Dahedd wrote:Sharkbait, why is a land based deterrent not a deterrent? Either way it's still a big fuck off missile with a nuclear warhead.
Trident provides a (nearly) guaranteed second strike capability. It deters rational actors from nuking you cos they know you can nuke them back.
Land based does not guarantee second strike. Arguably it encourages a rational actor to nuke you as if they get a first strike in without a response from you then effectively they will have won the war.
The deterrent is the most used of all platforms because it's deterring every hour of every year.
Its job is to provide a credible deterrent and thereby prevent war.
Its job is not to nuke people.