It is not just U.S. economic policy that is in crisis. Every proliferation danger take on by the Bush administration, with the sole exception of Libya, is worse today than when President Bush took office.
The most pressing challenge for the next occupant of the White House is rebuilding U.S. credibility in the rest of the world. We can't effectively control infectious diseases, combat terrorism, or contain loose nuclear material without respect and help from our peers.
40 years ago today, our government committed itself to negotiate the elimination of its entire nuclear arsenal. And, in conjunction with the other nuclear weapon states, to abolish nuclear weapons forever.