Excerpted from “The Doomsday Dilemma; This Spring, Barack Obama will push toward his goal of a nuclear-free world. But the stiffest resistance may be at home.
” By John Barry and Evan Thomas, NEWSWEEK
, Published Apr 3, 2010; From the magazine issue dated Apr 12, 2010
bama's dream of a nuke-free world will encounter the stiffest resistance at home—from the people who make and safeguard nuclear weapons. America's nuclear systems are aging, raising questions about the reliability of bombs, planes, and missiles. The U.S. Senate never ratified the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and though the White House has talked hopefully of getting a vote on the CTBT sometime in a first Obama term, congressional staff experts are skeptical. "The CTBT is going nowhere," says a staffer who declined to be named. "The Republicans are not going to go for it." The GOP rationale: the United States needs to at least preserve the option of testing the reliability of old weapons or developing new ones.