It is not surprising that the “New Scientist” is alarmed by the presidency of Donald Trump as a threat to science and critical thinking. The 21 January 2017 issue of the New Scientist offers 4 articles on the potential threats of a Trump Presidency. It could have offered many more articles, and perhaps it will. Two of the four published articles will be shared in healthy memory blog posts.
One of these articles is titled: “Resisting Trump: How his chaotic nuclear policy might play out.” He has said that the US nuclear capability is broken. As this nuclear capability can destroy the world many times over betrays his woeful ignorance on the topic. Moreover, the United States is already modernizing its nuclear force along with Russia. Nuclear official Bill Perry warns, “We seem to b sleepwalking into this new nuclear arms race.” As planned this modernization would deal the final blow to the tottering Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Any testing of new weapons would kill the 1992 nuclear testing moratorium and the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
This nuclear arms race could induce smaller nuclear powers to expand as well. Moreover, Trump has encouraged additional countries to develop their own nuclear weapons. And by abrogating the agreement to Iran, the additional of a new Nuclear threat will soon emerge. And it is likely that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt would develop nuclear weapons.
The New Scientist does its best to give Trump the benefit of any doubts. Trump says that he will stop Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear threat. Trump had said that he will talk with Kim. The New Scientist article incorrectly states that talks have worked before halting North Korean weapons development in 1994—until their cessation let it resume. The truth is that the North Koreans’ effort never ceased. They continued their work in secret.
The article also mentions that Trump could take US missiles off their alert status. This idea is especially relevant during the Trump presidency. Trump does not control his emotions well. He is childish in his responses to anything remotely sounding like criticism. What is worse is that these responses are made quickly without any time for reflection. In any case, he should not be given the nuclear football until it is installed with some safeguards. To think that the world could end because Trump felt his honor was impugned.
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