It seems America is getting ready for a great interior violence. Don't think its civil war was ever settled.Well maybe. After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And the violence, if/when it comes, may not just be directed inwardly. As Jonathan Schell writes, the U.S. 2001 Nuclear Posture Review envisages:
a permanent new facility [for plutonium pit production]; a new facility for producing tritium, which boosts the yield of thermonuclear weapons; a new intercontinental ballistic missile, to be operational in...2018; a new strategic submarine and a new ballistic missile to go with it, for 2029; a new nuclear-capable bomber for 2040; [etc]...In the words of Tom Cruise, "we are the authorities".
P.S. The Nuclear Threats Initiative circulates a freeview version of Toward a Nuclear Free World by George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry and Sam Nunn (15 Jan 08). This follows A World Free of Nuclear Weapons by the same authors (4 Jan 07).