U.S. must reconsider military spending, nuclear weapons

Americans oblivious or indifferent to the staggering U.S. military budget for 2025 would benefit from reading Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of A Nuclear War Planner.”

Ellsberg’s book should be required reading for all Americans. It is indeed a hard book to read as Ellsberg outlines with clarity the “acceptable” and civilization-ending ramifications of a successful U.S. nuclear war. A successful nuclear attack that we initiated would annihilate hundreds of millions of people-effectively ending life on earth as we know it.

The United States is currently spending billions of dollars on “Nuclear Modernization.” A key component of “Nuclear Modernization” is maintaining our steadfast commitment to nuclear first-strike options. Consider that one Ohio Class submarine in the Arabian Sea and Atlantic-within range of Russia-can unleash 192 nuclear missiles in one minute.

The Nuclear Clock is moving ever closer to midnight. Regional wars like Russia’s attack on the Ukraine could easily escalate into Armageddon.

The survival of humanity and Mother Earth should be the No. 1 priority for all reasoned people. A first and needed step that deserves stand-alone prioritization is a critical review of U.S military spending.

Our greatest hope and strength are the collective and organized response of caring citizens globally. To say that this effort and work is a priority is indeed a profound understatement. Our children, future generations, and all life on earth deserve this effort.

Jim Sawyer

Edmonds

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