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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:45 AM
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Fred Kaplan (Slate): Our Hidden WMD Program
The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years. This does not include his much-cherished missile-defense program, by the way. This is simply for the maintenance, modernization, development, and production of nuclear bombs and warheads.

Measured in "real dollars" (that is, adjusting for inflation), this year's spending on nuclear activities is equal to what Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the U.S.-Soviet standoff. It exceeds by over 50 percent the average annual sum ($4.2 billion) that the United States spentagain, in real dollarsthroughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War.

There is no nuclear arms race going on now. The world no longer offers many suitable nuclear targets. President Bush is trying to persuade other nationsespecially "rogue regimes"to forgo their nuclear ambitions. Yet he is shoveling money to U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories as if the Soviet Union still existed and the Cold War still raged.

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http://slate.msn.com/id/2099425 /

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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:19 AM
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1. And yet

Chimpy and the repugs killed the foreign aid bill that
provided a few hundred million to purchase and dismantle
a huge collection of tactical nukes the Russians have.
Talk about WMDs getting into the wrong hands!

Assholes.
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nodictators Donating Member (977 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 08:59 AM
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2. Are you ready for Armageddon?
Well, ready or not, Bu$h and Rummy and Cheney are preparing for the End Times.

Of course, they'll be in their nuke-proof bunkers, awaiting their Rapture.

Bu$h's fascination with nukes is the biggest reason for denying him a second term.


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