If you watched the Republican presidential debate this week, you heard a lot about the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. North Korea’s efforts came in for some criticism too. But Russia’s nuclear arsenal got no mention, which is a little odd when you consider that Moscow has 1,582 warheads capable of hitting America and the other two countries don’t have any. This sure isn’t the way Ronald Reagan would have looked at the current threat environment. Reagan thought Russia’s sprawling nuclear complex was the greatest menace to American survival, and launched a big project to build defenses. None of the current GOP candidates seem to be thinking along those lines. In fact, they seem to have backed into the Obama Administration’s approach of obsessing over the little threats, while doing little to defend against the big one. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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