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Old 12-12-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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Generals: Get real and cut Pentagon spending - CNN.com

From the article:
"Our nuclear weapons policy is based on Cold War conditions that no longer exist. The Pentagon is expected to spend more than $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, for little added security"


So 1st off, how can any country, Iran included, take us seriously when we tell them not to create nuclear weapons when we are continuing to create our own. I'd tell us to take a hike too.

2nd...why are we spending $700 billion dollars on nuclear weapons? Our current stock isn't enough? Shouldn't we cut this completely?

Why are cuts to defense spending so frowned upon? Obviously we are wasting money there.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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Generals: Get real and cut Pentagon spending - CNN.com

From the article:
"Our nuclear weapons policy is based on Cold War conditions that no longer exist. The Pentagon is expected to spend more than $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, for little added security"

So 1st off, how can any country, Iran included, take us seriously when we tell them not to create nuclear weapons when we are continuing to create our own. I'd tell us to take a hike too.

2nd...why are we spending $700 billion dollars on nuclear weapons? Our current stock isn't enough? Shouldn't we cut this completely?

Why are cuts to defense spending so frowned upon? Obviously we are wasting money there.
I can't get your link to work, so I'm not sure precisely what that $70 billion/year is going to fund. From what I can see, the cost of simply deploying and maintaining existing nuclear weapons accounts for at least half of that total. Nukes aren't like a hammer, where you create it and toss it in a drawer until you need it. Those things take a lot of operators (including deployment systems, operators, training, etc.) and maintenance. There is constant testing, refurbishing, replacement of components, and so forth.

Then there's replenishment of the various radioactive material in nuclear weapons. Tritium, for example, is used in nuclear weapons, and has a half-life of only 12 years. So I would expect that it needs replacement on a fairly regular basis to get the proper "bang for the buck". And I imagine tritium production and processing is costly business.

This is not to say that I think we need the current arsenal that we possess. It is that simply maintaining it -- not increasing it -- is costly. And I suppose that considerable R&D goes into new designs intending to perform better and more reliably.

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:22 PM
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That's a whole lot of phone service for the poor it could be spent on
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Why are cuts to defense spending so frowned upon?
Tis the season; Toys for buys,
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Generals: Get real and cut Pentagon spending - CNN.com

From the article:
"Our nuclear weapons policy is based on Cold War conditions that no longer exist. The Pentagon is expected to spend more than $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, for little added security"


So 1st off, how can any country, Iran included, take us seriously when we tell them not to create nuclear weapons when we are continuing to create our own. I'd tell us to take a hike too.

2nd...why are we spending $700 billion dollars on nuclear weapons? Our current stock isn't enough? Shouldn't we cut this completely?

Why are cuts to defense spending so frowned upon? Obviously we are wasting money there.
It's all to prepare for the coming Obama dictatorship. In the new American order, the nation will be highly isolationist but will use it's nuclear capabilities to keep other nations from attacking. America will be a weak nation in so many ways but our big nuclear stick will compensate for it.

In addition, after the Agenda 21 cities are built and our population shipped to them, all our existing cities will be destroyed, my guess with nuclear weapons or some other extremely destructive weaponry that won't be as damaging to the environment.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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We spend a $trillion per year on military/defense. That's insane.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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We spend a $trillion per year on military/defense. That's insane.
I suggest you knock off the Kool Aid....



A chart published Tuesday by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation compares U.S. defense spending in 2011 with the combined spending of the 13 countries with the next largest defense budgets, using data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. (Peter G. Peterson Foundation)

The U.S. defense budget: It's even bigger than Obama suggested - Los Angeles Times
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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I suggest you knock off the Kool Aid....

A chart published Tuesday by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation compares U.S. defense spending in 2011 with the combined spending of the 13 countries with the next largest defense budgets, using data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. (Peter G. Peterson Foundation)

The U.S. defense budget: It's even bigger than Obama suggested - Los Angeles Times
You should.

You only posted the DoD budget. Total U.S. defense spending currently exceedes $1 trillion annually.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Total Spending $1.030–$1.415 trillion

Budget breakdown for 2012


Defense-related expenditure 2012 Budget request & Mandatory spending[22][23] Calculation[24][25]
DOD spending $707.5 billion Base budget + "Overseas Contingency Operations"
FBI counter-terrorism $2.9 billion At least one-third FBI budget.
International Affairs $5.6–$63.0 billion At minimum, foreign arms sales.
At most, entire State budget
Energy Department, defense-related $21.8 billion
Veterans Affairs $70.0 billion
Homeland Security $46.9 billion
NASA, satellites $3.5–$8.7 billion Between 20% and 50% of NASA's total budget
Veterans pensions $54.6 billion
Other defense-related mandatory spending $8.2 billion
Interest on debt incurred in past wars $109.1–$431.5 billion Between 23% and 91% of total interest
Total Spending $1.030–$1.415 trillion
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:03 PM
 
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Are we really crazy, I start to wonder.
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