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No Nukes is Good Nukes…but Horrible Policy: In The Nuclear Midnight Amateur Hour, When My Post-War Consensus Comes Tumblin’ Down

YOU CAN’T HUG A THUG WITH NUCLEAR ARMS LIMITATIONS

Ronald Reagan hated nukes…and he removed more nukes from the face of the earth than anybody else in history. Rich Lowry:

Paul Lettow (“Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”) has found the purloined letter of the Reagan presidency: the fact that much of his Cold War policy was driven by a desire to eliminate all nuclear weapons. This aspect of Reagan is part of the public record but has so far been hidden in plain view because it doesn’t seem to fit his conservatism and seems so otherwise outlandish.

But Reagan did it through strength, not weakness, through vision, not ideological blinders and by standing up to dictators, not appeasing them.

One of the ways he did this was with Missile Defense. Despite overall success with the technologies, Obama is squandering, defunding and bowing to bullies on Missile Defense. President Reagan:

The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace. …

When I took office in January 1981, I was appalled by what I found: American planes that couldn’t fly and American ships that couldn’t sail for lack of spare parts and trained personnel and insufficient fuel and ammunition for essential training. The inevitable result of all this was poor morale in our Armed Forces, difficulty in recruiting the brightest young Americans to wear the uniform, and difficulty in convincing our most experienced military personnel to stay on. …

I know that all of you want peace, and so do I. I know too that many of you seriously believe that a nuclear freeze would further the cause of peace. But a freeze now would make us less, not more, secure and would raise, not reduce, the risk of war. It would be largely unverifiable and would seriously undercut our negotiations on arms reduction. It would reward the Soviets for their massive military build up while preventing us from modernizing our aging and increasingly vulnerable forces. With their present margin of superiority, why should they agree to arms reductions knowing that we were prohibited from catching up? …

The calls for cutting back the defense budget come in nice, simple arithmetic. They’re the same kind of talk that led the democracies to neglect their defenses in the 1930’s and invited the tragedy of World War II. We must not let that grim chapter of history repeat itself through apathy or neglect. …

If the Soviet Union will join with us in our effort to achieve major arms reduction, we will have succeeded in stabilizing the nuclear balance. Nevertheless, it will still be necessary to rely on the specter of retaliation, on mutual threat. And that’s a sad commentary on the human condition. Wouldn’t it be better to save lives than to avenge them? …

What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet attack, that we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies? …

As we pursue our goal of defensive technologies, we recognize that our allies rely upon our strategic offensive power to deter attacks against them. Their vital interests and ours are inextricably linked. Their safety and ours are one. And no change in technology can or will alter that reality. We must and shall continue to honor our commitments.

I clearly recognize that defensive systems have limitations and raise certain problems and ambiguities. If paired with offensive systems, they can be viewed as fostering an aggressive policy, and no one wants that. But with these considerations firmly in mind, I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace, to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete. …

My fellow Americans, tonight we’re launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history. There will be risks, and results take time. But I believe we can do it. As we cross this threshold, I ask for your prayers and your support.

Thank you, good night, and God bless you.

Why would you tell a rogue regime that they can attack us with WMDs and not face a nuclear response? How can that possibly contribute to our safety?

If you are Japan or Saudi Arabia, does this reassure you that you are protected by a nuclear umbrella? Or does it make you consider building your own nukes? If Obama wouldn’t even avenge America, would he defend you?

Obama thinks America was a bully…until His Coming. But now that He’s in charge, America is good. His bows before the Japanese Emperor and the Saudi King were meant as apologies for the Atom Bomb and the War on Terror. And he’s begging people to like us, which never works for nations or people. Nevermind that we’ve freed half the world and kept the peace for decades; frankly, our Nuclear Narcissus doesn’t like us much either.

Reagan achieved Peace through Strength.
Obama thinks Strength is achieved through Peace.

It’s exactly backwards and deadly dangerous.

UPDATE: Tunku Varadarajan:

Other countries have their own particular interests, and will sell nuclear reactors to Iran and arms to Venezuela, no matter how compelling Obama’s family history is.

Observing Obama’s foreign policy, one comes away with the impression that he is profoundly embarrassed by American exceptionalism…

In the Obama narrative, America has been a reckless source of trouble for the world because of its arrogant interventionism. Obama’s solution, in the words of Charles Hill, a professor at Yale, is the following: “Close out the wars, disengage, and distance ourselves in order to carry out the real objective: the achievement of a European-style welfare state. Just as Reagan downsized government by starving it through budget cuts, Obama will downsize the military-industrial complex by directing so much money into health care, environ-o-care, etc., that we, like the Europeans, will have no funds available to maintain world power. This will gain the confidence of those regimes adversarial to us as they recognize we will no longer be a threat to them and that we will acquiesce in their maintenance of power over their people.” All will be well with the world.

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