WASHINGTON -- 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.
To many Americans, that sounds a lot like an invitation to disaster. To Global Zero, an international movement dedicated to the elimination of all nuclear weapons, that sounds like a great idea. Barack Obama says, "Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration." And he's not just talking the talk; he's walking the walk.
This is the president who showed us how to "lead from behind" on the "responsibility to protect" Libyan civilians from the depredations of a tinhorn despot such as Moammar Gadhafi. But when it comes to exposing American citizens to the horrific threat of being incinerated by incoming nuclear weapons -- he's out in front.
It all started with a Nobel Peace Prize and the infamous Russian "reset button." In September 2009, in a blatant effort to show how committed he is to nuclear nonproliferation, Obama abruptly cancelled plans to deploy ballistic missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. A month later, the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, voted to give him the 2009 Peace Prize. It all went downhill from there.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.