Okay, just a quickie, cause I'm mad.
First, I got this from CNN.com. I hate CNN.com. But I still go to it. I don't even know why. When I accidentally scroll to the end of an article, and start reading the comments, my faith in humanity drops by 80% every 10 seconds. It's startling.
Anyway, I saw this quote, in a letter from the 10 Republican senators-to-be, regarding the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia:
"One of the most important tasks of the 112th Congress will be to carefully consider measures that protect the national security of the United States," they wrote. "And few matters will more directly impact our security than arms control agreements like New START that would dramatically reduce the U.S. nuclear deterrent in a strategic environment that is becoming ever more perilous."
For background info, the deal with Russia would limit the number of nuclear warheads for each country to 1,550. I'll admit, I have no idea how many nuclear warheads we have right now. Probably because I don't have security clearance for that information, but even if I did, I'm pretty sure I don't want to know how many we have.
So, apparently, reducing our nuclear warheads would DRAMATICALLY REDUCE our nuclear deterrent. That's insane. Do you know how many countries there are in the world? Roughly 196, depending on how you count, and who you recognize. That's eight (okay, just 7.9) nukes for every country on earth. I just checked, and turns out Villach, where I live, which nobody outside of south-central Europe has ever heard of, is the 8th largest city in Austria. So if the US wanted to destroy the 8 largest cities of every country on earth, Villach would be on the list! How exciting!
So anyway, I have a quick piece of news for these genius senators-to-be. If 1550 nukes isn't enough to deter somebody from doing something, neither is 1551, or 2000, or 20,000, or 20 trillion. The fact of the matter is, even Kim Jong-il isn't crazy enough to use his nukes. The only people who are, are terrorists, and no amount of nukes will deter them if they get their hands on one. And with the treaty, we'd resume mutual inspections, precisely to make sure that they DON'T get their hands on one.
So yeah, that's what I think. Thanks for listening to my rant.