Resuming nuclear testing is for chumps; “unsigning” or ratifying the treaty is for the flamboyant. For now, steering clear of all three is America’s best course.
Last week, the State Department caused a stir raising suspicions the Chinese were violating the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Almost immediately, at least one senator repeated an earlier request he and three others made to President Donald Trump to “unsign” the CTBT. This was music to the ears of nuclear weapons advocates, who have long insisted the United States should resume nuclear testing, the news was anathema to CTBT ratification advocates.