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Barack and Alyn

Barack and Alyn

Roger Kimmel Smith

Since President Obama was named this year's Nobel Peace Laureate, there's been a fruitful debate about the degree to which the award was deserved or strategically useful. It's worth noting that the president's strong support for the cause of nuclear disarmament was a key reason he got the nod from Oslo. This support has not only come in speeches, but also in a very interesting U.N. Security Council resolution that he cared enough about to deliver to the council personally and even chair the session in which it was adopted, an unprecedented move for a world leader.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Obama was responsible for the largest buildup of nuclear arms since Reagan left office.