Experts Say

Trump won’t be president forever. Nuclear policy shouldn’t pretend he will

February 8, 2018
By Max Boot

There has long been an idealistic, even utopian, streak in American society that has held that the abnegation of power by the United States will inspire other countries to follow suit. This view became ascendant during the 1920s, when Republican administrations naively negotiated a series of naval arms-reduction treaties and, as the piece de resistance, the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, which outlawed war “as an instrument of national policy.” When the biggest war in history began a decade later, the United States paid a high price for its lack of preparedness.
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