I just cannot get behind the Democrats while John Kerry wears his combination thinking cap, dunce cone and tin foil hat.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Tuesday outlined measures he contended would dramatically reduce the possibility that terrorists could attack the United States with nuclear weapons, which he called the greatest threat facing the nation.”
Prior experience tells me that I am going to read something nebulous and poorly thought out in a second.
We need to employ a layered strategy to keep the worst weapons from falling into the worst hands,” Kerry said in an appearance at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Yep there it is. Kerry is getting predictable.
Look, this is not a seven layer dip we are talking about. How about some concrete ideas?
Worst hands? You mean like Iran and North Korea? The U.N. is doing a great job there, so no need to worry yourself, John. Why any day now I expect they might find their own asses.
When a nuclear WWIII breaks out in the Middle East or the Korean Peninsula, I’m sure we will all be sure to say your layered strategy worked great.
Kerry called for building and leading a new era of alliances, modernizing the U.S. military, making full use of American diplomatic, intelligence and economic power, and freeing the nation from its dependence on Mideast oil.
John, you have no interest in modernizing the military, which is already near the cutting edge, you’ve stated time and again that you want to stop or reduce military spending on Research and Development. You think U.S. intelligence assets have too much power and should be scaled back.
As for freeing us from Mideast Oil, that is a great idea. Too bad you oppose nuclear energy and the current Green solutions are not there yet. I also recall you being against off shore drilling and tapping the Alaskan oil reserves. Personally I’m against that too, which is why I think nuclear power is still the way to go.
If we secure all bomb-making materials, ensure that no new materials are produced for nuclear weapons, and end nuclear weapons programs in hostile states like North Korea and Iran, we will dramatically reduce the possibility of nuclear terrorism,” he said.
Right. Like I said, the way to stop new production of nuclear materials is to shut down nuclear “breeder” reactors, which then means less energy and more dependence of foreign oil supplies.
How exactly are you going to stop the weapons programs in Iran and North Korea? You have no diplomatic levers to pull there, and you are against force of any kind. Or maybe you are for it, but forgot to tell us, and changed your minds, before you forgot to tell us, but now want to not not use force.
Kerry said securing weapons and materials in the former Soviet Union would be a priority in relations between the United States and Russia, and he proposed working with U.S. allies to establish global standards for safekeeping nuclear materials. As president, Kerry said, he would also lead an international coalition seeking a global ban on production of material for new nuclear weapons.
It’s a priority now, and has been under two presidents. Perhaps you didn’t notice that we have spent a great deal of money dismantling Russian nukes and trying to employ Russian scientists?
As for stopping production of nuclear material you are dooming developing countries to poverty that are either dependent on Middle East oil, or have no oil supplies of their own. Cheap, nuclear energy from light water or even breeder reactors are the ways for them to get electricity.
To help reduce existing stocks of nuclear materials and weapons, the United States should stop developing a new generation of nuclear weapons and speed up reductions in the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, Kerry said.
Yes, because Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Korea and France would never lie to us about their weapons programs, so we should just stop right now.
Ending nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea also would be a priority, Kerry said, and he proposed closing the loophole in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that allows those countries and others to use civilian nuclear power programs as cover for weapons development.
How exactly will you get North Korea to abide by the NNPT? Harsh language? Iran is running rings around the U.N.’s minimal efforts to document their nuclear programs AND they are developing stealth missiles so that they can deliver a nuclear payload into Israel. Did you plan on approving a U.S. or U.N. force invade Iran to stop them?
Toughening export controls, stiffening penalties and strengthening law enforcement and intelligence sharing would help the United States prevent trafficking in bomb-making materials and components, Kerry said. He pledged to appoint a national coordinator to focus on securing nuclear weapons and materials around the world.
You don’t support increased spending on intelligence assets, so how would you know if export controls were being violated? Do you know how many cargo ships their are in the world? How many billion and billions of tons of goods that are moved every day? There is no way to search every ship, let alone every container for contraband weapons.
Sharing intelligence with allies, like France, resulted in them selling the information to Iraq and Iran. Do you think that will change? The Palestinians are some of the leading bomb builders and trainers in the world. Are you going to stop US aid to them, and allow Israel to take a hard line against them?
Your national coordinator idea. Where is he in the chain of command? Homeland Security, State Department, FBI/CIA? How many people will this new Executive Agency require? Where will the money come from to pay for it?
We have to do everything we can to stop a nuclear weapon from ever reaching our shore – and that mission begins far away,” Kerry said. “We have to
secure nuclear weapons and materials around the world so that searching the containers here at the Port of Palm Beach isn’t our only line of defense, it
is our last line of defense.
I agree whole heartedly. Which means saber rattling, economic sanctions, blockades and military force if necessary. Unfortunately the U.N. and many of our “allies” don’t favor those approaches. Were you planning on going it alone, making the hard choices, unilaterally, if necessary? If not then you may have to forget the whole deal.
Ashton Carter, former assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Clinton administration, said Bush pursues nuclear supplies a bit at a time and country by country. Kerry would accelerate the process by getting rid of all supplies at once, Carter said in remarks on behalf of the Kerry campaign.
That may be the dumbest thing I ever heard. How, even assuming dozens of sovereign nations are going to just turn over their nuclear stockpiles to us, are we going to collect, safeguard, store and dispose of millions of tons of radioactive material, waste products, and equipment? Perhaps Kerry was thinking of having Superman throw all that stuff into the Sun?
How will we silence scientists to prevent them from selling their secrets? Re-education camps?
How will we provide alternate sources of power to billions of people? Even in Massachusetts they don’t want windmills cluttering up the landscape. And all the other forms of alternate power are pretty much useless. Take a look at this for a realistic look at alt energy.
As for the starving, freezing and in the dark billions, I guess they will be all warm and toasty inside knowing they are doing their bit for international cooperation.
Have candidate Kerry get back to me when he’s not in the dark on this issue.