VICE NEWS REPORT, June 2016 (available "On Demand")
In a NUCLEAR MISSILE SILO in NEBRASKA with a VICE NEWS Reporter:
Two Air Force Officers, a young man and a young woman, share a cake to celebrate her 100th "Launch Alert!" No candles burning on the cake, one would presume for safety reasons, given the recent spate of documented, publicized, negligent and widespread safety violations in these nuclear missile silos.
Her face beaming she assures us with a smile:
"If the President wants to actually launch, we are ready to go!"
She may have as well been anticipating Mr. Obama's invitation to take her to the prom - instead of inviting her to participate in the murder of millions. JUST TURN YOUR KEY
In fairness, the two "missileers" are performing their duty. They have been vetted, trained and psychologically tested. Selected for their willingness to turn those keys ON COMMAND AND WITHOUT QUESTION. (For an account of an officer who did ask "the Forbidden Question" concerning a Launch Command, see Ron Rosenbaum's book How The End Begins ( BLOG POST: Reading the Bomb below)
SILO. Normally the word might make us think of grain, abundance, the nourishment of life. But nothing about these SILOS is normal. Here, the word conjures up Doomsday Scenarios which are duly "practiced" in every "launch alert."
Their Command Capsule contains 10 of the 450 ICBMs in the land-based part of our Nuclear Triad which the Vice reporter accurately states is: "Powerful enough to end the world as we know it."
And that does not take into account the ICBMs of Russia and China.
Russian ICBMs are ready to launch in minutes - in silos, on mobile launchers and from railway cars. China's smaller ICBM arsenal is ready to launch from complexes of tunnels called by the Chinese military "The Underground Great Wall of China". (VICE Report)
Worse, our "Prague President" has ordered up New Nuclear Missiles - over 400 in all - to replace the lethal killers currently aging in their silos.
The President guarantees that as long as we have these Nuclear Weapons THEY will be kept "safe, secure, effective." That same deceptive mantra stated in a NYTS Letter to the Editor on June 23, 2016, by an official of the "National Security Administration" "ensuring that America's remaining arsenal is safe, secure, and effective." DEADLY IRONY.
For as long as THE WEAPONS exist, WE can be NEITHER SAFE NOR SECURE. Nuclear annihilation remains just a Turn of the Key or a Key stroke away.
Many military experts and consultants think that this "leg" of the Triad should be abolished. Even Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) recently commented: "Do we really need the entire Triad?"
"Very, very, very expensive." That is, the ICBMs, the Submarine Launched Nuclear Missiles and the fleet of Nuclear Bomb toting Strategic Bombers.
Each leg of our Triad could, by itself, annihilate any enemy nation many times over, destroying the world in the process.
NUCLEAR TRIAD our UNHOLY TRINITY
Next Post: The Submarine and Bomber components of The Triad.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION IN OUR TIME - BEFORE OUR TIME IS UP