Trump Tweet Lies About Nuclear Readiness.

For all he uses Twitter to rant against “fake news” Trump’s Twitter account is one of the leading sources of fake news. His tweets regularly involve flat out lies, senseless attacks on foreign partners, and even tweets so stupid they have increased his legal woes. The President’s insistence on using Twitter to conduct foreign policy has not produced anything positive. Still he insists on doing it. As Trump’s blustering bluffs, that were quickly called by North Korea, escalated tensions Trump Tweeted out this gem.



Having damaged his credibility with the ridiculously unsuccessful “fire and fury” bluff Trump damaged it even more with this false Tweet. The truth is simple. Trump did not order any renovation and modernization of our nuclear arsenal, still has not issued any such order, and our nuclear arsenal is in basically the status it was when he took office. A powerful arsenal to be sure, but not a different one. Modernization of our nuclear capabilities has begun with long term plans that originated in the Obama Administration and largely won’t see fruition for more than a decade. Anyone who believes that the budgeting, contracting, and executions of them, to substantially upgrade America’s nuclear weapons can be done in just a few months time is too stupid to read this article.


What Trump Did Do.


On January 27th Trump issued this Presidential Memorandum ordering a “Nuclear Posture Review.” There is nothing unique or even remotely special about this. Since 1991 every American President has ordered a “NPR” at the start of their administration.


If you read Trump’s NPR it does not order the renovation and modernization of anything, instead it orders the Secretary of Defense to study our nuclear forces and make recommendations for improvement.


The review has started. The Department of Defense announced it began the NPR on April 17th stating it plans to finish the review by the end of the year. The review the President ordered has not even been done yet. Only then will Trump Administration efforts to renovate and modernize our nuclear forces begin, subject to the budgetary whims of Congress.


Our Nuclear Forces Are Indeed Being Modernized, Because of Obama.


As indicated, Nuclear Posture Reviews are common and Obama ordered one at the start of his administration too. Obama’s NPR was released in April 2010 and it strongly urged large investments “to rebuild America’s aging nuclear infrastructure.” Obama followed up on it, seeking upgrades to all three legs of the nuclear arsenal triad (bombers, nuclear missile launching submarines, and land based missiles). However, that follow up provides a lesson on how long these things take. Let’s examine each leg of the triad and the status of the modernization initiatives started by Obama.


— Land Based Missiles: Last July the Air Force released a Request for Proposal for a system to replace the aging Minuteman series of ICBMs. The RFP states “Deployment is projected to begin in the late 2020s.”


— Submarine Launched Missiles: In 2011 the Navy started plans to replace the Ohio Class nuclear missile submarines with Columbia Class Submarines. Construction is not scheduled to even start until 2021 with the first entering service in 2031.


— Nuclear Armed Bombers: In October 2015 the Navy awarded a contract to build a new B-21 Bomber to replace the B-1 and Vietnam War era B-52s. The B-21 is expected to first enter service in 2025.


Put simply, the Obama era initiatives to modernize our nuclear force will not see fruition until President Trump is out of office. That is how long it takes. Our nuclear forces today are basically where they were when Trump took office in January.


Even His Claim It Was His “First Order” Is A Lie.


With Trump no lie is too big and no lie is too small. His claims he ordered modernization of the nuclear arsenal, and that it is much stronger now than when he took office, are big lies. His claim it was his “first order” is a little lie, but a lie all the same.


The Memorandum issuing the order for a Nuclear Posture Review was January 27th, a full week after his inauguration. Trump’s first few days were full of orders aimed at demonstrating his commitment to numerous campaign promises for things he promised to do immediately as President. His first executive order issued January 20th was entitled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” On that day he also issued an order freezing all regulations pending review. On January 23d he issued memorandums ordering the United States withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement and imposing a hiring freeze on Federal employees. There is actually a fairly lengthy list of such proclamations he signed well before the one this tweet falsely described as his “first order.”


Only one order can be the “first order” and this was not it.


Lying About Our Nuclear Capabilities Is No Trivial Matter.


