/pre…
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Trump’s comments are part of a pattern of misunderstanding the fungibility of (nuclear) force & a gendered, dick waving performance of toughness.

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As usual, let me conclude by recommending Carol Cohn’s “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals.”

Free, FUN read that is amazingly insightful toward explaining how ideas like “MOAR NUKES MEANS MOAR DISARMAMENT” happen:

people.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/migra…
JCPOA, INF, trashing alliances, spurring a new arms race...

Impressive. Trump is worse than imagined except we haven’t yet resumed nuclear testing (give it 6 months) or had an actual nuclear war.

Just took my meds & I’m gonna get a milkshake.

But I’m not gonna drink today.
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