Suitcase Nukes (or not)

I saw a story on USA Today about so-called “suitcase nukes” that was basically calling into question the whole idea that small, portable nuclear devices might exist.

But government experts and intelligence officials say such a threat gets vastly more attention than it deserves. These officials said a true suitcase nuke would be highly complex to produce, require significant upkeep and cost a small fortune.

Thing is, I don’t get why simply being expensive, complex and needing a lot of maintenance would keep something from being done. Frankly it hasn’t stopped the various governments of the world in any number of expensive, complex projects. It hasn’t stopped big business from doing a lot of expensive, complex projects. (though people watching the bottom line will be a lot more careful what they invest in than governments generally are.)

Personally I can’t help thinking that stories like this are intended to try to convince people that something doesn’t exist when in fact, we’ve got hundreds or even thousands of ’em.

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