NYT Editorial Questions Nuke FundingTweet
May 28, 2013
The New York Times criticized President Obama’s funding of the B61 nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a Sunday editorial.
President Obama’s 2014 budget calls for $537 million to modernize the 180 B61 bombs stationed in Europe. But that would only be the cost for 2014.
From the article:
When all is said and done, experts say, the cost of the rebuilding program is expected to total around $10 billion — $4 billion more than an earlier projection — and yield an estimated 400 weapons, fitted with new guided tail kits so that they are more reliable and accurate than the current ones.
This is a nonsensical decision, not least because it is at odds with Mr. Obama’s own vision. In a seminal speech in Prague in 2009 and a strategy review in 2010, Mr. Obama advocated the long-term goal of a world without nuclear arms and promised to reduce America’s reliance on them.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: National Security
Authors: Andre Francisco
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