Tag: unilateral disarmament
A small nuclear arsenal would not be survivable – it would be easy for an enemy to destroy in a first strike. The smaller it is, the less survivable and easier to destroy in a first strike it is.
The fact is that a nuclear arsenal, in order to be survivable, MUST be large – there’s no way around that fact. In order to be an effective deterrent, it also must be able to hold the vast majority of enemy military and economic assets at risk. A smaller arsenal and the new nuclear strategy prepared for Obama’s signature will be utterly unable to do so.
They have been caught lying about nuclear modernization costs many times before – by the Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler, for example. When, last year, they falsely claimed a $700 bn per decade nuclear modernization cost, the WaPo’s Fact Checker gave them two Pinnochios , and they responded by saying “whether we are spending $500 billion or $700 billion on nuclear weapons in the next decade — the number is still too high.”
Not-well-meaning pacifist “arms control ” groups also propagate this claim, although their real agenda (if you read their writings) is the unilateral disarmament of the US, which they consider a “threat” to world peace and security. They are not nearly as zealous about disarming Russia, China, North Korea, or Pakistan. But they do propagate the “arms control makes us safer” lie to mislead the public.
These cuts would be unilateral; no other country is going to, nor will be obliged to, make any arsenal reductions whatsoever. Disarmament of any kind is foolish, but unilateral disarmament is even moreso, and is suicidal. It deprives you of your weapons while the potential enemy retains his arsenal. Any steep unilateral cuts would invite a nuclear first strike by Russia and perhaps even China
Congressman Ed Markey’s proposal to cut spending on the US nuclear arsenal by $100 bn over a decade, i.e. $10 bn per year, is treasonous, suicidal, and wrong, and must be completely rejected. The same applies to his proposal to the now-defunct “Super Committee” from last year to cut this kind of spending by $200 bn over a decade, i.e. $20 bn per year.