Thursday, January 10, 2008

A very British coup, part 49,832

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, which manages the Aldermaston weapons site on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, is set to come under the control of US companies.
-- Atomic body set for US control, Financial Times, 10 Jan 2007
If we are unable to make bombs ourselves and have to rely entirely on the United States we shall sink to the rank of second-class nation, only permitted to supply auxiliary troops, like the native levies who were allowed small arms but not artillery.
-- Lord Cherwell, science adviser to Winston Churchill, quoted in Independence and Deterrence: Britain and Atomic Energy, 1945-52, and cited in The Seventh Decade.

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