"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

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China is expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than any other major superpower, and is in command of 500, a top European think tank has warned. 

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute wrote in a report published on Monday that Xi Xinping has increased his nation's nuclear stockpile from 410 to 500 in a single year. 

Worldwide spending on nuclear weapons rose by $10.8 billion between 2022 and 2023 with 80% of the increase coming from the United States, according to a new report released on Monday by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The $10.8 billion increase brings annual global spending on nuclear weapons up to $91.4 billion. From 2019 to 2023, $387 billion has been spent on nuclear weapons.

We Spent a Billion Dollars Fighting the Houthis and Lost By Ron Paul Ladylove

Why does it seem the Pentagon is far better at spending money than actually putting together a successful operation? The failed “Operation Prosperity Guardian” and the disastrous floating Gaza pier are but two recent examples of enormously expensive initiatives that, though they no-doubt enriched military contractors, were incapable of meeting their stated goals.

Here is what is currently known about the sub:

- It can dive up to 600 meters deep and has a maximum speed of 16 knots on the surface and 31 knots underwater

- The submarine has a crew complement of 64 and an endurance of about 100 days, limited by food and maintenance requirements.

- The vessel’s armament includes 533mm torpedo tubes and vertical launch silos for Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles, Kalibr cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles. Both Kalibr and Zircon missiles are nuclear-capable.