Journalist Andrew Cockburn discusses the U.S. nuclear weapons program and our relation with other nuclear armed countries, especially Russia. His new article, “How to Start a Nuclear War,” describes just how easy it would be for even a single officer to launch his squadron’s entire nuclear arsenal, enough explosive power to kill hundreds of millions of people. With so much at stake, denuclearization should be a chief concern for anyone who wants to see world peace, and yet given how much of the U.S. economy is wrapped up in war, that outcome seems unlikely.

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