Nuclear weapons are not defensive weapons. You don’t defend a city by detonating a nuclear bomb there. They are inherently offensive weapons. I know we like to call all things military “defense” to try to claim the moral high ground—but in the case of nuclear weapons in today’s world, that’s patently not the case.
If you want to explain that you believe that a ludicrous number of nuclear weapons is necessary to ensure that we continue to have a knife to the throat of the entire world, I suppose you can do that. But let’s not mask your unadulturated lust for destructive power with language about global responsibility or self preservation.
A response to their Op-Ed in the NYT