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Obama Breaks With Gates, Cancels Nuke Program (Effectively begins dismantling of Nuclear Arsenal)
The New Republic - The Plank ^ | 12.05.2009 | Michael Crowley

Posted on 05/12/2009 12:13:47 PM PDT by MattAMiller

Obama's new budget plan includes a little-noted sea change in U.S. nuclear policy, and a step towards his vision of a denuclearized world. It provides no funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead program, created to design a new generation of long-lasting nuclear weapons that don't need to be tested. (The military is worried that a nuclear test moratorium in effect since 1992 might endanger the reliability of an aging US arsenal.) But this spring Obama issued a bold call for a world free of nuclear weapons, and part of that vision entails leading by example. That means halting programs that expand the American nuclear stockpile. For the past two budget years the Democratic Congress has refused to fund the Bush-era program. But Obama's budget kills the National Nuclear Security Administration program once and for all.

"My colleagues just stared at that line," says Joe Cirincione, a longtime nonproliferation expert and president of the Ploughshares Fund. "They had never seen anything like that." Killing the program, he said, was "the first programmatic impact of the new [zero nukes] policy. People have said they want to see more than words, this is the very first action." Here's the relevant language from Obama's budget explaining the thinking behind the move:

In the upcoming year, NNSA will participate in the national debate to lay out a vision for our nation’s nuclear security and non-proliferation goals. This vision is based on the reality that nuclear security is not just about warheads and the size of the stockpile. The vision emphasizes that we must increase our focus on nuclear security and transforming the Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century national security enterprise. We must ensure our evolving strategic posture places the stewardship of our nuclear arsenal, nonproliferation programs, missile defenses, and the international arms control objectives into one comprehensive strategy that protects the American people and our allies.

One particularly interesting angle here: Obama has overruled his secretary of defense, Robert Gates, who has been pushing for months to maintain the warhead program. Last October, Gates warned that

"[t]o be blunt, there is absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent and reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile without resorting to testing our stockpile or pursuing a modernization program."

But even though "modernization" has now been halted, Obama will almost certainly not resume nuclear testing. So one has to presume Gates is not a happy camper on this score.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda; antiamericanism; bho44; bhonukes; blameamericafirst; commanderinchief; disarmament; first200days; nationalinsecurity; nonukes; nuclear; nuclearweapons; obamalegacy; obamapromises; willfulneglect; worst200days
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1 posted on 05/12/2009 12:13:47 PM PDT by MattAMiller
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To: MattAMiller

Gates needs to resign. Obama just violated his oath of office.


2 posted on 05/12/2009 12:16:56 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: MattAMiller

This is the last straw: We must find a way to have him removed from office ASAP!!


3 posted on 05/12/2009 12:16:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible." Machiavelli)
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To: MattAMiller

That worthless commie POS better be steamrolled by Congress on this. What a marxist quisling we have on our hands.


4 posted on 05/12/2009 12:17:04 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: MattAMiller

“... a step towards his vision of a denuclearized world.”

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More correctly “a step towards his vision of a UNILATERALLY denuclearized world. The world’s punks and commies aren’t going to stop their nuke programs just because Clown Car says so.


5 posted on 05/12/2009 12:17:16 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: MattAMiller
If Gates is truly a patriot and puts country first, he will resign and make a big deal of this. The dichotomy between what Obama knows, and what he thinks he knows is so huge as to make the Grand Canyon seem like a line drawn with a pencil.
6 posted on 05/12/2009 12:18:15 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: MattAMiller

How does pres__ent zero spell relief?

T-R-E-A-S-O-N!


7 posted on 05/12/2009 12:18:51 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (We need to reward the people that carry the water instead of the people that drink the water!)
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To: MattAMiller

Worse than Carter.


8 posted on 05/12/2009 12:19:17 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: MattAMiller

So, Iran getting nukes is no big deal. Protecting ourselves from nuclear missile attack is bad and having our own nukes as a deterrent is bad as well. I’m sure having standing Armed Forces of any kind is a bad thing as well, so, is that next?


9 posted on 05/12/2009 12:20:08 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: MattAMiller
At this pace, by November we will no longer be the USA, but the USSA, United Socialist States of America!
10 posted on 05/12/2009 12:20:24 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MattAMiller

hey if a murderer was pointing a .45 at me, yeah I’d lay down mine, that oughta convince him not to murderer me........what idiotic reasoing


11 posted on 05/12/2009 12:20:26 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

TREASON!!!!!


12 posted on 05/12/2009 12:20:26 PM PDT by blf1776 (Peepole, Peepole who need Peepole, are the luckiest Peepole in the world)
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To: Tallguy
Gates needs to resign. Obama just violated his oath of office.

Second that! Obama is also a traitor and should be impeached.

