Half-Right on Nuclear Arms
The Bush administration's decision to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal is laudable ["Administration Plans to Shrink U.S. Nuclear Arms Program," front page, Dec. 19]. But the administration's attempt to modernize the nation's nuclear infrastructure emphasizes the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. foreign policy at a point when the exact opposite -- deemphasis -- is necessary to make progress toward a world free of such weapons.
These plans send a dangerously ambiguous message to China, Russia and potential new proliferators. Congress took a step in the right direction by rebuking the administration for its attempt to build the Reliable Replacement Warhead. To make progress on a global scale, the United States must show that it is committed not just to reductions but also to working toward the post-nuclear weapons era.
Friends Committee on National Legislation