Monday, June 11, 2012

Nuclear Insanity in the US House

Nuclear Time Warp. The New York Times
Published: June 10, 2012

Majia here. The New York Times editorial is very clearly stated. The House Pentagon Authorization bill budgets $642 billion and includes more than $1 billion in nuclear-related spending. The New  York Times identifies some of the absurd aspects of the bill:

¶The 2010 New Start pact commits Washington and Moscow to cut their deployed strategic weapons from 2,200 to 1,550 by 2018. One provision in the bill would halt reductions if the president, or any successor, failed to meet Mr. Obama’s promise to spend $88 billion to upgrade the nuclear labs and $125 billion over 10 years to replace aging bombers, submarines and land-based missiles....

¶The bill would bar reduction, consolidation or withdrawal of tactical weapons in Europe ...

¶It contains $160 million to build a new plutonium plant in New Mexico to make new cores for weapons...

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