The Disarmament Illusion

Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2009

Obama pursues arms control treaties; Iran builds the bomb.

President Obama appreciates “teachable moments,” so let’s all discuss this week’s lesson in arms control theory and practice.

The President brought his soaring sermon about “a world without [nuclear] weapons” before the U.N. General Assembly. He called for a new arms control treaty and won Security Council support for a vague resolution on proliferation. On cue yesterday, Iran showed the world what determined rogues think about such treaties. On the evidence of his Presidency so far, Mr. Obama will not let that reality interfere with his disarmament dreams.

The disclosure that Iran has a second facility to make bomb-grade fuel, the latest of many Tehran deceptions, isn’t exactly surprising. ……..

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