(Image source: The White House / Flickr)

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

The president will revive a key plank in his national security policy Tuesday — pushing for nuclear arms reduction in his State of the Union address.

 

That’s according to a report filed late Sunday by The New York Times. David Sanger quotes anonymous officials who say Mr. Obama “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions — and save a lot of money — without compromising American security...”

 

A previous arms reduction treaty negotiated with Vladimir Putin in Russia passed the U.S. Senate in 2009 and mandated both nations cut their number of nuclear weapons to 1,550 by 2018. Sunday’s report says Obama would like to take that number down to just more than 1,000 — a reduction of about one-third. [Video: RT]

 

As is, the U.S. and Russia hold, by far, the most operational nuclear weapons. France and the U.K. also hold active stockpiles, as do Israel, China and a few other nations who don’t report totals. [Source: Federation of American Scientists]

 

Obama will likely face heavy opposition from Republicans on this issue. The GOP opposed even the minor stockpile cuts in 2009, and — unlike four years ago — they now control one chamber of Congress.

 

And Republicans will likely bring up this moment from March of last year — when a hot mic captured a candid exchange between the president and Russia’s Dmitri Medvedev about missile defense negotiations. [Video: The Guardian]

 

OBAMA: “This is my last election.”
MEDVEDEV: “Yeah, I understand.”
OBAMA: “After my election, I have more flexibility.”
MEDVEDEV: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

 

Sanger at the Times reports the White House avoided bringing up an arms reduction treaty on the campaign trail last year, in part because it might have seemed to validate Republican Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was the U.S.’s No. 1 geostrategic foe. [Video: CNN]

 

Obama reportedly plans to send top national security adviser Tom Donilon to Russia next month to set up a framework for the new treaty.

Report: Obama to Push Nuclear Arms Reduction

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Feb 11, 2013

Report: Obama to Push Nuclear Arms Reduction

(Image source: The White House / Flickr)

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

The president will revive a key plank in his national security policy Tuesday — pushing for nuclear arms reduction in his State of the Union address.

 

That’s according to a report filed late Sunday by The New York Times. David Sanger quotes anonymous officials who say Mr. Obama “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions — and save a lot of money — without compromising American security...”

 

A previous arms reduction treaty negotiated with Vladimir Putin in Russia passed the U.S. Senate in 2009 and mandated both nations cut their number of nuclear weapons to 1,550 by 2018. Sunday’s report says Obama would like to take that number down to just more than 1,000 — a reduction of about one-third. [Video: RT]

 

As is, the U.S. and Russia hold, by far, the most operational nuclear weapons. France and the U.K. also hold active stockpiles, as do Israel, China and a few other nations who don’t report totals. [Source: Federation of American Scientists]

 

Obama will likely face heavy opposition from Republicans on this issue. The GOP opposed even the minor stockpile cuts in 2009, and — unlike four years ago — they now control one chamber of Congress.

 

And Republicans will likely bring up this moment from March of last year — when a hot mic captured a candid exchange between the president and Russia’s Dmitri Medvedev about missile defense negotiations. [Video: The Guardian]

 

OBAMA: “This is my last election.”
MEDVEDEV: “Yeah, I understand.”
OBAMA: “After my election, I have more flexibility.”
MEDVEDEV: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

 

Sanger at the Times reports the White House avoided bringing up an arms reduction treaty on the campaign trail last year, in part because it might have seemed to validate Republican Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was the U.S.’s No. 1 geostrategic foe. [Video: CNN]

 

Obama reportedly plans to send top national security adviser Tom Donilon to Russia next month to set up a framework for the new treaty.

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