Category Archives: History
The decision of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to withdraw the U.S. from the INF Treaty with Russia endangers our national security. Plain and simple. Along with the Trump administration’s plans to develop new low-yield nuclear weapons, we are risking an arms race with Russia and others – a staggering, utterly unnecessary revival of an existential danger the world thought it had put to sleep a generation ago.
The 1987 INF Treaty with Russia, signed by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, disarmed medium and short range nuclear missiles. Citing alleged Russian violations of the treaty, Trump is taking the lazy way out and crashes out of the pact. But diplomacy has barely been given a chance. Exiting the agreement will not solve those concerns over violations.
See my full commentary at Newsweek:
The summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un comes near the anniversary of one of President John F. Kennedy’s most famous speeches. JFK, in a 1963 commencement address at American University, proposed to the Soviet Union ending nuclear weapons testing.
If Trump and Kim are wise, they will follow up on JFK’s test ban proposal to strengthen their own peace effort.
Let’s begin with the fact that North Korea has just dismantled its nuclear test site. Why not take the next step and end all nuclear testing forever on the Korean peninsula and beyond.
See my full commentary at the History News Network
Nuclear-armed North Korea’s latest missile test shows the growing threat to South Korea, Japan and even the United States. The rogue nation may gain the capability of reaching the U.S. with a nuclear missile.
There is also fear North Korea may soon conduct its sixth nuclear test explosion. Senator John McCain says the Korea standoff is “like a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.”
See my column at the History News Network
President Donald Trump can be a peacemaker and lead the world in eliminating nuclear weapons. Or he could lead us into a dangerous nuclear arms race.
If he looks to history, the president will see that mutual disarmament can be in our best interests. This year marks the 200th anniversary of a disarmament agreement that unfolded in Cleveland’s own backyard.
See my full article at the Cleveland Plain Dealer
The nuclear tweet from Donald Trump was not exactly the holiday season message we were hoping for. The president-elect said on Dec. 22, via twitter, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
But sadly no mention of strengthening our diplomacy to reduce the nuclear threat. You have to ask where’s the peace?
Read my full commentary at the San Diego Union Tribune:
History is being made this week with President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. He is the only sitting U.S. president to make the trip to the site of the first atomic bombing on Japan during World War II.
Mary Popeo, of the nuclear disarmament group Global Zero, exclaims, “Having spent three summers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki working with the Japanese bomb victims and the Japanese peace movement, I can tell you that Obama’s trip is a huge deal!”
The President should use this historic opportunity to build support for the global treaty ending nuclear weapons testing. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is the key to unlocking the door to a future without the crushing burden and fear of nuclear weapons.
See my full commentary at the History News Network
Secretary of State John Kerry says, “the time is now to stop the killing in Syria and lay the groundwork for a government that the long-suffering people of that battered land can support.”
Ending the civil war in Syria can bring relief to the over 13 million Syrians who have suffered from food and medicine shortages. Peace in Syria can rally all the necessary power to defeat the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh) which has thrived because of the chaos of the war.
Clearly we all need peace in Syria. That would be the best holiday gift for the whole world.
See my commentary at The Huffington Post.
We have seen the heartbreaking images of Syrians in desperate attempts to flee their war-torn homeland. All they want is to find safety in Europe, away from the conflict in the Middle East.
Thousands of Syrians each day are making this dangerous journey. They are tired, scared and hungry. What should the international community do? Start welcoming them.
See my full commentary at Time.com
Originally published at History News Network (HNN)
President Carter signing the Treaty of Tlatelolco which makes Latin America a nuclear weapons free zone. See the video on YouTube.
President John F. Kennedy signing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963. The treaty banned nuclear testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outerspace. Underground testing would continue but the treaty was a first step toward the not yet achieved goal of ending all nuclear testing. See the video on YouTube.