Cutting Back Our Nuke Supply Is a Bad Idea

nukeOn Wednesday, congressional Republicans pushed back on the rumor that President Obama will cut our nuclear force back by as much as 80 percent. The president has said in the past that his goal is to reduce the number of nuclear warheads we own, and in the process, make the world a safer place.

That’s completely illogical.


In a perfect world, there would be no bad guys, and no need for weapons of mass destruction. In a perfect world, everyone would share their milk and cookies (without even being asked!), take turns on the swings, and never punch anyone else in the nose because they didn’t like the shape of it.

We don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world where bad guys do exist, and they would stop at nothing to destroy perfectly innocent nations. So then the question becomes: How do we keep them at bay?

The only way to keep our enemies from attacking us is to have bigger, badder weapons than them. They don’t even have to be used -- the simple fact that they exist, and that our enemies know they exist -- can be enough to deter them from attacking us. 

Iran is developing their nuclear technology. Iran, whose leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sees the United States as the Great Satan. Do you really think that some evil dude that wants to destroy a country for simply existing will stop trying because we call a time-out? 

What about North Korea? Are we safe from them? They have nukes, are making more, and are strengthening their relationship with Iran. What’s worse than one bully on the playground? Two of them teaming up together to wreck havoc. 

War is tragic, and no decent person would wish it upon anyone else. By having a large supply of nuclear warheads ready to be deployed if necessary, we send a simple message: Don’t even think about messing with us, or you will suffer the consequences.

Maintaining powerful weapons does not invite war – it deters it.

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