Jimmy Carter, who once claimed to be a nuclear engineer (he's not), can't quite keep things straight in his head:
"The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more."According to Robert S. Norris of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Hans M. Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists the US has (as of January 2008):
... an estimated 5,400 nuclear warheads: approximately 4,075 operational warheads comprised of 3,575 strategic and 500 nonstrategic warheads; and about 1,260 additional warheads held in the responsive force or inactive stockpile.Okay, so maybe the octogenarian ex-President dozed off during a briefing on nuclear numbers but the "Soviet Union" gaff seems to indicate he's been mostly asleep, or at least out of touch, since 1991. Regardless, why would anyone listen to what the guy has to say about anything?