None of this involves classified information. If I know Trump is telling such stupid lies about our nuclear forces you can be certain North Korea knows too. The most valuable weapon we have against that rogue nation is that the words of this nation are credible. Trump is squandering away all that is essential to resolve the matter peacefully. His lies and bluffs will be treated as lies and bluffs, prompting North Korea to someday cross a red line that really matters.


Autumn Cote Added Aug 11, 2017 - 6:29pm
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Keith Added Aug 11, 2017 - 6:54pm
I have commented on works of others.  What was the point of your irrelevant comment that seems to wrongly suggest otherwise?
Autumn Cote Added Aug 11, 2017 - 7:45pm
If you recently commented on the work of someone else, I owe you an apology.  However, I just scanned your account and don’t see any comments on the work of others.
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 7:39am
Numerous comments in this thread: 
and this thread: 
Autumn Cote Added Aug 12, 2017 - 7:50am
If I had seen your comment on August 10th, I would not have reminded you to comment on the work of others.  So my apologies, I will now advertise this article to our email distribution list.  But please note, this is the bare minimum amount of commenting to warrant my promotional efforts.  
Bill Caciene Added Aug 12, 2017 - 8:16am
Lying to the leader of a country that behaves more like a cult with nuclear weapon program is perfectly OK in my book.  As far as I’m concerned, any and every measure to get them to back down from pursuing a nuclear missile should be employed.  Isn’t it amazing that for decades the main nuclear concern was always Russia, meanwhile the gravest danger has always been the prospect of nuclear weapons getting in the hands of a crazy person.  We can thank every president prior to Trump for getting us to this point.
As for lying to the American people, look no further than Obama.  If you recall he was caught on camera telling the Russians that after his last election he would have more latitude.  In other words, what he was telling us to get elected was different than what he had in intended to do.  That pretty much sums up his entire foreign policy agenda.    
Dino Manalis Added Aug 12, 2017 - 8:18am
Trump's tweets should be edited and presidential messages to help his agenda, not derail it with senseless emotions!
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 9:07am
Bill, you are clueless.  Just because the country has a cult leader (so does this country) doesn't undo the harm of damaging the credibility of this country.  North Korea's cult leader now knows Trump is full of bombast and empty threats.  He will take future threats and statements of America's capabilities seriously.  
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 9:12am
Autumn, in that thread I commented:
Twice on July 29.
Once on August 1.
Six times on August 6.
Three times on August 7.
Once on August 10.  
Total of 13 times.  The other thread I linked also had numerous comments from me on it.  
Bill H. Added Aug 12, 2017 - 10:55am
Presidents have told lies throughout history (except maybe not George Washington). The only difference with Trump is that virtually almost every word out of his mouth is a lie, and he has even hired a staff that will not only lie for him, but back up his lies with more lies.
What concerns me is that his voter base not only believes his lies, but defends them (what???) by citing lies from past presidents, as this somehow takes the pain away from believing the lies they are now hearing.
Trump was trained at a young age by his father to use lying as a business tactic in their competitive business climate. This in conjunction with his narcissistic mega-ego fulfillment requirement has created who will undoubtedly be a President that will go down in world history as the biggest liar of all time. Sadly, US citizens will be looked at as the most gullible population in the world because of it.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:04am
Read the whole thing and not only the title. As usual, Putin's reasons are logical to anyone who knows a bit more than headline slogans, if not, he should make the effort to study history and see the red line following the agenda.
Didn't I say 3 days ago that Venezuela is next ? Voilà, Trump just started on that one too - or he was influenced by his masters. I even believe that Trump has no clue, or does not WANT to have one. As millions of others. The truth is too uncomfortable for many.
It's the economy, stupid, once again. Or say natural resources, if you want. The rest is sheer bullshit for the herd.
Bill H. Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:14am
Next he will be declaring war on the country of Monaco because their resorts are competing to heavily with Mar A Lago.
Maureen Foster Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:15am
“The most valuable weapon we have against that rogue nation is that the words of this nation are credible.”
That couldn’t be more wrong.  Actions speak louder than words.  Words no matter how true, have done nothing to quell North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.  Trump proved he has no tolerance for weapons of mass destruction as evidenced by his ACTION in Syria.
Maureen Foster Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:15am
“The most valuable weapon we have against that rogue nation is that the words of this nation are credible.”
That couldn’t be more wrong.  Actions speak louder than words.  Words, no matter how true, have done nothing to quell North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.  Trump proved he has no tolerance for weapons of mass destruction as evidenced by his ACTION in Syria.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:26am
Link to that evidence ? This one ?
There's a lot more. And I wonder what "facts" will show up for a US intervention in Venezuela. No, not a couple of hundred killed my the Maduro government. That couldn't be reasoned in light of the hundreds of thousands killed in the Iraq war, right ?
Maybe the MIC will invent a "Russian meddling" or so. After all, the biggest oil reserves in the world, which belong to Venezuela, can of course not stay in the unstable and cruel hands of Venezuelan "socialists" ...
Irony off...
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:28am
LOL Maureen.  Trump and his blundering team of amateurs sent mixed messages that convinced Asaad this administration would not care if he used chemical weapons against his own people.  Trump then had to undo his own mistake by launching an almost completely ineffective (but expensive) missile strike that the Syrians received advanced warning of.

