The Obama administration disclosed the size of its atomic stockpile going back to 1962 as part of a campaign to get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming, and to improve its bargaining position against the prospect of a nuclear Iran. [These people are f*cking kidding me.]
"We think it is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters at the United Nations, where she addressed a conference on containing the spread of atomic weapons. [How the f*ck would that improve US national security? Did Obama's opening his university records, his SAT and LSAT scores help his presidential election?]
Clinton said the disclosure of numbers the general public has never seen "builds confidence" that the Obama administration is serious about stopping the spread of atomic weapons and reducing their numbers. [Yap, no doubt about it now.]
"You can't get anywhere toward disarmament unless you're going to be transparent about how many weapons you have," said Sharon Squassoni, a nuclear policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. [That's exactly how we disarmed Japan and Germany.]
The U.S. revelations are calculated to improve Washington's bargaining power with Iran's allies and friends for the drive to head off what the West charges is a covert Iranian program to build a bomb. [Yes, take off your pants, that improves the bargaining powers all right. Just go to the closest car dealership and ask for a discount. When they refuse, take off your pants - it worked like magic for Obama when he dealt with Iran.]
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad spoke ahead of Clinton at the conference, denouncing U.S. efforts to pressure his regime to abandon its nuclear program.
When Ahmadinejad took the podium, he responded to Ban. "The secretary general said that Iran must accept the fuel exchange and that the ball is now in Iran's court," Ahmadinejad said. "Well, I'd like to tell you and inform him as well that we'd accepted that from the start. . . . Therefore, we have now thrown the ball in the court of those who should accept our proposal." Iran has repeatedly said it is willing to do the fuel swap, only to reverse course or add conditions. Jabbing his finger in the air, the Iranian leader accused the United States and other nuclear states of manipulating the international arms-control system to preserve their nuclear privileges and to keep others from getting peaceful energy. [Maybe Obama should disclose his SAT and LSAT scores - that would give him enough bargaining power to persuade Iran and North Korea to stop their nuclear programs. And even it this does not - then at least it will stun the leaders of those countries.]
As for why Syria seems to be playing such an unhelpful role, "that's the million-dollar question," the [Obama administration] official said...."We do not understand Syrian intentions. No one does, and until we get to that question we can never get to the root of the problem," the official said. "Until then it's all damage control."