posted on Sep, 21 2009 @ 09:02 AM
reply to post by InfaRedMan
I guess nukes are a road we cannot travel forever jdub. I understand where many of the previous posters are coming from. However there's
still the issue that in the end the only party that may have nukes is some renegade religious radicals... so I get your stand point as well.
You know, absent a "The Day the Earth Stood Still
" scenario, we've sort of boxed ourselves in.
I don't enjoy this any more than most reasonable people. I was raised in a military city, one of the largest concentrations of Army and Air Force
facilities, including weapons depots, in the U.S.
We knew we were a first-strike target, and it was like living with the sword of Damocles hanging over us.
BUT, knowing we could defend ourselves, or deter a first strike, helped us sleep better. (Sort of like having a gun in the closet - you don't want
to use it, or make it too easy to do so, but you know it's there if you need it.)
reply to post by Jenna
dismantling our defenses isn't exactly the brightest idea in the world right now. We've made too many enemies over the years through other
"bright ideas", and if we leave ourselves defenseless it's not going to end well for us.
mad, undoubtedly. But the threat of an effective response should be recognized as a real and valuable deterrent
(just like a
"Beware of Dog," or "These Premisies Protected By ... ." sign is), and should thus not be discarded without regard to the very real
(I'd be willing to make a reasonable bet that 75% of the ATS members do not know what "M.A.D." is
, without resorting to Google,
Wikipedia, or YouTube)
[edit on 21-9-2009 by jdub297]