TRUMP AND THE BOMB
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 PM
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“The last time the United States declared its nuclear weapons policy, in 2010, it required a year of deliberation and a fussed-over 64-page report to set it out. President-elect Donald J. Trump appears to have done so in only 140 characters, forcing analysts and foreign states to divine United States policy from a few brief words.” New York Times 12/22/16
There is no policy more fraught and diplomatically sensitive than nuclear weapons policy. At this very moment, the United States and Russia are locked in a nuclear embrace. Our collective fates — and those of the rest of the world — are entangled in a mesh of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines, and strategic bombers. Together, the US and Russia control more than 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons.
The disarmament trajectory has stagnated since around the time of the New START treaty in 2010. And while there hasn’t been any real increase in stockpiles, the remaining US and Russian warheads — more than 14,000 in total, about 3,700 of which are deployed — are more than enough to cause unparalleled destruction to our world and its inhabitants. [Source: Plougshares Fund]
It is critically important for people to understand the continuity of US nuclear weapons programs and policies, and their central role in US “national security” planning that Trump and company are inheriting.
Deeply committed to nonviolence and international law, Jackie Cabasso has been continuously active in nuclear disarmament, peace and environmental advocacy for more than three decades. She has had the opportunity to travel widely and has spoken at public hearings, legislative symposia and conferences around the world and has addressed rallies and gatherings at the Livermore and Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratories, the Nevada and Semipalatinsk nuclear test sites, the French nuclear weapons laboratories, and in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She has been arrested approximately 50 times in acts of nonviolent resistance to U.S. nuclear weapons and foreign policy at the Livermore Lab, the Nevada Test Site, the White House, and other U.S. military and government facilities.
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