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Obama calls for reducing nuclear stockpiles

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(CNN) -- President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where he said he would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.

"I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures," Obama said in the city that symbolized the East-West divide in the decades after World War II.

Repeating his campaign themes of equal opportunity and freedom for all, Obama said such ideals can provide the prosperity sought by all nations -- especially longtime allies such as the United States and Germany.

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"Obama's proposals Wednesday would reduce both stockpiles by another one-third -- to roughly 1,000 warheads for each country"

Excellent, we could still totally annihilate 1/8th of the entire planet with that. Why bother to just throw away money that's already spent?

If there is ever another cold war you know we would just 'refill our candy jars' anyway.

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"Obama's proposals Wednesday would reduce both stockpiles by another one-third -- to roughly 1,000 warheads for each country"

Excellent, we could still totally annihilate 1/8th of the entire planet with that. Why bother to just throw away money that's already spent?

If there is ever another cold war you know we would just 'refill our candy jars' anyway.

It is not like you build a nuke once and you have a functional one forever. The maintenance of most types is just as expensive over ten years as the original cost was. If they are not properly maintained they cease to function as intended.

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It is not like you build a nuke once and you have a functional one forever. The maintenance of most types is just as expensive over ten years as the original cost was. If they are not properly maintained they cease to function as intended.

The costs of disarmament can be very high as well and some nuclear weapon states, like Russia, find it hard to meet the costs to disarm, dismantle and dispose of nuclear weapons. So what makes Obama think Russia will reduce it's stockpile.

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The costs of disarmament can be very high as well and some nuclear weapon states, like Russia, find it hard to meet the costs to disarm, dismantle and dispose of nuclear weapons. So what makes Obama think Russia will reduce it's stockpile.

At this point in time Russia (as a state) is better off economically than the US is, and they have learned that over-armament leads to ruin. If they refuse they just want to return the "favor" done to them in the 80s.

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At this point in time Russia (as a state) is better off economically than the US is.

no they are not, far from it. visit russia you'll see why, a hint, moskow and st. petersburg are not citys by which you judge russian economic state.

again, tells us something you don't know.

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According to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament:

The costs of disarmament pale in comparison to the financial burden of deploying, maintaining and upgrading nuclear arsenals in perpetuity...

http://icnnd.org/Documents/Alger_Findlay_Cost_of_Disarmament.pdf

Also Russia is a BRIC country. While we are borrowing money and going into deeper debt to maintain our defenses and operate in the theaters of war, the BRIC members are lending out money with growing middle classes. Our middle class is in decline.

The acronym has come into widespread use as a symbol of the shift in global economic power away from the developed G7 economies towards the developing world. It is estimated that BRIC economies will overtake G7 economies by 2027

Goldman Sachs has argued that, since the four BRIC countries are developing rapidly, by 2050 their combined economies could eclipse the combined economies of the current richest countries of the world. These four countries, combined, currently account for more than a quarter of the world's land area and more than 40% of the world's population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIC

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no they are not, far from it. visit russia you'll see why, a hint, moskow and st. petersburg are not citys by which you judge russian economic state.

again, tells us something you don't know.

Again having problems with reading comprehension?

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why do i smell contracts for firms to get rid of the old stuff and make a newer but "reduced" stockpile? Whenever any of our illustrious leaders speak.. someone is about to make money .. if they can finagle it into legislation.

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