Today, the threat of global nuclear war has passed, but the danger of nuclear proliferation endures, making the basic bargain of the NPT more important than ever: nations with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament, nations withoutSure, there isn't much danger of the U. S., Russia, and China will exchange nuclear attacks. So, Obama's right. The main threat on the nuclear front has changed.
nuclear weapons will forsake them, and all nations have an "inalienable right" to peaceful nuclear energy.
But the danger doesn't lie in nuclear proliferation either.
What's really dangerous is the possibility of a rogue government gaining control in a country that already has nuclear arms and then using its nuclear weapons to threaten or attack its enemies.
And what government is most at risk of such a takeover--Pakistan, India, France?
No! It has to be the United States.
Pakistan may be unstable because "elements" of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are sympathetic to al-Qaeda.
However, the situation is worse in the United States because neo-conservatives have enormous disdain for the United Nations, international law, and anything else that might inhibit its ability to wage total war. Neo-conservatives also speculate openly about nuclear attacks on Iran and the speculation should be taken seriously because neo-cons seem to be aching to break the taboo on nuclear weapons just as they were aching to break the taboo on torture.
Conservative America--the world's most dangerous and unstable political force.