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I've always felt that President Obama's ambition for a "nuclear free world" was a classic case of barn door closing after the horses have long fled. This reporting from Eli Lake confirms it:

President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said.

The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.

Under the understanding, the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

There's really no point in trying to make a stand on a principle if you're carving out multiple exceptions. And it's not just Israel - India and Pakistan aren't exactly being pressed on their nukes either.

(AP Photos)

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