Experts Say

Avoiding Armageddon

November 5, 2017
By David J. Whalen

President Trump was reported in July to have suggested that the United States needed to increase its nuclear arsenal tenfold. Earlier in the year, Prime Minister Putin told Trump he was willing to extend New START (the most recent Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty); Trump refused. Both of these events are troubling. There are approximately 336 cities in the world with a population of over one million. New START allows both the United States and the Russian Federation to each have 1,550 deployed (ready to launch) strategic warheads. Each country has additional warheads — not deployed — but these are unlikely to be used during a general exchange. Both countries could put five strategic weapons on every large city in the world. All of these cities would disappear. The hinterlands surrounding these cities would lose communications and transportation. Distribution of water and food would end. Civilization would end. “The living would envy the dead.”
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