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Obama Releasing Nuke Arsenal Secrets

From an elated New York Times:

U.S. Releasing Nuclear Data on Its Arsenal


May 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday will release long-classified statistics about the total size of America’s nuclear arsenal, part of an effort to make the case that the country is honoring its treaty commitments to shrink its inventory of weapons significantly, senior administration officials said Sunday.

The American initiative will be cast by the White House as a small but significant step toward allowing the world to measure whether President Obama makes good on his promise of reducing American reliance on nuclear defenses.

In other words, this is all being done just for show. And it is all about saving face for Mr. Obama.

Obviously, there was never any good reason to keep the size of our nuclear arsenal secret.

The commitment to make the figures public will be included in a speech that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver at the opening of a United Nations conference reviewing progress on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Mrs. Clinton will also announce new funds for the International Atomic Energy Agency.

How wonderful. Look at all the great work the IAEA has done over the years. Certainly they should be rewarded with even more money.

For years, American intelligence officials have objected to publishing quantitative descriptions of the American nuclear arsenal, concerned that the figures might help terrorist groups calculate the minimum nuclear fuel needed for a weapon. But administration officials said reputable Web sites that track such issues have long noted that American weapons designers need an average of around 4 kilograms of plutonium, or 8.8 pounds.

We strongly suspect that the objections to publishing this information go far beyond just giving terrorists a rule of thumb for calculating nuclear fuel needed for weapons.

But this is all part of the pretense that the only enemies that United States has nowadays — are terrorists.

“It became clear there was a way to get the transparency without revealing any state secrets,” a senior administration official said, declining to speak on the record because the numbers had not yet been declassified.

Sure there is. And all of the previous national defense experts over the last 60 years were obviously wrong to keep such things secret.

Still, wouldn’t you like to know who is actually making this determination? Is it Mr. Obama? Or maybe it’s Eric Holder?

As we have previously noted, Mr. Holder has been put in charge of deciding what is and what isn’t a ‘state secret.’ And, after all, who can doubt his credentials on matters of national security?

The numbers will combine three categories of weapons: deployed, in “active reserve” and in inactive storage. They exclude weapons designated for decommissioning. The United States and Russia have already revealed the number of deployed strategic weapons they possess.

Does anyone honestly believe any such numbers coming from the Soviet Union Russia?

Britain and France have recently revealed details of their stockpiles.

China has said little. India, Pakistan and Israel — which have all refused to sign the treaty — have not revealed numbers.

Neither have North Korea or Iran, come to think of it.

But surely our sterling example will shame them into doing so very soon.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama Releasing Nuke Arsenal Secrets”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Our Obama, he’s such good people. He doesn’t mean anyone one (non-American) any harm. I get warm fuzzies just thinkin’ about how nice Obama is.

    Ain’t it great?

  2. canary says:

    Clinton says Iran violating key nuclear treaty
    (AP) – May 2 2010

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it’s clear that Iran is in violation of a treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

    The U.N. is holding a conference this coming week on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd), is expected to address delegates…

    Clinton tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his trip is an effort to divert attention and confuse people about Iran’s violation of the treaty.


    Which leads us to the question after all that is Obama and Clinton allowing
    Ahmahmadman to NYC again.

    AP: Actions without reactions
    By EPHRAIM ASCULAI 03/05/2010

    Iran and Syria will take their place at the Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting as if they are members in good standing. The five-year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference begins its four-week deliberations in New York today.

    …, the fact that Syria prevents the International Atomic Energy Agency from inspecting the Al-Kibar site, especially after indications were found that it was the site of a nuclear reactor under construction. Syria’s refusal to allow the IAEA to inspect additional sites suspected of being connected to a nuclear project only aggravates the suspicions that Syria was developing nuclear weapons.

    Meanwhile, much evidence was accumulating on the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Moreover, the uncovering of the concealed Fordow hillside small enrichment plant provided, in the view of many, the “smoking gun” needed to prove Iran’s true intentions – to achieve a military nuclear capability. This, together with its otherwise inexplicable considerable missile-development program made the specter of a nuclear Iran only more realistic.

    AND YET, Iran, and Syria, will take their place at the NPT meeting as if nothing happened, as they consider themselves to be members of the NPT in good standing. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will receive a visa to enter the US for the purpose of attending the review conference. Standing at the rostrum, he will be able to utter his usual invective against the US and Israel, …

    There can be no doubt that Iran misused the NPT to obtain know-how, technologies and materials, in addition to those obtained clandestinely from Pakistan and other countries.

