America Won’t Adopt ‘No First Use’ Policy On Nukes – Obama’s Grandstanding Gone With The Wind
America Won’t Adopt ‘No First Use’ Policy On Nukes – Obama’s Grandstanding Gone With The Wind(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

According to recent reports, the United States (US) national security establishment has shot down President Barack Obama’s proposal to adopt the ‘no first use’ (NFU) policy for nuclear weapons.

Early in his presidency, Obama had promised to bat for global disarmament and said that the US had a moral obligation to the world as the only power to have used a nuclear weapon.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists claims that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other important members of Obama’s cabinet have come out against any change in the current US nuclear posture.

This leaves the US exactly where it was before Obama: American forces retain the option of using deadly nuclear force against even non-nuclear states should the US deem it necessary.

America’s refusal to adopt NFU despite its overwhelming superiority in every sphere of conventional warfare is certainly not going to help global nuclear disarmament. Forget disarmament, the US is, in fact, set to embark on a three-decade-long upgrade of its nuclear weapons.

While its head of state waxes eloquent about disarmament and a nuclear-weapons-free world, the US is quietly going about executing a $1 trillion plan to upgrade nuclear submarines, aircraft, missiles and warheads.

Some say the US has, in fact, cut back its nuclear bombs arsenal by about five percent in the last few years. But what they don’t admit is that the accuracy and reliability of newer weapons more than make up for the minuscule reduction in numbers.

So the next time we hear an argument for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, we know where to point the US to: a mirror.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber