In his last days in office, President Obama reportedly wants to get the UN’s Security Council to endorse a ban on underground nuclear testing. It would be a two-fer for Mr. Obama.
First, he evidently hopes to encumber his successor from taking steps needed to modernize America’s deterrent. And second, he intends once again to undermine the Constitution with its requirement that the U.S. Senate advise and consent to treaties like the Comprehensive Test Ban.
But, the Senate voted to reject that treaty seventeen years ago – for good reason. And today’s Washington Free Beacon describes multi-billion dollar investments the Kremlin is making in preparing for nuclear war by both comprehensively upgrading Russia’s arsenal and the underground bunkers from which its use would be directed.
We need a national debate about how best to end our unilateral nuclear disarmament, not more of it.
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