Generation Prague: Building a Strategy of Peace
1. JFK AU 1963
Our primary long-range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament.
2. Carter Inaugural Address
And we will move this year a step toward ultimate goal—the elimination of all nuclear weapons from this Earth.
3. Reagan Second Inaugural Address
We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
4. Obama Prague Speech
So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. (Applause.)
5. Truman Farewell Address (January 15, 1953)
We are living in the 8th year of the atomic age. We are not the only nation that is
learning to unleash the power of the atom. A third world war might dig the grave not only of our Communist opponents but also of our own society, our world as well as theirs.
6. Eisenhower Atoms for Peace (December 8, 1953)
Surely no sane member of the human race could discover victory in such desolation. Could anyone wish his name to be coupled by history with such human degradation and destruction.
7. JFK AU Speech 1963
First: Examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable -- that mankind is doomed -- that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable—and we believe they can do it again.
8. LBJ State of the Union 1967
I would emphasize that that is why an important link between Russia and the United States is in our common interest, in arms control and in disarmament. We have the solemn duty to slow down the arms race between us, if that is at all possible, in both conventional and nuclear weapons and defenses.
9. Nixon Inaugural Address 1973
Let us build a structure of peace in the world in which the weak are as safe as the strong, in which each respects the right of the other to live by a different system, in which those who would influence others will do so by the strength of their ideas and not by the force of their arms. Let us accept that high responsibility not as a burden, but gladly--gladly because the chance to build such a peace is the noblest endeavor in which a nation can engage;
10. Ford Address on U.S. Foreign Policy (April 10, 1975)
Such an agreement would, for the first time, put a ceiling on the strategic arms race. It would mark a turning point in postwar history and would be a crucial step in lifting from mankind the threat of nuclear war.
11. Carter: Farewell Speech
In an all-out nuclear war, more destructive power than in all of World War II would be unleashed every second during the long afternoon it would take for all the missiles and bombs to fall. A World War II every second.
A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought... The only value in our two nations possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they will never be used. But then would it not be better to do away with them entirely?
13. HW Bush State of the Union 1992
Tonight I can tell you of dramatic changes in our strategic nuclear force. These are actions we are taking on our own because they are the right thing to do. After completing 20 planes for which we have begun procurement, we will shut down further production of the B - 2 bombers.
14. Clinton State of the Union 1995
And along with the Russians, we're on our way to destroying the missiles and the bombers that carry 9,000 nuclear warheads. We've come so far so fast in this post-cold-war world that it's easy to take the decline of the nuclear threat for granted. But it's still there, and we aren't finished yet.
15. George W. Bush
America should rethink the requirements for nuclear deterrence in a new security environment. The premises of Cold War nuclear targeting should no longer dictate the size of our arsenal… We should not keep weapons that our military planners do not need. These unneeded weapons are the expensive relics of dead conflicts. And they do nothing to make us more secure.
16. Obama Berlin 2013
Because of the New START Treaty, we’re on track to cut American and Russian deployed nuclear warheads to their lowest levels since the 1950s. (Applause.) But we have more work to do.
17. JFK AU Speech 1963
We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on -- not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.
18. Obama Prague 2009
Human destiny will be what we make of it. And here in Prague, let us honor our past by reaching for a better future. Let us bridge our divisions, build upon our hopes, accept our responsibility to leave this world more prosperous and more peaceful than we found it. (Applause.) Together we can do it. Thank you very much. Thank you Prague.
19. JFK at American University, 1963
What kind of a peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek?... I am talking about genuine peace -- the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living… not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.