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From an excellent post by Steve Benen (and read the whole thing):

… Administration officials sought to use North Korea’s missile launch as part of the strategy — with the U.S. president calling for a reduction in nuclear arms, and ultimately the elimination of the weapons, Obama will presumably have added leverage on the issue. "We are trying to seek the moral high ground," Gary Samore, Obama’s arms control coordinator, said.

The plan reportedly includes a variety of short- and long-term tasks, including U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, a nuclear weapons summit, strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a new treaty with Russia on arsenal reduction, a new initiative to secure all vulnerable nuclear material, and the creation of an international fuel bank as part of a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation.

As for the politics of this, I suspect the right will dismiss much of this as fantasy. I recall one far-right blogger arguing in October 2007 that Obama’s counter-proliferation was literally laughable: "It’s almost like the Obama is a child’s toy, who has been programmed with nothing but Hallmark Card greetings and random snippets from All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. You pull the string once and it’s, "I love puppies and warm milk!" You pull it again and … it’s, ‘Let’s get rid of all the world’s nuclear weapons because we can’t hug each other with nuclear arms!’"

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were similarly foolish reactions today. I’d just remind our friends on the right that there was one famous liberal who called for the abolishment of "all nuclear weapons," which he considered to be "totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization."

It was Ronald Reagan.

Written by Leisureguy

5 April 2009 at 8:59 am

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