This morning, our Green Man notes a piece of worthy legislation that rectifies a broken promise on nuclear nonproliferation from the 20th century. It turns out that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty will need to be renewed quite soon, in May 2010, and national leaders from around the world are beginning to question whether it’s still an effective arrangement.
After all, the U.S. and Russia were supposed to, according to that treaty, take significant steps toward disarmament. That was a generation ago, and the U.S. and Russia both still have massive arsenals of nuclear weapons.
In that context, President Barack Obama has taken the bold move of rejecting a Pentagon proposal for reducing the American nuclear arsenal. Obama says that it’s too timid, and wants sharper reductions. He told the Pentagon to come back to him with a new nuclear posture review that meets his goals through more dramatic reductions and a reconfiguration of American nuclear strategy.
At Irregular Times, we often criticize Barack Obama for failing to honor the progressive promises made during last year’s campaign. When it comes to nuclear disarmament, however, President Obama’s leadership looks solid and strong.