If Russia would agree, Obama would dramatically reduce the U.S. arsenal. He’s hesitant to do it independently. He wants Russian agreement. But Russia won’t agree. And Russia is hanging all these other issues on nuclear agreement. Putin wants to talk NATO conventional forces. He wants to talk new precision strike weapons the U.S. has that some fear can knock out Russian nuclear targets. He wants to talk missile defense. And he has a very active missile industrial complex in Russia.
It is not a Reagan and Gorbachev moment. At Reykjavik they came very close to agreeing to eliminate everything in 10 years. Tragically, we’re not talking about that with Putin or Obama. We’re talking about another step: A 1/3rd reduction.
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