Of course, Fake President heads backwards on nuclear weapons


Kengo Nikawa’s watch. It took him 16 days to die.

Seventy-five years ago Thursday, the U.S. became – and remains – the only country in the world to detonate a nuclear weapon against an enemy…

The Hiroshima death toll reached an estimated 200,000 by 1950 as those who survived the blast succumbed to fatal burns, radiation sickness and various cancers…

The Trump administration has withdrawn from a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and world powers designed to limit Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.

President Donald Trump-led talks with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un aimed at denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula have stalled.

The Trump administration has suspended compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a Reagan administration-era initiative that slashed the number of midrange missiles held by the U.S. and Russia.

Trump has abandoned the Open Skies Treaty – negotiated by President George H.W. Bush after the collapse of the Soviet Union and designed to be a check on nuclear weapons by allowing surveillance flights over signatories’ territories.

Trump has signaled he may not renew New START, the last major U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control treaty, unless China also agrees to be bound by its constraints. Beijing has not committed either way. New START expires in February, just weeks after there’s a new, or renewed, U.S. president in the White House.

Marshall Billingslea, the top U.S. envoy for nuclear negotiations, has confirmed the Trump administration has discussed holding the first nuclear test since 1992. “I won’t shut the door on it, because why would we,” Billingslea said in late June in Vienna, Austria, although he said there is no reason to carry out a test “at this time.”

Reason has nothing to add to policymaking by the whim of an ignorant autocrat and his lackeys. Anyone think Congress has enough backbone to stand in opposition?

6 thoughts on “Of course, Fake President heads backwards on nuclear weapons

  1. Santayana says:

    “The New Nuclear Threat” (The New York Review of Books August 20, 2020 issue) https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/08/20/new-nuclear-threat/

    “…The cold war ended peacefully, and the deployed nuclear arsenals of the US and Russia have been reduced by nearly 90 percent, but we are not safer today—quite the reverse. After decades of building just enough weapons to deter attack, China is now aggressively modernizing and enlarging its small nuclear arsenal. Russia and the US are modernizing theirs as well with entire menus of new weapons. Activities in space are enlarging the global battlefield. Advances in missile technology and conventional weapons “entangle” scenarios of nuclear and nonnuclear war, making outcomes highly unpredictable. The risk of cyberattacks on command and control systems adds another layer of uncertainty, as does research on artificial intelligence that increases the prospect of accidents and the unintentional use of nuclear weapons. Arms control agreements that significantly limited the US–Soviet arms race are being discarded one by one. And from Russian efforts to destabilize America through social media attacks on its democracy, to Chinese bellicosity in the South China Sea and clampdown on Hong Kong, to erratic lunges in US foreign policy, there is deep and growing distrust among the great powers.
    Yet the public isn’t scared. Indeed, people are unaware that a second nuclear arms race has begun—one that could be more dangerous than the first. Decades of fearing a nuclear war that didn’t happen may have induced an unwarranted complacency that this threat belongs to the past. A million people gathered in New York’s Central Park in 1982 to call for an end to the arms race in the largest political demonstration in US history. Today the prospect of nuclear disaster is barely noticed.”

    “Twisted metal and rubble marks what was once Hiroshima, Japan’s most industrialized city, seen some time after the atom bomb was dropped there.”

    https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/08/04/USAT/d73a0311-c9b8-4e9b-a9cf-f23083ceb77c-006_IG.JPG?width=660&height=512&fit=crop&format=pjpg&auto=webp

    • Reality ✓ says:

      Nuclear Fireball in slow motion, Operation Teapot – Turk 1955
      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Teapot#Individual_blasts
      Test: Turk @ 5:20 7 March 1955 (PST) Location: Nevada Test Site (NTS), Area 2. Test Height and Type: 500 Foot Tower Shot. Yield: 43 kt This was a UCRL test of a primary for the XW-27 Class “D” (light weight) thermonuclear weapon. The device, named LINDA, was a mockup of the XW-27 radiation case and was 30.5 inches by 61.3 inches and weighed 2325 lb. Expected yield was 45 kt. [Hiroshima’s “Little Boy” bomb’s yield was 13–18 kt) https://www.radiochemistry.org/history/nuke_tests/teapot/index.html

      • eideard says:

        8AM MDT, tomorrow morning, 14th

        Watched a current flic, tonight, without reading any reviews. I have personal, strongly-held feelings on the topic…and thought it might resolve it’s course by teaching folks something. Individually and collectively. Topic was something [in passing] I know a lot about.

        It didn’t. It was very well done – which made it worse. I won’t even name it because that might encourage the curious to watch a propaganda piece for imperial-fucking war!

  2. Footnote says:

    “This is the story of the secret ‘Black Lancasters’, a specially trained RAF unit that was to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Why? Because the American B-29 Superfortress couldn’t do it! Find out how this extraordinary situation arose and how the Americans managed to perform the mission in the end.” (Dr. Mark Felton)
    [see also project Silverplate https://www.atomicheritage.org/history/project-silverplate%5D

  3. p/s says:

    “The Only Man to See all 3 Atomic Bomb Detonations on the Unprecedented Destruction of Hiroshima” https://www.newsweek.com/hiroshima-anniversary-nagasaki-atomic-bomb-lawrence-johnston-1523244

    Physicist Lawrence H. Johnston posing with the shielded container that holds the plutonium core for the “Fat Man” bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. The magnesium case Lawrence is holding contains a sphere of weapons-grade plutonium a little over 3 and a half inches in diameter. http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2011/11/25/friday-image-posing-with-the-plutonium/

  4. Duck & Cower says:

    Fifty countries have ratified an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, the United Nations has announced, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force in 90 days.
    Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the UN said on Saturday, in a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/25/un-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons-to-enter-into-force
    The treaty requires that all ratifying countries “never under any circumstances … develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” It also bans any transfer or use of nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices – as well as threatening to use such weapons – and requires parties to promote the treaty to other countries. [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Prohibition_of_Nuclear_Weapons ]
    Once it enters into force, all countries that have ratified it will be bound by those requirements.
    The group of nuclear-armed states, including Britain, China, France, Russia and the US, have not signed the treaty.
    Israel did not participate in the negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and has not yet signed or ratified it. https://www.icanw.org/israel
    Hopes dim for nuclear agreement with Russia before Election Day : National security adviser Robert O’Brien is cautioning that an agreement to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty for another year is not “a done deal.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/23/nuclear-agreement-russia-election-day-431369

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