Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cirincione on Obama’s Nuclear Future

The National Journal’s Lost in Translation has a great interview with Joe Cirincione on President-elect Obama’s nuclear future here.

The interview includes further potential reductions with Russia, prospects for the CTBT, missile defense, and de-alerting nuclear weapons.

Good stuff. Check it out.


Plutonium Page said...

Thanks, Jeff! I will go check it out. Cirincione's stellar. (I also like how he doesn't mince words.)

Plutonium Page said...

Ok, I have a quick question regarding this part of the interview:


NJ: You say there is a broad consensus, but aren't there still strong opponents in Congress for ratifying the CTBT and reducing our nuclear arsenal dramatically?

Cirincione: There is a core of between 20 to 25 percent of congressional Republicans on the very right who will go nuts over anything [Barack] Obama does to address our nuclear posture. The good news is there is somewhere between 75 to 80 percent of those in Congress who will support each of the steps I just outlined, including a significant number of more moderate Republicans. Remember, as a presidential candidate Senator John McCain also supported many of these same steps.


Off the top of your head, do you (or any of your colleagues, or readers of this blog) know who those "20-25 percent" Republicans are? More generally, who in Congress is likely to support the steps Joe Cirincione outlined?

Here's my email address for anyone who doesn't have it:

plutoniumpage (at) dailykos.com

Thanks again!!