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.

2 comments:

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:

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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.

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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!!