In the meantime, Trump drew an idiot "red line" against North Korea that they were sure to cross.  Within a few hours of his drawing it, they crossed it.  So he blustered some more.  
North Korea sees a man full of nothing but bluster, bluffs and lies.  He has no credibility which means America has no credibility.  They will continue to ignore his bluffs (why shouldn't they?) until their nutjob leader bumbles across a line that really will matter.  
Stone-Eater Added Aug 12, 2017 - 11:49am
They will continue to ignore his bluffs (why shouldn't they?) until their nutjob leader bumbles across a line that really will matter.  
Clever tactics as usual. Then the US can say they simply *defended* themselves LOL
BTW: Same happens since years with Russia. Only Putin has more brains than Kim.
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Yea, what a horrible thing that would be.  Cheating by using facts, and all that cheaty stuff.
Mircea Negres Added Aug 13, 2017 - 3:56am
Keith, this was an enjoyable post. I think somebody needs to serve a "cease and desist order" on president Trump to stop tweeting like a twit, because the North Koreans don't really play around. From what I know, they once sent a hit squad to take out the South Korean president back in the 1970s and they succeeded. Even if they don't hit the White House like in the movies, they can quite easily cause huge problems in the South. There are thousands of American troops there, whom president Trump in his capacity and Commander in Chief is duty-bound to lead properly and protect, something he is not doing very well right now with campaign to get into a dick measuring contest with the NK.
The North Koreans aren't irrational, but they are isolated and can misread Americans quite easily. Around three years ago, their state television announced Kim Jong-un had been voted the sexiest man in the world by Americans. Their people read this either in The Onion or Duffel Blog, which are satirical sites, but did not understand it was a joke and reported it as fact. I don't know what happened to the North Korean journalists when it became clear afterwards that they were taken in by a joke, but just imagine what would happen if Trump tweets "I've just pulled the NK section of the SIOP out of The Football and picked up a phone". It may be a statement of fact, in other words Trump was reading the stuff and then picked up the phone to order coffee or something, but the North Koreans can read it as intent to launch a strike against them and they won't ask for clarification of the tweet, they'll just open fire.
Keith Added Aug 13, 2017 - 8:32am
Coral, I am confident that I understand the capabilities and limitations of our military better than our President.  Not saying I am an expert, but I do have some experience (he has none) and he's simply an idiot.  I listen to the crap he says and cringe.
Autumn Cote Added Aug 13, 2017 - 12:17pm
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Keith Added Aug 13, 2017 - 12:33pm
Ms. Atlas, based on what Trump says I believe you to be wrong.  The whole "locked and loaded" to go against NK thing is profoundly stupid.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 13, 2017 - 12:45pm
Very good comment. The between-the-lines is often forgotten. Even more so when different cultures read them differently....
Even A Broken Clock Added Aug 13, 2017 - 7:40pm
Keith, I am in violent agreement with you regarding the facility of Trump's lying. As to Danni's comments about being well informed, I understand that Trump's briefings consist mainly of his positive media clippings edited broadly to show the twitterer in chief to be a macho man. After all, that is what he believes he is.
Keith Added Aug 13, 2017 - 7:50pm
You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.”  --Donald Trump
This is not an informed or smart person on the subject.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 10:05am
LOL not really. What kind of babble is this ? Doesn't Trump have a teacher besides him who corrects his infantile blather ?
