Phillip Matthews: Donald Trump's direct threat signals return of nuclear terror

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

There have been no significant changes in America's nuclear power as a result. North Korea is run by grade-A blusterers who say insane shit all the time, so it's possible that they don't want to hit that giant red LAUNCH button any more than the rest of the civilized world.

US President Donald Trump promises "fire and fury like the world has never seen" amid reports Pyongyang has made nuclear weapons advances. However, the ProgressPolls' Twitter account is followed by an overwhelming majority of Trump supporters as well as conservatives.

Trump started his Thursday morning with continued Twitter attacks on the Senate majority leader and the former President, showing his inability to get past petty rivalries during one of the most high-stakes weeks of his Presidency. Still, given our proximity in Arlington to places like the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Pentagon, how anxious are you - in the back of your mind - about nuclear warfare given the latest escalation in rhetoric?

Rasmussen Reports, a poll Trump himself has cited on Twitter, shows 45 percent of likely USA voters approve of his performance.

While Reif says that the United States now possesses a nuclear arsenal that's more than adequate for defense needs-boasting some 4,000 nuclear warheads, close to half of which are now deployed at various bases-it's also not true that the arsenal is "stronger and more powerful than ever before".

In addition, the USA military is limited in how many weapons can be deployed under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in 2010.

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He did not order the modernization of the nuclear arsenal.

The Air Force bomber force today is a fraction of the hundreds of aircraft that were once under its Strategic Air Command. Only then will the Department of Defense revitalize the country's nuclear weapons.

Only the Navy's 14 ballistic missile submarines, which operate from bases in Georgia and Washington state, continue to sail with the intercontinental weapons they can launch while submerged. The Pentagon wants to replace all of them.

Guam governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences. The number of United States deployed strategic warheads has decreased since September 1, 2016.

For the benefit of his 35 million Twitter followers, he clarified that his "first order as president was to renovate and modernise our nuclear arsenal".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the United States and its allies have more than what they need to end any potential conflict with North Korea.

Other reports by GizPress

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