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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:15 PM
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Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President

WASHINGTON President Bush today signed the Lugar-Obama proliferation and threat reduction initiative into law.

Authored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department's ability to detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction.

"The United States should do more to eliminate conventional weapons stockpiles and assist other nations in detecting and interdicting weapons of mass destruction. We believe that these functions are underfunded, fragmented and in need of high-level support," said Lugar, Republican leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The Lugar-Obama initiative will help other nations find and eliminate conventional weapons that have been used against our own soldiers in Iraq and sought by terrorists all over the world," said Obama. "The Nunn-Lugar program has effectively disposed of thousands of weapons of mass destruction, but we must do far more to keep deadly conventional weapons like anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of terrorists."

"We want to ensure that our government has the capacity to deal quickly with vulnerable stockpiles of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, otherwise known as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS). Such weapons could be used by terrorists to attack commercial airliners, military installations and government facilities here at home and abroad. Al Qaeda reportedly has attempted to acquire MANPADS on a number of occasions," said Lugar.

The Lugar-Obama initiative would energize the U.S. program against unsecured, lightweight anti-aircraft missiles and other conventional weapons. There may be as many as 750,000 man-portable air defense systems in arsenals worldwide, and the State Department estimates that more than 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by such weapons since the 1970s. In addition, loose stocks of small arms and other weapons help fuel civil wars in Africa and elsewhere and provide the means for attacks on peacekeepers and aid workers seeking to stabilize war-torn societies. In Iraq, unsecured stockpiles of artillery shells and ammunition have been reconfigured into improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that have become an effective weapon for insurgents.

"Lugar-Obama would also strengthen the ability of America's allies to detect and interdict illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, a critical step in securing these weapons before they ever fall into the hands of terrorists that has not been a focus of current anti-terrorism efforts," Obama said.

Lugar and Obama traveled together to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan in August 2005 to oversee a number of Nunn-Lugar projects. In Ukraine they saw a conventional weapons facility that is typical of the focus of the new legislation.

The Lugar-Obama initiative is modeled after the Nunn-Lugar program that focuses on weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) authored the program in 1991. It has provided U.S. funding and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and delivery systems. Among many accomplishments, the program has deactivated 7,000 nuclear warheads and reemployed 58,000 scientists in peaceful research. Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan are nuclear weapons free as a result of cooperative efforts under the Nunn-Lugar program. They otherwise would be the world's the third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear weapons powers, respectively.

http://obama.senate.gov/press/070111-lugar-obama_non

http://lugar.senate.gov/nunnlugar
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:16 PM
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1. Yep. A great accomplishment by Obama.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:17 PM
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2. Oh, so now Obama's associating with Superman's arch-nemesis?
This is as bad as when he associated with McClellan in his bid against the Lincoln presidency.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:52 PM
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13. Well, after all, LIncoln WAS a Republican.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 05:30 PM
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17. What are you talking about?
This is a serious bill - remember the first Kerry/Bush debate when both were asked of their view on the greatest danger facing America - they both answered unsecured nuclear material. This deals with that.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:18 PM
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3. w00t
:)
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Araxen Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:26 PM
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4. Bipartisan bill too!
Nice work Barack and Lugar! =)
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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:28 PM
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5. Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan don't count
Only big states like Russia count
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:29 PM
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6. uummmm, they had nukes there....
Those nukes didnt work there?

:shrug:
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Blue State Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:33 PM
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7. Guess this won't count.
Marked and rec'd
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doodadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:42 PM
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8. This would have been good to know last night...
Anyone else see Tweety whacking on the Obama representative? He was quite belligerant in asking, "Can you name one accomplishment of Obama's in the senate"? The poor man couldn't do it, and had to fumble.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:44 PM
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10. yes, I found this because Randi was talking about that with Brent Budowsky
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:43 PM
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9. That was a great Accomplishment
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:49 PM
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11. Quick, tell Chris Matthews!
Edited on Wed Feb-20-08 04:51 PM by damntexdem
;-)

And the NRA should be happy, because Obama did it with a Lugar.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:49 PM
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12. Why Do You Hate Empty Suits??
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Ivote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 04:54 PM
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14. All Votes For 110 Congress Obama
Yes
No
Present
Did Not Vote
Voted Against Democrats- With Republicans
http://obama.senate.gov/votes/
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HeraldSquare212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 05:18 PM
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15. In one of the 2004 debates, both Kerry and Bush called nuclear proliferation the greatest threat to
the US. (Remember Bush's face when the moderator asked him the question, after Kerry had answered it? He seemed dumbstruck and then just parroted Kerry, adding "in the hands of terrorists.")
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 05:24 PM
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16. I do recall Kerry bringing it up in a debate
And Bush didnt do much with it and it went away as an issue.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 05:56 PM
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18. Obama should have given Sam Nunn his props...
'Nunn and Lugar are co-authors of the 1991 Cooperative Threat Reduction Act, which is designed to provide financial assistance to accelerate the collection and dismantlement of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.' http://www.fas.org/news/russia/1996/6296270-6300949.htm
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:02 PM
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19. What leads you to believe he didn't?
I'm sure he gives Sen. Nunn plenty of props.

:shrug:

NGU.


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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:06 PM
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20. Did you read the piece as copy/pasted?
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:30 PM
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23. Yes. Where in it does Sen. Obama fail to give Sen. Nunn credit?
NGU.


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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:44 PM
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24. It is an even more practical matter than that i.e. at the Obama site...
Edited on Wed Feb-20-08 07:08 PM by bridgit
one sees straight away several "Lugar-Obama's", in fact they lead several paragraphs. And for many Obama supporters that is enough, they are satiated. Nough said/Case closed. Perhaps in response to all this "what has Obama accomplished" nonsense, that's all they need to know: that Obama has done something. Further...

Yes, Nunn is mentioned at Obama's site, and that's all groovy tuesday; but at Lugar's site, as a mere for instance, one sees not only Nunn's name, but several links that reference the long work that *both* Lugar & Nunn put into these/their/our efforts in nuclear nonproliferation for years & years now. Not a squishy, moist, bean-bag issue. But big stuff!

Perhaps as many feel Godzillary should have done such & so forth; I would have preferred Obama take a wonderful opportunity to say a few *extra* words regarding a respected, longstanding Dem thinker on matters of national security.

Nough said/Case closed period
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 10:04 PM
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26. Better save that one for the middle of the seventh inning.
:rofl:

NGU.


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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 10:31 PM
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27. Nough said/Case closed period, either way it is referred to as: attribution...
I didn't bring up issues of plagiarism/attribution however far fetched he's the lawyer he knows what he's doing. I didn't care/don't care if he shook/shakes, or will shake what's her name's hand; she has her own issues of hoity-toity to contend with, in fact they both do. I haven't fainted with the vapors at several of his gatherings requiring 'the bottled water of great hospice' from the stage. I know that it can take many little pieces before a puzzle comes together for some people forming a gestalt in the mind, a pattern. That's not just my opinion. To a huge extent, that's the way it is. Believe what you want, but I know this too:

When shopping for a piece of legislation, an issue to become aligned with, nuclear nonproliferation is a very smart buy :thumbsup:

Look, you guy's guy has a very real chance to get where he needs to be. I would think that many of you could start to lighten up, and see some issues & matters as plainly as some others do. I would council against being so brittle. It can't be good for your vascular system in the long run.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:23 PM
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21. just shot me now
:banghead:
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:25 PM
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22. you mean shoot you now...
:)
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Blarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-08 06:45 PM
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25. Thanks for the links.
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