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Pentagon Unveils the Stealth Bomber

December 03, 1988

How much deterrence do we need?

We have 19-20 submarines at sea at all times, together shipping about 3,000 nuclear warheads. Each boat packs 1,500 times the blasting power of the Hiroshima bomb, enough to levitate every city with over 50,000 population--and all coming down silently out of nowhere without warning.

If this isn't enough to discourage them, it's hard to see how the half-billion-dollar B-2 is going to make much difference.

VICTOR BOESEN

Pacific Palisades

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