We have 1,650 nuclear warheads, just one of which could unleash 1.2 megatons of destructive power, or about 80 times more than the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
Is this the way the world ends, to mangle TS Eliot, not with a bang but on Twitter?
President Donald Trump's tweet Wednesday that America's nuclear arsenal is "now stronger and more powerful than ever before" is debatable. If Ukraine and Russian Federation can be said to engage in public diplomacy on Twitter when they battle each other with memes, then it could also arguably be a form of diplomacy for Trump to seek to deter North Korea with tweets, alarming as those tweets may be. But if the president's use of his Twitter account is really making that result more likely, and if putting him on ice for a while could "affect the larger world" by making that result less likely, they should really think about doing it! But, as we wrote, Trump's "first order" was not about nuclear weapons, and the modernization plans now underway were started during the Obama administration.
Although Trump's retweet does not show that he is more popular than Obama, it does further reinforce the suggestion that he is "obsessed" with his predecessor.
We all know that President Donald Trump is not a big fan of former President Barack Obama.
A larger issue with Trump's assurance: Experts unanimously said the USA nuclear arsenal could not have improved to the extent Trump described in just over 200 days. The political jargon is that Tillerson is walking back his boss' off-script statement.
A week after taking office, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces".
However, this wasn't Trump's first order as president - more than a dozen earlier executive orders and memoranda are listed on the White House website. The United Nations Security Council had already responded with tougher sanctions.
Now we're talking about atomic bombs. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee, warned North Korea about what would happen if it launched a nuclear strike. In fact, Tillerson argued that North Korea's escalating threats indicated it was feeling the pressure from a successful USA strategy. The company may need to balance Trump's tweets against its own commitment to free expression and also weigh the public interest value of Trump's unfiltered musings.
Rasmussen reported that 45 percent of Americans supported a military solution to North Korea's nuclear missiles in a poll last month.
Given this background, Trump's belligerence is like poking a wasp's nest with a stick.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States". The posturing plays well with an evangelical base that would not traditionally have backed a twice-divorced reality show host and property developer from New York City.
"Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path!" the president said.