I generally agree with Kerry, except on the Nuclear Power issue. As long as we’re talking about the current generation of nuclear reactors, those should be shut down as quickly as possible and replaced by the newer thorium reactors which are capable of consuming existing nuclear waste instead of adding to it…. while being a lot safer and easier to ensure automatic shutdown in event of a natural or man-made disaster. As Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster show, current nuclear power technology is just too dangerous even before we add in the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation. True, disasters have been few and far between, but just that one Chernobyl disaster contributed greatly to the collapse of the USSR economy. A similar scale disaster in the US could greatly speed the current slow motion collapse of US’ military and technical leadership role in the world… to the detriment of everyone on the planet.
It would be great if the Republican Party could be taken back by Conservatives like Kerry instead of being derailed by the American Taliban whose mantra seems to be, like its Afghan Islamist counterpart: “Ignorance is a virtue”. Perhaps then there could be some progress toward solutions of the many politically sidelined but nonetheless critical problems facing the US.