Half-Right on Nuclear Arms

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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.

DEVIN HELFRICH

Legislative Assistant

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Washington


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