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America’s passage of nuclear power (the nuclear "football" passes to Mr. Obama)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 26, 2008 | David Wood

Posted on 12/26/2008 12:55:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It is a simple transfer of immense power.

On Jan. 20, an unobtrusive military officer carrying a small leather-bound metal briefcase will follow President George W. Bush up to Capitol Hill. After the inauguration ceremony, he will accompany President Barack Obama back to the White House.

Inside the attache, known as “the football,” are the codes to identify and authenticate a presidential order that could launch nuclear weapons and ignite a global holocaust.

Routine to most Americans, perhaps astonishing to much of the world, this peaceful passing of “the football” will propel Obama into a maelstrom. What awaits the new commander-in-chief is the responsibility of defending the United States —- and a nasty brew of nuclear-weapons problems that include the threat of terrorist attacks as well as potential new regional and superpower arms races. Iran and North Korea are believed to be rushing headlong toward building nuclear arsenals. And the main arms-reduction treaty with Russia expires next year.

Those known challenges arise from an unruly world thrown into deeper turmoil by the global financial crisis, a world in which nuclear technology spreads like wildfire and almost 10,000 nuclear weapons could be on alert at any given time.

The risk of nuclear war will grow during the next 20 years, U.S. intelligence officers concluded this month. Surprise, in this realm, is almost a given.

“It is immensely sobering when you are actually confronted with all the responsibility related to nuclear weapons,” said Matthew Bunn, a former White House nuclear-weapons adviser now at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

That will become clear with Obama’s first peek inside the ever-present briefcase.

(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho2008; bhodod; bush; cicobama; code; codes; democrat; democrats; iran; nationalsecurity; northkorea; nuclear; nuclearfootball; nuclearweapons; obama; obamatransitionfile; obamaweenie; wot
Scared yet?

To me, Mr. Obama is a forty-something pretender, unlike some of our other presidents that took office in their forties (Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy, etc. ) Those men, for all their flaws, were serious, mature, battle-scarred veterans who would stand up to our enemies. I have no such faith in Mr. Obama. I hope I'm wrong.

1 posted on 12/26/2008 12:55:14 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t give me nightmares just yet. I’ve been trying to not think about this.


2 posted on 12/26/2008 1:01:53 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; F15Eagle

Ditto.


3 posted on 12/26/2008 1:05:10 AM PST by Cindy
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The thought of this community organizer sitting aboard / giving orders via NAOC makes me want to dig a bomb shelter.


4 posted on 12/26/2008 1:05:15 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That will become clear with Obama’s first peek inside the ever-present briefcase.



Maybe he'll take one look and say, "Ahh, geez. What have I gotten myself into? I quit!"
5 posted on 12/26/2008 1:08:40 AM PST by Rastus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unfriggin believable...
6 posted on 12/26/2008 1:18:04 AM PST by Doofer
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To: F15Eagle

Hussein wont do squat. The worst thing he could do is pass the codes to his religious brothers Hamas but he has to get past the military officer WITH the briefcase. And that guy is probably puking right this second just thinking at his F’d up 4-year future with Big Ears.


7 posted on 12/26/2008 1:18:08 AM PST by max americana
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To: Rastus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDVUPqoowf8


8 posted on 12/26/2008 1:18:21 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: All

Speaking of Democrats:

stepping back in time...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/882622/posts

“Dereliction of Duty: A book review of Lt. Col. Robert Patterson’s eyewitness account”
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Wednesday, April 2, 2003 | By Mary Walsh
Posted on April 1, 2003 11:42:16 PM PST by JohnHuang2

Edited on April 1, 2003 11:43:42 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Dereliction of Duty
By Mary Walsh
Human Events | April 2, 2003

ARTICLE SNIPPET:
As the carrier of the nuclear football, Patterson was astounded that Clinton repeatedly said on the campaign trail no American children would have to go to sleep with nuclear missiles pointed at them. Such a statement was patently untrue. Conversations overheard in the car most often did not revolve around foreign policy issues but subpoenas, lawyers and executive privilege. They had priorities and national security was not one of them.

