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But the argument isn't that by getting rid of Trident you'd remove the second strike capacity, it is suggested instead that the second strike role could be filled by  naval forces with nuclear armed cruise missiles instead. Trident is an extremely expensive method of providing this form of threat to government.

The change from Trident to a cruise based platform, would enhance the UKs independence, in a lot of ways freeing the UK from US targeting systems. while we're shackled to those we are in effect providing the USA with four SSBNs for free, and abasing ourselve in foreign policy matters, not always to our advantage for the right to continue to do so.  As we are paying, why shouldn't we take up the call of "No taxation without representation" and declare our full independence?

I have argued here before that the British Deterent exists soleley to keep the seat on the security council, I dont see that you particularly disagree with me, but dont see that much of an argument as to why the UK actually needs to do this?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jul 14th, 2009 at 06:27:04 AM EST

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