A few nuclear thoughts a Saturday morning:
Eight years ago, a few terrorists managed to destroy two big towers in the United States. Our reaction to the destruction of those buildings has managed to rot the fabric of our democracy, has indebted our government and has left us unable to deal with our deteriorating economy.
That small attack used our national psychology to devastate our country very effectively. Our country has many thousands of nuclear weapons, which our government claims have been a necessary deterrent. Still, those weapons, even when combined with the largest military force in the world, were not able to deter the attack of September 11, 2001.
The nuclear deterrent seems not to have worked. The size of our military seems not to have protected us. Nuclear weapons have a huge explosion. Our military budget is bigger than the rest of the world’s military budgets combined. Still, their bigness wasn’t effective protection. A small, strategic attack was able to thwart them easily.
So, what have we got thousands of nuclear weapons for? What have we got the biggest military on Earth for? If we want an effective defense, why can’t it be small and strategic, instead of big and blind?