By Dr Alan Allport
American army coverage is hotly debated.
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The clock was intended to provide a graphic warning about the dangers of Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the positioning of the original minute hand was somewhat arbitrary. Still, it proved to be such an arresting image that the Bulletin retained the clock and, over the years, altered its time to reflect increases or decreases in the apparent likelihood of a nuclear war. For example, in 1949 when the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, the minute hand was moved up to five minutes to midnight.
2 Have American citizens received value for that money? Can a defense that keeps us on the perpetual brink of apocalyptic war really be described as providing “security” for the United States? As the Doomsday Clock suggests, the potential for this wildly expensive weapons system to precipitate global disaster in a terrifyingly short space of time is ever-present. S. nuclear deterrent is MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction. We have become so familiar with its gloomy logic that even the acronym no longer inspires any comment, and yet, MAD is mad; in fact, it is utterly insane.
Far from buttressing its status by intervention abroad, the United States is actually alienating its supporters and creating new enemies. S. involvement in their affairs? Do you think people’s attitudes might be different if they are being led by an oppressive government? Why might that not be the case? S. policies very differently from the way Americans do. Where we might consider intervention in trouble spots necessary on security or humanitarian grounds, the same actions can be viewed as “interference” by people abroad.