Tuesday, June 9, 2020

SCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump ~ book by Scott Ritter

Scorpion King: America's Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump is a history of America's corrosive affair with nuclear weapons, and the failed efforts to curb this radioactive ardor through arms control.  The Trump administration has pulled out of one landmark arms control treaty, the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty, and is threatening to let another, the 2010 New START treaty, expire. The terrifying Cuban missile crisis of 1962 led to reciprocal constraints that moderated the nuclear ambitions of both the US and Soviet Union. Those constraints, for the most part, no longer exist. The next missile crisis could prove terminal for humanity.
"Scott Ritter's Scorpion King is an important and necessary wake-up call. Nuclear weapons, in the quantities that now exist, are a threat to our very existence...This book should be required reading for political leaders, media pundits, and citizens who want to leave a future to our children and grandchildren."JACK J. MATLOCK, JR,  author of Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray
. Scorpion King is must reading for all those who should be concerned about the danger of our nuclear weapons policies. That's everyone." DANIEL ELLSBERG, author of  The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Cold War Planner
"Scott Ritter has written an epic tale of the myriad opportunities the US has had to implement pathbreaking nuclear disarmament agreements, and how these opportunities, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, have been stopped, dropped or flopped ...But as Ritter so brilliantly argues, giving up is not an option. Read the book to understand why, and get inspired to take action."—MEDEA BENJAMIN, codirector, CODEPINK for Peace
"We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life." -- ROBERT OPPENHEIMER
"A comprehensive and illuminating account of America's paralyzing infatuation with nuclear weapons.  This expanded edition of Scott Ritter's 2010 book drives home the point made in the original:  The ominous threat of Doomsday persists, with U.S. policymakers unable to extricate themselves from the reckless pact with the devil made by their predecessors more than a half-century ago."
ANDREW BACEVICH, President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Scott Ritter  served as a Chief Inspector for the United Nations in Iraq, leading the search for Iraq's proscribed weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Ritter was a vocal critic of the American decision to go to war with Iraq. He has testified before a combined Armed Services/ Foreign Affairs hearing of the US Senate, and before the House Foreign Relations and National Security committees. He has spoken to the Council on Foreign Affairs, Chatham House and RUSI (in London), NATO, the United Nations,and numerous Parliaments as well as at dozens of public and private universities
Dealbreaker: Donald Trump and the Unmaking of the Iran Nuclear Deal was Mr. Ritter's eighth book.

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