Foreign Policy has an interesting article that spans much of the spectrum regarding the current nuclear state-of-play. New START, Nuclear Policy Review, and Proliferation? Check, check, and check.
The article kicks things off with a short critique of the flick Nuclear Tipping Point which James Traub describes as “an old-fashioned eye-glazer” and features the fab four of arms control (Sam Nunn, William Perry, George Shultz, and Henry Kissinger) “speaking against a black background while portentous kettledrums thump offstage.”
These four are the face of the Nuclear Security Project, “an effort to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world.”
Their web pages asks ‘what if Al Qaeda gets a nuclear weapon?’
The answer: all of our time and efforts on new START have been grossly and pathetically misplaced.
Ah but back to the article. In time, the issue of bilateral nuclear disarmament as a precondition to the endstate of achieving a world without nuclear weapons is addressed. The answer, coming from an administration arms-controller: These (that is, unilateral or bilateral disarmament) are propositions that have to be demonstrated.”
Non-kudos for the implication that the U.S. has nuclear bombers still on alert. We haven’t had that condition for almost 20 years.