Scratching around for some rare good news concerning our bullyboy President, I’ve conjured up a couple of positive signs that may help you sleep better. The first concerns the ultimate horror of global annihilation. The Donald’s trembling finger on the nuclear-strike button could end, in less than an hour, most forms of recognizable life on planet Earth. It would no doubt obliterate all human life and pretty much everything else this side of the virtually indestructible cockroach.
The good news is that total nuclear devastation will only come about if the United States and Russia, which possess most of the world’s nuclear arsenal, want to square off in a barroom brawl, deploying their most advanced death-dealing toys. As for North Korea, Pakistan, India and other countries stockpiling nukes, they can be stopped in their prelaunch tracks, given the sophistication of satellite surveillance.
Yes, a nuclear attack by a rogue terrorist group or state is possible, but one of any serious consequence would require collaboration with a nation whose missile and other delivery systems could be quickly neutralized because they are closely monitored. The only real danger is the two nuclear superpowers jockeying for a first-strike advantage. By dealing a preemptive deathblow, the instigator might gain some mea – sure of its own survivability.
That supposedly winnable strategy is not an option entertained by even barely rational war planners. Oddly enough, it’s actually less likely thanks to Trump’s unusually friendly relationship with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin. As a matter of fact, a critical misunderstanding or accidental triggering of hostilities, say over Syria, is less probable now than during Barack Obama’s more bellicose Democratic administration.