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Trump is quietly leading us closer to nuclear disaster by Steven Andreasen, director for defense policy and arms control

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'Quietly and under a shadow of unease, the Trump administration is opening the door to U.S. resumption of underground nuclear explosive testing. Anyone familiar with the directive and the test-ban treaty negotiating record would understand how completely misleading this is. If the president follows his national security team into this dark room, it could shatter the 50-year international consensus behind preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and launch a new nuclear arms race. Why would the Trump administration seek to restart nuclear testing? In March, four Republican senators wrote the president asking whether he would consider “unsigning” the CTBT, calling the pact a “deeply flawed treaty that purports to ban all nuclear weapons tests.” The seemingly out-of-the-blue letter from Republican senators and the DIA director’s public remarks had the look of an orchestrated campaign .'


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This man who wrote this isn MSM pundit.Steven Andreasen, director for defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council staff from 1993 to 2001, is a national security consultant. Think about what he sees:

"More suspicious, someone in the Trump administration is leaking portions of the classified Clinton directive on activities not prohibited by the treaty, arguing the language "not all-inclusive, but illustrative" suggests uncertainty over the treaty's ban. Anyone familiar with the directive and the test-ban treaty negotiating record would understand how completely misleading this is.

"The CTBT balanced a ban on nuclear explosive testing with protecting the United States' ability to maintain the safety and reliability of its own nuclear stockpile. The treaty had the strong support of all national security agencies, Cabinet officials, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our nuclear weapons laboratories a remarkable consensus and has underpinned the success of our nuclear weapon labs and their maintenance of our nuclear stockpile for more than 20 years.

"If the United States has evidence that nuclear-yield producing testing has been done by Russia, we should discuss it in the new strategic stability dialogue agreed to by President Trump and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. We should reopen channels between our nuclear-weapons experts to discuss ways to build confidence that such tests are not happening. In the meantime, the United States has a robust nuclear deterrent. That deterrent would not be undermined by possible nuclear testing that the United States might fail to detect under the test-ban treaty.

"The move to "unsign" the CTBT could lead to more destructive nuclear capabilities in the hands of potential U.S. adversaries and be perceived by non-nuclear-weapon states as the ultimate "bait and switch" two decades after the Non-Proliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. It would fuel uncertainty bordering on chaos for the future of nuclear nonproliferation. And it would generate controversy around our own weapons laboratories, which play a vital role in our security. It would be a high price to pay for fulfilling the dreams of those who seek to destroy another treaty."

what do I say; AGGGGGH!

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