All of us disarmament advocates should be happy about the just-agreed reductions in the arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers. But it’s not reason enough to break out the champagne.
The U.S.-Russia agreement is certainly a big deal. Within seven years, both sides will slash their stockpiles of strategic warheads to roughly 1,500, an almost 50 percent reduction. The limit on the number of launchers would be cut by half. Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association (a person I truly respect) terms it “the first truly post-Cold-War nuclear arms reduction treaty.”