Nuclear Fairy Tales

PA Pundits - International

By Peter Huessy ~

The complex subject of nuclear deterrence is the subject of a new essay by a young, non-nuclear expert, a Terrell Jermaine Starr, writing for Foxtrot Alpha. The work is unfortunately such an extraordinary mash of errors, distortions, and incomprehensible assertions that it needs a strong rebuttal.

The author starts with a truism. “The Cold War is over.” But then he proceeds to a non-sequitur arguing that there is thus no need for “America’s land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.”  But if our land based missiles are not needed because the nuclear deterrent of the Cold War (now over) is no longer required, then one could argue that all US nuclear forces should be retired.

Next, he claims the costs of Minuteman ICBMs are unstainable. However, sustainment costs will exceed the cost for the modernization of the missiles.  Consequently, the USAF plan is to make the smart strategic and…

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