Once again, Teen Vogue answers all of the questions you have about President Trump’s misguided plan to throw money at the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
A chart central to the Trump administration’s nuclear posture review “clearly was ginned up to cast the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the worst possible light...From such flimsy statistics bad policies may be born.”
Just about the only thing this article gets right is its title. The dangers posed by a single person with complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal doesn’t end when Donald Trump leaves the White House.
With its nuclear posture review, the Trump administration once again reaffirms its conviction that “the best way to limit the spreading nuclear danger is to expand and advertise its ability to annihilate its enemies” reports TIME.
“Despite serious tensions over other security and economic issues, the United States and Russia have continued to implement [New START] not because of altruism, friendship, or third-party enforcement, but because of mutual self-interest.”
"New START must not be allowed to expire. As we saw again today, New START provides a critical window into Russia’s nuclear capabilities and intentions. These are tools our intelligence community can’t afford to lose and would take billions of dollars and precious years to replace."
Read our full statement on New START:
In the Trump administration’s nuclear posture review, released today, the U.S. has been committed to taking steps that not only to making nuclear war more likely, but comes at significant expense for a unnecessary expansion of our nuclear arsenal.
The Trump administration's nuclear posture review is "a radical plan written by extreme elements and nuclear ideologues in Trump’s inner circle who believe nuclear weapons are a wonder drug that can solve our national security challenges. They aren’t and they can’t."
Read Global Zero's full statement below:
The Trump administration’s nuclear posture review is set to release soon. It’s full of dangerous ideas, like increasing the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and creating all-new types of nuclear weapons. It also expands the scenarios that merit a nuclear response, which “makes nuclear war more likely.”
Miscommunication + Misunderstanding + Bad User Interface + Lack of Protocol = A Nuclear False Alarm
“A nuclear weapon is a nuclear weapon. You use a small one, then you go to a bigger one. I think nuclear weapons are nuclear weapons and we need to draw the line there." - Former Secretary of State George Schultz
“There are only two ways this story ends: We either find the wisdom and courage to reduce and ultimately eliminate [nuclear] weapons, or the Clock strikes midnight.”
The Trump administration’s nuclear posture review’s “premises and logic precede Trump; they have been woven into America’s nuclear-war machine for a very long time”.