Skip to comments.Obama’s policies may spur nuclear proliferation
Posted on 05/06/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Washington There are three ways in which I believe recent decisions by the Obama administration are, unintentionally, actually fostering the proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than constraining them.
When judging the various policies President Obama has put forth in recent weeks to move toward zero nuclear weapons, we should bear in mind the old dictum of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: In order to understand the law you have to look at it from the perspective of a bad man.
First, the president and others have proposed to enhance nonproliferation by sequestering nuclear material into one international depository. The idea is that those who need enriched uranium for peaceful means can obtain it from this facility as needed if they promise not to continue down the path of making weapons-grade material. More advanced reactor design may someday lower the proliferation risk. But that is also a ways off.
We should not look at how the current nonproliferation regime would work through the eyes of, say, the Irish. Instead, we should look at it through the eyes of the governing powers in Iran and North Korea or like regimes who are inclined to secretly pursue weapons-grade material ..
The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as it currently exists grew out of President Eisenhowers Atoms for Peace program in the 1950s. It actually encourages countries that obtain nuclear reactors to produce electricity to also enrich uranium. The problem is that, if a country enriches uranium up to 3 percent, .. suitable for a reactor to generate electricity, it has done nearly three-quarters of the work needed to move along the road to 90 percent enrichment, which is .. required to make a bomb.
Once a country reaches that higher level of enrichment, the weapons are the relatively easy part. ..
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
R. James Woolsey is a former director of Central Intelligence. He was an adviser, delegate, and chief negotiator on four arms-control negotiations with the Soviet Union during the cold war.
>Obamas policies may spur nuclear proliferation
Sweet irony; Pr. “I hate nukes” is proliferating them.
The article makes plenty of sense, if you look at the world from the rational interest of the United States.
It also makes sense if you look at the world from a “US is evil, Marxist perspective. The difference is that many in the US with the Marxist perspective see a weak US as being a good thing.
That is the problem.
Lets see... He is not doing anything remotely serious nor effective to thwart the nuclear ambitions of states with questionable motives and stability such as North Korea and Iran. He’s actively encouraging Muslim middle eastern states to be hostile towards Israel. And to wrap it all up, he’s told the world the US has thousands of warheads, why can’t everyone have a couple dozen at least?
No doubt. The world looks at Team USA and sees that we entered a jackass in the big race.
I happen to find it rather odd that the author of the article doesn't mention Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Any particular reason or is that just something that pops into your head now and then?