On November 1, 1952, the United States detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, popularly called the “hydrogen bomb.” The experiment took place on Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific and immediately generated a controversy from leftists that resonates today. It was immediately said that if we detonated a hydrogen bomb, the Soviet Union would follow. What they didn’t say was that if we didn’t develop a hydrogen bomb, the Soviet Union would anyway, and we’d have been left at the deterrent starting gate.
Nuclear weapons were the means by which the United States first halted the aggression planned by Soviet Union. The Communist leaders knew that in any exchange, they themselves—not just their troops or their citizens—would be killed by the overwhelming response that the Strategic Air Command could make. As a result, they did not make the first strike that their policy clearly called for. Over time, as weapons became more sophisticated, and ICBMS and SLBMS were added to the mix, the Soviet Union kept pace—but only at the expense of the destruction of its economy and the ultimate dissolution of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day, 1991.
The United States faced the Soviet Union down on the basis of its massive strength. Today the United States is faced with another aggressor, the Islamic terrorists who promise to detonate a nuclear weapon in New York, D.C. and or Los Angeles as soon as they are capable of it. In return, we do not call out the nations that actively support the terrorists (Iran, Syria) nor those that passively support the terrorists: most of the Islamic world, but including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and others. Why does the United States not call them out? Because it is poorly led, uncertain, and too concerned about oil supplies and other legal and illegal commercial connections. So instead of actively identifying these nations as hostile, and announcing our intention of overwhelming them with our strength, we instead choose to pursue a route of individual assassinations, trying to stop the flood of Islamic terrorist hatred by killing one leader at a time using UCAVs and missiles. While seemingly effective, there are dozens, hundreds, even thousands of replacements for every one we kill. We will bankrupt ourselves on the way to our economic collapse, just as the Soviet Union did.
The leaders of the countries who oppose not only have no fear of us; they are contemptuous of us as they accept our money. Saudi Arabia, the nation we saved after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and sat perched on its border, treats us as stumbling idiots while financing Wahhabi schools that preach hatred against us throughout our country. It does so only because it knows that the United States no longer has the will power to exercise its military might. The United States mumbles about “human rights” everywhere but does not dare to mention a country where human rights are ignored for half its population—Saudi Arabia.
Hydrogen bombs have never been used in combat, and I hope they never will be. But as we watch the Muslim world go nuclear—Pakistan now, Iran and Syria soon, the rest to quickly follow—we should realize that the very weapons we refuse to use as a threat today will be used against us in reality tomorrow.
The citizens of the United States should rise up and demand leadership that will forcefully and effectively defend our nation now and in the future. And you can do that today only with massive airpower, totally new weapons and the back up option of using nuclear weapons if we choose to do so.