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July 31st, 2010
09:41 PM ET

Nuclear Weapons: A "Zero" Tolerance Stance

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote to send the New START treaty to the full Senate on Wednesday, August 4. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the agreement to further reduce nuclear stockpiles in April. The treaty is a reminder of the grip that nuclear weapons still hold on the world, a subject explored in Lucy Walker's new documentary Countdown To Zero. The film argues for complete world-wide disarmament, with the U.S. leading the way. CNN asked Walker whether such a lofty goal was truly realistic.



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  1. Smith in Oregon

    During a recent 2012 Presidential Campaign donation fund-raiser, the very popular Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney before the large US Military Complex contractors and private defense contractors PLEDGED that under 'his' administration he would immediately order a increase in new Nuclear Weapons and immediately begin building a wide range of different kinds of Nuclear Weapons. Greatly increasing both the vast numbers as well as the vast diversity of types, capability and kinds of Nuclear Weapons.

    This article seems to be outdated and out of step with what Bush jr. had previously attempted over and over again to do, which the Democratic majority in Congress refused over and over to do. Namely, to build new Nuclear Weapons and develop many additional 'kinds' of Nuclear Weapons. Mitt Romney is simply echoing the long time mantra of previous Republican administrations PLUS Bush jr's. request for fully operational new kinds of Nuclear Weapons.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  2. The Stone

    Russians and Americans has never seen eye to eye, and now the Senate wants to sign an agreement on powerfull weapons. For one thing a country cannot tell another what to do because right now Israel is in danger like always. It was the Israelis that thought that the Russian soldiers were all Jews, and they found out the Russian soldiers where all christians and there is nothing they can do about that because they are scattered all over the lands that was taking by force by the Israeli Army for a jewish state built in 1948 after WW2. But i believe that the agreement will not go anywhere, because Russia already is going to side with the Palestine, Iran,Afgan and probally Pakistan, Lets face it the war that Pres. Bush started and what Pres. Obama was suppost to fix is getting worse, like it reads in the Bible proficey in both the Arabic and Hebrew bible.

    August 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  3. Gene Lucas

    To eliminate nuclear weapons would insure North Korea's invasion of South Korea, and the decimation of our small force there. And, the start of WW III, which would guarantee the deaths of perhaps billions of people. While Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) is an uncomfortable concept, it has kept the world at relative peace for over 60 years. However, we could certainly reduce our stockpiles to only enough to kill everybody in the world just once.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  4. Ramesh C Joshi


    This suggestion or comment is about the powers of the supreme court which is made up of appointees of the congress.

    This is a very special comment or suggestion for you and your colleagues. Please give it a serious thought.
    Why should very important decisions by the Supreme case be decided by a simple majority. All the decisions regarding social issues should be decided by a majority of at least two judges.
    The elected leaders in the Congress and Senate make laws after due discussions. But the Supreme court appointees are able to over ride any decision by a simple majority of one.
    In my opinion the appointed judges should have greater restriction in over riding the laws passed by the congress.
    Ramesh C Joshi

    August 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm |