Thursday, June 15, 2006
"Shall we play a game?"
I had no idea we were developing a new generation of thermo-nuclear warheads, capable of wiping human-kind from the planet entirely....cool!
LOS ANGELES --AP-- The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are competing to design the nation's first new nuclear bomb in two decades.
Congress approved the new bomb, known as the reliable replacement warhead, with bipartisan support in 2005 as part of a defense spending bill. The weapon would, by law, have the same explosive power as existing warheads.
While I agree that we should have reliable weapons in our arsenal as a deterrent, it's kind of difficult, diplomatically and politically, to insist that North Korea, Iran and others abandon their nuclear ambitions while we update ours.
I know what you're thinking, "Ed, why are you drawing a moral equivalance between the U.S. and two of the three members of the axis of evil?" There's no moral equivalance in my take: the U.S. is good, and those other guys are evil...there's a big difference between us. We would only use our weapons defensively, or at worst pre-emptorily against a clear and present danger, but North Korea and Iran very well might use theirs offensively. That's the difference between the good guys and the bad guys when you're talking about nuclear weapons possession. I'm just making the diplomatic argument, that when we are in the middle of delicate negotiations with the Iranian madman to abandon his country's nuclear weapons program, we might want to downplay building ours up.
Trivia quiz: Who can name the movie, the character's name, and the 'game' referred to in the title of this post?