US Bomb Tests and Bidding Wars Herald New (Unlawful) $1.5 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Complex

While much of the world pursues the abolition of nuclear weapons – embraced by the adoption July 7 by 122 nations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – the militarized Trump White House is pursuing plans for a trillion-dollar rebuild of the entire US nuclear weapons complex. The enormous, extravagant program is … Continue reading “US Bomb Tests and Bidding Wars Herald New (Unlawful) $1.5 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Complex”

‘We Burned Down Every Town in North Korea’

"We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, some way or another… Over a period of three years or so, we killed off, what, 20 percent of the population?" ~ General Curtis LeMay, in Strategic Air Warfare, by Richard H. Kohn The US public wants … Continue reading “‘We Burned Down Every Town in North Korea’”

US Says ‘Yes’ to Nuke Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treaty

Twice in seven days the United States shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles toward the Marshall Islands, but the same government refused in March to join negotiations for a new treaty banning nuclear weapons. Tests conducted April 26 and May 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base launched modernized Minuteman-3 ballistic missiles, and the US Air Force said … Continue reading “US Says ‘Yes’ to Nuke Tests, ‘No’ to a Nuke Ban Treaty”

Wild Turkey With H-Bombs: Failed Coup Heightens Calls for Denuclearization

An explosive cocktail of political instability mixed with 90 U.S. H-bombs raises the specter of accidental or suicidal nuclear detonation in or near Turkey. This risk was brought into sharp relief by the attempted military coup there in mid-July. In June, I warned that the Pentagon’s 180 thermonuclear B61 gravity bombs deployed across Europe – … Continue reading “Wild Turkey With H-Bombs: Failed Coup Heightens Calls for Denuclearization”

Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There

“A little more than 60 miles from Brussels airport,” Kleine Brogel Air Base is one of six European sites where the United States still stores active nuclear weapons, William Arkin wrote last month. The national security consultant for NBC News Investigates, Arkin warned that these bombs “evade public attention to the extent that a post-terror … Continue reading “Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There”

Voices of Reason vs. the Doomsday Lobby

In 2010, three high-ranking military officials including Air Force Colonel B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of the US Air Force’s Strategic Plans and Policy Division who had worked directly for the Secretary of the Air Force, published a major policy paper suggesting that the US should unilaterally cut its nuclear arsenal by more than 90 percent. … Continue reading “Voices of Reason vs. the Doomsday Lobby”