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Obama's pragmatic stance on N-arms

Business Times - 16 Apr 2010


Obama's pragmatic stance on N-arms

His proposals reflect the new global strategic realities and show he is no dreamer as his opponents make him out to be

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

LISTENING to Republican politicians and conservative pundits bashing US President Barack Obama's proposals to limit and eventually eliminate the use and supply of nuclear weapons, one would have to reach the conclusion that the current occupant of the White House is a naive and sentimental peacenik.

In their view, he lacks a basic grasp of US national security interests and is pursuing a policy that will weaken American power worldwide. In short, Mr Obama is so much unlike President Ronald Reagan and other US presidents who have never been caught day-dreaming about a nuclear-free world or who would sign comprehensive arms control deals with the Russians.

Hence, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and a 2008 Republican presidential candidate described Mr Ob…