Tactile nuclear weapons

Is this really funny? She is one of two Senators from New York and is running for President. This should truly frighten you, as much for the lack of attention this has received from the media as for her outright ignorance and stupidity. All this supposed concern with Presidents having their finger on the nuclear button, but then this: John Bolton ridicules Kirsten Gillibrand’s talk of ‘tactile nuclear weapons’.

“The presidential campaign is underway. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ventured into strategic matters at a town hall in Dover,” Hewitt said, introducing the clip.

“When you say you want to develop low-yield nuclear weapons that are tactile, what you’re saying is you want to use them. Now, the military will make an argument to say, ‘Oh, this is just again to make, we have to have an equal threat. And this, if it’s usable, then it’s a better threat.’ I just found that is not believable,” Gillibrand said. “So I opposed the entire defense bill because of that one provision. So if I am president, I am going to make sure we unwind that completely, and I don’t think we should be trying to create tactile nuclear weapons.”

Bolton burst into laughter. “Tactile nuclear weapons?” he spluttered. “Well, I was unfamiliar with the concept, Mr. Ambassador,” Hewitt said. A mirthful Bolton responded, “I have to say, I was unfamiliar with it as well. I wonder what Sen. Gillibrand knows that I don’t.”

Sure it’s funny in a macabre kind of way, but if this does not terrify you about our future, what would? Her aim is to be the leader of the West in our defence of our way of life against others who would destroy it in a heartbeat if they could. Beyond this, what else does she know nothing about since her ignorance seems to be deep and vast.

How ignorant would a Democrat have to be for the media to start spreading cautious words about whether they should be elected? From the evidence we have, no such level of ignorance exists.

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30 Responses to Tactile nuclear weapons

  1. Fisky

    It certainly sounds ridiculous, but if mass immigration continues into the US, then dismantling the “tactile nuclear weapons” program will soon be a mainstream policy position. Time to wake up, libertarians!

  2. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!

  3. Kurt

    I guess they are tactile. You can certainly feel them when they go off.

  4. Tom

    The fact that the Democratic Party is currently led by ill-bred, poorly educated peons who wouldn’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons on adversaries because they don’t like their politics should scare the hell out of those who naively believe the US would use lethal force only on the enemies of humanity.

  5. Tator

    Always thought the left were about feelings, even at the nuclear level

  6. Up The Workers!

    The Dimocrats – they’re a touchy-feely mob.

    Old Joe Bidet mauling molesting and sniffing people’s hair, and now even their nuclear weapons go for the grope!

    Say what you like, but they are a cunning lot of blighters, those Dimocrats. Who else could build a tactile nuclear weapon which, once fired, can soar up at supersonic speeds into the upper atmosphere; travel thousands of kilometres through arctic airspace across the North Pole; descend into Moscow; through the bedroom window of Vlad Putin’s residence, before sneaking under the bedclothes, “shaking hands with the unemployed”, and then detonating.

    Very cunning!

  7. stackja

    JFK and Jimmy Carter were also ignorant. And got elected.

  8. Lachlan

    You Trumpers have some balls, I’ll give you that. When your guy was asked about the nuclear triad, he didn’t have a clue what he was being asked, and responded with total word-salad. Rubio then explained it to him. Did that concern you? No, it didn’t, because you’re in a leader-worshipping cult now.

  9. It’s an indication of competence, a bit like ‘hyperbowl’ or Taliband’.

  10. 2dogs

    “Tactile nuclear weapons” are, for example, this guy.

  11. John Constantine

    Pale, stale males can mock wymynsys and mansplain that the girls do not understand the proper names of nuclear weapons, the weapons that have preserved the territorial borders and national interests of the western powers.

    Wymynsys no care.

    The new movement will outlive the old white men that mansplain, demographic change will provide the voteherds to overthrow western industrial civilisation and eternal victory will belong to those that don’t care what old white men call weapons, because in wymynsys world there will be nobody with any weapons to deploy force on behalf of racism.

    Once tyranical socialism is global and eternal and borderless, their left will not need tactile nukes, just clubs and rocks and mobs.

    Comrades.

  12. Dianeh

    What was the word Gillibrand was actually looking for?

  13. Mother Lode

    So is she saying she doesn’t understand that nuclear weapons are cheaper than conventional forces, that no level of conventional forces can compensate for nuclear weapons, and has not noticed that through out the entire cold war while America and Russia both had nuclear weapon stockpiles neither side them used them on anyone.

    Dimocrats understand Dimocrat politicking, and nothing else.

    The rest is on faith:

    > That America will always be rich no matter what is done to it

    > That Republicans must be meek and submissive, more of a theatrical prop than opponents

    > You can corral any number of voters required by mimicking their uncouth and grating accents “Y’all…”

    > That the MSM will always support them (which has largely been borne out – although the emergence of Fox has been incomprehensible and has twisted their universe as much as if two of the axes of the three dimensional universe were actually oriented only 85 degrees from each other)

  14. RobK

    Dianeh,
    I think she avoided the word tactical because it has more syllables and tack-tickle doesn’t sound nearly as sciencey as tack-tile, which also has a touchy-feely ring to it as a bonus.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    How ignorant would a Democrat have to be for the media to start spreading cautious words about whether they should be elected? From the evidence we have, no such level of ignorance exists.

