Congressman Markey of Massachusetts, is leading an effort to cut $200 billion out of nuclear weapons program over the next 10 years.
The reason, it seems is a matter of priority spending in a time of severe deficit cuts.
The federal government plans to spend $700 billion dollars on new nuclear weapons systems over the next 10 years, even as it’s proposing to cut research for Alzheimer’s, for cancer research, for a diabetes cure, to take care of Medicare and Medicaid patients across our country.
“There is something fundamentally wrong about that. Congressman Markey and others seem to recognizes that”, says Don Hubbert, a retired Defense Department analyst living in Charlotte N.C., .
We already have enough nuclear weapons to destroy every major country on earth.
Enough is enough!
When you figure that the United States currently maintains an arsenal of 5,113 warheads, give or take a few hundred. (Not counting the 11 we have somehow misplaced -which is the number of U.S. nuclear bombs lost in accidents and never recovered, according to U.S. Department of Defense; Center for Defense Information; Greenpeace; “Lost Bombs,” Atwood-Keeney Productions, Inc., 1997).
And you subdivide that into how many countries on earth? Roughly speaking 193. (Based on the number of members of the United Nations (not counting the Vatican and Kosovo). The US could literally destroy each one many times over and still have nuclear weapons to spare. It is an insane amount. That is insane!
WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
It a matter of priorities according to Congressman Markey:
“The American people are not afraid that their family is going to get killed by a new nuclear weapon. They’re afraid that the killing that comes into their life comes from the terrorist that is the phone call from a doctor in the middle of the night that another member of their family has cancer, has diabetes, has Alzheimer’s, has Parkinson’s. That is the priority that we have to establish for our country. That’s why 65 of my colleagues are going to introduce this effort to cut $200 billion out of the nuclear weapons program over the next 10 years.”
When you think about it, Congressman Markey has a legitimate point.
In a time when we as a nation are as of October 14 2011 over $14,868,218,296,426.05 in debt, according to the Congressional record.
Markey makes the point, I think rather well, that we do not need more nuclear bombs right now.
We have enough nuclear weapons already. We do not need any more.
It is time we get our priorities straight in this country.
Charlotte, North Carolina