An interesting story by NPR last week reported that while the
The NRDC estimates that as of January this year the
Significantly, however, fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, the
Enter Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-29).
Schiff sent out a Dear Colleague letter last week asking his fellow Members to sign on to his not-yet-submitted “Reduce the Risk of Accidental Nuclear Launch Act.” According to the Letter,
The Reduce the Risk of Accidental Nuclear Launch Act would call on the President to pursue a bilateral agreement with
to remove both nations' nuclear weapons from hair-trigger alert. It would call on military and defense experts from our two countries to outline steps that can be taken to eliminate any perceived threat that is used to provide continuing justification for the self-defeating and dangerous practice of deploying nuclear weapons on such status. And finally, it would require a Presidential report on any impediments to achieving this goal and the steps being taken to overcome these challenges. Russia
Just over seven years ago, in order to make his plan for an expansive national missile defense system more palatable, candidate-turn-president George W. Bush proposed removing “as many weapons as possible from high-alert, hair-trigger status" and inviting the Russians to do the same.
Now that President Bush has recklessly sped ahead with the missile defense system, it’s high time for him to initiate a dialogue with