Speaking in Prague in April 2009, President Obama said, "To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same."
President Obama has often repeated this anti-nuclear sentiment, which helped him win the presidential election and the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. However, some nuclear hawks in government want to strengthen our dangerous nuclear arsenal rather than seek nuclear disarmament. In a nod to the hawks, the Obama administration recently proposed $5 billion for enhancing nuclear weapons capabilities over the next five years.
The administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) -- the basis for nuclear policy -- is expected to be completed this month. The NPR presents an unparalleled opportunity to show the world that the United States is serious about disarmament. With the NPR, the president has the chance to cement his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons into U.S. security policy.
Voice your support for reducing the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. national security strategy. Tell President Obama that the only way to make the world safe from nuclear weapons is to lead the world in eliminating them -- starting with concrete action in the new Nuclear Posture Review.
I am writing today to encourage you to be bold in the language of the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). This document will be the basis of US nuclear policy for years to come and it is essential that it reflect your vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.
In Prague last year you said, "To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same."
The new NPR is an unparalleled opportunity for you to take concrete action on this promise by de-emphasizing the role of nuclear weapons in US military policy. Such a move would show the world that the United States is serious about making the world safer through nuclear disarmament.
Please, for the safety and security of all Americans, ensure that the Nuclear Posture Review reflects your vision of a nuclear weapons-free world.
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