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Old 05-16-2013, 10:29 AM
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Obama to Announce Major US Nuclear Force Cuts Soon

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President Barack Obama is set to announce a new round of strategic nuclear warhead reductions in the near future as part of a disarmament agenda that could reduce U.S. strategic warheads to as few as 1,000 weapons.

The next round of U.S.-Russian arms talks would follow Obama's expected announcement that the United States' arsenal of strategic warheads can be reduced unilaterally to around 1,000 warheads. That position is expected as part of the Pentagon's long-delayed Nuclear Posture Review implementation study that Obama was expected to sign earlier this year.

Recent press reports have indicated that President Obama may make the cuts -- fully one-third of the nation's arsenal -- by executive action and without Congressional authorization.

Specialists on nuclear deterrence say further cuts beyond the 1,550 deployed warheads mandated by the 2010 New START arms treaty could undermine the United States' ability to deter nuclear powers like Russia and China, who have significant modernization programs for their nuclear arsenals underway.

Further cuts also are likely to embolden other non-nuclear states, including Japan, to consider building their own nuclear arsenals, analysts say.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said the administration is seeking to unilaterally disarm U.S. nuclear forces, something that is "the most dangerous thing I have ever seen an American president attempt to do."

"This is not the time to embark on such a dangerous path, with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasing their nuclear forces," he said.
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First of all, I think the Congress should decide.

Second of all, if there is nucks reduction, it should involve all the major players on the negociation table to make a treaty.

Unilateral disarment is a very dangerous decision.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:44 AM
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This one seems like a non-starter to me.
1000 warheads?
Does it really matter if the US can only destroy each target 6 times instead of 10?
Would the ability to destroy Moscow 10 times instead of 6 really mean the difference between "winning" a mutual exchange of nuclear weapons and losing?
I think not.
I submit that we will all lose, even if the US has half the nuclear weapons as their nearest foe.

A gesture to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world is probably exactly what we need.
 
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This one seems like a non-starter to me.
1000 warheads?
Does it really matter if the US can only destroy each target 6 times instead of 10?
Would the ability to destroy Moscow 10 times instead of 6 really mean the difference between "winning" a mutual exchange of nuclear weapons and losing?
I think not.
I submit that we will all lose, even if the US has half the nuclear weapons as their nearest foe.

A gesture to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world is probably exactly what we need.
I guess the question to ask is this: Does it matter to slash 1/3 of the US nuclear arsenal when some others are increasing their stockpile?

Nuclear weaponry is a best way to destroy the entire humanity, perhaps it will be smarter to talk each others and to reduce progressively the respective nuclear arsenal stockpiles.

IMO there are much better projects for the humanity than building nuclear weapons.
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It's a game of intimidation, to show how strong and rich a country is to produce and maintain and upgrade and replace x amount. Removing a third of the arsenal does not weaken the country at all, it's just a gesture and shows strength actually - the confidence that even with this major reduction we're not afraid.
 
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