So… They have a bomb. We have one too. We have lots of them. We have more than we could possibly ever need. If they were all deployed there would be redundant explosions and pointless destruction on an already ruined Earth.
But we are the good guys. It’s okay for us to have them. We have them only as a deterrent to war and we spread only a message of our desire for peace and prosperity for all nations and all people. That’s our perspective. That’s our propaganda.
We are a bully. We wield a big stick and we whack anyone on the head who doesn’t behave like we want them to. Do as we say, not as we do. We excel at sanctions, airstrikes, ground troops, and public campaigns to shame and discredit and slander.
All the while, we secretly arm revolutions. We make shady deals with bad people. We stick our noses in other people’s business. Not for peace. Not for prosperity for all. Definitely for prosperity for us and only us. That’s all we truly care about.
Bring us your entrepreneurs who can easily obtain visas. Bring us your rich who can buy homes and land and invest their millions in our economy. Bring us your famous so we can capitalize on their celebrity. But, keep “the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” We have no need for them.
So… They have a bomb. I guess that’s fairly terrifying. What are they going to do with it? Who are they going to launch it against? Who are they going to try to bully?
You know what else is terrifying?
One bully recognizes another and bristles at the thought of competition and now there’s another kid in the yard trying to gain position as a force to be reckoned with. They are busy collecting sticks and spewing threats. And, we, the people, have no real control over what our country does with our bombs. What are we going to do next?