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Pakistan Building Nukes at a Brisk Clip

Well what do you say about this bit of news, via the Washington Post? Interesting:

A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade.

The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center concludes that Pakistan is rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities because of fear of its archrival, India, also a nuclear power. The report, which will be released Thursday, says Pakistan is far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads. […]

Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within five to 10 years, the report concludes. Pakistan then would probably possess more nuclear weapons than any country except the United States and Russia, which each have thousands of the bombs.

Gosh, I wonder what Islamabad might want to do with such a vast surplus of nukes? Pakistan would certainly never sell the extras to an ally, like, say, Saudi Arabia—an ally that’s rumored to have bankrolled its nuclear program, and that’s been there with an open checkbook when times have been tough. Because, well, doing that might just put the Middle East on course to a multipolar nuclear arms race—the dreaded mousetrap proliferation scenario. And the Obama Administration has repeatedly assured us that one of its main goals in negotiating its deal with Iran has been to prevent just such a scenario.

No, it couldn’t be that. Never mind, carry on, nothing to see here.

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