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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“UK needs Trident to play ‘outsized’ role in world affairs, says US defence secretary”

Yes, indeed, and his statement unintentionally makes the key argument for getting rid of Trident.

Since Trident cannot be used by Britain for British purposes – simply a fact of the American rules governing these purchases of thermonuclear weapons – it cannot be a deterrent, full stop.

Buying it effectively makes Britain a junior partner, very junior, in America’s purposes. As if, that were not already the case a sickeningly large portion of the time.

The use of the word “outsized” is telling. It’s another way of describing penis-envy.

So the British people are being asked to pay out countless billions for generations just so their politicians and admirals can parade around as part of the “outsized” set.

When you reduce the proponents’ argument to what it really is, it is revealed as ridiculous.

But then David Cameron is a man given to doing ridiculous things many times, isn’t he?

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