U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach [Image: Carlos Barria/Reuters].

Donald Trump: What an idiot.

Having signalled his intention to stockpile nuclear weapons uselessly (he already has enough to render life on Earth extinct; why would he need more?) he has given Russia – and any other rival – carte blanche to follow other strategies.

It is an idiotic move in any case, simply because the announcement suggests renewed hostility with Russia where none is necessary. Don’t believe all the propaganda about eastern Europe and the Middle East – unless you like being manipulated.

What’s to stop Russia from saving its money and adopting a more ‘targeted’ approach to warfare, along the lines suggested by Jeremy Corbyn with regard to the organisation calling itself IS?

He said the best way to deal with the terrorists would be intelligence-led surgical strikes, intended to remove the leaders, leaving the organisation rudderless.

Any organisation or nation setting itself up as a military rival to the US has only to do the same.

With the ever-increasing reliance on technology, for example, there are ever-increasing possibilities for infiltration and sabotage. And US systems are not the impregnable edifices their creators might wish them to be.

In claiming strength, Trump has only made his country look vulnerable.

The president-elect Donald Trump has stunned nuclear weapons experts by appearing to call for a renewed arms race on his Twitter feed and in a TV interview.

“Let it be an arms race,” the president in waiting was reported to have told Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme, in an early phone call on Friday.

According to Brzezinski he went on to say: “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

The incendiary comment followed a tweet on Thursday in which Trump threatened to preside over a major ramping up of the US nuclear arsenal.

The volley of remarks had Trump aides scrambling into damage limitation mode, but their efforts were powerless to neutralise the shock waves of alarm and bewilderment provoked by the president-elect’s remarks.

They appeared to fly in the face of 35 years of bipartisan US policy geared towards reducing the number of nuclear weapons around the world. Nuclear arms specialists were quick to cry foul.

Source: ‘Let it be an arms race’: Donald Trump appears to double down on nuclear expansion | US news | The Guardian

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