Have you ever heard something come out of someone’s mouth that was so utterly stupid and mind-blowing, you had to make sure it wasn’t “fake news”? Sadly, most of the times we think something couldn’t be true coming out of the Trump White House, we find out it isn’t fake news but is actually real and verifiable news.
Vice President Mike Pence pulled one on us Friday via Twitter, when he tweeted about the military and about how it can bring peace to the world. The problem is he believes peace can be brought about by the constant and ever-present threat of the use of nuclear weapons. He tweeted:
‘There is no greater element of American strength – there is no greater force for peace in this world – than the U.S’ nuclear arsenal.’
Oh, come on. Really? The threat of absolute destruction and instantaneous death brings about peace? Maybe. However, it’s not through diplomacy, and it’s not a beautiful thing. It’s through absolute devastation and death. The after effects of the use of nuclear weaponry are also devastating to the environment and can affect generations of people, but yea, it is totally okay because it brings about peace. If we go with that train of thought, then North Korea ought to have a great force for peace with their nuclear arsenal, whatever they may have.
Pence needs to take a history lesson and look at the words from some of the people who were involved in the use of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Albert Einstein made several comments himself on the use of nuclear weapons.
‘The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.’
‘One cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.’
‘I made one great mistake in my life when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made but there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them.’
‘For force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels.’
There are several more quotes out there on how Einstein felt. However, one of the most poignant quotes regarding nuclear weapons comes from the father of the nuclear weapon himself, Robert Oppenheimer. When watching the first detonation back in 1945, he said:
‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’
None of these quotes make nuclear weapons sound like a good thing to have. Furthermore, though Harry Truman, who ordered the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Japan, never expressed regret for the decision, he called it a “terrible decision.” He did not go and brag about it to people, and if he were alive today, it’s doubtful he’d happily tweet about it so admiringly.
This tweet from Pence is just more proof Americans elected a dangerous leader to the White House. Some may believe Pence is a safer option than Trump. If Pence loves nuclear weapons this much though, that’s questionable. Pence is bragging that other countries don’t mess with us because they are scared of us. We’re basically a bullying nation that demands the respect of other countries or else in other words.
Twitter users were astounded by Pence’s tweet and responded likewise.
Sooo not the troops? pic.twitter.com/QC1Zb1BAjz
— AQ (@AudioQuack) October 27, 2017
……….is that how peace works? pic.twitter.com/jhAOIPyeLf
— Eponine Thenardier (@Defy_Gravity96) October 27, 2017
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