Donald Trump Promotes the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
When people justify their support for the Donald Trump campaign, I hear them praise his brash, crude, impulsive character. They find his willingness to ignore the conventions of politics to be refreshing.
I wonder, when I hear such justifications, whether Trump’s supporters realize that the President of the United States needs to do anything more than stand up and give speeches. Do they remember that the President of the United States has power over a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons?
This weekend, Donald Trump gave the world a reminder of what the consequences of an impulsive American President could be. Commenting on foreign policy, Trump proposed the idea that South Korea and Japan could be encouraged to develop nuclear weapons arsenals of their own. Allowing Japan and South Korea to have their own nuclear weapons is “something that we have to talk about”, Trump said.
For a generation, the United States has been working to reduce the number of nuclear weapons spread around the world, under the control of different national governments. Now, Donald Trump is proposing to undo that work, and to create more opportunities for nuclear weapons to be used as more than just a deterrent, but as tools of massive destruction capable of destroying entire cities with the flick of a single switch.
Trump’s casual approval of the expansion of nuclear weapons around the world demonstrates that he hasn’t given the responsibility of the President over our own nation’s nuclear arsenal the grave consideration that it deserves. Nuclear weapons aren’t something that anyone, much less a candidate for President of the United States, should discuss flippantly.