The U.S. has REPEATEDLY threatened to attack other nations with our nuclear weapons!

Most Americans think the U.S. has used atomic bombs only twice (on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945).

Actually, the U.S. has PERSISTENTLY used them as an ongoing threat — and has ACTUALLY SPECIFICALLY THREATENED NUCLEAR ATTACK on 30 occasions from 1946 to 2006.  (I don’t know how many times since then, but we all remember a few of Trump’s explicit threats.)

During times of international crisis the President goes on TV and tells the nation and the world that “ALL OPTIONS ARE  ON THE TABLE.”  This is the euphemism for threatening to destroy the other nation that the U.S. president is angry toward.  In “diplomatic” channels the U.S. has threatened attacks many times.

Yesterday I read an article about this from a very reliable publication that reported the U.S. presidents have threatened to use nuclear weapons THIRTY TIMES from 1946 to 2006.

I also read that Art Laffin and Nick Mele also wrote about this in a publication that I have not read.  It is in a recent edition of “The Risk of the Cross:  Living Gospel Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age.”  This sounds interesting.  I want to read it.  But even before I read that resource, I want to share this fact with you.

The U.S.”uses” our nuclear weapons PERSISTENTLY AND CONTINUOUSLY, even if we don’t actually launch them.  The ONGOING THREAT is a “use,” even without launching them.  An analogy is that if an armed robber holds you up at gunpoint and takes your wallet, that person would be prosecuted for “Armed Robbery” even if that person does not pull the trigger.








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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093