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The Obama disarmament paradox by Greg Mello | Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Greg Mello

Greg Mello (photo courtesy of Los Alamos Study Group)

Last April in Prague, President Barack Obama gave a speech that many have interpreted as a commitment to significant nuclear disarmament.

Now, however, the White House is requesting one of the larger increases in warhead spending history. If its request is fully funded, warhead spending would rise 10 percent in a single year, with further increases promised for the future. Los Alamos National Laboratory, the biggest target of the Obama largesse, would see a 22 percent budget increase, its largest since 1944. In particular, funding for a new plutonium “pit” factory complex there would more than double, signaling a commitment to produce new nuclear weapons a decade hence.

So how is the president’s budget compatible with his disarmament vision? The answer is simple: There is no evidence that Obama has, or ever had, any such vision.

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