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Scare-Trigger Alert

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Hard to believe the notion of “de-alerting” the nation’s nuclear weapons – removing them from their current hair-trigger status – remains controversial 20 years after the end of the Cold War. It simply shows how the national-security bureaucracy can metastasize into the national-sclerotic bureaucracy when it finds that it’s in its interests to do so. The Washington Post weighs in with an editorial Monday saying its time for both Washington and Moscow to end such a Strangelovian strategy:

Today, the United States and Russia have as many as 1,800 warheads on alert at any given time. This is overkill and unnecessary so long after the Cold War has ended.

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