Sobering reality

I was perusing my Wall Street Journal recently. Topic that caught my eye was nuclear launch codes. I suppose the subject is topical because of the rhetoric that has become all too routine recently between North Korea and the US. I'm reminded once again in this instance that "words matter." We have no obligation in our conversation manner to be provocative or unnecessarily inflammatory.    

Anyway, the high point and sobering reality is that it takes about 15 minutes to run through a series of commands, cross-checks and secret correlation codes to launch a retaliatory strike. Essentially, and according to the article, there are approximately 420 or so nuclear warheads buried land side in the tubes; another 1,000 or so ferreted around on nuclear submarines deep beneath the sea. And that's ours.  

The sobering reality —"It'll all be over in an hour or forty-five minutes" (15 minutes for launch codes plus thirty minutes for ICBM's from US to hit its intended target).

Somewhat quirky and slightly political I know, and in spite of our all of our too frequent troubles, I'm reminded at this point at how much I enjoy living, the world as a whole and the people in it. Weapons like these should never be used in a provacative offensive manner. Only defensively. As a deterrent. 

My friend Frank Page often admonished me to "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Sobering reality indeed. 

The conversation is the relationship—changing our world by changing ourselves—what are you thinking?

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