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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:57 PM
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Nuclear weapons decision awaits Obama
December 8, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. One of the most important national security decision facing President-elect Barack Obama will unfold in this remote valley of aging factories, where workers enriched uranium for the first atomic bomb of World War II.

The site is a linchpin in a hotly contested Bush administration plan to build the first new U.S. warheads since end of the Cold War. Now, following Congress' demand that decisions on new warheads be deferred until an assessment of U.S. nuclear weapons needs is finished next year, the issue is set to come to a head early in Obama's presidency.

The outcome will determine whether Oak Ridge focuses on maintaining existing warheads and storing uranium from weapons pulled out of a shrinking arsenal or whether it becomes a cornerstone in a new production enterprise. But the implications go far beyond Oak Ridge and the seven other research and manufacturing compounds nationwide that comprise the nation's nuclear weapons production complex.

"This is not just as a decision about the future of U.S. nuclear weapons, but about how the United States will address the challenges of nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation and our entire 21st century nuclear strategy," says Clark Murdock, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"These challenges have been maturing for some time, and the Obama administration is going to have to deal with them," adds Murdock, a former staffer for the Pentagon and Congress.

During the campaign Obama said he seeks "a world without nuclear weapons," while also saying the nation must "always maintain a strong (nuclear) deterrent as long as nuclear weapons exist."

read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2008-12-08-obaman...


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WHEN CRABS ROAR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:12 PM
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1. The short answer is that the world needs to destroy all nuclear
weapons, they must never be used again, no country has the right to use them.
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ben_meyers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:28 PM
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3. OK, you go first.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:36 PM
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4. that's the idea
leadership
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:12 PM
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2. would be nice if there were some..
competent people guarding our nuclear facilities.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Wackenhut_Co...
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