by Jeffrey Laurenti
“If I had known it was going to be this popular, I would have done this a long time ago,” President John F. Kennedy is said to have joked with aides when enthusiastic audiences cheered his mentions of the partial nuclear test ban treaty in 1963.
Fast forward fifty years, however, and Barack Obama gets scant acknowledgment from a cynical capital and indifferent press for tightening the noose on nuclear weapons and nuclear dangers. He may get grudging credit for winning today’s overwhelming U.N. Security Council vote for toughened sanctions against Iran’s runaway nuclear program, but Washington seems willfully blind to any connection between nonproliferation and disarmament.
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