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Trump poised to get new
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Washington Post, by Paul Sonne

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The new low-yield nuclear warheads that President Trump wants to add to the American arsenal look poised to receive backing from Congress, despite an outcry from anti-nuclear advocates and attempts by Democratic lawmakers to defund or limit their introduction. The addition of the warheads to ballistic-missile submarines has become the most controversial element of the Trump administration’s new nuclear weapons strategy. Critics say the smaller impact of such “battlefield nuclear weapons” makes them more tempting to use in a crisis — therefore lowering the threshold of nuclear war. But the Trump administration, led by

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It´s ironic that the enviormental terrorist dRATS party would be against "low-yield nuclear warheads" for our submarines. Don;t they fear a nuclear winter that will surely throw off their fake climate change numbers?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jennie C., 6/13/2018 2:51:39 PM     (No. 11662687)

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 6/13/2018 3:06:52 PM     (No. 11662694)

Paywall does not appear for me, while oftentimes it does now. If I see one, I won´t post article. Doing a "search" on Internet, found it here:


http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/trump-poised-to-get-new-low-yield-nuclear-weapons-20180613

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Reply 3 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 6/13/2018 3:07:43 PM     (No. 11662696)

Isn´t it a strange coincidence that the WaPo would print this kind of article about Trump wanting to expand our number of nukes while negotiating with NoKo to get rid of ALL their A-bombs (along with their missiles)?

Is it possible that the Post is trying to sabotage the negotiations?

Silly question....the Post would never do anything like that !!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 6/13/2018 3:30:33 PM     (No. 11662703)

In Europe now, first I have to agree to "new European privacy rules", then after dumping all WashPost cookies, still get "limited browser" warning, then after a few seconds of reading the article, their adblocker alert shuts it down. WashCommiePost is a PITA, and full of disinformation, anyway.

The new thing is the availability of a dash two variant of the W76 warhead on our sub launched ICBMs. Lowers yield to 6.5 kilotons, about half of the Hiroshima bomb. Serious hit, but not huge. Dash one W76 original version is estimated by unclassified sources at 100 kiloton yield, about 8 times the Hiroshima bomb. In any case, low yield means perhaps more usable. If that increases the fear factor on the other end - good.

IMO, we have gotten to the point that too many people think that using even a single nuclear weapon is "unthinkable". This is ridiculous, they are just big hammers, and if the need is great enough, they should be used. Use ONE and the credibility will be back, better threat, more likely to get compliance short of using another.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 6/13/2018 4:43:27 PM     (No. 11662749)

Show of hands: Who on this thread doesn´t think Russia and China already have the ship-killer low-yield nukes? Nobody? That´s what I thought.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 6/13/2018 4:50:06 PM     (No. 11662752)

Betcha the rats wouldn´t have minded hussein getting low yield nukes. Of course he would have used them against rural Americans.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hotrod, 6/13/2018 5:43:59 PM     (No. 11662799)

I wonder how these new weapons compare to the tactical nukes we have had for some time? Anyone in the know?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 6/13/2018 5:58:49 PM     (No. 11662815)

Exactly, OP...logic need not apply!

At any rate, this is really encouraging....isn´t it great to have the grownups in the "game" now?!

My fear, of course is the following: "...but a Democratic takeover of the House or Senate this November could force a rollback of some of those plans and revive debate about the introduction of the W76-2 warhead."

This November´s elections are SO critical!!


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Reply 9 - Posted by: miceal, 6/13/2018 6:27:59 PM     (No. 11662843)

These make OUTSTANDING penetrators for "stuff" buried under steel reinforced concrete bunker type structures...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chance_232, 6/13/2018 6:52:59 PM     (No. 11662856)

Re#5 Thats old news. We had the "nuclear torpedo" in service back in 1961. Its called the RUR-5 ASROC. The submarine launched version was the UUM-44 SUBROC.

The rule was, fire it and run like hades in the opposite direction.

Because of the Bikini Atoll nuke testing, the Navy changed the way the fleets sailed. Ships maintained a lot of distance between themselves so that one nuke couldnt take out the entire fleet.

One would use one to guarantee a carrier kill, or as an act of desperation.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: GO3, 6/13/2018 8:30:47 PM     (No. 11662907)

#7, here´s the deal. We haven´t had the tactical nukes you speak of for sometime. After the Gulf war we dutifully dismantled ours while, as #5 says, the Russians and Chinese typically kept theirs. You can go back to the late 80s during the Intemediate Nuclear Forces treaty that got the ball rolling. I remember seeing Soviet inspectors at Ft. Sill monitoring the deactivation. This trend continued to the very low yield tactical nukes and atomic demolition munitions. So as the good guy we willingly gave up a much needed capability. Getting back low yield nukes is a good thing and a long time coming.

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