Another good move by the President:
Obama has rejected the Pentagon’s first draft of the “nuclear posture review” as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials.
Those options include:
• Reconfiguring the US nuclear force to allow for an arsenal measured in hundreds rather than thousands of deployed strategic warheads.
• Redrafting nuclear doctrine to narrow the range of conditions under which the US would use nuclear weapons.
• Exploring ways of guaranteeing the future reliability of nuclear weapons without testing or producing a new generation of warheads.
Currently the United States has approximately 9,300 nuclear warheads, far more than needed to destroy the entire planet numerous times over. Think of how much money is spent keeping these secure and maintained – money wasted. This is a very conservative approach by the President, and one that makes the right cringe, which is of course no shock at all.