    It was found, both by the IAEA and the Security Council, to have been in breach of its NPT obligations. It took all actions needed to show the world that it was determined to go on, unhindered, with its nuclear development program.

    The writer is a senior research associate at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.

    It’s that bad boy crush Obama has on Ahmadman that let’s him keep coming to NY.

  3. GL0120 says:

    He’s simply following through on his campaign rhetoric that he doesn’t see the United States as exceptional.
    By opening the vault doors that guard our nuclear secrets, he can make certain that the United States has no advantage over any other country.
    With Holder in charge of determining what is or isn’t a secret, you can be sure that American exceptionalism will come to a screeching halt.

  4. proreason says:

    Our little boy king….busy as a beaver showing the world what leadership really is.

  5. Right of the People says:

    This is sedation at the very least and probably treason and grounds for impeachment.

    Of course I’m willing to bet he nor the majority of his minions haven’t passed their security background checks yet. In fact they probably haven’t even filed the paperwork yet. The same thing happened with Slick Willies administration. There were people who were privy to highly sensitive material and were making national security decisions who didn’t have a security clearance.

    Best case scenario: The Republicans/Conservatives take both the house and senate this fall and actually have enough strong people to impeach the SOB.

  6. GL0120 says:

    Our little boy king couldn’t lead Lemmings off a cliff.

  7. BillK says:

    There is simply nothing that this man won’t give up in the name of building a Kumbaya legacy for himself.

    I’m shocked he didn’t also release a detailed map showing where each of the 5,113 weapons is located.

  8. canary says:

    Obama sets precedence in transparency; historically shouts to the world all of U.S. secrets .

    AP: US says it has 5,113 nuclear warheads
    By Anne Gearan May 3 2010

    WASHINGTON – The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and “several thousand” more retired warheads awaiting the junkpile, the Pentagon said Monday in an unprecedented accounting of a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War and now shrinking rapidly.

    The Obama administration disclosed the size of its atomic stockpile going back to 1962 as part of a campaign to get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming, and to improve its bargaining position against the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

    “We think it is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters

    The U.S. has previously regarded such details as top secret.

    The import of the announcement is the precedent it sets, Kristensen said.

    “The important part is that the U.S. is no longer going to keep other countries in the dark,” he said.

    Clinton said the disclosure of numbers the general public has never seen “builds confidence” that the Obama administration is serious about stopping the spread of atomic weapons and reducing their numbers.

    …released Monday includes deployed weapons, which are those more or less ready to launch, and reserve weapons. ..

    Whether to reveal the full total, including those thousands of nearly dead warheads, was debated within the Obama administration. Keeping those weapons out of the figure released Monday represented a partial concession to intelligence agency officials and others who argued national security could be harmed by laying the entire nuclear arsenal bare.

    Exposure of once-classified totals for U.S. deployed and reserve nuclear weapons is intended to nudge nations such as China, which has revealed little about its nuclear stockpile.

    “You can’t get anywhere toward disarmament unless you’re going to be transparent about how many weapons you have,” said Sharon Squassoni, a nuclear policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    The U.S. revelations are calculated to improve Washington’s bargaining power with Iran’s allies and friends for the drive to head off what the West charges is a covert Iranian program to build a bomb.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad spoke ahead of Clinton at the conference, denouncing U.S. efforts to pressure his regime to abandon its nuclear program. ..

    Eds: AP Anne Flaherty and Robert Burns in Washington and Matthew Lee at the United Nations contributed to this report.

  9. canary says:

    Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s demands U.S. tell, Obama gives him the goods. (video Ahmadinejad’s speech 1 U.S. rep walks out, with other countries)
    note Ahmadman has Obama’s finger pointing down to a tee.

    AP: U.S. rep. walks out on Iran pres. speech to U.N.
    May 3 2010
    Representatives from several countries, including the U.S., walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech to the U.N. in New York. He called for a review of their nuclear programs…


  10. AcornsRNutz says:

    To paraphrase Sarah Connor from a loony bin in T2, the day is coming that “anyone not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day, get it?”

    Funny, in the movie she was a wacky right wing paramilitary gun nut convinced nuclear war was imminent. As it also happened, she was right.

    “But this is all part of the pretense that the only enemies that United States has nowadays — are terrorists.”

    UNfortunately, I have to blame the Bush admin for this one. They were complicit in this myth in the fact that they refused to stand up for their actions overseas or push far enough into enemy territory. However, as with all of Bush’s mistakes, Obama has taken it 1000 times further by now pretending the only “terror” threats are white middle aged american conservatives and this stange rash of “unrelated” muslim “extremists”.

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