Reduce The Deficit By Spending Less On Nukes

Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione writes in the Atlantic today that while Congress is currently engaged in intense budget, deficit, and debt negotiations, lawmakers should take a good look at reducing the amount of money the U.S. spends on nuclear weapons. “The government is set to spend almost $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, roughly as much as it spent on the war in Iraq over the decade,” says Cirincione, adding, “Most of the money will be spent without any clear guidance on how many weapons we need and for what purpose.”