Scott talks to William Hartung about America’s nuclear policy and the shocking profit motives that end up determining it. Hartung draws particular attention to land-based ICBMs, which, he explains, aren’t nearly as effective, since they’re fixed in one place, and for that same reason are especially vulnerable to the possibility of an accidental launch. When a country’s government thinks their missile silos are being attacked, they have very little time to decide whether to launch those missiles in a counter-strike before losing the opportunity forever. This is why cutting back on ICBMs is one of the most important steps in reducing the risk of nuclear war. Unfortunately, leading voices in the U.S. government actually want to expand the nuclear arsenal, and since the money for such programs is often spread out in local political districts, opposition can be nearly impossible.
Discussed on the show:
- “Inside the ICBM Lobby: Special Interests Or the National Interest?” (Arms Control Association)
- “George Carlin: Jammin’ in New York (TV Special 1992)” (IMDb)
William Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. Find him on Twitter @WilliamHartung.
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