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Sounds crazy, right?

But what if it’s not?

We rely too much on the US to keep us safe. We are the only country in the world that has the ability and capability to create nuclear weapons but hasn’t.

Sure we would be kicked out of the international bros leagues. But probably only for awhile. 
Thoughts?

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5 minutes ago, Slegr said:

Sounds crazy, right?

But what if it’s not?

We rely too much on the US to keep us safe. We are the only country in the world that has the ability and capability to create nuclear weapons but hasn’t.

Sure we would be kicked out of the international bros leagues. But probably only for awhile. 
Thoughts?

You sure about that? 

 

Anyways, no. Let's not complicate our relationship with US. It is where it is now because we aren't doing something stupid like what you are suggesting.

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7 minutes ago, Slegr said:

Sounds crazy, right?

But what if it’s not?

We rely too much on the US to keep us safe. We are the only country in the world that has the ability and capability to create nuclear weapons but hasn’t.

Sure we would be kicked out of the international bros leagues. But probably only for awhile. 
Thoughts?

Not really, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea etc. also belong on that list.

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Remember when Iran blew up a plane full of Canadians last year as retaliation on the US and we patiently waited for the US to do something about it, and they did nothing and we shook our finger at Iran? 

 

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9 minutes ago, Slegr said:

Remember when Iran blew up a plane full of Canadians last year as retaliation on the US and we patiently waited for the US to do something about it, and they did nothing and we shook our finger at Iran? 

 

So we should give them Hiroshima/Nagasaki? What's wrong with conventional warfare? Strength through allies?

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My son asked why the Great Wall of China was built so I explained how people used to conquer the world(or try to). Really the threat of nuclear deterrent is the only reason no one(country) tries that now.  Generally resources Are plentiful enough everyone stays in their own lane.  If when that balance is out of equilibrium this quiet period of global conflict will end and if you are resource rich you better be able to protect yourself.

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This country has so many other priorities to attend to, having nukes (and actually more importantly, maintaining them) would just take away from addressing the real issues we should be spending our tax dollars on.

 

If the military needs more firepower to play with, if the money has to be spent on national defense, I would probably think that more capable conventional surface-to-surface and air-to-surface munitions, and cyberspecialists with access to top-end computing equipment would be a better way to spend that money (and not necessarily in that order).

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