Donald Trump Orders Test Of Nuclear Weapons as North Korea Crosses Red Lines

W.J. Hennigan wrote a fairly lengthy piece in Time magazine on the first of February. He writes:

"Since 1993, the Department of Energy has had to be ready to conduct a nuclear test within two to three years if ordered by the President. Late last year, the Trump Administration ordered the department to be ready, for the first time, to conduct a short-notice nuclear test in as little as six months."

This may be because there's some advance in nuclear technology or we've developed a new kind of bomb or we've changed the configuration of our bombs in some way and we need to figure out does this actually work, or how well does this work, or how badass is this particular bomber or whatever it may be. So, when the president orders the test, it has to be done within three years, ideally within two, because that's how long it takes to dig a giant hole in the ground.

When we used to do our tests above ground, John Wayne and many others downwind got cancer, there was just an epidemic of thyroid cancers across the Midwest downwind from the nuclear tests, from the radioactive iodine from the above-ground nuclear tests.

So we do our tests underground and if you're going to do a nuclear test underground, you've got to dig a giant hole, you've got to line it with concrete and stuff, you've got to put all kinds of sensors and instrumentation into it, you've got to set up a telemetry station to monitor the data from those sensors, miles away where people won't be fried or earthquaked out by the nuclear test.

It takes a couple of years to build that kind of infrastructure to do a nuclear test, but Trump is like Mr. Immediate Gratification: "I want it and I want it now."

This is why he so stupidly went to Davos and gave a speech about how wonderful the stock market was. You never brag about the stock market, never take credit for the stock market if you're president of the United States. No one ever has to the best of my knowledge, because every president before Trump was smart enough to realize that in a four-year period odds are the market's not going to continuously go up. It never has. Well, it might have gone up for 4 years, an 8 year period almost never. So instead you just let the good times roll, you don't have to brag about it.

Well, the same thing with nukes.

But Trump has told his Department of Energy, Rick Perry -and do you think that Rick Perry, certifiable genius, is going to be saying to Donald Trump, "hey, wait a minute?" You remember Ernest Moniz, Obama's Secretary of Energy? The guy had a PhD in physics. He's been replaced by Rick Perry. Oh my god. So Trump says to Rick Perry, I want my test within six months.

Now, maybe that has to do with the fact that all three of his red lines he's going to pass in three months and he figures well I could hang on for three more months after that but then I've got to drop a nuke on somebody or scare them so much they'll do exactly what I want. And most of these countries are not easily scared, which is why they are who and where they are. Specifically Pakistan, Iran and North Korea.

So Trump says he wants it in six months and according this article in Time....

"The point, this and other sources say, would be to show Russia's Vladimir Putin, North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Iran's Ayatullah Ali Khamenei and other adversaries what they are up against."

Right, we need a nuclear war with Russia, isn't that a great idea? What, you think they don't know we've got nukes? You've got to explode a nuclear weapon to show them that we have nuclear weapons?

This is incredible.

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Oldskoold's picture
Oldskoold 36 weeks 4 days ago
#1

Not merely incredible; untenable! Every day it becomes so much more apparent that we have an entire political party that has been infiltrared and compromised by a foreign government. Nothing else explains the actions of them. When Russia went "capatilast" they had no boundaries or checks and balances. What we are dealing with is 25% brainwashed and racist citizens and the "global mob" takeover of the once great USA! The supposed christian fundementalist are what I really don't understand. Psycology my friends. All the "Think Tanks" established by the republicans were and are nothing more than ways to establish racism as a basis for your vote by observing "focus groups" and their reactions. Then; the weaponize their findings. Add voter supression and Gerrymandering, you get Wisconsin!!! WE in deep shit!

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Willie W 36 weeks 4 days ago
#2

So now we have a new and improved nuclear bomb? I thought we already had an arsenal of bombs. Don't they work anymore? Maybe they will set it off as the finale for that big military parade Trump wants. The national credit card is going to get a real workout this year. But, he's used spending wild and then getting his loans forgiven. Our country will be bankrupt, but he will once again use his trusty old well worn golden parachute to float off into the sunset. And then, it will be time to put a Democrat into office for the cleanup.

Legend 36 weeks 4 days ago
#3

This is today's Fascism. I can hardly wait for the great military parade. Bigger than any other countries.Into Goosesteping?

