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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nuclear ‘perfect storm’ gathering on Obama’s watch -- By Frank J. Gaffney Jr, The Washington Times

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times (Illustration by Greg Groesch, The Washington Times)

State of Union unlikely to mention threat far greater than ‘income inequality’

America is confronting a very dangerous nuclear "perfect storm." You might be forgiven for thinking that prospect has sufficient importance to warrant mention in President Obama's State of the Union address.
However, if past experience is any guide, it probably won't make the cut in a speech with an Alinsky-like focus on persuading the public and his Republican opponents that the greatest threat the country faces is "income inequality."

Reality must intrude, however, on such cynical political machinations. Consider the following elements of this perfect storm:

The Washington Free Beacon reports that a Defense Science Board task force has completed a three-year review of U.S. intelligence capabilities with respect to emerging nuclear threats and found them seriously wanting.

The Beacon's Adam Kredo says the board found: " 'The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped' to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases, 'current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist.' "

This conclusion is all the more alarming, given the current strategic environment. The panel concluded: "The actual or threatened acquisition of nuclear weapons by more actors — with a range of motivations, capabilities and approaches — is emerging in numbers not seen since the early days of the Cold War.

"Many of these actors are hostile to the U.S. and its allies, and of greater worry, they do not appear to be bound by established norms, nor are they deterred by traditional means."

Think about that the next time — presumably in Mr. Obama's State of the Union address — the president claims his seriously defective deal with Iran will curb its bid for "the Bomb." The truth is that we have no clue about the extent of the mullahs' covert nuclear-weapons program, let alone any reason to think it will be impacted at all by the terms of an agreement that covers only a few declared facilities and only in ways that are readily reversible.

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