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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 05:35 AM

World briefs: Top Dems introduce bill to prevent U.S. from striking first with nukes

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced by Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate on Wednesday would bar the United States from using a nuclear weapon unless attacked with one first, demonstrating growing momentum for antinuclear sentiments on the left in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 presidential contender, and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the “No First Use Act” in their respective chambers to codify in law what they said “most Americans already believe - that the United States should never initiate a nuclear war.”

The text of the bill is simple, saying only that “it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first.” But while the measure has support among many Democrats, and could pass through the House, it likely wouldn’t win enough Republican backing to win approval in the Senate.

It would almost certainly face a veto by President Donald Trump, whose administration has opposed the proposal in its nuclear weapons policy. Still, the introduction of the bill by a high-profile presidential contender and the chairman of one of the House’s most powerful committees indicates how the idea is gaining traction within a swath of the Democratic base.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/01/30/World-briefs-Top-Dems-introduce-bill-prevent-US-from-striking-first-with-nukes/stories/201901310072



The article is based primarily upon an article in the Washington Post.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-democrats-introduce-bill-to-prevent-us-from-striking-first-with-nuclear-weapons/2019/01/30/a5959ee6-24bc-11e9-ba08-caf4ff5a3433_story.html

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Reply World briefs: Top Dems introduce bill to prevent U.S. from striking first with nukes (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jan 2019 OP
rampartc Jan 2019 #1
Lonestarblue Jan 2019 #2
sinkingfeeling Jan 2019 #3
melm00se Jan 2019 #4
sandensea Jan 2019 #5
trusty elf Jan 2019 #6
Cold War Spook Jan 2019 #7
EX500rider Jan 2019 #8

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 06:20 AM

1. pathetic that this is necessary

but if trump throws a tantrum and pushes the button, i doubt he will be deterred by a scrap of paper.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 08:21 AM

2. Will Republicans ever wake up?

Yesterday’s public report to Congress by our nation’s intelligence chiefs and Trump’s response that they should go back to school should cause any person loyal to this country to question either Trump’s sanity or the possibility that he is working for Russia. Nothing he has done has been for the benefit of the US, so we have either a delusional president or a Russian asset—neither of which is good.

Given what was said by the intelligence chiefs in public, I would love to know what they said in the afternoon’s private session. Senator Schumer was right with his notion that the intelligence chiefs need to meet with Trump for an intervention, but it needs to be broader. Republican leaders need to be part of this intervention and tell the president that he is risking both impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate if he doesn’t stop with his nonsensical tweets and his undermining of US intelligence and national security. Of course, they won’t do this because they care more about their party than what Trump is doing to the country.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 09:05 AM

3. I wish with all my heart that this could become a law.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 09:18 AM

4. The return of the 1980's

MAD fears.

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Response to melm00se (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 09:29 AM

5. Star Wars included

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Response to sandensea (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 09:31 AM

6. ...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 10:43 AM

7. Not allowing the US to strike first period.

 

Nope, I hope we would never have to do it, but, at the extreme, what if our enemy is not using its nukes but chemical and biological warheads?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 06:32 PM

8. I'd rather it include other WMD's like nerve gas ect. n/t

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