Robert Scheer warns readers to ponder the consequences of the use of atomic weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki as "Congress authorizes an expansion of the US nuclear program to better fight the war on terror by 'improving' the ultimate weapon of terror."
The 110th Congress has actually done a commendable job blocking Bush Administration requests for new nuclear weapons funding. The House Appropriations Committee denied the administration all of the funds it requested for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program. This prompted the secretaries of state, energy and defense to release a short paper desperately threatening a resumption of nuclear testing if RRW is not fully funded.
As the Administration pleads for a new generation of the weapons Scheer rightly deems "the ultimate terrorist weapon that presents a continuing and growing threat to the survival of human life on Earth," it is worth noting that the weapons the U.S. used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki had 15- and 20-kiloton yields, respectively. The first two RRW bombs would yield 100 and 475 kilotons. The memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are thus even more significant as policymakers decide on funding for RRW. Should the US ever build and use such weapons, the devastation would be unimaginable.
Aug 9 2007 - 10:05am