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Posted: 3/11/2002 9:11:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 9:29:09 AM EST
As it SHOULD be.... [smoke]
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 9:31:11 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 12:30:29 PM EST
Although the spretra of nuclear weapons use looms very large these days, we have had guys in the United States Military that do nothing but spend each daying using the latest intellegence to modify and maintain the target list for our Nuclear Weapons, making sure that in the event of war, nothing would be left of any country that may wish us ill with a first strike, these men have been around since at least the earliest days of SAC. The russians have these same guys and so do the chinese. I am not saying we won't be hit, because there is something definately in the air(it may be just a little fear), but the story is not anything odd in the least. They may have just decided to publicise it at the critical time to make sure that countries thinking of doing something will perhaps keep there heads down. Perhaps they publicised it to make sure that anyone in this country with a nuclear weapon already would think twice about using it, perhaps think about there mom and dad, who will die in the middle east if they do. Benjamin
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 12:41:11 PM EST
I was a little kid in grade school during the late 1950s. They had us practice hiding under our desks several times per year since it was likely that we would be nuked by the Russians. Nothing has changed. If you just realized how the world has been for over 50 years, good for you. Better late than never. Watch-Six
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 1:13:26 PM EST
I belive our military's use of nuclear weapons has always been an option, just getting a bit more discussion now. As Watch-Six said, I too practiced hiding under my desk at grade school in the 50s. There were civil defense 'triangle' marks on the AM dials of radios, you were to tune to these markings in the event of nuclear attack. There were these same markings on public buildings, you were to go there in event of nuclear attack. Really nothing has changed, just we have not talked about it for the past 30 years.....
Link Posted: 3/11/2002 2:11:33 PM EST
What do you mean nothings changed? We have drawn up targeting plans yes, but our missiles are still pointing at the sky, with no targets locked in (though that takes all of a few minutes to change) and bombers are not flying standing alert. Russia hasn't become our enemy again- though they are not really our friend. They are the only people with enough nukes to worry about and the ability to launch them before we can take them out. Including them in this is a reflection of their instability, not that they pose a current threat. What has changed is the greater likelyhood that someone will use a nuclear weapon against the US. But global thermonuclear war is not likely unless Russia's government falls and the Nationalists take over. Then the cold war would restart. China's nuclear weapons are a joke. If we wanted to strike first, we would take them out with conventional weapons from B-2s and they wouldnt know it untill it was over. If they tried to strike first we would hear it or see it from space and our ICBM's would get there before theirs launched. But snce their antiques cant hit something smaller than a city they have no force on force capability. Their entire nation would be destroyed, and they KNOW it. The Chinese arent terrorists. They want to build and run a empire, and you cant do that if you are dead. The Muslims would attack us with nukes if they could, cause they dont care if we kill their entire country. But they dont have enough nukes to destroy the entire US like Russia has. They could get one or two and destroy a city here, or a military base overseas. While unpleasant it would not be the end of the world, like a exchange with the Soviets would have been back in the old days.
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