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U.S. Conference of Mayors Denounces Obama’s Nuclear War Provocations

July 3, 2016 (EIRNS)—The U.S. Conference of Mayors, in its annual meeting from June 24-27 in Indianapolis, issued a scathing attack on the Obama Administration, directly targeting the massive NATO exercises now taking place on Russia’s border, Obama’s $1 trillion modernization of nuclear weapons, his failure to take significant action to reduce nuclear weapons, his belligerent policy toward Russia and China, and his disregard for the drastic collapse within the U.S. of basic infrastructure and the general welfare of the people. It is of note that not one major U.S. newspaper even reported this action.

The Mayors’ Resolution, while offering faint praise for Obama’s visit to Hiroshima and his conclusion of a deal with Iran, then states:

"At the same time, the Obama Administration has reduced the U.S. nuclear stockpile less than any post-Cold War presidency and has laid the groundwork for the United States to spend one trillion dollars over the next three decades to maintain and modernize its nuclear bombs and warheads, production facilities, delivery systems, and command and control, and the other nuclear-armed states are following suit.... The nuclear-armed countries are edging ever closer to direct military confrontation in conflict zones around the world, and the largest NATO war games in decades, involving 14,000 U.S. troops, and activation of U.S. missile defenses in Eastern Europe are fueling growing tensions between nuclear-armed giants, and according to former Defense Secretary William Perry: ‘The probability of a nuclear calamity is higher today, I believe, that it was during the cold war.’"

It directly contrasts this danger and vast waste of resources to the collapsing U.S. economy:

"Deteriorating infrastructure is endangering public safety and quality of life, and the growing disparity in wealth is forcing people to leave America’s cities, and federal funds are desperately needed in our communities to build affordable housing, create jobs with livable wages, improve public transit, and develop sustainable energy sources." It calls for redirecting the funds being spent on the nuclear buildup to "address the urgent needs of cities and rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure."

The courage of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan institution representing all cities in the U.S. with over 30,000 in population, in identifying the onrushing threat of global thermonuclear war, places an even greater responsibility on each American—to mobilize these mayors, and their constituents, to implement LaRouche’s program, before Obama can push the button.