Response to Gordon Campbell’s article on TrumpPosted: November 10, 2016
Appropriate to mention that Trump asked in a military briefing why he couldn’t use nuclear weapons. Does he not know that military and nuclear strategists have long put forth the ‘nuclear deterrence’ theory? He should have known that would be the response. There is some (probably unintended) honesty about his question as there is no such thing as ‘nuclear deterrence’; that is just a figment of a collective insanity. But he is surely serious about using them. Ever since the end of the cold war it has been universally understood that there is no reason to have them except to use them.
So where would he use them? North Korea? It’s hard for me to guess. If the use offends or threatens some large nuclear power, such as China or Russia, it would not surprize to see them respond with a nuclear blast somewhere. The target? Likely some country out of the way, small, and an ally of the USA. Oh, and just for good measure, an anti-nuclear country; nuclear nations see anti-nuclear as a threat. Just a thought.
Good of you to remind us that Trump is willing to encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons. Would that become another export industry? Does this display a lack of understanding of the destructiveness of a nuclear weapon? Or is it a sign of suicidal tendencies? More the latter I think.
Those who see that the global economy is dominated by profiteers who benefit from perpetual war are not wrong. But that misses the discussion of the larger cultural/historical flow and the point which is coming to a zenith today. I think we all know what that big picture is but we are almost universally terrified of discussing it.