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66 Years of USA Nuclear Insanity

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This August 6th and 9th mark the 66th anniversaries of the most brutal acts of terrorism upon innocent people; America's atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It has been spun ad'nauseum that action "saved thousands of American lives" but all of Washington knew that Japan was ready to surrender and all they wanted was to "save face" and retain their emperor. But even after nuking Hiroshima, America targeted and terrorized Nagasaki, when 40,000 were immediately fried by "Fat Man" with the death toll totaling 73,884 and injured 75,000 with several hundred thousand more who have become diseased and are dying due to nuclear fallout and the blow back of radiation.

"You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased to obey the laws of life."- Lewis Mumford, 1946

The universally understood definition of insanity is to persist in the same behavior while expecting a different outcome.

"Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest, is a nation approaching spiritual death." -Rev. MLK, Jr.

Budgets are moral documents for where ever your heart is-is where you lay your money down.

We the people are being taxed to pay for a $3.7 Trillion Budget that Calls for Military Spending Increases and Deep Cuts to Social Service Programs.

The Tea Party succeeded to protect the tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% of Americans and next step is for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to create a bipartisan plan to reduce deficits by an additional $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

Some say Social Security and Medicare are under the gun, yet nobody's talking about the $185 Billion increase to "modernize" America's Nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.

At the World Conference against A- & H- Bombs, in Hiroshima, on August 3, 2011, Dr. Joseph Gerson, Disarmament Coordinator of the American Friend Service Committee and Director of its Peace and Economic Security Program cited an article from "Foreign Affairs" that after Obama's initial phase of "multilateral entrenchment" we now have an Obama Doctrine of aggressive "counterpunching" that reasserts U.S. power and influence across the world "when challenged by other countries, reassuring allies, and signaling resolve to potential rivals"." [1]

Some believe that Obama nuclear weapons policy is schizophrenic, but Gerson argues, "Obama's Prague speech was part of a diplomatic offensive designed to achieve the nation's preeminent strategic goal: preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and thus reducing the risk of nuclear attacks against the United States. Following the recommendations of Shultz, Kissinger and others, Obama acknowledged the Untied States' Article VI NPT abolition obligations and demonstrated commitments to at least limited disarmament. We had Prague, Obama's special Security Council session, the Nuclear Security Summit, New START, and preparations for CTBT ratification.

"The U.S. is building the nuclear arsenal needed to enforce empire for decades to come.   The deal that secured New START ratification committed Obama to "a major modernization effort to revitalize' the nation's genocidal strategic nuclear warheads and its massive arsenal of stockpiled nuclear weapons.

"The extra $185 billion will pay to expand the nuclear weapons production infrastructure, train a new generation of nuclear weapons designers and technicians, extend the murderous "life' of aging nuclear warheads, and replace so-called "old delivery systems.'" [IBID]

Unless we the people put an end to America's 66 years of Nuclear Insanity, the Pentagon will be modernizing low-yield nuclear weapons that will be deliverable by new nuclear-capable F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and cruise missiles. Funding also will remain to replace Trident submarines and pay for a new generation of nuclear-capable drones and air launched cruise missiles.

With the need for massive U.S. budget reductions, cutting the Pentagon's funds makes Common Sense, but President "Nuclear Free World' Obama and the Tea Party have resurrected policies that led to America's First Great Depression.

The FY 2012 budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration includes 7.6 billion for nuclear weapons research and production.

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