We haven’t had a real date night now in ages, but last night we did have one of our famous Big White popcorn and movie nights. Big guest list too: Michael Douglas, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Bill Perry, Sam Nunn and Colin Powell.
The movie was a bit of a downer though: "Nuclear Tipping Point." It’s Sam Nunn's (former Georgia Senator) documentary film about the threat of nuclear terrorism -- and the dream of a nuclear weapons-free world.
The movie screening was actually a pre-celebration of next week’s signing of the new Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty. With Russia! Yeah! And Big Guy announced this week that we will positively never, ever, use our nuclear arsenal – even if we get attacked by chemical or biological weapons. Especially if the attacks are by some country who isn’t lucky enough to have any nuclear weapons (yet) in their weapons of mass destruction arsenal. Because that’s taking the moral high road. Or something. Although some critics (Fox News and Rush Limbaugh) are saying that this is just another example of Big Guy’s tunnel vision. Honestly, I don’t know where they come up this stuff.
But a nuclear free world is a vision Big Guy has had just about forever,or at least since his undergraduate days at Columbia. as Dewey pointed out last summer in It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, BO spent a lot of time back in his college days thinking about nuclear proliferation. So don’t tell me he hasn’t thought this through:
“I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though…” (Barack Obama, “Dreams From My Father,” page 93, paperback edition.
From Dreams of my Father to Dreams of my Father, Second Generation:
The Wee Won in Rome last July with Mom and Dad. Just an Innocent Pawn.