"A completely different approach [from that taken by the vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council] to the nuclear threat came today from a retired Air Force general, Lee Butler, who commanded the nation's nuclear forces from 1991 to 1994, and a retired Army general, Andrew Goodpaster, who was NATO commander from 1969 to 1974. They said the United States and Russia should immediately begin to cut their nuclear arsenals to the bone, and move toward "the complete elimination of nuclear weapons from all nations."
General Butler, who spent years planning for nuclear war, said he "came away from that experience deeply troubled by what I see as the burden of building and maintaining nuclear arsenals." He said he became tormented by "the grotesquely destructive war plans, the daily operational risks, and the constant prospect of a crisis that would hold the fate of entire societies at risk."
He called for "an unqualified commitment on the part of the nuclear powers to move with much greater urgency toward the goal of eliminating these arsenals in their entirety." The alternative, he said, was "the horrific prospect of a world seething with enmities, armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and hostage to maniacal leaders strongly disposed toward their use."