Omama’s Vision for a Nuke-Free World
April 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Someday, President Obama envisions a world where nuclear bombs have become obsolete. But Obama, realizes his dream of a nuke-free planet is “unlikely to be achieved even during my lifetime.” With the constant threat of terrorists and rogue nations getting their hands on nuclear material and hostile nations, such as Iran and North Korea thumbing their noses at the nuclear proliferation treaty, Obama is taking a cautious, measured approach to developing a new nuclear strategy for the United States. However, the new strategy, named the Nuclear Posture Review is still transformative, in its pledge to end the development of new nuclear weapons, with an expansion of the traditional cold-war deterrent philosophy, to now include preventing proliferation and keeping nuclear material away from terrorists.
The Nuclear Posture Review also limits the instances in which the United States would use nuclear weapons. But according to the New York Times, an exception exists for “outliers like Iran and North Korea,” that have violated or rejected outright, the nuclear proliferation treaty:
“Mr. Obama described his policy as part of a broader effort to edge the world toward making nuclear weapons obsolete, and to create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions. To set an example, the new strategy renounces the development of any new nuclear weapons, overruling the initial position of his own defense secretary.”
The new strategy, while providing for the safety of our country, sets a new standard:
“For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack.”
“I’m going to preserve all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the American people are safe and secure,” said Obama.
“We are going to want to make sure that we can continue to move towards less emphasis on nuclear weapons,” he said. And Obama added, to “make sure that our conventional weapons capability is an effective deterrent in all but the most extreme circumstances.”
The Nuclear Posture Review paves the way for a flurry of upcoming meetings and summits with other nations. On Thursday, Obama is headed to Prague to sign a arms-control agreement with Russia. And the following week, the White Host will host 47 world leaders for a nuclear security summit.
See The NY Times for more.