Congress has specified that it is time for a new nuclear policy, before they will grant funding for new nuclear weapons. What is their purpose? What would they be used for? How does this make the United States more secure?Well the bloggers wrote - several of them actual experts and others just well informed individuals with much of it really excellent stuff from all points on the political spectrum. Cheryl duly pulled together our consensus, which I hope she doesn't mind if I republish here in full.
OverviewCheryl then emailed the various presidential campaigns for their comments and feedback. The result was:
No response: zip, zilch, nada. What I learned in that exercise is that the candidates are eager to get their ideas out to us and our contributions in to them. Forget about anything else.I'd go further and say that the American Idol campaign we're experiencing means candidates and the mainstream media aren't as interested in serious policy discussions as they should be, since sound-bites and snarking at their opponents garner more coverage. And nuclear weapons policy just isn't on the list of hot topics, despite the race to become Commander in Chief of a nuclear superpower with no policy on how best to use it's nuclear arsenal. That's insane. Let's change it - let's put this issue out there to the point where it's a major topic for discussion.