Obama to call for elimination of all nuclear weapons

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090404/pl_nm/us_obama_europe

    PRAGUE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons across the globe, in remarks on Sunday he hopes will lend credibility to his message in atomic disputes with Iran and North Korea.


    Visiting Prague during an eight-day visit to Europe, Obama plans to deliver what his aides have billed as a major speech on weapons proliferation.
    Obama, who is making his debut on the world stage, said in Strasbourg, France on Friday that he would lay out an agenda to secure the world's loose nuclear materials and halt the spread of illicit weapons.


    He added that he wanted to offer an agenda "to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons."


    "Even with the Cold War over, the spread of nuclear weapons or the theft of nuclear material could lead to the extermination of any city on the planet," Obama said.


    Obama, a former U.S. senator who succeeded President George W. Bush in January, has long shown interest in the issue of halting weapons proliferation and wants to make it a signature foreign policy issue for his new administration.


    "The president has been very focused on these issues of proliferation for many years," White House Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough told reporters.
     
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    :lol: Keep dreaming Mr. Obama! :lol:
     
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    This is very naive of him. Ambitious, but naive.
     
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    Yeah right, and who will volunteer to go first?? Will it be China, or Russia, or Israel, or how about.....nobody in their right fucking mind is that naive to believe we'll all start shitting rainbows and kittens.:cuckoo:
     
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    !!! Wow! That's awesome. Finally something to like about Obama!

    = )
     
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    It's a pipe dream, a good one, but highly unrealistic and impossible to pull off.
     
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    What do you mean by that? All we need is a couple of idiots with a PhD and a screwdriver. How tough can it possible be?
     
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    So is everything, until it is attempted. Light bulbs, powered flight, vaccines, and Columbus sailing across the uncharted ocean to find the New World. And every baby born.
    Thank God this country has people who are able to imagine the important good things that can and SHOULD be accomplished, and then have the guts and smarts and drive to make an effort.

    Were the "NO" people of any influence over human events, we'd still be in the dark ages.
    We aren't because they aren't. And never will be.

    A World Without Nuclear Weapons: The International Dimension: Events: U.S. Institute of Peace

    Ronald Reagan: A Nuclear Abolitionist
    By David Krieger

    With the USS Ronald Reagan in Santa Barbara, it is worth reflecting on Ronald Reagan’s legacy with regard to nuclear weapons. According to his wife, Nancy, “Ronnie had many hopes for the future, and none were more important to America and to mankind than the effort to create a world free of nuclear weapons.”

    President Reagan was a nuclear abolitionist. He believed that the only reason to have nuclear weapons was to prevent the then Soviet Union from using theirs. Understanding this, he argued in his 1984 State of the Union Address, “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. The only value in our two nations possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they will never be used. But then would it not be better to do away with them entirely?”

    Ronald Reagan regarded nuclear weapons, according to Nancy, as “totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization.”

    In 1986, President Reagan and Secretary General Gorbachev met for a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a remarkable quirk of history, the two men shared a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. Despite the concerns of their aides, they came close to achieving agreement on this most important of issues. The sticking point was that President Reagan saw his Strategic Defense Initiative (missile defenses) as being essential to the plan, and Gorbachev couldn’t accept this (even though Reagan promised to share the US missile defense system with the then Soviet Union). Gorbachev wanted missile defense development to be restricted to the laboratory for ten years. Reagan couldn’t accept this.

    The two leaders came heartbreakingly close to ending the era of nuclear weapons, but in the end they couldn’t achieve their mutual goal. As a result, nuclear weapons have proliferated and remain a danger to all humanity. Today, we face the threat of terrorists gaining possession of nuclear weapons, and wreaking massive destruction on the cities of powerful nations. There can be no doubt that had Reagan and Gorbachev succeeded, the US and the world would be much safer, and these men would be remembered above all else for this achievement.
     
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    He should go for world peace too and he could win the Miss America Pagent.
     
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    Well, those who feared he was going after your guns might be a little off the mark. He's going for ALL your weapons!
     
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