I suppose if I was one of the forgotten caretakers of America’s nuclear arsenal – left to rot in coffin-like bunkers waiting for a war that will never happen – I’d also nap with the blast doors open, have a problem with authority, cheat on proficiency exams (that wargame a nuke exchange) and drink like Nicholas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas.”
But I’m not, thank God. I have a shitty attitude for other reasons, comrades.
Kudos to the Associated Press’ Robert Burns for latching onto this overlooked national security story like a spider monkey. If you’re not worried about the Defense Department’s ambivalence about America’s nukes, I hope you’re at least worried about the mindboggling amount of time and resources required to maintain a huge nuke arsenal intended for a mission that is now largely obsolete.
For this week’s Hump Day Song, Truman uses his hairy paw to salute the sweet voice of Vera Lynn, who serenades the end of the world in the final scene of “Dr. Strangelove.”