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(CNN)   Speaking of huge, deadly explosions, why do we still have nuclear weapons?   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-08-05 3:00:45 PM  
Because it's a very difficult thing to uninvent. The physics behind nuclear weapons are not very complicated. The only barrier of entry is the price of separating out plutonium or highly-enriched uranium. Once you have a source of fissile material, it doesn't take very long to get a working bomb. It takes longer to get missiles capable of delivering the bomb.
 
2020-08-05 3:01:45 PM  
If I remember correctly, mutual destruction.

/old enough to hide under a school desk
//civil defense speakers
///sonic booms!!!
 
2020-08-05 3:02:17 PM  
If you wouldn't use a nuclear weapon to resolve a conflict at the drive-thru window, there's literally something wrong with you, you may have a serious mental condition, because the difference between a filet-o-fish and a fish fillet would be obvious to anyone who worked for six years at Harvard's, to someone who EARNED their certificate in salting the fries, but to this man, this idiot, who gave me the filet-o-fish instead of the fish filet, he just cost ninety-thousand innocent people their lives in this part of southern Houston, as I detonated the nuclear weapon that I explicitly wired up in my trunk for situations like these, where some doofus can't even get my order right, he's too busy trying to figure out why the Diet Coke tastes like regular Coke, and that's because some other idiot hooked the wrong line of syrup right into the Diet Coke, now it tastes like actual sugar instead of the fake sugar that I so thoroughly crave, it's no wonder every person in this country desires personal protection from situations from these, it's no wonder so many people had to lose their lives today, and it's no wonder that I am now a distant memory that will be known in the history books for centuries to come.

You give me the filet-o-fish and I filet-o-fish nine blocks of Houston's south side.  That's how life works, motherfarker.
 
2020-08-05 3:05:04 PM  
In case your citizens get too far out of hand.
 
2020-08-05 3:05:32 PM  
Because you touch yourself.
 
2020-08-05 3:07:51 PM  
Because Vlad didn't tell Donnie to get rid of them - yet.
 
2020-08-05 3:09:33 PM  
Possessing a nuclear weapon is pretty much the only way to guarantee a nation's sovereignty these days.
 
2020-08-05 3:09:46 PM  
Who do we still have aircraft carriers?  Why do we still have submarines?  Why do we still have tanks?  Why do we still have anti-aircraft systems? Why do we still have land mines?

The land mines is a legitimate question, the US should have gotten rid of those things.
 
2020-08-05 3:09:56 PM  
Because the cable isn't gonna fix itself.
 
2020-08-05 3:15:08 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Who do we still have aircraft carriers?  Why do we still have submarines?  Why do we still have tanks?  Why do we still have anti-aircraft systems? Why do we still have land mines?

The land mines is a legitimate question, the US should have gotten rid of those things.


Honestly surprised Trump (Miller) hasn't had them deployed along the Mexican border.
 
2020-08-05 3:20:21 PM  

RolandTGunner: Possessing a nuclear weapon is pretty much the only way to guarantee a nation's sovereignty these days.


There are nearly 200 nations in the world. Only fourteen of those have nuclear weapons.
 
2020-08-05 3:26:59 PM  
They're fun!
 
2020-08-05 3:27:51 PM  
How else can we defend ourselves from powerhouses like Pakistan and North Korea?
 
2020-08-05 3:27:57 PM  
How many nukes do you think that the administration has either sold or given to white supremacist groups?
 
2020-08-05 3:29:19 PM  
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So we can make promotional videos like these.
 
2020-08-05 3:29:38 PM  
Because BWHABOOOOOOOOMMMMM!

If we ever start actually doing space travel you know that every planet from here to Alpha Centauri is going to be shot up like a speed sign on a rural road.
 
2020-08-05 3:29:58 PM  
Bc the people in control of such decisions need somethin to compensate for their teeny wangers.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:05 PM  
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:05 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Who do we still have aircraft carriers?  Why do we still have submarines?  Why do we still have tanks?  Why do we still have anti-aircraft systems? Why do we still have land mines?

