In another uninformed, ill-advised, poorly-thought-out, Twitter rant, president-elect Trump suggests we return to our old cold war mindset, violate our 48-year-old, Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty and begin to “greatly expand our nuclear capabilities.”
This was the president-elect’s reaction to the recent Christmas market attack in Berlin which left 12 people dead and 48 more injured and a suspect still at large.
While we as a nation join the rest of the world in praying for the dead and injured and their families, we realized years ago that expanding arms is not the appropriate response to a disaster. Besides, America already has more deployed nukes than any other country on the planet. Why do we need more?
Currently, nine nations possess nuclear capability— the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. Among them, they possess approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons. in total. Although the United States and Russia have reduced their nuclear inventories, they still account for more than 93% of all operational nuclear warheads. While Russia has more total nukes, 8,000 compared to the USA’s 7,300, 6,400 of that 8,000 are non-operational and awaiting dismantlement.
Although the number of countries possessing nukes is up from the five nuclear powers recorded in 1968, imagine how many more countries there would be without the NPT. Among them, they possess approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons. in total. Although the United States and Russia have reduced their nuclear inventories, they still account for more than 93% of all operational nuclear warheads.
America, the four other nuclear powers and 40 non-nuclear nations realized when they signed the NonProliferation Treaty in 1968, that more weapons are not the answer. We should pray that the president-elect has more respect for our nation’s binding obligations, treaties than he has for his personal ones, wedding vows.