Inhofe: Obama's Approach to Nuclear Weapons Naive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today disapproved of President Barack Obama’s release of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) Report, which outlines and revises the role nuclear weapons will play in our country’s security strategy for the next five to ten years. NPR lists major changes that will prohibit nuclear testing and the improvement of our nation’s nuclear capabilities. 

“Like many liberals before, this approach naively counts on the rest of the world to join hands and unilaterally disarm,” Inhofe said.  “In order to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent, we must have safe, secure, and reliable warheads.  Instead, President Obama relegates this country to extending the life of existing weapons by relying solely on their refurbishment.  A properly funded modernization program will increase nuclear safety and preserve our nuclear technical expertise.  Only through the development of new warheads that are safer, more secure, and more reliable can we consider reducing the number of current warheads, and still provide a reliable nuclear deterrent for the United States and our allies. 

Inhofe continued, “The NPR also states ‘today’s most immediate and extreme danger is nuclear terrorism and proliferation’ but none of the steps discussed in the NPR reduces that threat.  In order to prevent nuclear terrorism and proliferation, we must directly confront proliferations and supporters of terrorism.  While we pursue the priority of preventing nuclear proliferation, we must ensure existing weapons remain secure.” 

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