April 8, 2010
Posted: 1306 GMT

Now that Russian and U.S. leaders have signed a new nuclear arms reduction treaty, we wanted to know your thoughts:

Filed under: Barack Obama •I-Desk Poll •Russia

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Uche   April 8th, 2010 2:18 pm ET

The nuclear arms reduction treaty is a welcomed development though more work has to be done but it is the way forward and I hope more countries would join this move.

Brother larry d lucas   April 8th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

The global , economic , startegic and political senarios thaT FACE THE DOMINATE world cultures , must addmite that they are the major players in a struggle between the agents of a free moral and ethical behavior in the world. we must allow all countries to perticipate in a global debate that would paint the picture with words of a promissing future where in all citzens of the world become responsible for the critearia which dictates the need and necissary change in the attitudes the world takes of there regean of the world . I advocate peace and long suffering inorder to convense or persade the agents of distruction that we are one and must respond to the treat to a world of oneness in a jealous way inorder to allow the different parties to come to a agreement that will benefit the global community. yours truly Brother larry d . lucas
veteran US. Army

A. Smith, Oregon   April 8th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

For 8 years under the horrific Bush-Cheney Republican led administration, Bush jr's threat of Nuclear War on his imagined enemy's was repeated to the public Over and Over again. 'All options are on the table including the Nuclear Bomb option' he would state routinely whenever asked about his foreign policy's.

Thank God those madmen are no longer public servants.

Like a breath of fresh air that was very long in coming, Democratic President Obama has successfully negotiated a new Start Treaty further limiting operational Nuclear Weapons between Russia and America. And placed a permanent BAN on Atomic Bomb upgrades and new Atomic Bomb development.

President Obama's new nuclear posture spelling out NO Nuclear response by American unless America is first striked by Nuclear weapons OR America is attacked by a massive biological weapon IS a reasoned and deliberate SLAP across the faces of Bush jr. and Cheney and their cowboy diplomacy which fanned the fears of the American people and World leaders on a daily bases.

It is extreme folly to further develop new Nuclear Weapons and upgrade existing Nuclear Weapons.

For many years, the horrific Bush-Cheney Republican led administration tried to pressure US Congress to fund and develop a new Nuclear Weapon designed to destroy deep bunkers. Again thank God that year after year the US Congress REFUSED Bush-Cheney's repeated pressure and request.

Permanently BAN all upgrading of Nuclear Weapons, and all development of new Nuclear Weapons to prevent any future madmen like Bush-Cheney from pushing America over the cliff and ending world civilization as many now on Earth embrace and recognize.

Mike Hitschmann   April 8th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

While the signing of the treaty is of interest one shouldn't lose sight of the fact that a good portion of the nuclear arsenal of both parties, but more so in Russia, is either obsolete or close thereto. Thus, in reality, politicians, as usual give the public an impression of a reduced threat when in fact the threat is still there and increasing thanks to the likes of Iran!

Cara   April 8th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

Well, every journey starts with the first step, right?
It is a good start to improve US-Russia relations as well as showing the world that both the US and Russia are serious about reducing nuclear arms. This is the only way not to seem hypocritic when talking about nuclear weapons in Iran and North-Korea.

I still wonder though, would they REALLY get rid of these weapons, or would they hide some of them secretly, in case one of the parties
doesn´t keep their promise? And who is going to check on this? Is Russia sending obeservers to the US, and the other way around?

Jakup   April 8th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

Good points you got there all of you!
They were a bit crazy gunslinging texans with nu-cu-lar weapons:) but glad that´s over!
It´s heartening there at least are no upgrading of the rockets/bombs!
And good that it seems like Medvedev and Obama are really getting along. So we just have wait and hope that he will follow his own thoughts and not Putins!!!

Muthyavan.   April 9th, 2010 10:28 am ET

It is a good first step toward achiving world free of nuclear arsenals, must be encouraged by inviting all the other nations that do poses nuclear aresenals, to join, along with other nations who are planning to produce them.

Fred Brun   April 27th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

Obama's plan to rid the world of nuclear weapons means what? Zero weapons or just some for priviledged nations. But then I am not a lawyer or politician to understand these complicated statements.

Jum   September 1st, 2012 9:49 pm ET

If opponents of delevoping new warheads are saying that the existing stockpile can be maintained indefinitely, that's not correct. Plutonium is radioactive, and it deteriorates. Eventually the warheads won't go boom anymore. As far as I can tell, the U.S. stopped producing new nukes after the Cold War. It stands to reason that unless we keep building new warheads, eventually we won't have any.Personally, that's fine by me. But if we want to not have nuclear weapons, we should say so. We shouldn't be going around with a bunch of duds. Otherwise some president is going to think and act like he has world destroying power under his sleeve, and as soon as other countries realize that our nuclear arsenal actually won't work they will test us to the limit. The worst possible position to be in pointing what you think is a loaded gun at someone, when that person knows that it is really empty.

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