Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

A Vision Shall Guide Them?

(Roman Genn)
The strategic risks of President Obama’s call for nuclear disarmament

In 1983, Barack Obama, then a student at Columbia University, wrote of his vision of a “nuclear free world.” Twenty-six years later, on Sept. 23, 2009, Pres. Barack Obama delivered a major speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he outlined, in his own words, “a comprehensive agenda to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.” That agenda combines nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament into a single pillar of U.S. foreign policy. On the following day, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, President Obama endorsed a Security Council resolution (1887) that similarly wraps …

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Keith B. PayneMr. Payne is head of the department of defense and strategic studies at Missouri State University and a member of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. His is the author of The Great American Gamble:  Deterrence Theory and Practice From the Cold War to the 21st Century.

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