Are you between 20 and 30, 30 and 40, 40 and 50? I think that the gut fear of nuclear weapons is a generational thing.
I was 4 or 5 when the Cold War ended, and maybe as such, I don't regard nuclear weapons as a unique and terrible instrument of last resort. To me, a 30kt weapon is just a really, really good bomb, without the emotional aversion older people developed from years of fearing the bomb. There are people living on ground zero in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and they were living there shortly after the cities were nuked.
Unless you are groundbursting 10MT bombs, fallout just isn't that big of an issue worldwide because the loft isn't high enough. Locally, yes, but worldwide radioactive ash clouds just won't happen with smaller nukes carpeting an area.
I think the threat of total global annihilation is overstated, and you have to admit that the MIC benefits tremendously by overstating that threat. Nukes make such a joke out of tanks, ships and infantry that there would be no market for them if nukes became an acceptable means of warfare.
Conventional forces invite and enable conventional wars, and without standing conventional forces, the political cost of going to war becomes enormous.
A nukes-only policy would put a lid on proxy wars, foreign adventurism and "nation building", while keeping our shores pretty darn safe.
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