After nearly 40 years of diplomacy to promote nuclear disarmament around the world, Donald Trump announces his national security policy regarding a new arms race via Twitter, espousing a reversal of policies for which so many have worked so hard and for so long to prevent. Trump’s proposed policy reversal is so serious and so perilous that it would almost certainly encourage participation of officially recognized nations, not to mention rogue pseudo nations and other unstable organizations. According to Trump, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes mutually assured destruction”. Unfortunately Mr. Trump has not been paying attention over these past many years.
Recognized mutually assured destruction was the reason for worldwide nuclear disarmament agreements. A restart of an arms race is not in any countries best interest and certainly not in the best interest of The United States or our world. Trump, the puppet and willing minion, knowingly or not, has given Vladimir Putin the opportunity for which he has been waiting. This is Trump’s “Reagan” Moment where Reagan joked that the “Bombing of Russia will begin in 5 minutes” during a mike check in 1984. Reagan’s off the cuff comment immediately created a potential nuclear crisis between Russia and The United States. Loose lips sink ships and loose ill advised, self-serving, ego- centric statements endanger not only the U. S., but the entire world. Whether he realizes it or not, Trump has just given the green light to India, Pakistan, North Korea and any other unstable regime just waiting in the wings to participate in an arms race.
Donald Trump may physically be a man, but his brain has yet to catch-up.