The nuclear football goes everywhere with the President. Several days after testifying in the Paula Jones deposition, Patterson went to exchange the codes for the football with the president only to find that he didn’t have them. “I don’t have mine on me. I’ll track it down, guys, and get back to you.” They turned the White House upside down and still didn’t find them.”


9 posted on 12/26/2008 1:20:53 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All

Still Speaking of Democrats:

stepping back in time...

http://articles.latimes.com/1999/apr/25/news/mn-31006

Archive for Sunday, April 25, 1999

“‘Nuclear Football’ Left Behind When Clinton Departs Summit”
April 25, 1999 in print edition A-22

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “President Clinton departed the NATO summit in such haste Saturday that he left behind perhaps the most important piece of luggage in the world–the “nuclear football.”

The president’s military aide, who constantly shadows Clinton and carries the briefcase containing U.S. nuclear launch codes, was mistakenly left at the International Trade Center when Clinton’s motorcade sped off 45 minutes early and without notice.”


10 posted on 12/26/2008 1:23:17 AM PST by Cindy
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To: max americana

I’m more worried about the guys who would normally be worried if we had a patriot. IOW, Putin won’t be afraid of this 37 bowler.


11 posted on 12/26/2008 1:26:29 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Those parentheses just scared the carp out of me...
12 posted on 12/26/2008 1:57:27 AM PST by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...Just think, it is being passed on to an admitted Cocaine user. He’s a pretender alright. Just like all the other RATS before him, he is caudled by the leftist news media until America as we know her is almost destroyed and then the adults will come back to save ‘her’.

God Bless America... Let’s all pray for her.


13 posted on 12/26/2008 2:03:50 AM PST by rambo316 (God help America....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WWOD


14 posted on 12/26/2008 2:21:55 AM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: All
Be afraid...

be very afraid...

I keep telling you folks, Ner0!, err, Zer0!, err, Duh!1®, is Clinton, v3.0...

15 posted on 12/26/2008 2:22:53 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: allmost

“Those parentheses just scared the carp out of me... “

I thought I smelt something...


16 posted on 12/26/2008 3:04:06 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: eCSMaster

The wheels stopped turning and some fish got caught...


17 posted on 12/26/2008 3:06:07 AM PST by allmost
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To: eCSMaster

Stay safe FRiend...


18 posted on 12/26/2008 3:08:34 AM PST by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I still can’t believe that 62mm Americans were that damned dumb. I still don’t believe it...


19 posted on 12/26/2008 3:09:02 AM PST by GusBreacher
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To: Cindy

It’s a good thing that Someone much higher up was watching out for us.


20 posted on 12/26/2008 3:16:48 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

Absolutely right.


21 posted on 12/26/2008 3:28:10 AM PST by Cindy
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To: GusBreacher
I still can’t believe that 62mm Americans were that damned dumb. I still don’t believe it...

It's hard to grasp, isn't it? When I have conversations with them I realize they have no idea about the magnitude of the presidency in relation to foreign issues. To them it's all about either showing up Bush and the GOP or hope that he will appease some special need they have.

22 posted on 12/26/2008 4:52:25 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: raybbr

There is going to be a h-u-g-e amount of very disappointed left-wing wackos, and just plain center-lefties, all with their hands-out, wanting something from him, as he ‘promised’ on multiple occasions.

I think the reality of both domestic and foreign issues will hit Obama very hard, if it hasn’t already, and that minor facial tic will become a full-body spasm. I’m thinking he doesn’t fully-know what he’s gotten himself into, yet. I’d like to be in the room, when it hits him square in the face.


23 posted on 12/26/2008 5:10:57 AM PST by GusBreacher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Giving the nuclear football to a muzzie trojan horse. Man, I feel safe.


24 posted on 12/26/2008 5:53:59 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will now be called the nuclear basketball..


25 posted on 12/26/2008 6:04:15 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not like we don’t know where he stands when (not if) the political winds turn ugly.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2022038/posts


26 posted on 12/26/2008 6:35:41 AM PST by Canedawg
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To: Doofer

Obama has about as much buisiness with that suitcase as I do piloting the shuttle.........


