Ellsberg on America’s nuclear war plans and capabilities

2018-02-02

in Bombs and rockets, Canada, History, Politics

Daniel Ellsberg was recently on the CBC’s The Current, talking about his book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

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. February 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm
. September 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

“The weight of the open evidence” suggests that “the Secretary of Defence is not just unnecessary, but not even in the nuclear chain of command,” says Alex Wellerstein, an expert on nuclear history at the Stevens Institute of Technology. William Perry, a former defence secretary, agrees. The president is free to instruct the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the top military officer, as he wishes. “We built a system that depends on having a rational actor in the White House,” says Alexandra Bell, a former State Department official now at the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “We now know the system is flawed.”

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2019/08/15/should-america-rule-out-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons

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