Since the 1940s the U.S. government has been telling us that nuclear weapons protect us.
Actually, the OPPOSITE is true!
Two examples from President Reagan’s 1980s illustrate the absolute boneheaded thinking that has been endangering us:
In the early 1980s when President Reagan was escalating the nuclear arms race and pretending that nuclear war would be OK, one of his top experts said that a nuclear war might kill 50 million Americans, but that this would be a victory for the U.S. if we killed MORE THAN 50 million people in the Soviet Union. Decent Americans opposed that madness.
T.K. Jones was President Reagan’s Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic and Theater Nuclear Forces. This top expert in Reagan’s Pentagon said that if a nuclear war became imminent, each person should: “Dig a hole, cover it with a couple of doors and then throw three feet of dirt on top…. It’s the dirt that does it…. [i]f there enough shovels to go around, everybody’s going to make it.” The plan was utterly preposterous for so many, many reasons!