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Criminal Law –PO 332 Mark S. Sechrist Essay #2 April 11, 2008 Randy Street Reduction in The American Nuclear Stockpile If I was a legislature for one I day I would put into motion a law that would mandate a significant reduction in the amount of nuclear warheads stockpile in the United States. The Amount of nuclear weapons in the United States has grown to a massive amount that can be dangerous to the residence of the United States and far surpasses the amount that could possibly be needed in an act of war. This amount needs to be reduced to ensure the safety of the people of the United States. This reduction process has already begun however standards must be set up for a scheduled date that at least fifty percent of the warheads will be removed, in addition to a plan detailing how the reduction with take place. The United States has more nuclear weapons within its borders than could be used in a violent conflict with another nation. The United state currently has several thousand warheads on alert that can be launched within minutes (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2007). “The United States enjoys a position of unparalleled military strength and great economic and political influence. Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government not to use the nation’s strength to gain a unilateral advantage” (Bush, 2002). However the idea of stockpiling many nuclear weapons goes against this basic philosophy. The days are gone where the United States only needed to be worried about attack from larger power nations. “The events of September 11, 2001, taught us that weak states, like Afghanistan, can pose as great a danger to our national interests as strong states” (Bush, 2002). No longer can the United States rely on the stockpile of Nuclear weapons to deter other from attacking the nation. When a small group of people attacked the United States instead of an entire nation attacking, the option a nuclear based offensive disappeared. This leads to other
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Street 2 smaller groups of people that have animosity towards the United States to believe that they are too immune to a nuclear attack due to the United States government’s fear of ensuing war with the country or countries that the group is contained.
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