If Americans were to judge Barack Obama based on how he protects our country’s interests and keeps our nation safe, they would have to conclude either that he is blinded by his ideology or that he favors our enemies. His insistence that the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood have a seat at the table in the post-Mubarak Egyptian government is the most recent, high-level reminder of how this president hurts our allies and rewards our enemies. The question Americans should parse is not whether he is motivated by idealism or antagonism — the results are essentially the same. Instead, they must ask how they can stop his encroachments on their liberties, their wealth, and their security before disaster strikes. Radio talk show host Tammy Bruce has asked if Obama’s foreign policy of empowering Islamic fundamentalists is impeachable.
However, not all of Obama’s policies consist in helping our enemies. Many of his policie undermine our security and leave Americans weaker.
Perhaps the most unexplored of these is the president’s obsession with nuclear disarmament. Obama told the United Nations in the fall of 2009, “we must stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and seek the goal of a world without them.” The previous April, Obama told an audience in Prague, “the United States will take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons.” He appointed Ellen Tauscher, a congresswoman dedicated to unilateral disarmament, as his Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. In February 2009, Tauscher told the Munich Security Conference:
The U.S. would, without question, be more secure in a world free of nuclear weapons. The real question is whether pursuit of such a goal is in our security interests. I believe it is.
To further this agenda, Obama abandoned our nation’s promise to provide Poland and the Czech Republic with the missile defense system we had pledged to them — in order to cut our nuclear arsenal with the New START Treaty. Although he tried to push it through the lame duck session of Congress, Republicans pushed it into the new year. (Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN, this weekend told the Tea Party to drop dead; he was voting for it. No wonder MSNBC once referred to Lugar as “Barack Obama’s Favorite Republican.”)
Such Pollyanna notions as complete, unilateral nuclear disarmament (and its domestic counterpart, gun control) would be misguided under any realistic circumstances. In a dangerous world, where a debt-riddled American decline threatens to permanently yield to rising Chinese power, it is perilous.
Lavina Lee of the Cato Institute has issued a new paper exposing the futility of Obama’s disarmament push. Obama, et. al., believe the United States must shed as many nuclear weapons as possible to set a “good example” and prove we are “serious” about disarmament. Once we have done so, other nations will follow our lead. Lee concludes the obvious: while America disarms, the rest of the world will pursue its own interests. In fact, such a policy will backfire, causing hostile regimes to demand greater arms cuts than we wish to make in order to achieve nuclear parity — to become equal military superpowers.