Trump and Putin agree to restart the nuclear arms race

❝ Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech Thursday in which he praised his country’s military operations on behalf of the government of Syria and made a case for how Russia could become stronger.

“We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces,” he said, according to an Agence France-Presse translation, “especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems.” In other words, Russia needs to ensure that its arsenal of nuclear weapons can avoid interception by the enemy.

The primary enemy that might intercept those missiles is, of course, the United States and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

❝ The language echoes old Cold War rhetoric: Our missiles must be able to serve as a deterrent to usage, by existing as a threat to enemies. If NATO and the United States felt confident that Russia’s incoming nuclear weapons could be stopped before reaching their targets, the weapons do not hold the same power for Russia.

You can’t have a new nuclear arms race, of course, without someone to run against. Enter President-elect Donald Trump.

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Not only is the construct a non sequitur – backwards, fiscally and environmentally-destructive comes to mind.

❝ The trend since the late 1980s has been in the opposite direction, winding down the stockpiles of weapons held by the United States and Russia…

As always, it’s fraught to take one Trump tweet as a descriptor of where his presidency might be headed.

The difficulty lies in differentiating between ignorance, stupidity and bald-faced lies contrived to inflate Trump’s hot air balloon-size ego.

RTFA if you care to wander through the garden of infamy continuing to be sown over the manure-heap that is American politics. I refuse to waste time trying to make sense of Trump’s demented blather.

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