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U.S. considers sharp cuts to nuclear force
Posted on 02/15/2012 11:58:54 AM PST by kronos77
(AP) WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned.
Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons.
No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic nuclear weapons cutting to around 1,000 to 1,100, 700 to 800, or 300 to 400, according to a former government official and a congressional staffer. Both spoke on condition of anonymity in order to reveal internal administration deliberations.
The potential cuts would be from a current treaty limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads.
A level of 300 deployed strategic nuclear weapons would take the U.S. back to levels not seen since 1950 when the nation was ramping up production in an arms race with the Soviet Union. The U.S. numbers peaked at above 12,000 in the late 1980s and first dropped below 5,000 in 2003.
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: army; civilwar2; military; nuclear; obama; sourcetitlenoturl
posted on 02/15/2012 11:58:58 AM PST
When deterrence falls, so do nations. This is suicide. There are no procurements for new nuclear weapons to replace our aging stockpile. Yet, Russia and China are gladly investing in the R&D for new designs to kill us eventually.
China doesn't need to invest much in R&D; the Clintons gave them the plans for the low, low cost of some campaign and library donations.
posted on 02/15/2012 12:12:36 PM PST
( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
How much damage can this administration do in the 10 months they have left? Sounds like it could be a LOT!
posted on 02/15/2012 12:12:36 PM PST
("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
I suspect it’s going to be a lot longer than 10 months. We aren’t going to have a candidate that can beat him.
posted on 02/15/2012 12:18:02 PM PST
I should have added, “unfortunately”.
posted on 02/15/2012 12:18:50 PM PST
Maybe Obama thinks that this is a just way for the US to assume its place in the peanut gallery of the world’s nations. Trouble is, there are a lot of countries that would probably like to settle some scores with the US.
posted on 02/15/2012 12:20:36 PM PST
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posted on 02/15/2012 12:29:46 PM PST
by DJ MacWoW
(America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
Obama has already reduced deployed warheads by 70%
with the New START (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) (Russian: СНВ-III, SNV-III). New START was signed on 8 April 2010 in Prague and entered into force on 5 February 2011.
So this new reduction is 80% of the remaining 30%. Reagan taught 'Peace through strength'; Progressives/Obama practice 'Peace through capitulation'.
posted on 02/15/2012 12:33:16 PM PST
(Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
posted on 02/15/2012 1:15:49 PM PST
(Pro Deo et Patria)
Not smart. If you don't have enough weapons to wipe out their ability to launch on you, you're going to be taking lots of hits on your territory. This is unilateral disarmament. Reducing us to fewer warheads than China and 20% of what the Russians have. All that is required is a little cooperation between those two to empty our resources and leave us totally exposed. Stupid.
posted on 02/15/2012 1:19:47 PM PST
I’m sure everything will turn out just fine.
The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons,
Mr. President, since you are considering reducing our nuclear force, which protects us, by up to 80% will you also at the same time consider reducing your personal and family's security detail by the same percentage???
If not, why not?
Is your family's security more important than mine? If so, why?
posted on 02/15/2012 2:28:06 PM PST
(Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
I have yet to see a coherent rationale for this.
posted on 02/15/2012 3:18:48 PM PST
(The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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