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  • fjmulvz fjmulvz Mar 6, 2013 7:46 AM Flag

    Nuclear Threat & Complacency

    Op-Ed from the WSJ today, here is the last paragraph and then the beginning of the piece, it's too long to post...

    The continuing risk posed by nuclear weapons remains an overarching strategic problem, but the pace of work doesn't now match the urgency of the threat. The consequences of inaction are potentially catastrophic, and we must continue to ask: How will citizens react to the chaos and suffering of a nuclear attack? Won't they demand to know what could have been done to prevent this? Our age has stolen fire from the gods. Can we confine this awesome power to peaceful purposes before it consumes us?

    March 5, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

    Henry A. Kissinger
    Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., former U.S. Secretary of State
    Sam Nunn
    Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    William Perry
    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
    George P. Shultz
    Former U.S. Secretary of State

    Every American president since the end of World War II has sought to come to grips with the unique security risks and challenges associated with nuclear weapons. The specter of a nuclear war, accident, proliferation or terrorism has led to serious and sustained efforts to control, reduce and eliminate nuclear risks. Over the decades, progress has been made in reducing nuclear weapons, and bringing about international agreements on nonproliferation.

    Recently, the four of us have supported two major policy initiatives: the 2010 New Start Treaty with Russia, which verifiably reduced bilateral nuclear stockpiles; and the Nuclear Security Summits of 2010 and 2012, which have energized global efforts to secure nuclear weapons and materials. Both initiatives are significant and hopeful steps that add to a solid foundation of bipartisan accomplishment over many decades. Most notably, the number of nuclear weapons in the world today is less than one-third of the total in 1986 at the time of the Reagan-Gorbachev Reykjavik summit.

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