Vladimir Putin’s repeated call for a Russian nuclear arsenal in the Ukraine crisis 

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There is no problem finding something to write about these days. Everyone seems to be locked on Russia invading Ukraine. Then there is Vladimir Putin threatening the United States with nuclear weapons. Coming from someone who seems to have lost his mind, this is very serious.

Putin got his start in politics when the Soviet Union fell apart. He started out as an Intelligence officer in 1975. After his KGB training, he continued on to other positions within the KGB. He was a much younger man then. Now, age and time have caught up to him. We all know about deterrents, they eventually get used.

Why should we be worried about Putin threatening the United States? It’s all over the internet, I found this with many others:

Is nuclear war a growing threat now that Russia has invaded Ukraine?

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his invasion of Ukraine on February 24, he also made a more nebulous threat: “No matter who tries to stand in our way or … create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.”

Another part of his speech seemed to make his meaning clear. “Today’s Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states,” Putin said. As justification for the invasion, Putin also made unfounded claims that Ukraine was on a path to building its own nuclear arsenal. “There’s no evidence of that at all,” said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

The Russian invasion has relied entirely on conventional weapons — tanks rattling down highways, bombers flying overhead, ships landing in the port city of Odesa — and experts told Vox that in the absence of a shocking escalation, that isn’t likely to change.

Still, Putin’s remarks were a stark reminder that nuclear weapons aren’t just the boogeymen of a bygone age but remain a key part of the security order that emerged after the end of World War II. By Kristensen’s count, Russia has about 6,000 nuclear weapons and the United States has about 5,500. Either nuclear arsenal is large enough to kill billions of people — but also to serve as a deterrent against attack.

This is something we need to think about. Sure the white house press secretary Jen Psaki said “WE have the ability to defend ourselves”. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be on a receiving end of a nuclear missile even though we can defend ourselves.

We always have experts coming out the wall when things of this nature take place. We have those who say we don’t have anything to worry about then there are those who say we need to be terrified of Putin’s threat. Expert Mathew Bunn is one of those experts that say we have nothing to worry about

How to think about the risk of nuclear war, according to 3 experts

Matthew Bunn, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and former adviser to President Bill Clinton’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, initially told Vox, “I think there is virtually no chance nuclear weapons are going to be used in the Ukraine situation.” The main reason, Bunn said, is that the United States and its NATO allies have made it clear that they will not send troops to Ukraine. Without the threat of military intervention, Putin has little reason to use his nuclear weapons, especially since Russia has a staggering numbers advantage over the Ukrainian military.

Bunn qualified his statements after Putin’s escalation. “No one outside of Putin’s inner circle knows for sure why Putin has taken this action,” he said in an email. “My guess — and it’s only that — is that it is intended as further signaling to deter anyone in the West from even thinking about intervening militarily to help Ukraine.”

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