April 2016—In his 1984 State of the Union Address, President Reagan declared: "A nuclear war can never be won, and must never be fought."
And yet, even though the Soviet Union and the "Communist Threat" have been gone since 1991, the US is embarking on a $1 trillion program of nuclear weapons modernization, part of which is to satisfy the Pentagon's desire for "more usable" nuclear weapons.
Exploding even a single "usable" nuclear bomb would likely lead to a broader nuclear exchange, threatening the destruction of the world as we know it. There are currently over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Nuclear nations should be eliminating their nuclear weapons—not modernizing them.
Urge your Senators to speak out loudly and vote against the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 funds for the B61-12 nuclear bomb upgrade. Far from making us safer, "usable" nuclear bombs will make it easier for our politicians and military to contemplate using them. If we blur the line between conventional war and nuclear war, we can count on "upgrading" to an unwinnable nuclear war.
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U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510
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Photo: Lois Barber, Lilyhouse Creek, 1972