No to a new nuclear arms race.


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.


4 Replies to “No to a new nuclear arms race.”



    I had the fortune to teach at JOHN HERSEY H S from its opening in 1968 to 1982. On three occasions I had the fortune to meet and talk with John Hersey. Jerseys last visit to Hersey H S was in 1984. His remarks to the Class OF 1984 were powerful. In his remarks, he called for no mores use of nuclear weapons, It is my hope his call comes to fact.

    ATTACHED reference to one of his last writings:

    During 1985 John Hersey returned to Hiroshima, where he reported and wrote Hiroshima: The Aftermath, a follow-up to his original story. The New Yorker published Hersey’s update in its July 15, 1985, issue, and the article was subsequently appended to a newly revised edition of the book. “What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it’s been memory”, wrote Hersey. “The memory of what happened at Hiroshima”.

    IN 1986, I was in Washington DC as a part of CLOSE UP. I was sitting in the ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARINGS REGARDING US NUCLEAR BOMB TESTING. Hans Bethe was giving remarks regarding saying that there was no need to test U S weapons to see if they work when the red light next to Committee chair Sen Goldwater”s desk went on. The rest is history!

    ATTACHED reference to Hans Bethe:

    During the 1980s and 1990s, Bethe campaigned for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. After the Chernobyl disaster, Bethe was part of a committee of experts that analysed the incident. They concluded that the reactor suffered from a fundamentally faulty design and human error also had significantly contributed to the accident. “My colleagues and I established,” he explained “that the Chernobyl disaster tells us about the deficiencies of the Soviet political and administrative system rather than about problems with nuclear power.”[98] Throughout his life Bethe remained a strong advocate for electricity from nuclear energy, which he described in 1977 as “a necessity, not merely an option.”[99]
    In the 1980s he and other physicists opposed the Strategic Defense Initiative missile system conceived by the Ronald Reagan administration.[100] In 1995, at the age of 88, Bethe wrote an open letter calling on all scientists to “cease and desist” from working on any aspect of nuclear weapons development and manufacture.[101] In 2004, he joined 47 other Nobel laureates in signing a letter endorsing John Kerry for President of the United States as someone who would “restore science to its appropriate place in government”.[102]
    Historian Gregg Herken wrote:
    When Oppenheimer died, Oppie’s long-time friend, Hans Bethe, assumed the mantle of the scientist of conscience in this country. Like Jefferson and Adams, Teller and Bethe would live on into the new century which they and their colleagues had done so much to shape.[103]

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