Let the Record Reflect: A Nuclear Dud

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Despite all the drum-banging that President Obama was going to propose deep cuts in the nation’s nuclear arsenal, perhaps in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night (see here, and here, for example), his only references to the atomic genie were understated:

The leaders of Iran must recognize that now’s the time for a diplomatic solution because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time we’ll engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead and meet our obligations.

Guess all the arms-control wonks will have to focus on Iran and North Korea for awhile. And modernizing the U.S. nuclear-weapons complex, of course.