Obama’s Excellent Nuclear Summitry


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Here are some thoughts that I shared with Keith Olbermann on President Obama’s significant Nuclear Security Summit.
More tomorrow.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “Obama’s Excellent Nuclear Summitry

  1. DonS says:

    Kathleen, I caught that same non sequitur of Ciricione. It seems to come from the ‘say it three times and its so” school of political analysis. His whole big thing, of course, is that Iran is so polarizing and aggressive that its [implicit] mere intention to develop a nuclear weapon must set off an arms race among middle eastern states.
    Of course the logic is thin when one realizes how many years out such a threat might even be plausible, and the near absolute certainty that if Israeli intelligence ever perceived an actual threat, as opposed to a conveniently manipulated one, it would bomb Iran way back, with our without US acquiescence.
    It is the height of hubristic chauvinism and racism to allege that Israel is a threat simply because the west, as least the US, says so.


  2. Kathleen says:

    The Diane Rehm Show covers the Obama Nuclear Summit Joseph Cirincione Contradicts Himself On Israel


  3. David Mullen says:

    Wow Steve! Great analysis and commentary! It is refreshing to see our great country work cooperatively with other nations towards a difficult to acheive goal. Thanks for your perspective on this matter.


  4. Jerry says:

    There is no point in storing weapons grade nuclear material. It will be reprocessed in countries like France, Russia, and the U.S. for use in commercial operations to generate electricity.
    The reprocessed material can be used directly, serve as credits to be used on a power grid, or credits to be used on the open market to purchase consummmer or industrial goods.


  5. JohnH says:

    Yes, I would feel much more comfortable with Obama’s plan if the US were not coddling countries nuclear programs that remain outside the NPT–Israel, Pakistan and India to be specific.
    If the US is serious about limiting the risks, it must apply a single standard.


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And seein’ as how Israel is a HUGE factor in the push to acquire nuclear technology in the Middle East, and a HUGE factor as to why radical Islam targets the United States, can’t we store this “loose nuclear material” in THEIR garage instead of our own? Why do we have to bring it here? Theres plenty of room in Israel. Hell, they could just steal some more land from the Palestinians, and warehouse it there.


  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I’m a little curious Steve.
    Does MSNBC ask you to remove Israel from the narrative, or do you give the MSNBC viewers half the story through your own personal choice?
    Both Maddow and Olberman managed to “cover” this story without once mentioning Israel, the NPT, Netanyahu’s absence, the reasons for his absence, or Erdogan’s comments about Israel’s nuclear arsenal.
    This is responsible “journalism” from MSNBC, Maddow, and Olberman? And, from you, this is the “new media”, to get on national television and completely and utterly omit a key aspect of the matter of Middle Eastern nuclear proliferation and loose nuclear materials?
    Isn’t it interesting that a nation KNOWN to have committed false flag attacks on US interests, and who has a long and sordid history of acts of espionage against the United States is just “trusted” to act responsibly and in our best interests when it comes to its handling of its nuclear materials and technologies?
    Its passe and par for the course seeing the “old media” feeding us a line of shit and giving incomplete snippets of the entire story in order to advance political policies, but its more than a little disappointing seeing the “new media” helping them to do this.


  8. Force Factor says:

    Without N.Korea, Iran, Israel’s prime minister, and those still seeking nuclear proliferation, it will be just another photo op. Naturally, the White House has it billed as the start of something that could bare fruit some where along the way.


  9. bob h says:

    How do you prevail on the Pakistanis and Indians to put limits on their nuclear arms race? That is where the real danger arises.


  10. Paul Norheim says:

    Good interview, Steve.
    On a post below you said: “I’m in the “impressed” column with
    what Obama and his team have been lining up.”
    I very much agree on a general level – this seems coherent and
    with possibly huge long term positive effects. I appreciate that
    you support this, because it’s been (predictably) attacked both
    from the right and from the left. It took a while (especially due
    to the health care reform), but now we finally get a glimpse of
    Obama’s foreign policy contours.
    When that is said, I must add that I am entirely unconvinced,
    and worried by the stated implications for Iran: The US
    specifically threatening to nuke Iran (and North Korea). I’m
    curious as to what you have to say about this aspect tomorrow
    on politico.a


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