Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Commend plan for vastly reducing Russian and American nuclear stockpiles
During a recent visit to Germany, President Obama called for great reductions in the number of strategic nuclear weapons in the United States, the Russian Federation, and beyond. Based on the new arms treaty ratified by Congress in 2010, Russia and the United States would reduce each of their nuclear arsenals by about 1,000 warheads each. This reduction would involve both long-range strategic nuclear weapons and smaller tactical ones, which is a fairly new idea in the field of arms reduction. Military experts in both the United States and Russia have found that their respective countries can maintain defensive security while cutting their nuclear arsenals by about a third. Moreover, Obama and his ideological allies on arms reduction hope that the United States and Russia can set an example for the rest of the world by doing so.
Not only would such drastic strategic reductions significantly reduce the burdensome cost of the military budget, but it would be at least a small step in making the world a safer place. While worldwide nuclear annihilation is no longer the Sword of Damocles hanging over humanity’s head, as it once was during the Cold War, nuclear weapons present immense danger, not only from their intention firing but from accidents or theft by non-state actors. In addition, the ongoing political tension between the United States and Russia may, in some measure, be defused through the conduit of mutual nuclear arms reductions.
While many facets of the Obama administration’s foreign policy have disappointed the liberal base which put the president in power, his ongoing drive for the reduction in nuclear weapons is something that the progressive community can rally behind. Considering that conservative criticisms of his foreign policy have been largely based on his being “soft” on the United States’ real or imagined enemies, President Obama is taking an uncharacteristically bold stance in calling for nuclear disarmament. Please sign the petition below to commend the president for taking this stance and support his efforts in nuclear arm reduction.
Dear President Obama,
I commend your recent proposal for Russia and the United States to mutually agree to reduce nuclear armaments by about one third. The massive nuclear stockpiles of each country, vestiges of the follies of the Cold War, pose a tremendous danger for all of mankind. Moreover, bilateral arms reduction may well provide an excellent example for developing powers around the world that are considering nuclear armament to strengthen themselves.
While many of your foreign policy adventures have been ill-advised and poorly implemented, this strategic arms reduction is certainly a policy for which I can offer support. Thank you for your efforts in this vein for trying to make the world a safer place. I support your plan for nuclear arms reduction and I will continue to do so in the face of partisan opposition.
[Your Name Here]
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