How Does Obama Keep America Safe? By Doing The Job Bush Couldn’t Be Bothered With
Rachel Maddow had a blockbuster exclusive last night as she reported on the ongoing efforts of the Department of Energy’s (you know, that department that the GOP wants to get rid of) efforts to secure loose nuclear material all over the world. Her specific report was on all of the highly enriched Uranium in Mexico being transported to the United States in secret for disposal. That means that except for a literal handful of material that is accounted for, there is no weapons grade (or potentially weapons grade) HE Uranium left south of the border.
While we’ve been quietly gathering this material since the Clinton administration, it was only when Obama took office that those efforts received the attention they deserved, particularly in light of the “war on terror”. Remember, the Bush administration dragged us into two wars on the claims that terrorists were out to get us and it might just be with nuclear weapons. Yet, no particular emphasis was made on securing nuclear material that, at the very least, could be made into a dirty bomb. Quite the opposite, the Bush administration outed Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose entire job was to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Why? Political retaliation.
In contrast, Tom D’agostino explains that, under the Obama administration, more than a ton of material has been secured in roughly two years compared to a little less than three tons in the thirteen years prior. Clinton can be barely excused (and I mean barely) since he didn’t base his entire administration on whipping up fear of a nuclear attack by a shadowy worldwide massive ginormous terrorist network that hated us for our freedom, liberty and mom’s apple pie. That was pretty much the defining characteristic of the Bush administration. But it took a Democratic administration left with a legacy of hatred and resentment in the Islamic world to take it seriously. And kill bin Laden. And crush al Qaeda. And sign the START treaty to continue to reduce and secure both ours and Russia’s nuclear stockpiles.
But hey, Obama is just like Bush! That’s the important part to remember!
Here’s the clip with Tom D’agostino: