Obama’s Drive to Disarm America 

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Finally, China is reportedly modernizing every element of its strategic triad for delivering nuclear warheads (submarine-launched ballistic missiles, ground-based ballistic missiles, and weapons launched from big bombers), upgrades which include the production of two new ICBMs, a new ballistic missile submarine, and a new bomber.

In fact, China’s estimated arsenal of 240 nuclear warheads may actually be much greater than believed given that it has built a 5,000 mile network of tunnels that many analysts say conceals the true buildup of its nuclear arsenal, with reports that China may have stashed 1,000 to 3,500 nuclear devices inside the vast underground system.

So, given all that, it wasn’t surprising that Congressional Republicans have vowed to block the Obama administration from slashing the US nuclear arsenal, views expressed most recently in a letter sent to President Obama by 34 Republicans from the House Armed Services Committee.

In that letter, the lawmakers urged the president to “cease” pursuing the nuclear reductions, especially given “the growth in quantity and quality of nuclear weapons capabilities” in Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and, “perhaps soon the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Moreover, the lawmakers noted in the letter the Obama administration’s failure to fully support the $85 billion US nuclear weapons modernization program it had committed to as part of the effort to secure Senate ratification of New START in 2010.

Specifically, the president’s proposed 2013 defense budget not only cuts 15 percent from the nuclear modernization program, but it also calls for a two-year delay in the development of a new generation of nuclear carrying ballistic missile submarines.

The necessity of upgrading and modernizing America’s nuclear forces stems directly from the fact that the United States has not built a nuclear warhead in years; has old nuclear delivery systems; and is plagued by an aging and shrinking nuclear workforce.

Since America has not built a nuclear warhead since the Cold War, it has chosen instead to upgrade existing warheads with new technology. As such, those weapons, heavily modified from their original designs, are untested to ensure accuracy. That has led the Defense Science Board (DSB) to report that the United States faces “great dangers in the reliability of the guidance, re-entry systems, and propulsion of its ICBM force.” To make matters worse, America’s nuclear delivery platforms are some of the oldest in the world. For example, the average age of US nuclear delivery platforms is 50 years for the B-52H bomber; 41 years for the Minuteman III; 28 years for the Ohio-class submarine; 21 years for the Trident II D-5 SLBM; and 14 years for the B-2 bomber.

Finally, the nuclear workforce charged with developing, operating, and maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal is shrinking. According to DSB reports an aging workforce has created a “critical skills gap” as the “number of individuals working on the various programs continues to decline and the people with these skill sets are not being replaced.”

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once observed, “to be blunt, there is absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent and reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile without either resorting to testing or pursuing a modernization program.”

Of course, the actions by the Obama administration to defang America’s nuclear arsenal is really not too surprising given President Obama’s desire for a “nuclear zero” policy, one he first announced in Prague in 2009.

Yet, as Republican lawmakers asked the president in their recent letter to him, “Surely you believe that blind ideology cannot drive a matter as US nuclear forces over reality.”

Given the direction his administration is headed, apparently it can.

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  • Jim

    We do not have the capability to manufacture any new nuclear weapons.

    Unilateral disarmament caused no one else to disarm.

  • oldtimer

    As Russia, Iran , Korea, etc. add to their weapons supplies, our commander? in chief? lessens ours.. As other countries build rockets to explore (and possibly use for war) our leader? cuts the budget that kept US first in space. Do you see a pattern here?

  • jane

    Is Obama committing TREASON against his own country? It appears so. Where is the congress on this?? Is the congress completely irrellevant? He seems to bypass congress with no questions asked. Do we already have a dictatorship? Obama is bent on destroying our Republic, financially, spiritually, emotionally, militarily and materially. Am I the only one who is watching this administration intentionally cause the demise of America??

    • Spider

      No you are not alone – but I think many of us are just biting our time until we can all send Housein the Alinsky Radical Kenyan back to his home county to start his new carreer – picking up garbage on the side of the road.

      • Charmonium5

        You had your chance. Unfortuneately [for you] Mr Obama has bought the votes ofpractically anyone who believes that they benefit from Gov "programs…..among them both those 47% which what's his name spoke of during the "elections" AND the corportae welfare mongers that finance him and his lackeys. Demand fiscal reponsibility and limited gov. Separation of Business and Government and severely reduced Government at all levels.
        Easy to do just cut the Fed Budget by 20% for each of the following 5 years.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      And the most frustrating aspect of Obama's dismantling of America, is that NOTHING will happen to him–he won't suffer any penalty, for the numerous crimes and other absurdities he's committed. These include killing American jobs every chance he gets; spending the country into such great debt we will never be able to repay even half of it; suing Arizona because Arizona wants the Feds to protect them from invasion; Operation Fast and Furious; killing our space program, and throwing away our lead position in space; calling the Ft. Hood massacre "workplace violence," and not saying ANYTHING about it for four whole days'; killing the Keystone XL pipeline; treating Israel more like an enemy than an ally; hobnobbing with Hugo Chavez, and loaning U.S. taxpayer dollars to Petrobras; intervening in Libya on the side of Al-Qaeda; denying shipments of bunker buster bombs to Israel; something new every day. But wait and see, he won;t be prosecuted for any of the above.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      Oh, and I forgot to mention–spending $4,000,000 on ONE vacation.

