Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the prospective chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, discusses his policy priorities, the limits of military spending, and the peril of a new nuclear arms race.
Congress Increases ICBM Funding
Trump signs defense-related spending bills.
Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove” delivers an eerily accurate depiction of the absurd logic and catastrophic risks of U.S. and Russian Cold War nuclear deterrence strategy, but for one key detail: President Merkin Muffley was wrong when he said, “It is the avowed policy of our country never to strike first with nuclear weapons.” But it should be.
Trump and Putin have an important opportunity to put the brakes on a new, potentially more dangerous, arms race.
Remarks by Thomas Countryman to the International Symposium for Peace in Nagasaki, Japan