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Obama & nukes: The Weakness Doctrine

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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

The latest expression of the Obama administration's perilous stance on U.S. nuclear weapons is a State Department advisory board urging cuts beyond already dangerous New START treaty levels.

The Washington Free Beacon reports the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) also advocates “unilateral or informal reductions to avoid expected Senate ratification battles.” The ISAB would have America reduce to New START levels more quickly and amend the treaty to cover both tactical and strategic warhead cuts, too.

The ISAB recommendations reflect President Obama's ill-advised aim of eliminating all U.S. nuclear weapons — and are even more disturbing in the context of:

• His administration's delay, past the election, of its months-overdue study urging cuts beyond New START's 1,550-warhead level

• His infamous March “open-mic” comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about “more flexibility” post-election on missile defense in Europe

• His seeming intention to now ignore nuclear-weapons modernization, promised to Senate Republicans to get New START ratified.

“The Obama administration is hellbent to denuclearize the world starting with our arsenal,” says Frank Gaffney, who heads the Center for Security Policy. He calls the ISAB recommendations an “actually reckless policy approach.”

This White House apparently — and absurdly — believes it can achieve peace through weakness.

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