What’s in a Number?

Well, you’re going to want to know about the 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun tucked behind the living room sofa and resting on a pair of bicycle storage hooks.  And you’ll probably want to know about the 20-year-old Beretta 92FS hiding behind some faded sippy cups on the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet right next to the sink.  And, of course, there’s my trusty 9mm Sig Sauer P229 and a .380 pocket gun tucked in the gun safe in the master bedroom closet.  The combination is 1-7-7-6.

Now that you know where all my guns are, now that I’ve been so forthcoming, will you in exchange give me a head’s up as to what day you plan on breaking into my house in the middle of the night?

Pretty please, with cherries on top?  Come on — I’ve been so forthcoming!

Now, I’ll have you know that 1-7-7-6 is not the real combination to my gun safe.  And I’ll have you know that, when it comes to firearms, I own none of those described above.  And I’ll have you know that those I do in fact own are not waiting to be found in the aforementioned locations in my house.

I’ll also have you know that the United States of America has exactly 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile.  Wanna know how I know that?  Well, the Obama administration told me.  And everybody else.

That’s right — according to an Associated Press piece released earlier this evening, the White House felt that shifting to a policy of full disclosure when it comes to the size of our nuclear stockpile would in turn “get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming” and “improve its bargaining position against a nuclear Iran.”

Now, experts have indeed been close in estimations of our nuclear inventory.  In fact, they’ve been very close.  Still, I might think that the guy with the trendy eyeglasses across the poker table from me is sitting on a full house as the dealer is about to flip the “river” card, but I absolutely, unequivocally know for a fact that he becomes a whole lot less dangerous to me and my pile of chips if he actually shows me his hand.

My question, with regard to the Obama administration’s unprecedented full disclosure of all things nuclear, is this:  How, exactly, does this help America? Or, rather:  How, exactly, does this strengthen America? Or, if you prefer:  How, exactly, are Americans more safe due to public knowledge of previously classified national security information?

The short answer to all three questions, folks, is that it doesn’t.  It doesn’t help America for everyone, friends and enemies alike, to know the contents of our nuclear stockpile.  It doesn’t strengthen America.  It doesn’t keep Americans safe.  I don’t care that 5,113 is enough to destroy the entire world 150 times over.  I don’t care.    There is no upside here.  There is only downside.  There is only an increased perception of weakness, and an increased vulnerability for every American man, woman and child.

Think I’m being melodramatic?  Really?

In his Declaration of War Against the Americans, written in 1996, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden considered the retreat by American forces from Somalia in 1993 and said, of the United States of America: “You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew.  The extent of your impotence and weaknesses have become very clear.  When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”

Five years later, 19 had been killed in the Khobar Towers bombing, hundreds more slaughtered in the African embassy bombings, 17 sailors were murdered in the bombing of the USS Cole, and three thousand innocent Americans lay dead in New York City, central Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

And now, 15 months into Barack Obama’s presidency, the United States of America has made the projection of weakness the central facet of its foreign policy and its now lackluster prosecution of the Overseas Contingency Operation formerly known as the Global War on Terror.  At home, the Obama administration investigates and threatens prosecution of its own intelligence officials.  They treat citizens like terrorists and terrorists like citizens, stifling their own ability to gather intelligence by extending to our enemies constitutional rights and privileges reserved for American citizens, and looking for any sign of violence from their own domestic political enemies first before even considering the bloodlust among radical Islamic jihadists overseas, proven time and time again by innocent American blood shed in the name of Allah.

But, Jeff, how could anyone stop somebody committed to blowing up his beat-up Nissan SUV in Times Square?  How could anyone stop a radical Muslim Army officer from shooting soldiers at Fort Hood?  How could anyone prevent some kid who boards an airplane at a small airport across the world from detonating an explosive device tucked carefully behind his scrotum?

The answer, folks, is “systemically.”

I have a great, big rose bush growing on the side of my house, next to my garage.  I’m six-foot-three, and if I were to prune the top, I might need a step-stool.  Right now, it is absolutely ravaged with spider mites, little insects about one-fiftieth of an inch in length which feed themselves by biting into leaves and sucking them dry like some little, teeny-weeny vampire.  If I want to rid my rose bush of spider mites, if sitting down with them without preconditions doesn’t work, I could always grab a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass and carefully remove each and every one, maybe placing them on my neighbor’s rose bush so they have a place to live.  Or, I could buy a pyrethrin-based spray and, standing from a few feet away, cover the entire bush with the plant-based insecticidal soap.  Or, better yet, I could purchase a systemic pest killer, which is sprinkled at the root and spread throughout the plant’s stems, leaves and flowers by its own circulatory system.

To prevail over radical Islamic jihad, we must use both the topical and systemic insecticide.  We must project strength, not weakness, ensuring that every jihadist and the foreign governments which allow for their existence understand that any attack on the United States of America will be met with unyielding force and devastation.  And we must act systemically, knocking out the means and motivation for terror and terrorism by championing freedom and liberty for those who want it.

There is no room whatsoever for weakness of any kind.  Osama bin Laden said it himself — by nature, people will choose the strong horse.  Projecting strength, not weakness, will foment security.

5,113.  It’s much, much more than just a number.  It represents a political ideology completely divorced from reality.  It represents a weaker America, and America represented by leaders who do not have America’s best interests at heart.

And it reminds me that I would much rather be led by a president who cannot pronounce “nuclear” than one who simply does not understand why we have nuclear weapons in the first place.



