It's the headline that president-elect Donald Trump is following Russia head Vladimir Pultin's lead. Like Putin, Trump wants to increase the capacity of nuclear warheads.
That's what Trump tweeted today. And it was this volatile man's authority in regard to nuclear arms which so many feared if he was elected.
Here is the coverage in The Washington Post which the Drudge Report links to. But few need to read that media analysis. If it looks, walks, talks and can cause the kind of cloud of the possibility of a nuclear war, then maybe it is.
In addition, it could cost a bundle. The executive director of the Arms Control Association, Daryl Kimball, estimates the nut for that could total $1 trillion over 20 years.
It was a time of high distrust. We were instructed to "watch" our suburban neighbors.
Sure they were American citizens who went to work every day and mowed their lawns. But they could be communicating information to the Russians about Americana.
No, they weren't Muslims. They were as WASPY as the Bush dynasty.
Once a week, we children hid under our desks. That was the "safety" drill in the event of nuclear attack.
And, it was downright unpatriotic to question the expense of any aspect of the U.S. defense against nuclear.
The 1959 film "On the Beach" portrayed the aftermath of a worldwide nuclear war. No, it wouldn't help to take refuge in a cave somewhere. This was when we were still getting our bearings after the war to end all wars.
Survivalists, such as I met in the desert of southwestern Arizona, likely feel smug. Despite that the holiday laziness has already taken over much of America, they will be busy ensuring an ample amount of food, water, chemicals for hygiene and guns to prevent intruders. They warned us, "Build your own shelter. We won't let you in."
When the drill was over, we children in Catholic schools prayed for the conversion of Russia back to Christianity.
Will the Trump Administration create yet another generation anticipating getting wiped out by a nuclear bomb?
Takeaway: Let's enjoy what could be the last Christmas on planet earth. The heck with what the credit card bill will be next month.
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