Big red button. President Trump's effort to increase America’s nuclear capabilities risks creating a new nuclear arms race that could exacerbate global tension needlessly, holds Jeet Heer of the New Republic. The president’s unapologetic hostility towards countries like Germany has weakened allies' trust in US leadership. This emboldens China and Russia to push harder in their efforts at global influence. Trump would be better off reassuring allies and enforcing rules alongside them like Obama did. Pushing a nuclear agenda and building ‘tactical’ nuclear bombs only increases the likelihood of their use, as they are supposedly less devastating.
If you want peace, prepare for war. The Trump administration’s effort to modernize its nuclear capabilities is not an offensive move, but an effort to ensure American national security, infers Michael O’Hanlon of USA Today. Under the steady guidance of Jim Mattis, there is unlikely to be any aggressive use of such new options. The US needs to constantly protect itself against any and all forms of aggression. As cyber-technology improves, the nature of war changes. Trump is rightly ensuring that the US can retaliate against any efforts to shake it off its perch by Russia or China. Fears that this brings us closer to nuclear war are widely overblown.