According to this piece in the New York Times today, the Obama Administration is engaged in a trillion-dollar refurbishment and extension of our nuclear weapons storehouse and facilities.
This is the same man who came to office on a promise of ending nuclear proliferation. The same guy who won a clearly vastly premature Nobel Peace Prize (there’s a scandal there that will come out next generation) before the ink was dry on his acceptance speech for the White House. The same guy who has been heralded around the world for his efforts to reduce tensions and spread peace and love and hope. The same hypocrite.
The nation is engaged in a largely invisible, unpublicized effort to update “aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines,” according to reporters William J. Broad and David E. Sanger. “It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars.”
My God, Mr. President! Have you gone mad? Have you lost your compass? Or are you just being manipulated by badly chosen and malevolent advisors bent on creating a new war footing for an economy they sank? I’m actually starting to entertain the idea that the economic collapse of the early 21st Century wasn’t a standalone conspiracy but part of a broader effort to more firmly establish “American exceptionalism” the way it was first claimed: with death and destruction and war.
My good friend Tony Seton, a retired broadcast journalist and one of the cooler heads and clearer thinkers I know, is now wondering aloud whether it’s time for us to consider impeaching this President. I haven’t reached that point yet. It’s probably too late anyway. But the fact that I now listen when Tony suggests this indicates how far, in my mind at least, this President has sunk.
“He knows things you don’t know,” is the frequent refrain from the shrinking pool of Obama boosters in my circle of friends. I’d remind them that that’s what Nixon and LBJ and others said during the Vietnam Era.
If the NYT piece is to be believed, Mr. Obama started out with good intentions. He felt that by refurbishing the nuclear arsenal already in place, he would improve the perception of their reliability and thus set the stage for a reduction in new arms development which could then lead to an overall reduction and cutbacks. If that’s the case, he is or was extremely naive and vastly underestimated the political and geopolitical forces that would twist his well-meaning policy into the grotesque picture of an America re-arming for nuclear war.
Frankly, I don’t buy it. When this President took office, he was perhaps too young and too inexperienced. He was certainly too unaware of the political process and the exercise of political power. On reflection, he probably needed some seasoning. But he was a breath of fresh air. Six years into his Presidency, he’s developed halitosis of the worst kind.
We’ll survive him. We survived Bush. But I have to tell you, virtually all of the shine is off his Presidency, and he has unwittingly teamed up with a GOP that is abysmal on so many levels to nearly excise from my soul any interest or hope in politics that might have remained after the Bush Years.