When NATO’s leaders gather in Wales in early September, they will address several issues critical to the alliance, including Russian adventurism in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, members’ contribution to collective defense, the adequacy of individual national defense budgets and plans for supporting the people of Afghanistan. In the course of their deliberations on these issues, however, they also should reaffirm the value to the alliance of the continued presence of the modest number of U.S. nuclear bombs in Europe. We believe this is necessary because we are again hearing calls for the United States to unilaterally withdraw its small arsenal of forward- deployed nuclear bombs.… Seguir leyendo »
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In the wake of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s eviction from office by the country’s military amid an unprecedented mass uprising, there have been calls for Washington to reduce or suspend its aid to this critical ally in the Middle East. Such action would be short-sighted and represent a vote of no confidence in Egypt, not just in the interim government.
Debating what label to put on the recent events deters from the truly important task: developing a strategy to support the restoration of Egypt’s economic and political stability. President Obama’s call for a reassessment of U.S. aid should focus primarily on how we can help Egypt, rather than on whether we should help.… Seguir leyendo »
Hace poco ha entrado en vigor un nuevo tratado START, que restablece el proceso de control del armamento nuclear. Unido a la reducción del gasto de defensa, hará que el número total de armas nucleares en Estados Unidos alcance su nivel más bajo desde los años cincuenta del siglo pasado. Se dice que el Gobierno de Obama está pensando en entablar negociaciones para realizar nuevas reducciones de armamento nuclear, con el fin de hacer descender los máximos hasta las 300 cabezas nucleares. Antes de que esta idea cobre impulso, nos sentimos obligados a subrayar nuestra convicción de que el objetivo de cualquier negociación futura debe ser la estabilidad estratégica y que la disminución del número de armas debe ser consecuencia de un análisis estratégico, no un empeño abstracto y preconcebido.… Seguir leyendo »
A New START treaty reestablishing the process of nuclear arms control has recently taken effect. Combined with reductions in the U.S. defense budget, this will bring the number of nuclear weapons in the United States to the lowest overall level since the 1950s. The Obama administration is said to be considering negotiations for a new round of nuclear reductions to bring about ceilings as low as 300 warheads. Before momentum builds on that basis, we feel obliged to stress our conviction that the goal of future negotiations should be strategic stability and that lower numbers of weapons should be a consequence of strategic analysis, not an abstract preconceived determination.… Seguir leyendo »
The election of Barack Obama to be the 44th president is profoundly historic. We have at long last been able to come together in a way that has eluded us in the long history of our great country. We should celebrate this triumph of the true spirit of America.
Election Day celebrations were replicated in time zones around the world, something we have not seen in a long time. While euphoria is ephemeral, we must endeavor to use its energy to bring us all together as Americans to cope with the urgent problems that beset us.
When Obama takes office in two months, he will find a number of difficult foreign policy issues competing for his attention, each with strong advocates among his advisers.… Seguir leyendo »