Let me pose my thoughts to you, B757300. You state that we need these mini-nukes to make sure that the enemy does not attack us, knowing we will respond with a nuclear attack. If it were not for past and especially current policy of preemptively invading countries, showing an unwillingness to compromise, and showing an unwillingness to abide by international law, we would not have nearly the problem with "enemies" that we do now. One might think that since we do have the enemies already, we need the weapons. I believe though that we do not need to stay in such a position forever. We could change our image to the world starting TODAY if we only recognized the importance of doing this. If we had widespread support worldwide, not necessarily for any or all things, but just in general, terrorist groups and our current enemies would be undermined in their ideas and goals to hurt or eliminate us. To have power to accomplish these goals, these entities require a following and if they do not have that following and support, they lack the power to carry out their mission. I don't mean for any of that to sound like an attack on your ideas because I respect your ideas and can see where you are coming on, but this is just my take on the issue.
Clipperhawaii, keep in mind that not you, conservatives, liberals, or anybody else has a monopoly on the truth. Please do not suggest that people are "defending their leftitist friends" or tell them to "get their facts straight." Based on your tone, you sound like you feel this bill is still alive and kicking since it has not officially been voted down. There is also the belief that is has been killed because funding for it has been denied for the time being. Depending on how you see it, either is correct. Neither is WRONG, as you told Zak the latter is. He has his facts straight and so do you. Just because his take on the facts is different from your own does not mean he is wrong and you are right. It means you two have differing opinions. Keep this relatively civil and constructive. Some users obviously feel that the mininuke bill lives on while others clearly feel it is dead. You all are capable of civilized debate. Do not say something you would not say to that person's face were to ever be speaking to them. Mostly everyone probably has something of merit to say. A truly sound opinion is only formed when you get new ideas from other people, whatever their beliefs are, and can understand both sides of the issue.
Just keep this stuff in mind everyone. It will help us all.
[Edited 2004-06-11 04:56:11]