26 Décembre 2016
Another parting Christmas gift from the Nobel Peace Prize winner. - (Steven Starr)
by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, December 24, 2016
As politicians and mainstream media blast Trump's apparently incendiary tweet regarding nuclear arms, none other than President that, by striking a single word from longstanding US nuclear defence policy, could .
Oh the irony... Following Trump's tweet...
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability
until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
The mainstream media has lambasted the president-elect for "endangering the world" and "starting another nuclear arms race." However,
One . The system is said to be designed to thwart a small-scale attack by a non-superpower such as North Korea or Iran.
Together, the provisions signal that the US will seek to use advanced technology to defeat both small-scale and large-scale nuclear attacks.
Huge bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress approved the policy changes over the past month, with virtually no public debate.
Although the White House had earlier criticised the changes, it stopped short of threatening a veto.
Leading defence scientists said the idea that a space-based system could provide security against nuclear attack is a fantasy...
said L. David Montague, a retired president of missile systems for Lockheed and co-chair of a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied missile defence technologies at the request of Congress.
“Even if we darken the sky with hundreds or thousands of satellites and interceptors, there’s no way to ensure against a dedicated attack,” Montague said in an interview.
He called the provisions passed by Congress
Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who introduced and shepherded the policy changes in the House, said he drew inspiration from former president Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defence Initiative of the 1980s, which was intended to use lasers and other space-based weaponry to render nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete.”
Philip E. Coyle III, a former assistant secretary of defence who headed the Pentagon office responsible for testing and evaluating weapon systems,
Coyle said. “The technology isn’t at hand – nor is the money. It’s unfortunate from my point of view that the Congress doesn’t see that.”
He added: “Both Russia and China will use it as an excuse to do something that they want to do.”
Finally, when asked whether the country could afford it, Franks replied:
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