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Twenty-Two Reps Ask President Obama to Declare No-First-Use | Peace Action’s Groundswell

Twenty-two U.S. representatives have delivered a letter to President Obama asking him to adopt a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons. They applauded the vision he laid out in his 2009 Prague speech “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” and expressed their concern that current U.S. and Russian nuclear postures “significantly increase the risk of catastrophic miscalculation and full-scale nuclear war.”

Opponents of a no-first-use policy cite fears that it could be interpreted as a sign of weakness and remove a supposedly invaluable deterrent to conventional aggression against the U.S. or our allies. But as the letter points out, the overwhelming superiority of our conventional military forces is more than sufficient to respond to non-nuclear aggression and is a more credible deterrent than maintaining the unrealistic and destabilizing threat of a nuclear first strike.

Source: Twenty-Two Reps Ask President Obama to Declare No-First-Use – PEACE ACTION’S GROUNDSWELL

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