    Abundantly true:

    The House Science Committee (8 Apr)

    Last I saw Guam still hasn’t tipped over because of too many people. While I’m at it let’s also recall Danny Glover’s claim that the Haiti earthquake was caused by global warming.

  16. mh

    All men know just how tactile their weapon is.

  17. Ellen of Tasmania

    “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isaiah 3:12)

  18. Dean G

    Dumbest thing so far is Maxine Waters, chair of the Financial Services committee grilling the bank chiefs on student loan ballooning debts. The problem for Mad Maxine was that the the U.S Government effectively scrapped bank loans for student debt in 2010 when they ended the loan guarantee arrangement, none of the banks in the hearing hold any student loans. You would think that the chair of the Financial Services committee with prepared questions would have been somewhat aware of this policy.

  19. Ellen of Tasmania

    Look, in fairness, I know I sometimes get hold of the wrong word, and laugh at my own malapropism as heartily as Bolton did in the clip. It is funny. Ms Gellibrand should be chuckling too.

    But if she really doesn’t know the difference between ‘tactical’ and ‘tactile’ then she should quietly retire.

    Remember the whole, “If women had the vote/were in power, we’d see a blessed change” thing?

    Yeah, nah.

  20. mh

    I bet the ABC’s Planet America are all over these bloopers from the Democrat women.

  21. Iampeter

    Is this really funny?

    No, but neither is a political movement that’s so politically illiterate, that it’s “thinkers” believe private enterprise is “censoring” them, for example.
    Neither is a movement calling for regulation of a whole sector of the economy, because they disagree with their political speech, without realizing that would actually be censorship, among numerous other rights violations, because they don’t understand the concept.
    Neither is a movement that claims to oppose socialism, but calls for central planning of every aspect of peoples lives, from immigration, to trade, to marriage and so forth. A movement that claims to oppose environmentalism but is responsible for building the green bureaucracy across the West.
    And so on.

    So yea, the appalling low level of political discourse isn’t funny, but you and yours are just throwing stones in the glass house you’re in, Steve.

  22. Cynic of Ayr

    Up The workers.
    What you described are Strategic Weapons. A wide ranging effect. Damage, interruption, deaths, deterrent etc. Requiring a lot of preparation and consent. Delivered by ICBMs.
    Tactical (Tactile!) Weapons are short term, on the spot weapons. In other words, Artillery Shells or perhaps short range missiles like Hellfires, anti-ship missiles or some such. Requiring only the go-ahead to the Commander of the Battery or Aircraft. That’s why they prefer them to be low yield. In fact, they’d prefer them to go off, then dissipate into nothing, more or less as conventional Artillery shells do.
    It’s impossible for Gillibrand to even understand the difference. Such matters of National importance are beyond her.

  23. Iampeter

    It certainly sounds ridiculous, but if mass immigration continues into the US, then dismantling the “tactile nuclear weapons” program will soon be a mainstream policy position. Time to wake up, libertarians!

    Yes, 20th century Democrat and Labor voting unions had the right idea all along.
    Tell me again, how you old-school and completely confused leftists are fighting the left?

    But yea, let’s all laugh at the senator, lol!

  24. Bad Samaritan

    mh (9.03am) I have no understanding of why a non-leftist would refer to the ABC’s opinions on anything. I pay no attention to them; do not watch them (though I do sometimes read the Q+A thread on the Cat); do not give a fig for their inane and insane points of view..

    We already know they get <2% for their dedicated Fake News Network and around a paltry 8% for the evening TV news, so why give an F about what they may or may not do, or say or think? Do not let the dicks live in your head!

    BTW: Of course they should be closed down; defunded. However, just as the guys scrawling stuff on toilet doors, the ABC's opinions are of no interest whatsoever until they are defunded. Cheers.

  25. Marc Bauder

    Her ignorance is absolutely ridiculous. This is why I, as a Democrat, would never vote for this silly person.

    I will make one other comment. If the quality of the intelligence, mental skills, ability to think and formulate a reasonable response to this or any other information, is of the example of much of the commenters here, then the GOP has even worse problems with trying to understand critical concepts and formulate a response that would make even the most minute degree of sense.

    Pretty pathetic.

    Good luck, deep Republican thinkers.

  26. Chris M

    What was the word Gillibrand was actually looking for?

    Maybe she a had naughty thought, surrounded by democrat pantywaist Biden types.

  27. PB

    Doesn’t she know who John Bolton thinks he is?

  28. You Trumpers have some balls, I’ll give you that. When your guy was asked about the nuclear triad, he didn’t have a clue what he was being asked, and responded with total word-salad. Rubio then explained it to him. Did that concern you? No, it didn’t, because you’re in a leader-worshipping cult now.

    There is ignorance and pretending not to be ignorant.

    Can you honestly tell me which one is worse?

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