John Bolton: Still Wrong About Nuclear Weapons

Everybody’s favorite former ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, is back with his second op-ed on nuclear policy in as many weeks (h/t Greg Scoblete).  This time, writing in the Washington Times, Ambassador Bolton frets that the Obama administration’s commitment to New START and the negative security guarantees made in the administration's Nuclear Posture Review are going to make American allies uneasy—despite all available evidence suggesting that they are not. %%anc%% if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link140″).style.display=”none”;}

Apparently Ambassador Bolton is worried that reductions in America’s strategic nuclear arsenal and declarations in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review that forgo nuclear . . .
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Strategic Ambiguity and Arms Control Betrayal


In my previous post I chided Republican lawmakers for wanting to relocate missile defense radar from proposed sites in Turkey to Georgia.  One of the main reasons I cited was that it would unnecessarily strain relations with Russia.  Cultivating good relations with America’s former Cold War adversary is a good thing, and going out of one’s way to exacerbate existing tensions is foolish and counterproductive.  That said, there are limits any state should put on how far it will go in cultivating those relations and the Obama administration may have gone WAY over the line in the recent negotiations for New START.

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