Richard  Schiffman

Richard Schiffman

Richard Schiffman is an environmental journalist, poet and author of two books based in New York.

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Le Monde Diplomatique

Obama’s plan for nuclear sanity

“Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon,” read the headline. This frontpage banner in the satirical weekly The Onion may not have gotten the number exactly right. The Obama administration reported in 2010 that the US possesses 5,113 warheads in the stockpile and an additional 4,500 retired, but not yet dismantled, making the grand total even higher than the spoofers had guessed.