News that the Trump administration’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons to improve US military capabilities is a case of déjà vu. It’s back to the hottest moments of the cold war and a reinforcement of the first principle of American nuclear policy – first-use – a policy of questionable value and certain immorality.
Guardian 13th Jan 2018 read more »
A little more than a year ago, Donald Trump made two of the most alarming statements of his political career. Now they appear poised to become US policy, in light of a government document leaked to HuffPost. The first statement occurred on December 22, 2016, when Trump tweeted that the US “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” Trump’s aides claimed he wasn’t starting a nuclear arms race. But he betrayed their spin the following day. “Let it be an arms race,” Trump reportedly told MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski over the phone. “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Business Insider 13th Jan 2018 read more »