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Monday, May 17, 2004
  Nuclear weapons suck

Chocolate Morphine brought this to my attention: PSR Security Action Network Action Center:
"Congress is about to vote on key nuclear weapons programs in the Defense Authorization bill. Congress will mark up the Defense Authorization bill during the second half of May. The Defense Authorization bill may reach the floor of the Senate around the end of May and the House at about the same time. These dates may slip into early June. In June and July votes on specific spending items will occur in the Energy & Water Appropriations bill. The President has requested the highest budget for nuclear weapons since the all-time record set under President Reagan during the Cold War. Congress needs your support to cut this radical program of offensive nuclear capabilities and cut the nuclear weapons budget. These programs send a clear 'do as I say, not as I do' message to the rest of the world and threaten to undermine the nation's attempts to stem the world's appetite for weapons of mass destruction."
Come on. This has got to stop. These weapons don't make sense in the long term no matter what side of the equation you are on. Here's a fairly centrist group that does a great job of laying out the same argument I'd use, About NTI, and check-out who's on the roster, NTI: Board of Directors.

Oh, also fromPSR Security Action Network Action Center, this might be worth a look, too: New Nuclear Weapons & Strategy: "These developments come in three papers issued by the Bush administration: the Nuclear Posture Review [Excerpts], The National Security Strategyand the National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction."

Anyway, I think the only way you can be pro-nuke war is to seriously discount some huge 'externalities', and hell we can't control the worlds' supply of the old stuff, how in the hell are we going to prevent others from doing the same. Our history of protecting nuclear secrets is well away from stellar in it's brilliance, and might be suffering from 'global dimming'
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