If there is anyone who still has doubts as to whether or not John Oliver should have been granted a green card, this week’s edition of “Last Week Tonight” should be enough to erase them. Since his time as a “correspondent” and guest host on the Daily Show, Oliver has demonstrated an uncanny ability to make us laugh at things even when they really should be frightening us to death, a talent which he demonstrated eloquently in a fifteen minute monolog on the “security” of our stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Oliver began his monolog by reminding us of the futile warnings from the 1950s, given in school and in PSAs on television that told us in the event of a nuclear explosion, we should always remember to “duck and cover” — as if cowering under a picnic blanket or our desk at school would save our lives, but then he brings us to today when the threat of a nuclear attack from a foreign power is virtually non-existent.
According to Oliver, the non-existent threat of nuclear tipped Soviet missiles has made us complacent and we have become oblivious to the threat from our own stockpile of weapons for which there is apparently little or no security.
In Wyoming, there is a silo whose outer door to the control capsule is broken and propped open with a crowbar, and computers which receive launch codes and are controlled with 8 inch floppy disks, a storage medium dating back to the 1970s.
In North Dakota, 17 Air Force officers were relieved of their duties when they received a grade of “marginal” equivalent to a D when they were tested during an inspection. In Montana missile launch crews were passing their tests — because they were cheating.
The worst of all in the chain of command for a missile launch were the officers at the top. The Major General overseeing these silos was fired, as John hilariously points out for “getting too drunk for the Russians” and his boss was also fired after being caught gambling at an Iowa casino with counterfeit chips.
Watch John Oliver’s segment in the video below: