An American activist and expert on military affairs says the US Air Force’s frustrated, demoralized and alcoholic officers have their fingers on the nation’s nuclear buttons.
Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, from Bath, Maine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday. He also regularly offers his reflections on organizing and the state of America’s declining empire on his blog.
He was commenting on an Associated Press report which revealed that the US Air Force dismissed two undisciplined commanders from its nuclear missile corps on Monday.
“This is a very important story. Actually, I grew up in the Air Force. My father was a career Air Force man, and then during the Vietnam War I myself joined the Air Force. So what I see in the story is a lot of what I experienced in my own time of being in the Air Force, that is a severe culture of alcoholism,” Gagnon said.
“And it’s actually the way they retain people by turning them into alcoholics and then they keep them in the military, that’s part of their primary retention strategy,” he added.