In particular, reports Brian Bender of the Boston Globe, Markey and 27 other Democratic congress members seek to kick one leg out from under the nuclear triad almost entirely — aircraft. The bill would constrain F-35 fighter planes, as well as B-52 and B-2 bombers, from serving as nuclear-weapon delivery systems, and, as well, delay production of a new bomber. Of course the nuclear weapons program would still be able to stand on its own two feet. Bender writes:
… the legislation would also require that the military and Department of Energy, which builds and maintains the warheads, to keep at least 200 intercontinental missiles and 250 submarine-launched missiles to keep a strong nuclear deterrent in an uncertain world.
Rep. Markey summed up: “We need more nuclear weapons programs like Lady Gaga needs another outfit.”
Foreign Policy in Focus contributor Paul Mutter takes issue. “The analogy doesn’t work too well,” he writes. Why? Because: “You can never have too many steak dresses!”
Oh, right. Meanwhile, this just in (again, thanks to Paul Mutter):
Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions. … Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi. … said Wednesday. … “Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran. [This] is very distressing to Iran. … After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat.”
Okay, it’s the Onion.