The Bomb G-Dub Wasn't Expecting



The Hayward Daily Review has a handy summary of the latest report to Congress on research at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos weapons labs (in Berkeley and New Mexico, respectively) that may handily torpedo the Bush administration's plans for a new arsenal of nuclear weapons. (Or, as the prez would put it, "nucular weapons.") Administration officials have insisted that our old weapons need to be replaced with brand-spankin'-new ones by the year 2030 because the plutonium inside them is aging, and may not reliably detonate. The labs' report contends that, actually, the warheads the United States already has will last at least another ninety years, and that the production rate needed to sustain the arsenal is one tenth to one half what the Bush administration proposes. Now there's some fireworks for ya!