Chaos in America Feb 26, 2021 6:21:35 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by ironhamster on Feb 26, 2021 6:21:35 GMT -5
ICBMs can get here in 15 minutes or less.
Is this a counterstrike? Or a pre-emptive one?
Maybe different criteria.
The worry may not be about Biden but a future president. Methinks many Democrats recall their concern with Trump's responsibilities that are no longer an issue. (but could be again? a la Grover Cleveland?)
Rumors flew that a groundless command to nuke anybody would have been slow-walked until cooler heads prevailed. We've heard actual accounts of Soviets that refused to launch counterstrikes against what turned out to be false alarms.
Given our submarine nuclear fleet, chances seem fairly good that no attack would go unanswered. The only questions is, will we know who nuked us? M.A.D. suggests to me that any nuclear strike will be a single low yield blast with no one explaining why it was done.
Given that Trump is the only President in decades to get us into zero new conflicts and the timing of the proposal has come after his departure, and there is video of Biden clearly saying he doesn't know what he is signing with someone off camera yelling for him to "just sign it", I think we can all deduce who this proposal is aimed at.
ICBMs are decades old technology. SCRAM jets can travel roughly 10x the speed of sound, and not in a straight line. Rods from God, telephone pole sized tungsten rods dropped from space, is another modern technology that might prove difficult to defeat.