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Support A Sensible Nuclear Weapons Policy
Next month, the Defense Department will finalize the Nuclear Posture Review, which will determine the course of action our country takes regarding nuclear weapons for the next five to ten years.
Rep. Pete Stark (CA) is circulating a letter for Representatives to sign on to; the letter will go to President Obama about the Nuclear Posture Review. Below is a copy of the letter.
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to Rep. Stark's letter to the President on the NPR; the deadline is COB Tuesday, November 24.
Representative Stark’s Congressional Letter to the President
Support A Sensible Nuclear Weapons Policy
Dear President Obama:
We write to you as the 2009 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is being conducted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff. We share your vision of a nuclear weapons-free world, and we hope that the NPR will reflect this vision. As this document will have a significant impact on the direction of our nuclear policy, we hope that your personal involvement in crafting the NPR will help move us closer to the goal of nuclear disarmament.
You have always articulated a clear vision for disarmament, and we commend you for making this a cornerstone of your foreign policy. The drafting of the NPR is an ideal opportunity to advance progress toward a nuclear weapons free world, as the conclusions in the report will guide U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the next five to ten years. In your speech to the U.N. General Assembly, you said that the U.S. “will complete a Nuclear Posture Review that opens the door to deeper cuts and reduces the role of nuclear weapons.” We believe there are several areas where the NPR can be effective in promoting steps toward nuclear disarmament by ending Cold War thinking:
Limiting the role and use of nuclear weapons: the posture review should state that the only role of nuclear weapons is to deter a possible nuclear attack by others.No new nuclear weapons: the NPR should not press for any new nuclear warhead designs. Greater nuclear weapons capabilities are not beneficial to our national security and may undermine international nonproliferation efforts.Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off of ready-to-launch nuclear status: a change in U.S. policy can help encourage Russia to follow suit.Deeply reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal: with fewer roles, the arsenal can be reduced to between 500 and 1,000 nuclear warheads as a first step toward global nuclear disarmament.
We agree with you that the existence of more than 20,000 nuclear weapons is a threat to all peoples of all countries. The NPR is an opportunity to continue your commitment to dismantling these dangerous weapons. Past NPRs have maintained Cold War policies; as a result, efforts to reduce our weapons stockpile were stalled. We believe your leadership in the review process will further the agenda you laid out in your Prague speech, and we will work in Congress to push for further progress toward a world without nuclear weapons.
President Obama laid out a compelling vision of a safer world free of nuclear weapons in his April 5 speech in Prague.
Right now, the Obama administration is conducting a Nuclear Posture Review that will set U.S. nuclear weapons policy for the next decade. This is the opportunity for the President’s soaring rhetoric to be instituted in real world policy planning.
The President already understands that, in today's world, nuclear weapons create rather than reduce risks. Nuclear weapons do not help protect us from threats such as terrorist attacks, for example. The world has changed, and we need a new path to make us more secure.
In Prague , the President set off on that new path, stating “clearly and with conviction America 's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” He pledged to “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same.”
The near-term plans that will be set forth in the Review should both reflect and further the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.
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