Trump wants to make nuclear weapons easier to use — and that should frighten everyone


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HuffPost has published a leaked, January 2018 draft of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, due out in February.
While the document echoes the Obama administration’s nuclear modernization plan, it contains major differences and is laced with “dark perspective.”
One reversal is a push for additional “flexible” and “low-yield” nuclear weapons in the US arsenal.

This shift could make nuclear weapons easier to use in combat, spur nuclear proliferation, lead to grave miscalculations, and increase the risk of atomic warfare.

A little more than a year ago, Donald Trump made two of the most alarming statements of his political career. Now they appear poised to become US policy, in light of a government document leaked to HuffPost.

The first statement occurred on December 22, 2016, when Trump tweeted that the US “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

Trump’s aides claimed he wasn’t starting a nuclear arms race. But he betrayed their spin the following day.

“Let it be an arms race,” Trump reportedly told MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski over the phone. “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

Both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations have worked for decades to reduce US and global nuclear weapons stockpiles, so Trump’s views represented a reversal of longstanding efforts at denuclearization. Because he was president-elect at the time, doubts existed as to whether he — once sworn in and surrounded by presumably experienced and competent cabinet members — would act on them.

But what little room for doubt is left has shrunk considerably.

On Thursday, HuffPost senior reporter Ashley Feinberg published what appears to be a January 2018 draft of the Nuclear Posture Review.

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Source:: Business Insider

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