First Published in DelawareLiberal on August 8, 2014 by ProgressivePopulist
With the middle east aflame, isn't it time to rethink what we in the
U.S. have misled ourselves into believing, that we've got a Nuclear
and Missile defense system? No, what we have is an aging, rusting
Nuclear and Missile offense system. Specifically, a retaliatory offense
We're kidding ourselves to still believe that amateurish
government propaganda that somehow these systems are protecting
anybody. They are decrepit killing systems designed to respond to an
attack by trying to take out those who took out a bunch of our people.
Oliver has thoroughly debunked the mythology that we're in good hands
with the Defense Department. The recent revelations about the cheating
scandals with the Navy and Air Force officer Missile Corps have done a
pretty good job of diminishing any remaining confidence we might have.
And Eric Schlosser's book published in 2011, Command and Control,
should have gotten our attention on the scores of near misses on Nuclear
But frankly, none of this has gotten hardly
anyone's attention, most particularly the media. So, we soldier on with
the fantasy that we're protected. Yea. Remember diving under your
wooden desk in drills in school. Felt safe, didn't you? I wasn't all
that sharp but I didn't.
You budget hawks ought to be in uprising
over the $8 billion or so we spend on the Nuke stockpile maintenance and
infrastructure budget annually; 25% for warhead parts replacement and
75% for facilities and staff. One billion of that is to maintain the
production complex. And we stopped producing in 1989. But all of this
is chump change compared to the $50 billion total U.S. Nuke
All this for the 7,700 active and inactive
warheads we maintain, 1,950 of which are deployed; happily this latter
nuke deployment is set to reduce to 1,550 in our agreement with Russia
by 2018. This data is provided by Ploughshares, a peace group.
Speaking of peace groups, remember the huge worldwide anti-nuke
demonstrations in the 80's? I didn't either until reminded.
all the inventory is not only rusting, is is degrading in potency with
major questions about whether there'd still be a big bang should, heaven
forbid, they ever be used. Intentionally. In the unintentional
category, Schlosser's 6 years of research on his book reveals they
didn't work either in "mistakes" by the Nuke Corp in documented
incidents of nuke bombs that fell out of the U.S. skies onto U.S. soil
in New Mexico, South Carolina, Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and
Georgia, landing happily with just a dull thud.
As for the so
called missile defense system, no wonder there are reports of very low
morale in the Missile Corp, given that our most likely responses would
be to such nuclear armed states as N. Korea, Pakistan or maybe in a long
shot, China. Why? Because military experts say ICBM's with those
destinations would have to survive overflight over Russia. Some might
want to add Russia back on the target list, given their 8,500 nuke
arsenal, about half of the nuke armed world inventory of 17,300
Apparently the morale problems are reflected in the
cheating on officer readiness testing, as this bunch is feeling very
insecure about the necessity of their jobs and appreciation for what
they do down in those silos. Questions too are being asked about their
command leaders, training and discipline.
congressional delegation, it is time to rethink this stuff after 50
years of pretty much status quo and take a hard look at scaling up
Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system for the U.S. After all, we
did fund its development and very successful deployment in the current
Gaza conflict. And while we're at it, maybe give the Palestinians a
protective Iron Dome if there's a spare lying around.