Friday, March 26, 2010

Big Nuclear Arms Reductions (yawn)

While the country is consumed by the passage of health insurance reform legislation, the administration's foreign policy team managed to conclude a major agreement with Russia dramatically reducing the nuclear arsenals of both nations.  Back in the 70's and 80's these arms limitations talks used to be gigantic news.  Anyone following politics with any serious interest had to be familiar with the terminology of SALT and SALT II and START and INF and ABM and MIRVs and the relative throw-weight of Soviet and U.S. launchers, and verification and SDI (Star Wars) and all kinds of stuff like that.  These were big political issues in Congress and in election campaigns.  (I guess people can tell that I am the kind of nerd who used to pay attention to these issues.) 

Nowadays it seems that nobody is paying much attention.  And that is probably a good thing.  For now that the Cold War is over, we can quietly go about making substantial reductions in redundant and excessive nuclear weapons that only exist because the other side has the same size arsenal of such weapons. 

(photo: the good old Cold War days, as parodied in Dr. Strangelove)

1 comment:

  1. The real message was this:

    The secretary of state claims the nuclear arms deal with Russia "puts us in a very strong leadership position to make the case about an Iran, about a North Korea." Missile defense makes a better case.

    Uh... not. Cutting nukes is fine and nice, now we can only blow the earth up 500 times instead of 1,000 times. The real story is Obama thinks cutting missiles sends the message to dictatorships that they shouldn't get nukes.

    Only an idiot would believe that.