No No Nukes
There’s a fascinating interview with former Defense Secretary/Energy Secretary/Director CIA James Schlesinger in the Wall Street Journal. In the interview Mr. Schlesinger rejects the policy goal that’s been articulated both by Ronald Reagan and by Barack Obama of complete abolition of nuclear weapons:
Are we heading toward a nuclear-free world anytime soon? He shoots back a one-word answer: “No.” I keep silent, hoping he will go on. “We will need a strong deterrent,” he finally says, “and that is measured at least in decades — in my judgment, in fact, more or less in perpetuity. The notion that we can abolish nuclear weapons reflects on a combination of American utopianism and American parochialism. . . . It’s like the  Kellogg-Briand Pact renouncing war as an instrument of national policy . . . . It’s not based upon an understanding of reality.”
In other words: Go ahead and wish for a nuclear-free world, but pray that you don’t get what you wish for. A world without nukes would be even more dangerous than a world with them, Mr. Schlesinger argues.
Prior to the advent of nuclear weapons great power war occurred roughly every generation. Since nuclear weapons have entered the equation we haven’t had war between great powers at all—a period of more than 60 years. Abolish nuclear weapons? You feel lucky?
There’s lots more in the interview. RTWT.