New Nuclear Math: It’s About Time

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The Obama Administration is considering slashing the nation’s nuclear arsenal to as few as 300 deployed strategic nuclear weapons, Robert Burns of the AP reports. That’s an 80% cut from the 1,550 currently permitted under Washington’s treaty with the Russians.

Certain circles will scream it’s unilateral disarmament. But it seems plenty for everyday MADness. It might even bring back those heady days of 1991 when presidents George W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev were scrapping nuclear weapons wholesale, and it seemed like there really might be a new world order.

A pair of Air Force analysts declared two years ago that the nation would be adequately defended by 311 deployed atomic weapons. If that’s not sufficient for this nation, we deserve the fate J. Robert Oppenheimer reckoned might be ours: “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”