Total nuclear disarmament

Jonathan Power; 1/1/10

If in 2010 the big nuclear weapons powers and UN Security Council permanent members — the US, Russia, China, Britain and France — don’t make significant reductions with their nuclear weapons then an important opportunity will be lost. Presidents Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev appear to be of a mind on this. One has to go back to the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to get the full picture on the dismal progress on nuclear disarmament. Their Defense Secretary Robert McNamara told both presidents nuclear weapons were unusable. Henry Kissinger, when national security adviser to President Richard Nixon, publicly said the same, chiding the Europeans for thinking that they were under an American umbrella. He told them bluntly that America would never sacrifice its own cities to revenge European ones.

See: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=130449&d=31&m=12&y=2009; Editorial: N-disarmament; 1/1/10; http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=130451&d=31&m=12&y=2009