Obama Boosts Nukes

, by Foreign Policy in Focus

Despite his pledge to seek nuclear disarmament, Obama is investing big in the nuclear complex.

On February 1, the Obama administration delivered a budget request calling for a full 10 percent increase in nuclear weapons spending next year, to be followed by further increases in subsequent years.

Perhaps this increase in spending on the nuclear complex does not contradict Obama’s public statements, for example in Prague in April 2009, that he would "seek" nuclear disarmament. In contrast to Picasso’s famous dictum ("Others seek, I find"), Obama has said only that he would "seek" disarmament. Despite the powers theoretically available to him as commander-in-chief, which encompass every aspect of nuclear deployment and procurement, Obama has said nothing about finding disarmament. Read more