The US Federal Government is going to spend $352 billion to upgrade 5,113 nuke missiles, according to Dana Priest at the Washington Post. And why not? After all, you never know when Washington, DC will need to destroy every single living creature on this planet many times over. Right? Priests writes:
The U.S. nuclear arsenal, the most powerful but indiscriminate class of weapons ever created, is set to undergo the costliest overhaul in its history, even as the military faces spending cuts to its conventional arms programs at a time of fiscal crisis.
…There is no official price tag for the effort to upgrade and maintain the 5,113 warheads in the inventory, to replace old delivery systems and to renovate the aging facilities where nuclear work is performed. A study this summer by the nonpartisan Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, estimated costs would be at least $352 billion over the coming decade to operate and modernize the current arsenal. Others say the figure could be far higher….
Note, even if you happen to not care about the horror of nuclear war and the prospect of destroying all life on Earth, there is the matter of the US debt. The cost of maintaining this ridiculous arsenal (which can never be used without wiping out humanity) is estimated at $352 billion – money that will have to be borrowed from China and other foreign countries. As of the time this article is posted, the US debt is over $16,036,167,00,000 and climbing too fast for it to be accurately recorded. Does anyone actually think this enormous sum is sustainable or that it can ever really be paid off?