Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump casually announced we need to update and expand our nuclear forces in response to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia needed to update and expand its nuclear forces.
“We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems” announced the Russian leader at a press conference. The next day, Trump told a shocked Mika Brzezinski that he would “let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
What that means or who that is directed to is unclear, since Trump is very open about his desire for friendship with the Russian Federation, but it is, as Noam Chomsky remarked, one of the most frightening things I’ve seen recently”.
LGBT activist and famed Star Trek actor George Takei took to Twitter to share his chilling take on the comments:
Trump wants to expand our nuclear arsenal. I think of my aunt and baby cousin, found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima. These weapons must go.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 22, 2016
On August 6th, 1945, the American air force dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Nearly 80,000 people were instantly killed; another 50,000 would die from radiation poisoning and burns. Takei himself was in an internment camp as his relatives perished in an inferno; his entire family has suffered at the hands of the American government and he is a living reminder of our national sins. We must heed his words.
Donald Trump has already shown that he’s willing to provoke international incidents for no reason, and the idea of him with nuclear launch codes are downright terrifying. These weapons can end human civilization and render this world barren for centuries – not to mention are an outrageous waste of money – and we need to be getting rid of them, not making more.