Tuesday, December 18, 2007

US Reduces size of Nuclear Arsenal


"Bush Orders Cuts in Nuclear Stockpile
By H. JOSEF HEBERTThe Associated Press Tuesday, December 18, 2007; 6:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has approved "a significant reduction" in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, cutting it to less than one-quarter its size at the end of the Cold War, the White House said Tuesday.
At the same time, the Energy Department announced plans to consolidate the nuclear weapons complex that maintains warheads and dismantle those no longer needed, saying the current facilities need to be made more efficient and more easily secured and that the larger complex is no longer needed.

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"We are reducing our nuclear weapons stockpile to the lowest level consistent with America's national security and our commitments to friends and allies," White House press secretary Dana Perino said. "A credible deterrent remains an essential part of U.S. national security, and nuclear forces remain key to meeting emerging security challenges."
The government will not provide any numbers on the overall size of the nuclear stockpile, but there are believed to be nearly 6,000 warheads that either are deployed or in reserve"

I don't know if we will ever see the total destruction of nuclear weapons in our lifetime but I doubt it, how many do we and Russia need to totally destroy the earth?

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