Forfeiting the Nuclear High Ground

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

One aspect of the April 22 news story "Congress Skeptical of Warhead Plan" made me shudder. How does the Bush administration expect to make progress on preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons if the United States proceeds with the Reliable Replacement Warhead program?

The article reported that the United States is assumed to have more than 6,000 nuclear weapons. Why do we need more?

The administration would make far better progress with Iran and North Korea if the United States ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, stopped violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty by providing assistance to India's nuclear program, took its weapons off instant alert status and began to work with allies on the reduction of nuclear weapons.

BETTY HUTCHINSON

Sandy Spring


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