Monday, April 04, 2005
As a matter of principle, I'm against nuclear weapons - but only 'cause I don't have one. When I get one, though, I defintely don't want America's "W-76" thermonuclear device, because apparently
But if plutonium is forever (almost), warheads aren't: "As warheads age, the risk of internal rusting, material degradation, corrosion, decay and the embrittling of critical parts increases. The overhaul to forestall such decay is scheduled to go from 2007 to 2017 [and] cost more than $2 billion, say experts who have analyzed federal budget figures." That's a good two billion we might be throwing after untold billions of bad: "Questions also surround the weapon's basic design. Four knowledgeable critics... have recently argued that the weapon is highly unreliable and, if not a complete dud, likely to explode with a force so reduced as to compromise its effectiveness."