"Bush's Dangerous Nuclear Double Standard," the Sept. 23 commentary by Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein, demonstrates the naivete of the authors. They posit that restraint by the U.S. in nuclear weapons research and development will restrain nuclear wannabes. Have the senators been asleep during the last decade?
While the U.S. terminated its nuclear test program and terminated research and development on low-yield nuclear weapons because of congressional restrictions, Pakistan and India conducted a series of nuclear tests and, as is well known, Iran and North Korea are up to something no good in the nuclear business. Simply put, U.S. restraint, as defined by Kennedy and Feinstein, has had absolutely no success in restraining the nuclear ambitions of other states. Instead of engaging in wishful thinking, we ought to do what is in the best interests of the U.S.