Tuesday, June 2, 2009
"A bipartisan Congressional commission on US nuclear strategy released its report last week, and it deserved more attention than it got. It delivered a candid message that not many want to hear: We're a long way from a nuclear-free world. ... [T]he US must maintain its triad of nuclear-delivery systems--bombers, missilies and submarines--a course of action that will require some 'difficult investment choices.' It also calls for modernization of the US nuclear stockpile and the 'transformation' of the aging physical and intellectual capital of the national nuclear laboratories. ... The commisison warns that 'we may be close to a tipping point,' as more countries seek to go nuclear, in part because they may not have confidence in the reliability of US nuclear weapons or that the US would be willing to use them. ... The commission's recommendations provide a welcome dose of nuclear realism. The Administration and Congress ignore them at the nation's peril", my emphasis, Editorial at the WSJ, 13 May 2009.
I agree with the WSJ. We sit here while our "nuclear bananas" rot, see my 3 December 2008 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/12/nuclear-bananas.html.