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The Nuclear Posture Review, the quadrennial examination of the role of nuclear weapons in the U.S. national security strategy, is basically a field manual for total nuclear annihilation. The document doesn’t just lay out budgetary and resource requirements for maintaining the Department of Defense’s 6,800-warhead nuclear arsenal and the systems that comprise its beloved nuclear triad; it lays out the guidelines and circumstances under which that arsenal can be brought to bear on the world at large. And while normally U.S. nuclear contingencies have been confined to a very specific set of conditions (in the event major biological or chemical attack), the Trump administration’s atomic plan of attack has one chief criterion: We’ll drop bombs whenever we damn well feel like it.

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