Wednesday, April 19, 2006

This Won't Be On Your Front Page Tomorrow, But It Should Be

The US is planning to test a bomb 50 times larger than our largest conventional weapon in the Nevada desert on June 2, 2006.

1.4 million pounds of explosives will be detonated in the United States on June 2, 2006.

A nuclear rehearsal.

Did you know that? Don't you think that is news the ordinary American should be aware of?

I learned it here: dailykos: Randi Rhodes Begs For Attention To Planned Weapons Test (Update2 - Video)

Salt Lake Tribune: Test blast in Nevada: A nuclear rehearsal
Pentagon apparently looks for an optimal size of a 'bunker buster'

WASHINGTON - A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets. And it has caused a concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons.

The detonation, called Divine Strake, is intended to "develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage," according to Defense Department budget documents.

Irene Smith, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said the document doesn't imply that Divine Strake "is a nuclear simulation." She said it will be used to assess computer programs that predict ground shaking in a major blast.

While it will not be a nuclear explosion - no nuclear or radioactive material will be used - the Divine Strake blast will be fifty times larger than the military's largest conventional weapon, the Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs. It will still be many times less powerful than the smallest weapon in the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

George W. Bush is insane. This option is on the table. He should be impeached for the good of the world. Who will stand up to lead us?

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