US Weighs Steep Cuts In Nuclear Force

By: AP
By: AP
The Obama administration is weighing cuts to the U.S. nuclear force that could include an 80 percent reduction in the number of deployed weapons.

President Obama makes a rare visit to the Pentagon. January 5, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration is weighing sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a possible 80 percent reduction in the number of deployed weapons.

Even the most modest option would represent a bold disarmament step in an election year and is likely to raise the hackles of Republicans who worry about a smaller military force. Such cuts would be in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to try to eliminate nuclear weapons.

No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering three options for lower numbers of weapons than the current treaty limit of 1,550 -- ranging from about 1,000 to about 300. That's according to a former U.S. official and a congressional official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategy has not been publicly announced.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:04 AM
    C'mon folk! We need to be weak so we can be attacked and remain at war. You don't really take your leaders seriously do you? You can't be the world's most powerful nation all the time.
  • by Bradman on Feb 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    What is Me talking about. People are currently unemployed and going hungry under our current psychopath president. We were attacked by Japan because our military was weak and unprepared. You must have studied history at Berkeley.
  • by Jack Griffin on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    How many do you really need....
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      by Truman on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM in reply to Jack Griffin
      More then them... lol..
  • by Sniper on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    So typical of socialists. Weaken the country militarily and weaken the population by promising them anything they want without having to work for it.
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      by Me on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM in reply to Sniper
      Um, yeah, now don't get me wrong I'm not for Socialism at all. But your statement is without merit. Study your history my friend. Germany was a Socialist government under Hitler, and I don't think his goal was to weaken the economy nor the military. Nor are most modern socialist governments. The people did however follow Hitler because he proved he could rebuild Germany after what happened to it after WWI. The Treaty of Versailles decimated the economy of Germany, people were unemployed, starving, and desperate for economic revival. Much like most of the Western world today. So they voted in the psychopathic Hitler and the rest is history. Sorry for the history lesson, but get your facts straight before posting such uneducated banter.
  • by rick Location: c/s on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    Let's not forget the lessons of the past. The 30 or so years between WW1 and December 7th , 1941. The military shrank after the WW1. We were not defenseless but we were not prepared. Don't lull yourselves into thinking it can't happen again. As the quote states," Those who fail history are doomed to repeat it."
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      by Me on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM in reply to rick
      Bingo, you nailed it. With China more powerful now militarily and economicly then they ever have been in modern times; with Russia one coup from being communist again; north Korea with a new untested leader; Iran trying to mix things up with the US while trading with Russia and China. It doesn't really look good for free western countries. History serves us well, lower your guard, and you will get struck again.
  • by jazzcat on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Good move! Maintaining a large nuclear force is VERY expensive. Even after the cuts we'll have more than enough nukes to end civilization.
  • by hmm on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
    Ever feel as if your country is being set up for destruction from the inside? Obama is starting to look more like an enemy of the state than POTUS. Coddles are enemies while insulting are allies as well as the American people.
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      by AJ on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM in reply to hmm
      That's why they are called inside jobs. Bill O'Reilly and many of the other mainstream media have convinced many others that you have to be a loon to believe this. It's getting rather hard to dismiss now. USA has to fall in order for world government/currency to exist. It's a very simple concept to understand once you remove the denial.
  • by Brad Location: Springs on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
    Good! Finally someone is making an effort to stop WASTING money on war. How productive could we have been had we learned that lesson 1000 years ago? I feel that there is NO reason to take another life...and if we can get on the road to NO nuclear weapons, this world will be a more safe place for every living thing. People need to drop their fears and learn to love one another.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    Obama and Hillary, the best friends Russia and Red China have at present, right up there with Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton when they were in the Oval Office. Yes, Russia still has us targeted with their missiles and yes, "former" KGB chief Putin is still THE big cheese in Russia.
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