JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: REDESIGNING BRITAIN’S ARMED FORCES WHILE IGNORING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ? – THE GIGANTIC WASTE OF TRIDENT NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY IAN KEDDIE IN THE GUARDIAN

How the UK armed forces would look if you started from scratch
The debate about Britain’s defence funding has reached boiling point. But we could have a better military – and save money too

The largest and most useless military expenditure on the books is Trident.

You could rebuild a city or a health service with the money going to Trident.

And the impossible irony is that it buys you zero security. It buys you zero deterrence.

Those missiles cannot be used unless the US wants them used, and they can only be used for targets the US wants them used on.

In effect, Britain is subsidizing the Pentagon by bearing the cost of a portion of its missile-submarine fleet.

Britain’s senior naval officers get to ride around on the boats and brag and gloat over what they have that others do not have.

But that’s it – that’s what British taxpayers get for tens of billions of dollars.

Oh, there is one other thing.

You get to be targeted by the nuclear missiles of potential opponents, something true only for countries who possess nuclear weapons.

Posted January 31, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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