I am increasingly concerned about the seemingly casual attitude some in senior federal government positions are displaying with respect to nuclear weapons. As George Will noted in his May 4 column, a Trump spokesperson commented, "What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you're afraid to use it?"
The concept of the triad was to prevent other countries from using nuclear weapons on us due to the overwhelming response we would provide. Using a "small" nuclear weapon to "teach a country a lesson" could result in world-wide nuclear warfare as the country or its allies respond.
Having "first strike" capability does not mean we would escape a nuclear holocaust.