I’m really getting tired of shows where guests discuss their grand goals that are just impractical and impossible to achieve. I’m more of a “details” type of dude. One such goal is eliminating nuclear weapons. Sorry, until some magic weapon or defense mechanism makes them obsolete, in which case we’ll be worrying about a new class of war-making mechanisms, this ain’t gonna happen.
Last night on The Daily Show, Ambassador Richard Burt of Global Zero was on. He seems like a great guy, and I’m all for reductions in unnecessarily large nuclear weapons stockpiles, but some of the things he said should be challenged.
Watch the interview below:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
Burt talks about creating a “new political environment” around the globe against nuclear weapons, which will be facilitated by the disarmament of the U.S., Russia and the other large powers. The truth is that the world has recognized that for some countries’ agendas, nuclear weapons are too critical to give up. Israel’s existence depends upon it. Rogue states see it as their ultimate security guarantee, and so unless we decide to stop opposing their moves, they will continue to seek nuclear capabilities.
Burt seems to think that rogue states like Iran will somehow be affected by America’s own reductions, and Jon Stewart is right to be skeptical. These regimes are not motivated by America’s own stockpiles. They are not acting in reaction to our nukes, they are acting in reaction to the fact that we are exceedingly powerful and our interests are diametrically opposed to theirs.