U.S. President Barack Obama has plans to try to bring rationality to the nation's nuclear weapons program and thereby take the lead in attempting to rein in nuclear proliferation.

He set the stage for the effort with his brief statement in Feb. 12's State of the Union address: "We'll engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals."

Sad to say, his timing may be wrong. Reaching any new agreement with Moscow will be a problem.