Not so long ago, Donald “What’s the nuclear triad?” Trump was talking sense, and stating that the USA needed to increase and modernize its nuclear arsenal. Of course, Donny Obesity got pushback from that from the usual suspects, and instead of sticking to his original good sense, we now read this utter stupidity:
In an interview with The Times of London, Trump said he wanted nuclear weapons arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers -- the United States and Russia -- to be "reduced very substantially."
"They have sanctions on Russia - let's see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that's part of it," Trump was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Even if Putin agrees to cut Russian arms, it’s a terrible, terrible idea. Both nations, particularly the USA, have made drastic cuts in their nuclear arsenals over the last two decades, and, unlike Russia, the USA has not modernized and is getting by with weaponry rapidly becoming obsolete. The US continues to “sissify” its arsenal, planning to scrap all megaton-range bombs (Arguments about “accuracy” do not cut it, Russian weapons are also accurate and they retain megaton-range weapons. For the proper elimination of hardened political-military targets, or very large civilian targets, the best option is a combination of accuracy and yield, especially since, insofar as I know, the USA has dispensed with MIRVed warheads on its aging Minuteman ICBM force).
Meanwhile, China – using stolen US technology – continues to upgrade its strategic arsenal, North Korea continues its development, the anti-Western nation of Israel is allowed an arsenal that “flies under the radar,” and there are of course conventional threats that can be deterred by nuclear force. Indeed, even ex-Obama administration liberal types have written books arguing that, in the light of an uncertain strategic environment, the USA needs to upgrade and modernize its nuclear forces.
But Twitter Trump knows better.
And what’s with the sudden criticism of Russia over Syria? Oh, that’s right – stung by comments and criticism over “Trump-Putin ties” and “Russian hacking” and “Trump’s legitimacy” Fat Don has to kowtow to the same Neocons who vociferously opposed his election.
And then we have this:
Trump said that he would appoint Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to broker a Middle East peace deal…
Sure, Fats, your Jewish son-in-law is no doubt the most qualified and unbiased person to “broker a Middle East peace deal.” The Trump Presidency is descending into tragicomedy even before it starts.
Yes, there were sound strategic reasons to support Trump’s candidacy (but in a skeptical fashion, not in the starry-eyed, onanistic hero worship exemplified by Der Movement’s homoerotic man crush on Donny Lardgullet), but now is the time for targeted criticism. What’s next? Reneging on key points of the whole immigration issue?