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Dr. Strangelove's new bombs

December 12, 2003 | Page 2

GEORGE BUSH and his administration of Dr. Strangeloves are marching ahead with plans to build new "useable" nuclear weapons. In late November, Bush signed a bill that quietly allocates million of dollars for research into new bombs.

Tucked into the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2004 is funding for the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons programs. The bill includes $7.5 million to study the possibility of converting conventional warheads into so-called "bunker-buster" nuclear bombs that are designed to destroy underground targets and hidden weapons arsenals.

An additional $6 million was set aside to study "low-yield" nuclear weapons that supposedly would be more useful in high-precision strikes. Never mind that scientists doubt whether the bombs could ever be made to work effectively--and that it's impossible for such bombs not to contaminate the environment with radioactive fallout.

"It is dangerous and provocative," Bob Schaeffer, of the Anti-Nuclear Alliance, told Britain's Guardian newspaper. "It is like a drunk preaching temperance to everyone else at the bar, while ordering another round."

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