Saturday, May 28, 2016

Put our money where his mouth is

"Among those nations like my own that own nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them." President Barack Obama in Hiroshima, May 27, 2016

A new study by the Federation of American Scientists has determined the Obama administration has reduced the nuclear stockpile at a far slower rate than any of his three immediate predecessors, including George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. (Although numbers vary, the nine nuclear nations currently possess some 15,000 operational nuclear weapons. Of these, the United States and Russia possess 93% of them, about equally.)

In fact, despite Obama's call for an end to nuclear weapons, the United States is actually increasing them. He has committed to a $1 trillion upgrade to our nuclear arsenal over the next three decades. 

Why didn't he add, ". . . And our country will cancel our proposed trillion dollar upgrade and begin immediately to reduce our nuclear stockpile by 10% per year through the year 2026. We call on every nuclear nation to follow our example."

Good words--but empty. Just do it, Mr. Obama!


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