My top priority is to help prevent a nuclear war.
Humanity is threatened today and every day with a nuclear war that could end all life on earth – started or triggered by the United States. You might think a nuclear war is so unlikely that it will never happen, but most of our foreign policies are so ignorant, hostile, aggressive and militaristic that a conventional war could break out at any time, for example in or near Ukraine, Russia, China, Taiwan, Iran, Syria, Israel, Korea or Venezuela. Any conventional war could turn into a nuclear war at any time. A nuclear war could also start by accident, and this two-minute video by the Union of Concerned Scientists explains how:
The WIN/Gallup International polling organization regularly surveys people in many of the world’s countries asking them which country they feel is the greatest threat to world peace. According to the survey results, the US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%), and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.
Here is a link to a report about one such survey: Which Country is the Greatest Threat? This result has been consistent over many years, and it does not reflect well on Washington’s and Andy Barr’s violent, aggressive, ignorant foreign policies.
In an interview on August 9, 2019, Geoff Wilson said: “The United States and Russia have 93% of the world’s nuclear weapons. We have about 6,000; the Russians also. The Chinese have about 300 nuclear weapons. And we host them on three different platforms. We have nuclear submarines that carry ballistic missiles. We have strategic bombers that can either launch air-launch cruise missiles we have, or gravity bombs. We have the silo-based ICBMs. I don’t think that we are missing a capability. In fact, we have lots of alternatives!
“The INF Treaty was around since 1987 and nobody thought that we were less safe because all of a sudden we didn’t have ground-launched missiles inside of Europe. The other part of this is that the Europeans I don’t think want any more weapons. We already base tactical nuclear weapons in several NATO countries. And those populations, those constituencies, don’t want them anymore. There’s a whole lot of talk about whether or not the United States should be allowed to base nuclear weapons in these countries.”
In December, 2021, Russia proposed a treaty to the USA and each individual member country of NATO. This article includes, in English, the full text of the Russian proposal:
I read the document in December and concluded that all of the articles would help lead to peace and security for our country, Russia, the countries of Europe, and the countries of the world.
Example: “Article 5
The Parties shall refrain from deploying their armed forces and armaments, including in the framework of international organizations, military alliances or coalitions, in the areas where such deployment could be perceived by the other Party as a threat to its national security, with the exception of such deployment within the national territories of the Parties.
The Parties shall refrain from flying heavy bombers equipped for nuclear or non-nuclear armaments or deploying surface warships of any type, including in the framework of international organizations, military alliances or coalitions, in the areas outside national airspace and national territorial waters respectively, from where they can attack targets in the territory of the other Party.
The Parties shall maintain dialogue and cooperate to improve mechanisms to prevent dangerous military activities on and over the high seas, including agreeing on the maximum approach distance between warships and aircraft.”
Example: “Article 7
The Parties shall refrain from deploying nuclear weapons outside their national territories and return such weapons already deployed outside their national territories at the time of the entry into force of the Treaty to their national territories. The Parties shall eliminate all existing infrastructure for deployment of nuclear weapons outside their national territories.”
If I had been a member of Congress in December, 2021, I would have introduced a bill ordering the President to sign and agree to all eight of the articles, with minor amendments at most, on the grounds that they would greatly reduce the risk of a nuclear war and a conventional war. My bill would also have required the President to submit the agreement to the Senate and push for its ratification.