Saturday, April 4, 2009

Obama Seeks Nuke-Free World

Popular at home, and maybe even more popular abroad, President Obama plans on capitalizing on his stardom by calling tomorrow (Sunday) for a nuclear-free world.

His comments will come in Prague, his latest stop on his eight-day tour of Europe.

He gave a bit of a precursor to the need for an end to nuclear weapons during a speech yesterday at Strasbourg, France where he expressed his concerns about the dangers of nuclear proliferation.

Those nations that already have the bomb favor keeping other countries, especially those that might prove a threat to them or their allies, from developing nuclear weapons as well. But, even the United States and Russia, which have reduced their number of nuclear arms since the end of the Cold War, are reticent to dismantle them completely, adhering to the old adage of mutually assured destruction. And even with that reduction, each nation has enough in its arsenal to obliterate the other - several times over - even though once would be much more than enough, thank you.

Then there's the issue of nations like Israel who are believed to have developed nukes but have never acknowledged it. And other countries, like Iran, who are trying to develop nuclear weapons of their own. How does one assure that everyone plays by the rules and disarms?

It's a daunting task, but at least Obama is using his bully pulpit on the world stage, and the good feelings other nations have toward him, to float the idea.

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Anonymous said...

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I don't want to be on the other end of the nukes that the other countries say they gave up, but sure as hell didn't.

Deborah Young

Anonymous said...

i think what he means is,"we'll de-commission 100, and you don't build the 1st one." the hypocrisy is long past appalling, and into psychotic.

al loomis

Vandenplas84 said...

Obama is clearly a deluded man. A guy learning on the job that pleases crowds but reality has yet to sink in. A politician that promises good things is all well and good but humans feel protected with a stable govt and a big stash of weopons.

Anonymous said...

Vandenplas you hit the nail on the head. Obama is learning on the job obviously. We give up nukes while North Korea and Iran build. Obama is clueless.