by Michael Gulett –
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech recently,
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.
Donald Trump Tweeted shortly thereafter,
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
Both Russia and the USA have more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy the Earth a couple of times at least. Why do we need more?
The USA and Russia have been on a nuclear weapons reduction path for about 40 years. Why does it make any sense to change that now? It makes no sense at all unless you are an autocrat like Putin or Trump and cannot think of anything else to do to distract citizens from more important problems.
Putin is the long time head of a failed country with a dismal economy. He needs to do something to distract the Russian people from the fact that the world economy is passing them by, has been doing so for many years and Putin has not changed that. When is the last time you bought anything that was ‘Made in Russia’?
Trump needs to distract the American people from the fact that he is clueless about what he is supposed to do as US President. He is inheriting a strong economy with record numbers including low unemployment, all time record high stock prices and a strong gross national product. Where can it go from here under Trump? That is a question everyone should be concerned with. Trump is preparing his excuses.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
– H. L. Mencken
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