NUCLEAR WEAPONS DETERRENCE
Decision Time on Deterrence - Robert R. Monroe, Washington Times opinion. An effort is afoot to destroy the US nuclear deterrent that has kept America safe for more than half a century. Those behind this effort are attempting to make us so fearful of possible nuclear proliferation that we will agree to rapid dismantlement of our nuclear-deterrent forces. These forces are the ultimate guarantor of our liberty, freedom and safety - of our very existence as a nation - in the dangerous, highly volatile and unknowable world of the future. Without question, determined proliferators like Iran and North Korea are dangerous. But the answer is to stop the proliferators, not to surrender the only means we and our children have to deter nuclear disaster. Look at what the United States has done in support of nonproliferation since the end of the Cold War. We've reduced our ready nuclear weapons from more than 10,000 to about 2,000. We've refrained from transforming our nuclear strategy in response to today's adversaries and threats. We've stopped designing, testing or producing needed new weapons. In short, to prevent proliferation, we've observed a nuclear freeze for two long decades.