What's Wrong with America's Nuclear Hawks?
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President Obamas pledge during an April 2009 speech in Prague to eliminate nuclear weapons from the US arsenal has been condemned by many military strategists. There are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed with any nuclear reduction unfortunately, many nuclear hawks create false, scary-sounding concerns to argue that disarmament is impractical. Dr. Charles E. Costanzos Whats Wrong with Zero in the summer issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is a recent and flamboyant example of this nuclear scaremongering. Dr. Costanzo claims that no other recognized nuclear weapons state NWS shares Obamas disarmament goal. He emphasizes other NWSs modernization plans while ignoring how modest they seem compared to US modernization. He also neglected to observe the work these countries have already done to reduce their reliance on nuclear weapons. In many cases it is more than the United States. An honest comparison of modernization plans and the history of nuclear disarmament treaties shows that despite President Obamas stated desire to eliminate nuclear weapons, he will find more opposition domestically than abroad.
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Weapons