President Obama must realize that loose lips can still sink ships 

In days past, other nations needed a sophisticated and highly trained espionage operation to know the details of America’s military might. Now, they only need a subscription to the New York Times.

This week, the Obama administration released information regarding the number of nuclear weapons we have stockpiled: 5,113 precisely. This is a mere 16 percent of the nuclear weapons we once had.

Now, let’s be completely clear that 5,113 nuclear weapons are more than enough. I don’t particularly care to contemplate how many times over the world could be annihilated with that number of nukes.

But regardless of the merits of reducing the size of our stockpile — an effort which has spanned decades and multiple presidencies — what I cannot applaud is this administration’s loose treatment of American interests.

In so many ways, President Barack Obama seems to have forgotten that we are still a sovereign nation facing real threats and irrational enemies. Since his inauguration, Obama has made multiple overtures towards the Iranian government. The response? A report released just this past February by the International Atomic Energy Agency said the Iranians are working even more determinedly in their pursuit of atomic weapons.

In dealing with rogue nation North Korea, Obama has only seen the situation with that intractable county disintegrate. Just over a year ago, North Korea pulled out of six-party talks and ejected all nuclear inspectors. A month later, they publicly tested a nuclear weapon. Now, a South Korean naval vessel has sunk under suspicious circumstances, and even if North Korea is to blame, no one seems sure what recourse is available.

From his multination apology tour to stalled foreign policy promises to this preemptive release of our nuclear secrets, Obama has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to give away the store and gain little to nothing in return.

Last week’s attempted bombing in Times Square should have driven home, once again, the very real threats America still faces in this world. Without strong, strategic leadership this nation, like so many before it, will peak and fade. Obama seems not to know, or not to care, and that is one quality we can not afford in our leader.

Michael Reagan, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation (

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