Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
The thing is that both USA and Russia is locked in the same stupid Cold War thinking. That before it was hey Soviet have 20 000 nuclear missiles then USA need to also have 20 000 missiles, even if it would be enough is USA hade hade a couple hundreds. Because even with a suprise atack enough missiles would have gone through to kill of most if not all the russians.
Today Russia believ hey if USA creates a defence shield the USA can use their nukes on us and we can't retaliate enough. Even if the defence shield would only shot a few of Russias thousands of the nuke. If USA would have been smart they should have presented the idea of a defence shield at the same time as they decided to decrease the numbers of the nukes. Their by decreasing the tension and the risk Russia decided to get more nukes. Because Russia have been unstable under the 90:s and can be that again, and when more nukes means more chance that some of them ends up in the wrong hand. Also having lots of nukes cost a lot of money and also risky if you see to all the accident. Ecpecially if it's not always the best suited people guarding them.
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'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
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I sincerely doubt Putin will act on anything he says in regard to nuclear weapons, but we'll have to wait and see.