U.S. Plans to Spend $1 Trillion on New Nukes
March 23, 2016
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From Bill Moyers web site – Isn’t it rather odd that America’s largest single public expenditure scheduled for the coming decades has received no attention in the 2015-2016 presidential debates? The expenditure is for a 30-year program to “modernize” the US nuclear arsenal and production facilities.
Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment to build a nuclear weapons-free world, that commitment has long ago dwindled and died. It has been replaced by an administration plan to build a new generation of US nuclear weapons and nuclear production facilities to last the nation well into the second half of the 21st century. This plan, which has received almost no attention by the mass media, includes redesigned nuclear warheads, as well as new nuclear bombers, submarines, land-based missiles, weapons labs and production plants.
The estimated cost? $1,000,000,000,000.00 — or, for those readers unfamiliar with such lofty figures, $1 trillion.
Critics charge that the expenditure of this staggering sum will either bankrupt the country or, at the least, require massive cutbacks in funding for other federal government programs. “We’re… wondering how the heck we’re going to pay for it,” admitted Brian McKeon, an undersecretary of defense. And we’re “probably thanking our stars we won’t be here to have to have to answer the question,” he added with a chuckle.
How do the presidential candidates stand on this insane proposal?
Donald Trump – “Our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work.” Ted Cruz – “We need to be prepared to defend ourselves.” Hillary Clinton – “It doesn’t make sense to me.” Bernie Sanders – He’s called for cuts in spending on nuclear weapons.