Much depends on Russia's motives, in particular whether it is seeking to keep the peace, as it claims, or if it has an aggressive, expansionist objective.
Two decades since the end of the Cold War and more than a dozen years since September 11th, our outdated nuclear weapons policy is an anchor dragging down our military -- wasting money on yesterday's Cold War threats while ignoring today's 21st century security needs.
If psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, the current status of nuclear disarmament can best be described as psychotic. U.S. policy on nuclear disarmament is at best a mixed bag; that of the other eight nuclear armed powers is not much better.
After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.
As costs for our nation grow, there are areas where we can cut spending. The first place we should start is with our unnecessary and expensive spending on nuclear weapons that are more suited for the Cold War than the strategic challenges we face today.
Why does American culture use the A-word so promiscuously? Perhaps we've been living so long under a cloud of doom that every danger now readily takes on the same lethal hue.
The scary thing is that this could still happen today.
The letter will be a blow to efforts to advance a rumored non-binding resolution in the House that would attempt to derail the negotiations with Iran set to begin again on February 18.
With decades of research behind us, we now know that there are long-term environmental, developmental and health consequences to nuclear weapons as well.
In the '20s and '30s, before anyone knew how to make atomic bombs, Churchill wrote several widely-read articles that looked forward to the harnessing of the huge amounts of energy stored in atomic nuclei.
Perhaps we need 50 or even 100 nuclear weapons. To be safe, perhaps we keep an active stockpile of 450 nuclear weapons, as nuclear experts recommended in a 2012 study. We have 5,000 today.
While I may be in the minority, I believe that abolishing nuclear weapons is still one of your biggest goals as president. If I am correct, then why not visit Hiroshima?
It's heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.
An article in Time magazine reported that in October 2013, the Pentagon requested approximately $10 billion in funding to update the country's B61 bombs. However, we had already developed a more advanced version of the B61: the B83. The problem? The B83 is much too destructive.
In 1955 the U.S. detonated a nuclear weapon. Men nearby huddled in fear, praying for their lives. Some died instantly. Others lost their sight or had the skin ripped off their bodies. However, these were not enemies of the U.S. They were Americans.
The Rabbinic Statement on Moving Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran (initiated by The Shalom Center) has been placed in the Congressional Record by ...