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Friday, June 04, 2004

What's the Catch?

It appears that the Bush administration actually intends to significantly reduce the US stockpile of nuclear weapons. From the NY Times:
The United States will reduce its stockpile of nuclear weapons by nearly half over the next eight years, the Energy Department said Thursday.

The Bush administration made the decision last month and informed Congress on Tuesday in a classified report.

Linton F. Brooks, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is part of the Energy Department, said in a conference call with reporters that the reductions would leave the nation with "the smallest nuclear-weapons stockpile we've had in several decades." He called the decision historic.

Mr. Brooks would not discuss specific numbers for the cuts. "The numbers I'm prepared to use are 'almost in half' and 'smallest in several decades,' " he said.
Aside from the very real possibility that they're just flat-out lying, where's the catch? Would Bush actually do something to make the world safer?