Where there’s calm . . .

Pakistan has been a nuclear power for two decades, and has an estimated eighty to a hundred warheads, scattered in facilities around the country. The success of the latest attacks raised an obvious question: Are the bombs safe? Asked this question the day after the Rawalpindi raid, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We have confidence in the Pakistani government and the military’s control over nuclear weapons.” Clinton—whose own visit to Pakistan, two weeks later, would be disrupted by more terrorist bombs—added that, despite the attacks by the Taliban, “we see no evidence that they are going to take over the state.”

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Pulitzer prize winning writer Seymour Hersh defends his article, “Defending the Arsenal” in this week’s New Yorker. The piece revealed that America has a security agreement with Pakistan allowing the U.S. military to maintain special forces set to act in the event that Pakistani nuclear arsenals are in danger.

He claims that there is a stand-by group of U.S. forces based in Pakistan that its government can call upon in the event of an incident that might endanger national security, specifically defenses around nuclear arsenals. The U.S. government has denied Hersh’s findings. “The US has no intention of seizing Pakistani nuclear weapons or material — we see Pakistan as a key ally in our common effort to fight violent extremists and to foster regional stability,” said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.

Hersh responded to the State Department with more detail about the program. “There certainly is a rapid response force; I’ll take it a step further – it is called a ‘Tailored Fest’… I just wish they would not deny stuff that is actually publicly available if you know where to look for it. It is a force that [will act] in case of any nuclear incident or any other terrorism-related incident.”

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