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The Bush administration announced yesterday the winner of a competition to design the nation’s first new nuclear weapon in nearly two decades and immediately set out to reassure Russia and China that the weapon, if built, would pose no new threat to either nation.
Originally posted by ShAuNmAn-X
Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't we being just the slightest bit hypocritical here?
Almost all countries in the world, including the United States, have signed up to the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). This treaty obliges all countries to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Instead, George W. Bush is pushing for the development of new nuclear weapons, refuses to take even small steps towards nuclear disarmament, and shares his nuclear weapons with NATO allies (this sharing of nuclear weapons is also banned under the NPT).
The United States currently has the world's largest nuclear weapons force, almost with an estimated stockpile of almost 10,000 weapons. Each of these nuclear weapons could kill many thousands of people, and cause huge environmental destruction.
Fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, the United States continues to spend billions of dollars annually to maintain and upgrade its nuclear forces. It has nuclear weapons on land, in the air and under the sea.
It is also the only country to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of other countries, under the NATO nuclear sharing agreement.
Not a day goes by without a member of team Bush lecturing us on the threat from weapons of mass destruction and assuring us of the absolute primacy they give to halting proliferation. How odd then that the review conference on the non-proliferation treaty will break up this evening, barring an 11th-hour miracle, with no agreed conclusions. And how strange that no delegation should have worked harder to frustrate agreement on what needs to be done than the representatives of George Bush.