27 posted on 12/26/2008 6:50:13 AM PST by Quickgun
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To: Sig Sauer P220
Giving the nuclear football to a muzzie trojan horse. Man, I feel safe.

One wonders if the military has ever made plans for a Trojan Horse Commander-in-Chief springing his trap.

I have to believe they have thought about this in secret, especially during Clintons tenure.

28 posted on 12/26/2008 8:16:06 AM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Scared yet?

Anybody that has ever had to pass a background investigation for access to top secret and nuclear materials already understands enough about Zero's lack of similar vetting to be scared sh*tless. Your lack of faith is well-founded, I'm afraid.

29 posted on 12/26/2008 10:55:25 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I fear Obama will replace the “football” with a secure phone line to the UN so he can call for help in a crisis.


30 posted on 12/26/2008 12:27:59 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Rastus
Maybe he'll take one look and say, "Ahh, geez. What have I gotten myself into? I quit!"

You have nothing to worry about - the zer0bama has already stated he will never be using the launch codes and will cease all new nuke developments.

Obama: No Nukes In Any Circumstances

Obama says no nuclear weapons to fight terror
31 posted on 12/26/2008 9:22:11 PM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

That is one of the best examples of his stupidity. Even if he believes it, a smart man would not have said it.


32 posted on 12/27/2008 12:31:35 PM PST by PghBaldy (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/12/23/article-1100584-02DFEFB3000005DC-585_233x423.jpg)
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To: PghBaldy
Even if he believes it, a smart man would not have said it.

Of course a smart man wouldn't have said it. I just re-watched the entire 13 hour PBS special "WAR AND PEACE in the Nuclear Age" from 1989. The entire build up of nukes was because of the huge cost multiplier advantage having a stockpile of nukes offered us. To not have the nukes would have required a huge military force. The game of MAD worked of course with a nation of sane citizens that had no desire to meet up with their promised 72 virgins. We are in an extremely dangerous world today - Pakistan is full of muzzies and they have nukes. If the government of Pakistan were toppled and mad muzzies took over - look out.

I worked in the defense industry for years during the cold war - it was nice to know who your enemy is and where they are located.
33 posted on 12/27/2008 1:26:20 PM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That will become clear with Obama’s first peek inside the ever-present briefcase.

Good Lord, the thought of that is enough to cause 4 years of sleepless nights. Anyone that voted for this monster will never be a friend of mine again


34 posted on 12/27/2008 3:15:49 PM PST by KellyM37 (Barack Obama's mental illness..........PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSIST... show us the medical records)
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To: Cheerio

Good post. I also wonder about the “effectiveness” of our nukes. I read an article recently that said since we dont test em anymore, we dont know if they have “expired.” Dont know if this is the case now.


35 posted on 12/27/2008 8:05:35 PM PST by PghBaldy (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/12/23/article-1100584-02DFEFB3000005DC-585_233x423.jpg)
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To: PghBaldy
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Gates said one of the two controversial options must be implemented if the United States is to retain a safe, secure and reliable nuclear deterrent. He also stated in the clearest terms yet his view that U.S. leaders would not have enough confidence to further shrink the atomic stockpile unless they could either field new weapons or submit aging nuclear arms to underground tests.

Obama Renouces Use of Nuclear Weapons

I cannot find anything current that would tend to indicate zer0bama's position on the use or development of nuke weapons when he is Pres. We know what he has pontificated in the past.
36 posted on 12/27/2008 8:19:29 PM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio
Obama to Urge Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Don't know if zer0bama still believes this or not?
37 posted on 12/27/2008 8:23:32 PM PST by Cheerio (Barack Hussein 0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
mature, battle-scarred veterans who would stand up to our enemies. I have no such faith in Mr. Obama. I hope I'm wrong.

I have no faith in Obama either, but for a slightly different reason. Obama is a been-nowhere done-nothing rookie who has never had to make a serious decision, much less under duress and urgency. He has had someone to cut his meat for him his entire pampered life, and now he may have to make literally earth-shaking decisions with his immature street-punk judgment.

My worry is that this simple fart will act impulsively and do something really stupid.

38 posted on 12/27/2008 8:33:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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