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  • A Strategy to Replace "Nuclear Zero" Is Needed

    Two modified Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IV interceptors are launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency test to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target June 5, 2008 in the Pacific Ocean west of Kauai, Hawaii. The missile, one of two launched, intercepted the target approximately 12 miles high on the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This was the second of two successful intercepts of the sea-based terminal capability and the fourteenth overall successful test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program.

    According to the latest news, India has successfully tested two nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missiles.

    New Delhi is developing a range of missiles to improve its strategic capabilities against neighboring Pakistan (with whom it has fought three wars) and China (with whom it fought a brief border war in 1962). Pakistan was quick to follow suit and tested its own short-range missiles shortly thereafter.

    South Asia is a nuclear tinder box, and U.S. policymakers should do everything possible to keep regional tensions in check. But the heightened missile activity in South Asia also highlights that President Obama’s road to “nuclear zero”, which is currently driving the U.S. arms control policy is built on precarious and unrealistic assumptions about the realities of the current international world order.

    New START, a strategic arms control agreement with the Russian Federation, was justified on the grounds that a positive example set by the U.S. is essential to convincing other nuclear powers to renounce their nuclear weapons. In reality, other countries are unlikely to give up their arsenals unless the regional conflicts pertaining to them are resolved and their security is guaranteed by other means. Moreover, by placing nuclear weapons back at the center of the international community’s attention, the United States inadvertently increases their value in the eyes of other states.

    Regional conflicts continue to fuel the development of ballistic missile technologies as a means to deliver nuclear warheads in the fastest and the most surprising (and thus the most militarily efficient) manner anywhere in the world. Such proliferation is undesirable and could have potentially disastrous consequences. It is in the U.S.’s vital national interest to do everything possible to avert such a possibility.

    But the way forward is not to produce lopsided treaties with the Russian Federation, such as New START, especially given the fact that we live in an environment with multiple nuclear or emerging nuclear powers. As The Heritage Foundation’s research shows, the most effective way to address nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation is to pursue a “protect and defend” policy that consists of a mix of offensive nuclear weapons, credible deterrence, and robust defensive systems such as missile defenses—including on the regional level. These systems are essential to secure the United States and its allies from ballistic missile attacks. Unfortunately, the Administration has yet to show much progress on this front.

    Co-authored by Michaela Bendikova.

    Posted in Security [slideshow_deploy]

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    2. Leon Lundquist, Durango CO says:

      Owen, the only way I can understand Obama’s Foreign Policy is to see Obama and his gang as agents of the One World gang of Plutocrats! I admire the effort of explaining away the true import, saying “Oh! Its just stupidity!” I watch Obama operate, using his Presidential Example to blaze new unthinkable heights of Presidential Power! Look! Super Obama! He can make his Administration do the exact opposite of a Voted Congressional Intent! Oppose Congress, and do what he wants Administratively! “High Crime!” We don’t allow Dictatorship! That is against the Constitution!

      Tell you what! Here’s my Analysis on what is going on. One Worlders think Over Population is our big World Problem! They published their Intent to reduce Earth’s Population to One Billion! NewSTART has one purpose, let Russia get ahead in the Arms Race. Russia sits on the side lines while America dukes it out with the coming Islamic Kalaphet, they get their paradise One World Communist Government and we Americans get to play Henry The Horse in “Animal Farm” (Orwell).

      Look around, it is Open Season on Representative Government! What? Is it Representation for dupes to be Represented by dupes? Who are those Wisconsin Senators who do not accept the Process? High Crime, they are saying with their Acts “It is okay to subvert Representative Government!” Sez who? Says Obama, all day long by his example every day in the White House! That is everything Obama does and nothing of what he says! That’s a High Crime. I call it Establishing Unconstitutional Forms of Government! Dictatorship. I see Progressives have ‘got away with it’ for a hundred years so they have shaped the Constitution by what they got away with! Jeeze!

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