President Obama sure does love spending money – on everything but defense. I always thought the primary role of the federal government was to protect the American people from threats from abroad. I guess I was mistaken. If he has his way, we’ll have to count on China and Russia to protect us, since his plan would leave us with fewer nuclear weapons that those two “allies.”
President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to consider cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces to as low as 300 deployed warheads—below the number believed to be in China’s arsenal and far fewer than current Russian strategic warhead stocks.
Pentagon and military planners were asked to develop three force levels for the U.S. arsenal of deployed strategic nuclear warheads: a force of 1,100 to 1,000 warheads; a second scenario of between 700 and 800 warheads; and the lowest level of between 300 and 400 warheads.
A congressional official said no president in the past ever told the Pentagon to conduct a review based on specific numbers of warheads.
“In the past, the way it worked was, ‘tell me what the world is like and then tell me what the force should be,’” the official said. “That is not happening in this review.” (Read More)
What could go wrong?
Update: Linked by the Poh Diaries – thanks!