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Monbiot: I never thought I'd argue for re-armament. But a looming TRUMP presidency changes everything, 4 July long COVID
Trump has developed a special relationship; not with us, but with Vladimir PUTIN, to whom he defers as the iron dictator he would like to be. Russia sought to help TRUMP win in 2016, tried again in 2020, and has long backed TRUMP for 2024.
I now believe we need to enhance our conventional capabilities, both to support other European nations against Russia and—something that seemed unimaginable a few years ago—perhaps to defend ourselves.

Currently, according to a former senior official at the MoD, the UK's forces would be unable to "fight and win an armed conflict of any scale". We would rapidly run out of ammunition, could not prevent missile strikes and could not stop an attack on our territory.

Conversely, this is also a good moment for the UK government to rethink its position on nuclear weapons. It's time to recognise that our "independent nuclear deterrent" has never been independent. Because key components are supplied and controlled by the US, we cannot operate it without US consent. So, if TRUMP regains the White House, it would not be a deterrent, either: PUTIN knows we cannot use it. The UK's ["]nuclear programme["] is a £172bn heap of bricks. Why waste more money on it?

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat Jul 6th, 2024 at 12:05:48 AM EST
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