Yesterday, President Trump accused NBC News of releasing a false report of a briefing he had regarding the United States nuclear arsenal. The report indicated that the president called for a tenfold increase to the United States nuclear arsenal. Right now, our arsenal is somewhere around 4,000 missiles. A tenfold increase would bring our arsenal to the level it was at during the height of the Cold War in the ’60s. Given our efforts to stop North Korea and Iran from gaining a nuclear arsenal of their own, should we build up ours?
Those who support having a stronger nuclear arsenal point out that the world is an extremely dangerous place, and strength is not just necessary but mandatory. If we are perceived as being weak, nations around the world will try to take advantage of us. Conversely, if we are seen as unbeatable, then the nations of the world will be very hesitant to cross us. They point to the MAD doctrine of the Cold War and how it worked to keep us from nuclear war with the Soviet Union for decades. People also say that the failures of past administrations in allowing other nations to gain nuclear weapons have caused this situation.
People who don’t support a nuclear buildup point out how unfeasible it is. The unbelievable cost to the United States would decimate our economy much like it did in the Soviet Union when they tried to outspend Reagan in the ’80s and ended up causing the collapse of their country. Plus, there is no strategic sense to the buildup. Weapons are much more advanced, and the arsenal we have now is more powerful by far than the levels in the ’60s. Finally, if we did have a nuclear buildup, we would be in violation of countless treaties that we have signed in good faith with other countries over the decades.
These are dangerous times in which we live. North Korea is trying to build a nuclear bomb capable of reaching the United States. A crucial treaty with Iran that limits their nuclear program is on the verge of falling apart. There are terrorists who would love to get their hands on a nuclear weapon. For the sake of all, our leaders need to make the right decision.
This clip from the MSNBC show, Morning Joe, discusses President Trump’s supposed desire to increase our nuclear arsenal by tenfold:
Do we need to build up our nuclear arsenal? Will building up our nuclear arsenal also build up our strength in deterring anyone from attacking us? Perhaps, but will building it up endanger our country with unrealistic demands of our military?
In support of a nuclear buildup
Those who support a nuclear buildup want to see this country strong. They feel the only way to deter our enemies is with an unstoppable military.
Only strength and preparedness stops WAR from beginning. Read history & stop being foolish!
— James (@GoldenxxJames) October 11, 2017
With Iran and North Korea developing nuclear weapons, remember you can't bargain from weakness.
— Cheri Vaughn (@CheriVaughn17) August 24, 2017
Nuclear weapons deter attack, but they also act as a shield that reduces the costs of a host of other behaviors https://t.co/CrOh0yeYHs
— War on the Rocks (@WarOnTheRocks) October 2, 2017
— Andrew S. Bowen (@Andrew_S_Bowen) October 2, 2017
In opposition to a nuclear buildup
People who disagree with building up our nuclear arsenal point out how unrealistic it is. They claim that the economy would explode and so would our relationship with the rest of the world.
No we don't need 68,000 nuclear weapons. You know how many space ships that would buy. A lot. Build spaceships not nukes!
— AltNASA (@Alt_NASA) October 11, 2017
Regardless of who has the idea to build up our nuclear weapons, these tweets include good rebuttals.
Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military
The world doesnt need more nuclear weapons.
We have plenty. pic.twitter.com/G1xPJt3XRW
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 11, 2017
Good thread on what a bad idea Trump's nuclear build up is. Issues of cost, feasibility, security, necessity all go against plan. https://t.co/yvy2TBSFHC
— Jeff Egnaczyk (@post406) October 11, 2017
— Disabled Veteran (@cj_disabledVet) October 2, 2017
How do you feel about the size of our nuclear arsenal?