Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the North Korean leader-du-jour threaten others with nuclear annihilation, implied or otherwise. Who knows what level of self-destruction they would risk for their cause? Our weakness and neglect of the U.S. nuclear weapon enterprise only entices them. Are they likely to take seriously the threat of retaliation by a president who won’t test his most powerful weapons for fear of offending the Sierra Club?
Kenneth J. Adney, a physicist who worked on nuclear weapons programs for the federal government for 35 years, September 28, 2012. I wonder how Adney explains the fact that the Bush administration didn’t test? For a good, non-Looney Tunes-based assessment of why the days of US nuclear testing are over, see here.