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Obama Nuclear Weapons

Looking Forward, Nuclear Proliferation Is Still Greatest Existential Threat We Face

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Valerie Plame Wilson

Twenty-six years after the end of the Cold War, the world still has more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. Whatever other issues people care about -- poverty, the environment, inequality and so many others -- if we don't get this one right, and soon, nothing else will matter.

Ronald Reagan Would Not Have Allowed 47 Senators or Netanyahu to Influence Nuclear Negotiations with Gorbachev

H. A. Goodman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Could Reagan have "won" the Cold War with naysayers like today's GOP constantly questioning his every move? Also, let's not forget that Reagan sold weapons to Iran; the same regime deemed an "existential" threat to the world.

How the President Who Pledged to Banish Nuclear Weapons Is Enabling Their Renewal

James Carroll | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
James Carroll

Because of decisions likely to be taken this year and next, nuclear weapons will become a normalized and permanent part of the 21st-century American arsenal, and therefore of the arsenals of many other nations; nuclear weapons, that is, will have become an essential element of the human future -- as long as that future lasts.

Eric Schlosser On the Continuing Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night on PBS, I sit down with famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety.

I Don't Think That Letter Means What You Think It Means

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

Republicans Senators are upset that President Obama might eliminate nuclear weapons we no longer need for our security. And as we have seen in other areas, the president's political opponents are not going to let facts and history get in the way of a good argument.

Ash at Aspen: Low-balling the Cost of Nukes

William Hartung | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

The high cost of nukes should motivate us to do what we should be doing anyway -- getting rid of weapons that serve no useful purpose and do far more harm than good to U.S. and global security.

For Iran, It's Time to Take One Option Off the Table: The Nuclear Option

Tad Daley | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Tad Daley

Iran must know that until it rejects the false seductions of nuclear security, for us, all options but one must remain on the table. But Iranians should also be assured that we do not expect them to endure a nuclear double standard forever until the end of time.

The Nuke Plan to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

If Congress wants to cut the deficit intelligently, it should be finding ways to eliminate unnecessary and poorly managed projects in the nuclear weapons complex, not shielding nuclear programs from budget reductions.

Ending the Nuclear Weapons Age

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Aaron Gray-Block

This latest crisis has highlighted the weakness of the non-proliferation treaty and underscores the dangerous connection between nuclear research, nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Obama To Use Big Speech To Advance Bold Goal

The New York Times | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives —...

Obama Administration Warms To Nuke Cuts

The Center For Public Integrity | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

Senior Obama administration officials have agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. military deploys could be cut by at least a third witho...

Is the Obama Administration Abandoning Its Commitment to a Nuclear-free World?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Has there been a change in Obama Administration policy over the past four years? There are certainly indications that this might be the case.

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

Robert Gallucci | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

Nations with nuclear material -- whether military or civilian -- must secure and eliminate stocks of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. The threat of nuclear terror is not just possible, it is quite plausible; if effective action is not taken, over time, it is probable.

Dan Froomkin

Global Zero Nuclear Summit Aims To Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Worldwide | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.11.2011 | World

Nuclear weapons were once the ultimate symbol of super power. But in this era of terrorism and nuclear proliferation, they have come to signify exactl...

Safeguarding Nuclear Security in the Shadow of Middle East Revolutions

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Pearl

Nuclear nonproliferation goals must be placed above short-term financial and political preferences. The uncertainties of revolution and the dangers of proliferation demand nothing less.

Amanda Terkel

Mitch McConnell Announces He Will Oppose New START Treaty | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will oppose the new START Treaty, a bilateral arms reduction treaty between the United States and...

Burma's Secret Nuclear Facilities REVEALED In WikiLeaks

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

New cables from WikiLeaks offer details that suggest rumors of a covert nuclear program in Burma are true. The Guardian is reporting that the cables...

Deepak Chopra Gathers Experts To Discuss The Path To A Nuclear-Free World (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Deepak Chopra discussed the threat of nuclear weapons and the road to disarmament with a few high-profile guests Monday, during a special edition of h...

Picture Obama Authorizing a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The pressure Kennedy faced from the military to use nuclear weapons was much stronger than that which Obama has faced about remaining in Afghanistan or dialing down our nuclear-industrial complex.

If Any Treaty Should Be Ratified, This Is the One

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

By any measure, the new START agreement is a good treaty that should be promptly ratified. So it's disheartening to hear some in the Senate suggest they may hold it hostage to additional, unnecessary conditions.

Obama Nuclear Weapons and the Future of the Planet

Helen Caldicott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Helen Caldicott

Once initiated, it would take one hour to trigger a swift, sudden end to life on this planet. The clock on global warming is ticking louder and louder. Nuclear war and nuclear winter would be a strange way to stop it.

Scorecard for the Nuclear Summit

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

This week's summit is shifting the focus from strategic weapons left over from the days of the Cold War to where it belongs: to terrorists getting their hands on nukes or the materials from which they can be made.

Sam Stein

Lieberman: Obama Won't Get Nukes Treaty Without Major Changes | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) predicted on Sunday that President Obama would not get the votes needed to pass his nuclear arms reduction treaty w...

Does Obama's Nuclear Deal Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War?

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

We can applaud the new nuclear arms control agreement as a step toward nuclear sanity. But it remains only a modest step to get us out of the nuclear woods.

Sam Stein

Giuliani's Obama-Nuke Critique Defies And Ignores Reagan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been arguably the most frank and vocal critic of President Barack Obama's proposal to vastly limit and ul...