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Dianereynolds 36 weeks 4 days ago
#4

Did we miss chuckie's parade?

Oldskoold's picture
Oldskoold 36 weeks 4 days ago
#5

Probably Goosestepping fo sho! #3. Untenable though. I'm actually ashamed to be American now. Wonder if they will give me free air fare? Call me a dreamer I suppose....and deport me. Hell; then I would be a lookin' for citizenship somewhere! That depends on Ryan, McCain. and dipshit Graham. What farces! "No Bless hearts". They have enabled too damn long. Where the hell is Richard Burr? His ancestor challenged a duel! Guess genetics get diluted by $$$$.

Screw them. I'm done.

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stopgap 36 weeks 4 days ago
#6

Does this mean were not going to have a big military parade after all? I was so looking forward for the chance to see President Bone-spurs showing off his Stalin face and Mussolini jaw, while from a strategic position high above, he salutes the troops as they march off to some war-torn hell hole.

Remember though…don't make the parade too long. Don't want Dear Leader to get bored and go inside and watch television halfway through the parade.

Maybe they can have all the Fox News celebrities riding in open jeeps and waving to the crowd. Sean Hannity can be Grand Marshall! General Flynn can wear his new Russian military uniform. Tucker Carlson and General Kelly can show off their white hoods.

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2950-10K 36 weeks 4 days ago
#7

I agree Oldskoold, the Kochpublican Party has been infiltrated by Putin's war machine, but only for the purpose of destabilizing a super power that would keep his expansionist desires in check. He knows what a compete pushover/arrogant fool Trump is, and I'm sure Putin is quite amused by the Pee Pee tapes. The Kochpublican Party is powerless to stop Putin while he has blackmail material on the entire party , which he does.

The thing that nobody talks much about though is the fact that the CIA was way ahead of the whole thing. They knew what Putin was up to and would have stopped him had Putin been trying to install Clinton and the Democratic Party. As we can plainly see in the recent budget proposal...there is still unending spending on the military industrial spy complex by the the party Putin propped up, so thus the look the other way apathy. Putin is just fine with our country going bankrupt with endless war spending...he should know...LMAO.

I was hoping a young patriot in the CIA would have leaked the truth before it was too late.....the CIA fired a bunch of younger/newer employees in August of 2016...so who knows?.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 36 weeks 4 days ago
#8

As a leftist friend of mine commented when I told him about Donny's military parade "he's such a child" LOL.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 36 weeks 4 days ago
#9

But the child wanting the parade asked this repeatedly to an unnamed foreign policy expert...."Why can't the U.S. use it's nuclear weapons stockpile"? That during a during a national security briefing.

bollivar 36 weeks 4 days ago
#10

It is well settled amonst intelligent folks that Rumpy is one dangerous idiot. We can only hope Mueller will get enough evidence to rid us of the creepy crawler once and for all. His anti American rich buddies should go with him. A revolution is coming.

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jefflisse 36 weeks 3 days ago
#11

Maybe its that old adage about men and their toys..
He's got those tiny little boy hands..but...

All those manly men in crisp uniforms, carrying guns and marching in perfect formation..
And the artillery and the tanks rolling by...
And missiles on launch trucks..WOW!
And helicopters buzzing overhead, with fighter jets streaking across the sky!
And if that's not enough...
Maybe a real BIG BANG in the Desert for an encore!!

SHIT.. NOW THATS SOME BIG TOYS!!!

And he's in command of ALL that..
The COMMANDER N CHIEF!!

Tiny little hands..but..BIG BOY!

The admiration of the populous
will be overwhelming!
You will be a role model for our youth..
Men will envy you..
And women will...
...will lay at your feet!
Hell!
What woman, could even resist you?
With ALL those pussies to grab!!!

jefflisse's picture
jefflisse 36 weeks 3 days ago
#12

Hmmm...

No response from the "foxnotized" trolls...
Their silence is deafening!!

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 36 weeks 3 days ago
#13

I think a parade would be as dumb as the above comments.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 36 weeks 3 days ago
#14

Coffee: I hope didn't hurt yourself with all that deep thinking? LMAO

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 36 weeks 2 days ago
#15

Filling up your comments with 4 paragraphs of deep bs doesn't mean you were thinking!

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