From: frank_ lautenberg @ lautenberg. senate. gov
To: nicholas tang @ gmail. com
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 17:34:10 -0400
Subject: Responding to your message
May 26, 2004
Mr. Nicholas Tang
[snip my address]
Thank you for expressing your opposition to the expansion of the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Over the past nineteen years in the Senate, I have worked to curb research and development projects intent on expanding nuclear weapons programs. I was shocked that President Bush proposed upgrades to the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. Regrettably, the Senate blocked my attempts to prohibit funding for President Bush's request. As a result, $15 million is going to fund a program that has already cost the United States the same amount of money. In the end, research and development of the low-yield bunker buster nuclear bomb will cost taxpayers at least $45 million.
I am opposed to new nuclear weapons. Pursuing such weapons reverses over fifty years of U.S. policy regarding nuclear weaponry. Such a policy hurts our strategic alliances. Most importantly, new nuclear weapons endanger life.
President Bush's insistence on calling these new nuclear weapons "low yield" incorrectly suggests that these are safer weapons of mass destruction. Nothing could be further from the truth. The weapon that President Bush requested has a yield seventy times more powerful than the devastation caused in Hiroshima.
President Bush's request was especially surprising considering the case he laid before the U.S. regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom. We alienate our allies when we pursue weapons programs whose control generated the rush into our war in Iraq.
Although my attempts to eliminate funding for new nuclear weapons were blocked, I want to assure you that I will not stop working to prevent any future procurement.
Thank you again for your correspondence.
What I'm trying to decide is this: do I think it's a good thing I got a response (even a canned one) supporting the position I wrote about, or do I think it's a bad thing that not a damn thing is happening?
Part of me wants to write back and say "Thanks for the response and for standing up for the right thing" and part of me wants to say "Thanks for replying, but it's not enough. I'm tired of hearing all of the rhetoric about what you and everyone else in our government is going to do or wishes they could do. I want to see some results, and soon. I'm tired of living under GW's regime of terror and watching everything I love about this country slowly get ground to dust under his heel. I want you idiots to make a difference, and stop being such a bunch of chickenshits and stand up for what's right and MAKE IT HAPPEN."
Alas: still no response from Colombo Yogurt.