As President Barack Obama prepares to release his Nuclear Option Review, many are wondering how different his strategy will be from the Bush administration’s and whether it will effectively deter proliferation and keep the U.S. and our allies safe.
Some of his strategy has already been revealed. Reuters reported this week that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama agreed to reduce deployed warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 during negotiations to renew START. Although Obama canceled agreements to deploy missile interceptors and radar to Poland and the Czech Republic, he will send Patriot missiles to Poland and missile interceptors to Romania. These and other missile defense developments are intended to defend against Iran, the rogue state determined to continue developing nuclear capability and defying the U.N. Security Council.