Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Daily Strike-4/6/10-Going Nuclear (-less)

Good evening and welcome to the Daily Strike. For the most part, the Obama presidency has been dominated by domestic issues like the economy and health care. But with Congress in recess, international affairs have come to the forefront.

NUCLEAR PACT: This morning, the President announced a new policy on nuclear weapons that would have made our liberal ancestors during the Cold War pretty happy (though they would have wanted him to go further). The plan basically calls for a halt in the production of new weapons, and a small reduction in our current stockpiles. Another key part of the initiative is a new agreement to never use nuclear weapons on non-nuclear states given that they comply with non-proliferation agreements. This seems like a no-brainer to me, but I guess it's good that it is now official U.S. policy.

Surprisingly, I didn't see many rabid right-wing reactions to this announcement. Rudy Giuliani attacked Obama for being "naive" on nuclear weapons, but nobody really listens to him anymore.

The key now will be for Obama to close a nuclear weapons agreement with Dimitry Medvedev of Russia, and get that treaty ratified by the United States Senate, which will be no easy task given the current Republican party.

Otherwise, the President had a relatively quiet day today, though he was closely monitoring the tragic situation with the coal miners in West Virginia.

But yes, it was a slow news day. We'll be back with more tomorrow.

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