Notes: Last On Wednesday of last week, George W. Bush announced his proposal to limit the number of nuclear-fuel producing nations. I'm all for that. I'd like to see a big decline in nuclear proliferation. But there's a problem.

Declared nuclear nations include the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China. According to a report that day in the New York Times
by David E. Sanger -- from which the above information also came -- "...Israel, India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons, and North Korea is believed by American intelligence agencies to have at least two and perhaps several more."

The problem is that the rest of the world's nations think that the nuclear nations want to keep the nukes to themselves to their exclusion without the nuclear nations giving up anything. As one Turkish official put it a year ago during the discussion of WMDs in Iraq, all nations want WMDs. They just don't want other nations to have them. Moreover, the Bush administration has approved a research and development program for the U.S. to develop small nuclear weapons such as bunker busters.

In sum, the position on nuclear weapons of all nations is that "the only good nukes are our nukes
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