Obama's Nuclear Promise

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Obama's "New" Nuclear Policy:
Change We Can Bereave In
by Mickey Z.
The Pope of Hope is at it again...this time, proclaiming his distaste for nuclear destruction. In what The New York Times calls (without irony) a “sharp shift,” President Obama (says the Times) has initiated a policy that “for the first time,” has the United States “explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons, or launched a crippling cyberattack.”

Coming from a president who just can’t resist all things nuclear, this is not only as dubious as any politician’s promise (sic), it is also downright deceptive.

Every president since 1960 has approved the use of depleted uranium weapons. In other words, any public commitment to not use nuclear weapons is, on its face, a clever sidestep from reality.
 
[For complete article reference links and features, please see original at Mickey Z.'s Cool Observor here.]


 

When fired,” writes journalist James Ridgeway, “the uranium bursts into flame and all but liquifies, searing through steel armor like a white hot phosphorescent flare.” The effects of DU go far beyond the immediate explosion. “The uranium-238 used to make the weapons can cause cancer and genetic defects when inhaled,” says former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
 
Reporter James Ridgeway


“Depleted uranium burns on contact,” adds Helen Caldicott, “creating tiny aerosolized particles less than five microns in diameter, small enough to be inhaled.” These particles can travel long distances when airborne-and don’t be comforted by their size.

“There is no safe dose or dose rate below which dangers disappear. No threshold-dose,’” explains John Gofman, former associate director of Livermore National Laboratory, one of the scientists who worked on the atomic bomb, and co-discoverer of uranium-233. “Serious, lethal effects from minimal radiation doses are not ‘hypothetical,’ ‘just theoretical,’ or ‘imaginary.’ They are real.”
 
 


(Excerpted from something I wrote for Planet Green but, as of now, has not been posted there)   

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