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Obama Pursues Nuclear Danger for his Legacy (National Radio Commentary, Salem/Townhall) August 19, 2016

Posted by daviddavenport in Op/Eds.
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It’s the 4th quarter and President Obama wants to put points on his legacy scoreboard. So, reports say he is considering executive actions that would significantly alter America’s nuclear posture.

The first is an end-run around the Congress: The word is he wants to go directly to the United Nations with a call to ban all nuclear testing. The Senate refused to ratify a nuclear test ban treaty 20 years ago, and certainly wouldn’t pass it now, so the president wants to use his voting power in the U.N. to change America’s nuclear strategy.

There are also reports he will promise that America will not strike first with nuclear weapons, again a bold stretch of executive power and a continuation of his misguided policy of announcing in advance our military strategies. Even our allies are reported to be nervous about this one.

How disappointing that the president would act unilaterally to bolster his legacy at the risk of Congress’s proper role and the nation’s security.

To listen to the commentary: http://www.townhallreview.com

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