The land mines is a legitimate question, the US should have gotten rid of those things.


North Korea is the answer to that one, I think. We want to keep the DMZ mined.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:06 PM  
"why do we still have nuclear weapons?"

hauling around 2,500+ tons of an/fo is somewhat difficult.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:07 PM  
Because solar ones aren't as cool yet.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:12 PM  
Can't fit a whole country into a convertible.
 
2020-08-05 3:30:23 PM  

Catlenfell: How many nukes do you think that the administration has either sold or given to white supremacist groups?


Other than the Air Force?
 
2020-08-05 3:31:14 PM  
...because stigginit?
 
2020-08-05 3:31:29 PM  
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2020-08-05 3:31:45 PM  

Catlenfell: How many nukes do you think that the administration has either sold or given to white supremacist groups?


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It fell of the back of a truck.
 
2020-08-05 3:31:54 PM  
Because we can't trust that shifty King of England, that's why.  Trying to tax us for stuff we use and whatnot.
 
2020-08-05 3:32:15 PM  
Because M.A.D. doesn't work if only one person has nukes.
 
2020-08-05 3:33:08 PM  
Because the technology exists, now? And even without a viable survival scenario if they were used, they're still a pretty big power move to have in your back pocket.
 
2020-08-05 3:33:35 PM  
Cuz,

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2020-08-05 3:33:41 PM  
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Because even though 10 nuclear missiles should be all the deterrent anyone needs, our insane country decided that having thousands to ensure everybody dies when one little mistake causes a retaliation of Armageddon proportions.

Also, the creator of Mutually Assured Destruction policy ended up having a two decade schizophrenic episode.  But hey, at least we don't have a stroke-riddled dementia patient as President.
 
2020-08-05 3:33:55 PM  
Hey now I think subby is forgetting about a little binding document called the SECOND AMENDMENT which guarantees my right to kill everyone within a 70-mile radius. Freedoms!
 
2020-08-05 3:34:53 PM  
As much as MAD sound insane, the fact that nobody has used a nuclear weapon in anger in 75 years does speak to its effectiveness.

It's sad that we can't trust each other without guns to each other's heads, but not surprising.
 
2020-08-05 3:36:19 PM  
Because the universe would be fundamentally imbalanced if we ever reached the point where our ability to destroy ourselves was outdone by our ability to express ourselves.
 
2020-08-05 3:36:38 PM  
Im not saying we are any better, but if the West were to disarm, China and Russia would have no qualms saying "lulz do what we want or well nuke you."  Until its possible to remove every nuclear weapon in a verifiable way and also somehow completely halt all further building capability, we gots to have em.
 
2020-08-05 3:38:06 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Cuz,

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Your first picture was immune to nuclear bombs and your second could have been dealt with by using rockets pushing it to change the trajectory and missing the planet.

God save us all if Michael Bay is ever elected President.
 
2020-08-05 3:38:38 PM  

I Ate Shergar: RolandTGunner: Possessing a nuclear weapon is pretty much the only way to guarantee a nation's sovereignty these days.

There are nearly 200 nations in the world. Only fourteen of those have nuclear weapons.


How many of those fourteen have been invaded since they had nukes? Israel (unsuccessfully)  is the only one I know of, and they never really spoke out about theirs as a public deterrent.

That's why we have them. That and, as people above have said, you can't un-invent the wheel.  Things like landmines should be banned because now there is other technology that can warn of the approach of the enemy. With nukes, we have no such replacement technology; until that happens, logic dictates they will be around.
 
2020-08-05 3:38:44 PM  
The End of the World
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2020-08-05 3:39:35 PM  
Putin and Trump both want more and have been talking about it with each other quite often.
 
2020-08-05 3:39:50 PM  

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Because even though 10 nuclear missiles should be all the deterrent anyone needs, our insane country decided that having thousands to ensure everybody dies when one little mistake causes a retaliation of Armageddon proportions.

