Friday, October 15, 2004

Nuclear Proliferation is the Single Most Serious Threat

Some of you may recall, from the first debate, this question:

Question 17
LEHRER: New question, two minutes, Senator Kerry.
If you are elected president, what will you take to that office thinking is the single most serious threat to the national security to the United States?
KERRY: Nuclear proliferation. Nuclear proliferation. There's some 600-plus tons of unsecured material still in the former Soviet Union and Russia. At the rate that the president is currently securing it, it'll take 13 years to get it. [...]

President Bush replied that he agreed, nuclear proliferation is the single greatest threat to our security. He tried to counter Mr. Kerry's accusations, that the current Administration has not done enough to combat this threat:

BUSH: [...] My administration started what's called the Proliferation Security Initiative. Over 60 nations involved with disrupting the trans-shipment of information and/or weapons of mass destruction materials. [...]

Sounds good. But one of the nation's leading experts on nuclear weapons, Dr. Richard Garwin, disagrees. The link takes you to Dr. Garwin's bio. Among his many accomplishments: "He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff and was in 1998 a Commissioner on the 9-person "Rumsfeld" Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States." On March 9, 2004, he gave a lecture on the subject of nuclear weapons testing. In the lecture, he stated:

President Bush had good words in his speech of February 12, 2004, on the "Proliferation Security Initiative" but there's no money, and therefore nothing is likely to get done.

Damn. Damn damn damn. "there's no money, and therefore nothing is likely to get done."

The Corpus Callosum does not like radiation. Neural tissue is very sensitive to radiation. Without brain cells, nothing is likely to get done.