7/20/18 Andrew Cockburn on U.S. Nuclear Weapons

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Journalist Andrew Cockburn discusses the U.S. nuclear weapons program and our relation with other nuclear armed countries, especially Russia. His new article, “How to Start a Nuclear War,” describes just how easy it would be for even a single officer to launch his squadron’s entire nuclear arsenal, enough explosive power to kill hundreds of millions of people. With so much at stake, denuclearization should be a chief concern for anyone who wants to see world peace, and yet given how much of the U.S. economy is wrapped up in war, that outcome seems unlikely.

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Andrew Cockburn is the Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and the author of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech AssassinsFollow him on Twitter @andrewmcockburn.

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Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. He is also the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan (2017). He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.