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Obama’s policies may spur nuclear proliferation
CSM on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/10 | R. James Woolsey

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 Eisenhower’s “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 ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: npt; nuclear; obama; policies; proliferation; spur; wot

1 posted on 05/06/2010 7:41:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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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.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 7:43:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let's not forget that when Bush took on Iraq, Libya immediately gave up their nuclear weapons program!


3 posted on 05/06/2010 7:44:00 PM PDT by avacado
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>Obama’s policies may spur nuclear proliferation

Sweet irony; Pr. “I hate nukes” is proliferating them.


4 posted on 05/06/2010 8:16:47 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


5 posted on 05/06/2010 8:26:11 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: NormsRevenge

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?


6 posted on 05/06/2010 8:34:15 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: NormsRevenge
There is one thing that Osama bin Laden has said that is right: When people look at a strong horse and a weak horse, they like the strong horse better.

No doubt. The world looks at Team USA and sees that we entered a jackass in the big race.

7 posted on 05/06/2010 10:05:37 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: NormsRevenge
R. James Woolsey is a former director of Central Intelligence....

I happen to find it rather odd that the author of the article doesn't mention Abdul Qadeer Khan.

8 posted on 05/06/2010 10:09:59 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: LjubivojeRadosavljevic

Any particular reason or is that just something that pops into your head now and then?


9 posted on 05/06/2010 10:12:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: marktwain
I think the birchers may have been right about Eisenhower.
10 posted on 05/07/2010 1:08:41 PM PDT by cowboyusa
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