But somehow, Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel don't get it. In a 2007 campaign speech, Obama promised: "Here's what I'll say as president: America seeks a world in which there are no nuclear weapons."
Chuck Hagel is listed as one of six directors of a dangerous group called "Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission." This mischievous outfit's goal is "to move toward a world without nuclear weapons," and its publications boast Obama's enthusiastic endorsement: "Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration."
Here are a few of Global Zero's specific recommendations: replace our offensive nuclear missiles with what they call "soft" instruments of power, such as multilateral cooperation, reduce the number of our nuclear missiles further than what Obama agreed to when the Senate ratified the New START Treaty in 2011, eliminate "all tactical nuclear weapons" and our "Minuteman land-based ICBM force" and announce "reciprocal presidential directives" (Obama is a specialist at issuing unilateral directives).
Here are a couple of the really silly statements in Global Zero's report: "security is mainly a state of mind, not a physical condition," and "nuclear weapons have increasingly become liabilities, not assets." The Global Zero report includes a lame endorsement of anti-missile defense, but it's clear that modernizing our missile defense system is not a priority, maybe not even wanted by the group.
Global Zero isn't Hagel's only dalliance in the search for a nuclear-free world. He also serves on the board of the Ploughshares Fund, a George Soros-funded group that advocates getting rid of our nuclear weapons.
The Ploughshares Fund is downright serious about getting rid of U.S. nuclear weapons. It urges massive decreases in our defense capabilities and slashing the U.S. nuclear force to only 292 deployed missiles. It promotes global governance -- no surprise there -- and also opposes U.S. development of a missile-defense system.
Ploughshares contributes to many anti-war and anti-nuclear groups that criticize U.S. foreign policy and military. It is a big backer of the Connect U.S. Fund (CUSF), which promotes global governance and tries to direct global policy by "grant-making on human rights, non-proliferation and climate change."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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