Charles Krauthammer has examined Obama’s nuclear summit, and once again, it was all show. Apparently the whole thing was to distract you from the fact that Iran is going to get the bomb pretty soon. Here is what you will be told: Well, yes, Iran is now a nuclear power threatening its neighbors, and yes, this will cause a nuclear arms race in the middle east, the last place on earth that needs such a race. And yes, this has a high likelihood of breaking out into a hot nuclear war, because Iran thinks it is ruled by God and wants to bring on the chaos needed for the return of the Mahdi.
But don’t worry, be happy. Because Obama has a plan to rid the world of all nuclear weapons.
As soon as he gets his unicorn to fly.
Let us stipulate that sequestering nuclear material is a good thing. But, it is a minor thing, particularly when Iran is off the table and Pakistan is creating new plutonium for every ounce of Canadian uranium shipped to the United States.
Perhaps calculating that removing relatively small amounts of fissile material from stable, friendly countries didn’t quite do the trick, Obama proudly announced that the United States and Russia were disposing of 68 tons of plutonium. Unmentioned was the fact that this agreement was reached 10 years ago — and, under the new protocol, doesn’t begin to dispose of the plutonium until 2018. Feeling safer now?
The appropriate venue for such minor loose-nuke agreements is a meeting of experts in Geneva who, after working out the details, get their foreign ministers to sign off. Which made this parade of world leaders in Washington an exercise in misdirection — distracting attention from the looming threat from Iran, regarding which Obama’s 15 months of terminally naive “engagement” has achieved nothing but the loss of 15 months.
Indeed, the Washington summit was part of a larger misdirection play — Obama’s “nuclear spring.” Last week: a START treaty, redolent of precisely the kind of Cold War obsolescence Obama routinely decries. The number of warheads in Russia’s aging and decaying nuclear stockpile is an irrelevancy now that the existential U.S.-Soviet struggle is over. One major achievement of the treaty, from the point of view of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, is that it could freeze deployment of U.S. missile defenses — thus constraining the single greatest anti-nuclear breakthrough of our time.
This followed a softening of the U.S. nuclear deterrent posture (sparing non-proliferation compliant states from U.S. nuclear retaliation if they launch a biochemical attack against us) — a change so bizarre and literally unbelievable that even Hillary Clinton couldn’t get straight what retaliatory threat remains on the table.
We are being led by a weird, perhaps dangerous man whose idea of real progress is to hold yet another student government summit.
We are the world.
We are the children.