The United States is taking the world one step closer to nuclear war.
The U.S. Air Force will place nuclear-armed planes on a 24-hour ready alert for combat, a move not taken since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a shocking new report from Defense One.
Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, told Defense One that the decision is “not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”
Goldfein also instructed the Air Force to consider ways of using nuclear weapons in “conventional conflict.”
The move by the USAF came roughly a month after Donald Trump issued grave threats of war against Pyongyang. In September, Trump told the United Nations that the U.S. would be willing to “totally destroy North Korea.”
Representative Ted Lieu (D-California), who has led congressional efforts to place limits on the president’s ability to initiate nuclear conflict, tweeted in response to the report: “Freaked out yet? Support HR 669 by @EdMarkey & me. It prohibits POTUS from launching nuclear 1st strike without Congressional authorization.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 23, 2017
The bill would require a Congressional declaration of war before the president could launch nuclear weapons.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an organization founded in 1945 by researchers involved in the development of nuclear weapons, moved its well-known nuclear clock to 30 seconds closer to midnight in January of this year, citing President Donald Trump’s “disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.”
Written at the top of their website: “It is two and a half minutes to midnight.”
The United States is the only nation to have used weapons of mass destruction. During World War 2, America dropped two nukes on Japan, one each on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killing approximately 200,000 people. General Dwight D. Eisenhower at the time said, “Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary.”