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When we negotiated an anti-nukes agreement with Iran, half the people at the talks were scientists...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: June 10, 2018 09:16PM
It was very important to have scientists there and the scientists actually did a lot of the negotiating because they knew the operations of the various devices used to refine uranium and the test results they'd need to confirm that Iran wasn't refining weapons grade uranium.

Trump has... nobody with any scientific expertise on nukes in his entire administration and nobody traveling with him who knows anything about nukes. In fact, he's fired or marginalized most of the government scientists who could help.

[www.nytimes.com]

Mr. Trump is the first president since 1941 not to name a science adviser, a position created during World War II to guide the Oval Office on technical matters ranging from nuclear warfare to global pandemics. As a businessman and president, Mr. Trump has proudly been guided by his instincts. Nevertheless, people who have participated in past nuclear negotiations say the absence of such high-level expertise could put him at a tactical disadvantage in one of the weightiest diplomatic matters of his presidency.

“You need to have an empowered senior science adviser at the table,” said R. Nicholas Burns, who led negotiations with India over a civilian nuclear deal during the George W. Bush administration. “You can be sure the other side will have that.”

...as Mr. Trump prepares for the talks, he has no close aides on par with those who helped President Barack Obama negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. Mr. Obama’s advisers included Ernest J. Moniz, a nuclear physicist who led the Energy Department and oversaw the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal, and John Holdren, a physicist and expert in nuclear arms control who served as the White House science adviser.

“There is going to be the requirement for trade-offs, and that judgment is best made by people with technical expertise who are also very senior politically,” Mr. Moniz said. “That just does not exist in this administration.”




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Re: When we negotiated an anti-nukes agreement with Iran, half the people at the talks were scientists...
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 10, 2018 10:12PM
This is absolute insanity.
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Re: When we negotiated an anti-nukes agreement with Iran, half the people at the talks were scientists...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: June 11, 2018 06:39AM
Science is fake to these guys.
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Re: When we negotiated an anti-nukes agreement with Iran, half the people at the talks were scientists...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 11, 2018 08:20AM
Pres. Trump knows more than the scientists!



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Re: When we negotiated an anti-nukes agreement with Iran, half the people at the talks were scientists...
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 11, 2018 09:02AM
Scientists are being treated exactly like the Biblical prophets of old. Ignore them, mock them, let them in the palace only to save our butts when doom is at the door. How long before we serve their heads on platters?
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