Legacy watch: Obama said to weigh nuclear weapons policy shift

Special to WorldTribune.com

by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct

From his first days in office nearly eight years ago, Barack Obama has been a consistent advocate for the ultimate and complete abolition of nuclear weapons, including U.S. nuclear forces.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. on April 1. / Xinhua / Li Muzi
President Barack Obama speaks at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. on April 1. / Xinhua / Li Muzi

To this end, he has hosted several nuclear summits and with Russia signed New START, a major nuclear arms control agreement for strategic forces.

Obama may view these as important but not sufficiently comprehensive steps as he contemplates his national security legacy.

Reports are circulating in Washington that before leaving office the president may be contemplating additional measures, including at least one that would stand on its head decades of U.S. policy on nuclear weapons use.

There has been no official confirmation from the White House or Department of Defense but Obama is considering issuing a declaration that the United States would never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

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