Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."
To those of us who'd like to see a shortened route to disarmament, the mother of all nuclear weapons reports disappoint. On the other hand, it's awash in keen observations. I'll highlight some of those here.
The argument of nuclear optimists is that nuclear weapons may have ended great-power wars of conquest. In turn, a nuclear "pessimist" might ask: How can the death of 10 million possibly be spun as a national-security success?