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January 31, 2010

IN PEACE AND WAR, OBAMA GOES NUKE BIG TIME

Hugh Pickens, Slashdot - The NY Times reports that administration officials have confirmed their 2011 federal budget request will raise potential loan guarantees for nuclear projects to more than $54 billion, from $18.5 billion, and a new Energy Department panel will examine a vastly expanded list of options for nuclear waste, including a new kind of nuclear reactor that would use some of it. The Energy Department appears to be getting close to offering its first nuclear loan guarantee. . .

Daily Mail, UK - Barack Obama has allocated L4.3 billion to spend on maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile - L370 million more than what was budgeted by George Bush.

The budget will also be increased by more than L3.1billion over the next five years.

The announcement comes despite the American President declaring nuclear weapons were the 'greatest danger' to U.S. people during in his State of the Union address on Wednesday. President Barack Obama bush

And it flies in the face of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to him in October for 'his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples'.

The Nobel committee was attacked at the time for bestowing the accolade on a new president whose initiatives are yet to bear fruit – which included reducing the world stock of nuclear arms. . .

The budget is higher than that allocated by George Bush – who was seen by many as a warmongering president in the wake of the Iraq invasion in 2003 – during his premiership.

During his 70-minute State of the UNion speech on Wednesday, which marked his first year in office, Obama said: 'I have embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons, and seeks a world without them.'


1 Comments:

Blogger m said...

At the very start of his tenure, Bush also said that we had too many nuclear weapons.

February 1, 2010 8:19 AM  

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