Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses how the US nuclear umbrella puts American cities at risk of nuclear attack while protecting Taiwan and Middle Eastern client states; how over-broad security guarantees can escalate regional conflicts into world wars; the lack of progress toward abolition of nuclear weapons since the Cold War’s end; and why a (potential) Iranian nuke poses a threat to US hegemony but not security.
MP3 here. (19:28)
Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the The Independent Institute and a regular Antiwar.com columnist. He is the author of Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed, Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.