Development of a new nuclear submarine and the planned replacement for the nuclear air-launched cruise missile has been delayed by at least two years. We don’t know if the next generation of strategic bomber will be qualified for nuclear missions at the outset, if ever. No decision has been made to replace the Minuteman ICBM. The life extension programs for the B-61 nuclear bomb and the W-78 and W-88 nuclear warheads have slipped by at least two years.
As the gap between what was promised for modernization and what is provided continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve the responsive nuclear infrastructure that even the president acknowledges is essential for nuclear reductions and the continuing credibility of our nuclear deterrent.
Off to a Bad Start – By Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. Bob Corker | Foreign Policy
Apparently, the senators don’t believe the president when he talks about a nuclear-free world. The US will lead the way forward – unilaterally if that’s what it takes. All the president has to do is nothing. If he does nothing (or very little) then the aging US nuclear arsenal will have to be retired and replaced with nothing. Sorry, but there is no money in the budget for new nuclear weapons.
The global business elite flocked to China’s Boao forum last week and thrilled to the President’s promises of growth and prosperity. But as they flew home enraptured, they might not have noticed what their host did next.
But as the crowd flew home with those words ringing happily in their ears, Xi made a visit to another part of Hainan island, the site of China’s big new naval base, including an underground port to protect Beijing’s growing fleet of submarines from US spy satellites and, potentially, missiles.
It is the symbol and the reality of China’s growing power to challenge US hegemony over the high seas.
Xi was broadcast on China’s news inspecting the fleet. It was his first visit to a military installation since his formal ascension to the presidency.
Nightmare side to China dream
Xi is telling everybody what they want to hear, but the reality is far different. China’s economy is starting to slow just like the rest of the world. For Chinese leaders that could spell big trouble. It needs a relatively high growth rate to keep the people reasonably happy, or at least not caring so much about all the problems that are building up inside the country. If the economy won’t redirect the people’s attention, then perhaps an aggressive foreign policy will. And that is a policy that cannot accept failure, especially from Japan and the US. Xi’s visit to the Chinese naval base on Hainan Island is perhaps a hint of things that Chinese leaders aren’t telling us.
The idiot and hapless American administration is not helping the situation by continuing to disarm its nuclear arsenal. Thinking that by disarming they are making the country safer. Instead, they are setting up the country to be defeated. Yet, even the vast majority of conservative leaders don’t seem to be alarmed. Why are they not sounding the alarm? I’m wondering if they are caught up in this delusion too?