  1. Linda B. says:

    Excellent Jeff! Bravo. You summarized what this administration is doing to America so no one could misunderstand. The only thing the president did not tell our enemies is where these missiles are located. However, I am sure this is also being leaked. Since I have worked on many defense programs, this is really a blow to our military who have protected us and have been on alert during times of danger and have been responsible for the nuclear arsenal for many years. If you think we are not in jeopardy, you have to be insane or insensitive. This ensures an attack upon our country and I suspect in several places at once. We have now had several internal incidents (attacks) by those who want us destroyed. These may well be tests or diversions from what is really meant to happen. These attacks are not going to stop and now with each presidential capitulation will indeed increase. Bullies only listen when you knock some sense into them.

    You must now consider if this is truly the work of a naive novice president or a plan designed years ago and now coming to fruition.

    Obama’s connection to socialism and communism is undeniable. In Chicago he was part of the “New Party” during his Senate run and was also the leader of the sister organization “Progressive Chicago” both with Socialist and communist backing. He also started “Demos” a think tank organization under the Institute of Policy Studies. He was part of its Board of Directors with Van Jones and supported by ACORN and SEIU.

    Are Americans so asleep or unwilling to really seek out the truth of what is happening to our country? Many people have awaken and are doing what they can to stem this tide. We can only hope all of us will awaken before it is too late to reverse the pattern. We can also pray for the protection of our country and her citizens.

  2. Lilly says:

    No words, just sad. Love your analogy about the rose bush but now I keep “feeling” creepy things crawling on me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love repeating myself……
    President Undermining Strategic Safeguards Youthfully

  4. whats_up says:


    Once again we are going to disagree. Do you really think that the country that thought we had 6,000 missles is now going to make plans to attack us because we only have 5,113. Really? Also, it doesnt matter how many missles we have to people like Bin Laden, if it did, they never would have attacked us in the first place. This isnt showing weakness to anyone, this is showing that we have enough missles to destroy all of you if we want, be thankful we dont.

  5. Randy Wills says:

    Great piece, Jeff. You’ve got the “angel of light” in the Whitehouse well pegged.

    And, “whats_up”, how silly can you be? If your reasoning had any credibility, why not let the world think that you had “6000″ nuclear bombs? And, of course, in the world of national security secrets, who in their right mind would conclude that any sane power was telling the truth in the first place?

    No, Obama, with an eye towards reducing the U.S. to just one more “world citizen” in the “hood” is playing the “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” game. I’d like to think that it is just naivete on his part, but my gut tells me to be afraid, very afraid – for the U.S.



  6. Dee says:

    I have a legal question. Is this not treason when military secrets are revealed? Maybe it was never meant to be a secret but then again, maybe it was. It does give the enemy, who is building nuclear weapons, the information he needs in order to destroy what we have. It will only be a matter of time until their location is revealed or maybe we could include a map. Each day brings something else that is mind blowing. Oh for the day when we had a president who walked with a “swagger” in his cowboy boots.

  7. Anonymous says:

    WRONG, ….. 5,111
    one was used to blow up the levee in New Orleans, and one was detonated in the stratosphere to steer the hurricane to the lower wards.

  8. Lilly says:

    Well, BO just got his out stretched hand slapped again by Iran again regarding this…

  9. Great rosebush analogy.

    So when it comes to the health care debate and govt bailouts, the American people get shut out. No transparency. But nuclear weapons? Sure! No problem!

    Why don’t you just hand over the secret codes while you’re at it…..

  10. Spaceballs says:

    1-7-7-6…… what a gay combination….
    Obama’s is 1-9-1-7

  11. Outback v Dell says:

    Jeff, have you purchased a laptop yet? If not, where do you think you might get it….. for gift card reasons….. promise not to buy donuts with the card?

    We need you as the anti-matter to the twit from Canada in here. No down time is allowed. Give that Bolshevik an inch, and he’ll take a mile.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The launch code for May 05 2010, for missile 1145, is:

  13. Jeff Schreiber says:

    I’m still waiting to make the purchase — but when I do, it will probably be online with CompUSA. Good history with those folks.

  14. Boston Blackie says:

    Jeff, Make sure you inquire about a discount for collee students. Most offer it but do not advertise it. Technically, you still are a student until graduation day!

  15. Boston Blackie says:

    just don’t ask me how to spell college, my system crashed before I could check my spelling.

  16. Boston Blackie says:

    If you look above under Jeff’s corner, you will find a link to contribute to his graduation gift!

  17. Gail B. says:

    I love Forrest Gump! (“You can’t fix stupid.”)

    Can anyone explain what I-Obama GAINED by telling the world what we have in the line of defense?

    First rule of power tactics (from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals): “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” I-Obama just weakened America.

    No, I don’t feel as safe now as I did when George W. Bush was Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I don’t feel as secure with the damage this regime is doing to our economy. And I was delighted when Navy Seal Matthew McCabe was found not guilty on all charges! That clears all three Seals.

    Jeff, you forgot to mention how many pairs of tweezers you have.

  18. Rick M. says:

    Obama and his cronies are giving us away to the NWO/ United Nations. The corporation of the US has failed and instead of going back to our roots in the pre- 1860 constitution traitors are giving away the store!!!!

  19. No mans land says:

    Could these missiles be used to just radiate the border(s) for a few thousand years? Walls are so unsightly.

  20. Anonymous says:

    What’s in a number? There is so much in the number 2012. (Not to mention 2010)


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