Anne and I are going to spend the holidays with our children and grandchildren.
Sunday evening we will celebrate what I call fishmas.
A few years ago our family adopted and adapted the Italian-American tradition of The Feast of the Seven Fishes celebrated on Christmas eve. We will have the dinner on the night of the 25th and it may or may not have seven fish courses.
So, that is the adapted part.
Last year I made a scallop ceviche. This year I am preparing a shrimp and roasted corn chowder.
I love my daughter-in-law Candy’s Clams Casino. Nothing isn’t better with bacon.
I love our family traditions.
So it pains – no, angers – me to hear Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin talking up a new nuclear arms race.
They directly threaten the future of all grandchildren. It is a threat to the very existence of our planet in way that exceeds any others. As a kid I grew up with all that. I don’t want that for my grandchildren. I don’t want it for anyone’s grandchildren.
We have to stop it.
Of all that Donald Trump has done and said, nothing angers me more than this latest threat.
Plus, the world is a different place since the United States and the old Soviet Union had a monopoly on nuclear tactical and strategic weapons.
An expanded nuclear arsenal is not just a choice for Trump and Putin anymore. Others can choose to join in.
And they will if this isn’t stopped.
President Obama has some responsibility for this. He may have talked the talk of nuclear reduction, but he walked the walk of expanded nuclear weapons capability.
Still, the new figures and private analysis underscored the striking gap between Mr. Obama’s soaring vision of a world without nuclear arms, which he laid out during the first months of his presidency, and the tough geopolitical and bureaucratic realities of actually getting rid of those weapons.
The lack of recent progress in both arms control and warhead dismantlement also seems to coincide with the administration’s push for sweeping nuclear modernizations that include improved weapons, bombers, missiles and submarines. Those upgrades are estimated to cost up to $1 trillion over the next three decades.
There are those who try to downplay the Trump tweet with one excuse or another.
I don’t want to hear that.
The world doesn’t need or want the Russians or the United States engaging in nuclear warfare modernization costing trillions of dollars and threatening our grandchildren’s future.