US $1.5 trillion nuclear upgrade

It is often called the biggest US double standard; the US not only possesses and maintains nuclear weapons yet it lectures the world on the threat from Iran on the virtues of nuclear non-proliferation.

At the same time, it is upgrading its nuclear arsenal to the tune of $1 trillion dollars. The United States plans to spend more than $1.5 to $2 trillion over the next several decades to sustain and upgrade its nuclear delivery systems, associated warheads, and supporting infrastructure, which includes ballistic missile submarines, long-range bombers, and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

And what is ironic about this whole nuclear affair is where the money can be spent in the US, for example on hunger. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is US’s food program. Thirty-eight million Americans are enrolled in this program.

In 2020, the total cost of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was around 79.22 billion US dollars.

The money spent on US nuclear program, around $50 billion dollars on average, can be spent on eradicating poverty in the US. Let’s not forget, this nuclear spending is part of the over $700 billion the US spends on the military each year.


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