Trump's unjustified boast about USA nuke power

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

As North Korea continues to develop it nuclear capabilities, President Donald Trump tweeted that the US has modernized its own nuclear arsenal and is prepared to use it if necessary.

Pyongyang threatened to attack Guam after Trump told reporters on Tuesday that further threats from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen before".

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal". He said that's the first order he gave to his generals.

Probably not helping Trump's fragile ego this week was the news that the IL legislature recently passed a law naming Obama's birthday, August 4, "Barack Obama Day" across the state.

On Jan. 27, Trump made an executive order to create the Nuclear Posture Review, which will analyze the U.S.' nuclear capabilities.

But the review isn't complete.

But just because a president orders a study, it doesn't mean everything changes right away. A new generation is learning that America's nuclear arsenal is on a hairtrigger.

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It consists of about 1,750 strategic nuclear warheads deployed on intercontinental missles, submarines and strategic bombers Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), and Strategic Bombers and 180 tactical nuclear on European bases.

Today's force is largely the same as the one Trump inherited on January 20.

"And until such time as this scourge disappears, we will be so much better and so much stronger than anybody else, and nobody, including North Korea, is going to be threatening us with anything", the president said.

President Trump has not once taken that egregious step. Only then will the Department of Defense revitalize the country's nuclear weapons.

"The Pentagon determined in 2013 that we have a third more nuclear weapons than are necessary for deterrence", he said, which is why the U.S. is in the middle of a Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) - a process "to determine what the role of nuclear weapons in USA security strategy should be", according to the Defense Department.

Some experts argue the current strategy for shooting down ICBM-range missiles, like those North Korea is trying to flawless, is overly expensive and inadequate.

Instead, Gorka said he was criticizing journalists "who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state".

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