CNN’s Jake Tapper recently asked presidential candidates about a No First Use policy for the United States.
Instead of referencing the fact that the majority of Americans, like myself, support the United States adopting a policy that states the U.S. will never use nuclear weapons first, he used a pro-war frame, erroneously claiming No First Use ties the president’s hands.
The reality is that a No First Use policy for the United States would simply state the U.S. will not initiate a nuclear war.
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Right now, arms-control treaties that reduce the amount of nuclear weapons in the world are falling apart, and a new generation of new nuclear weapons — ones more likely to be used — are being built. We’ve never been closer to a miscalculation that leads to nuclear war.
That’s why Americans and the media should be pressing every presidential candidate — whoever they are — to commit to not use nuclear weapons first.
The world’s deadliest weapons will not go away unless we work to make it so.
Today, 74 years after the first use of nuclear weapons in war, it’s more clear than ever that we must do more to prevent the use of these dangerous weapons and re- energize the public movement to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Lewis Kuhlman, La Crosse