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1 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  May 22, 2014 11:37:22am

The problem with these relics is that the assignment is a dead-ender, it’s where you wind up if you fucked up at politics. They’re the past, not the future. It’s a difficult problem to resolve.

2 Rightwingconspirator  May 22, 2014 1:27:20pm

re: #1 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

I ran across this, it poignantly supports your comment.

Guest Post: An ICBM officer recalls 9/11
Posted by Tom on Friday, January 17, 2014
For me, those scales fell from my eyes on 9/11. The nuclear deterrent did not keep America safe, and in the years that followed with the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, we were on the sidelines. Our leadership still told us that we were important, that because of our existence our troops overseas and Americans at home would be same from any WMD attacks in retaliation for our offensives. But that argument didn’t hold much water as we watched the very public and extensive preparations for combat ops in a chemical and biological environment our brothers and sisters in arms were preparing for in Iraq.

I still believe there is a role for the nuclear deterrent in America’s national security strategy. Part of me hopes the day will come when it’s no longer needed and the world can move to something like global zero, but the realist part of me knows that will not happen for a long time yet (if ever). But in the meantime, one of the most pressing national security issues we have is figuring out what the proper role of nuclear deterrent is now and what force structure and posture we need to implement that role.

The answer cannot be the same role, the same force structure, and the same posture as we’ve had for the last few decades. The world has changed. That sounds trite, but it’s important to keep repeating. I am a big believer in our personal experiences shaping our worldviews. As my experience on 9/11 has shaped my worldview on the role of nuclear weapons, I know that nearly all of our current senior military and political leaders - and many of the most well-respected scholars and analysts - spent their formative years locked in the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union. Just as I do not fully understand or appreciate that experience, I do not expect them to fully understand my generation’s experience with the new threats America faces such as terrorism.


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