Despite Republicans crossing party lines recently to oppose certain Bush proposals in the domestic arena, the fear card continues to work in the defense arena, as the Senate voted 53-41 to reject Democratic attempts to eliminate $21M for research on low-yield nukes, and $47M to shorten the time to prepare for new nuclear testing and for preliminary environmental studies on building a plant to produce plutonium "pits" for nuclear bombs, both from a $27B energy and water projects bill. Fortunately, the House already eliminated the funding from their measure, so there's still a decent chance that by the time the House and Senate meet to negotiate the final measure, the funding might be eliminated completely. See NY Times article. The brilliant argument by arch-conservative Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, is: "In a world where you have terrorist organizations and terrorist-sponsored states and you no longer have the two great superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, facing off against each other, the question is what kind of nuclear deterrent should we have." Explain to me again, Senator, how the threat of death by nuclear weapon has a "deterrent" effect upon a terrorist suicide bomber?