What does Congress know about nukes?

In a powerful speech in Berlin, President Obama announced that he would seek reductions in U.S.-Russian Cold War nuclear arsenals and pursue the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. These critical steps could help set the world's course to zero nuclear weapons, and reflect the mainstream view that has emerged – since President Reagan first began the process of arms reductions – that the massive nuclear arsenal inherited from the Cold War is poorly suited to combat today’s threats, including proliferation and nuclear terrorism.

Some members of Congress loudly opposed the President’s announcement. But in a new video, we see that Congress doesn’t know much about the useless nuclear weapons it clings to – at a cost of $60 billion every year. 


 

Minor details like how many nuclear weapons there are in the United States – or when we might actually use them – escaped the more than 70 members of Congress who were polled for this video. 99% of them did not know – even roughly speaking – how many nuclear weapons the United States has and 95% could not think of any situation in which the United States should them.

In a time of budget crises and defense sequesters, this excessive spending on nuclear weapons – at the expense of things we can actually use – is utterly wasteful. It’s time for Congress to study up on the basics and set its priorities straight.

President Obama's announcement was an important step toward a world without nuclear weapons. We encourage you to learn more about the issue here: http://www.globalzero.org/get-the-facts, and share our mission with others to help support this imperative progress. 

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