This Is One Of Those Things

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That won't really make any difference in the end, but does show that Harold Ford is a little bit inexperienced about foreign affairs. It seems he gave a speech where he casually tossed off the names of countries interested in getting nuclear weapons. He threw Australia in there. Which comes as a surprise to Australia.  

His skilled oration on domestic politics may be flawless, but his grip on foreign policy is error-prone. Yesterday he stumbled into gaffes on the North Korean nuclear tests and then mentioned Australia in the same breath as rogue nations wanting to go nuclear.

"Here we are in a world today where more countries have access to nuclear weapons than ever before," Mr Ford said, adding that when he left college in 1992 he thought the nuclear age had come to an end "and America would find ways to eliminate the number of chances that a rogue group or a rogue nation would get their hands on nuclear material".

"Today nine countries have it – more than ever before – and 40 are seeking it, including Argentina, Australia and South Africa," he said.

Mr Ford was referring to the nine known nuclear weapon states: the US, the UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and now North Korea.

He said this made the US less safe because "more countries have nuclear weapons today which means the possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands has increased dramatically".

On North Korea, he claimed Pyongyang had conducted two nuclear tests, the first of which he said occurred on July 4. This confuses the ballistic tests Pyongyang carried out on that date with the single nuclear test earlier this month.

The gaffes were lost on the audience and he was given a rousing standing ovation from Democrats and Republicans alike. Any chance of clarifying Mr Ford's remarks with the man himself was impossible as minders shielded any international media from asking questions, ushering Mr Ford away.

"You don't win us any votes," said his spokeswoman. And she might have added that it also means he is insulated from pesky questions probing his limitations on enunciating a foreign policy involving a trusted ally.

In point of fact, South Africa gave up its program. Australia has no interest in getting any of these weapons – at least for now. It has never expressed any interest and does not have a nuclear infrastructure at all. They only own one research reactor which is used for making medical isotopes.

Like I said, it won't nake any difference.

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3 Responses to This Is One Of Those Things

  1. Jose says:

    Argentina also gave up the nuclear quest about a dozen years ago.

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  3. Otti says:

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    Unbelievable that someone who aspires to the presidency of the world's most powerful nation should be so ignorant and stupid. Then again, going by the current office holder, it may well be a job description.

    Fundamentalist religion, more guns than people, inability to give any other nation, culture or belief system any credibility, failure to believe any other viewpoint, propping up dictators over years and years, '**** off' response to all that disagree

    versus

    Champion of the free world, most consistantly innovative country on earth, continuing to pay for others, continuing to defend others sovereignty, giving up the lives of your youth for other's freedom

    I think that despite all of your faults, I sure am glad that you are around. Thank you.

    (Edit for language)

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