Whew! It’s summer. Most of us have survived and now, on occasion, feel downright cheery. Today is one such occasion. Biden and Putin have just met and some of what they said makes sense. The best part of their joint announcement was this: “Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” So, yes, they stand with Reagan and Gorbachev, who issued that declaration a generation ago! However self-evident that statement sounds to peace workers, it is not believed universally. Many top military strategists regularly propose new rationales for using nuclear weapons, and the Permanent Five countries have not taken a collective position on the matter. So, let’s applaud the Russian and American leaders for their courage in stating the obvious.
And they went further. Already they had agreed to extend the New START Treaty, which Trump would have allowed to lapse. But though the New START Treaty was the best deal Obama could make, it imposed only moderate limits on nuclear weaponeers. Far more is needed! And today Putin and Biden agreed to launch a “structured strategic stability dialogue” which will include arms control and risk reduction. That may open the way toward real progress. Another favorable clue is their plan to preserve the Arctic as a “region of cooperation.”
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