The threat of accidental nuclear war is terrifyingly real, which can be seen by Googling that phrase (try it!). You will see how often we came so very close. And those entries do not even include the mishaps and near-disasters of the less-maintained Russian weapons, nor those of the other nuclear states. The current highly computerized launch-on-warning response policy on our 450 nuclear missiles allows very little time to check whether the perceived threat of an
incoming strike is real, or merely reflections off some clouds. This confusion has happened before, and the world came close to catastrophe.
In addition, studies have shown that to actually use our 450 nuclear missiles, even in response to a real attack, would probably be enough to cause a "nuclear winter.” The rising dust produced by these nuclear detonations would block sunlight from reaching the Earth, likely causing world-wide agricultural collapse, and possibly human extinction.
Fortunately, President Obama can take U.S. nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert, with his signature alone. No Congressional involvement is required. Just like George H.W. Bush did in 1991, when he unilaterally took all U.S. nuclear bombers circling around the globe 24/7 off hair-trigger alert. This eased the Russians' fears, and made them less jumpy on the trigger, so to speak.
Urge the President to use this post-election opportunity to de-alert all of our nuclear missiles, just like George H.W. Bush de-alerted our nuclear-armed bombers. Remind him of the terrifying threat of accidental, unintended, nuclear
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