Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The United States Has Exactly 5,113 Nuclear Warheads

Anyone who is interested can now look up and know exactly how many nuclear warheads we have in our arsenal. This was Obama continuing to eliminate the intentional Ambiguity of our nuclear deterrent policy (though they somewhat backtracked).

"I’ll also have you know that the United States of America has exactly 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile. Wanna know how I know that? Well, the Obama administration told me. And everybody else.

That’s right — according to an Associated Press piece released earlier this evening, the White House felt that shifting to a policy of full disclosure when it comes to the size of our nuclear stockpile would in turn “get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming” and “improve its bargaining position against a nuclear Iran.”

Now, experts have indeed been close in estimations of our nuclear inventory. In fact, they’ve been very close. Still, I might think that the guy with the trendy eyeglasses across the poker table from me is sitting on a full house as the dealer is about to flip the “river” card, but I absolutely, unequivocally know for a fact that he becomes a whole lot less dangerous to me and my pile of chips if he actually shows me his hand.

My question, with regard to the Obama administration’s unprecedented full disclosure of all things nuclear, is this: How, exactly, does this help America? Or, rather: How, exactly, does this strengthen America? Or, if you prefer: How, exactly, are Americans more safe due to public knowledge of previously classified national security information?

The short answer to all three questions, folks, is that it doesn’t.

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