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Emmons writes: "While President Obama called for a 'moral awakening' in Hiroshima and restated his ambition for a nuclear-weapon free future, back in Washington, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., criticized him for moving forward with a costly plan to renovate the U.S. nuclear arsenal."

Senator Ed Markey. (photo: Kit Noble)
Senator Ed Markey. (photo: Kit Noble)


Senator Ed Markey Scolds Obama for Preaching 'Nuclear Temperance From a Bar Stool'

By Alex Emmons, The Intercept

31 May 16

 

hile President Obama called for a “moral awakening” in Hiroshima and restated his ambition for a nuclear-weapon free future, back in Washington, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., criticized him for moving forward with a costly plan to renovate the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

“The U.S. cannot preach nuclear temperance from a bar stool,” Markey wrote in a Boston Globe opinion piece.

Obama’s Hiroshima speech was reminiscent of the one he gave in Prague, only three months into his presidency, when he announced that he would “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

In 2010, he negotiated a treaty that limited the U.S. and Russia to 1,550 deployed, strategic nuclear weapons each.

But that was as far as he would go. Obama is set to maintain the U.S. arsenal of 1,528 deployed warheads — almost half of which are on 30-minute alert — despite a 2013 White House assessment that he could safely reduce the U.S. arsenal by a third.

Obama is also pushing for a $1 trillion effort to replace the U.S.’s entire stock of long-range strike bombers, cruise missiles, nuclear submarines, and land-based missiles – which experts have said is sure to cause an arms race.

Markey attacked the modernization program on the Senate floor on Thursday. “The United States must take the lead,” Markey said, “instead of wasting billions of dollars on dangerous new nuclear weapons that do nothing to keep our nation safe.”

Markey also promoted a measure he introduced to delay the procurement of the new nuclear cruise missile, which he called a destabilizing and “dangerous new weapon.”

Erica Fein, nuclear policy expert with Women’s Action for New Directions, said it was courageous for Markey to “call out [his] party leader, something only a handful of other Democrats have been willing to do on this topic.”

Last month, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee lined up to kill a measure that would require the Congressional Budget Office to simply estimate the modernization’s cost over three decades.

But last week, at an event at the Brookings Institution, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., broke ranks with his own party, calling the new generation of submarines “very, very, very expensive” and questioning, “Do we even need the entire Triad given this situation?”

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+21 # guomashi 2016-05-31 14:49
Obama's strategy is identical to Reagan's.
Reagan rambled on and on about a nuclear free world, while increasing armaments.

Reagan even offered (initially) to share the missile defense shield with the Soviets. We all see how far that duplicitous ploy went in real life.
 
 
+30 # jimallyn 2016-05-31 23:09
Obama has a habit of saying one thing and doing something else. We should completely eliminate nuclear weapons, not develop new ones. Nukes are insanity.
 
 
+7 # indian weaver 2016-06-01 06:05
Anyone who believes a word Obama says is uninformed as to his history of lies and deceit, during his entire presidency from Day 1.
 
 
-1 # Femihumanist 2016-06-01 18:50
Quoting indian weaver:
Anyone who believes a word Obama says is uninformed as to his history of lies and deceit, during his entire presidency from Day 1.


I'd love to see a tally of Obama's statements that promised progressive actions and whether or not he lies more than he tells the truth.

I hope he starts making Donald Trump- style statements. We might have 6 good months.

He won a Nobel Peace Prize for oratory, not for actions or even opinions.
 
 
+12 # Blackjack 2016-06-01 07:34
You can see where this is headed. Obama is setting the stage for HRC to continue the nuclur insanity. She will do it quickly and gladly. We need more brave souls like Markey who will not kowtow to the power of the presidency. We have all learned by now how duplicitous Obama is . . .HRC will be a rerun.
 
 
-20 # WaaDoo 2016-06-01 08:56
My Dear Leftist "Person-citizen s" (using that term since it's politically incorrect to be sexist with "fellow-citizens):

Can't you see the inconsistency and lack of logic in "der Leader" in the White House? He calls for nuclear free world....begins to weaken the US nuclear strength, and all the while has been lying through his teeth and Ben Rhodes in order to give Iran a path to nuclear dominance in the Middle East !!

OK, he is intelligent - not stupid
OK he is experienced now....not a novice
OK he may even be competent....

THEREFORE: HIS actions are pre-meditated, planned, and most likely under control of Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian personnel surrounding him.

Don't you see it ??
 
 
+4 # jimbeama 2016-06-01 14:24
Non-sense
 
 
+3 # Karlus58 2016-06-01 14:26
The Kooks amongst us! Good grief!
 

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