  • Rifleman

    It seems like only yesterday that jimmy and amy carter were so worried about nuclear proliferation, and considered stopping it one of our highest priorities. They were just talking about us and our allies, that’s why he never bothered with things like verification in the SALT II treaty with the soviets.

    As for hussein, he’s doing what I’d expect from a lifelong marxist that sat years in a racist ‘church’ with a theology based on marx, and where things like “GD America” were yelled from the pulpit.

  • Jon

    Your article is well written, but there are a couple of errors. 1. The total US arsenal is 5,113 weapons, as last reported by the State Department. The number of current deployed weapons is between 1,700 – 2,200 from the SORT Treaty. 1,550 deployed weapons takes effect in 2018. 2. Our nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles are the most advanced in the world and are continually undergoing modernization and upgrades, hence in many ways they are new and not old as you have written. For instance, our icbms have been totally remanufactured and are essentially new.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundimenat change=changing sides.

    If Congress won't act- Joe and Obama will just get it done-or something to that effect.

  • LindaRivera

    The Obama/Clinton administration obvious goal: Weaken America. Make America vulnerable to massive attack by America's many enemies. Muslim and communist nations and Muslim organizations are working together to utterly DESTROY America. America has NEVER had so many enemies as she does today. America is intensely hated by multiple enemies. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims regularly scream out in the streets, "Death to America".

    Muslim terrorist organization, Hezbollah has set up operations close to our border. Hezbollah are throughout Latin America. They are far superior to Al-Qaeda. Many Muslim terrorists (and weapons of mass destruction?) have easily crossed America's border which is deliberately left unguarded.

    There is no one watching out for America. God help America.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 02/23/12 common era

    Barack Husein Obama also wants American civilian citizens to be disarmed. He and his Ivy League shyster Eric Holder hate the 2nd Amendment. They want a national registry of all firearm owners. Both the Nazis and the Communists had strict "gun control," which facilitated the eventual confiscation of ordinary citizens' firearms and ammunition. Orwell's "1984" is sneaking up on the U.S.A., "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

    • Fred Dawes

      more like " Land of the monkeys and home of the black and brown and yellow supremacism and laundering drug money by government, if you know what i mean?

  • mrbean

    I don't mean to scare you all, but Nuclear Russia has a has a standing military of 1,625,000 active forces and a reserve force of 20,000,000, Nuclear China has a standing military of 2,285,000 active forces and a trained reserve force of more than 1.500,000, Nuclear North Korea has a standing military of 1,325,000 active forces and a reserve untrained force of 8,200,000, Nuclear Pakistan has a has a standing military of 700,000 active forces and a trained reserve force of 500,000, and soon-to-be Nuclear Iran has a standing military of 565,000 active forces and a reserve force of 1,200,000. The United states has a standing military of 1,400,000 active forces and a reserve force of 1,500,000 which Obama wants to cut by 20%. Russia and China are jointly developing F-22 and F-35 equivalent fighters which is the Sukhoi Su-35 fighter as operational squadrons which Janes says is possibly superior even. Obama has effectively cancelled our F-22 and F-35 program. We have about 1500 – 2000 deployed nuclear warheads in with rest in mothballs. Russia and China combined have at least 2500 to 3000 deployed nuclear warheads and between 11,000 and 12,000 in storage and mor are MIRV and on mobile platforms.

  • Princeton67

    Who needs Ron Paul? We've got King Hussein proposing unilateral disarmament.

  • Fred Dawes

    Its all way been the plan to disarm the USA And the big one world bankers may put it off this time, see this government of monkeys for what it is. real The Happy Warrior by wm Wordsworth.

    who is the happy warrior? who is he that every man in arms should wish to be?

  • BLJ

    Obama should be impeached, put on trial and thrown in prison. He is a traitor and an enemy of America. I hate his guts.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Three years ago, I would have said that your post was extreme. Now, I agree with it. Three hundred nukes is not a deterrent to Russia and China, and I don't think that Obama has what it takes to "press the button", anyway.

      There's an old story about Harry Truman speaking at a university, after he left the Presidency. After his speech, a student asked him, "Wasn't the decision to use the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the most gut-wrenching decision of your lifetime, Mr. President?"

      Truman looked at the kid and said, "Hell, no! I made it just like that!", while clicking his fingers.

      Given a choice between "them" or "us", I choose "us" …

  • Ron Carnine

    Our enemies do not fear us. In fact, the way things stand they will not attack us because we import all their products while American unemployment is a national shame. My wife was at Wal-Mart yesterday, and almost everything she bought was made in China. We keep the Chinese employed and awash in American dollars. The don't need to nuke us to take over, they are doing a very good job of conquering us without firing a shot. Obama is making sure the US is pretty much defenseless and a third world country instead of the most powerful nation on earth.

  • Mazo

    This article erroneously states that “India received from Russia its the Akula-II class “Nerpa” nuclear attack submarine, equipped with 28 nuclear-capable cruise missiles with a striking range of 3,000 kilometers.”

    India did “lease” a Russian nuclear submarine but the 28 nuclear cruise missiles were not part of the “lease”! The Sub is completely non-nuclear save from the propulsion. India has no way to “Buy” or “receive” missiles with a range greater than 300kms from Russia because the Missile Technology Control Regime Treaty prevents Russia from doing so.

    • Fred Dawes

      you may add no one wants to feel the sun at 2 ft

  • joe

    trying to finish what carter began destroying housing.economy now the military transformationto am an amoeba

  • steve

    The Americans brought this misery to the world