The symbolism here is well-nigh impossible to miss:
The Obama administration plans to close the last remaining American-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States, even as it moves forward on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that permits the Islamic [Empire] to conduct ongoing and significant uranium enrichment.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has informed Centrus Energy it will end the American Centrifuge project in Piketon, Ohio, on September 30th. Notices have been issued to some 235 workers that their jobs are in jeopardy.
"We have concluded that continued support from the federal government for additional data from Piketon operations has limited remaining value," a joint DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration statement said, reports the Chillicothe Gazette.
"This is beyond belief," Representative Brad Wenstrup, R-OH2, responded in a statement. "While this administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran and legitimizing six thousand Iranian centrifuges, they're shutting down domestic production here in America."
Wenstrup called the closure decision "a dangerous threat to our national security."
Indeed it is. And that's entirely consistent with the Obama Doctrine of "reducing America to the level of the rest of the world." In his estimation, it's the turn of our enemies to have nuclear superiority, and if they use that superiority to conquer or destroy the United States, well, it's not like we don't have that "coming," right?
But this is simply the terminus of a process that has been long underway:
As recently as twenty years ago, the United States produced nearly 50% of the global supply of enriched uranium. Today, however, U.S. production accounts for only about 10% of the global supply, with Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Holland producing the bulk of the world's enriched uranium.
One Centrus Energy fact sheet warns: "The United States is at risk of losing its only future capability to enrich uranium to meet key national security needs."
Which is, of course, the whole point. Something that even has some Democrats alarmed:
Senator Rob Portman, R-OH, said he was "stunned" by the administration's announcement. He met with workers at the plant this weekend to discuss their options.
Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH, said the plant is "important to keeping our nation safe and secure for generations to come." He expressed hope the administration could be persuaded to reverse course on a decision that he termed "shortsighted."
Oh, but Senator Brown, you have to remember: This decision is only "shortsighted" if you assume that Barack Obama does not wish to purge the United States of any remaining nuclear weapons capability and eliminate nuclear power as an energy source in this country as well. "No nukes for us" and "wind and solar uber alles" or bust, in other words.
And never, ever forget, sixty-two million double Obama voters: This is what you voted for. The only regret is that the rest of us will also have to pay for your suicidal folly.