Also, the creator of Mutually Assured Destruction policy ended up having a two decade schizophrenic episode.  But hey, at least we don't have a stroke-riddled dementia patient as President.


I'm not entirely sure that there aren't countries that wouldn't consider being hit with 10 nuclear missiles an acceptable price to pay for starting a war that they think they could still win after the enemy has shot their nuclear wad.
 
2020-08-05 3:42:31 PM  

Glorious Golden Ass: Because even though 10 nuclear missiles should be all the deterrent anyone needs, our insane country decided that having thousands to ensure everybody dies when one little mistake causes a retaliation of Armageddon proportions.


MAD only works if everyone knows there is no winning solution.  First, not every weapon will go off.  Second, you will inevitably stop some of them by your defenses.  So, if you needed exactly 10, and you have exactly 10, then I'm gonna take my chances only 4 will do anything.  So, overkill is a necessary part of the equation.  And massive overkill is needed to convince even the most wild-eyed optimist ultra-nationalist that no, there really isn't a scenario where he can ride it out in Idaho.  Nuclear war has to be made to be as plain as possible that it is just a complicated form of suicide to even the most dense motherfarking idiots ever spawned on this Earth, ie Air Force officers.
 
2020-08-05 3:43:53 PM  
Nuclear weapons are terrible terrible things. The only thing worse than having nuclear weapons is not having them if a hostile power does.

I would also point out that the cloak of MAD is not just for our people. They protect all of our allies. The Japanese know that they are safe from the nuclear weapons of China because retaliation from the US protects them as well. All of Europe sleeps soundly because of the US, British, and French nuclear weapons. It works both ways too. The Russians and Chinese are safe because of their arsenals. I would even go further and suggest that the North Koreans have been made safe from attack from the South because of their highly limited nuclear deterrent. That's why Iran wants the bomb too. No more raids from Israel or severe actions from the US.

Maintaining that global security is worth the cost.
 
2020-08-05 3:44:32 PM  
To keep our precious bodily fluids pure.  Duh
 
2020-08-05 3:45:23 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Who do we still have aircraft carriers?  Why do we still have submarines?  Why do we still have tanks?  Why do we still have anti-aircraft systems? Why do we still have land mines?

The land mines is a legitimate question, the US should have gotten rid of those things.


Oh, I know the answer to that. It's in case you want an area to blow up anything walking through it.
 
2020-08-05 3:45:29 PM  
Yeah?  Why do we have any bombs?  Or guns?  Or sharpened sticks?  And there are too many rocks laying around, people could throw them at each other!

/no longer surprised by how many stupid people with no understanding of human nature there are.
 
2020-08-05 3:45:51 PM  
Because when you have them, no matter how ridiculous, people listen to what you say. It's like having a kiloton sized dick.
 
2020-08-05 3:46:11 PM  

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Anything capable of interstellar travel isn't going to give a fark about us tossing firecrackers at it.
 
2020-08-05 3:47:27 PM  
article author shows us all how the curve of us is getting dumber.
This is not a question anyone has to ask, the easy and plain truth is, you can't put genies back in their bottles and forget they existed.
What a fooking moron to imagine the whole word getting all huggy fest and not one group of us doing what we would do if we were the only ones wit that power.there are such thigns as stupid questions, but some questions are a sign of a stupid person.That measure is relativity to the person of course.most questions a 5 year old would ask are signs of being a normal young child that don't know jack shat reallybut once you're old enough certain question become thew sign of mental issues/lack of cognitive function/lack of relevant knowledge on the topic of which they are attempting to ask questions...
 
2020-08-05 3:48:10 PM  
Because we're still just a accidental mutation of monkeys that should've just stayed up in trees and the only thing hat works as a preventative for us doing something horribly tragic to another country is the idea that they might do it back to us and vice versa.
 
2020-08-05 3:48:50 PM  

MechaPyx: Speak softly and carry a big stick.


Yeah, if nuclear powers have any one thing in common, it's their soft-spokenness.
 
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