Now, on a planet still overstocked with city-busting, world-ending weaponry, in which almost 67 years have passed since a nuclear weapon was last used, the only nuke that Americans regularly hear about is one that doesn't exist: Iran's.
The Energy Department, which is 15 years in arrears of meeting contractual obligations to take used uranium fuel rods from commercial reactors, now will make recommendations to Congress to revamp the program. This is a political problem however, not a technical challenge.
"Peace president" Obama has the chance to get rid of America's largely useless nukes, or at least reduce them to a dozen or so strategic missiles. Doing so would rank him among the great modern American leaders.