Scott Horton Interviews William Astore

Scott Horton, April 24, 2008

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William Astore, professor of history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, discusses his career at Cheyenne Mountain Missile Warning Center, the 15 separate buildings within it, its turning from a protective space to target with improvements in nuclear yield and missile accuracy, the continuing danger of accidental nuclear war with Russia, the necessity of the abolition of these obsolete weapons of indiscriminate killing, the dangerous mindset of the average government job-holder, Ronald Reagan’s desire and failure to make a deal for total abolition at Reykjavik and America’s current aggressive stance toward Russia.

MP3 here. (40:18)

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is co-author of Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism.

One Response to “William Astore”

  1. According to Dr Bob Bowman, former chief of US Air Force Missile Defense, missile defense is the missing link to a First Strike. Dr Bob Bowman thinks missiles in Poland will be very useful to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles AFTER a First Strike. Therefore the Russians will implement Launch On Warning. The terrible consequences of a mistake will be caused by the stupid Pentagon. Dr Bob Bowman agrees that the Pentagon (McCain?) will get disarming first-strike capability by 2011/12. Acc. to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy subs simultaneously. The main danger is Russian Launch On Warning because of US First-Strike Capability. Please read Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy”, 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. By 2011/12 the Pentagon will have achieved that the Russians have no choice but Launch On Warning. “Bloody fools in the Pentagon”, as Brigadier Harbottle stated.

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