I’ve linked to an important article below. For the past decade generals and admirals have been speaking about usable nuclear weapons. We now have them.
Along with the new W-76 warhead which the article discusses, we also have B-61 air dropped nuclear bombs that have low yield warheads.
What this article leaves out, and what makes this issue more important and scarier, is that the W-76, which are carried on our subs, were refitted a few years ago with a new superfuze, making them as accurate as the land based W88 warheads – meaning they can be used against Russia and Chinese missile silos and command and control centers.
US submarines can now launch accurate first strike attacks with the lower payload warhead. Attacks from submarines would only take 10 or 15 minutes in total, Russia and China would have nearly no time to react. So the US has the ability now to destroy Russia or China’s land based nuclear missile fleet with the US submarine force, which would leave the US land and air based nuclear force intact. With their land based nuclear forces destroyed Russia or China would be forced to rely on launching a retaliatory attack from their submarines with warheads that are less accurate and have a high yield, meaning US cities and populations centers would be destroyed and effected. These attacks would not be able to destroy the US land based missile force, at least with any certainty, and the Russians and Chinese would fear additional retaliation from the US land based ICBMs ensuring destruction of their societies. The Russians and Chinese now have to seriously consider their position and, potentially, give up their no first use doctrine. The US does not and never had a no first use policy.
This is very dangerous.
This is incredibly dangerous.
4 thoughts on “2 minutes to Midnight”
I have no idea how to comment. Help us out. Any suggestions besides letter writing to Congress who want this.
Writing to Congress is like shouting at the Moon. We need something completely overwhelming, something they never saw coming, if we want to stop the war machine and work for peace.
Matthew: We should be working together. I have a radical, outside-the-box plan to engage and enlist the vast majority of U.S. citizens to demand peace. It’s not what you probably think it is, so please don’t judge it at first glance. We should talk.
Both of those incredible movies had us laughing in the desperate way only a truly uncomfortable issue can make us laugh. What issue could be more frightening than man destroying life on his own planet ? Hearing about these “usable” new nuclear weapons makes me realize again just how little intellectual progress has been made at the top levels of our government. Time for peace. Time for sanity. Time to regain some control of our destiny from the lobbyists of the mil/industrial complex.