by Joe Scarry
|. . . and this was just the subtle part of the NY Daily News front page|
That a bunch of GOP senators are agitated about nuclear weapons is a good thing. (“Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama’s power to approve Iran nuclear deal” – March 10, 2015 on Fox.)
Now we just need to re-direct their energy to where the real problem is.
|So many exist, ready to be used . . . .
The world’s nuclear weapon
count (August, 2014): 16,400
Iran and all the other countries in the world are confounded by the existence of thousands of nuclear weapons in US and Russian hands. They have practically no way to change that situation.
The possibility that Iran (or any other country) might obtain a nuclear weapon is significant in several senses — but the MOST significant sense is its ability to wake us up. (Witness the now-wide-awake GOP members of Congress.)
The trick now is to get Congress to pivot to the REAL challenge: getting the US to eliminate its nuclear weapons. Or — and this is where it gets really hairy — getting the US nuclear weapons out of the hands of our thermonuclear monarch.
Yes, that’s right. The real threat is a single person with his hand on the switch — able at any time to release the thousands of nuclear weapons already standing on alert and ready to go.
You want to talk Presidential power?
Sovereignty of the People?
Well then . . . let’s see you take on the king . . . .
Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon – a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War – deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy.
The choices are: (a) take back the power currently held by our thermonuclear monarch; or (b) shut up and pray. Those are the only two choices, and everybody gets to choose where they stand. The people in Congress who won’t step up to either of them are a nothing but a bunch of putzes.
The decision about whether to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation is our decision. And that is why the entire country is mobilizing for mass action for nuclear disarmament in 2015. Are we capable of making sure the messengers — Obama, Putin, the other agents of government — hear their instructions from us clearly?
How do you formulate a statement that can somehow convince the United States to eliminate its threatening nuclear weapons? How do you formulate the 10th request? Or the 100th? Knowing all the time that the United States is in the position — will always be in the position — to say, “No” ? At what point does it dawn on you that the United States will nevergive up its nuclear weapons, becauseit has the power and the rest of the world doesn’t?
It may be counterintuitive, but House Majority Leader John Boehner has actually done a good thing by inviting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.