Friday, June 21, 2013

Political Posturing

Politicians love making grandiose claims that have nothing to do with reality and the president of the USA came up with a wild one recently. 'President Obama used the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate yesterday to urge Russia to leave the Cold War behind by agreeing to a one-third reduction in its nuclear arsenal.' (Times, 20 June) The USA has 7,700 nuclear warheads and Russia has 8,5000, so a one-third reduction would still leave enough nuclear warheads to burn the world to a crisp. RD

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