Donald Trump, perhaps unwittingly, exposes paradox of nuclear arms

By Dan Drollette Jr | August 4, 2016

An Wednesday, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough revealed that an unidentified foreign policy adviser had told him that, in a briefing about nuclear weapon, Donald Trump had repeatedly asked: “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”

His campaign denied this ever occurred.

But the kerfluffle does point up the fact that nuclear weapons are deployed in great numbers, at enormous cost, labor, time, and effort (and at tremendous risk), for the purpose of never being used.

Even if Trump never intended to draw attention to this contradiction.

As this New York Times article points out: "Such is the esoteric and at times puzzling logic of nuclear weapons that could lead a presidential candidate, even a very unusual one, to wonder at the point of weapons whose power comes in not being used."


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