Americans following this year’s presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won’t notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama.
The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for the People’s Republic of China; Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s “Great Successor;” and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Kayani, already have such weapons of mass destruction in their hands, the means of delivering them and are racing to build more. Messer’s Khamenei — Iran’s supreme leader; Gen. al-Sisi, Egypt’s new defense minister; Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan; Saudi Crown Prince Salman and Pakistan’s “nuclear physicist for hire” A.Q. Khan — are all aspirants to the exclusive nuclear weapons club — and engaged in various stages of building many more such devices. As for Barack Obama — he just wants to get rid of all nuclear weapons — starting with ours.