13 posted on 05/12/2009 12:21:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: blf1776

He is NOT upholding his oath to protect our nation. He needs to be impeached. !!! N-O-W !


14 posted on 05/12/2009 12:22:13 PM PDT by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation !)
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To: Tallguy
Gates needs to resign. Obama just violated his oath of office.

He was only kidding when he took it the first (and second) time!

Obama is damned and determined to get us all killed!

15 posted on 05/12/2009 12:22:21 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Tallguy

Those who beat their swords into plowshares plow for those who didn’t. God Help The USA!!


16 posted on 05/12/2009 12:23:01 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: MattAMiller

Terminations to military weapons Programs:
•Complete shutdown of the C-17 Globemaster production line.
•Termination of the Air Force’s CSAR-X Helicopter Program.
•Complete shutdown of the F-22 Raptor production line.
•Elimination of Manned Ground Vehicles from the Future Combat Systems Program.
•Complete termination of the Multiple Kill Vehicle Program.
•Termination of the Air Force’s Transformational Satellite Program.
•Termination of the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program
•Termination of the Reliable Replacement Warhead program.
•Termination of the Next Generation Bomber Program
•Complete shutdown of the Yucca Mountain Repository.

Reductions to military programs:

•Airborne Laser Program.
•Aircraft Carrier build schedule.
•Ground-based, Mid-Course Defense Program.
•USMC LPD-17 and USN Mobile Landing Platform.
•Navy CG-X Cruiser.
•End-strength recruiting and retention adjustments.
•According to Obama, terminating the next-generation V-71 Presidential helicopter is fiscally responsible, but it isn’t really being cut.


17 posted on 05/12/2009 12:23:16 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: MattAMiller

This should create plenty of shovel ready jobs, unless Obama decides to incinerate those of us who don’t survive.


18 posted on 05/12/2009 12:26:08 PM PDT by StandUpChuck
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To: MattAMiller

He told us he’d do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4sVQV3Lhk


19 posted on 05/12/2009 12:26:38 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: MattAMiller

btt


20 posted on 05/12/2009 12:27:04 PM PDT by scottywr ("Birth Certificate? We don neeed no steenkeen birth certificate!")
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To: MattAMiller
For the past two budget years the Democratic Congress has refused to fund the Bush-era program. But Obama's budget kills the National Nuclear Security Administration program once and for all.

One of the things I have been most angry at Bush about, was his failure to make issues like this front and center. Effectively, he allowed the program to be cut under him, and did nothing about it.

At least he could have made a big stink about it. Did he do that? I sure don't remember it. Perhaps he did, and if so someone should correct me.

Failing that, this is another nail in the coffin of his legacy IMO.

This program is of vital importance to the safety of the United States, and anyone who would facilitate it's end, is not fit to be President.

21 posted on 05/12/2009 12:27:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unless we can get a court to look at that hidden Vault Birth Certificate AND it says he wasn’t born in this country, and therefore ineligible, we’re stuck with this clown for 3.5 years more, it appears. No Biblical reference intended there.


22 posted on 05/12/2009 12:31:11 PM PDT 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: jessduntno

I could have sworn there was a UAV program that was also cut.


23 posted on 05/12/2009 12:31:19 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: MattAMiller

President Baltar Obama.


24 posted on 05/12/2009 12:31:32 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: MattAMiller

“Obama Breaks With Gates, Cancels Nuke Program”

Blockhead!


25 posted on 05/12/2009 12:31:41 PM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Reagan69

He is NOT upholding his oath to protect our nation. He needs to be impeached. !!! N-O-W !

By whom? The Democratically Controlled Congress?

Don’t be silly!


26 posted on 05/12/2009 12:33:13 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (`)
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To: Reagan69

He is NOT upholding his oath to protect our nation. He needs to be impeached. !!! N-O-W !

By whom? The Democratically Controlled Congress?

Don’t be silly!


27 posted on 05/12/2009 12:33:23 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (`)
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To: Question_Assumptions

Worse then Benedict Arnold.


28 posted on 05/12/2009 12:33:55 PM PDT by Kozak (e)
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To: MattAMiller

Hussein is getting us ready for the coming attack.


29 posted on 05/12/2009 12:34:19 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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Obama Cancels Nuke Program (Effectively begins dismantling of Nuclear Arsenal)

This should make the anti war Paul, Baldwin & Sanford Libertarians on FR happy


30 posted on 05/12/2009 12:35:53 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Actually, the Democrat Congress is the only entity that would impeach and remove him.

When they think he is costing them votes, they will get rid of him fast.


31 posted on 05/12/2009 12:38:27 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: Kozak

Baltar (either one) is a human who betrays humanity to their enemies in the Battlestar Galactica shows. Far worse than Benedict Arnold.


