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Bob Graham in Obama administration?



Barack Obama is expected to name someone to a new White House position to coordinate efforts to prevent nuclear and biological weapon proliferation.  Who better than former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham? Graham helped lead the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, which has a sobering new report out.

"The consequences of a biological attack are almost beyond comprehension. It would be 9/11 times 10 or a hundred in terms of the number of people who would be killed," Graham said on CNN, suggesting Pakistan looks like a prime source for trouble: "Pakistan is the intersection of the perfect storm. Terrorists occupy its northwest territories. It has had a history of proliferating nuclear materials. It is the sixth or seventh largest nuclear state in the world. It has an unstable government. It has a very -- to use the word acrimonious is an understatement -- relationship with India. It is the potential bombshell where terrorism and weapons of mass destruction will intersect."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:49pm]


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