Unable to agree with Putin on the real problem—Iran—Obama pushed through a pale version of his pre-election promise to cut down nuclear arsenals.
The United States and Russia will decrease their nuclear-armed ballistic missiles by about 30%. Great? Irrelevant. Many of these missiles are already obsolete and would naturally become inoperable during the seven years the treaty allows for the reduction. The remaining missiles, about 1,500 for each side, are more than enough to penetrate each country’s defenses and destroy them both many times over, if need be.
The treaty will have no substantial effect on other nuclear weapons.