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Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Nuclear Weapons

Posted on Apr 8, 2010

(Page 4)

3:33 Question From Guy Petersen Jr

Do you think the United States should get out of the business of policing the affairs of other countries? For instance if n Korea was to do something with their arsenal, shouldn’t other countries like China or Russia get their hands dirty, since they created this Communist regime?

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     I see some of you are still submitting questions, but unfortunately this will be the last one we will take in today.

3:33 Question From Billy B.

Thanks Robert!!!

Robert Scheer3:33 Robert Scheer

     Yes and no

Robert Scheer3:34 Robert Scheer

     (and you’re welcome)

Robert Scheer3:34 Robert Scheer

     But back to the question

Robert Scheer3:34 Robert Scheer

     Obviously the US, Russia, and China are responsible for the actions of client states

Robert Scheer3:34 Robert Scheer

     that they have supported or indeed created in the past

Robert Scheer3:35 Robert Scheer

     But that does not absolve them of responsibility to prevent nuclear conflagration now.

3:35 Question From Graham Webb

Thanks Mr. Scheer, great commentary.

Robert Scheer3:35 Robert Scheer

     Through international effforts

Robert Scheer3:35 Robert Scheer

     Let me add one final comment

Robert Scheer3:36 Robert Scheer

     The current threat, be it from N Korea, Iran
or Pakistan or Israel—all derives from previous approval of such

Robert Scheer3:36 Robert Scheer

     the only reason that Iran and North Korea have been able to move this far was because of the support that came from Pakistan and the father of the bomb in that country

Robert Scheer3:37 Robert Scheer

     Yet the US response to the most egregious violation of efforts to control nuclear proliferation was first under clinton a mild embargo and then the lifting of that embargo by George W. Bush

Robert Scheer3:37 Robert Scheer

     we have been consistently sending mixed signals about how we feel about nuclear proliferation, including obviously the case of Israel’s own development

Robert Scheer3:38 Robert Scheer

     I take it as a major achievement on the part of President Obama that he has moved decisively to end that ambiguity. My concern now is not with Obama’s resolve, but rather with the mindless opposition to these obviously necessary steps

Robert Scheer3:38 Robert Scheer

     by a republican party driven by hardliners and opportunists willing to turn their backs on the real national security interests of this country

Robert Scheer3:39 Robert Scheer

     and driven to oppose this incredibly sane effort to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle

Robert Scheer3:39 Robert Scheer

     Thanks everyone. Let’s do it again next week!

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     Thank you for joining our first live chat session. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please send us an email at








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By Leefeller, April 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment

I read the four pages of transcript and it was not so bad, maybe I am a fast reader?

In the thread on Robert Sheers article this week, the gloom and doom crowd is doing their song and dance routine about Obama not doing enough about Nuclear proliferation, like Sheer stated, this is a start in the right direction.

What will the topic be next week?

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By erichwwk, April 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

I was disappointed that no one raised the issue of whether this START was used to justify the new capacity infrastructure at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Kansas City. To many of us the warhead reductions, while useful in drawing attention to the nuclear weapons issue, has a serious downside in that acyally capacity to develop NEW nuclear weapons has actuallt been significantly increased under Obama. See eg



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By rollzone, April 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment

hello. we discovered nuclear weaponry. we developed nuclear energy. from a safety standpoint- both bad ideas. eliminate them. nobody needs them. nobody has to use them. put the technology in the vault alongside free energy, and forgettabouttit. turn the page in nuclear history. the end. no political games- eliminate all of it. it will be a good loss. we do not need it. lesson learned.

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By omop, April 9, 2010 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

This subject matter falls within the “halo” of a sisyphusian discussion.

  To get, say a state like Israel who is reported to have nuclear weapons to agree
to a modus vivendi with Japan, or Syria or Iran or Pakistan or Russia is an
exercise in futility.

  If the intent is to minimize the use of nuclear weapons then by an international
agreement each member state of the UN should be allowed to have a minimum
of half a dozen nuclear bombs made at their disposal to be used when ever they
deem it appropriate.

  If no one can agree on just plain military hardware, like helicopters, missiles,
cluster bombs, what is the rational for ” an agreement on nuclear weapons”.

  As basically “animals” when one know that every one else has an equal
potential of causing havoc the chances [ hopefully ] of using one are diminshed

  At the present the socalled “mad dog” posture of the Israelis to wipe out
everyone including several capitals in Europe according to their military expert
Martin Van Cleveld why should not the Italians, Greeks, Turkey, Poland et al not
have an equal capability?

  A curse and a blessing for some.

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By ofersince72, April 9, 2010 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

There is nothing new ...with this…

The same line of crap we have heard forever
Thats all we during Cinton years….
Iran and North Korea…we might nuk you!!!
So they are getting rid of their old , obsolete nuks
and replacing them with more conventional weapon..
WOW,  were are still the poorest nation in the world
world’s largest debtor nation gobbling up every penny
we can borrow to build more destruction to kill a
boggyman that doesn’t exist making a few extremly
wealthy while we rot our country and the minds of its

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By ron_woodward, April 9, 2010 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

Nobody in the Middle East will take the USA seriously until she prosecutes her officials for selling US nuclear secrets to potential enemies.
At least a year ago Israel developed an attack plan to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities with conventional weapons. There is no need to nuke an entire population to disarm them.
Bob Scheer is correct that nukes guarantee self-destruction.
In this regard anyone who votes against ratification of the POTUS treaty should be tried for Sedition.

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By Ouroborus, April 9, 2010 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

So, where’s the Mp3 of the live chat; I’m not reading
through 4 pages of transcripts!

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By gerard, April 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

To reinforce the motivation for getting rid of nuclear weapons, and previous to the Senate sessions on the subject (which are bound to be nasty), please consider engaging the opinions of someone who knows first-hand about the actual human, painful, extensive, long-lasting suffering caused by the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  With the passage of time, the horror has rather “worn off” for people who didn’t experience it, and it needs to be reiterated in no uncertain terms.  If anyone has the contacts to do it, a video of film at the time, (or a slide show) on YouTube would be a good idea, too.

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