Santorum Favors Modernization of the US Nuclear Arsenal

Will Thomas on July 29, 2015
When I asked Rick Santorum for his views on plans to spend a trillion dollars on a new generation of nuclear weapons, he said "investing in the nuclear program is probably a good idea." He also strongly implied the USA should resume nuclear testing.

I asked Rick Santorum for his position on modernizing the US's nuclear arsenal to the tune of One Trillion Dollars, "money we can't afford to spend on weapons we can't use." I also mentioned that there are nuclear weapons analysts who say existing weapons can be "refurbished" at a cost far less than the cost of a new generation of nuclear bombs. I also suggested that "crony capitalism" is a factor behind the push for the trillion dollar plan.

The former Pennsylvania Senator said "we don't really know what we can do to maintain our nuclear arsenal because we don't test."

Santorum continued, "What we do know is we have an arsenal that we aren't sure it works," and that without testing, the deterrent effect of US weapons is limited.

"If we were going to do what I would suggest, which is do whatever it takes to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, we would do the most we can possibly do against proliferation."

"Given that there's a likelihood ... that Iran will be a nuclear power within the next couple years ... I think investing in our nuclear program is probably a good idea."

In other words, Santorum believes that spending huge sums on a new generation of nuclear weapons is an anti-proliferation measure and strongly implied he favors resuming actual tests of nuclear weapons, a practice the United States abandoned in 1992 when George H.W. Bush was president.

As for crony capitalism, the former Senator said nothing.

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