One little, two little, three little nukes...four little, five little, six little nukes...
I wonder how many North Korean nuclear weapons we will have to discover in order for this Administration to conclude we can no longer continue to preach nuclear temperance from a barstool. The Bush approach to non-proliferation has become a dangerous policy pretzel: demand UN inspections, ridicule UN inspections, invade the countries with no weapons, and demand that others forswear nukes while we build a new generation of new nukes. Meanwhile, today the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced its estimates that North Korea has close to six nuclear weapons.
While President Bush is off in Moscow, the leaders of the world are gathering in New York, for the United Nations Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to formulate policy on what Vice President Dick Cheney identified on the campaign trail as "the most serious threat facing our nation" -- a nuclear weapon detonating in the middle of one of our cities. It is a rare moment when I concur with the Vice President, but he is speaking the absolute truth about how dangerous nuclear threats are.
Today, I will join Hans Blix at the United Nations for a discussion on the need to balance disarmament and non-proliferation. The real “nuclear option” that threatens our national security is not the one being debated in the Senate – this nuclear option will end in a devastating plume of smoke over our cities. The weekly threats from North Korea and Iran continue to be swept under the rug.
I am not alone. 134 Congressmen (Democrats and Republicans) share my concern about the direction of our nuclear policy. Today these members signed letters to the House Armed Services Committee and House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee calling for the immediate cancellation of the Bush Administration’s proposed nuclear bunker warhead, also known as the “Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator” or RNEP. We are concerned at the adverse impact of the nuclear bunker buster on America’s credibility to lead on nuclear nonproliferation with North Korea and around the world.
I will blog more after I meet Hans Blix to discuss a sensible plan for addressing this serious nuclear threat that we are facing.