Bravo, Senator.This is a well-reasoned conservative argument of the
type and quality that is tragically, and ominously, all too rare among today's
crop of Republicans.
I respect you, Senator Garn, but to me your argument for banning nuclear testing
is completely unconvincing. Sorry. A ban would only tilt the scale in favor
of those who hate us.
Peanut,Sounds like you didn't actually read the article.How are our enemies remotely at an advantage if international law makes it
impossible for them to build a nuclear weapons program without significant
punishments? Moreover, how is there a disincentive for any country to develop
nuclear weapons if we're still setting ours off?Garn is correctly
observing that while we have the capabilities to ensure the reliability of our
bombs without detonating them, Iran and North Korea don't.We have
everything to gain and nothing to lose from a comprehensive test-ban treaty.
As a child in Southern Utah I grew up twirling in the nuclear dust from
above-ground tests in Nevada. Now as an adult I watch my husband battle leukemia
from the same source. I don't want my children or anyone else to suffer the same
fate. There are other ways to test our arsenal, no other generation needs
to suffer.The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty must be ratified.Thanks
Jake Garn, for this informative op-ed article. (It more than makes up for not
shaking my ten-year-old son's hand at a fair 30 years ago.)
Re: Blue: Yes, I read the entire op-ed before I commented. Iran and North Korea
are continuing their nuclear development, and they havent been stopped by any
"punishment" from us or the U.N. It doesn't work.Also, we
DON'T have the capability to ensure the reliability of our bombs without
detonating them periodically. It doesn't have to be open air tests that risk
people's health, but it does need to be done in some form. Aging parts become
unreliable, and our enemies know this, which emboldens them and undermines
peace. No, if we ratify the treaty, we're only hamstringing ourselves.
PG: "Also, we DON'T have the capability to ensure the reliability of our
bombs without detonating them periodically."That's the entire
point of Senator Garn's message -- the US Dept of Defense disagrees strongly
with your claim that the only way to keep our nukes reliable is to periodically
set one off.
Well done and hat's off to Senator Garn! Let's hope Sens. Hatch and Lee are