Milestones on the Road to Nuclear Disarmament
by Paul Deaton “In recognition of the fact that President Obama is
consistently, diligently working to
improve the national
security posture of the
United States, Blog for Iowa will publish major addresses by the
administration concerning its policy towards nuclear disarmament. Our
intent is to be a voice to get the message out to Iowans, something the
corporate media seems uninterested in.”
This week, the administration passed two significant milestones on the road to fulfillment of the nuclear disarmament policy President Obama outlined in Prague, Czech Republic on April 5, 2009.
On April 6, Secretary of Defense Gates, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Energy Chu and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen held a joint press conference announcing the release of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) which outlines the administration's stance on the role of nuclear weapons in national security. This was the first time the NPR has been released in as an unclassified document.Following is an excerpt from President Obama's remarks upon release of the NPR and a link to his entire statement:
“One year ago yesterday in Prague, I outlined a comprehensive agenda to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to pursue the peace and security of a world without them. I look forward to advancing this agenda in Prague this week when I sign the new START Treaty with President Medvedev, committing the United States and Russia to substantial reductions in our nuclear arsenals.
Today, my Administration is taking a significant step forward by fulfilling another pledge that I made in Prague—to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and focus on reducing the nuclear dangers of the 21st century, while sustaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent for the United States and our allies and partners as long as nuclear weapons exist.
The Nuclear Posture Review, led by the Department of Defense, recognizes that the greatest threat to U.S. and global security is no longer a nuclear exchange between nations, but nuclear terrorism by violent extremists and nuclear proliferation to an increasing number of states. Moreover, it recognizes that our national security and that of our allies and partners can be increasingly defended by America’s unsurpassed conventional military capabilities and strong missile defenses.
As a result, we are taking specific and concrete steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons while preserving our military superiority, deterring aggression and safeguarding the security of the American people. (To read the rest of the statement, click here).
On Thursday, April 8, President Obama and Russian Federation President Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague, Czech Republic. The treaty would reduce the nuclear weapons arsenals of the two countries that own 90% of the nuclear weapons that exist. To read the remarks of Presidents Obama and Medvedev, click here.
These two events this week are evidence that the Obama administration is taking substantial steps to improve United States national security and reduce the threat of nuclear weapons in the world.
To read President Obama's
speech on April 5, 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic, click
Deaton is a native Iowan living in rural Johnson County and weekend
editor of Blog for Iowa. He is also a member of Iowa Physicians for
Social Responsibility and Veterans for Peace. E-mail Paul