America has thousands of nuclear weapons, each one capable of destroying an entire city and killing millions of people. Knowing that the likely outcome of launching our nuclear weapons is global annihilation, it would be insanity for America to ever start a nuclear war. And right now, President Obama is considering turning that simple truth into official government policy.
As President Obama prepares to leave office, he is considering adopting what is known as a ‘no-first-use’ policy, essentially declaring that the US will never be the first party in a conflict to use nuclear weapons. This simple and clear position would actually have a pretty big impact by reducing the risk of miscalculations leading to nuclear war, increasing the global perception that helps keep nuclear weapons from being used, and minimizing the need for expensive and unnecessary ‘first-strike’ weapons in America’s arsenal.
But President Obama is under intense pressure to stick with the status quo and not make this important change. Thankfully, progressive champions in Congress, led by Rep. Barbara Lee, are leading an effort to support the President and push for a ‘no-first-use’ policy. But they need our help in rallying more of their colleagues to join them in speaking out!
Since the end of the Cold War, many have forgotten about the dangers of nuclear weapons, but the reality is that these weapons still pose a danger to our survival. The US and Russia still maintain thousands of nuclear weapons, many of them ready to launch on a moment’s notice, and the danger of a miscalculation at any time is very much real. By declaring that America will never be the first to launch a nuclear weapon in any future conflict, we can help significantly decrease that risk, and make a nuclear war far less likely.