Friday, April 16, 2010

The Nuclear Summit

It certainly turned DC on its head. This was true when it came to the re-routing of traffic especially around where I worked.

Besides bringing in heads of states from all over the world, what did it accomplish. It was interesting that in my spinning class on Wednesday we talked about the traffic and what, if anything, was gotten of it. Several people said it was just a bunch of words and people would go back to their respective countries and just forget about everything.

I don’t think that that is a fair assessment. Some very positive things did come out it:

The first tangible results of the summit came as Obama held a series of meetings with foreign leaders, including Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who announced Ukraine would get rid of its stockpile of highly enriched uranium by 2012.

The move by Kiev is designed to make it harder for terrorists to get hold of nuclear material. Ukraine will also convert its civil nuclear program to operate on low-enriched uranium, Yanukovich said.

Any nuclear material that can come under lock and key as in away from the bad guys is a move in the right direction.

As for security, well it was impressive. I work a couple of blocks from the White House. There were fences placed along New York Avenue from the White House to the Convention Center where the summit was held. There were National Guard trucks on every corner usually at least two sometimes three. There were also National Guard troops on every corner. Police cars and police like you wouldn't believe. There were even two in the lobby of my gym on Monday and Tuesday. I haven't seen security this tight since 9/11. The interesting thing was that by Wednesday morning everything was gone. Almost like it never happened.

I think in the end it was a good attempt by the Obama administration.

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