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  • What Obama's NPR Tells Us About New START

    Obama and Medvedev

    Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and former Defense Nuclear Agency Director Robert Monroe writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: “The Obama administration’s nuclear policy is set out in the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which was released in April, two days before the signing of New Start. The NPR is joined at the hip with New Start, and together they take this country down a dangerous path.”

    Monroe continues:

    Mr. Obama’s NPR treats nuclear weapons as an evil to be eliminated, rather than as the ultimate foundation of America’s security in a dangerous world. The review opens with Mr. Obama’s pledge to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” and “to take concrete steps toward that goal, including by reducing the number of nuclear weapons and their role in national security policy.”

    Yet nuclear weapons have been our most effective means of avoiding and limiting conflicts, and of achieving our foreign policy goals, since World War II. Nuclear weapons ended the most destructive war in history. For a half-century thereafter they prevented a vastly more devastating war and were a huge factor in deterring proliferation.

    By pledging not to develop new nuclear capabilities—including earth-penetration weapons and any new warheads—the new NPR also promises to let our deterrence atrophy. This ignores that threats and technology are changing, and our weapons must keep pace with them.

    The abandonment of our nuclear deterrence is just the beginning of New START’s problems. The verification provisions are completely inadequate and the treaty also limits our missile defense capabilities.

    You can read Heritage’s full New START analysis here.

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    5 Responses to What Obama's NPR Tells Us About New START

    1. West Texan says:

      Talk about leftist naivete. Most bleeding heart liberals are so darned naive that they're dangerous. Obama is no exception nor are the folks who voted for him. Much like firearms, they Genie is out of the bottle on nuclear weapons. For this reason it's crucial the U.S. maintain superiority in nuclear weaponry and defenses. Can Obama be impeached for compromising America's security because of his pure stupidity?

    2. West Texan says:

      Correction: "… the Genie is out of the bottle on nuclear weapons." Speaking of the elusive Jinn, any word on Iran's nuclear ambitions? Last I heard their little presidential dictator verbalized a strong desire to share Iran's growing nuclear technology with Israel. I've not figured out if Obama's ears actually work or are simply there for decoration.

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    5. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      The reality is that democracies tend not to attack other democracies. Totalitarian governments tend to be the instigators of conflict. If the world governments were all democracies the world would be a better place. Not going to happen in my lifetime nor Obama's.

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