Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Overcharged: Nuclear Proliferation


“You’re either with us or against us.” This was the unofficial foreign policy motto of the Bush Administration. Two wars later our enemies are angry, our allies are even angrier, and former enemies such as Russia and Eastern Europe are fed up with American unilateralism. Russian–American relations have been tense to say the least since the Bush Administration. However, after scrapping the planned anti-missile units in Poland, the Obama administration has symbolically pressed the “reset” (or “overcharged” if you speak Russian, thanks to a typical American mistranslation) button on US-Russia relations and it’s already paying off.

Obama is doing what Bush failed miserably to do in either of his two terms; he’s making the world safer. Obama recently signed the New START treaty with Russian President Medvedev, which will cut both US and Russian nuclear arsenals by about a third.

Perhaps even more importantly, Obama just held the largest gathering of heads of state called by the President since the founding of the UN in 1945 at the Nuclear Security Summit. On the first day of the summit, the Ukraine promised to give up all its weapons-grade uranium AND China promised to impose more sanctions on Iran. In addition, on the second day, an agreement between Canada, the US, and Mexico was signed, in which the US and Canada will fund Mexico’s transfer from weapons-grade to lower grade uranium in nuclear plants.

In only a week, the Obama administration has made the world significantly safer from nuclear attacks. Meanwhile Senator Kyl of Arizona has lead the Republican offensive against the meeting, claiming that nuclear terrorism is not the primary threat to the US, rather, Iran is. Yes, Senator Kyl, Iran is a threat to the US. But to understate the threat of Al Qaida using a nuclear weapon (as is a stated goal of that organization) because you want to continue the politically popular tactic of attacking a token US enemy is ignorance. Dear Senator Kyl: on September 11, 2001 America was attacked by Al Qaida, not Iraq, like your party claimed, and not Iran, like you seem to think. President Obama is making real progress in making the world safer, progress which should have begun on September 12, 2001.

8 comments:

Henry Vasquez said...

Good work, Logan! Welcome to the Lefty's team.

Rabi Abonour said...

Good post man. Great to see you writing.

Andrea Watts said...

Logan - great debut post :) I look forward to reading more from you

Aly said...

Loved this Logan. So excited to see you this weekend as well!

ShamRockNRoll said...

And why would Iran be a threat, Sen. Kyl??? Hmm... maybe something to do with nuclear proliferation??? What a fucking clown.

Tré said...

Deliciously put, buddy.

Thomas Wachtel said...

Well done, sir.

Sarah Jones said...

If Republicans spent more time studying how international relations worked and less time knocking anything a president with a (D) after his name, they would understand that this is a HUGE step to easing tensions with Iran.

I'm sorry but Iran is completely justified in wanting to join the other nations with nuclear weapons. How fair is it for us to say that they can't have weapons when we have the very capabilities that they're arguing for? The whole idea that the "super countries" of the world are allowed to have weapons of dire consequences while the rest of the world huddles in fear is ludicrous.. and other countries have a right to be upset about it.

Well written, Logan. This is a huge step in the right direction and it should be noted as such.