Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"All in all, the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policies appear confused and self-defeating. ... Moreover, the Obama administration [OA] is opposing moderization measures designed to protect against the risk that the aging of US weapons will compromise their safety or reliability. There is an important connection between proliferation risks and modernization. But the [OA] seems to have it backwards. If the US fails to ensure the continuing safety and reliability of its arsenal, it could cause the collapse of the US nuclear umbrella. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and others might decide that their security requires them to acquire their own nuclear arsenals, rather than rely indefinitely on the US. ... The [OA's] nuclear weapons policies--including its treaty talks with Russia--affect the way America's friends and potential adversaries view the integrity of the US deterrent. The wrong policies can endanger the US directly. They can also cause other states to lose confidence in the American nuclear umbrella and to seek security in national nuclear capabilities", my emphasis, Douglas Feith and Abram Shulsky at the WSJ, 4 August 2009, link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204313604574328430978849134.html.
I agree. His Obamaness has things backwards. Again.