President Obama has laid out an ambitious vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, and backed up his words by signing a treaty with Russia that drastically reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both countries. But there’s a lot of work to be done with rogue countries like Iran and North Korea, with American allies like Pakistan with a penchant of spreading around weapons technology, and even in our own backyard. While the President admonishes countries to cut back on destructive weapons, keep in mind that the U.S. maintains one of the largest caches of biological and chemical weapons and since 2000 has sold more than $124 billion in conventional weapons to armies around the world. Do the good deeds on arms control start at home? The Undersecretary of State for Arms Control & International Security talks to Patt about the tricky business of stemming the flow of weapons, big and small, throughout the world.
Ellen Tauscher, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control & International Security; former Democratic Congresswoman representing California’s 10th District