Senate approval of a nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia has boosted President Barack Obama's long-shot initiative to rid the world of nuclear weapons and salvaged his drive to improve U.S.-Russian ties.
Fulfilling his call for a "reset" of the chilly relationship with Moscow, Obama's victory could also help in two U.S.-led initiatives that rely on Russian cooperation -- to curb Iran's nuclear program and to prevent terrorists from stealing nuclear materials.
Anyone who thinks that a treaty with Russia will "boost President Barack Obama's long-shot initiative to rid the world of nuclear weapons" is a fool. It's like saying a gun control law will rid the city of guns. There are too many nuclear scientists, too many rogue regimes and terrorists, and too much uranium in the world to ever "rid the world of nuclear weapons".
Further, there is no evidence whatsoever that Russia has any interest in "curbing Iran's nuclear program and preventing terrorists from stealing nuclear materials". In fact, a nuclear armed Iran, and nuclear armed terrorists, distract America and thereby empower Russia.