Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Build a Great Big Bomb Factory? Yes We Can

If nothing else in this tale from the asylum, the accompanying graphic gets it spot on. And I don't mean the slightly updated one on this page.

U.S. trims its nuclear arsenal while upgrading production

......The $85 billion upgrade of our bomb-making infrastructure in Kansas City with Honeywell and at other locations is occurring 50 years after President Dwight Eisenhower warned in his farewell address of the military-industrial complex and its “potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power.”

It’s also taking place two years after President Barack Obama told the world in a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, that the United States was committed to ridding itself of nuclear weapons.

“Today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” he said to the cheers of 20,000 people.....

There is a madness going on here that is.... that is.... nothing new I don't suppose.

.......U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, in explaining his vote on the Senate floor in December made no effort to make the deal sound anything but quid pro quo:

“I will vote to ratify the New START treaty with Russia because it leaves our country with enough nuclear warheads to blow any attacker to kingdom come and because the president has committed to an $85 billion, 10-year plan to make sure that those weapons work.” More Kansas City Star
Update here.

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