My father did bomb tests in 1957 in southern Nevada (he slept with the bombs and set the controls in the morning) and told me stories of the bomb’s immense power. I grew up in Los Alamos, and I’ve extensively researched the history of fission and fusion bombs. Fat Man and Little Boy were small change compared to what they’ve got now, and they were terrifying, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Caitlin Johnstone is quite right, people don’t think hard enough about nuclear war because in general, they don’t think about it all. If they did, they wouldn’t let a single idiot who talked about tactical nukes and winnable nuclear wars within a thousand miles of any kind of position of power. From Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:
There’s a John Mearsheimer video clip from 2016 that’s going viral on Twitter right now, as old John Mearsheimer clips tend to do in the year 2022 when his predictions that western actions would lead to the destruction of Ukraine are coming horrifyingly true.
In response to a question about what the worst US foreign policy disaster has been, Mearsheimer agreed with a fellow panelist that at that moment Iraq looked like the worst, but said he believed US policy on Ukraine would prove much worse in coming years. He spoke of the fact that Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons, and that it’s entirely possible those weapons will be used if Russia feels threatened.
“Because the Cold War is in the distant past, most people, especially younger people, haven’t thought a lot about nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence, and they tend to be quite cavalier in their comments about nuclear weapons, and this makes me very nervous,” Mearsheimer said.