America has over 4,800 nuclear weapons, and we don’t take terrific care of them.
It’s terrifying, basically.
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At 11:06 when Oliver is talking about how we don't need nukes, I think he fails to understand their importance. It's not about how "useful" they are in regular combat situations where we are on the offensive, but rather we have nukes only because other countries have them. Basically, if we get rid of our nukes then we instantly become vulnerable to all other nuclear-capable nations (do you really think China or Russia would pass up such a good opportunity?). Getting rid of ALL our nukes is an absolutely terrifying idea, maybe we don't need 4,800 of them, but we certainly need a few of them. I understand that this is more of a comedy show, but John Oliver has a real knack for boiling down complicated issues into straw-man arguments in order to push his own flawed agenda. I could go on and on discussing all the mistakes in this video but that would take too long so I've just covered the heart of the issue. Maybe we don't always handle the situation in the best manner, but at least our leaders understand the situation better than this so-called news reporter.
John, I watch your stuff all the time, and I normally agree with what you say. However, in this segment you picked on a man for going to a Mexican restaurant. Really? Is that worst thing you could find on the guy? I mean it's the guy's free time and he isn't doing anything illegal or compromising. What is the big deal? No one picks on you on international television everytime you go out for margaritas and tacos.
there's a reason those nuclear silo's are outdated and out of maintenance...
it's because they're completely useless, the USA knows this, Russia knows this. (their silo's are just as crap & old as yours) ground fired ICBM's have been an outdated strategy since the 1960's they DO NOT WORK. the only ICBM's currently in active service are loaded onto nuclear submarines and even then it's only for tactical strikes. (that's when you launch a missile against an enemy fleet or ground army) the real WMD's are high altitude stealth bombers, with internal smart guided bombs.
A lot of the issues here are a bit more complicated then they seem in the video, but Oliver has a lot of very good points. The obsolete hardware might be fixed by the GBSD program (basically buying a replacement ICBM that's more capable than the old ones), which is currently having contractors come up with designs so that the air force can test two prototype designs and choose what they want. The number of warheads currently maintained is governed by a lot of treaties made with the USSR that carried over, which caused those big drops in the chart. Incidents like what were listed are disturbing, but fairly rare (only a few dozen in maybe 70+ years, which is still, frankly, too many).
A big issue which I wasn't brought up (rightfully, it'd be another 20 minute video from people who talk about just military stuff for a living) is that missileers are basically shit upon by the rest of the Air Force in addition to not getting much of the budget, so being an ICBM operator is super stressful work for not much pay or advancement opportunities.
I mean come on they need to reduce the Nuclear Arsenal.. The cost is ridiculous and its unnecessary.. If you had a war and fired all these missiles there would not be an earth to live on... Reduce the number of Nukes whether Russia does or not really doesn't matter with 1000 you still make the earth uninhabitable..... Then improve the technology...
it seems rather preposterous for US to reduce the number of its nuclear warheads while not benefiting other countries that still maintain them in large quantity. and as this segment revealed to us, it's the lack of modern equipment, disciplined and competent officers who are properly trained to handle the nuclear warheads that poses danger to the country. so isn't it better to solve the issue by replacing the obsolete equipments with updated ones and strengthening discipline and training among officers while preserving the current amount of warheads although with a better regard to safety?
You need your nuclear weapons, cause a lot of your political relationships depend on your nuclear umbrella. There is a nuclear balance and your (american) public opinion does not have to be taken into account, because if your public does not want missiles, russions, indians and others will prevail. You will lose your influence and destabilisation on a world scale will appear. A international agreement will work only
Typically I am not fond of America and its policies towards foreign governments.. But I do believe the USA should be armed with Nuclear weapons and those weapons should be deployable at a moments notice. Mutual assured destruction has indirectly lead to more peace in the last 100 years than diplomacy has ever had independently.
The thing about dropping a socket is irrelevant. They could've destroyed the ICBM, and killed a lot of workers yes, and yes there would be some very localized radiation from the materials in the warhead, but blowing up a warhead doesn't cause the nuclear reaction that it does when used as a weapon.
Ya John, Our government has taken the Secrecy thing that President Kennedy warned us about WAY too far! Now the people operating our missile systems no longer have "The Need to Know" anything about the weapons they control.
I always love these but a couple comments. First, duck and cover was never supposed to protect those in the immediate area of the blast. It was to protect those further out from the force of the shock wave and was very effective. The same things we do in earthquakes all around the world.
Second, using older computer hardware could be deliberate. Something that runs on a floppy disk would be much more difficult to hack than a modern network connected computer.
Still a great segment but a bit of one sided information here.
Sure... Misinformation plays a role, chiefly to make having them, or using them: "unthinkable" - but for the people that know how they work and effects of the weapons when they are used, they stop being apocalyptic and become tools...
And it's easy to become complacent...
Using them isn't going to "destroy the world" and even the fallout when they are used isn't as bad as the popular lore would have us believe.
But... They make mass death far too easy to accomplish and they let it happen at arms length.
The true danger is it might only take one sociopath getting their hands on one and if you give it enough time it's bound to happen. And when that sociopath is dis-inhibited from using them because they know the facts? Not a good outcome...
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