32 posted on 05/12/2009 12:38:40 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Tallguy
They should be filing impeachment charges right now.
33 posted on 05/12/2009 12:38:56 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marsoc Dad)
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To: MattAMiller
and a step towards his vision of a denuclearized world.

No. This is a leap of faith that the rest of the world will disarm. It strictly serves to lower America's strength. Strength which won the Cold War against Soviet Communism.

Then again, the American Reds never saw Uncle Joe Stalin to be a threat, even when he was murdering tens of millions and using spies in America.

34 posted on 05/12/2009 12:40:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (If Liberals are so upset over torture, why did they mock John McCains stiff arms during the campaign)
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To: savedbygrace
He told us he’d do this:

Amen! I keep hearing Washington Pundits saying how Obama campaigned as a centrist but now is governing as a leftist. Huh! Were they actually listening?

If anything he campaigned as a leftist and is governing as a socialist.

35 posted on 05/12/2009 12:42:29 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (Proud Member of the DHS radical list since 2008)
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To: MattAMiller
We've gone from: Trust, but verify

To: Give up, don't care

36 posted on 05/12/2009 12:42:32 PM PDT by USNA74
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To: MattAMiller

The Russians and the Chinese are licking their chops. They are modernizing and increasing their nuclear weapons capabilities while we are doing this.

In case you survive the coming first strike, I suggest purchasing Rosetta Stone and getting ahead of the curve by learning to speak Mandarin.

This is simply breathtaking. I don’t really know what to say, other than “lock and load”.


37 posted on 05/12/2009 12:46:14 PM PDT by MGMSwordsman
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To: MattAMiller

He is INSANE!!! I think the time has come.


39 posted on 05/12/2009 12:59:24 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Tallguy

Duck and cover...


40 posted on 05/12/2009 1:09:47 PM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not going to happen.


41 posted on 05/12/2009 1:11:42 PM PDT by Jewbacca (Yes, I am very hairy and good with small arms.)
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To: Tallguy
Gates needs to resign. Obama just violated his oath of office.

Gates needs to call a press conference, to get on as many TV and radio shows as possible, and to write as many editorials as possible. This news must get past the inevitable LS media blockade.

I wouldn't mind seeing Bush 41, Bush 43, Al Haig, Cheney and several other notable experts in security yelling at the top of their lungs that this traitor is leaving us open to nations that don't like us, covet what we have and aren't squeamish about building weapons.

Don't think that the Russkies and Chinese aren't watching - they are, VERY, VERY closely. Heck, even Iran, Venezuela, the Norks and others are watching. Also watching are those friendly to and/or dependent upon us - they're watching this AND how we are treating Israel.

This anti-American rank amateur is making Carter look like a decent President in comparison, and that takes some REAL effort.

42 posted on 05/12/2009 1:13:13 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Tyrant: "Spartans, lay down your weapons." Free man: "Persian, come and get them!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All things considered I’d say it’s time to ramp up our nuclear war program. We’re going to be needing those things sooner rather than later.


43 posted on 05/12/2009 1:13:21 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: MattAMiller

Well, on the bright side, Israel has nukes and will use them.


44 posted on 05/12/2009 1:13:39 PM PDT by Jewbacca (Yes, I am very hairy and good with small arms.)
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To: MattAMiller

All the more reason why we need missile defense — oh wait, Obama’s cutting back on that too — wouldn’t want the US to actually defend herself now, would we?


45 posted on 05/12/2009 1:16:18 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: F15Eagle
Unless we can get a court to look at that hidden Vault Birth Certificate AND it says he wasn’t born in this country, and therefore ineligible, we’re stuck with this clown for 3.5 years more, it appears.

I wouldn't mind at all if some disgruntled intelligence (or former intelligence) folks doing a black bag job and recovering the document in question (or at least scanning it). G. Gordo, do you have any extra time on your hands?

46 posted on 05/12/2009 1:16:56 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Tyrant: "Spartans, lay down your weapons." Free man: "Persian, come and get them!")
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To: F15Eagle
...we’re stuck with this clown for 3.5 years more, it appears. No Biblical reference intended there.

Yeah. It will just feel like 40 years.

47 posted on 05/12/2009 1:17:19 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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To: MattAMiller

Gates has become a shill for Obama anyway. I dont think there is anything Obama can do to run him off short of firing him.


48 posted on 05/12/2009 1:21:39 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: SoCalPol; rabscuttle385; djsherin; bamahead; murphE; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Captain Kirk; ...
This should make the anti war Paul, Baldwin & Sanford Libertarians on FR happy

You are a complete joke. So where is it you run to get your talking points from?
49 posted on 05/12/2009 1:24:07 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: randomhero97

Your talking points are the feeder.

Sad you can’t speak with out calling out the lemmings.


50 posted on 05/12/2009 1:27:29 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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