nuclear weapons

Burlington City Hall
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Earlier today, we reported that the Burlington City Council approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable. During the debate, one councilor’s attempt to remove an amendment led to an extended discussion on parliamentary procedure and considerable confusion.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Burlington City Council has approved a resolution opposing the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base. It comes a month before the first F-35 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington facility, which opponents fear will be nuclear capable.

    Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to discuss the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction?

Drawing on recently declassified documents and in-depth interviews with the individuals who designed and routinely handled nuclear weapons, Schlosser reveals that America’s nuclear weapons have been plagued by accidents, mistakes, and near-misses since their inception and that even the best control systems are no match for human error.

  In his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, investigator journalist Eric Schlosser explores the dilemma the has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age- How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

As he makes clear in this researched and eye opening exploration of America’s nuclear weapons, the most important of questions has never been resolved.