President Goes Wobbly on Nuclear Weapons
April 10, 2013

The Foundation

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." --John Adams

Editorial Exegesis

"President Obama came to office in 2009 promising to negotiate with America's enemies and create a world without nuclear weapons. Four years later, North Korea is threatening America with nuclear attack, Iran is closer to its own atomic arsenal, and the world is edging ever closer to a dangerous new era of nuclear proliferation. The promises and the reality are connected. ... All of this is occurring even as Mr. Obama has pursued the most aggressive nuclear arms control agenda since the 1970s -- or more likely because of it. In April 2009, the President famously declared that reducing U.S. nuclear stockpiles 'will then give us a greater moral authority to say to Iran, don't develop a nuclear weapon; to say to North Korea, don't proliferate nuclear weapons.' Mr. Obama has since cut the U.S. arsenal in the Start treaty with Russia and he's negotiating more reductions that he may not submit for Senate ratification. None of this 'moral authority' has had the least deterrent effect on Iran or North Korea. The truth is the opposite. The world can see the U.S. has acquiesced in North Korea's weapons program and lacks the will to stop Iran. It can see the U.S. is shrinking its own nuclear capacity through arms control, even as rogue threats grow. And it can see the U.S. is ambivalent about its allies getting nuclear weapons even as it does little to shore up the U.S. umbrella or allied defenses. Above all, the world can hear Mr. Obama declare for domestic American audiences that 'the tide of war is receding' despite the growing evidence to the contrary. On present trend, the President who promised to rid the world of nuclear weapons is setting the stage for their greatest proliferation since the dawn of the atomic age." --The Wall Street Journal

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