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4/30/21 Tom Collina on the Reckless Plan to Expand America’s Nuclear Arsenal

4/30/21 Tom Collina on the Reckless Plan to Expand America’s Nuclear Arsenal

Scott talks to Tom Collina about the alarming plan to expand America’s nuclear arsenal. The $2 trillion package, Collina explains, would include a large investment in what’s known as the “nuclear sponge”: a collection of ICBMs in America’s heartland designed to draw a nuclear attack from America’s enemies, rather than one targeted at Washington D.C. or other major cities. But this policy actually makes things far more dangerous, says Collina, since there’s then tremendous pressure to fire these land-based ICBMs before they’re struck. And if that strike turns out to be a false alarm, the U.S. could accidentally start a full-scale nuclear war. This kind of accident, Collina insists, and not a preemptive strike, presents the greatest danger of nuclear war.

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Tom Collina is Director of Policy for the Ploughshares Fund, a nonprofit combatting the spread of nuclear weapons. Collina writes for The National Interest, The Independent, Defense One, and many other publications. Find him on Twitter @TomCollina.

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Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He is the author of four books. He has conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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