Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Subcommittees on both Emerging Threats and Strategic Forces tonight responded to the Obama administration's consideration of sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons:
"To consider unilaterally drawing down our nuclear inventory beyond levels not seen since 1950, even while China, Russia, Iran, and other countries alike are striving to increase their nuclear capabilities is beyond reckless; it is ludicrous. Not only is Mr. Obama creating unnecessary and grave vulnerabilities to our national security, he is also creating an environment that encourages global proliferation.
"Many of our allies depend on our nuclear capability for their security. If these assurances are lost, not only will the number of nuclear states multiply, but our control over when, where, and how nuclear weapons are used will diminish exponentially. This President is playing Russian roulette with our national security, only he does not know and/or he does not care that the gun is fully loaded."