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 10:53am
Sorry, I don't talk to you. That was a reply to Keith.
Keith Added Aug 14, 2017 - 11:26am
Mr. Yoder, if you use a thread I initiate for advancing racist attacks on other posters I will delete them.  
Ms. Friedli, I apologize for the delay in addressing this.  
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 12:48pm
No problem, call me Stone, Keith. You see I'm used to that. When I, as a European, dare to criticize American POLITICS (not the regular Joe) I get sometimes replies like this. People get personal, attack my African wife or call me a Swiss money launderer. I'm not taking that stuff too seriously. There's enough intelligent writers here, and I'm open for critics of Europe or Switzerland as long as they're not GENERALIZING or sink to personal insults.
Keith Added Aug 14, 2017 - 1:51pm
Thanks Stone, my daughter and SIL live in Germany.  I've enjoyed visiting them several times.  They just had my first grandchild.  
People who make ad hominem attacks suggesting that you are wrong simply because of where you live are cotton headed ninny muggins.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 1:57pm
Where are they ? You might know the Minister Peaceful Poet here. His brother lives in Germany, makes music as well and we plan to make a little jam together, first by mp3 exchange. He lives only 70 miles from me. WB is a funny place. We had an Aussie here for a while who visited me for a week here in Switzerland on his European tour, we're still in contact.
Such stuff makes it worth to be here :-)
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 2:09pm
and their men have either fled, like stone head has
Last word: I'm still here. And I don't flee. I wait for people who want to attack my wife calling her a monkey - and then they will know me. I've survived 25 years in Africa as an only white guy in places you'd probably not go. Do you think that now I would care ? Where I live in Switzerland we have a lot of racist dumbasses. But they don't dare to loudmouth, because we have a big family, and we don't hesitate to get to it when we meet brainless racists. These people have experienced poverty and war. So they're a different breed. I leave Switzerland when I want to, and not because of some hoodlums.
Keith Added Aug 14, 2017 - 2:18pm
Stone, they live in Cologne and are musicians/performers.  My daughter is a professional singer/actress and her husband is a professional clarinetist.  
Yoder, I've been to Germany.  I've seen the place.  You are just full of hateful bullshit.  I've even met a Muslim immigrant getting her Doctorate in Western Literature (friend of my daughters).  Wonderful lady from Syria, I enjoyed hearing her perspective on things.  She hates ISIS more than you will ever be capable of.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 3:13pm
Ah, another musician family :-) Music, the only universal language. I've seen that everywhere. I traveled the world with a kid guitar and wherever I was, I found contact through music, because I hardly spoke English at that time :-)
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 3:15pm
BTW: I've been to Cologne once. That's about 300 miles from here. Nice town and ask your people about the band "BAP". One of my favs, although I hardly understand their dialect "Kölsch" ;-)
Keith Added Aug 14, 2017 - 3:45pm
Not really fair to say "musician family" about our family.  I am best described as "music impaired."  I joke that I am banned by the EPA from singing in public.  I can play no instrument, got no rhythm, and any dancing endangers the safety of my partner.  

Kolsch is too light a beer for my tastes.  I prefer the Ault Bier in Dusseldorf.  
My wife is a novelist with no significant musical talents.  My daughter really is amazing though.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 14, 2017 - 3:50pm
I'm also the only one who makes music. Other than me, only my grandmother played an instrument.

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