Genies don't go back in the bottle. And jelly beans don't go back in the jar once they're scattered all over the floor.
Obama pushed a delusional plan to eliminate nuclear weapons. Instead he wound up financing Iran's nuclear program under the guise of trying to stop it. Meanwhile our own defensive and offensive capabilities became shakier.
It's understandable why people would want to get rid of nuclear weapons. They're a huge and terrifying threat. The destruction they can unleash remains unprecedented. But disarming ourselves doesn't work. The only method of preventing a nuclear war that has been shown to work is deterrence.
Mutually Assured Destruction prevented a nuclear war.
When President Trump speaks of building up our nuclear arsenal, he's just dealing with the reality of human nature. We can and should contain the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorists and terror states. But eventually the dam will break. The technology has been out there for a while.
When Clinton failed to stop North Korea, when Pakistan went nuclear, when the whole pipeline continued to move nuclear technology downward, the bottle broke. We should try to stop nuclear weapons, but not with delusional notions of mutual disarmament, but by making sure that our capabilities so thoroughly outstrip those of our enemies that there is no possibility of a contest. And that includes preparing to deal with EMP weapons.
We have, in some ways, been living a charmed life. What we think of as war was nothing compared to the world wars of the past. Or what a world war today would look like.
President Trump is right. We must be ready.