Advocates of nuclear weapons use terms such as modernization to make the case that our nuclear weapons complex is dangerously out of date. In Sept. 16 and 17 news articles on proposed spending on our nuclear arsenal, The Post explored the skyrocketing costs but did not question the assertion that modernization is needed for our security.
As a physician, I view nuclear weapons as one of the gravest threats to human health. Our priority as a country must be to work with other nuclear states to reduce and eliminate these cataclysmic weapons. In this case, Congress appears to be appeasing special interests with little regard to our long-term national security or the fiscal health of the country.