The B61 Model 12, the bomb flight-tested last year in Nevada, is the first of five new warhead types planned as part of an atomic revitalization estimated to cost up to $1 trillion over three decades. As a family, the weapons and their delivery systems move toward the small, the stealthy and the precise.
This is disgusting! ‘Small and ‘precise’ apparently means the ability to kill only a few thousand people at a time instead of a few hundred thousand. These new bombs will supposedly be able to be “dialed down” to 2% of the level of destruction of Hiroshima. As if this somehow approaches some magical threshold where killing innocent people becomes ethical!
Also, if the people involved in creating these new bombs recognize, as they seem to do, the necessity for “dialing down” the destructive power of these weapons to near zero, why is it such a difficult leap to outlawing them altogether?