Last week President Obama announced his decision to discard plans for antiballistic missile shields in Eastern Europe in favor of smaller interceptors on ships and planes. But the key issue is not where the United States should place its defenses. The problem is that medium-range missiles exist at all. In all the confusing debate on this topic, Mr. Obama has overlooked one simple option: outlaw these missiles altogether.
Granted, that seems unlikely to happen. Yet that’s what the superpowers did in 1987, when President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty. The treaty required the two countries to destroy ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.… Seguir leyendo »